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Monday, 27 February 2012

Our first series of voyages BEHIND THE SOFA has come to an end. Exclusive to Edge Media Television, on Sky channel 200, this is a new review comedy panel show which was broadcast every Sunday for six weeks from 15 January 2012 at 8.00pm. Pitching celebrity reviewers against each other, the latest DVD and Blu-ray blockbusters did battle with classic archive titles for the right to be hailed as the ‘Release of the Week’.

Repeated Wednesdays at 7.00pm, and Saturdays at 9.00pm, the final episode of series one saw some of the 'big guns' found 'Behind The Sofa' battling to see which one will prevail as "Release of the Week". We had: “Tales from Europe - The Singing Ringing Tree”, the stuff of childhood nightmares comes under the spotlight; “Repo Man” - Alex Cox classic cult movie gets the Blu-ray treatment; The Twilight Zone - The final season making it to Blu-ray, and there's many a treat in this magnum epic of a title; and “Cowboys and Aliens” - a Hollywood blockbuster mixing its genres but with a cast list in the stratosphere.

For those of you who like your trivia, here's some about "Behind The Sofa: All six editions were recorded in one day, 19 December 2011, and filmed "as live" (i.e., no edits); the episodes were filmed out of order, so as to space out the later recordings, where everyone is more familiar with what's required. The order filmed (compared to broadcast order) was 2 - 5 - 1 - 4 - 3 - 6. This allowed for three changes of clobber for each of the quartet onscreen, but still made it look like they'd changed for the start of each show, due to the order filmed; and the clips were dropped in during post production, having been viewed prior to each segment being recorded, With the format of the show and the cast having demonstrated their credentials, the work begins to find a sponsor to support the production of series two.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Make a date in your diary – Saturday 3 March 2012. This is when the first ever “Ripping Yarns Hopathon” will take place, including two Guinness World Record attempts, with Michael Palin and Terry Jones in attendance, and presenting the winners with their charity donations and plenty of hopping! There are separate £500 prizes for the fastest 400-metre hop on one leg and 400 metre relay hop. The ‘Hop Relay’ team must decide on their nominated charity as a group.

The Ripping Yarns Hopathon is inspired by the 30-Mile Hop at Graybridge School (motto: “Only in true misery can you find true contentment”) which featured in the first ever episode of the cult comedy series, namely “Tomkinson's School Days”. The record attempts that are in the sights of the competitors are those for the largest group and fastest 400 Metre relay hops. This is all taking place to mark the latest DVD release of Ripping Yarns: The Complete Series. This is a free event and will take place at the Grade 1-listed Hampstead Heath Athletics Track.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

A mix of experience and unknowns will help bring to life a new, independent TV series that follows four strangers testing an advanced virtual reality game world. Composed of their favourite television shows and movies, they become trapped in a world where cancellation means death. So begins the adventure in Reality on Demand.

The series was filmed in and around Evansville, Indiana, USA during the summer and early autumn of 2011. Since then, collaborators Julie Hernandez Seaton and Jarrod Moschner have been working in post-production on the series so that all is ready to roll for the show’s debut on 18 January 2012. “Reality on Demand is packed with action, laughs, visual effects, and a few zombies. Everyone knows you can't have a web series without zombies” said series creator and director Marx Hernandez Pyle. “Most importantly, the show has great characters. It's a nice blend of comedy and drama. Once you're done watching season one, you'll want to follow the adventures of these characters and learn more about this crazy virtual world, which is a blend of television and film."

Sunday, 12 June 2011

It's time to nominate who will go onto the voting form in this year's Cult TV Awards, in what is now our 18th year of presenting our appreciation of the best in fictional television to the talent behind the shows that we make time for more than most others out there.

Thanks to our good friends at Warner Home Video, we have two amazing prizes up for grabs for taking part in the nomations phase of the Awards. The first is a DVD set of Seasons 1 to 9 of Smallville - as you probably know Smallville Season Ten - the final season - is currently screening on E4 at 9.00pm on Tuesdays, and Seasons 1 to 9 are available as this set (of 54 DVDs!) - or individually - right now.  The other major prize is "The Superman Motion Picture Anthology" - an Eight Blu-ray Disc Set featuring all the modern Superman films to date and a host of extras, which is also now available.

