Ian Dury was so much more than Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Andy Serkis absolutely nailed Ian Dury in the 2010 biopic film, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.

Not only did Andy Serkis look like Ian Dury, but he captured his abrasive, mercurial and tortured soul, borne out the bitterness and frustration that the artist understandably felt as a result of contracting polio as a boy. All those frustrations with being a cripple bubbled up to the surface in Ian Dury and the The Blockheads’ first hit single “What a Waste” and set the tone for all the music that was to come.

What Andy Serkis’ portrayal of Ian Dury succeeded in doing, was to remind us not only of the man’s ian durygreat talent as a songwriter and charismatic frontman, but also what a flawed, complex character he was as a father and a lover. As much as he was angst ridden, belligerent, abrasive and anarchical; he was also kind, caring, compassionate, sensitive and vulnerable. In truth the latter attributes were generally well concealed in Ian Dury’s songs, but what was never concealed was his innate ability as a storyteller. At the end of the 1970s, Ian Dury was almost peerless when it came to being a raconteur and storyteller in the music world – probably only equalled by the Jam’s Paul Weller and Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze.

Ian Dury was a tempestuous tour de force, who burned brightly, but sadly for too short a time. The Record Press author considers himself privileged to have seen Ian Dury & The Blockheads live………I can even remember the date and place………It was Sunday 9th August 1992 at Finsbury Park, North London…….Ian Dury and the band were supporting Madness at the first ”Madstock” concert. I wouldn’t say that Ian Dury & The Blockheads stole the show, but they certainly were not eclipsed by headliners Madness!!

Lest we forget Ian Dury & The Blockheads’ anarchical brilliance and wit, here is the Record Press Top 10 Best Ian Dury & The Blockheads songs –

Top 10 Best Ian Dury & The Blockheads songsian dury What a Waste

 

 1) What a Waste ( No9 1978 )

2) Reasons to be Cheerful Part 3 ( No3 1979 )

3) Hit me with your Rhythm Stick  ( No1 1979 )

4) Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll  ( Non hit 1977 )

5) There ain’t half been some Clever Bastards ( Non hit 1978 )

6) Billericay Dickie (Non hit 1977 )Ian Dury Hit me with your Rhythm Stick

7) Profoundly in Love with Pandora ( No45 1985 )

8) Crippled with Nerves (Non hit 1975 )

9) New Boots & Panties (Non hit 1977 )

10) Spasticus ( Autisticus ) ( Non hit 1981 )

 

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Ban Sam Smith Bond song, not Paloma Rugby World Cup song

Thousands of sports fans have signed a petition asking ITV to stop playing Paloma Faith’s Rugby World Cup song.

The Paloma Faith cover of “World in Union” has been pilloried online, with people branding it “excruciating”. The Paloma Faith “World in Union”campaign was spearheaded and initiated by Jonathan Wilson from Worcester, who launched the petition a week ago on campaign website Change.org. Since then it has attracted nearly seven thousand signatures.

The IT worker told the Press Association: “The petition isn’t taking issue with Paloma herself – in fact, I’d never even heard any of her music before last week. I don’t like her rendition of World in Union, but she’s interpreted the song in her own unique way and sung it in her style, and it would be wrong of her to have approached it in a different way. What we’re petitioning against is ITV’s decision to use the song in their coverage, and the regularity with which it is forced upon our gentle ears.”

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The Record Press author would respectfully suggest and argue that  if we are going to ban the Paloma Faith cover of “World in Union”, then equally the Sam Smith Bond film theme should also be banned. Sam Smith’s theme song “Writing’s on the Wall” for the latest James Bond theme “Spectre” is dull, dull, dull……

Arguably it’s the worst James Bond film theme ever and yet it appears to be on course to make history, by becoming the first Bond theme to reach No1 in the UK charts. Out of 23 Bond themes, Adele’s “Skyfall” and Duran Duran’s “A View To A Kill” have performed best, both peaking at No2 in the charts.

Sadly the Sam Smith Bond theme song “Writing’s on the Wall” has heralded the return to a trend in recent years for adele-skyfall-21-150x150inferior Bond film themes, that fall short of the majestic standards set between 1963 and 1995. Most of the James Bond film themes in the past 20 years have been grossly inadequate, notably those performed by Chris Cornell, Jack White / Alicia Keys and Garbage ( the latter aptly summing them all up!! )

The exception was Adele’s “Skyfall” in 2012 which bucked the trend with the power and performance standard set by Shirley Bassey. Since 1995 and Tina Turner’s “Goldeneye”, the rest have fallen well short of the standards expected and associated with the classic James Bond film themes of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

If Sam Smith reaches No1, he will undeservedly head this Top 20 Best Selling James Bond Film Theme Songs, based on their UK Chart positions –

Top 20 Best Selling James Bond Film Theme Songs ( with chart position & year of release )

 

1= Adele – Skyfall ( Chart position No2 / 2012 )

1= Duran Duran – A View To A Kill ( CP No2 / 1985 )duran-duran-a-view-to-a-kill.-150x150

3 Madonna – Die Another Day (CP No3 / 2002 )

4 A-ha – The Living Daylights ( CP No5 / 1987 )

5 Gladys Knight – Licence To Kill ( CP No6 / 1989 )

6= Paul McCartney & Wings – Live & Let Die ( CP No7 / 1973 )

6= Carly Simon – Nobody Does it Better ( Spy Who Loved Me CP No7 / 1977 )

6= Chris Cornell – You Know My Name ( Casino Royale CP No7 / 2006 )

9 Sheena Easton – For Your Eyes Only ( CP No8 / 1981 )

10 Jack White / Alicia Keys – Another Way To Die ( Quantum of Solace CP No9 / 2008 )

11 Tina Turner – Golden Eye ( CP No10 / 1995 )tina-turner-golden-eye-150x150

12= Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice ( CP No11 / 1967 )

12= Garbage – The World Is Not Enough ( CP No11 / 1999 )

14 Matt Monro – From Russia With Love ( CP No20 / 1963 )

15 Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger ( CP No21 / 1964 )

16 Tom Jones – Thunderball ( CP No35 / 1965 )

17 Shirley Bassey – Diamonds Are Forever ( CP No38 / 1971 )

18 Rita Coolidge – All Time High ( Octopussy CP No75 / 1983 )goldfinger-150x150

19= Lulu – The Man With The Golden Gun ( CP Non Hit / 1974 )

19= Shirley Bassey – Moonraker ( CP Non Hit / 1979 )

 

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This Top 5 Best ITV Programme Themes are Missing from Viewer Poll….

According to the exclusive viewer poll that formed the basis of countdown show The Sound of ITV: The Nation’s Favourite Theme Tune ( to mark ITV’s 60th anniversary ), the Benny Hill signature tune Yakety Sax is the all-time favourite ITV programme theme, polling at No 1.

A perfectly understandable choice as it’s so memorable and catchy. As The Guardian newspaper commented in their article on The Sound of ITV: The Nation’s Favourite Theme Tune: “Obviously, the correct way to celebrate this victory forbenny hill tv show good old-fashioned slap-and-tickle would be to initiate a snaking conga pursuit across the country by pinching the bottom of a buxom nurse – it’s what Benny would have wanted.”

