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What We Just Watched – Episode Two

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What We Just Watched - Episode Two

The second of three podcasts from TV Cream to brighten summer holiday mornings. As before, two ‘great friends’ from TVC convene to discuss a couple of TV shows that they just watched. But which? Neither knows what programme the other is about to air…

This week’s episode includes: Habitat self-assembly shelving and a man having his hair cut at home.

If you don’t want to listen to it using our player (above), then download it (55.4 MB). Or, to save you all this hassle, just subscribe to our podcast via iTunes. And this is our RSS feed.And here it is on Soundcloud…

There’s one more episode to come next Monday.  B’Bye!

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What We Just Watched – Episode One

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What We Just Watched - Episode One

A new three-part summer holiday filler from TV Cream! In this endeavour, two TVC pals sit down to talk about two shows… which they’ve just watched. However, the high concept here is that neither person knows what programme the other is about to show them.

This week’s episode includes:
A mounted stick-mic and un-replumped cushions on a banquette.

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There’ll be another episode next Monday. ‘Bye till then!

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The 10 most desperate Doctor Who stories published on RadioTimes.com since July

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Every half-an-hour, the klaxon sounds in the RadioTimes.com offices, signalling a new Doctor Who story is required. What to do when another ‘listicle’ just isn’t enough? Bring out the spurious! Here, then, is our salute to The 10 most desperate Doctor Who stories published on RadioTimes.com since July. Yes, since July

(NB – We’re like to think Nicholas Brett typed all of these…)

 

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1) Bless, you, Doctor Who fan, for your embeddable free content!

 

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2) Ah, fans, keep this shit coming…

 

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3) Don’t think we’ve mentioned Capaldi’s background since the spring, have we? So, yeah, feels revelatory again.

 

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4) So slight a story, we can’t even think of a way to meaningfully differentiate the header from the subheader. Still, ‘Steven Moffat’ is in there – no-brainer!

 

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5) This is great! Let’s now hope someone from – umm – Making A Murderer will say something similar.

 

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6) A cast member tweeting about their show in broad but enthusiastic terms? Make room for that PPA award!

 

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7) Well, no, but Brexit is HOT!

 

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8) The keenest phrase for any headline writer: “Slightly”

 

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9) Great. Any leads on the quality of Shaun Dingwall’s Sunday lunches?

 

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10) Just tag it ‘Doctor Who’. It’s fine.

 

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Creamvote: The grand final!

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Fucking hell! It was two years ago we embarked on our journey to crown…

TV Cream’s Most Unforgettable Theme!

And who would have thought it would come to this? Hawkshaw vs Grainer. Maurice Bronson vs Laurence Scarman. “Flippin’ ‘eck, Tucker” vs “Brave heart, Tegan”. Der-ner-na-nowww vs oo-ee-oo. And for extra fun, if you actually can’t pick between them, rather than spoiling your ballot paper, on this occasion you could vote for both. Yep, barely makes sense, does it?

Hark, as for the final time, we break out the slightly bigger text to proclaim…

This poll will close on 23rd June 2016 at 0001.

  • Which is the all-time most unforgettable theme?

    • Doctor Who (78%)
    • Grange Hill (26%)
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      Creamguide(Films) Commentaries: G.B.H.

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      CREAMGUIDE(FILMS) COMMENTARIES dives back 25 years to Kinnock’s Britain with the searing indictment of casual suits that is Bleasdale’s seminal G.B.H. It’s just the last episode though, so listen carefully as Chris, Craig and Jack struggle manfully to remember what goes on around that scene where Bill Webster batters folk. Turn it on as the titles kick in and sing along to Jesus Wants Me for a Talbot Sunbeam.
      If you don’t want to listen to it using our player (above), then download it (76.6 MB). Or, to save you all this hassle, just subscribe to our podcast via iTunes. And this is our RSS feed.

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      THIS COMMENTARY IS RATED ‘A’

      CREAMGUIDE(FILMS) COMMENTARIES will return with an adventure born in space

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      Creamvote semi-final #2

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      Nearly there. Nearly there!!

      TV Cream’s Most Unforgettable Theme!

