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The unusual appeal of TWD

Posted February 19, 2014 into Telly by John Birmingham

Interesting bit in Variety on the unlikely success of The Walking Dead. Have to admit, it's a true addiction for me. Something I hate myself for doing, and don't really enjoy, but cannot stop.

I'm saving this week's ep for the end of my deadline, hopefully in three days.

To simply chalk up the success of “Walking” to the viability of the horror genre is to misunderstand the show. It’s never been some splatterpunk thrill ride like the “Saw” film franchise; there’s actually just as much an arthouse sensibility to “Walking” as there is to other AMC shows like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” And as last night’s episode indicated, the series doesn’t adhere to conventional storytelling. Then there’s the tone of “Walking,” which is so bleak it practically thumbs its nose at mass appeal. Throw in the fact the show hasn’t minted any true breakout stars and attracts zero awards buzz, and these gaudy ratings are even more inexplicable.

What’s truly mystifying is that the show seemed to have reached its audience peak at a time when the storylines couldn’t be less broadly appealing. While the previous season’s faceoff with the character known as the Governor provided a pretty conventional villain character to root against, most of this season was focused on the ensemble fighting an invisible enemy: a virus that decimated their ranks. One of the show’s most difficult but heretofore lesser themes — the plight of children in this war zone — was thrust repeatedly to the forefront of the latest episodes in all its depressing, hair-tearing ethical implications.

And when they did turn their attention to the Governor, they brought him back in most unusual fashion with a morally ambiguous storyline that essentially humanized a character that had engaged in mass murder.

Most amazing of all was “Walking’s” audacious decision to bench the entire cast for two episodes to tell the story of the Governor — name another show that would dare do that. If anything, the sidelining was tacit acknowledgement that its lead actors aren’t exactly featured attractions on this series.

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Propnut swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 19, 2014

The character are human, with all the faults that come with that, the voyeuristic aspect of how they survive / cope in an unimaginable world is part of the appeal i think.

But really we all can’t be acclaimed high end authors living in an a Bunny palace in BrisVegas! so maybe if your day job really blows then the prospect of a zombie apocalypse might seem like an enviable alternative, in an extremely escapist sort of way. :-)

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Bondiboy66 has opinions thus...

Posted February 19, 2014

I have yet to go further than Season 2 of TWD...although I have been tainted somewhat by reading the original comics to date. Admittedly the TV show has diverted somewhat from the source material, but it has rubbed some fo the glos off the show for me.

Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted February 19, 2014

I am so sorry, if you can manage it push on through the interminable dreariness of season two, down on the farm becasue it does improve.

I think you will find sufficent divergence from the comics ( I too am a fan of the comics and the only reason I have held off from reading the latest trade paperback The Walking Dead Vol. 20: All Out War is becuase its the first in a two parter)

The choice of David Morrissey as the Governer in series 3 I think is the beginning of the divergence where you can see the TV series making choices as a Tv series rather than simply seeing it as a visual translation of the comics.

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w from brisbane mutters...

Posted February 19, 2014

"A soap opera, or simply a soap, is a serial drama, on television or radio, that features related story lines dealing with the lives of multiple characters. The stories in these series typically focus heavily on emotional relationships to the point of melodrama."

TWD is a soap. Soaps can be addictive, a guilty pleasure, and they also can be bloody good. The hard thing is sustaining the interest over many seasons. They are often highly watched but under-represented in awards shows. In perhaps not unrelated news, in the USA, the 2013-14 season has seen a ratings resurgence in soaps generally.

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Posted February 19, 2014

What I am most alarmed by is the suggestions embedded in the piece and I am worried the same management at AMC that made the decision to throw Frank Darbot out after season one (confirmed as a poor decision if we look at what happened, or more accurately how little happened in season Two 'down on the farm') they might think these are a good idea

  • “Now if we could just work in a guest arc for (insert brand-name actor here), we could raise the show’s visibility even more!”
  • the cheesy love triangle,
  • the awful catchphrase,
  • the curvaceous or studly character who somehow manages to look sexy in a post-apocalyptic war zone (Daryl fans not withstanding)

shudder

Rob mutters...

Posted February 19, 2014

Just to tie this into the Robocop responses, did any one notice that Hershel was played by the same actor from Judge Dredd? he played Pa Angel who was planning to eat Judge Dredd and Fergie. Not sure if that improves either show.