But was it the best ITV programme theme of all time? Definitely not. As The Guardian article pointed out: “The win seems all the more impressive considering the competition, even with the field restricted to ITV output. Yakety Sax surpassed venerable bong hit News at Ten, the silver service tinkle of Downton Abbey and even the iconic fanfare of Richard Greene’s Robin Hood. But despite The Sound of ITV’s rundown of 20 classic themes, there were still some notable omissions.”

The newspaper lists these five ITV programme theme tunes “that regrettably didn’t make the cut”: World In Action, Bullseye, Taggart, Terrahawks & Funhouse.

The Record Press author would concur with World In Action, but not the remainder. So here is the definitive Record Press Top 5 Best ITV programme theme tunes, none of which appeared in The Sound of ITV: The Nation’s Favourite Theme Top 20 which is a total scandal –

Top 5 Best ITV Programme Themes / Theme Tunes

 

1)      The Persuaders Theme by the John Barry Orchestra

2)      The Protectors – Avenues and Alleyways sung by Tony Christie

3)      The Adventures of Black Beauty – Galloping Home by the London  String Chorale

4)      World In Action – Nantucket Sleighride performed by Mountain

5)      Cheers – Where Everybody Knows Your Name sung by Gary Portnoy 

 

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Patrick MacNee, who played John Steed in The Avengers, dies

Six months after Brian Clemens, the scriptwriter and producer behind the iconic cult TV series The Avengers passed away, Patrick Macnee who played the star of the show John Steed, has also died.

Patrick Macnee, as the suave, urbane & debonair John Steed in The Avengers, with his trademark bowler hat & umbrella, was my first hero…..

In the past four years the Record Press author has written extensively and often referenced the character of John Steed in The Avengers as the object of my first hero worship at the age of five. Patrick Macnee shared this dubious status with Roger Moore, john steed patrick macneewho played Simon Templar in The Saint. Both were cult TV series in the 1960s and both heroes captured the imagination of the infant Simon Sterland. They were dashing and debonair, but John Steed edged it with his superior sartorial elegance epitomised by his Pierre Cardin tailored three piece suits, bowler hat and umbrella.

John Steed was the quintessential Englishman as was Simon Templar and Patrick Macnee and Roger Moore came together on the big screen in the 1985 Bond film, A View To A Kill. In a way it was fitting that they should come together in celluloid having been great rivals in competing cult TV series two decades earlier.

I’m not going to labour my hero worship of Patrick Macnee and John Steed as I have paid many tributes to actor and alter ego on the Record Press blog in recent years, but suffice it to say I’m very sad at the passing of Patrick Macnee. Let’s hope Roger Moore keeps the British flag flying for a few more years yet. In the meantime, Patrick Macnee – thanks for the memories……

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Christopher Lee, unlike Dracula, will not be rising from the grave

Film actor Christopher Lee has died aged 93. His film career began in 1947 with a role in gothic romance Corridor of Mirrors but it wasn’t until the late 1950s, when Christopher Lee started working with Hammer Horror Films, that he became a household name.

christopher lee as draculaChristopher Lee’s first role with Hammer Horror Films was The Curse of Frankenstein and it was the first of twenty films that he made with Peter Cushing: the pair seemed inseparable on Hammer Films celluloid . Christopher Lee’s most famous role for Hammer was playing Dracula. In the 1970s he continued to gain fame in the horror genre with a role in The Wicker Man, a film which he and the Record Press author considered to be his best film. Christopher Lee described it as a “Wonderful film… had a hell of a time getting it made. Its power lies in the fact that you never expect what eventually happens, because everyone is so nice.”

Christopher Lee also played the Bond villain, Scaramanga, in 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun, another favourite christopher lee as scaramangafilm of mine and certainly in a top five best Bond films. However there were some career miscalculations and mistakes: Christopher Lee declined  a role in Halloween, which he later admitted was one of his biggest career regrets. He also turned down a role in Airplane!, something he also regretted. His anxiety over being typecast in horror films led him to Hollywood and roles in Airport ‘77 and Steven Spielberg’s 1941. Christopher Lee’s career saw a reprise in 2001 with a role as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and then as Count Dooku in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Christopher Lee also became a regular collaborator with Tim Burton, who cast him in Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows. Burton went on to award him with a Bafta fellowship.

christopher lee in wicker manChristopher Lee  also indulged a love of music throughout much of his career, including a song on The Wicker Man soundtrack. He released his first full-length album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross in 2010. It was well-received by the heavy metal community and won him the spirit of metal award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods ceremony. His 2013 single Jingle Hell entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 22, which made him the oldest living artist to ever enter the charts.

 

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Simon Templar to be canonised as The Saint for a new generation

The Saint aka Simon Templar is to return to our TV screens, according to Radio Times.

An ITV pilot will resurrect the cult figure Simon Templar, created by novelist Leslie Charteris. The Saint was originally played from 1962 to 1969 by Roger Moore before he became James Bond in 1973. The pilot episode shouldThe Saint DVD be ready to film next year, according to Ed Whitmore who is writing the new drama with Chris Lunt. Ed Whitmore explained to RadioTimes.com: “The character of Simon Templar, best known for leaving a calling card of a stick figure of a man with a halo at the scene of his crimes, was hugely popular in his day, and the time is ripe for a modern-day re-imagining. There is a post-Breaking Bad appetite for morally grey characters – Simon Templar is a kind of Robin Hood figure, he’s timeless.”

Roger Moore played Simon Templar in “The Saint” from 1962-1969, and was one of two TV heroes of the Record Press author in my early, formative years in the 1960s: the other being John Steed in “The Avengers”. I was completely mesmerised by the suave and debonair Simon Templar; only matched by my hero worship of the equally urbane John Steed. Albeit the love affair had worn off by the time Simon Templar returned to our TV screens for one series in 1978 in “The Return Of The Saint”. Ian Ogilvy who played Simon Templar in 1978, as good an actor as he is, simply did not have Roger Moore’s charisma and star quality.  However the replacement of Simon Templar’s car was a better fit: the iconic Volvo 1800 Coupe had been replaced by a Jaguar XJS.

Roger Moore was and remains “The Saint”: apparently he loved the role so much he reportedly turned down the The Saint Volvo 1800chance to play James Bond twice, before eventually signing up as 007 in 1973. For me Roger Moore is the definitive Simon Templar and as such I cannot even contemplate someone else playing The Saint. I’m all for progress, but not if it desecrates my cherished childhood memories!!

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Avengers, Persuaders & Professionals writer Brian Clemens dies

Brian Clemens, the legendary scriptwriter and producer behind the iconic cult TV series The Avengers, New Avengers, The Persuaders and The Professionals, has died aged 83.

avengersBrian Clemens’ contribution to TV in the UK from the 1960s to 1980s was prodigious. His other TV credits included The Baron, The Protectors, Danger Man, The Invisible Man and Bergerac. His production companies created The New Avengers and The Professionals, while Brian Clemens also wrote for a number of US shows including Remington Steele, Perry Mason and the Highlander TV series.