      Sausage on a fork vs that bit with the timpani drums…

      This poll will close on 16th June 2016 at 0001.

    • Which is the most unforgettable theme?

      • Grandstand (67%)
      • Grange Hill (33%)
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        Creamvote semi-final #1

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        Good news! We’re going to burn through the voting process as quickly as possible, and just push on in our efforts to crown…

        TV Cream’s Most Unforgettable Theme!

        It’s the superhero from Saturday nights vs the Sultan of Sunday lunch!

        This poll will close on 9th June 2016 at 0001.

      • Which is the most unforgettable theme?

        • Doctor Who (67%)
        • Weekend World (33%)
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          Creamguide(Films) Commentaries: Doctor Who – The TV Movie

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          CREAMGUIDE(FILMS) COMMENTARIES is back! Back! BACK! And it’s about fucking time too. Join Chris, Craig and Jack in an adventure in Rosemary and Thyme (or Bramwell) as they pick over the DOCTOR WHO TV MOVIE from 1996 – on the very anniversary of its UK transmission – in fine style stopping off to hear from commentary regulars Father Lionel Fanthorpe, Michael Caine and Bob Mills (or Keith Richards) with special guest references to Patsy Byrne and Len Kabasinski: together at last! It’s the DVD version that kicks in straight off the bat. So press play from the off and enjoy some barely relevant chat that is at least half human.
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          THIS COMMENTARY IS RATED ‘R’

          SPOILERS: He isn’t

          CREAMGUIDE(FILMS) REVERSE FAQ

          1) 14th May, 1996
          2) He’s been in lots of stuff, all of it shit. Except late period Brush Strokes when it got miserable and an episode of Boon which was always great
          3) We preferred Dr Quim
          4) Just over 9m
          5) Southend, as it goes
          6) He’s a Canadian comedian. Quite successful, surprisingly. We imagine he shouts a lot
          7) It was indeed simply called ‘John Sessions’ from 1990
          8) It was Patsy Byrne!
          9) Couple of other TV movies; Catherine the Great and The One that Got Away
          10) Diana Weston
          11) Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose from 1995
          12) Luis Silverado. It also featured Richard ‘don’t mention the dog’ Todd, John ‘Q’ Bluthal, Enn ‘de Bargos’ Reitel, Hywel ‘Tarr’ Bennett, Paddie ‘Alfred Marks’ O’Neill, Helen ‘Naked Video’ Lederer, Ron ‘Pod’s dad’ Donachie, A Taste of Dora Bryan, Judi Spiers, Bernard ‘sandwich’ Bresslaw and a further constellation of stars no one but we remember
          13) Vortex is a very thick bleach

          CREAMGUIDE(FILMS) COMMENTARIES will return with a day of the great British holiday.

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          Creamvote quarter-final #4

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          Last quarter-final, and then we’ll be back, very soon (maybe), with the semis, followed quickly (maybe) by the final of…

          TV Cream’s Most Unforgettable Theme!

          Two epics of their genre, both with equally grand names, but which has the best theme tune?

          This poll will close on 2nd June 2016 at 0001.

        • Which is the most unforgettable theme?

          • Grandstand (67%)
          • Blockbusters (33%)
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            Creamvote quarter-final #3

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            Attack! Attack! It’s the third round of our quarter-finals for…

            TV Cream’s Most Unforgettable Theme!

            Apologies for the cover version of Ver Hawkshaw’s Chicken Man, but, you know, Soundcloud had ‘issues’ with the original. But you know, it well enough, right? It’s up against Phil Lynott dropping LPs into a basin of dry ice. Which is best?

            This poll will close on 26th May 2016 at 0001.

          • Which is the most unforgettable theme?

            • Grange Hill (100%)
            • Top of the Pops (0%)
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              Creamvote quarter-final #2

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              Week two (of four!) of the quarter-final sudden-death, instant-impact, right-now-writing-this…

              TV Cream’s Most Unforgettable Theme!

              This time around, it’s Whatever vs Who. Foregone conclusion, maybe? Only you can decide! And a fan campaign! Vote here…

              This poll will close on 19th May 2016 at 0001.

            • Which is the most unforgettable theme?