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Dave W swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 19, 2014

I'll be doing the usual TWD full season binge when s4 becomes available. Season 3 was vastly superior to s2. My personal favourite point was the emergence of the son as a complete stone-cold BMF on the side of good, with the moral hazard of his father [Andrew Lincoln] wanting him to have a childhood but knowing that the kid has to be able to fight for himself.

And Merle. Just because.

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Rob would have you know...

Posted February 19, 2014

I thought the first episode of the new season was my favourite so far. Classic. especially the eating icing on the roof , while the zombie wants to eat Carl.

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Lobes puts forth...

Posted February 20, 2014

I really enjoyed season 1 then I also made the mistake of devouring the comic series and now, to use bondiboys phrase, it has really rubbed the gloss off.

It hasn't quite jumped the shark and I'll probably finish season 2 one day but I'm uncertain I'll ever enjoy it as much now I'm so (over)familiar with the survivor dynamics.

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Posted February 20, 2014

I really enjoyed season 1 then I also made the mistake of devouring the comic series and now, to use bondiboys phrase, it has really rubbed the gloss off.

It hasn't quite jumped the shark and I'll probably finish season 2 one day but I'm uncertain I'll ever enjoy it as much now I'm so (over)familiar with the survivor dynamics.

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Babes puts forth...

Posted February 25, 2014

I think it has to do with the combination of great storytelling/acting and lots of hot chicks, guns and gore. If you'll notice during the promos (at least in the US) they advertise HEAVILY for the dumbest looking show ever, "Game of Arms" (about the intense training and commitment of professional arm wrestlers). I think the show's formula is something like, conoisseurs of fine morality stories + meat-head-hot-chick-zombie-lovers = surprisingly good ratings that do not translate into awards. But we are addicts! (although my hubs and I agree, we wish Andrew Lincoln would do his interviews in Rick's accent.)

Lulu puts forth...

Posted February 25, 2014

"Game of Arms"

OT, but I think this is now my favourite reality show title (following "Rat Bastards").

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Timmo swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 26, 2014

That was a brief but interesting read, but I'm left with the question (and TWD brought this up last season too) - if it's death rather than the bite that zombifies you, (since everyone is carrying the virus) why spend so much time avoiding getting bitten? Or is the bite deadly?

Timmo swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 26, 2014

By that I meant the George A Romero interview.

w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 27, 2014

According to The Walking Dead Wiki, in TWD, the danger of the zombie bite is due to septic elements in zombie saliva due to their diet and decomposition.
This is separate to the zombie pathogen, which the living already have and will turn everybody into a zombie upon death, as long as the brain is reasonable shape.
Look up the Zombie Bites section on this page.
http://walkingdead.wikia.com/wiki/Zombies

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Star Trek Continues. Lolani

Posted February 12, 2014 into Telly by John Birmingham

Think I might actually stream this one thru the Apple teev to the big screen later tonight when I'm done writing and editing. These folk are doing God's work.

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Blarkon has opinions thus...

Posted February 12, 2014

I've watched the Phase II episodes: http://www.startreknewvoyages.com/

The current Star Trek comic (which takes place in the Abramsverse) is running a story where the crew have encountered a mirror universe of gender opposites. Jane T Kirk, Spock (female), Marjorie Scott (Chief Engineer), Hikari Sulu, Pavlovna Checkov (should have been Chevokva), Lea "Bones" McCoy.

Kirk is still all swagger, Spock all Logic and Bones "Dammit Jane, I'm a Doctor not a ..."

Wouldn't mind seeing it as an ongoing series.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted February 12, 2014

Ha! Bought that comic last Friday night. Deadline treat.

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Darth Greybeard is gonna tell you...

Posted February 12, 2014

It's pretty good. They're funded by a Kickstarter.

Project Update #53: Episode 2, LOLANI is now online

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In case you were unaware, the latest episode of Star Trek Continues is now online for viewing, free. Visit http://www.startrekcontinues.com and select Episodes. There you will find the link to the second episode.

This is the one with James Doohan's son and Grant Imahara as Scotty and Sulu.

HAVOCK21 has opinions thus...

Posted February 12, 2014

HEAD like a fkn KICKED IN BICKIE FKN TIN!

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HAVOCK21 asserts...

Posted February 12, 2014

Speaking of dumb shit!, what RETARD let fkn KORBY KERNELL QUEENS FKN MUTT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted February 13, 2014

I am afraid I must take responsibility for that.

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Murphy has opinions thus...