Win Smallville Seasons 1-9 on DVD or Superman Motion Picture Anthology on Blu-ray

To nominate, there are NO premium rate phone lines to call, or even stamps to buy to put your nominations in the post! With the process being online, and with each form being individually verified to ensure that block votes are discounted, this is the best system going to ensure that we genuinely take the pulse of the UK’s Cult TV appreciators.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Edge Media, the channel that brings its audience alternative views on health, historical, spiritual and political issues has returned from the grave.  The phoenix-like resurrection has happened following a long-standing battle over rights to the station. The interim plan to get back on-air via internet broadcasts has been the subject of numerous damaging cyber attacks, which says a lot for the impact the channel has had on its detractors. And now, every Thursday new editions of flagship interview show ON THE EDGE are being transmitted at 8pm on Sky channel 200. New host alex:g has so far talked with celebrities of the like of Jesse Ventura, whistle-blowers such as Field McConnell of Abel Danger, newspaper editor Brian Gerrish and the leader of the British Constitution Group, Roger Hayes.

Where Reality Collides with Spirituality


Edge Media has been rejuvenated on Sky’s channel 200, and will soon be available to non-Sky viewers via simultaneous internet broadcasting of its programmes. The channel transmits daily from 6.00am until 9.00am, then Noon until 10.00pm, and the schedule will eventually be repeated overnight via the internet. There is also a programme library available for online subscribers, ultimately allowing access to over 1,000 hours of shows broadcast since the channel’s debut in 2008.

The new host of ON THE EDGE, alex:g, said: “Regular viewers will be delighted that we're looking to increase their ability to interact with us. We currently have just text messages coming in live, but now we’ll also take phone calls and observe opinions left in real time on our online forums”. The first new episode was broadcast on 3rd March, and upcoming issues include civil liberties, HAARP weather modification, chemtrails, the 7/7 inquest, and the corporate attack on natural herbs and remedies.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Thanks to all-action hardman BA Baracus in The A-Team and a whole host of manly celebrities, from Jared Leto to David Beckham, more and more British men are getting Mo’d up, as ‘the Hawk’ makes its mark as one of the styles for 2011. Made famous in the 1980s by Mr T in the original A-Team series, it has taken ‘Mr E’, sopecifically the newly crowned “Mr England” Vaughan Bailey, to re-launch the funky cut, inspired by the new film version of The A-Team.

Bailey, who was crowned Mr England in September, went from Hobo to Hunk, having been plucked from a life on the streets to be crowned Mr England, and cites BA Baracus as one of his inspirations. Now he is fronting the campaign with celebrity groomer Jason Shankey, who is offering free Mohawks to anyone feeling manly enough to ask for a ‘BA’ on Friday 26 November 2010.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

The news just coming out from the USA is that the NBC network has just given a full season order to what has been one of the most anticipated new series this year, The Event. Which is good news for Channel 4, who are wheeling the show out in a prime time slot, from 9.00pm this Friday 22 October. It’s already been sold to over 200 territories, and the PR puff suggests it’s doing well wherever it is being screened. Inheriting the NBC slot at 9.00pm Mondays from Trauma, which tanked big-time Stateside, it’s more than doubled the audience for NBC.

Already there are comparisons of this show with Lost, but as usual this can be put down to the gimmick of having flashbacks to fill in the history of the various cast members. Aside from that we have a group of 93 individuals being holed up in Alaska, not allowed to mix with the rest of the world, a President trying to do the right thing and seemingly being undermined by covert operatives within his own security services, people disappearing off cruise liners, and impossible occurrences being hastily covered up.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Fast-paced, expertly told capers from the other side of the Atlantic return exclusively to Bravo from Wednesday 28 July at 9.00pm. Gang leader Nate Ford (Oscar-winner Timothy Hutton) gathers the Leverage group once again to seek revenge on the wealthy and wicked. Not only that, but the series returns with some ‘Cult’ stripes to its name, as its first season is one of the nominees for the “Best New Premium Channel Series” in this year’s Cult TV Awards.

Those of you who like Hustle will love this show. The Leverage team of renegades includes British beauty (Gina Bellman of Coupling and Jekyll fame) as Sophie Devereaux, a grifter with a taste for expensive art (or, at least, its theft) whose feminine wiles turn most men into putty in her hands. Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane) stars as the show’s rough-diamond lothario with a heart of gold, a highly skilled martial artist, weapons guru and retrieval expert. Added to the mix is expert thief, cat burglar and pickpocket Parker (Beth Riesgraf) who lives solely for the thrill of the con. The team is completed by the technology expertise of the master computer hacker (Aldis Hodge, Friday Night Lights) as Alec Hardison.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Brian Clemens’ vivid imagination and flair for elaborate plotting – crossed with his gift for witty banter – have enlivened British TV and cinema for over 50 years, and in that time he has worked for some of the greatest action/adventure series ever made. The BFI is charting the career of the amazingly prolific Mr Clemens in a season of screenings next month.

