Friday, 1 July 2022

Star Wars: Droids / Starsky & Hutch


And so they're back! In outer space! You just walked in to find Doctor Velvet and Blackout here with that patient, if faintly underwhelmed look upon their face(s)! Yes, The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour returns for another spectacular series, as some beloved favourites come under the retrospective microscope, as well as a few forgotten gems...

The first stop on tonight's excursion is a Galaxy Far, Far Away, to catch up with the goggle-eyed antics of some familiar Droids. Following which, it's a short ride back down to earth and the gritty streets of Bay City, where Messrs Starsky and Hutch have got their work cut out trying to fight crime efficiently in California bedecked in heavy knitwear.

How forgiving does one have to be of a half-hearted televisual spin-off of an iconic film series, given that the alternative is 'well, nothing at all then'? How excited can one get to be plunged into a familiar city for the very first time, with new characters that feel like old friends? And how robust is one man's coccyx that he smacks derriere-first onto the roof of his own car every single week, gradually destroying the vehicle like a painfully slow version of the bonus round in Street Fighter II?

Press the Play button and You Will* Survive to find out...

*Should. Survival not guaranteed.



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WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING:



Programme:
Droids: The Great Heep
Broadcast: Sat 08 October 1988, 08:45
Production/Channel: Nelvana Animation, Children's BBC
Writer: Ben Burtt
Music: Stewart Copeland / Derek Holt, Patricia Cullen
Director: Clive Smith
Starring: Anthony Daniels, Long John Baldry, Winston Rekert, Graeme Campbell

Programme:
Starsky & Hutch
Broadcast: Fri 23 April 1976, 21:25
Production/Channel: Spelling-Goldberg, BBC One
Writer: William Blinn
Music: Lalo Schifrin
Director: Barry Shear
Starring: Paul Michael Glaser, David Soul, Antonio Fargas, RIchard Ward



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Friday, 24 June 2022

The Moomins / My Husband And I / Science Workshop


Yes, the sun is blazing and fun is being had, which means it must be time once again for our intrepid heroes to close the curtains, open some bottles and spend what is arguably the best part of the year huddled indoors furiously scribbling notes at the idiot's lantern about programmes that normal people watched three or four decades ago then promptly forgot.

In this trailer for the exciting NEW SERIES of The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour, normal televisual service is resumed as Doctor Velvet and Blackout nurse a crushing hangover with The Moomins, pop over for drinks with My Husband And I, and invite Ozzy Bognops round to test the very nature of reality in the Science Workshop.

What is the Scandinavian for "a double alka seltzer, two hot dogs and back to bed for an hour while you STOP playing that flute"? Who has the right - or the might - to pick up Alan White's gauntlet of going round shops to perform impromptu audits on their scales? And how do we still not have day-jobs that involve necking Sherry with Mollie Sudgen in her office at 3pm?

The answers lie shortly after pressing that Play button...



WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING:


Programme:
The Moomins
Broadcast: Monday 24 January, 1983
Production/Channel: Semaphore / Jupiter Film / FilmFair, BBC One
Writer: Lucjan Dembinski, Maria Kossakowska, Tove Jansson, Anne Wood
Music: Graeme Miller, Steve Shill
Director: Lucjan Dembinski
Starring: Richard Murdoch (voice)

Programme:
My Husband And I
Broadcast: Friday 09 January, 1987
Production/Channel: Yorkshire Television, ITV
Writer: Pam Valentine, Michael Ashton
Producer/Director: Graham Wetherell
Starring: Mollie Sugden, William Moore, Deddie Davies, Carol Hawkins

Programme:
Science Workshop
Broadcast: Wednesday 18 January, 1984
Production/Channel: BBC Schools
Writer: Eurfron Jones
Producer/Director: Michael Coyle
Starring: David Hargreaves, Lilian Evans, Malcolm McFee



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Sunday, 12 June 2022

The Return of Captain Invincible


Okay, it's all very well handing in the paperwork for a superhero flick at the pitch meeting and then blowing the budget on a spy caper (yes Disney, we're looking at you) but at MountPeg Towers, capes are taken incredibly seriously. To redress the balance, our heroes have invited round the gentlemen from The ExtonMoss Experiment to form a committee for auditing silver spandex on celluloid...

And tasked with bringing the very best of cutting-edge contemporary superhuman cinema to the luxury screening room, Producer Ken has returned from Ritz with a jar of picked eggs and 1983's The Return Of Captain Invincible. It is unclear whether the tape has been rewound or just never before rented out.

How does one go about making a superhero film in the wake of Richard Donner's Superman - and starring Sir Christopher Ruddy Lee, no less - which will remain largely unseen, even in an age obsessed with superheroes? How does one maintain that it's definitely a superhero film when it features an entire song comprising lyrically of one swear-word and a scene with thirty possessed Hoovers? And what's the refund policy at the video shop?

Turn on your magnet-powers and feel the draw toward that Play button...



WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING:


Title:
The Return of Captain Invincible
Original release: 1983
Studio/Distributor: Seven Keys
Writer: Steven E. de Souza / Andrew Gaty
Music: William Motzing (score)
Producer: Andrew Gaty
Director: Philippe Mora
Starring: Alan Arkin, Christopher Lee, Kate Fitzpatrick, Michael Pate



...and if you want to read some words about the film which aren't quite so rambunctous, you can do that here:



The Return of Captain Invincible isn't currently available on the big streaming services, but fans of physical media can snag it on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray.