Posted February 13, 2014

The Official Star Trek Continues is run by the folks who had built the sets for Starship Farragut. There is a batch of webisodes, shorts, an animated series and a comic featuring the crew of that show/ship. Set up down Georgia way I get the sense that this crew gets the feel of the original series down pretty well.

Star Trek New Voyages/Phase II is the older of the two fan fic based TOS series and it has always seemed more interested in building what they call Season 4 as well as moving onto elements from the Animated Series plus the cancelled Phase II tv series.

The sets and gear are better in Phase II in my opinion but the acting in Continues is a notch better.

Best part of all, Phase II is putting out a new episode on Valentines Day following a young Dr. Carol Marcus. So between the two groups it is almost as if the show is back on again, producing episodes.

Both also have actors who look more like the original William Shatner Kirk. James Cawley of Phase II apparently lost interest after getting harassed for his portrayal, unfairly I think since there is no real way to clone Shatner or any of the other actors.

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Murph

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HAVOCK21 has opinions thus...

Posted February 13, 2014

ummmm, I have to say, I've never seen that bloke as Kirk before!.

How many eps did the ugly bastard do and I swear, that green chicky babe looks a lot like Katie Perry IMHO!!!!!!

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Barnesm ducks in to say...

Posted February 13, 2014

This certainly shows what can be produced if you have people making the series who have a great love for the original rather than simply "we can make sacks of $$$$'.

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Barnesm would have you know...

Posted February 13, 2014

These voyages show you can still have a utopic future, replicators, infinate space, needs met and still have an interesting story.

I can see how the stories fo the Culture can have grown from the vision of Star Trek: The Original Series which these versions capture so well.

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pi is gonna tell you...

Posted February 13, 2014

How the fuck did I miss this?!?!?!!?

Barnesm ducks in to say...

Posted February 13, 2014

misspent youth?

pi would have you know...

Posted February 13, 2014

More likely early onset dementia.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted February 13, 2014

What an amazing reconstruction of sets and props.

Barnesm mutters...

Posted February 13, 2014

Thats no way to talk about William Shatner

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Blarkon puts forth...

Posted February 13, 2014

It's self funded - there are some rich nerds about.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan reckons...

Posted February 14, 2014

I am impressed that one of the qualities of nerdosity appears to be a love of detail.

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Darth Greybeard reckons...

Posted February 14, 2014

Hey! I'm not rich but I helped fund it. Every little bit helps. I may however be slightly nerdy.

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Top Ten Capt Kirk fight scenes

Posted February 7, 2014 into Telly by John Birmingham

Not because I'm on deadline. Just because you cannae beat a flying double kick to the chest, or a double handed backhand back fist. But you can totally beat a giant space lizard wearing a scarf. If your name is James T. Kirk, motherfuckers.

Arrgh, you didn't floss!

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w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 7, 2014

One of my favourite group fight scenes was in "The Apple" where the Enterprise team was attacked by a group of angry tennis players who must have had their post-game sauna interrupted.
Jim's double use of his bowling ball move clearly perplexed the irate tennis club members. You can see the move at .05 and .12 in this very short clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pighpPCNPU

Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted February 7, 2014

Left Hook.

Works evry time!

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Murphy mutters...

Posted February 7, 2014

Dayton Ward lives in Kansas City, a Marine (because there is no such thing as, "former Marine") he submitted a short piece of a now defunct Star Treky short story anthology. Now he writes novels. Nice guy, sat on a panel with him once at a local SF convention.

Oh, I'm all about the flying double kick to the chest.

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Murph

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Dino not to be confused with puts forth...

Posted February 7, 2014

Captain,

May I suggest a computer that doesn't work on toothpaste and can do more than a single calculation?

The new quantum apparati with auxillary input are quite cute.

Just Sayin'

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Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted February 7, 2014

Captain,

May I suggest a computer that doesn't work on toothpaste and can do more than a single calculation?

The new quantum apparati with auxillary input are quite cute.

Just Sayin'

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted February 8, 2014

Two episodes, both written by Theodore Sturgeon for the original series: Shore Leave, where Kirk fights a nasty Irishman named Finnegan; and Amok Time, where Kirk fights Spock during a Vulcan mating frenzy.

Best Kirk fights of the entire first series.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted February 8, 2014

I see that both fight scenes were included in the official list.

Arena is second to least favorite. The Gorn was a fucking slow moving lizard. It can't catch you. How hard is that fight to win?

My least favorite fight scene is Shatner vs. Montalban in Spaced Seed. The stunt double is so obvious it hurts. I seem to recall he may have had a moustache, but I could be wrong. Its been a long time.

