Outland (1981)

In a titanium mining colony on Jupiter's volcanic moon, Io, workers have been taking an illegal super-amphetamine to increase their output so they can earn overtime bonuses. But after ten months of the stuff, they become psychotic and start to disconnect their air hoses or step out of air locks or brandish knives - anything to(...)

Rockers (1978)

At its best, Rockers, a picaresque reggae romp, is an enjoyable wallow in Kingston (Jamaica) slum culture. The star, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, has an engaging, deadpan charm and the natural, loose-limbed shuffle that it took Mick Jagger years to master. Most of the main characters are real people, playing themselves, primarily reggae artists and producers. But(...)

Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, The

1 9 8 7 - 1 9 9 1 (USA) 65 x 30 minute episodes Molly Dodd (Blair Brown) was a thirty-something divorced woman living in New York and facing the comedy and drama of a widely changing career, difficulties of apartment living, and a complicated love life. The show moved to cable (Lifetime) after(...)

TV Batman actor Adam West dies at 88

10 June 2017 Adam West, the US actor best known as the star of the hit 1960s TV series Batman, has died aged 88. West died peacefully in Los Angeles after a brief battle with leukaemia, a family spokesperson said. His tongue-in-cheek portrayal of Batman and the superhero's alter ego Bruce Wayne won a cult following.(...)

Mazzy Starr

From 1984 to 1987, songwriter-guitarist David Roback, already known for his work in Rain Parade, and Kendra Smith, the former bass player for the Dream Syndicate, were the nucleus of a band called Opal. Their album Happy Nightmare Baby stunned critics and college radio with its bristling, loopy guitar dysphasia. Halfway through an American tour(...)

Shag (1989)

This coming-of-age comedy set in South Carolina in 1963 has a seductive charm that sneaks up on you. The slender plot pivots on a weekend fling at the beach planned by three Southern belles (Bridget Fonda, Annabeth Gish and Page Hannah) for their friend, bride-to-be Phoebe Cates. Cates has her best screen role to date(...)

Awakenings (1990)

This true story is adapted from a 1973 book by Dr Oliver Sacks, a clinical neurologist who in a New York hospital in 1969 used the experimental drug L-dopa to awaken a group of patients suffering from Encephalitis lethargica. These survivors of a post-World War I sleeping sickness epidemic had lived in a state of(...)

Great Buildings

With their seamless harmonies and carefully constructed, classically styled pop tunes, Great Buildings were the LA band with the best shot at wide AOR and Top 40 radio play in the post-Knack early 80s. Songwriters Danny Wilde and Ian Ainsworth met in The Quick, Kim Fowley's early glitter-punk outfit who released a sole album, Mondo Deco.(...)

Jesus Jones

Dozens of English guitar bands converted to dance music following the success of Happy Mondays and others. Mike Edwards and company were a guitar band of no fixed style until 1988 when they took a holiday in Spain and decided to reinvent themselves. Needing a new moniker to inspire their resurrection, they paired a popular(...)

Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt Kickers

Bobby Pickett originally wanted to be an actor - in fact, you can watch him co-starring with Deborah Walley and Tommy Kirk in the 1967 teen flick It's A Bikini World. But his claim to immortality turned out to be a record, Monster Mash, which hit #1 in 1962. Born in Somerville, Massachusetts, in 1938, Pickett settled in(...)

Love of Mike, The

1 9 6 0 (UK) 30 x 30 minute episodes This now-forgotten sitcom about Mike Lane, a dance band trumpeter with a frantic love life, was written for Michael Medwin, recently demobbed from The Army Game. Mike was always broke, always short of rent, and always running after easy money or a hard-to-get blonde. He was an inveterate(...)

Happy Holidays

1 9 5 4 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes This BBC comedy series was written by Peter Ling (co-creator of Compact and Crossroads) and broadcast on Saturday afternoons between July and September, throughout the school holidays of 1954. Real life husband and wife John Le Mesurier and Hattie Jacques played Mr and Mrs Mulberry - a(...)

Target Luna

1 9 6 0 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes This sci-fi drama from ATV was produced by Sydney Newman and made for Sunday afternoon family viewing. Professor Wedgwood (David Markham) is ready to send the first man to the moon from his base on a remote island off the coast of Scotland (although location shooting took(...)

Beasts

1 9 7 6 (UK) 6 x 60 minute episodes A series of six effective and concise horror/mystery stories commissioned by ATV from producer Nicholas Palmer and writer Nigel Kneale (creator of Quatermass) transmitted on Saturday nights. Laden with suspense, drama and a thick vein of black humour, each stand-alone television play was a variation on(...)

Best of Enemies

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 6 9 (UK) 5 x 30 minute episodes Television's first attempt to poke fun at the world of politics from within the Houses of Parliament in a situation comedy came from the pens of Vince Powell and Harry Driver. The series revolved around two MPs - one Labour, one(...)

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