              • Doctor Who (70%)
              • Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads (30%)
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                Creamvote quarter-final #1

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                Shit! It’s back! It’s…

                TV Cream’s Most Unforgettable Theme!

                Honestly, though, it’s very nearly over. HONESTLY. We’re at the quarter-final stage, meaning there are eight themes in contention. Here’s this week’s duellists, and, as before, we have to apologise for hooky version of Nantucket Sleigh Ride, which represents Weekend World in this bout. But everyone’s going to go for The Prisoner anyway. So, you know… Vote below!

                This poll will close on 12th May 2016 at 0001.

              • Which is the most unforgettable theme?

                • Weekend World (50%)
                • The Prisoner (50%)
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                  Creamguide(Films) Commentaries: 2012

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                  Run for the hills! No, it’s not a callback to Grant Brady ‘hair like a lady’; it’s the second part of the Creamguide(Films) disaster film commentary double as the team suffer through Roland Emmerich shitfest 2012 so you don’t have to! But if you really want to, join Chris, Craig and – always third – Jack as they try to find something to talk about as the awful spectacle unfolds in the background. Turn on the commentary as the idents kick in and feel the desperation as the panel talk about almost any other film they can think of while wishing they were watching Earthquake.

                  And so – sigh – listen above, or download it (145.3 MB). If you haven’t already, you could also subscribe. And this is our RSS feed.

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                  THIS COMMENTARY IS RATED ‘R’

                  CREAMGUIDE(FILMS) COMMENTARIES will return with an anniversary battering.

                   

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                  As seen on TV: Victoria Wood

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                  Our summary of the late Victoria Wood’s TV CV…

                  NEW FACES (ATV 1974)

                  THE SUMMER SHOW (ATV 1975)
                  Victoria Wood’s telly debut was, like many of her peers, on a talent show, in her case New Faces which she more or less managed to get on because she had a mate on the production team. Her comic songs were an appealing diversion from the norm and she managed to win, though New Faces was an incredibly labyrinthine format that was more complex than the Europa League (“So, Our Kid will return at a later date to be re-assessed”) and there were shows, winners’ shows, all-winners’ shows and finals. She certainly did very well, in any case, although her appearance on the show now appears only to exist via VHS. Part of her prize was to appear with other New Faces alumni in The Summer Show, where she was part of a motley cast including Lenny Henry and Marti Caine, plus Leslie Crowther to add a bit of glamour to proceedings, and all Victoria can remember from the series is singing a version of Waltzing Matilda with Crowther where every instance of the word “waltzing” was replaced by “Walsall”.

                  THAT’S LIFE (BBC 1976)
                  One big difference between today’s talent shows and those of the past was in those days, after you won that was as far as the telly was interested and you had to sort yourself out after that. Hence Victoria was now hunting for more work and was hired by Esther Rantzen to join the rotating line-up of musicians providing comic songs about the week’s news for That’s Life. Unfortunately Victoria soon realised she hated topical comedy and couldn’t find any news stories to write funny songs about, with Esther telling her to fish out Tuesday’s Daily Express from the bin because she remembered reading something amusing in it. After a couple of weeks of that she gave up and tried to find a career that wasn’t just as Richard Stilgoe with breasts.

                  TALENT (Granada 1979)
                  NEARLY A HAPPY ENDING (Granada 1980)
                  HAPPY SINCE I MET YOU (Granada 1981)
                  After a couple of years performing and writing, Victoria finally found her niche in writing comedy plays, and after her show Talent had proven popular on stage, she was commissioned to do it on the telly, writing and appearing in it alongside her mate Julie Walters. It was shown in August 1979, fortunately for her just 24 hours before ITV started collapsing into chaos and the strike began, and was popular enough to generate a sequel the next year, then she wrote another one which she wasn’t in, but Duncan Preston was, and finally her career seemed to be taking off.

