Ill-fated attempt at creating a sort of amphibious counterpart to Modesty Blaise (whose own attempts at cinematic translation weren’t exactly well-fated to begin with) starring Raquel Welch as an undercover agent – under the cover, and that’s pushing it, of a startling lime green bikini – sent to recover an atomic device from those pesky commies. Unusually for an unashamed Hollywood star vehicle, it is lent some decidedly eccentric ‘Brit’ touches by the deployment of a brass-blaring Johnny Dankworth soundtrack and, somewhat more jarringly, by the presence of a very young Richard Briers as an unlikely ‘handsome’ male sidekick.
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Friday, 23.00, BBC Radio 4 Extra
The fact this programme is being repeated was a news story on Media Guardian the other day, seemingly based on someone reading the Radio Times and spotting it, though they did a better job than we did because it actually started last week and we didn’t notice. It’s the first repeat this side of the millennium and, you’ll note, rather earlier than the original broadcast, though we hear it’s only a five part series because there are contractual complications over whether show six, the one that famously got faded out after fifteen minutes, is actually a proper episode or not. Still, at least you can upgrade your mp3s of the other ones.
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Points of View
- In '24) “What kind of a thing is happening here?”', neu75 says: "The very best bit is the England bench’s reaction to the equaliser against Poland. Priceless…"
- In '7) “The skeleton of… a chicken!”', neu75 says: "Amuses me when the journos wax lyrical about American TV drama these days being so dark. To quote the 6th Doctor..."
- In 'Vertical Hold, Fiddling With The', David Nelson says: "Sadly Johnnyboy , I’m still watching in Black and white"
- In 'Good Morning Britain', Applemask says: "IT’S BACK BITCHES. Nation shrugs as one. Awesome theme tune almost certainly won’t return."
- In '7) “The skeleton of… a chicken!”', Martin M says: "The stuff of my teenage insomnia – watched it again a few years back to see if it still had the same impact..."