January 13th, 2010 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Blah, News, TV |

Walking Dead to Stumble on to TV

by Ghastly McNasty

Walking Dead

Certainly not fresh news (in fact it’s so old it smells like a rotting corpse) but I had to post this as it’s proper exciting. Hit zombie survival comic ‘The Walking Dead’ is to be made in to a TV series!

Personally I think the story is perfect for a TV adaptation and I’m a big fan of good quality tv shows. My current faves being Lost, Heroes, Flash Forward, True Blood and I’m sticking with the BBC’s Survivors even after last nights poor start to the second series. Also there is certainly a gap in the market for a zombie based series as the genre shows no signs of dying off yet.

‘The Walking Dead’ is a big favourite here on Back from the Depths and many of our readers love it too. Sometimes the story can go off track a bit but writer Robert Kirkman has an uncanny knack of keeping this series exciting. One simple way he acheives this is by constantly killing off main characters and reshaping the surving group dynamics. This would lend itself perfectly to a high quality TV series as guest appearances by big name stars would always be extremely short lived.

As if this news wasn’t exciting enough then hold on to your seats for the next bit. Signed up to helm this new venture is none other than Shawkshank/Green Mile/The Mist director Frank Darabont. Joining him is Alien/The Terminator producer Gale Anne Hurd with Kirkman himself in an executive producer role. Surely this can’t be anything but a winning formula!

I’ve not seen any release dates yet for the project but it’s certainly worth keeping one ear to the ground regarding this project. Keep listening for the zombie herds!

 

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June 10th, 2009 | → 1 Comments | ∇ TV |

Psychoville

by Ghastly McNasty

Psychoville

Some extremely exciting news here for any fans of legendary TV show (I was trying to think how to categorise the program but I couldn’t) The League of Gentlemen. Leaguers Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton have been let loose on a new BBC 2 project, the mouth-wateringly titled Psychoville.

The unsavoury looking cast of Psychoville

A manic clown, a pantomime dwarf and a simpleton serial killer enthusiast are just some of the bizarre characters that will appear in this 7 part series. Undoubtably, as with The League of Gentlemen, the comedy will be a sinister shade of black with some very good belly laughs thrown in as well.

It seems this show will also be heavily supported by various online tie-ins, with website addresses subliminally inserted in to each episode, allowing viewers to explore the back story and sub plots of Psychoville.

Check out the video below for a bit of insight in to what we can expect.

Psychoville starts Thursday 18th June at 10pm on BBC Two.

 

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March 28th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ TV |

Being Human

by M.I.K.

Being Human

I’m leaving this a bit late, but thought I’d post this anyway.

If you’re in the UK there’s another chance to see the first three episodes of supernatural drama series “Being Humantonight (Saturday 28th March) on BBC Three, with the last three episodes airing next week.

The programme follows the tale of three seemingly ordinary flatmates, but each of them has a dark secret they struggle to keep from the world. Mitchell’s a vampire, George is a werewolf and Annie’s a ghost.

You might now be thinking it all sounds a bit Rentaghost, but Being Human is intelligently written and at times genuinely thought-provoking.

This evening’s viewing looks like this…

21:15–22:15 Unearthed
The cast and creator discuss the BBC Three hit drama in a behind the scenes special.

22:15–23:15 Episode 1
1/6. Mitchell struggles to resist his blood lust. Annie is confronted by a ghost from her past.

23:15–00:15 Episode 2
2/6. When George meets another werewolf called Tully it seems that he wants to stay forever.

00:15–02:10 Episode 3
3/6. Annie investigates why she’s trapped in limbo with the help of a miserable ghost.

02:10–03:10
Unearthed (same documentary as earlier)

More information can be found here :
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beinghuman/2009/03/new_to_being_human.html

 

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February 15th, 2009 | → 1 Comments | ∇ Blah, News, TV |

Here’s Johnny documentary (More4 Feb 17th 10pm)

by M.I.K.

Here’s Johnny, a documentary about comic artist John Hicklenton, will be showing on the UK’s More4 freeview channel this Tuesday 17th February at 10pm.

Some info from the official website

Here’s Johnny enters the surreal world of renowned graphic artist Johnny Hicklenton, who is battling against Multiple Sclerosis. Living in an increasing state of immobility and frustration, Johnny escapes the confines of his frontroom through his artwork.

Through the expression of his brilliant and sometimes troubled imagination we learn about the disease that he cannot escape from.

Launched at the Science Museum on January 30th 2008, and premiering at South by South West film festival in March 2008, Here’s Johnny went on to win two prestigious Grierson Awards in November 2008. Winning both the ‘Best Arts Documentary’ and ‘Best Newcomer’ awards, Here’s Johnny is the first film ever to win two awards in the Griersons’ 36 year history.

Website : http://www.heresjohnnyfilm.com/

Facebook group : http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=63199301042

 

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December 17th, 2008 | → 1 Comments | ∇ Blah, TV |

Crooked House

by M.I.K.

Crooked House

BBC4 are showing a trilogy of ghostly tales, over three consecutive nights starting from Monday the 22nd of December, all written by and starring The League of Gentlemen’s Mark Gatiss. The stories all revolve around a house which no longer stands…

“Ben, a school teacher, has recently moved into a new house and found a door-knocker in his garden. The local museum curator identifies it as having once belonged to Geap Manor, a now-demolished Tudor mansion with a ghostly reputation. Intrigued, Ben asks if there are any “juicy stories” to be told, and the curator obliges. He begins to recount stories of the manor’s curious past… “

A special which combines all three stories will be shown on the night of Saturday 27th December.

More info here… Crooked House feature

…and a clip can be seen here…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00gf5cz

I also saw a trailer for this tonight, but that doesn’t appear to be online yet. It certainly looks promising though.

AIRDATES :

Crooked House – The Wainscoting Ep 1/3
Monday 22 December
10.30-11.00pm BBC FOUR

Crooked House – Something Old Ep 2/3
Tuesday 23 December
10.30-11.00pm BBC FOUR

Crooked House – The Knocker Ep 3/3
Wednesday 24 December
10.30-11.00pm BBC FOUR

Crooked House Special
Saturday 27 December
9.00-10.30pm BBC FOUR

 

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October 17th, 2008 | → 4 Comments | ∇ TV |

Dead Set (air date and trailer).

by M.I.K.

Charlie Brooker’s Big Brother based zombie drama, Dead Set, starts 27th October on the UK’s E4 channel at 10pm.

There’s lots more information and stuff to look at on the websites below…

http://www.e4.com/deadset/

http://www.e4.com/deadset/index2.html

Dead Set MySpace page : http://uk.myspace.com/e4deadset

 

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June 9th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ TV |

Supernatural: Season 4

by Ghastly McNasty

Supernatural Logo

The latest season of Supernatural kicked off on British TV last night and it was one of the best episodes i’ve ever seen. It’s one of four specials to celibrate the new season and based on this episode i will be making an effort to catch them all.

The plot was the usual ghost slaying affair but interestingly told via Blair Witch style camera work. The film crew, known as the ‘Ghostfacers’, are caught up in some un-worldly happenings at a local haunted house but fortunately for them Dean and Sam Winchester are on the scene to save their sorry asses.

What made this episode so great is that it was filled with tongue in cheek humour and witty dialogue. Well worth a watch.

 

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