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Dr Who Audio Adventures: Flip Flop



Distributor: Big Finish
Writer: Jonathan Morris
Director: Gary Russell
Starring: Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor,Bonnie Langford as Mel
Release Date: July 2003

Reviewer: Peter Richie
Christmas Eve in the year 3060, and the planet Puxatornee is home to a prosperous human colony.

A space craft has arrived in orbit carrying the Slithergees, a race of obsequious alien slugs. Their home world has been destroyed and they are humbly requesting permission to settle on the first moon.

And if they don’t get permission, then they are humbly threatening to declare all-out war.

The future hangs in the balance. The decision rests with Bailey, the colony’ s president – but she has other things on her mind.

Christmas Eve in the year 3090, and the planet Puxatornee has changed beyond all recognition.

The Doctor and Mel arrive, on a completely unrelated mission to defeat a race of terrible monsters, and soon discover that something rather confusing has been happening to history.

Flip-Flop is a unique innovation in storytelling. A Doctor Who adventure told over two CDs, one black, one white – where the CDs can be listened to in either order.

This story takes place between ” Paradise Towers ” and “Delta and the Bannermen”.

What a clever story, what a great production. This release is a 2 disc set, which we are assured on the cover represents good value for money. There is a black disc and a white disc and to quote the writer “it’s not a puzzle, to try and find out which way round is the “proper” or “canonical” way of listening to the CD’s. Because there honestly isn’t one”

These two discs revolve (no pun intended) around the happenings on the planet “Puxitornee”. Which I found amusing as that is the name of the town in the movie ground hog day (although it is spelt differently). This gives a hint of both the humour involved in the script and the way events unfold in the story. Sylvester McCoy, gives a passable performance as the Doctor, although I understand from my research that he is not nearly the most popular Doctor from the TV Series. He represents the 8th (or is it the 7th??) incarnation of the Doctor in the TV Series (and therefore the DW Universe). He certainly likes to rrrrrrrroll his r’s at everrrrrrrrry possible opporrrrrrrrrtunity. Which may annoy some listeners.

Bonnie Langford, as the Doctors clean living sidekick puts in a great performance, offering up some remarkable insights into the intricacies of time and some great straight lines. The script is peppered with humour and references to the Doctor Who series and universe. “Why do all corridors all look the same” being a reference to the low budget sets used in the TV Series. The Slithergee voices are excellent, the line “poor blind Slithergee” seems to get trotted out on a regular basis, but they are creatures which generate very little sympathy from the listener.

I am a little concerned at the covert racist undertones of this work. It deals with a society being confronted by a “minority” (The Slithergee) claiming to be refugees and how they are dealt with by the Puxatornee society. There are references to appeasement and giving into the voices of the minority. There may be parallels in the settlement of areas such as South Africa and North America , by the British Empire . This concern may be reading far too much into the sub text of the work, but I thought it worth mentioning. Never the less an entertaining audio drama and would require some quiet attention to be able to spot inconsistencies in the time lines. My admiration to the writer as he must have had to keep very intricate notes to keep the 2 stories the same.

– Peter Ritchie.



Dave Saint Show, The (UK Play 2000, John Thomson, Alexander Kirk)




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The Dave Saint Show was a comedy about a useless heavy metal DJ on a local radio station. As was usual with with shows on extra terrestrial channel UK Play music videos were interspersed throughout the show.

production details
UK / UK Play – Channel X / x30 minute episodes / Broadcast 2000

Writers: Alexander Kirk, Simon Messingham / Script Consultant: Stacy Herbert / Music: Steve Cripps, Dan Mendford / Costumes: Pookie Russell / Producer: Jim Reid / Director: Mark Mylod

JOHN THOMSON as Dave Saint

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Game of Thrones Season Six Opener reviews from around and about




Assorted reviews from the interweb of the season six opener for Game Of Thrones.

Game of Thrones is back, with a premiere full of shocks, bloody acts and creepy reveals – but no definite answer about the fate of Jon Snow.

