Television

The League Returns

Hello, hello what’s going on? What’s all this shouting? We’ll have no trouble here!

You must have heard the local news by now – we’re going straight back to Royston Vasey later on this year! (Did we ever leave, that’s the question).

The BBC have confirmed the return of much-loved dark sitcom The League of Gentlemen, frontlined by Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, with Jeremy Dyson completing the foursome from behind the camera.

In terms of being part of the fandom, I’m fairly new to the game considering it’s approaching its 20th anniversary. I absolutely binged it earlier this year after discovering it was the same writers of the beautifully twisted Inside No. 9, a show I had fallen in love with since watching an episode at uni.

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For whatever reason at the time, I had felt myself become disenfranchised with script writing, but both Inside and League reignited that little flame inside of me. Not only did I want to watch them all the time, but I also wanted to know where the ideas came from, how they grew, how they were worked and stretched. I wanted to know everything, so I watched every single video and read every article I could find… I became thoroughly engrossed in Royston Vasey and the masterminds behind it.

We’re expecting three special episodes to be aired this year, and that’s all the information that’s been released so far. How exciting!

If you haven’t watched The League of Gentlemen, you can stream it on Netflix or get the DVD from the usual places like Amazon and HMV – it’s as simple as Mickey. I can’t recommend it enough, and surely as someone who’s seen each episode upwards of 10 times, that’s a good enough endorsement for you?

Just bear in mind that once you arrive at Royston Vasey, you’ll never leave…

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Entertainment, Film

Beautiful BAFTA

The BAFTAs were on last night, the grand film event hosted by the ever amazing Stephen Fry. It’s always a treat to watch, seeing as it’s basically our equivalent of the Oscars (sort of) and it’s great to see awesome films get recognition for all the hard work, blood and sweat that goes into them. The one aspect of award ceremonies that gets me, though, is when they pay tribute to members of the film industry that have passed away since the last awards. Of course, it’s always heartbreaking to remember who we have lost but it really got me thinking about how the film industry is an incredibly tight knit community, despite how vast and large it is. So many people are connected within the industry and particularly among the top names, everyone has worked with everyone.

It’s got to be one of the only industries where you can know a person without actually knowing them, either because they’re famous, or because they’re a friend of a friend. It’s difficult to be famous in film and not have people feel like they’re your buddy. But isn’t it wonderful that the film industry pays its respects to those who have contributed hours of their lives to film? The big one, Sir Richard Attenborough was heartbreaking to watch but it’s beautiful realising that his life is captured in films and that he has affected so many others, without even knowing them. Being in films as an actor means that audiences grow up with you, they see you develop and mature both mentally and physically and it truly is a beautiful thing.

One of the most shocking deaths has been Robin Williams who, especially amongst my generation has watched over us grow up in the shape of the Genie, Professor Brainard (Flubber) and Mrs Doubtfire. It’s impressive how a person that you don’t know or have never met can affect you in such a way when they die because it always felt as if they were there in your living room, with you, with a variety of voices and faces.

Of course, the BAFTAs and other awards ceremonies are for the purpose of celebrating, but the time that they give to people who have passed is equally as celebratory and important. Being in film ensures that your life is preserved forever and that is why I think the film industry is so beautiful. It’s so vast, yet it’s so close.

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Entertainment, Review, Television

New Page: Life on Mars

“My name is Sam Tyler.

I had an accident and woke up in 1973.

Am I mad, in a coma, or back in time?

Whatever’s happened, it’s like I’ve landed on a different planet.

Now, maybe if I can work out the reason, I can get home.”

This is my favourite TV show and I remember actually watching it when it was being broadcast on the TV, which I’m afraid I can’t say a lot for nowadays. As soon as I watched the first episode, I was hooked, it was like something I had never seen before and I just fell in love with it immediately. It has to be said that my favourite character is the might Gene Hunt, Detective Chief Inspector of the Greater Manchester Police in 1973. I mean, it’s such an original idea: a cop from 2006 is in a car accident and when he wakes up, he’s gone back in time by 33 years, he’s been demoted to Detective Inspector and gets flashbacks to his childhood as a four year old and hears hospital noises from the  present day.

I’m not going to go into some massive review about it, there’s no point and I can’t be bothered to be frank. But I will say that I found it so easy to fall in love with all the characters; Sam, Gene, Chris, Ray and Annie and then all the extras that dip in and out as they do in dramas.

So instead of going off on one about how amazing Life on Mars is, this page is going to be filled with pictures and things like that, because they’re far more interesting than reading the crap that comes out of my brain and onto the computer, right? :)

BUT! DO NOT confuse this Life on Mars with the utterly SHITE American rip off. No, just no. It even got cancelled before the first series finished. Only watch the English version. The only version.

From left to right: Chris, Gene, Sam, Ray, Annie

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I want this t-shirt!

And some of the beauty of Gene Hunt for you…

Here’s the link for the Life on Mars Page: https://briholme.wordpress.com/tv/life-on-mars/