From 2-31 July 2010, the BFI will be raiding the archives, mixing some of his finest work with some of the rarities that the vaults have allowed to be exhumed. Brian has worked on some of the greatest action-adventure series ever made, and the BFI will be screening the likes of The Avengers, Danger Man and, from the big screen, “Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter”. Mr Clemens will also be appearing live in a pair of interview – one specifically on The Avengers, the other a more general overview of his career.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

The 9th SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival’s programme has been announced, with a stellar line-up including over 40 features, 25 shorts and standout special events, live panel discussions and workshops. Under the banner of ‘Life in 2050’ SCI-FI-LONDON will take place from Wednesday 28 April to Monday 3 May 2010 at the Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus with satellite events taking place at the Curzon Soho, The Royal College of Surgeons, BFI Southbank and Proud Central Gallery.

The festival opens with genetic SF horror SPLICE written and directed by Vincenzo Natali ("Cube", "Cypher"), exec produced by Guillermo del Toro ("Pan’s Labyrinth", "Hellboy") and staring Adrien Brody ("The Pianist", "King Kong"). This controversial film about DNA splicing won rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival so you don’t want to miss its London debut. Closing the festival on 3rd May is atmospheric space thriller from Switzerland, CARGO, helmed by first time feature directors Ivan Engler and Ralph Etter. A film lauded in early reviews as a SF epic in the making, it will receive its UK premiere at the festival.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Before Christmas, various media reports suggested that the take-up of Blu-ray as a medium had been disappointing.  A recession is not the time to roll out new premium technology was the bottom line of this coverage, forgetting that Blu-ray had already won a long-standing battle to be the new medium of choice over HD-DVD. It had originated before the financial downturn, and has been making steady progress since.  This is not a format that is going to disappear anytime soon.

Many alleged experts reckon that the death of physical media is approaching, and that Blu-ray will be the last tangible recorded medium that you will ever be able to buy. Indeed, they will probably point to the reduction in CD sales and the increase in music downloads over the last twelve months to make their point. However, innovation continues in the Blu-ray realm, with disc capacity already being increased by a third, and portable players being rolled out by the major manufacturers.  Indeed, the next big thing will be ‘3D’ TVs and players, and Blu-ray is now ready to play its part in this innovation.

Saturday, 09 January 2010

Series 2 starts of Being Human starts on Sunday 10 January on BBC3 at 9.30pm. The Cult TV Award-nominated show (Best New Digital Series) stars Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner as George, Annie and Mitchell, in which three housemates try to live normal lives despite being a werewolf, a ghost and a vampire.

After the death of vampire leader Herrick at the end of series one, the supernatural friends are hoping that they can now get on with their lives, but an even greater danger is lurking, within the very human world of which they want to be a part. Werewolf George is coming to terms with the fact that he has Herrick's blood on his hands, and a girlfriend who knows his horrific secret.

Tuesday, 05 January 2010

The year is 2019. Two-time Oscar® nominee Ethan Hawke is genetic researcher Ed Dalton, a valuable commodity in this brave new world, as a virus has transformed the globe's population into vampires. The ordinary humans, just 5% of the population now, are near extinction. They are being harvested for their blood, and much like cod and haddock in 2010, they are almost the victims of genocide. The answer to worldwide shortages may be a blood substitute in development, but heaven help anyone who thinks a cure might be possible. 

Sam Neill plays the creepy Charles Bromley, who a decade previously was diagnosed with cancer, just before the plague began.  It was something of a no-brainer for him to effectively ‘volunteer’ to become a vampire. He is the head of Bromley Marks, a corporate giant that drains human blood for profit as well as having its fingers in all sorts of businesses, including housing and other properties.  He sums up the attitude that has become prevalent in his circle: “It’s never about a cure; it’s about repeat business”.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Before we announce the winners, as is customary for Cult TV at our Awards Ceremony, we now present a trio of Awards being presented to relevant people, and then followed by our commemoration of those who have departed from this dimension this year …


Our thanks to Justin Allum for the huge amount of work he has put in to compiling this Obituary tape once more, and thanks to Johnnie P and Mark Withall for the camera work.  And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the announcement of who has won what thanks to your votes in this year’s Cult TV Awards – and there’s a few surprises.  Our congratulations to all our winners!

