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VOTE NOW in CTV Awards 2018

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 16:06

Voting has just begun in the voting phase of this the 2018 Cult TV Awards, in what is now our 25th year of presenting our appreciation of the best in fictional television, to the talent behind the shows that we make time for more than others.

As an incentive to cast your votes, we have four prizes on offer - a copy of the entire series 22 Blu-ray Box Set of QUANTUM LEAP, with an RRP of £149.99, the two seasons of BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY on Blu-ray (8 discs, RRP £59.99), the first season of COLUMBO on Bu-ray (3 discs, RRP £29.99), and the TV movies of THE INCREDIBLE HULK on DVD (3 discs, RRP £29.99), all thanks to Fabulous Films/Fremantle Media Enterprises, all for getting your ‘thinking caps’ on and make your nominations. But hurry – voting closes on 31 March 2019.

Continue reading now for the link to the VOTING FORM.

The top five nominations in each category from what the nominators suggested (which was open to everyone and even had incentive prizes at that stage too) have been compiled onto the Voting Form. Now it’s time for the next stage… finding out who this year’s winners are going to be!

For those of you new to this, there are NO premium rate phone lines to call, or even stamps to buy to put your votes on record! 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.

We hope you appreciate that the prizes on offer to our winning quartet is a small token of our appreciation for the many minutes it can take to cast your votes. The categories include our HALL OF FAME – an ever-expanding pantheon of the most deserving from the last 65 years of television.

The Cult TV Awards have gained an excellent reputation by celebrating the entire history of television, not just the latest 'flavours of the month' – every year you help us continue to live up to this billing.

And now, thanks to Cult TV and Fabulous Films/Fremantle Media Enterprises, you have the opportunity to put one of these three prizes on to your mantelpiece. All you have to do is vote for your favourites in this year’s Cult TV Awards 2018 voting phase. The four lucky voters drawn out of the ‘electronic hat’, with more than a third of the categories on their form filled in, will be the winners of these superb prizes. The competition closes at 11.59pm GMT on 31 March 2019.

CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE AND PUT YOURSELF IN WITH A CHANCE OF WINNING

Enjoy voting, and look out for the results and news of the lucky winners – coming soon!

Competition Rules: The winners will be the four nomination forms at least one-third completed drawn at random from the entries received by 11.59pm GMT on 31 March 2019. One voting form per person only - multiple entries will be disqualified. The Editor's decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Current Cult TV Production Team and employees of Fabulous Films, Fremantle Media Enterprises, and their associated companies are not allowed to enter. No cash equivalent for the prize on offer. All entrants agree to be added to Cult TV’s postal mailing list, and will be sent details of Cult TV’s events - please note our mailing list is NOT used by anyone else. Competition only open to UK postal addresses.

 

Awards Voting Prizes

Further details of the four grand prizes on offer to our lucky winners…

 

QUANTUM LEAP – THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (Blu-ray)

Certificate ‘15’; 4,572 mins approx, RRP £149.99

Get ready to journey back in time with Dr Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula – Star Trek: Enterprise) and his holographic guide Al (Dean Stockwell) in this five-time Emmy® Award-Winning Series. All 97 episodes of this SF adventure series are now fully restored and in high definition, across 22 discs and with all the original music (previously missing in the DVD release).

Scott Bakula received four Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award for his role as a time traveller, helping people out of sticky situations by taking over their bodies.

In 1988 Dean Stockwell was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for “Married to the Mob”. Dennis Hopper advised him not to take on a television role so soon after being nominated, but Stockwell didn’t listen. He went on to be nominated for four Emmys, and four Golden Globes, winning in 1990. Stockwell received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 29 February, 1992. Fans of Quantum Leap organized this ‘Leap Day’ ceremony.

Throughout the series, Sam Beckett often encountered implied younger versions of various celebrities, and other figures including Buddy Holly, Woody Allen, Michael Jackson, Stephen King, Sylvester Stallone and Bill Clinton.

Creator Donald P Bellisario (Magnum PI, Tales of the Gold Monkey, Airwolf, NCIS) wrote the Season Five episodes "Lee Harvey Oswald Parts 1 and 2", after his children came home from watching the film “JFK” discussing conspiracy theories. Bellisario had met Lee Harvey Oswald when they were both in the Marines in the late 1950s and, from the conversation they had, believed Oswald was the lone gunman. The meeting was included in the second episode with Matthew Charles Nelson playing Bellisario.

