Nigel Kneale's adaptation of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four was one of the most controversial television programmes of its time
. Broadcast live, it made "unusually extensive and imaginative use of filmed inserts (14 in total). These sequences bought time for the more elaborate costume changes or scene set-ups, but also served to 'open out' the action.
" And now you can watch it too! The full version is currently on Youtube
. Short of the John Hurt film released in 1984 being posted online, the 1954 BBC TV adaptation is about as doubleplusgood as it gets for now. [more inside]
40 years ago, a small crew of filmmakers set out to document some of the more pressing issues involving wildlife in America. They made eight half-hour films around the country and in doing so made what is believed to be the first environmental TV series in the US. Entitled Our Vanishing Wilderness
, all eight episodes are now online and free to view here.
What's After the Credits?
is a handy website which tells you if a movie
, television show
or video game
has any extra or special scenes during the credits or post credits, known 'in the biz' as a Stinger
. And if after checking out those websites you're tired of just reading about these post-credit scenes, check out a whole bunch of them by following this link to Youtube
The Doctor is set to regenerate once again as David Tennant calls time on Doctor Who. "When Doctor Who returns in 2010 it won’t be with me
" Tennant, widely acknowledged as one of the most popular actors ever to play the Doctor, said. "Now don’t make me cry. The 2009 shows will be my last playing the doctor.” [more inside]
has started to attract criticism lately
over its tendancy to offer more questions than answers to its viewers. With that in mind, IGN has this week produced a lost of its Top 50 Lost Loose Ends
The punkiest Monkey that ever popped from an egg on a mountain top, the one and only Monkey from cult Japanese TV series Monkey Magic
, is finally coming back to our TV screens
after a 30 year absence. Monkey will be played in the new series by Shingo Katori
and even with blonde hair, in the role of Monkey he will no doubt tease the Gods and everyone and, presumably, have some fun while he's at it.
If, like me, you grew up on a steady diet of TV in either the 70s, 80s or 90s, then head on over to Retro Junk
. There you'll remember such classics as, for example, The Spiderman Live Action Series
from the 70s, Thundercats
from the 80s or the legendary Samurai Pizza Cats
from the 90s. It even has archives for commercials
from these eras as well, just to really complete that sense of nostalgia.