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The Lake District: A Wild Year Premieres on BBC-2 on 17 Feb

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Unmissable documentary The Lake District: A Wild Year premieres on BBC-2 on 17 February at 9.00pm and in England’s largest national park nothing stands still, everything is in a state of continuous change.

Using a huge range of photographic techniques, The Lake District: A Wild Year gives a new and unique perspective on a year in the life of the Lake District, and an insight into the wildlife and people who live in this dramatic landscape.

Fixed cameras all over the Lake District show the scenery as it transforms; changes that take weeks and months appear to pass in seconds. As the year begins, ice and snow give way to the green and sunshine – and truly British rain – of spring and summer, followed by the violent storms and deep-freeze of autumn and winter. Throughout this, the animals, plants and people that call the Lake District home have to weather everything that this stunning landscape can throw at them.

Elsewhere, unique Lake District stories continue to unfold. Herdwick sheep give birth to their lambs, signaling the traditional start of the year, while climbers rescue sheep trapped on rocky ledges, caterpillars gingerly ‘disarm’ seed pods so they can feed before the pods explode, and the record floods of December 2015 rip through the fells and towns alike.

Deep within ancient dry-stone walls, baby slugs have the perfect place to hatch, and tiny Jumping Spiders hunt amongst the rocks. Tourists brave the April showers, while thousands of people take to the water in the biggest lake swimming event in Europe.

From shepherds herding thousands of sheep down from the mountain tops, to Red Squirrels – in one of their few English strongholds – burying nuts to feed themselves over winter, to mountaineers braving the frozen peaks, each story takes a new approach to show the challenges of living with the turbulent and unpredictable year.

The Lake District: A Wild Year airs on Friday 17 February 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC Two.

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Halt And Catch Fire: Who Needs A Guy (AMC 30 Sep 2017, with Mackenzie Davis)

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Halt and Catch Fire

On the seventh episode of Halt and Catch Fire’s final season, Who Needs a Guy, Joe and Gordon discuss Comet’s future. Donna takes a vacation. A new collaborator challenges Cameron. Bos and Diane make a life-altering choice.

Cast: Lee Pace as Joe MacMillan, Mackenzie Davis as Cameron Howe, Scoot McNairy as Gordon Clark, Kerry Bishé as Donna Clark, Toby Huss as John Bosworth, and Anna Chlumsky as Dr. Katie Herman.

Series: Halt and Catch Fire Season 4 Episode 7
Air Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST on AMC

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Shining Hour, The (MGM 1938, Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas)

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The Shining Hour

Joan Crawford stars in familiar melodrama The Shining Hour about a nightclub singer who marries wealthy Melvyn Douglas and goes to live on the family estate. Tensions arise as sister-in-law Fay Bainter takes an instant dislike to her and brother-in-law Young finds her irresistible. Coscripted by poet Ogden Nash.

The movie is based on Keith Winter’s play, which is set amongst quiet English farms. Screenwriters Jane Murfin and Ogden Nash altered the setting to focus on a wealthy Wisconsin land-owning family.

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Joan Crawford as Olivia Riley
Margaret Sullavan as Judy Linden
Robert Young as David Linden
Melvyn Douglas as Henry Linden
Fay Bainter as Hannah Linden
Allyn Joslyn as Roger Q. Franklin
Hattie McDaniel as Belvedere
Oscar O’Shea as Charlie Collins
Frank Albertson as Benny Collins
Harry Barris as Bertie

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Director: Frank Borzage
Producer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Director of Photography: George J. Folsey
Editor: Frank E. Hull
Composer: Franz Waxman
Screenwriters: Jane Murfin, Ogden Nash
Production Designers: Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse

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Country: USA
Studio: MGM
Year of Release: 1938
Duration: 76 minutes

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Crusade (TNT 1999, Gary Cole, Daniel Dae Kim)

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Crusade 1999

In this scifi spin off from Babylon 5 the crew of the starship Excalibur headed by Captain Matthew Gideon (Gary “Midnight Caller” Cole) are sent on a desperate search to the ends of the universe in order to find a possible cure for a disease which is threatening to wipe out humankind.

Crusade was Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski’s follow up to that show, intended to run for a possible five years it ended up running for 13 episodes, thanks in no small part to an ongoing battle between Straczynski and original broadcaster TNT over the episode running order (apparently TNT pretty much ignored Straczynski’s proposed running order).

Crusade mixs in elements of Babylon 5, Star Trek and even Wagon Train as it charts the journey of the crew of the Excalibur, set in 2267AD the Earth has been engaged in a long and bloody war with the alien Drakh nation, after defeating the aliens it is learned that they have left behind a deadly virus that could destroy all life on Earth within five years if a cure isn’t found; That was the hook of course – what happens next is that the crew of the Excalibur embark on the classic scifi quest format while having adventures along the way.

Most of the 13 episodes here, whilst being essential serial in nature can still be viewed as self contained stories. The characters are all well drawn with Gary Cole’s Gideon and Peter Woodward’s Galen being the stand outs in fact Galen probably gets more of a share of the action than anyone else, as in Babylon 5 the scripts are excellent, weighty, talky and allow the cast to invest some emotional depth into their roles.

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USA / TNT – Babylonian – Warner / 13×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 June – 1 September 1999

Creator/Executive Producer: J. Michael Straczynski

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GARY COLE as Captain Matthew Gideon
DANIEL DAE KIM as Lt John Matheson
CARRIE DOBRO as Dureena NaFeel
PETER WOODWARD as Galen
MAR JEAN HOLDEN as Dr Sarah Chamber
DAVID ALLAN BROOKS as Max Eilerson
TRACY SCOGGINS as Captain Elizabeth Lochley

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