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Don’t have nightmares

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The Nightmare Man was a four part BBC sf/horror drama about some… thing slaughtering the inhabitants of a remote Scottish island.

It was broadcast just once in the early 80s, terrorising a generation and did not appear again until a DVD release many years later. In its absence it had become a bit of a mini-legend, helped by the fact it was directed by Douglas Camfield and adapted by Robert Holmes (from the novel Child of Vodyanoi by David Wiltshire), both Doctor Who stalwarts. Naturally you can now watch the whole thing on the internet… if you dare!

Episode 1 (1,2,3)
Episode 2 (1,2,3)
Episode 3 (1,2,3)
Episode 4 (1,2,3)

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October 31, 2011 at 4:30 pm

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Its existence almost beggars belief

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Matthew Engel, starting a new series on British institutions in the Financial Times, examines the BBC.

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March 13, 2011 at 11:49 am

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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That time of year again and here’s my now traditional bits and bobs off youtube and elsewhere…

“THE HOMEMADE XMAS VIDEO” 1986 – Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones
Stumbled over this months back but saved it for more seasonal viewing

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No creaking gates, no gothic towers, no shuttered windows… Ghostwatch

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Broadcast on Halloween night 1992 Ghostwatch – a live investigation into a haunted house – was one of the most controversial and terrifying programs the BBC has ever shown.


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October 31, 2010 at 6:14 pm

You’re a big man, but you’re in bad shape

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RIP Trinity Square, Gateshead – a Brutalist car park made famous for it’s appearance in the classic British crime drama Get Carter is being demolished this week.

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July 29, 2010 at 12:07 pm

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SFGB

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The Martians And Us a BBC documentary series on the history of British science fiction.

Part 1 – ‘From Apes To Aliens’ (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Part 2 – ‘Trouble In Paradise’ (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Part 3 – ‘The End Of The World As We Know It’ (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

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June 7, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Beeb Mac

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“Working in art film or commercial cinema is like dancing through a mine field, and every broadcaster is now racing down market in a desperate attempt to survive. But what is happening at the BBC is the real scandal: it is bigger than all the rest combined, it is free from direct commercial pressure and its public service obligations carry cultural responsibilities. There are no excuses.”

Veteran producer Tony Garnett, has launched a blistering attack on the current process of drama commissioning at the BBC

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July 15, 2009 at 11:51 am

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