Sunday, 15 May 2022

The Spaceman and King Arthur (aka Unidentified Flying Oddball)


But lo, something is in the air! The evenings are lighter, the breeze is warmer and the studio at MountPeg Towers might even be getting closer to its annual clean (don't hold your breath. Actually, holding your breath in there might be an idea). Yes, spring has sprung and drink will be drunk as Doctor Velvet and Blackout presage the new series of The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour with a quintet of special episodes focusing on big screen entertainment; albeit viewed on a small screen...

The first cinematic gem to stagger through the mists of time is Disney's 1979 live-action historical sci-fi farce, The Spaceman and King Arthur (aka Unidentified Flying Oddball), with a welter of British talent and perhaps more sauce than one might expect for this sort of dish.

Just how loose can The Science be in a script, before it can no longer be legally classified as science-fiction? Just how tense can an auditorium of accompanying adults become as a film tries to balance Arthurian legend hat-tips and a running joke about bongo mags? And which of our impressionable hosts was brainwashed by the film into belting bits of old metal with a hammer in order to make magnets?

Our Feature Presentation is one way to find out...



WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING:


Programme:
The Spaceman and King Arthur
Original release: 12 August 1979
Production/Channel: Walt Disney Productions / Buena Vista Distribution
Writer: Don Tait
Music: Ron Goodwin
Producer/Director: Ron Miller / Russ Mayberry
Starring: Dennis Dugan, Sheila White, Jim Dale, Ron Moody, Kenneth More, John Le Mesurier, Rodney Bewes, Pat Roach, Bruce Boa






In the future they can paint out the wires, but not in the past...




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



The Spaceman and King Arthur is on the roster of Disney+ and available to rent or buy digitally from YouTube and Amazon Prime. A DVD release, VHS and novelisation are also available on the secondary-market.



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Friday, 14 January 2022

The Tomorrow People: The Monsoon Man


And as sure as night follows day, any exploratory jaunt into the televisual recesses of the 1970s in a bid to disprove proponents of misty-eyed nostalgia for 'telly the way it used to be' should be swiftly complemented by a trip to the mid-90s and the realisation that maybe it's just been slightly crap all along...

Yes, Doctor Velvet and Blackout have left the confines of MountPeg Towers once again and are being very kindly catered to by Simon and Ken at The ExtonMoss Experiment. In their collective quest to put away the gin as if a CSI team were about to come round looking for it, the fearsome foursome have returned to carry on demolishing The Tomorrow People, this time in its five-part story arc The Monsoon Man (I - II - III - IV - V).

How has throwing money at a TV programme somehow resulted in it becoming more bland? Which member of the cast once eyed up Doctor Velvet's hot dog at a Michael Jackson concert? And can Dame Peggy Mount's array of voluminous hat and cape combination-sets be any consolation for a distinct lack of blue leotards this time around?

The best way to find out is by pressing that button with the triangle on it...



WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING:


Programme:
The Tomorrow People: The Monsoon Man (Parts 1-5)
Broadcast: Tuesdays, 08 February - 15 March 1994, 16:40
Production/Channel: Thames, ITV
Writer: Lee Pressman, Grant Cathro, Roger Price (created by)
Music: Andrew Phillips
Producer/Director: Alan Horrox, Niall Leonard
Starring: Peggy Mount, Naomie Harris, Kristian Schmid, Christian Tessier, Laurence Bouvard, Christopher Benjamin, William Hootkins, Kerry Shale





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Friday, 7 January 2022

The Tomorrow People: The Living Skins


In the first of a two-part reciprocation under the UK Podcast Exchange Visit Programme®, Messrs Velvet and Blackout of The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour arrive on the doorstep of The ExtonMoss Experiment bearing travel sickness, clanking bottles, and vociferous opinions...

Under the shared microscope of retrospective televisual appreciation, this critical quartet dissect The Tomorrow People's 1978 duology The Living Skins, where cutting-edge Fashion™, extra-terrestrial terror and unexamined pages from the RADA coursework syllabus collide.

What are the odds of gathering four sci-fi geeks in a room and learning two of them haven't seen one of the most iconic genre-series of all time? What are the chances of a low-budget 1970s television production accurately predicting the late-80s horror of shell suits? What's the betting there won't be any gin left?

Unleash the Play-button to find out...



WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING:


Programme:
The Tomorrow People: A Harmless Fashion
Broadcast: Mon 06 November 1978, 16:45
Channel/Production: Thames Television, ITV
Writer: Roger Price
Music: Dudley Simpson
Director/Producer: Stan Woodward, Vic Hughes
Starring: Nicholas Young, Elizabeth Adare, Miki Holoway, Misako Koba, Nigel Rhodes, Philip Gilbert, Ralph Lawson

Programme:
The Tomorrow People: Cold War
Broadcast: Mon 13 November 1978, 16:45
Channel/Production: Thames Television, ITV
Writer: Roger Price
Music: Dudley Simpson
Director/Producer: Stan Woodward, Vic Hughes
Starring: Nicholas Young, Elizabeth Adare, Miki Holoway, Misako Koba, Nigel Rhodes, Philip Gilbert, Ralph Lawson, Dave Carter



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The Spaceman and King Arthur (aka Unidentified Flying Oddball)

But lo, something is in the air! The evenings are lighter, the breeze is warmer and the studio at MountPeg Towers might even be get...