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TV Cream Stays Indoors

TV Cream Stays Indoors With Jill Phythian

Jill Phythian (this is she) stays indoors in Walthamstow, north London, to watch the feature-length pilot episode of Manimal (which you can view over two instalments here and – and then tells TV Cream about it.

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  1. THX 1139

    August 6, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Excellent use of sound effects this podcast, almost up to actual Manimal level. You didn’t mention he turns into a horse in one show, that’s one hearty lunch he must have had that day. But everything I’ve heard about Simon McCorkindale indicates he was a top bloke, and regarded this role with great amusement.

    It’s a really stupid show, and you’re not surprised it didn’t have legs (neither did Simon when he turned into a snake), but I agree – very easy to watch. Maybe that was the key to Mr Larson’s entertainments.

    • TV Cream

      August 6, 2020 at 2:37 pm

      In fairness to Jill, she did mention that (Brooke then rides him!) but we lost that bit in the edit.

      • THX 1139

        August 7, 2020 at 10:44 am

        Fair enough, maybe the horse will make it to your clip show equivalent that they always did on US TV. Apart from Manimal, which didn’t last long enough.

  2. George White

    August 7, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    RE:American TV going for Brits, I think there’s all sorts of reasons.

    1981 seems to be the main reason.
    Chariots of Fire, Brideshead/PBS Masterpiece Theatre in general, the Royal Wedding – also Magnum PI to some extent had the knock-on effect of making British butlers a thing, the career of Christopher Hewett displaying this perfectly (starring as the English butler replacement for Tattoo in Fantasy Island and in bland familycom Mr. Belvedere).

    A look at US TV in the next few years shows the effect. As well as the likes of Anthony Andrews, Christopher Cazenove (a Masterpiece fave from the Duchess of Duke Street), Ben Cross, Trevor Eve and Nigel Havers cropping up, even Hywel Bennett went over to Columbia studios (I think) did a New Twilight Zone, increasing eps of US TV shows having UK-set eps (Magnum, Murder She Wrote, Remington Steele, Scarecrow and Mrs. King), there were various failed TV shows and pilots set amongst royal families (the Quest with John RHysDavies guiding a bunch of Americans including Noah Beery Jr and Perry King to compete to be the heir to elderly King Ralph “Pirate Planet” Michael of southern European nation of “Glendora”).

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