In October 2017, during a panel discussion at a Comic Con event in LA, Bellisario announced “I just finished writing a Quantum Leap feature… I don’t know what’s going to happen with it, but I did write it.”

Extras on the set include “A Kiss with History: Remembering Quantum Leap” - Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell, along with creator Bellisario, share stories about creating their ground-breaking series. There are also episode introductions from Scott Bakula, and him talking about the show’s fans.

 

BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25th CENTURY – THE COMPLETE SERIES (Blu-ray)

Certificate ‘15’, 1,896 mins, RRP £59.99

Enjoy the two seasons and all 33 episodes of this SF classic, fully restored and in High Definition.

Following the success of “Star Wars” and Battlestar Galactica, Glen A Larson developed Buck Rogers for television. Props, costumes, effects shots and sets from the 1978 Galactica, still in production at the time, were recycled for the series.

The series ran Stateside from 1979 to 1981. ITV began showing it from 30th August 1980, in the same Saturday slot that the BBC began screening season 18 of Doctor Who. Due to the popularity of Buck, Who’s ratings fell from a series high of 16.1 million to a low of 3.7 million - the lowest ratings in the programme's original history. This prompted Auntie Beeb to move Who to a weekday evening slot. Ironically, the BBC began airing repeats of Buck Rogers on BBC Two in 1989 and again in 1995-96.

In the show, the year is 1987 and NASA launches the last of America's deep space probes. Aboard this small starship is a lone astronaut, Captain William Buck Rogers. In a freak mishap Ranger 3 is blown off its trajectory into an orbit which freezes Buck’s life support systems and returns him back to Earth 500 years later. He is forced to readjust to a new world and its people - who blame his generation for a nuclear holocaust which left the earth a radioactive wasteland. Buck is soon enlisted to help save the Earth from an alien threat, working with Colonel Wilma Deering (Erin Gray – also Kate in Silver Spoons) and a robot-droid known as Twiki (voice by Mel Blanc, occupied by Felix Silla). They roam space and planets to welcome back the lost and dispossessed.

Add in Pamela Hensley (Princess Ardala in Season 1 – CJ Parsons in Matt Houston), Tim O'Connor (Dr Huer in Season 1 – DA Evans in The Defenders), Eric Server (Dr Theopolis in Season 1 – Jim Steiger in BJ and The Bear), Thom Christopher (Hawk in Season 2 – Carlo Hesser in One Life to Live), Jay Garner (Admiral Asimov in Season 2, Harvey Dunsmore in The Dukes of Hazzard), and the iconic Wilfrid Hyde-White (Dr Goodfellow in Season 2).

Extras on the release include the theatrical version of the pilot episode “Awakening”, the feature Length version of “Flight of the War Witch”, and a syndicated two-part version in High Definition of “Journey to Oasis”.

 

COLUMBO – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (Blu-Ray)

Certificate ‘PG’, 724 mins, RRP £29.99

It’s the landmark series that inspired an entire genre. Now Columbo, television’s greatest detective comes to Blu-ray for the first time, fully restored and in high definition.

Starring Peter Falk in his four-time Emmy-winning role as the cigar-chomping, trench coat-wearing police lieutenant. This three-disc collection includes every episode from the series’ first season, as well as the two original Columbo TV Pilot movies: “Prescription: Murder” and “Ransom For A Dead Man”.

Columbo’s first season features legendary guest stars such as Leslie Nielsen, Robert Culp, Ray Milland, Eddie Albert, Suzanne Pleshette, Don Ameche and Roddy McDowall.

Columbo ran for 13 seasons and was one of the highest rated shows of the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Season one, episode one, "Murder by the Book", was directed by Steven Spielberg at the tender age of 25 years old. Spielberg used the rough cut of the series premiere to land the director’s job on cult classic “Duel”.

The original series of Columbo was so popular in Romania that it was broadcast twice a week. When production stopped in 1977, the Romanian government feared riots so they asked the US State Department if Peter Falk could make a public service announcement to the country. Falk obliged recording a message which he read phonetically in Romanian.

When Emperor Hirohito visited the USA in the mid-1970s, he was asked whether there were any famous Americans he wanted to meet; he requested John Wayne and Columbo.

Once whilst trying to leave East Berlin, Peter Falk was detained due to an irregularity with his passport by a border guard. The guard didn’t recognize Falk and ordered another guard to strip-search him. After the search, the second guard asked for an autograph.

