Actor Cornel Wilde mans the camera for this adaptation of John ‘Tripods’ Christopher’s grain shortage apocalypse, with Nigel Davenport leaving a doomed London en famille and pegging it up to his brother’s farm in Scotland, blasting everyone who gets in his way, among them Ruth Kettlewell and Wendy Richard. As well as the Trevelyan-baiting violence, there’s Wilde’s modish editing to deal with, full of flash-forwards, random coloured filters and an opening quarter-hour of peripatetic cutting that makes Performance look like a Party Political Broadcast. And there’s acres of factory chimney/murky stream footage to really hammer that ‘we’re choking the planet’ message. Still, it’s chipper stuff in the ever-popular Survivors mould.Read More
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The People’s Songs
Wednesday, 22.00, BBC Radio 2
This series certainly isn’t just aiming for the standard Radio 2 demographic as it’s been true to its word of covering the entire sphere of post-war British pop, and we mark the halfway point with another more recent tune in Cigarettes And Alcohol. The reason it’s here is because it became the unofficial anthem of the new lad, a movement that seemed quite exciting at the time. Remarkably Loaded is still going, even though we haven’t got a clue who reads it, but it’s probably still more relevant than the world’s worst magazine, the truly appalling GQ.
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