Rhino is gonna tell you...

Posted February 8, 2014

Professor, everyone knows that whenever Kirk boosts his testosterone to engage in fisticuffs the overload causes immediate hair growth. Most of the time said growth takes place on his back and/or testicles. The best explanation for the moustache is that he was so boosted to fight the eugnically superior Khan that the additional hair space was required.

SCIENCE!

w from brisbane has opinions thus...

Posted February 8, 2014

The fight scene in Space Seed may have been poor, but that episode does include Star Trek's possibly most rousing script moment.

SPOCK : Quite correct, Captain. Planet number five there is habitable, although a bit savage, somewhat inhospitable.
KIRK: But no more than Australia's Botany Bay colony was at the beginning. Those men went on to tame a continent.

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Darth Greybeard ducks in to say...

Posted February 8, 2014

Best tribute to the Kirk vs Gorn battle was in "Paul", where they went to the original spot and... if you haven't seen it, you probably should. Even better since Simon Pegg is now Scotty.

Speaking of which, there's a Continuing Voyages of the Starship Enterprise fan series with great (i.e. dodgy) sets, guest appearances by a couple of original actors, Grant Imahara of Mythbusters as Sulu and James Doohan's son as Scotty.

Also "Redshirts" is going to be a TV series.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted February 8, 2014

First JB becomes a character in an Emberverse novel. Now Redshirts is gonna be a TV series.

I'm not sure how much better my life can get.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted February 8, 2014

Upon further reflection, money would definitely make it even better.

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w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 8, 2014

I think the Gorn vs Kirk fight is so memorable because it is so long.
They fight for minutes, then pause for an ad break, then the fight continues. You don't see that often in TV drama.
Of course, Gorn's 'Brute Barnard' style performance adds to the fun.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted February 8, 2014

Pugilistic longevity doesn't necessarily equate with excellence. As support for this argument, I refer you to The Gamesters of Triskelion. Long fights – truly awful in every possible way something can be awful.

Please - do not mention quatloos and disembodied brains.

Rhino is gonna tell you...

Posted February 8, 2014

I bid 4000 quatloos on the swarthy newcomer.

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ShaneAlpha asserts...

Posted February 8, 2014

Flying Leg Kick.

and that's why Kirk is better then Picard.

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Sudragon mutters...

Posted February 8, 2014

Rules of Star Trek Fight Club

1. Do not talk about Star Trek Fight Club. At least, not where the redshirted Ensigns can hear you.

2. If this is your first Episode/Movie, you must fight.

3. Do not talk about Star Trek Fight Club.

4. Do not get Spock angry. You won't like it when he's angry.

5. <i>Do not </i>talk about Star Trek Fight Club.

6. If your shirt sustains even minor damage, it must immediately be removed.

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Blarkon mumbles...

Posted February 8, 2014

Anti space-lizard bastard. That Gorn was just defending his territory. Even Kirk admitted that he was in the wrong when it came to Cestus III.

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Lulu swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 10, 2014

That picture up there could work for a list of Kirk / space alien love scenes as well.

Lulu mutters...

Posted February 10, 2014

with a different caption, of course

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Dino not to be confused with swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 10, 2014

Anyhoo I don't hinkt kids should judge their parents.

Show some respect.

If I was bent over 'taking it for the team' please tell my kids I did it for them.

The moans wre ancicillary...

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At last, that difficult Secret Santa present for Orin is available

Posted December 4, 2013 into Telly by John Birmingham

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Rob reckons...

Posted December 4, 2013

OMG SET PHASERS TO FUN!

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yankeedog ducks in to say...

Posted December 4, 2013

Yes! Me want!

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted December 5, 2013

I have one that makes all of the distinctive Space: 1999 sounds.

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Conspiracy Cat mumbles...

Posted December 5, 2013

Bugger the door chime. I want her gun. No, I NEED her gun. And a mop.

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Blarkon asserts...

Posted December 5, 2013

Also been looking at this http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f29d/?srp=2

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Murphy has opinions thus...

Posted December 5, 2013

Definitely could use a phaser.

A working phaser plus a recharge point.

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Murph

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RIP Doyle

Posted November 29, 2013 into Telly by John Birmingham

I was saddened to get an email from Guru Bob this morning informing me that Bodie, also known as the actor Lewis Collins, had died overnight. The rougher half of Bodie and Doyle in The Professionals, he always seemed to be running up to his partner and boss with a slightly bovine look on his face to ask, "Wazzup?"

