The very last episode of Blake`s 7 is shrouded in portent, whether it is the fact that we open with the Xenon base exploding or the subsequent crash landing of the Scorpio or the re-appearance of Blake himself. The pine forests of Gauda Prime are an atmospheric place to finish in and there is a sense of imminent danger wherever we are. Long hailed as a classic in telefantasy history, `Blake` works even better if you’ve been following the series from the beginning.
|"Look what two seasons of Blake's 7 did to me"|
Simon Masters writes `Warlord` like it’s a feature film full of bold speeches and big gestures and even if the budget appears wafer thin at times, this does give the episode something of an epic feel.
|There would be trouble ahead when their hair became tangled|
|The cast and crew of Leonardo are quick to hide thier sandwiches|
|Avon realises if he throws Vila into space he'll never unlock the drinks cabinet|
|Roy was impressed when Paul produced a leather chair out of thin air|
Tanith Lee’s previous B7 script `Sarcophagus`possessed a mystical angle that she utilises here and which subtle music and sound effects underscore. You sense the writer is striving for more than she ultimately delivers and the fact that we guess what is going on long before the characters robs the story of its more enigmatic side. Nonetheless it is a fulfilling episode that revels in more mature conversation and a dash of mystery.
|"Give me your wig or else..."|
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Since it was announced yesterday that season 5 will be the last series of Merlin there has been speculation as to why such a successful show is being, as the news items put it “axed.” With ratings up on the early seasons and a general critical upswing it seems on the surface to be an odd decision. Perhaps the BBC can no longer afford to make a series that has a higher budget than Doctor Who and an extensive overseas location base? Maybe some of the lead actors have refused to sign contracts for further seasons unless they get a pay increase, something that can happen on successful
|The real reason for the cancellation is that Colin was not impressed by the even larger red bib he was expected to wear.|
She looks at him as if he is mad and yells, “No, I am not a pirate young man, I am Miss Hawthorne, the local white witch.”
“Well you don’t have to shout.”
“I am trying to disperse these elemental storms, young man.”
Benton grinned; “Sorry, Miss, they aren’t storms. It’s Sergeant Osgood’s turn to make the soup. He’s used rather too much minestrone I think.”
|Stratford Johns posters featured on many walls in the 70s|
|Monroe spots an ITV scheduler|
|Mack and Angelica's first date does not go too well|
|"Are you William Hartnell?" "No I am not. Chesterton, mmm."|
|People were slightly concerned by the backing singers|
|"I'd like to buy that head there, mate"|
Season Eighteen- When Doctor Who grew up?
Warrior’s Gate – One of the series’ most unusual stories is examined by David Rolinson.
Goodbye to Amy + Rory - The first five episodes of the latest season reviewed includes Q + A with director Saul Metzstein.
TARDIS Radio – Oliver Wake on the un-transmitted 1960’s radio pilot starring Peter Cushing.
Strip for the Doctor – Richard Farrell looks at the `TV Action` and `Countdown` Doctor Who comic strips.
Plus: `Death to the Daleks` , `The Happiness Patrol`, `The Ambassadors of Death`, `The Greatest Show in the Galaxy`, `Dragonfire`
Illustrated throughout with stunning new art by Richard Farrell and Euan Mactavish
|"`Blake's 7` is on BBC1" "Oh no, I hate that show."|
|Gran's scarf was a problem in high winds|
With the undead,
You can fill ‘em full of lead,
But they won’t stay dead.
|"Keep smiling, Mary, I've got a large loaf under the table"|
|The General was unimpressed by the latest iPhone|
|"Look at me- I am evil even on my way to Sainsburys"|
Red Dwarf is back for its first new episode in over three years.
Words: Will Barber
Red Dwarf was last on British television back in 2009. `Back to Earth` had rather mixed reviews to say the least. It was seen to be too serious, too complicated and nothing like “The old Red Dwarf”. Opinions seem to have changed since then. Red Dwarf triumphantly returned to our screens and it was very much like the old Red Dwarf. Indeed, it was the same old funny Red Dwarf from around series one to three. However, I have to admit to being a tad disappointed that it is almost like Red Dwarf has returned to factory setting.
|"Guys, shall we not bother with one and try the pub?"|
|During the early 1980s, budgets were cut at the BBC and actors forced to eat lunch outside|
You wouldn’t imagine a series about surgeons would be any good or you might think it would be too dark or that it might topple over into soap opera. Chances are in most cases it would. Yet with a similar dexterity with which the title character of ITV’S Monroe operates, so writer Peter Bowker and company have managed to construct a series that avoids all of the above mentioned traps. Returning for a second season the series is a refreshing take on well worn subjects and what’s more it is surprisingly involving and life affirming.
|Before starting work, the hospital staff always took time to play statues|
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|On Terminal the only programme they could watch was `Friends`|
|Leonardo spots the ice cream van|