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Sunday, 5 June 2022

The Boys In Blue


Summer has well and truly arrived outside MountPeg Towers, and since the Happy Shopper set up their own de-liver service it can largely stay there. Faced with the unpleasant prospect of putting in the effort to get fresh air, the intrepid hosts of The Peggy Mount Sunday Matinee Hour decide the only people they want to interact with is regular guest Ozzy Bognops, so invite him round to drink port and watch a video. Again.

What's needed before the great outdoors (and/or unwashed) can be braved is some good old fashioned moral fortitude, and where better to scrape inspiration than the 1982 crime caper The Boys In Blue? Starring Messrs Cannon and Ball, it's sure to be high on laughs if not on octane. You'd think.

How is it that TV-promo spots and display merchandising turn out to be more memorable than the films they're tasked to advertise? How did a top-notch supporting cast manage to not have their careers mothballed after starring in a Confessions film without the smut? And how is it that three podcasters finished recording this episode and then talked for another 45 minutes about a film they'd spent an hour dismissing?

Fire up the siren, call in a 10-51 and find out...



WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING:


Title:
The Boys In Blue
Studio/Distributor: M.A.M., Rank Film Distributors
Writer: Val Guest
Music: Ed Welch
Producer: Brian Fox
Director: Val Guest
Starring: Tommy Cannon, Bobby Ball, Suzanne Danielle, Roy Kinnear, Eric Sykes, John Pertwee, Jack Douglas, Arthur English


And you, dear reader, may not quite remember The Boys In Blue, but rest assured it was A Thing...







...and if you want to read some words about the film which aren't quite so impertinent, you can do that here:



The Boys In Blue isn't currently available for streaming, but someone has uploaded the whole thing to YouTube and the rights-holders haven't requested it be taken down in the last six years, so what does that tell you? Fans of physical media can fill their shelves with the video tape and DVD. Ed Welch's magnificent soundtrack isn't out as an album for your music centre, but the 7" single of the title-song is.

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Sunday, 29 May 2022

Condorman


The televisual schedule continues to be utter rubbish and short of vintage gems to digest and dissect, Doctor Velvet and Blackout have once again sent Producer Ken round to the video shop to procure some small-screen cinematic entertainment for The Peggy Mount Sunday Matinee Hour...

This week he's returned with a 3L bottle of Rola Cola, a kilo of flying saucers and a well-worn tape of Charles Jarrott's blistering 1981 superhero / spy action adventure comedy, Condorman. Ken has several faults, but his ability to party is not one of them.

How does a comic-book illustrator with zero grasp of physics manage to find someone at the CIA to bankroll development of their ridiculous inventions? How easy is it to get an all-expenses-paid holiday all over Europe by telling Disney you're making a film with yellow costumes and no continuity advisor? And where do we sign up?

Thump your activator button, take a leap of faith and find out...



WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING:


Title:
Condorman
Original release: Thursday 02 July 1981 (United Kingdom)
Studio/Distributor: Walt Disney Productions / Buena Vista Distribution
Writer: Marc Stirdivant
Music: Henry Mancini
Producer: Jan Williams
Director: Charles Jarrott
Starring: Michael Crawford, Barbara Carrera, Oliver Reed, James Hampton




...and if you want to read some words about the film which aren't quite so frivolous, you can do that here:




Condorman is available to rent or buy digitally from AmazonPrime (albeit not in the UK) and on VHS or DVD, depending on your physical media preference. The soundtrack is available digitally on Spotify, and on Compact Disc if you have several hundred pounds you think you don't want (no, seriously). A novelisation was also produced, as were a series of comics.


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Sunday, 22 May 2022

Popeye


The Peggy Mount Sunday Matinee Hour video shop is open and the tapes are simply flying off the shelves. But far from numbing their brains to the latest popcorn-fodder, Doctor Velvet and Blackout prefer to crack open the reserve rum and engage with a maritime marvel from the vintage selection...

Under the critical microscope this week is Robert Altman's seminal 1980 tale of nautical neuroses, Popeye. With its comedy/adventure/musical format and a cast of certified comedy genii, horror movie icons and character actor stalwarts, there's bound to be something in here for everyone. That's what it said on the back of the box, anyway.

Which of our podcast hosts chose what could possibly be the most haunting cinematic voyage of its era? Who will pay for the years of therapy which will now be required by the other one? And who the flipping, ruddy heck was in charge of Disney's live-action quality control processes in the late 1970s?

Lash your hulls to our ports and find out...



WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING:


Title:
Popeye
Original release: Thursday 09 April 1981 (United Kingdom)
Studio/Distributor: Paramount Pictures / Walt Disney Productions
Writer: Jules Feiffer
Music: Harry Nilsson / Tom Pierson (arrangements by Van Dyke Parks)
Producer: Robert Evans
Director: Robert Altman
Starring: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Paul L Smith, Paul Dooley, Ray Walston, Donald Moffatt




...and if you want to read some words about the film which aren't quite so caustic, you can do that here:



Popeye is available to buy on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray, with a soundtrack album on CD and Vinyl. A novelisation was also produced.


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Star Wars: Droids / Starsky & Hutch

And so they're back! In outer space! You just walked in to find Doctor Velvet and Blackout here with that patient, if faintly un...