Sunday, 13 December 2009

To launch our Festive celebrations, in the first of what will be a new series of online interviews, Alex J Geairns went into the heart of London to track down and speak with the Channel Controller of five, Richard Woolfe.

This short interview reveals some of the programming to look for over Christmas, and Richard explains why the humdinger of a reimagining of Crusoe, starring fan favourite Philip Winchester as the title character, is getting an almost-daily lunchtime debut airing on the channel over the festive season.


There’s news for fans of Flash Forward and The Mentalist, and details of why you’re going to be seeing a lot more of Justin Lee Collins on five.

Watch out before Christmas for our revelations of who has won what in this year’s Cult TV Awards.  In the meantime, here’s our selection of TV picks of the day for you, proving there is some good stuff out there if you dig hard enough …

Sunday, 08 November 2009

Collision was something I jumped at the chance of reviewing. A top notch cast had been picked. We have Douglas Henshall (Primeval), Kate Ashfield (“Shaun of the Dead”, “This Little Life”), Paul McGann (Doctor Who, “Withnail and I”), David Bamber (Rome), Lucy Griffiths (Robin Hood), Phil Davis (Bleak House, “The Curse of Steptoe”), Claire Rushbrook (“Secrets & Lies”, “Mutual Friends”), brothers Craig Kelly (Queer as Folk, Coronation Street), Dean Lennox Kelly (Shameless) and Sylvia Syms (where do I start?).

Many millions of us prefer to be in some degree of control of our lives; that especially seems to apply when behind the wheel of our cars. We’re all going between A and B, within our own little story, which would not be of interest to anyone else most of the time. We all minding our own business, not interacting with those around us other than to overtake, change lanes, or perhaps to shout a bit of abuse that no one hears.

Tuesday, 03 November 2009

Misfits, a new home-grown comedy drama arrives on E4 on 12 November 2009. It’s the UK’s turn to come up with something new within the super-hero genre, which happens to be both original and fun - and worth tuning in each week for. 

We start off with a group of teenagers turning up for their first day of community service, meeting up with their probation officer. Our main five characters are chav Kelly, cocky Nathan, fallen athletic hope Curtis, spoilt Alisha and social outcast Simon. Our ‘Misfits’ have super-powers thrust upon them after a strange localised storm, though it takes them some time to realise that they have changed and to start exploring the limit of these new powers. We also find out to varying degrees what they’ve done to end up doing community service.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Highly anticipated new American series V, Eastwick and Human Target, as well as cult hit Smallville, have been acquired for SCI FI and the Hallmark Channel in the UK.

NBC Universal Global Networks and Warner Bros International Television Distribution (WBITD) have announced a major first-run programming deal in which three of WBITD’s highly anticipated new American television series for the 2009–2010 season will premiere in the UK on the SCI FI and Hallmark channels. The announcement was made by Roma Khanna, President, Global Networks and Digital Initiatives and Jeffrey R Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros International Television.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Network DVD’s first ever Blu-ray title will be a special-features laden THE PRISONER: THE COMPLETE SERIES BLU-RAY (PG) starring the late, great, iconic Patrick McGoohan. Now available to buy as a six-disc limited edition box set this is the first Blu-Ray version of the series anywhere in the world.

This is only home entertainment edition of the series to be officially endorsed by Patrick McGoohan himself and based on the version of the standard definition DVD which won Best TV DVD at the Home Entertainment Weekly (HEW) Awards in 2007, THE PRISONER THE COMPLETE SERIES BLU-RAY is thougt-provoking, revelatory and extremely prescient of the drastic tyrannical situation we all currently find ourselves in.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Dollhouse season 2 will hit UK screens this October, exclusively on the SCI FI channel.  The new run will kick off on Tuesday 20 October at 10.00pm (back an hour from the first season’s regular 9.00pm slot), with a double-bill of the first two new season episodes. It will then continue weekly in the same time slot.