                  WOOD AND WALTERS (Granada 1981)
                  Such was her success as a writer, Granada offered Victoria her own show, which she accepted as long as Julie Walters was in it, and also she had her name in the titles. A Christmas special did well enough and a series followed, but in between the producer died, with a replacement arriving just before recording who didn’t really seem to know or like much about Victoria. In addition, when she was commissioned to write six half hours, she did exactly that, failing to realise you were supposed to write loads more so you could throw half of it away. A clueless studio audience who didn’t know what they were watching didn’t help, but there were some interesting bits in it, including a rather out-of-place but amusing monologue from Rik Mayall.

                  VICTORIA WOOD AS SEEN ON TV (BBC 1985)
                  After a few years out refining the act, Victoria was back in TV comedy but this time on the Beeb. To coincide with the show she went out on tour, billing herself as “as seen on TV”, only for the series to be put back and make her look stupid. When it finally got on air, though, it was absolutely brilliant, a fabulous mix of sketches and stand-up, the only downside being the horrible suits Victoria wears for those bits. There are loads of great bits across the two series and one special, like the daft documentaries such as Flatmates, Marjorie and Joan and, of course, probably the funniest recurring sketch on telly, Acorn Antiques. That link up there is the last one ever at Christmas 1987. We wonder why they never dropped the audience laughter from the opening titles but you get the original continuity and the Quantel-ified credits we used to love so much. Plus, TVC celebrate another all-time favourite here.

                  AN AUDIENCE WITH VICTORIA WOOD (LWT 1988)
                  For many years it used to be Victoria sketches on the Beeb and Victoria stand-up on ITV, with many of her theatre shows being televised on the light channel. This was the only time she did a proper telly show for ITV after Wood and Walters, though, for this highly memorable compendium of all her greatest hits which was then repeated and mined for clips for an eternity (and for a while was one of the few of her shows you could get in full on video). She’s got an excuse for the awful outfit in this one too because she was six months pregnant when she made it.

                  VICTORIA WOOD (BBC 1989)
                  Victoria’s first series after As Seen On TV saw her promoted to BBC1. This was a series of six one-off sitcoms which Victoria played “herself”, although the rest of the cast changed in every episode and in some of them Victoria is very much a supporting character. We enjoyed them at the time but some of them seemed a bit too much like sketches dragged out to half an hour and Victoria didn’t enjoy making them because they didn’t film them in front of an audience. The one up there is probably the best, the airport one, and despite a rather lukewarm response the Beeb didn’t seem that bothered as they repeated them a thousand times.

                  VICTORIA WOOD’S ALL DAY BREAKFAST (BBC 1992)
                  A bit more like it, this, Victoria was now a big enough star for her new show to get a Christmas Day outing. The whole thing came about when Victoria had just giving birth and spent hours and hours watching daytime telly, which she considered the perfect target for spoofery – and she managed to get in before everyone else parodied This Morning as well. The whole thing was of course just a linking device for more sketches and songs, and there were certainly plenty of nods towards As Seen On TV with the continuity announcements and a new soap, but none the worse for that. Since then Victoria’s telly work for the rest of the Cream era owed more to drama, at which she was equally adept, with great stuff like Pat and Margaret, establishing her as one of the greatest writers of her generation. Don’t forget, it may be Hamlet, but it’s got to be fun, fun, fun!

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                  Creamguide(Films) Commentaries: Deep Impact

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                  Creamguide(Films) rockets (!) back…to the future! with the very singularity of puzzlingly shit disaster epics: 1998’s DEEP IMPACT. Help Craig and Jack talk Chris down from a towering inferno of bafflement that has spanned two decades while they mix up Michael Biehn and Jurgen Prochnow and argue over the jelly tots on empire biscuits. There’s swearing, comedy fart noises and sheer rage in a film whose ineptitude is so big only the biggest of the big screens can do it justice.
                  And so – sigh – listen above, or download it (116 MB). If you haven’t already, you could also subscribe. And this is our RSS feed.

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                  THIS COMMENTARY IS RATED ‘R’

                  CREAMGUIDE(FILMS) COMMENTARIES will return with a timely CATASTROPHE!

                   

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                  Creamguide(Films) Commentaries: Watership Down

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                  Grab your giant carrot and take to the TISWAS stage as Chris, Craig, Jack and the Easter bonnet herself Rose sit trembling at the sheer unadulterated horror that is the rabbit version of Passchendaele: WATERSHIP DOWN from 1978. Thrill to the sounds of the Barry Manilow beat as the bunnies rip each other to pieces. And a Happy Easter!