 

THE INCREDIBLE HULK MOVIE COLLECTION (DVD)

For the first time ever, all 3 Incredible Hulk TV movies in one collector’s edition box set. See Lou Ferrigno and Bill Bixby back in action in The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk and The Death of the Incredible Hulk. Filmed in 1988, 1989 and 1990, the films were directed by David Banner himself aka Bill Bixby. All three films are also being released individually.

“The Incredible Hulk Returns” (‘PG’, 90 mins, RRP £9.99 on its own) - Six years after the hit series ended, Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno and Jack Colvin (as cynical reporter Jack McGee) returned for this top-rated television movie. Tim Thomerson, Charles Napier and Steve Levitt co-star in this action-packed adventure.

This was intended to serve as a pilot for a proposed ‘Thor’ TV series which never came to fruition. However, Thor was re-teamed with The Incredible Hulk on the big screen as members of “The Avengers” in 2012. Lou Ferrigno’s voice was mixed with that of Mark Ruffalo (who plays Dr Bruce Banner) for “The Avengers”, to create the Hulk’s roar.

A new wig was necessary for this TV movie as Lou Ferrigno’s hearing problems had deteriorated. The new wig was required to hide his new hearing aid.

In the story, it’s been two years since his last transformation, and Dr David Banner (Bill Bixby) has developed a new ‘Gamma Transponder’ that he hopes will cure him of his inner monster forever. But when a former colleague unearths the frozen tomb of an ancient Norse warrior king, The Mighty Thor (Eric Allan Kramer) is unleashed upon 20th Century society. Can The Hulk (Lou Ferrigno) end the rampage of this mead-crazed barbarian, or will the two raging beasts become allies to save both the transponder and the woman Banner loves?

Extras on the DVD are “Muscling in on the Movies” (an interview with Lou Ferrigno), and “The Marvellous World of Stan Lee” (an interview with the late, great Stan Lee).

 

“The Trial of The Incredible Hulk” (‘12’.91 mins, £9.99 on its own) - John Rhys-Davies (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “The Lord of the Rings”) co-stars as The Kingpin in this 1989 television movie directed by Bill Bixby. It features Daredevil, plus one of the all-time great Hulk rampage scenes, as well as a cameo appearance from Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee.

This was intended to serve as a pilot for a proposed Daredevil TV series which never came to fruition. It sees the first ever live-action appearances of Daredevil and The Kingpin.

It was Stan Lee’s first ever cameo in a Marvel Comics adaptation, which would become a tradition. The scene also sees the Hulk wearing his signature purple pants, the only time the Bixby/Ferrigno Hulk did so.

Daredevil dresses in black in the film, despite his dark-red costume in the comics.

The producers decided to change the colour because they thought an all-red suit would not translate well. Soon after the film was released, the comics gave Daredevil a black costume as well, though it later reverted back to red. Stan Lee was openly critical of the black costume as he felt it made the bad guys aware of Daredevil’s blindness.

Jack Colvin could not reprise his role as investigative reporter and nemesis Jack McGee for this movie. He was forced to retire from acting after suffering a minor stroke just after the release of “The Incredible Hulk Returns”.

In  the plot, while trying to stop a subway mugging linked to The Kingpin, David Banner is arrested for assault and is defended by blind attorney Matt Murdock (Rex Smith). When the Hulk goes berserk and breaks out of jail, Murdock reveals his own secret to Banner. Blinded by toxic radiation, he stalks the night as the super-sensory acrobatic crime fighter known as Daredevil. Can two men with uncommon powers now join forces to defeat an international crime syndicate or will their raging inner demons destroy whatever stands in their way?

 

“The Death of The Incredible Hulk” (‘12’, 91 mins, £9.99) – this is the finale of the entire series. After appearances by Thor and Daredevil in the two previous Hulk TV movies, Iron Man was initially intended to appear in the film although this never transpired.

Another movie was planned where David is brought back to life. However, low ratings and ultimately Bill Bixby's death put an end to The Hulk TV movies.

In this story, desperately trying to rid himself of his monster-like alter ego once and for all, Banner sneaks into a government research lab run by Dr Ronald Pratt (Philip Sterling), hoping to find a solution. When Pratt discovers Banner’s plight, he offers to help. But a beautiful spy (Barbara Tarbuck), who’s out to steal Pratt’s ideas for terrorists, forces Banner to choose between love and loyalty, good and evil, and ultimately, life and death.

Elizabeth Gracen and Andreas Katsulas also guest star.

 

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