Season six is the first time the TV series has moved ahead of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, so even dedicated readers have no idea what will happen. Reviewers say the first episode, The Red Woman, resolved some of the cliffhangers from the last series, but also has a few shocks in store, including one very creepy reveal involving a leading lady.

“The tension was incredible,” says Ed Power in the Daily Telegraph.

Season six opened with the camera swooping low over Castle Black and pausing on noble Jon Snow after his bloody run-in with the traitorous Night’s Watch.

“Alas, the Bastard of Winterfell (Kit Harington) was, for the time being at least, staying very dead indeed,” says Power. This was confirmed by “a haunting close-up of his waxy visage and the pool of scarlet arranged like a skewed halo”.

Short of spelling out: “He’s dead!” in huge flaming letters, the writers couldn’t have driven the point home harder, adds the critic, who asks whether this was “a sadistic riposte to fans” who have waited a year to see if their heart-throb will return or “a sleight-of-hand intended to make his eventual reappearance all the more dramatically satisfying”.

Christopher Hooton in The Independent writes: “The last season of Game of Thrones didn’t so much end on a cliff-hanger as a splat on the beach below. Jon Snow is unequivocally dead,” or so we’ve been repeatedly told over the past few months.

However, he adds, the sheer amount of screen time given to his body “suggested more than just a ‘funeral then we all move on with our lives’ narrative”.

With the “obligatory Jon Snow death check” out of the way, this episode was mostly about setting up the playing field for the rest of the season, continues the critic.

Indeed, it was “a sombre, sturdy opening”, says Matt Fowler on IGN. While “not a high watermark for the show”, the series’ opener resolved some cliff-hangers and included “a big creepy reveal regarding Melisandre right at the end”.

It also set up the pieces on the chessboard and managed to touch upon just about every character in the ensemble, says the journalist, a much easier task these days, “now that the herd is so thin”.

Yes, it was a “table-setting episode”, says Daniel Fienberg at the Hollywood Reporter, as premieres are supposed to be. The episode did what it needed, putting this mammoth locomotive back on the track.

Being Game of Thrones, however, there were a few shockers, including some gory violence and nudity that is “more shocking in its narrative ramifications than its gratuity or titillation”. And while the answer to Snow’s wellbeing comes quickly, says Fienberg, “it needn’t necessarily be permanent, because what things are?”

Source: The Week

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Columbo Series Three Region 1 DVD Review




Distributor: Universal Home Entertainment

Certificate: Not Rated | 11 Hours and 24 minutes
Available to buy

Extras: Yes

Peter Falk, Martin Sheen, Vincent Price, Deidre Hall, Jackie Cooper

The Columbo releases from Universal are now upto the third season and of course by now it is full steam ahead as Columbo really hits its stride, of course the basic premise of the show dictates that we know who the killer is right from the get go but by the third season the audience was lapping up the way the Superlative Peter Falk as Lt Columbo doggedly pursued

his villain who were always lulled into a false sense of security by Columbo’s grubby mac, battered old car and down at heel demeanour, all tactics designed to throw the suspect off guard before he lets them know that he knows they did it.

Spread over two double sided discs this nicely put together set features all 8 feature length season three episodes, Columbo’s cases include the mysterious death of a well known author, a country singer who is prime suspect in a murder case, he also finds time to uncover police corruption and political skullduggery. Columbo also always managed to attract a high level of guest and this series includes the legendary Johnny Cash in the episode Swan Song as well as the likes of

Jose Ferrier, Vincent Price, Martin Sheen, Dana Elcar and Robert Culp. A classy slice of 1970’s Tec TV Heaven, Columbo always entertains and should be on any Classic TV fans must have list.

There’s a great bonus episode from the series Mrs Columbo (which many have claimed isn’t a spin off from Columbo but having now seen an episode it clearly is) this is called Murder Is A Parlour Game (from 1979) and features Kate Mulgrew as Kate Columbo, journalist on a small local paper and married to a never seen Lt Columbo, she investigates when a suicide case appears to be murder, the excellent Donald Pleasance guest stars, this is great fun and is hopefully a precursor to the whole series getting a release.

Please note: This article predates the published date and is from the old HTML version of Memorable TV and is part of our From The Archives collection.

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