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Monday, 16 March 2015 17:06

Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs DVD

The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs - out now on DVDIn the gap between the pilot for Open All Hours in 1973, and it finally going to series in 1976, David Jason was seen as a future star, and Producer Humphrey Barclay and London Weekend Television took it upon themselves to try and find the perfect format for him. To come was Lucky Feller (1975-6), but the first attempt was 1974’s The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs. Producer Barclay likes to take credit for discovering Jason, on Bournemouth pier entertaining at a theatre. He gave Jason his initial break with the sketch show Do Not Adjust Your Set (1967-9).

In this venture, Jason starred as espionage agent Edgar Briggs, with a theme tune whose opening bars more than suggest 007. With a character that had a hint of live-action Danger Mouse to it, Briggs transferred to the Secret Intelligence Service due to an administrative error, or ‘cock up’ as most would call it. Much to the bemusement of his staff, no wrong turn doesn’t get taken, every clue misconstrued, and with the most sublime of luck whichever route he takes Briggs always solves the mystery or crime under his scattergun gaze. There must have been a fair degree of faith in the format, as the show was commissioned, straight off the bat, for 13 episodes.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

The Equalizer - Blood & Wine DVD

The Equalizer - Blood and Wine - Out on DVDEdward Woodward is the original and best Robert McCall. The character is a retired covert intelligence officer, wanting to make amends for his sins of the past by offering his services, free of charge, as a troubleshooter, protector and investigator. Aided by a group of former associates who he knows from his undercover days, he protects the streets of New York City, offering his own form of justice to those who reply to his newspaper classifieds advert: “Odds Against You? Need Help? Call The Equalizer. 212-555-4200.”

To coincide with the DVD and Blu-ray release of the hit Sony Columbia movie “The Equalizer” starring Denzel Washington this week, Fabulous Films are putting out a feature- length made for television episode of the original series. “Blood and Wine” guest stars Telly Savalas of Kojak fame, and it’s no small wonder that one of the most well thought-of stories is there as a taster for the four seasons of The Equalizer that are already out on DVD. There should be a huge amount of interest from those who have no memory of Edward Woodward’s defining version of the character, as the Washington movie grossed nearly $200 million worldwide at the box office. And now, thanks to Fabulous Films and Cult TV, you could have had the chance to win one of three copies of “Blood and Wine” up for grabs in our prize competition.

Monday, 05 January 2015 00:00

Cult TV Award Winners 2014

The Cult TV Awards winners for 2014 have just been announced. Appreciators from the UK of extraordinary fictional television are given the chance every year (since 1994) to nominate and vote for their favourites in a couple of dozen categories, including an expansive ‘Hall of Fame’ as well as a trio of gongs in the infamous ‘Hall of Shame’. It provides an excellent litmus test of where mainstream views cross over, and differ, from those in the fan communities.

Voting in the Cult TV Awards 2014 gave you a chance to win some top prizes

This year gauged from September 2013 to August 2014 inclusive, next year will see the Cult TV Awards Ceremony return as a live event, which everyone can attend.  Part of the Cult TV Festival’s 21st Birthday Party, a one day-and-night convention will share a weekend with “Doomwatch Live” – a similar style of event for extraordinary happenings in the real world. The weekend to mark in your diaries is 6-9 November 2015 at the Park Inn Telford, Shropshire. Full details and booking information can be found at www.culttv.biz

Monday, 08 December 2014 00:00

Voting Closed in CTV Awards 2014

Voting has just concluded for this year's Cult TV Awards, following the nominations phase where we asked you who should go in each of the five pigeonholes to be in with a chance to win each of the coveted gongs.

It was up to YOU to once again to decide who the lucky recipients will be, and thanks to our good friends at Network Releasing, we again had a trio of superb prizes as an incentive for you to take the time to tell us who should win.  Remember - if you didn't vote, you can't then complain about who wins!

Prizes up for grabs for voting in the Cult TV Awards 2014 - with thanks to Network Releasing

First Prize was The Professionals on Blu-ray - the Box Sets of MkI (i.e., Season One) and MkII (Season Two), released this year, and digitally restored so that the episodes look better than ever - the winner was Colin Taylor of Swanscombe, Kent.  Second Prize features the debut release of the Season Two double episode of Space: 1999 - "The Bringers of Wonder" - out this month on a Blu-ray edition limited to just 1,999 copies - and with it our winner will get the whole of Season One of Space: 1999 in the Blu-ray box set (which also features the first episdode of Season Two, "The Metamorph" featuring the debut of Catherine Schell's character, Maya) - the winner was Masih Malik of Epsom Downs, Surrey. The Third Prize is the recently released, and seldom-seen David Jason bittersweet comedy Lucky Feller - featuring all 13 episodes from 1976, as well as the unscreened pilot featuring different cast members from the previous year - the winner was Hazel Kohler of Feltham, Middlesex.

All you had to do to be in with a chance of being a winner was make your selections on our voting form. For those of you new to this, there were 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 were discounted, this is the best system going to ensure that we genuinely take the pulse of the UK’s Cult TV appreciators. Keep checking back to find out who the winners were.