This is not very far behind its premiere screenings Stateside on Fox, where the season makes its debut at 9.00pm EST on Friday 25 September.  With a 13 episode run, and the American penchant for ‘pre-empting’ a series (taking it off the schedules for a sporting event or indeed running a repeat episode), the three week cushion is probably enough so that we don’t end up having a world premiere of a later episode in the UK (which may well be a contractual element of the purchase).

Friday, 21 August 2009

Zone Thriller, the new UK home of cult 1970s show Starsky & Hutch, has launched a nationwide vote to discover fans’ favourite episode of the iconic hit cop series. Everyone who votes for their most excellent episode will be entered into a draw with the chance to win a random prize from a whole host of Starsky & Hutch merchandise and goodies. This includes a mint condition original Starsky & Hutch Scalextric, a high quality die-cast model of the famous tomato red Ford Torino, fancy dress outfits... and much more!

This is your chance to vote for your favourite episodes. The final Top 20 countdown of episodes, as chosen by you, the British public, will be unveiled in a Starsky & Hutch bonanza weekend on Zone Thriller on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September from 10.00am each day.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

By now, if you weren’t there, you will have heard the excellent reviews of the recent AV2 event in London. If you now have your ‘universal translator’ fixed to interpret (correctly) what is being said in the mass media, you will be well aware of the rapid acceleration of the Global Fear Agenda.  Others see the following topics just as those in power want them to be seen:

  • The Swine Flu ‘Epidemic’ (the media are desperate to link ANY deaths to it);
  • Mandatory Vaccinations (and YES, the WHO has a way to force this);
  • Financial Meltdown (You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet …);
  • House Price Crash (with a further 50% fall in value to happen over the next 12 months);
  • Parliamentary Sleaze (and STILL people trust one or other mainstream political party);
  • Illegal Wars (most folk have forgotten that there is NO MANDATE);
  • Imminent Attacks on Iran (watch out for that next ‘False Flag’ terror to be the spark to the kindle … coming very soon!); and, amazing but TRUE …
  • The US Plan to Bomb the Moon! (Coming 9 October 2009).
Wednesday, 03 June 2009

The BBC has teamed up with boutique digital agency Ralph to create a revealing customisable video to promote the new scary, funny and bloody thriller Psychoville, which began transmission on 18 June 2009. This is a new seven part series from two of the creators of The League of Gentlemen, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.  The BBC has created an extensive online journey to run alongside the programme which consists of a series of websites, exclusive videos and interactive comedy related to Psychoville’s characters.

The show introduces viewers and web users to a set of six eccentric and peculiar characters, all of whom are being blackmailed by a mysterious black-gloved stranger with an axe to grind. Throughout the series the audience will discover what makes each of these characters tick and, as the story unfolds, a dark secret is revealed and a hidden past that binds the characters together.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Chuck is ready for action once more, as Season 2 finally hits UK shores. It’s new and exclusive to Virgin1 and will be transmitted on Tuesdays from 9 June at 9.00pm. From creator and executive producer Josh Schwartz, the chase continues for Chuck (Zachary Levi), as the loveable geek reluctantly turned all-action spy, who is forced to confront assassins and international terrorists for the CIA. All this follows having an entire server of American government secrets accidentally imbedded into his brain. 

With an array of special guest appearances from stars such as Nicole Richie (The Simple Life), Melinda Clarke (The O.C.), Chevy Chase (“National Lampoon’s Vacation”), multiple Emmy-Award winning actor John Larroquette (Boston Legal) and Scott Bakula (Enterprise, Quantum Leap) - this season is even more action-packed and hilarious than the last.  In a British first, Virgin1 will premiere a special 3D version episode, featuring guest star Dominic Monaghan (Lost) as a rock star.

Thursday, 07 May 2009

There are going to be some ‘Strict Orthodox Trekkers’ who are going to be mightily upset about JJ Abrams’ reinterpretation of the Star Trek franchise.  You know the ones – ladies now in their 60s and 70s who believe the format finished in 1969, and everything else that has come afterwards has been a travesty and a knock-off.

For the rest of us, there’s a realisation that there are whole sections of society that Star Trek has passed by.  They’re either too young to have been able to connect with the original version of the show, or decided that any series that generated such a loyal and devoted following was something they had to put a good deal of distance away from. The conundrum, therefore, for anyone wanting to update the original template of the Trek universe, is to try and please the majority of both the original fan base and convert the unconvinced to the ranks of its fandom.  The Abrams reinvention succeeds for both camps.

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