I came late to The Professionals, because my parents didn't watch it when I was a kid. Or maybe they did and I was just in bed by the time it came on. I remember first catching up with it at uni, when I was sharing a house with a couple of blokes who became, respectively, a cop and a spy. How's that for predestination?

It's funny though, I've been thinking about buying the original series and watching it with Thomas. I might do that now. Although I wonder if he would find the pacing a bit dull and the fight scenes a bit stagey.

I don't suppose many of our American burgers would remember the series, or would even have seen it. At any rate they're probably comatose with Turkey poisoning by now. The rest of us can have a quiet moment and raise a glass in their absence to the absence of the rougher half of Bodie and Doyle.

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Surtac mumbles...

Posted November 29, 2013

D*mn. I hadn't heard that. Vale Doyle.

I remember it well. It was one of a number of Brit drama series I used to watch growing up as a kid in Tassie, along with things like 1990 (with Edward Woodward), The Omega Factor, the Champions and so on.

I can see a dvd-buying binge coming on.

insomniac swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 29, 2013

Why has Edward Woodward got four 'd's' in his name?

Because otherwise he'd be Ewar Woowar.

Anyhoo, I loved watching the The Professionals. I remember that episode where they took a single shot to shatter a car window at the limit of the rifle and into the wind, just to get some attention.

These days if I want attention I just go for ms insomniac's boobs because even a slapdown is a cherished form of human contact.

Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 29, 2013

Oh yeah The Omega factor I loved that series . Anyone hear anything more about the American Movie based on the TV series that was proposed back in 2011, see here

My favourite scene was when Doyle was being interrogated by some pasty faced bureaucrat in some MI-6 stink hole of an operation where something went wrong....

PFB "Mr Doyle have you ever killed someone?"

Doyle "Yes" look of complete distain

PFB "How many? ten, A dozen..."

Doyle " Well you lob a grenade into a bush when you're ambushed and you don't stick around and count the bodies..."

w from brisbane mutters...

Posted November 29, 2013

I read this anecdote, a bloke said he was in a restaurant with Spike Milligan, and Edward Woodward walked in.
Apparently, Spike Milligan leapt to his feet, pointed and yelled.
"There goes Edward Woodwardwardwardwardwardward!"

Yes, Bodie and Doyle were good. They had a freewheeling, dangerous air.

Bodie - the smooth, playboy, hard man.
Doyle - the more intense man, trying to live a conventional life. Though his claims to normality were undercut by his somewhat battered face. In real life, the actor, Martin Shaw, had received some facial reconstruction after some drunken hijinks had gone horribly wrong.

damian has opinions thus...

Posted November 29, 2013

Since my wife pointed out that Edward Woodward is the sound of a fart in a bath, I haven't been able to think of him quite the same way.

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Barnesm is gonna tell you...

Posted November 29, 2013

Appearently he tried out for Bond in 80s but was his audition was reported to be "too aggressive". How awesome would that have been, instead of Moore and Dalton we could have had DOYLE as Bond.

insomniac would have you know...

Posted November 29, 2013

Boyle?

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Therbs asserts...

Posted November 29, 2013

Our sharehouse at the time called them Dodie and Boyle. There was also Gordon Jackson acting all stern and commanding while B&D took the piss and got into fights. A lot of work was needed by the stunt crew and armourers as I recall. I guess the memories seem more fun because of the distance of time. The mull bowl probably helped as well.

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Jim mumbles...

Posted November 29, 2013

I loved this show - none of the cheesiness of Statrsky & Hutch. I think they also drove a Jensen. Tough as nails was those two.

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Posted November 29, 2013

Jim, not a Jensen (you're thinking of the Persuaders) but if memory serves Doyle used to drive a Capri (the European model not the excuse for a car they sold in Oz) and Bodie mainly drove a Ford Granada.

It was a quality show for those of us who were adolescent in the 1970s

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Posted December 1, 2013

The cars they drove depends on which series you watch, in the later series Bodie had a Ford Capri and Doyle drove a Ford Escort. . Cowley had a Ford Granada.(guess which car company product placed in the show)

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Murphy asserts...

Posted November 29, 2013

Some brave few of us actually restrained our appetites and consumed only one plate of turkey and ham on this day, thank you very much.

On the other hand, I have some very nice Russian Vodkha which will see me off to Sandmanland.

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Murph

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Brother PorkChop reckons...