                  Listen above, or download it (just 84.6 MB). If you haven’t already, you could also subscribe. And this is our RSS feed.

                  A Soundcloud link will follow once we work out why Soundcloud isn’t letting up upload.

                  THIS COMMENTARY IS RATED ‘R’

                  CREAMGUIDE(FILMS) COMMENTARIES will return with a vision of DISASTER!

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                  Creamguide(Films) Commentaries: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

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                  Come with TVC… and you’ll be… in a world of imaginative swearing! Join Chris, Craig, Jack as they discuss the massively popular 1971 mittel European weirdo General Foods advert WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY in the company of returning actually-useful contributor Rose. Ponder the sheer wonderment of Gene Wilder’s hair as you turn the commentary on as the ident appears and enjoy.

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                  Right now, Soundcloud is on the fritz – so we can’t place the audio there as well. Sorry. LOOK, IT’S STRESSFUL FOR US TOO!

                  THIS COMMENTARY IS RATED ‘AA’

                  CREAMGUIDE(FILMS) COMMENTARIES will return with an Easter rabbitapocalypse

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                  The man who excelled: Paul Daniels (1938-2016)

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                  A true light entertainment giant? Yes, Paul!

                  In light of the sad news, here’s a ruffle through the TV highlights of Mr Paul Daniels…

                  FOR MY NEXT TRICK (BBC 1975)
                  It’s the man who excels, Paul Dan-i-els! And yes, we’ll come to that in due course. The former local government auditor from Middlesbrough started his magical career in night clubs, initially performing alongside his then wife in a double act called The Eldanis (do you see?). We think Paul’s first telly appearance was on Opportunity Knocks and he slogged away on the circuit for many years, gradually working his way up the bill. One of his first proper TV gigs was this Saturday teatime series which promised, it says here, “non-stop, now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t magic, mirth and music” with Paul billed alongside Faith Brown and some other names we don’t recognise.

                  THE WHEELTAPPERS AND SHUNTERS SOCIAL CLUB (Granada 1976)
                  THE PAUL DANIELS SHOW (Granada 1977)
                  PAUL DANIELS’ BLACKPOOL BONANZA (Granada 1978)
                  Probably the man most responsible for turning Paul Daniels from a middle-of-the-bill novelty act to a star name was Granada’s legendary star-spotting Head of Light Entertainment John Hamp, who hired him for several appearances on the Wheeltappers where his mix of magic and aggressive comedy caught the eye. He was successful enough for ITV to give him his own Christmas special in 1977 and then the next year he was booked to front a variety series, his tricks interspersing the traditional fare, the highest rated episode pulling in 12.8 million viewers in August 1978 with a guest list including Roy Walker and his old Wheeltappers mate Colin Crompton. However Paul’s spell on the light channel was short-lived as he was then poached by the Beeb.

                  THE PAUL DANIELS MAGIC SHOW (BBC 1979)
                  Paul’s move to the Beeb saw him launch a new series that would eventually run for fifteen years. The key word in the title was “magic” because the show was devoted to tricks and nothing but, with no opportunity to wheel on a singer or comedian when inspiration ran dry. A hugely successful series, it seemed very much the flagship light entertainment show on the Beeb, with extremely high production values, while it was constantly entered for, and won, awards like the Golden Rose of Montreux and, for four years in the early eighties, was rewarded with the much coveted slot on Christmas Day. We join it up there in 1981, during the period where the show had a “jury”, twelve members of the studio audience who would sit on the stage in the interests of seeing everything was above board and there were no camera tricks or anything. And there was that unforgettable theme tune, inviting us to “look at this trick and that trick”, not quite Ronnie Hazlehurst’s finest few minutes.