He single handedly created the “TV Tapestry” for the Record Press author’s childhood. The Avengers was the first TV series that I engaged with between 1967 and 1969. The surreal plots / storylines captured the imagination of the five and six year old me, whilst the suave and urbane John Steed ( Patrick MacNee ) became my hero – only matched by the equally debonair Simon Templar ( Roger Moore ) in The Saint.

When The Avengers and The Saint came to an end in 1969, the void was briefly and belatedly filled for a season by The Persuaders, another adventure series showcasing international playboys Lord Brett Sinclair ( Roger Moore ) and the persuadersDanny Wilde ( Tony Curtis ). Their wonderful on screen chemistry was sadly short lived as the The Persuaders only ran for one series from 1971 to 1972. The Protectors was supposed to fill the gap, but despite a star studded cast, headed by Robert Vaughan and Nyree Dawn Porter, the series lacked the charisma and panache of The Avengers and The Persuaders.

However Brian Clemens redeemed himself very quickly when he bounced backed with The Professionals in 1977, showcasing action men Bodie ( Lewis Collins ) and Doyle ( Martin Shaw ). Another favourite of mine was the Thriller series ( 1973 to 1976 ), with its twist in the tail tales and distinctive theme music.

Thank you Brian Clemens for creating such a rich TV Tapestry and so much fun and entertainment in my for formative years, God Bless You!!the persuaders dvd

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Framed romantic film DVD & cover makes a unique Valentine’s gift

Chaps, if you are struggling to find that perfect, unique Valentine’s Day gift, then look no further!! Your search, for this year at least, is over!!framed the notebook front cover

When it comes to a Valentine’s Day present, you cannot go wrong with a bespoke, personalised gift that shows you have made the effort to do something special!! A framed DVD and cover of your girlfriend or wife’s favourite romantic movie is one such option!! What could be better than an original, unique, personalised Valentine’s Day gift?

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If you need some ideas, here are a Top 20 most popular romantic films –

Top 20 best romantic films

1)    Titanic (1997)
2)    Casablanca (1942)
3)    Gone with the Wind (1939)titanic film dvd
4)    Pretty Woman (1990)
5)    Dirty Dancing (1987)
6)    Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
7)    My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
8)    Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
9)    Ghost (1990)
10)  Brief Encounter (1945)
11)  Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
12)  When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
13)  The Notebook (2004)
14)  Jerry Maguire (1996)
15)  Amelie (2001)
16)  Out Of Sight (1998)
17)  Romeo & Juliet (1996)
18)  Top Gun (1986)
19)  Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless ( 2004 )
20)  An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)

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Framed DVD & Cover of It’s a Wonderful Life makes a unique Xmas gift

The film “It’s a Wonderful Life” is one of the best films ever to come out of Hollywood……And definitely the best Christmas movie of all time!!

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is the most uplifting of movies, with a wonderful, humane and compassionate message. In the hands of the wrong director, it could have so easily been schmaltzy, but as it is James Stewart is perfectly cast staying the right side of cheese. The it's a wonderful life dvdamazing thing is that the Record Press author somehow managed to reach 50 years of age without seeing it……….That situation has thankfully since been rectified!!

For those who have still to see “It’s a Wonderful Life”, the plot is as follows………George Bailey ( played by the peerless James Stewart ) is a parochial, small-town man whose life seems so desperate he contemplates suicide. He had always wanted to leave Bedford Falls to travel the world, but circumstances and his kind, compassionate heart have prevented him from doing so. In an act of total selflessness, George Bailey sacrificed his education for his brother’s, kept the family-run savings and loan company afloat, whilst protecting the town from the avarice of the greedy banker Mr Potter.

George Bailey’s one  source of solace is that he married his childhood sweetheart Mary ( Donna Reed ) and has three lovely children. However in his desperation, this does not seem to be enough. As he prepares for it's a wonderful life dvdhis imminent suicide on Christmas Eve, readying himself to jump from a bridge, his guardian angel Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers) intervenes. He then shows George what life would have become for the residents of Bedford Falls if he had never lived and by doing so demonstrates all the lives he has touched and enriched in his lifetime.

If you have not watched “It’s a Wonderful Life”, treat yourself to the DVD and watch it over Xmas…….. I can’t guarantee that you will never take your life, family and friends for granted ever again, but for a few precious days over the festive period, you will be reminded of what really matters in life!!

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is the perfect film to watch over Christmas, with a glass of mulled wine in front of a roaring log fire……

………And as the perfect Christmas tale, “It’s a Wonderful Life” would also make the perfect Xmas gift!!

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Top 5 Best Robert Redford Films to mark his lifetime achievement award

Hollywood actor Robert Redford is to receive a lifetime achievement award from New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Centre.

robert redfordThe Society, which organises the annual New York Film Festival, said that Robert Redford’s “impact is hard to measure in many ways”. The honour is bestowed upon the film industry’s most high profile and influential players, with previous recipients including Martin Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock and Charlie Chaplin, after whom the award is named.

According to the BBC Lesli Klainberg, executive director at the New York’s Film Society, said that Robert Redford’s contribution as an actor has been significant, but also pinpointed his work as founder of the Sundance Film Festival. Lesli commented: “Without the Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival, we’d likely have a different industry. And they continue to have a huge impact. Obviously he’s a star that many of us have grown up watching from his films in the early ’60s to his current work. I happen to think he’s also had some of the greatest co-stars ever, from Natalie Wood to Faye Dunaway, Barbra Streisand, and, of course, his great bromance with Paul Newman.”

Robert Redford is almost certainly best remembered for that “bromance” with Paul Newman in the film “Butch Cassidy and the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidSundance Kid”. The Record Press author has never seen better chemistry between two actors on celluloid. The rapport, bonhomie, banter and humour between Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid aka Paul Newman and Robert Redford was scintillating. It’s not something that you can manufacture. Such was the success of the 1969 film, Paul Newman and Robert Redford found themselves teaming up four years later in “The Sting”.

Away from his work with Paul Newman, Robert Redford has consistently proved his depth and versatility as an actor, whether in rom com films like “Barefoot in the Park” or more hard hitting, edgy films like “All the President’s Men” which depicted the Washington Post’s investigation that led to the “Watergate Scandal” and the subsequent bringing down of US President Richard Nixon.

Lest we forget Robert Redford’s talent and track record, here’s a Top 5 Best Robert Redford Films –

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1) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid  ( 1969 )

2) All the President’s Men  ( 1976 )

3) The Sting  ( 1973 )

4) The Way We Were ( 1973 )

5) The Great Gatsby  ( 1974 )

 

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Two of the Five Best James Bond Villains live & let die….

There must be a Curse of the James Bond Villains at the moment, as two of the best loved ones have died in the last month. The irony, as we mourn their passing in real life, is that somewhat unusually for a James Bond villain, both survived death in their respective Bond films.

Geoffrey Holder, played Baron Samedi in the James Bond movie Live and Let Die, has died in New York at the age of 84. He played the Baron Samedipart of the cackling, deranged “Voodoo Villain” in Roger Moore’s first outing as secret agent James Bond. He survived everything James Bond threw at him in Live and Let Die, living rather than dying and was last seen sitting on the front of the train at the end of the film…….cackling away to his heart’s content.