Friday, 14 November 2014 15:43

Space:1999 Series 2 on Blu-ray

Space:1999 - The Bringers of Wonder from Series 2 comes to Blu-rayThe wait is nearly over for fans of Space: 1999. The Complete Second Series, digitally restored in High Definition, on Blu-ray and DVD is scheduled to finally be released into the wild in Autumn 2015.

But, there’s time for a little taster beforehand, with a stocking filler for fans this festive season. Network Distributing will be bringing out a special edition Blu-ray release of the two-part episode “The Bringers Of Wonder” - featuring a pair of episodes which were originally conceived to be a big screen feature for some territories. It will be available exclusively through networkonair.com from 8 December 2014 – and available on pre-order right now! The RRP is £13.00, and limited to just 1,999 copies, so get yours reserved now.

Sunday, 28 September 2014 23:00

Professionals MkII out on Blu-ray

The Professionals - MkII gets a substantial overhaulAnd so, out on the streets now, released in another example of immaculate restoration is The Professionals: MkII from Network. Available for the first time in Blu-ray format, and via iTunes if you really insist, is the second shooting block of episodes. Sort of. Stick with us to find out why that all becomes a little fuzzy!

As with the MkI release which appeared in March 2014, here we have brand new transfers from original film elements, all presented here in a previously never realised supreme quality. And when we say that, we mean even better than when it was first broadcast - 13 episodes from transmissions first made 1978 and 1979. Martin Shaw as Doyle, Lewis Collins as Bodie, the affable brace of special agents from law enforcement department CI5, with Gordon Jackson as their cantankerous boss George Cowley.

Monday, 27 October 2014 00:00

CTV Awards nomination winners 2014

Win Parks and Recreation seasons 1 to 5 for nominating in the Cult TV Awards 2014Voting has just concluded in the nominations phase of this year’s Cult TV Awards, in what is now our 21st 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 had three copies of the season 1-5 Box Set of Parks and Recreation, each with an RRP of £119.99, thanks to Fabulous Films/ Fremantle Media Enterprises, available as an incentive to get your 'thinking caps' on and make your nominations.

And here are the list of winners - Michael O'Connor of Chatham in Kent; Philipa Chapman of Glastonbury, Somerset; and Colin Cooper of March, Cambridgeshire. They will be receiving their prizes soon. The top five nominations in each category from what you have suggested will now be compiled onto the Voting Form, which is the next stage of finding out this year’s eventual winners! 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.

Thursday, 03 April 2014 14:00

Supermarionation hits big screen!

Filmed In Supermarionation - the book jumps onto the big screenBack in 2010, we were amazed by the book “Filmed in Supermarionation”. A tightly researched tome, full of exclusive new information and many a correction of long-duplicated errors on the marionette work of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, now we have something none of us were expecting... the movie of the book!

Network Distributing are the backers of the project, which is bidding to be known as “the definitive documentary about the culturally iconic puppetry and animation technique developed by Gerry and Sylvia, Supermarionation”. Considering the previous attempts at doing so, from the likes of the BBC and Channel 5, it’s fair to say this isn’t too much of a stretch! For the uninitiated, Supermarionation was utilised in all their programmes throughout the 1960s including Stingray, Captain Scarlet and The Mysterons and, most famously, Thunderbirds.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 15:50

Win Joey Boy on DVD

Joey Boy finally comes to DVDA monochrome release from 1965, this is a feature wrongfully forgotten in the archives of British cinema. Perhaps this is due to it being consigned to Black and White at a time when the majority of films were being realised in colour could be a key to this – by the time television would have beckoned for it, the number of screenings would have been limited on a medium that, by the end of the 1960s, was thirsty for as much of its output to be in bright and brash colour.

“Joey Boy” is set during World War II, and has its focus on a group of London-based hustlers who are given the option to take a tour of duty with the Army over incarceration for being captured red-handing running a gambling den. Directed and co-written by “St Trinian’s” Frank Launder the major star is Harry H Corbett (Harold in Steptoe and Son, DS Sidney Bung in “Carry on Screaming!”), but he’s just the first of what are now a series of well-known faces populating every corner of the tale. With “Joey Boy” presented on DVD for the first time in a pristine brand-new transfer from original film elements, Cult TV has three copies to give away in our prize competition.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 14:32

Mysterious Cities of Gold: Season 2

Mysterious Cities of Gold - A Season 2 at long last!It’s thirty-odd years since a children’s adventure cartoon aired on BBC1, fondly remembered by those of a certain age. It was introduced to us by Philip Schofield in the infamous broom cupboard, which also played host to a certain Gordon the Gopher. And incredibly, a brand new series of The Mysterious Cities of Gold has just been released on both DVD and Blu-ray.

The Mysterious Cities Of Gold's second season rejoins the adventures of Esteban, Tau, and Zia as if they had never been away. Indeed, it’s been seen in the UK on the Kix channel (the premiere run from 9th November last year, 2013), which is channel 627 on Sky, or 606 on Freesat. It comprises 26 episodes (the original ‘First Season’ clocked up 39 on its own), and has been brought to fruition by the production team that helmed the original series.

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