Tuesday 22 December 2020

Max Headroom's Giant Christmas Turkey (1986)

Substituting the traditional motifs of moss green and Santa-red for garish neon and pastels, Velvet and Blackout alight from a horse and carriage ride with a ‘ho ho ho’ as they experience the ghost of Christmas Yet-To-Come-To-Our-Screens in the form of 1980s avant-garde and adroit avatar Max Headroom, in his Giant Christmas Turkey from 1986. Are the limiting physical parameters of a television screen a metaphor for actual events that present themselves to the audience, or can the eclecticism of the guest-list save the day?

Just how prophetic can forty minutes of rushed-television really be? If this was a peep into a video conference-led future, are the script writers due some renumeration? Just how much of a good time is T. Turner actually having? None of these answers and more, are here…

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