Meanwhile actor Richard Kiel, who played steel-toothed villain Jaws in two James Bond films, died last month in California aged 74.Uniquely for a Bond villain, Jaws appeared in two James Bond films – The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977 and Moonraker in 1979 – and also survived to live happily ever after with his love match!!

Undoubtedly Baron Samedi and Jaws were two of the most memorable and best loved James Bond villains and deserve to be in this Top 5 Best James Bond Villains –

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1) Goldfinger ( Goldfinger 1964 )

2) Rosa Klebb ( From Russia With Love 1963 )

3) Scaramanga ( Man With the Golden Gun 1974 )

4) Baron Samedi ( Live and Let Die 1973 )

5) Jaws ( Spy Who Loved Me 1977 & Moonraker 1979 )

 

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Top 5 Robin Williams films with which to celebrate his life

Very sad to hear of Robin Williams’ untimely passing. Like nearly all comic geniuses, he was a tour de force but also clearly tormented by his demons……

Whilst that very high level of intelligence, perception, sensitivity, intuition and creativity made Robin Williams vulnerable and susceptible to the “Black Dog” ( as Winston Churchill referred to his own bouts of depression ), those very same attributes made him robin williamsthe great actor he was. Robin Williams was that rare acting phenomenon – equally comfortable playing comic roles as serious parts with great gravitas, albeit often interspersed with humour. There were exceptions to the pattern of course, notably his role as the sinister sociopath / potential psychopath photo developer in “One Hour Photo”.

For the Record Press author, my introduction to Robin Williams was as a teenager in 1979, when he played the zany alien Mork in the US TV series “Mork and Mindy”. Although brilliant in that, Robin Williams will be best remembered for his diverse film roles, often a fusion of humour and melancholy, but invariably playing an inspirational character as he did in “Good Morning Vietnam”, “Dead Poet’s Society” and “Good Will Hunting”. So let’s remember and celebrate Robin William’s genius, versatility and life with this Top 5 Best Robin Williams films / movies –

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1) Dead Poet’s Society ( 1989 )

2) Good Will Hunting ( 1997 )

3) One Hour Photo ( 2002 )

4) Good Morning Vietnam ( 1987 )

5) Mrs Doubtfire ( 1993 )

 

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Get a framed favourite BBC2 show DVD to mark BBC2 50th Anniversary

BBC 2 launched on the 20th April 1964. However, its launch had an inauspicious birth, by nearly being aborted!! Just as BBC2 was about to go on air, a power cut affected the whole of West London and anchor man Gerald Priestland battled on in near darkness and total chaos.

The blackout meant that the first show to be broadcast on the channel in its entirety was Playschool, which went out the following day. The channel recovered from this rather shaky start and won both critical and audience success with a wide range of ground-breaking comedy and drama series, including The Likely Lads and The Forsyte Saga.

Shows such as Match Of The Day and the flagship science programme Horizon were broadcast in the early days and are still mainstays in the schedules to this day. Seminal programmes such as (Late Night) Line Up, Jazz 625, and The Beat Room were front-runners to programmes such as Later… With Jools Holland and the channel’s Glastonbury coverage.

In 1967, with David Attenborough at the helm, BBC Two was the first channel in Europe to broadcast in colour. Released from the confines of black and white, the channel produced a series of ground-breaking factual programmes, including Civilisation and The Ascent of Man and and snooker show Pot Black, only made possible by the launch of colour television.

The 1970s saw the BBC2 launch two of the favourite TV series of the Record Press author – the manic comedy series Fawlty Towers and the Roman drama / soap I Claudius. Landmark current affairs shows such as 40 Minutes and Newsnight came to the channel, as did the arrival of cookery with Delia Smith’s Family Fare. The 1980s on BBC Two brought viewers Life On Earth; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Yes, Minister; The Boys From The Blackstuff; Edge Of Darkness; Not The Nine O’Clock News; and The Young Ones.

As BBC2 entered the 1990s, perennial favourites like Top Gear and Gardeners’ World were joined by highly acclaimed drama such as This Life and Our Friends In The North, which captured the era’s political and cultural zeitgeist. Big Train, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Gormenghast, The Royle Family, The Fast Show, Shooting The Past and The League Of Gentlemen also arrived on BBC2 during this time.

BBC2 has continued to support new comedy in the 21st century, most notably with award-winning shows Dead Ringers, Double Take, Marion And Geoff, The Office, The Kumars At No 42, and the BBC Three co-commission Little Britain.

So Happy 50th Birthday BBC2. Here’s to the next 50 years of the Brilliant Broadcasting Corporation on BBC2!!

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Get a Framed Star Wars DVD to celebrate Star Wars Day

Star Wars Day is not surprisingly on May 4th……… ‘may the fourth be with you’ as Star Wars fans come together across the Earth and possibly further afield in Space!!

There was much activity surrounding Star Wars Day in 2013 as fans undertook ‘impromptu light saber fights’. Apparently you can participate in light sabre classes to perfect your swing!

The 4th May isn’t the only day dedicated to Star Wars. Celebrations also take place on the 25th May, the day christened by many Star Wars fans as International Day of the Jedi, the date of the release of Episode IV in 1977. So remember to wish everyone a happy Star Wars Day this May!! And may the fourth be with you!!

If you are a Star Wars fan you will know there tends to be a lot of discussion on what the best Star Wars movie is – my personal favourite Star Wars film is ‘Empire Strikes Back’. What is your favourite Star Wars film? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

                                                                                      

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Star of 60s TV cult series The Champions dies, but do you remember it?

Alexandra Bastedo, best known for her role in the 1960s television sci-fi series “The Champions”, has died aged 67.

Those of a certain vintage, including the Record Press author, will remember Alexandra Bastedo as the glamorous female lynchpin in a spy trio, known as “The Champions”. It was a British espionage / detective adventure series broadcast on ITV during 1968–1969.

The series featured Alexandra Bastedo as Sharron Macready, supported by Craig Stirling ( played by Stuart Damon ) and Richard Barrett ( William Gaunt ) as agents for a United Nations law enforcement organization called “Nemesis”, based in Geneva. The trio had diverse backgrounds with Richard Barrett as a code breaker, Craig Stirling a fighter pilot, and Sharron Macready a recently widowed scientist and doctor. I remember my cousin gave me her autographed photos of the three of them, but sadly they met an undignified demise as a makeshift darts board!!

During their first mission, the plane carrying “The Champions” crashes in the Himalayas and they are rescued by an advanced tribe hidden away in the snowy mountains of Tibet, who save their lives and bestow upon them very sophisticated human faculties, including powers to communicate with one another over great distances by ESP (telepathy).

“The Champions” was one of a clutch of TV adventure series shown on ITV in the late 1960s and early 1970s that fired the imagination of the Record Press author in my formative years. My first love was the surreal “The Avengers”, starring the suave, urbane John Steed ( Patrick MacNee ) with his immaculate three piece suits, bowler hat and umbrella. He was ably supported by elegant and athletic sidekick Emma Peel ( Diana Rigg ) with her catsuits and martial arts kicks. At the same time there was the dashing and debonair Roger Moore as Simon Templar in “The Saint” and the equally dapper Jason King ( played by Peter Wyngarde ), resplendent in his cravats and smoking jackets in “Department S”.