                  ODD ONE OUT (BBC 1982)
                  As well as his magic show keeping him busy for many years, Paul also spent over a decade capably hosting a trilogy of amiable, if unexciting, game shows which would happily while away an idle half hour. This was the first, heralded by surely the strangest composition that man Ronnie ever came up with, though just right for the daft titles with Paul’s “haven’t got it… nearly got it… got it!” faces. Revolting set, though. The point of the game was to, well, spot the odd one out in lists of things, but it’s fun to play along and we wouldn’t mind if a channel commissioned two hundred episodes of it to run every day. Paul’s banter with the contestants and audience was a bit brittle but he had the quick wit to keep it all running smoothly for four years, unsurprisingly getting its highest ever rating just before the end of its run in 1985 when it found itself opposite a three hour documentary on the Miners’ Strike on ITV.

                  WIZBIT (BBC 1985)
                  This kids’ series is fondly remembered, albeit mostly by people who haven’t actually seen any of it for many years. Paul narrated and starred in this series about an anthropomorphic triangle thing (we wonder if his face was modelled on Paul’s craggy features) who travelled around Puzzleopolis getting involved in encounters that inevitably involved magic and puzzles the viewers were invited to figure out. And Paul rapped the theme tune which we’re sure you’ll now have running around your head for the next few days. Sorry.

                  EVERY SECOND COUNTS (BBC 1986)
                  Apparently Larry Grayson and Russell Grant both recorded pilots for this show but in the end Paul seamlessly moved across from Odd One Out to front this new series. As with his previous quiz, there was nothing particularly earth-shattering about it but its enjoyable playalong format and Paul’s gags meant that while it was something you’d never stay in to watch, you wouldn’t switch it off if you stumbled across it. It flitted around the schedules a bit – we most associate it with Friday nights when Blankety Blank wasn’t there, but it was on Saturdays for a while and towards the end all over the place – but lasted seven years which isn’t bad going. However even at the end nobody knew exactly what the contestants won (it was the first prize they won, and the last, but not the prizes in between). The highlight of course was when a telly was a prize and it showed the Every Second Counts logo in teletext. And Paul’s fantastic wave at the end, natch.

                  PAUL DANIELS LIVE ON HALLOWEEN (BBC 1987)
                  Halloween was never that big a deal in the eighties but with 31st October falling on a Saturday in 1987 Paul took the opportunity to present some suitably spooky illusions in this special, climaxing with the hugely memorable moment where apparently the iron maiden trick had “gone wrong” and the audience were asked to leave while the credits rolled in silence. Apparently the Beeb switchboard melted and, after the Python repeat, Paul popped up to tell us he wasn’t dead after all. Twelve months later there was a second special but because Halloween was on Monday it went out at ten o’clock after Panorama and nobody noticed it, but we’ve got that in full!. That one ended with Paul being burned alive and the following day Tracey McCoy, age thirteen, from Wembley wrote in her diary for One Day In The Life Of Television that, in her opinion, “whoever thought this up must be mentally disturbed”.

                  QED (BBC 1988)
                  COMIC RELIEF (BBC 1989)
                  Two memorable guest appearances here. We wish there was a show like QED now, which certainly put the pop into pop science, using all kinds of gimmickry to bring science and innovation to the masses, whether that was getting Kenny Everett in to explain visual effects of inviting Steve Davis to take on a snooker-playing robot. In 1988 Paul presented a special edition of his show devoted to “The Magic of Memory”, with all his usual patter to explain the concept of brain training. Then on Red Nose Day 1989 he did a trick with a milk jug that went ever so slightly wrong in an amusing fashion, its failure becoming something of a running joke on Comic Relief for the next few years, as whenever they invited viewers to vote to see a clip again, they would always offer up The Moment Paul Daniels’ Trick With The Milk Jug Went Ever So Slightly Wrong.

                  THE PAUL DANIELS MAGIC SHOW, er, again
                  Given it’s now ten years into its run we should probably alight on The Magic Show again as here’s what it looked like in 1990. The jury had gone, as had that theme tune, replaced by a rather anonymous theme and the opening titles with CGI magic props, which is certainly the era we most remember. A decade on Paul was still finding new ways to present the same old tricks, in things like The Bunco Booth, and unearthing interesting special guests, along with regulars like Tom Noddy and Hans Moretti. But it was starting to show its age a bit and in those days you could always tell when a BBC Saturday night show was on its way out as it would either be moved to a weeknight (a la Russ Abbott) or moved from the winter to the summer, and hence in 1994 the Magic Show moved from its cushy January start date to April, got shoved around from pillar to post during the World Cup and then unsurprisingly came to an end after a marathon run. But he wasn’t quite finished!

