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David Lewis

Rewind: ‘Quatermass’ (1979) revisited

Huffity, puffity, Ringstone Round If you lose your hat it will never be found So pull your britches right up to your chin And fasten your cloak with a bright new pin And when you are ready, then we can begin Huffity, puffity, puff….   What was it about? During the 1950s, Professor Bernard Quatermass, … >

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Rewind: ‘Mission: Impossible’ (1988) revisited

Although it now languishes in the wilderness of television history, this intelligent, hi-tech and resolutely of-its-time reboot of Mission: Impossible provides a glossy missing link between the original TV show and the more recent movie franchise starring Tom Cruise.   What was it about? Initially intended to be a straight remake of the 1960s series, … >

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‘Life in Squares’ Episode 1 review: BBC Two’s new Bloomsbury group drama

Choose life. Choose art. Choose literature. Choose ripping off your corset and bloomers at the bedroom window. Choose a back alley hand job from a local bit of rough without being caught by the Old Bill. Choose dissipation, copulation, sodomy, isonomy and low rent pornography. Choose famous economists, snooty critics and highly-strung cousins with miracle-grow … >

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Christopher Lee: 1922-2015

Christopher Lee, who has died aged 93, was so synonymous with scary movies that he was known as the Master of Horror. Yet despite seven turns as Dracula (most notably in the titular 1958 classic) and countless other chilling performances, Lee’s talents and interests extended not only beyond the genre but beyond the medium. In … >

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James Bond rewatch: ‘A View to a Kill’ at 30

It’s 30 years since the release of Roger Moore’s seventh and final appearance as James Bond in 1985’s A View to A Kill!   001. The story Veteran (and that’s putting it mildly; Roger Moore turned 57 during the shooting of the film, making him older than co-star Tanya Roberts’ mother) secret agent James Bond … >

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‘Safe House’ Episode 4 review

Never mind gorgeously bleak cinematography, a heavy air of suspense and some of Britain’s best acting talent filling out the cast; TV thrillers live and die on their stories – in particular, the ending. Without a plausible explanation for the mysteries built up in preceding weeks and a satisfying emotional finale, viewers are entitled to … >

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James Bond rewatch: ‘Diamonds Are Forever’

001. The story After killing arch-nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld in a puddle of mud, James Bond heads off to infiltrate an international diamond-smuggling ring and uncovers a deadly scheme to ransom the world. Played by a returning and freshly-bewigged Sean Connery, 007 quips his way through Amsterdam and Las Vegas before reaching an oilrig off … >

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‘Safe House’ Episode 3 review

Every year, at a small pub in the Lake District, the World’s Biggest Liar competition takes place. Fibbers from around the world travel to the Bridge Inn in Santon Bridge, where they are given five minutes to come up with the biggest and most believable fib possible. The winner gets a cheque for £25, a … >

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