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‘Doctor Who’ revisited: 40 years since ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’

‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’ was the final serial of Doctor Who‘s fourteenth season. The six-part story originally aired from 26 February to 2 April 1977. Buy ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’ on DVD on Amazon here.   The story The Doctor and Leela arrive in Victorian London, whereupon they stumble upon an investigation into a series of strange...

Harry Potter Year 4 revisited: ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’

By the time 2005 arrived, we had reached the fourth instalment in the Harry Potter franchise: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It seems bizarre that more than a decade has passed since we were introduced to the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament; to Beauxbatons, Durmstrang, Robert Pattinson’s Cedric Diggory and the...

Harry Potter Year 3 revisited: ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban hit cinema screens in 2004, and brought with it a deeper understanding of the magical world created by JK Rowling, as long-buried secrets slowly emerge. The premise of the third instalment in the Potter series is this: escaped mass-murderer Sirius Black has somehow broken out of the wizarding...

Harry Potter Year 2 revisited: ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’

2002 saw the much-anticipated return of the wizarding world to the big screen when Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets arrived in cinemas. The second instalment in Rowling’s Potter series is stuffed full of foreshadowing, and sets up many apparently inconsequential things which prove to be very important later on. We meet Dobby the...

‘Torchwood’ rewind: We revisit the ‘Doctor Who’ spin-off’s first season

“It’s like Doctor Who… but in Cardiff… and there’s a bit more sex and swearing.” When Torchwood first arrived on BBC Three in the autumn of 2006 it was met with something of a mixed reaction. In its efforts to seem more adult than its family-oriented sister show, the first season comes across as decidedly juvenile in...

Harry Potter Year 1 revisited: ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’

It seems strange to think that 15 years have already passed since the release of the very first Harry Potter movie, but it’s true. Nearly a decade and a half since we saw the famous ‘Golden Trio’ of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson united onscreen for the first time and since children, teens...

‘Doctor Who’ Christmas countdown Day 12: ‘The Husbands of River Song’

I don’t know about you, but when this first aired I was still reeling from the loss of Clara Oswald. The prospect of a light-hearted adventure co-starring the vivacious River Song had me concerned about the state of my neck after enduring that level of emotional whiplash. The good news is that ‘The Husbands of...

‘The New Avengers’ at 40: Revisiting Steed, Mike Gambit and Purdey

It took a French champagne commercial to give us back The Avengers. In 1975, producer Rudolf Roffi had Brian Clemens reunite Patrick Macnee and Linda Thorson for a Laurent Perrier campaign set in John Steed’s flat, in which the gentleman agent samples bubbly as Tara King fights off villains. The French producer was surprised to...

Classic ‘Doctor Who’ revisited: ‘Survival’ (1989)

The Doctor takes Ace back to her home in Perivale, where they find that her friends have all mysteriously disappeared; a discovery that leads them to a dying planet full of savage Cheetah People and one of the Doctor’s greatest enemies… Buy ‘Survival’ on DVD on Amazon here.   Best moments The Doctor goes shopping...

‘The Cup’ at 5: Brendan Gleeson’s Australian horse racing movie revisited

2016 marks five years since the release of The Cup. Released in cinemas in 2011, the$15 million Australian biographical film told the story of champion Aussie jockey Damien Oliver’s victory in the 2002 Melbourne Cup race with the American-bred gelding Media Puzzle, prepared by the Irish trainer Dermot Weld. Directed by Sydney-born Simon Wincer (The Young...