                  WIPEOUT (BBC 1994)
                  Every Second Counts had come to an end but Paul moved straight on to another show, with even the set looking virtually the same – and as with the previous two the format made for an enjoyable, if hardly exciting, half hour of your time. After three series the show moved to daytime and Lord Bob Monkhouse took over and Wipeout purists suggest that it took a turn for the worse at that point. We can’t agree because we simply can’t accept Lord Bob being second best at anything, especially not a game show, but we will admit Paul did a decent job of it and his version certainly had a far better theme tune.

                  SECRETS (BBC 1994)
                  So no more of the Magic Show, but certainly not the end of a Paul Daniels magic show. In its place came Secrets, which had a faux-nightclub setting, allowing for the slightly cheesier aspects of his shows to be stripped away and more concentration on close up magic. A Christmas special in 1994 was followed in 1995 by a whole series, but not on Saturdays, in the week where it seemed a bit out of place and, sadly, a bit out of date. It was probably a bit too close to his last series to allow Paul to reinvent himself and though he said in the final show “that’s the end of our series, if you liked it, write to the BBC”, clearly not enough people were compelled to shell out the price of a stamp and Paul took his leave of primetime BBC1 after nearly two decades. For the rest of his life, though, he was a regular presence on television and, while perhaps never much-loved, was certainly respected and admired by all.

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                  Creamguide(Films) Commentaries: Steptoe & Son Ride Again

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                  fatherdearmillarIt’s not Holyrood, it’s Hollywood! Yes, the desperately threadbare run of the mill humdrum team of Chris, Craig and Jack are joined by comic book and movie international supremo Mark Millar for the latest CREAMGUIDE(FILMS) COMMENTARY.
                  Listen as everyone is too inhibited to swear much as they (sort of) watch the superlative STEPTOE & SON RIDE AGAIN from 1973 in the company of a man who genuinely knows what he is talking about. Kick off the audio as the beautiful ‘Nat Cohen Presents’ ident spins into view and enjoy.

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                  THIS COMMENTARY IS RATED ‘PG’

                  SPOILERS: Mark Millar likes Raspberry Ruffles

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                  Creamguide(Films) Commentaries: Superman IV

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                  What links Superman and Strathclyde Regional Council? Why, it’s the latest CREAMGUIDE(FILMS) COMMENTARY! This time it’s prime Cannon-fodder Salkind-lite utter shite SUPERMAN IV from 1987. Listen as Chris, Craig and Jack can’t even be bothered to swear about the desperate nonsense that killed off a franchise. Top men. Top. Men.

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                  THIS COMMENTARY IS RATED ‘AA’

                  SPOILERS: Elizabeth Shaw cosmic chocolate selection on post-Christmas special offer in Tesco (at the time)
                  CREAMGUIDE(FILMS) REVERSE FAQ
                  1. Omnibus “The Last Moguls” from 1988
                  2. Kim Hartman
                  3. And Switching Channels, which is fun
                  4. Moribund and excreta is a Til Death Us Do Part reference. Just sayin
                  5. The Famous Teddy Z ran from 1989 to 1990 and featured no one and nothing happened
                  6. Total domestic gross $15, 681, 020
                  7. With the never-more-Yankee name of Mac McDonald
                  8. Terry & Mason’s Great Food Trip
                  9. He was a Chippendale and is from Leeds. Which somehow doesn’t add up
                  10. Leader of Strathclyde Regional Council
                  11. And in fact the other ‘Top Men’ from Raiders is the estate agent in the Stetson at the start
                  12. He isn’t
                  13. Yes he is
                  14. No idea. But he owns a Model T Ford. It says here
                  15. Actually, we remembered that sequence as being much better than it is. Probably out of desperation
                  16. There was but it got shelved after this shambles
                  17. On February the 6th
                  18. Poor Paul. We’re all thinking of you

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