Posts by: Martin Prince

The Prisoner’s 50th birthday: tickets on sale for special celebratory event

This September, the iconic, groundbreaking TV show The Prisoner – the original version, not the recent ‘remake’! – arrives at its 50th birthday. The show, created by and starring Patrick McGoohan, only ran for one series, but its influence is still writ large on a lot of modern sci-fi. It seems appropriate that it’s going...

Doctor Who series 10’s surprise ending was filmed very late

Spoilers for The Doctor Falls. After the transmission of Doctor Who series 10’s penultimate episode, World Enough And Time, Steven Moffat appeared in a Q&A where he revealed that the finale, The Doctor Falls, hadn’t been finished. That was in spite of the fact that it was due on TV seven days later! Following the...

Episodes: the trailer for the final season is here

Since it debuted in 2011, Episodes has been a successful UK-US co-production, headlined by Matt LeBlanc and Tamsin Greig, with a dash of Stephen Mangan thrown in for good measure. The show is finally set to come to a close though with its fifth and final season, that filmed in London last year. We’ve got...

Grotbags: Carol Lee Scott dies, aged 74

For many of us growing up, the brilliant character of Grotbags was a children’s television treat. She made her debut in the show Emu’s World, before going on to get her own series, which in turn ran for three successful – and much-loved – series. Grotbags was created by Richard Coombs and Carol Lee Scott....

Assassin’s Creed is being developed as a TV show

Having failed to set the world alight as a movie at the start of the year, the Assassin’s Creed videogame series is now set to become a television series instead. The film take, which starred Michael Fassbender, had been envisaged as the start of a series of movies, with many sequels apparently planned. But the...

Riviera smashes Sky Atlantic records

Sky Atlantic – and Sky – has been a big investor in TV dramas over the past few years, although given the nature of Sky being a subscription service, it’s made often-acclaimed dramas that not many people have actually watched. The same goes across many other Sky channels, as expensive dramas like The Young Pope...

Doctor Who: now even Newsnight is hinting the next Doctor is female

With filming well underway on the Doctor Who Christmas special, the identity of the next Doctor – the one who gets to follow Peter Capaldi into the TARDIS – is expected to be revealed shortly. Speculation has generally settled on two candidates: Kris Marshall and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Speculation, we should point out, has been very...

BBC has not made Doctor Who Christmas special casting announcement after all

Possible spoilers for the Doctor Who Christmas special. Lots of spoilers are circling at the moment surrounding the Doctor Who Christmas special, and which characters are going to be around when Peter Capaldi bids farewell to the TARDIS on December 25th. Beware, because we’re about to talk about one specific rumour that is doing the...

Downton Abbey: the movie may yet be a prequel

A week or two back, NBC Universal International Studios president Michael Edelstein let slip that the plan for the movie of Downton Abbey was to get it filming next year, with an eye on a release in 2018 or 2019. However, the problem remains fitting the demands of a film around the schedules of the show’s...