Another of my favourite TV adventure series of that era was “The Persuaders”, which like “The Champions” only ran for one series in 1971-1972. “The Persuaders” starred Roger Moore ( sandwiched between his roles as Simon Templar and James Bond ) as aristocrat Lord Brett Sinclair and Tony Curtis as gauche New Yorker Danny Wilde. TV mogul Lew Grade took a huge risk putting the quintessential English man with the Hollywood star, but it worked despite their contrasting characters because of a natural chemistry and shared sense of humour between Roger Moore and Tony Curtis.

What really made “The Persuaders” was the glamorous international locations, sports cars, sexy ladies and sharp suits, not to mention the wonderful theme music by James Bond film producer John Barrie. With these ingredients, Roger Moore could not have had a better screen test and audition for the role of James Bond, which he was to take up the following year in 1973 in “Live & Let Die”!!

As Roger Moore took up the role of 007, the void left by “The Persuaders” was filled by the similar named “The Protectors” ( starring Robert Vaughan and Nyree Dawn Porter ), but it paled in comparison to “The Persuaders” and is best remembered for its theme music, “Avenues and Alleyways” by Tony Christie.

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Two lost films unlikely to make this Top 10 Best Peter Sellers Films

It has been announced that two “lost” films showcasing the comedy talents of Peter Sellers are to be screened at the Southend Film Festival next May.

Peter Sellers created the comedy short films “Dearth of a Salesman” and “Insomnia is Good For You” in 1957 as part of a promotional drive to break into films, having conquered all before him on radio with “The Goon Show”. As we know he eventually cracked Hollywood with films like The Naked Truth, The Pink Panther franchise and Dr Strangelove.

In the two rediscovered films, which are spoof government information films, Peter Sellers played a number of different roles as “show reels” to demonstrate “his considerable talents”, according to Paul Cotgrove from The White Bus, which runs the Southend Film Festival. The two 30-minute films were originally salvaged from a skip during a clear-out of Park Lane Films’ former office in London before its refurbishment in 1996.

Although part of the wonderful heritage of the genius of Peter Sellers, it is unlikely that they will offer a threat to this Top 10 Best Peter Sellers Films –

Top 10 Best Peter Sellers Films

 

1) The Party ( 1968 ) – Peter Sellers plays an incompetent, accident-prone Indian actor, who hilariously systematically wrecks a chic Hollywood house party.

2) A Shot in the Dark ( 1964 ) – The second Inspector Clouseau comedy is the best of the franchise. A hilarious farce with the memorable scene in a nudist colony.

3) I’m Alright Jack ( 1958 ) – The gullible Ian Carmichael works for his uncle in his factory and unwittingly upsets an elaborate and crooked business scheme in this memorable comedy satire. Peter Sellers is excellent as the trades union leader.

4) Dr Strangelove ( 1964 ) – U.S. president battles with the Russian and his own political and military leaders when a deranged general launches A-bomb attack on the U.S.S.R. Peter Sellers plays the president, British captain, and mad inventor of the Bomb in this brilliant satirical black comedy

5) Only Two Can Play ( 1962 ) – Peter Sellers plays a well-meaning Welsh librarian, dating socialites far above his station.

6) The Wrong Arm of the Law ( 1962 ) – Australian trio chased by police as well as crooks because they’ve been masquerading as cops and confiscating loot from apprehended robbers.

7) Carlton-Browne of the FO ( 1959 ) – Farce about Island of Gallardia, a British protectorate forgotten for 50 years.

8) The Pink Panther Strikes Again ( 1976 ) – Inspector Clouseau’s boss Dreyfus ( Herbert Lom ) has had a nervous breakdown and threatens to destroy the world with a ray-gun he has acquired.

9) Two Way Stretch ( 1960 ) – Peter Sellers as part of a gang of prisoners who devise a means of escaping to commit a robbery and then return to the safety of their cells.

10) Heavens Above ( 1963 ) – Satire on British clergy life, with Peter Sellers in fine form as a parish vicar who becomes bishop, but at the price of being stranded on a rocket in space.

 

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Merchandise – Framed DVDS & Framed Vinyl Theme Music

We are now less than a month away from the BBC’s special season of programmes, exalting and celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who!!

Whichever actor played your favourite Doctor Who, we have all engaged with the timeless Time Lord at some juncture in the past 50 years. At some point in our lives, Doctor Who has been our friend and ally and we have all shared great adventures with him…..To mark this major milestone, MyFirstRecord.co.uk is offering very unique Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Merchandise, which can be bought as a gift for yourself or a gift to others.

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As BBC launches poll for best movie soundtrack, what would you choose?

As part of its Sound of Cinema season, stations across the BBC network are inviting listeners to vote from a shortlist of 20 film soundtracks. The winning track will be announced on Radio 3 on the 27th September and played live by the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Shortlisted film soundtracks include Star Wars, The Sound of Music, The Third Man, West Side Story, Bombay, Billy Elliot, Grease, The Dark Knight Rises, There Will Be Blood and Django Unchained.

The final 20 shortlisted film soundtracks were compiled by film fans and experts from across the BBC, including Radio 2’s Simon Mayo and Radio 3’s Matthew Sweet.

BBC Four kicks off the BBC’s Sound of Cinema season with The Music That Made the Movies, accompanied by further programmes on Radio 3. The three-part series looks at the history of music in cinema and features directors, including Quentin Tarantino and Alfred Hitchcock, who were marvelous exponents of utilising music for great dramatic effect in their films.

The shortlisted films and voting details are available on this link….. www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01fs3cy

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As One Direction film tops charts, here’s a Top 10 Best Music Films

When One Direction arrived in Leicester Square in London’s West End for the premiere of their film “This Is Us”, they were greeted by a thronging mass of hysteria produced bt 70, 000 fans. But this nothing new!!

Boy bands like One Direction have trodden that well-worn path into Leicester Square to promote their film premieres since the 1960s, when the Beatles made two films “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help” directed by Richard Lester in 1964 and 1965 respectively.

David Essex’s “That’ll be the Day” and its sequel “Stardust” in 1973 and 1974 depicted the corruption of the music industry with the meteoric rise and fall and destruction of a 1960s pop star played by David Essex. A similar theme was portrayed in “Slade in Flame”, where Noddy Holder and the boys played the roles of band members of a fictitious rock band called Flame, who were undermined by avarice and corruption within their record company and management. All three films were excellent, not least because David Essex and the Slade band members proved to be worthy actors, although in the case of the latter it has to be said they didn’t stray too far from real life!!

Other music films like the Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter” and “Abba the Movie” were documentary based ( rockumentary ) rather than a fictional story. However the award for most surreal film has to go to Pete Townsend and The Who for “Tommy”. But the best music film has to be the satirical “This is Spinal Tap”, which is why it is No1 in this Record Press Top 10 Best Music Films –

 

Top 10 Best Music Films

1) This is Spinal Tap ( 1984 )

2) David Essex – That’ll be the Day ( 1973 )

3) Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night ( 1964 )

4) Slade in Flame ( 1974 )

5) The Who / Elton John – Tommy ( 1973 )

6) Blur: No Distance left to Run ( 2010 )

7) David Essex – Stardust ( 1974 )

8) Standing in the Shadows of Motown ( 2002 )

9) Abba The Movie ( 1976 )

10) Beatles – Help ( 1965 )

 

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Celebrate One Direction Film This Is Us release with a Framed 1D DVD

When One Direction arrived in Leicester Square in London’s West End for the premiere of their film “This Is Us”, they were greeted rapturously by 70, 000 fans.

