Wednesday, 29 March 2017

EastEnders: The Walford Dead...

EastEnders is going through a bit of a bad patch at the moment so I thought about a bit of re-tooling for it... a new direction...

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Crown Court Lives Again!!!

Crown Court was an ITV drama based around fictional legal cases in the equally fictional town of Fulchester. It ran from 1972 until 1984 and was a fixture of ITV's fledgling daytime schedule when they finally decided that viewers were actually at home during the day. 

Each story - comprising of three half hour episodes - took the viewer through the legal proceedings of each case. At the climax of each case, a jury comprised of 11 members of the public and someone with an Equity card decided the verdict based on what they had seen. The verdicts were unscripted. Despite its age, it is still compelling viewing. 

For more information, check out Ivan Kirby's merticulous case-by-case blog here or go out and buy some of the DVDs from Network here. There are already eight volumes available.

The sudden and inexplicable rise in popularity of the 70s afternoon drama Crown Court has taken every body by surprise. But not the crafty merchandisers here at the House of Andydrewz

Figurine of Jeremy Parsons QC (Richard Wilson)

Figurine of Barry Deeley (John Alkin)

Crown Court comic - Issue 1

Crown Court comic - Issue 2

Monday, 13 March 2017

Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: Toys & Games (Not)

The next "Special Edition" of Doctor Who Magazine is published on 20 April 2017 and is dedicated to Toys & Games. 

Sadly if features none of my zany, wacky merchandise - but that is to be expected as all of mine don't exist. 

Like this cover...

Saturday, 11 March 2017

That 1940s Doctor Who Radio Serial...

I've recently been listening to the old Dick Barton radio serials. Or at least the 1950s Australian re-recordings of them. Virtually all of the original BBC episodes are lost and only a tiny handful exist in the archives. The re-recordings were made when the serial was sold to Australia and have been released on CD by BBCAudio. 

It's unclear from the CD sleeve notes whether these 'new' versions were made by the BBC or were produced in Australia. the quality of some of the accents suggests the latter(!)

For some reason, I always had Dick Barton as a wartime hero - something to keep the moral up on the wireless during the blitz. Obviously he isn't. He's just been demobbed in his first episode and bored of life on civvy street. 

Anyhow, this is a roundabout way of bringing me round to this little effort I put together...

The Original Radio Serial of "The Mysterious Doctor Who" - broadcast on the BBC during the war. 

It's not real but I have enough scribbled down material -not shown - to make it real if any producer wants to commission it. (If they do, they really need to listen to the aforementioned Dick Barton recordings to see what the finished product would sound like. When they have listened, they may have second thoughts...) 


A Few Favourite New Series Doctor Who Episodes...

Further to the Peter Capaldi Doctor Who covers I did a few weeks back I also picked out five of my favourite pre-2014 episodes and gave them the same treatment. 

Don't worry, I'm not going to spend my time doing every episode.