22nd September 2008
and additions to the
database this week include: Hitchcockian thriller
Clouded Yellow; the classic Alec Guinness comedy
Horse's Mouth; new dates and more details of Shameless'
Strip Nude For Your Killer and Maurizio Lucidi's 1971 remake of
Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train,
Designated Victim; Robert Altman's 1997 mini-series
Skinemax softcore favourites
Vanessa, from Severin; the fourth season of
and a Half Men; 1955 biopic
Benny Goodman Story; Antonioni's Red Desert, on
Blu-ray, from the BFI; a compilation of sketches from the Dangerous
Brothers (Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall, titled
Dangervision; a box set of
Stanley Baxter TV Specials; a fiftieth anniversary edition of
Vertigo; a box set of the
Star Wars Prequels; a special Edition version of Lindsay
This Sporting Life; and pitiful spoof
Kaleidoscope Publishing is releasing a book
about the long-running Radio 4 sketch show Week Ending. Here's the
Minister, You Wanted To See Me?" - A History of Week Ending
27 October 2008
RRP: £24.99 + P&P from Kaleidoscope
The Radio Show That Launched A Thousand
In the spring of 1970, BBC Radio 4
premiered a new late-night topical sketch show. Initially an unassuming
antidote to the week's events, Week Ending grew to become the
nerve-centre of new writing in British comedy. It existed in part as a
place for scriptwriters to learn the ropes, before graduating to Not
The Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image and beyond. It also
provided an early platform for Britain's best-loved performers, amongst
them Steve Coogan, David Jason and Tracey Ullman. However, by its eventual
demise in 1998, Week Ending had become a neglected and
much-maligned programme. What caused it to lose ground as the respected
entry point, and how did it sustain itself for so long?
In "Prime Minister, You Wanted To See
Me?"' - the substantial opening article - researchers Ian Greaves and
Justin Lewis unpack the series' long and convoluted history with the
assistance of more than fifty contributors, including Sally Grace, Andy
Hamilton, Armando Iannucci, Nigel Rees, David Renwick, Sheila Steafel,
Bill Wallis and series co-creator Simon Brett. This background story
reveals a constantly evolving programme, often rocked and ravaged by the
ambitions of an apparently endless parade of new producers, not to mention
a Radio Light Entertainment department in varying states of health.
What follows is a comprehensive guide to
all 1132 regular editions of Week Ending, as well as compilations,
specials and merchandise. The archives of the BBC have been raided for an
exhaustive account of who wrote what and when, and under which producer.
Fully cross-referenced, the early work of major writers and performers -
Douglas Adams, David Baddiel, Jeremy Hardy, Harry Hill - is given in-depth
treatment for the very first time. A History of Week Ending
provides a window on a major 'lost history', and finally casts light on
many artists' early days in what Stewart Lee dubbed 'the saltmines of
* Introduction by series co-creator Simon
* A revealing and expansive opening article
which explores the series' history.
* A complete episode guide for every
broadcast - close to 600 pages in total - including recording information,
transmissions, durations, sketch titles and itemised programme breakdowns
with full writing and performing credits. Based on the holdings of the
BBC's Written Archives Centre, as well as surviving recordings, this is a
groundbreaking account of a series which spawned almost 25,000 broadcast
* A fully cross-referenced index of series
contributors - actors, writers, producers, studio managers, production
secretaries, editors etc. - indicating their precise appearances
throughout the programme's 28-year history.
* Signature Tunes: background information
for all four series themes.
* Merchandise Guide: details on the show's
spin-off book and cassette release.
* Archive Details: an at-a-glance guide to
missing episodes, partially recovered material and the survival rate of
broadcast master tapes.
* Miscellany: lists revealing the answers
to such burning questions as 'Who was the most prolific writer?', and 'Who
produced the most editions?'
* Documentaries: a look at TV and radio
features about Week Ending.
* Parodies: analysis of several spoofs of
Week Ending, including exclusive research regarding On The Hour
and The Burkiss Way.
You can order the book directly from
Kaleidoscope - their preferred method - or from
Here are the
details of the forthcoming H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon...