The film has been made by Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock and follows their life on the road during their rise to worldwide fame. One Direction ( Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson ) held a press conference with Morgan Spurlock where Liam Payne said the film was ‘nerve-wracking’ to make, but admitted there could be a follow-up if it is a hit.

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One Direction fans are no different from any other boy band fans in history!!

One Direction fans have reacted angrily to Channel 4’s documentary “Crazy About One Direction” with the boyband’s obsessive following starting a “This is not us” campaign on Twitter.

Following the programme, One Direction fans on Twitter expressed their upset at Channel 4 and managed to get “#THISISNOTUS” ( an opposing twist on the title of their film ) to become a top trend.

Channel 4’s “Crazy About One Direction” examined the extremes of 1D fanaticism, including death threats to band members, superfans who will stop at nothing to get in a room with the boys, and ‘shipping’ fans, who have developed fantasies about hidden love and “bromances” within the band. One Direction, comprising Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson, have become the biggest pop group on the planet over the last three years since they were manufactured by Simon Cowell on the “X Factor.

The “Crazy About One Direction” documentary questioned whether the group herald a new form of idolatry – a cult now fuelled by the online community but the reality is that this obsession with boy bands in the UK started with “Beatlemania” in 1963. We have all seen the black and white footage of girls screaming manically and fainting at a “Fab Four” gig.

For the Record Press author’s generation the boy bands of the early to mid 1970s were The Osmonds and The Bay City Rollers. In 1974 and 1975 “Rollermania” was rife!! There are stories of Bay City Roller fans swimming fully clothed across a lake to reach the boys on an island at a Radio 1 Roadshow. And many of us have seen the colour footage from an old news item of Bay City Roller fans, bedecked in tartan and very emotionally charged in the queue for a Rollers concert. In the 1990s it was the same scenario with Take That, Boyzone and Westlife…..

There’s nothing new about boy band mania and hysteria in terms of hormonal teenage girls being attracted to pretty boys who can sing a little bit!! However what is different about One Direction fans ( known as Directioners ) is that they operate in the new social media sphere, where the Twitter platform in particular feeds the obsessive compulsive behaviour of a small minority of One Direction fans by giving them the false sense of intimacy of live communication in real time.

In the past Take That, Osmonds and Bay City Roller fans would have had to rely on the seemingly convoluted process of writing fan mail and sending it to their chosen boyband member via the Fan Club. Although a response from their heartthrob would be just as real and intimate, the lack of immediacy kept a sense of perspective in the mind of the boy band fan.

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Celebrate Radio Times 90th Birthday with a framed DVD of your favourite TV show

Radio Times celebrates its 90th Anniversary this year and along with a special exhibition, Radio Times is also running a poll to find out what are viewers all time favourite TV programmes.

Over the 90 years, Doctor Who has been the subject of more front cover features in the Radio Times than any other programme during the listings magazine’s long life. The Radio Times was first published in 1923 when radio was in its infancy and this landmark 90th anniversary is being celebrated with a free exhibition at the Museum of London. The displays feature many early Radio Times front covers, set in the context of the history of British broadcasting, from the BBC’s inaugural radio transmission from Alexandra Palace in London through to the modern multi-channel platform that the BBC has become in the 21st Century.

The Radio Times 90th anniversary exhibition also features a Doctor Who display, marking the Time Lord’s regular appearances in the magazine since 1964. As part of the display there is a life-size Dalek set against a backdrop of Westminster Bridge, recreating the famous 2005 “Vote Dalek” Radio Times cover ( which was voted the Cover of the Century by the Periodical Publishers Association ). Of course Doctor Who also celebrates a major milestone later this year, with its own landmark 50th anniversary in November.

Radio Times, which incidentally is the world’s longest running TV and radio listings magazine, is inviting the nation to vote for their all time favourite TV programmes, to create the ultimate night of TV as part of its 90th birthday celebrations. Over a six week period Radio Times readers will vote for their all time favourite TV shows in the following categories – children’s, entertainment, comedy, factual and drama programmes, as well as their favourite newscaster and the greatest TV moment ever ( which presumably will be the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony!! ). The results of the poll will create the ultimate television schedule for the perfect night-in and will be announced in Radio Times 90th anniversary special issue on 24th September 2013.

It’s an invidious task trying to whittle down a long list to just one all time favourite TV programme in each category, but here goes……..After much “soul searching” the Record Press author’s all-time favourite TV shows in each respective category are “Land of the Giants” ( ITV ), “Top of the Pops” ( BBC ), “Fawlty Towers” ( BBC ), “Fourteen Days in May” ( BBC documentary about a condemned man’s last two weeks on Death Row ) and “I Claudius” ( BBC ).

 

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You can vote for your favourite TV shows at RadioTimes.com/bestnight

 

 

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Poll – Who was the Best Doctor Who?

So the waiting is over. Peter Capaldi will be the 12th Doctor Who and will undoubtedly fit the bill as the Time Lord that transcends time in Space and of course on Earth, as Doctor Who celebrates his 50th Anniversary. Peter Capaldi has all the requisite attributes, but will probably be a sterner, more cerebral Doctor Who, in the mould of the original Doctor Who played by William Hartnell. There is a neat, fitting symmetry as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary year of Doctor Who in November 2013!!

Like James Bond, we all have our favourite Doctor Who, either because he was the first one we saw on TV or because there’s a particular stand out candidate amongst the Doctors that followed. The Record Press Author will have to go with sentiment and choose the third Doctor Who, played by Jon Pertwee.

My introduction to Doctor Who came with his predecessor, Patrick Troughton, in the late 1960s who was the polar opposite. Patrick Troughton’s Doctor Who was manic and zany; Jon Pertwee was much more level headed and considered. The world was a safer, more secure place during his tenure from 1970 to 1974 – there was something very comforting about his presence.

Despite the foppish, dandy-esque velvet jackets and capes, Jon Pertwee’s Doctor Who was a very solid character who would prevail over his enemies through coolness and common sense as much as guile and cunning. Fundamentally Jon Pertwee was “my Doctor Who” during my formative years of 8 to 11. He was my friend for four years and I remember being devastated in June 1974 when he re-generated into Tom Baker!!

So who do you think was the best Doctor Who and why? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

If you need to refresh your memory, here’s a complete  list of each Doctor Who in chronological order accompanied by a brief profile –

1. William Hartnell (1963-1966)

William Hartnell’s Doctor Who was the very first incarnation. He was positively geriatric by the time TV viewers first met Doctor Who in 1963. Although he first Doctor Who was grandfatherly, he was also a wizard or sorcerer as an early fore runner to the Harry Potter franchise.

2. Patrick Troughton (1966-1969)

Patrick Troughton’s Doctor Who was more of a trickster character than most of his later incarnations. The Second Doctor Who hid his intellect beneath the disguise of a jester.

