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Just an asteroid that's slipped its moorings ... Just an asteroid that's slipped its moorings ...

Later today, Radio 4 Extra will broadcast a 21st century audio drama inspired by what might well be my favourite Dan Dare comic adventure. It’s the second epic and dates back to Eagle comics published around the end of September 1951 running to July 1952. Set around October 1999, it’s got thrills, mystery, danger,…

Curse of the Mekon Curse of the Mekon

The second part of the B7/Big Finish production of Dan Dare dropped on BBC Radio 4 Extra yesterday with Dan, Digby and Peabody in the clutches of the malevolent Mekon. Well, we knew that was coming.

Nuts in May Nuts in May

The Beeb are currently loading all kinds of weird and wonderful treasures on to iPlayer, one of which is Mike Leigh’s Nuts in May (there are several DVD releases in the USA or you might even find it on YouTube). The film was made in 1975 for BBC One’s Play For Today series and Leigh applied his method of improvisation…

Lois Lane, Cheetos and Sea Potatoes Lois Lane, Cheetos and Sea Potatoes

These are a few odds and sods that have crossed my path today. Mostly the recent news has been rather wretched, downright evil in some cases. But I’ve ignored those here.

Signing of the Damned Signing of the Damned

Just went looking for one thing and found something else entirely. Over the New Year holiday, Radio 4 ran a new audio version of The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. It was Wyndham’s novel that formed the basis of the movies Village of the Damned and Children of the Damned.

Hi-De-Hi campers Hi-De-Hi campers

I have never been to a holiday camp. My parents were set against it despite, or perhaps because of, intensive advertising from Billy Butlin, Warners and other providers promising a little slice of heaven by the sea. But for many in the UK, it’s where they got a summer break, tucked away in a chalet with the chance to…

Short circuiting the epic flight to Venus Short circuiting the epic flight to Venus

What the heck have I been listening to? First off, I enjoyed it. BBC Radio 4 Extra served up a nice slice of ripping space flight adventure in the first episode of the B7/Big Finish Dan Dare. Ed Stoppard plays a cocky test pilot with an axe to grind conscripted for a mission of interplanetary exploration.

Refusing to let sleeping bags lie Refusing to let sleeping bags lie

This is Bertolt’s fault:) Well, not really, but he mentioned them the other week and then I noticed that ITV were running documentary series about the making of the Carry On movies. So I had to watch. It’s called Carry On Forever and celebrates a series of cheeky seaside postcard style comedies that became a British…

Dan Dare takes off on Radio 4 Extra Dan Dare takes off on Radio 4 Extra

Spaceship away! The award winning B7/Big Finish radio adaptation of Dan Dare is currently airing on BBC Radio 4 Extra on Sundays. The first episode, Voyage to Venus, is already up on iPlayer so it is possible to listen on the website or via the radio app.

Elvis rolls on the rock Elvis rolls on the rock

We had a spot of summer song in Blaenau today. Elvis rolled on the rock. OK, not Mr Presley but Rev Wynne Roberts from Anglesey was on the slate instead. He is chaplain at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor (that’s Bangor Hospital in case you were wondering). Elvis was taking requests but I couldn’t remember the name of that…

Rally round, this car flies high Rally round, this car flies high

Yay Blaenau! You throw a car off a cliff and it makes it to the other side. Bendigedig! If I had got up the road earlier I might have seen a car flying through the air. No, really. We’ve got the Wales Rally CB coming to town in a couple of months. The racers will be slinking past my front door then opening up the…

A real original jayscuit from a galaxy far, far away ... A real original jayscuit from a galaxy far, far away ...

The guys from Burnistoun know quality clothing when they see it. The embodiment of your glory days, strutting your stuff ...

White Rabbits! White Rabbits!

White rabbits! It’s August. Already. I need a rabbit out the hat.

Time for a beano, it's Happy Birthday Beano Time for a beano, it's Happy Birthday Beano

You might recall the Doctor Who trailer creating a little bit of wonder as Doc 13 swapped Graham’s newspaper for a Beano Summer Special which had previously appeared during Matt Smith’s run as the Time Lord.

Jump into the original Pit Jump into the original Pit

If you have access to iPlayer, the Beeb have made a classic piece of sci-fi available. The classic sci-fi serial. Namely, Nigel Kneale’s third 1958 adventure with the chap from the British Rocket Group, Bernard Quatermass. All six episodes of Quatermass and The Pit directed by Rudolph Cartier and staring Andre Morell…

Man Booker longlists Sabrina for 2018 Man Booker longlists Sabrina for 2018

A graphic novel has been longlisted on the Man Booker Prize 2018, the first time a comic publication has been considered for the literary award. Sabrina, by writer and illustrator Nick Drnaso has been feted by contest judges.

Did Action Man get a Republican to bare his bum? Did Action Man get a Republican to bare his bum?

I was just watching Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show Who Is America? and his latest character Col. Erran Morad seemed a little familiar. Specifically the shape of Morad’s head and the eyebrow with a little nick shaved out.

Too cruel a question of sport? Too cruel a question of sport?

Am I being cruel? Is this too sadistic? Too British?

Simply Peerless Simply Peerless

I’m not much of a sportsman, but one of my great-grandmother’s relatives was. He is held as one of the great practitioners of the “sweet science”, boxing. And, in the words of Bat Masterson no less, he was “peerless”. That judgement stuck with Jim Driscoll forever more. He left his mark but was denied the World…

Sir Henry Cooper

I met Sir Henry Cooper just the once. It was at a function marking a significant anniversary for Soldier magazine. I mentioned that my father covered his bouts back at the Elephant & Castle before he became a national icon. Probably didn’t use that phrase. Anyway, he promptly told me which newspaper my dad had been…

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