Posted November 29, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Murph.

Murphy puts forth...

Posted November 30, 2013

Thanks!

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Murph

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MickH has opinions thus...

Posted November 29, 2013

I might have my facts twisted but did he come THAT close to being the drummer for the beatles?

I also liked him in the SAS movie "Who dares wins" I believe he was an 'Honourary member" of the SAS too. A real rarity

Bondiboy66 reckons...

Posted December 2, 2013

The Authoritive Literature (wikipedia) says he turned down the offer to play drums for the Beatles after Pete Best left/got shoved. Also, he passed selection for the Territorial SAS - but they wouldn't have him because he was too well known.

I always missed this show as a kid (well saw some episodes) because with one tv in the house I had no say in what was on...

w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted December 2, 2013

Re: the Beatles
Lewis Collins said he was a ladies hairdresser and saw himself as a bit posh and arty. Mike McCartney, a fellow hairdresser who is Paul's McCartney brother, suggested Collins audition to replace Pete Best.
Collins thought to himself, why would I want to leave ladies hairdressing to be in that tatty group. As he explained to Mike,
"Mike, do you realise that in 2 years I could be earning 42 pounds a week?"

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damian mumbles...

Posted November 29, 2013

I loved The Professionals when I was a kid. Loved Starsky and Hutch too, but the vageuly fascistic British stuff always seemed a bit more polished than the gritty cop shows.

Actually that's a complete lie, Columbo and Quincey had it all over both... but anyhoo

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Sparty asserts...

Posted November 29, 2013

The good episodes havn't actually dated.

Also have you strip the Comic Strip pisstakes / hommages (yes both at the same time)?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bullshitters:_Roll_Out_The_Gunbarrel

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detectives_on_the_Edge_of_a_Nervous_Breakdown

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted November 30, 2013

Never saw it. Never heard of it or him. But I will check it out now. Anything that engenders enthusism and nostalgia here is worth checking out.

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted November 30, 2013

Worth it for the funky 1970s guitar licks alone

damian puts forth...

Posted November 30, 2013

The theme music was awesome, among the very best. Not just guitar though, more a full stage band with the brass taking the melody. Like proper funk did back in the day.

ShaneAlpha would have you know...

Posted December 1, 2013

It's that first explosive cord in the theme music that really grabs you, then you get the funky wah wha guitar.

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Ceartas swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 30, 2013

Don't forget he was also the lead in Who Dares Wins, the flick loosely based on the SAS raid on the Iranian Embassy in London.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Dares_Wins_(film)

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Space Jas puts forth...

Posted November 30, 2013

Greetings JB et al.

Thursday nights. I used to watch Hill Street Blues, then The Professionals, then start my Physics and Chemistry pracs that were due on Friday morning. Quality biff is always a good psych up for Physics and Chemistry.

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TeamAmerica mutters...

Posted December 2, 2013

What Paul said. Judging by the video, it was a decent action show. If the Brits sent us both Avengers series in the Sixties and Seventies, and Dr. Who in the Eighties, I'm surprised it was never shown in the US.

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tqft ducks in to say...

Posted December 4, 2013

When I get home I might crack the dvd set open along with a few cold ones over Xmas.

Splosions & fisticuffs & beer.

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andrewmagoo ducks in to say...

Posted December 4, 2013

I guess the modern equivalent is Spooks, although it never really had the testosterone-laced effectiveness of Bodie and Doyle!

I also didn't mind the New Avengers...well, Joanna Lumley anyway!

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Cool fan vid of new Dr Who intro

Posted September 26, 2013 into Telly by John Birmingham

Thanks to Mark Clarkson for this rather awesome little fan vid by Billy Dakiduk.

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Bondiboy66 is gonna tell you...

Posted September 26, 2013

I expected more swearing ala 'In The Thick of It'.

Lulu mutters...

Posted September 26, 2013

"Fuck, I'm the fucking DOCTOR, you fucking moron."

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Dave W reckons...

Posted September 26, 2013

Dammit, I wanted more.

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CoHD ducks in to say...

Posted September 26, 2013

WTF.That seemed to be a Dr Who and Game of Thrones mash up. Thumbs down to the intro. Will enjoy the show though.

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Blarkon is gonna tell you...

Posted September 26, 2013

I like this one more

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkJqRkaq8co

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Anthony mutters...

Posted September 28, 2013

And ABC iView has now got the very first few series of Doctor Who available - the proper William Hartnell ones...

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