3. Jon Pertwee (1970-1974)

Jon Pertwee’s Doctor Who had a greater warmth and humanity about him, possibly because he may have spent more time on Earth than other Doctors as a result of being exiled by his fellow Time Lords.

4. Tom Baker (1974-1981)

If there is a candidate who can challenge David Tennant’s universal popularity, it’s the legendary Tom Baker’s charismatic Fourth Doctor Who. As the only actor to portray the Doctor for seven years, the Tom Baker incarnation of the Doctor defined the character for a generation and consequently every actor who followed Tom Baker has had to live in the shadow of his manifestation of Doctor Who.

5. Peter Davison (1982-1984)

Peter Davison’s Doctor Who was more kindly, with a humanity to match Jon Pertwee. The downside of this is that the Fifth Doctor could also be racked by indecision, guilt and self-doubt, which rather goes against the grain of the commanding, authoritative figure of Doctor Who.

6. Colin Baker (1984-1986)

Colin Baker’s Doctor was sometimes more notable for his flamboyant attire ie the “Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, but the Sixth Doctor Who was remembered for his unpredictable mood swings, arrogance and abrasive ego.

7. Sylvester McCoy (1987-1996)

Sylvester McCoy was the last Doctor of the original “Doctor Who” series, who also briefly returned for the TV movie. The Seventh Doctor Who was more manipulative and secretive than his previous six incarnations and consequently the least likeable of all Doctors before or since.

8. Paul McGann (1996)

Paul McGann only got one chance to play the Doctor on television in the “Doctor Who” TV movie, so as suitable as he was, had only a small window of opportunity to make an impact.

9. Christopher Eccleston (2005)

Christopher Eccleston definitely has a following for his more aggressive, belligerent and hyperactive incarnation of the Doctor, who launched the current “Doctor Who” series. Regrettably he left after one series.

10. David Tennant (2005-2010)

Among the Doctors of the modern era, David Tennant has captured the zeitgeist like no other. Arguably the most popular Doctor Who of all.

11. Matt Smith (2010 – 2013)

Matt Smith had an incredibly hard act to follow in David Tennant, but has carved out a niche for himself as a memorable Doctor Who.

 

So who do you think was the best Doctor who and why? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

MyFirstRecord.co.uk is offering some special Doctor Who 50th Anniversary memorabilia and merchandise……..

 

If you are a Whovian and would like to mark and celebrate the Doctor Who 50th anniversary in your home or office, you can order the Doctor Who Theme Tune in a vinyl single or CD single format with picture cover; framed and mounted as a picture disc souvenir. You can also personalise it with an inscribed / engraved plaque…… ORDER NOW…….. www.myfirstrecord.co.uk/

 

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ITV drama marks the 40th Anniversary of Lord Lucan Cluedo-esque Murder Mystery

 

ITV are to produce a two-part drama to mark the 40th anniversary of Lord Lucan’s mysterious disappearance. Rory Kinnear, Christopher Eccleston and Sir Michael Gambon will appear in the drama, which will begin filming in London in August 2013.

The 7th Earl of Lucan vanished after the death of his children’s nanny, Sandra Rivett, in November 1974 and an inquest subsequently ruled that he murdered her. Sandra Rivett was found dead at the home of Lord Lucan’s estranged wife in the elegant and affluent Belgravia area of London. Lady Lucan was also attacked but managed to escape to a local pub. Lord Lucan disappeared and his Ford Corsair car was later found abandoned and soaked in blood in Newhaven, East Sussex.

The Lord Lucan murder mystery was straight out of the pages of an Agatha Christie or Dorothy L Sayer’s murder mystery, that unfortunately lacked the guile and poise of their iconic sleuths Hercules Poirot and Lord Peter Wimsey and consequently went unsolved. The addition of the suspected murder weapon, a blood splattered piece of lead piping, added a Cluedo-esque twist to the case. Any fans of the murder mystery board game Cluedo will know that one of the murder weapons is a piece of lead piping!!

Lord Lucan was officially declared dead by the High Court in 1999. Since his intriguing disappearance there have been numerous “sightings” around the world, elevating Lord Lucan’s status into the realms of British crime myth, only matched by “Jack The Ripper”.

So to mark the 40th Anniversary of this most intriguing murder mystery, here is a Top 5 Best Lord Lucan Murder Mystery Songs –

Top 5 Best Lord Lucan Murder Mystery Songs

 

1) Thin Lizzy – Killer on the Loose ( 1980 )

2) Tavares – Whodunit ( 1977 )

3) The Dodgems – Lord Lucan is Missing ( 1978 )

4) Toyah Wilcox – It’s a Mystery ( 1981 )

5) Mumford & Sons – Where are you now? ( 2012 )

 

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Daleks return for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary TV Special

The Daleks are returning to Doctor Who for the show’s 50th anniversary special, starring Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt as the Doctor. The Doctor Who Special will be broadcast on the 23rd November, exactly 50 years after Doctor Who’s Tardis first landed on Earth in 1963.

It will be quite a Doctor Who re-union as Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler and there will be a return for the Zygons, who last appeared in the show in 1975 when Tom Baker was Doctor Who.

Doctor Who writer and executive producer Steven Moffat points out: “The Doctor once said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies, so it’s fitting that for this very special episode, he should be facing the greatest enemies of all.”

Doctor Who was first broadcast on 23 November 1963 with a four-part adventure known as “An Unearthly Child”. To put this into some historical context, the first broadcast of Doctor Who took place the day after the assassination of President John F Kennedy!!

Other than the Daleks, who are your favourite Doctor Who enemies and why? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

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If you are a Whovian and would like to mark and celebrate the Doctor Who 50th anniversary in your home or office, you can order the Doctor Who Theme Tune in a vinyl single or CD single format with picture cover; framed and mounted as a picture disc souvenir. You can also personalise it with an inscribed / engraved plaque…… ORDER NOW…….. www.myfirstrecord.co.uk/

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Framed Smurfs vinyl record or DVD memento to mark Smurfs 2 film launch

Belgium has been the source of a number of eccentric characters including Agatha Christie’s detective Hercules Poirot and home grown Tintin. However perhaps the most iconic Belgian characters to be exported are those little blue characters known as The Smurfs, or Les Schtroumpfs, as they are known in their native Belgium.

Since their creation in 1958, The Smurfs have become a global brand with books, a song that topped the charts in 16 countries in 1978, a Hanna Barbera TV cartoon in the 1980s and what appears to be the start of a Hollywood film franchise. The second Smurfs film “The Smurfs 2” is released in the UK on the 31st July. Much is riding on the success of the sequel after the first movie “The Smurfs” released in 2011, was a box office smash success generating over half a billion dollars, excluding DVD sales.

The plot of “The Smurfs 2” is set in Paris and revolves around the story of Smurfette, and how she came to be the only girl in Smurf village. Singer Katy Perry voices the female Smurf, providing her first lead role in a film. Somewhat surprisingly Katy Perry will not be singing the title track or any songs on the soundtrack of “The Smurfs 2”. Instead Britney Spears has recorded the title track, “Ooh La La”.

