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Rewind: ‘The Green Hornet’ (1966-1967) revisited

While the 1960s Batman TV series has gone down as an icon of pop culture, its spin-off show has been lost in time. Fifty years to the month since the show first aired, we take a look back at The Green Hornet…   What was it about? After the breakout popularity of Batman, producer William...

James Bond retrospective 008: ‘Live and Let Die’ (1973)

We bid farewell to Sean Connery and welcome Roger Moore to the fold in 1973’s Live and Let Die. Moore had been on the Broccoli’s radar for years but his commitments to The Saint and the availability of Connery had thus far always ruled him out. But eventually the Tarot cards aligned and the world...

Rewind: ‘The Prisoner’ revisited

50% spy show. 50% social satire. 100% great telly. Exactly fifty years since the series began filming, we take a look back at the bonkers masterpiece that was The Prisoner.   No. 1: What is it about? A British secret agent resigns from his job for unknown reasons. Shortly afterwards, he is kidnapped and taken to the...

‘Doctor Who’ revisited: 30 years since ‘The Trial of a Time-Lord’

Can you believe it’s 30 years since ‘The Trial of a Time-Lord’ aired? We take a look back at Colin Baker’s epic 14-part Doctor Who serial, which formed his second full season as the Sixth Doctor in late 1986. > Buy ‘The Trial Of A Time Lord’ on DVD on Amazon.   The story The Doctor is summoned by the...

‘Doctor Who’ revisited: ‘The TV Movie’ (1996)

Today marks exactly 20 years since Paul McGann made his Doctor Who debut as the Eighth Doctor on UK screens in ‘The TV Movie’. The Doctor finds himself in San Francisco in 1999 whilst transporting the remains of the Master, now deceased, back to Gallifrey. But when the Master’s essence escapes and the Doctor is badly...

Rewind: Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer’s ‘Catterick’ revisited

From Big Night Out and sketch shows in the 1990s, to Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) in the 2000s and House of Fools in more recent years – as well as their anarchic quiz show Shooting Stars – Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer are one of the UK’s most successful comedy double acts. But Catterick has been...

Rewind: Roobarb and Custard revisited

‘The world’s gone mad! I didn’t invite any of these gangsters to my garden party!’   What was it about? Roobarb and Custard are the principal characters in Roobarb, a series of short animations for children originally shown on BBC One in 1974. Roobarb was a dog based on creator George Calveley’s own pet pooch...

Rewind: Matt Smith’s ‘Christopher and His Kind’ revisited

As it reaches it’s five year anniversary, I decided to rewatch Doctor Who star Matt Smith’s 90-minute BBC film Christopher and His Kind. Directed by Geoffrey Sax (the director 1996’s Doctor Who TV Movie, don’t you know?), the 2011 biopic is based on the memoirs of English novelist Christopher Isherwood, a young man who travelled to Berlin in...

Rewind: ITV’s 1970s action thriller series ‘The Professionals’ revisited

‘CI5?’ ‘Yeah, it’s kind of like MI5.’ ‘What’s the difference?’ ‘They invent the problems and we have to solve them.’   What was it about? Created by Brian Clemens, writer and script editor of The Avengers, The Professionals was an action thriller series chronicling the operatives of CI5: a unique crime-fighting government agency with the mandate and...