Cosmic Horror Invades Portland, Oregon
H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon
at the Hollywood Theatre
Celebrates Film & Culture Influenced by the Master of Cosmic Horror
PORTLAND, OR, OCTOBER 3RD, 4TH, & 5TH The
stars will be right once again for Portland Oregon's own H.P. Lovecraft
Film Festival & CthulhuCon. An annual event founded in 1995, the festival
attracts filmmakers, authors, artists, and nearly two thousand movie goers
who gather in the historic 1926 Hollywood Theatre to watch feature-length
and short films, attend panels, and purchase genre related merchandise.
As part of Dark Horse's commitment to keep the horror genre alive and
twitching in comics and other dark corners of the world, we are proud to
sponsor Portland's annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. This homegrown
annual festival has gained international attention in recent years and
draws fans and special guests from all corners of the world, remarks Dark
Horse editor Shawna Gore.
Now that Starbucks are apparently just
seeds for flowering bushes of gentrification blooming all over town, thank
god we have things like the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival to keep Portland
weird, in the eternally funky Hollywood theatre, quips Dark Horse
editor Scott Allie.
This year's guests include Author Guest of
Honour Brian Lumley (Necroscope, Titus Crowe) and Artist
Guest of Honour Mike Mignola (Hellboy). Many other notable artists
and authors will be attending and participating in panel discussions,
including author Robert M. Price, scholar S.T. Joshi, author Laird Barron,
Rue Morgue editor Jovanka
Vuckovic and many others.
Here are just a few highlights from this
year's film offerings:
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown, a new
documentary featuring interviews with Guillermo del Toro, John Carpenter,
Neil Gaiman and more
AM 1200, a delightfully creepy and
masterfully crafted thriller from award-winning DVD Producer David Prior
(Flight Club, Master & Commander, Zodiac)
Eel Girl, a cautionary tale about the
dangers of getting too close to your work, featuring spectacular creature
makeup from WETA Workshop's Gino Acevedo
The Casting Call of Cthulhu, A humorous
take on the process of casting a Lovecraftian film, with auditions from
actors both comic and cosmic
The Dunwich Horror, a new feature
treatment of Lovecraft's classic tale starring Jeffrey Combs and Dean
Hellboy, a special screening of the
original 2004 movie followed by a Q&A session with Hellboy creator, Mike
Another highlight of the festival will be
the live dramatic performances of M.R. James' gothic horror tales by
award-winning actor Robert Lloyd Parry. Our musical guests this year will
be The Darkest Of The Hillside Thickets, who'll be performing at a special
afterhours party at Tony Starlight's Supper Club and Lounge. The festival
will even be hosting a wedding ceremony (the fifth in the festival's
Sponsors include Dark Horse, Baseline
Studio Systems, Film Action Oregon, Night Shade Books, Bullseyedisc, and
Lurker Films. Vendors include Cosmic Monkey, Pagan Publishing, Rainy Day
Games, Centipede Press, Sigh Co Graphics, and more.
This October 3rd, 4th, and 5th, the three
screens of the Hollywood Theatre will be aglow with cosmic horror and the
dark seats and hallways of that historic structure will be literally
crawling with fans of H.P. Lovecraft and his literary, artistic, and
cinematic legacy. Tickets are available through the festivalʼs website and
PDX Ticket Network. Day passes are $15 for Friday, $18 for Saturday and
$18 for Sunday. Passes for the entire three-day-and-night event start at
The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, founded
in 1995 by Andrew Migliore, celebrates H.P. Lovecraft, the master of
Gothic horror. Starting with the goal of encouraging more adaptations for
film and television, the festival has exploded into a multi-media,
multicity event hosting such distinguished guests as singer/poet Patti
Smith, author Ramsey Campbell, and actors Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton,
and Christopher Heyerdahl.
A haven for filmmakers and fans, the
festival has created its own following: a unique community of iconoclasts,
all speaking the international language of cosmic horror.
Lurker Films Inc. produces the Zompire Film
Festival every May and the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival every October.
The Hollywood Theatre is at 4122 NE Sandy
More details at the
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