It’s all a far cry from Father Abraham’s 1978 hit “The Smurf Song” which reached No2 in the UK Charts in 1978, only held off the No1 spot by John Travolta and Olivia Newton John’s “You’re the One that I Want”, which was camped at the summit of the charts for two months. Of course that track came from the legendary musical “Grease” and 35 years on the Smurfs have emulated John Travolta and Olivia Newton John with a successful film career of their own!!

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At 65, will Sooty and Sweep opt for no strings attached retirement?

It is amazing, but Sooty has just turned 65, but there is no hint of grey in that shiny golden coat of his!! That’s probably because Sweep has enough grey hair for both of them!!

It is quite amazing that since Harry Corbett first brought this hand puppet double act to our TV screens, they have become an integral part of the public consciousness in the UK. Only the British could embrace a couple of soft toys, minus legs, in the way that we have with Sooty and Sweep!! But incredibly the British public have embraced and adored this double act for over three generations now.

What is the enduring appeal of Sooty and Sweep? The Record Press author is not totally clear. I’m not even totally sure what types of animal Sooty and Sweep are – I assume Sooty is some type of bear and Sweep a dog? Whilst I have always had a soft ( toy ) spot for Sweep because he’s loveable, cheeky and naughty, personally I never took to Sooty!! I’ve always found him a malicious, nasty piece of work, with a cruel and callous streak as long as Harry Corbett’s arm!!

As a child in the 1960s I grew up in the confusion that Sweep was Sooty, because he was grey and soot coloured. Completely logical to a 5 and 6 year old!! For me Sweep has always been the star of the show and to be honest I think Sooty deep down has always been jealous of Sweep’s charisma and charm. It is this jealousy and bitterness that has caused Sooty to become so vindictive over the past 65 years!!

The way Sooty treats Soo is appalling. She has been the victim of domestic abuse for far too many years and Social ( or should that be Soo-cial ) Services should put her in secure accommodation, safe from this pernicious little puppet we know as Sooty. Meanwhile Sooty should be incarcerated at Her Majesty’s Pleasure in Wormwood Scrubs for sustained domestic abuse and his “strangeways”!!

This would leave Sweep free to pursue a solo career or simply enjoy retirement and a state pension at 65, having given so generously to three generations of children, who have grown up with the institution of Sooty and Sweep……

Which do you prefer – Sooty or Sweep? Let us know in the Reply Box below.

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We offer new memorabilia to replace what goes to the Doctor Who museum

Doctor Who fans, known as Whovians, are being invited to contribute Doctor Who memorabilia to a major exhibition at the National Media Museum in Bradford. The museum, as part of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary celebrations, is running an exhibition “Fifty Years of Doctor Who Fans” from the 12th November 2013 to the 2nd March 2014.

The “Fifty Years of Doctor Who Fans” exhibition will focus on fans’ devotion and relationship to the show. Exhibition curator Toni Booth said she was hoping people would contribute official merchandise they have collected over the years. She also encourages Doctor Who fans to donate “more personal homemade objects – the kind of things which show a fan’s love for the Doctor,” along with Doctor Who related anecdotes and experiences. She added: “We want to know why you have this object, when you got it, and your feelings towards Doctor Who then and now”. Fans have until the 9th August to offer their memorabilia, at which time the Doctor Who exhibition organisers will then make a final selection.

The 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who will air on BBC One on 23rd November, with a return for the 10th Doctor David Tennant, starring alongside the current Doctor Matt Smith.

Whilst you are lending your Doctor Who memorabilia and merchandise to the “Fifty Years of Doctor Who Fans” exhibition, MyFirstRecord.co.uk is offering some special Doctor Who 50th Anniversary memorabilia and merchandise in it’s place……..

If you are a Whovian and would like to mark and celebrate the Doctor Who 50th anniversary in your home or office, you can order the Doctor Who Theme Tune in a vinyl single or CD single format with picture cover; framed and mounted as a picture disc souvenir. You can also personalise it with an inscribed / engraved plaque…… ORDER NOW…….. www.myfirstrecord.co.uk/

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Framed vinyl records, framed CDs and framed DVDs with a personalised plaque, make unique presents or original gifts for a special celebration  / special occasion ie a Wedding ( Wedding First Dance Song ), an Engagement Party ( Our Song ), a House Warming Party ( New Home ), a 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th Birthday ( How about the No1 song on the day of birth? ), a Silver, Ruby or Golden Wedding Anniversary, Father’s or Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day!!  THE PERFECT PERSONALISED PRESENT!!

 

Prince Charles becomes a Dalek to celebrate Doctor Who 50th Anniversary

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Doctor Who set at BBC Wales’ Roath Lock studios, as part of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Prince Charles, famous for his distinctive received pronunciation, saw his voice transformed into that of a dalek as he uttered the “exterminate” catchphrase into a voice modulator.

Doctor Who scriptwriter Steven Moffat commented: “I haven’t thought about how I could weave a meeting between the Doctor and the royal family. But Prince Charles’s attempt at being a Dalek was great”.

The Doctor Who tour included a visit to the set of the Tardis, as well as a display of some of the show’s monsters, including a weeping angel and a cyberman. Nicholas Briggs, who voices the Daleks, demonstrated some of their famous catchphrases, while production staff showed how a green screen set is used to generate some of the programme’s special effects.

If you are a Whovian and would like to mark and celebrate the Doctor Who 50th anniversary in your home or office, you can order the Doctor Who Theme Tune in a vinyl single or CD single with picture cover; framed and mounted as a picture disc souvenir. You can also personalise it with an inscribed / engraved plaque…… ORDER NOW…….. www.myfirstrecord.co.uk/

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Win a Framed Doctor Who DVD in our 50th Anniversary Competition

This year we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who arriving on Earth from outer space, where he had traversed the Universe for eternity as a Time Lord. And over the last 50 years, he has popped up on Earth in his Tardis intermittently, but due to the wonderful invention of television, we have been able to follow Doctor Who’s travels wherever they took him throughout Space.

For the Recordpress author, my favourite Doctor Who episodes were always the ones located on Earth, whether it involved an invasion by the Daleks or the Cybermen. The Doctor Who story that has stayed with me was “The Green Death” which was broadcast on BBC1 in May / June 1973. The central plot was that miners in a Welsh mining colliery were mysteriously dying at the coalface. Doctor Who ( played by Jon Pertwee ) and his very able bodied assistant Jo Grant ( played by Katie Manning ) eventually got to the bottom of the mystery at the bottom of the coal pit……..

It transpired that the miners were being killed by giant maggots, excreting green slime – the maggots had mutated into giants due to poisoning by industrial waste being dumped by a nearby chemical plant. I recently bought “The Green Death” story on DVD and sadly the special effects have not stood the test of time!! The giant maggots had a distinct look of paper mache and the green slime bore an uncanny resemblance to the cleaning agent Swarfega!! However that did not impair my enjoyment in any way. In truth Jon Pertwee was such a charming, charismatic and engaging Doctor Who, that he carried the show with ease.

I was unclear quite why “The Green Death” story had struck a chord and remained with me for the intervening 40 years, until I watched it again on DVD. There are two reasons for it being memorable. Firstly 1973 was the year that the miners went on strike in the UK, forcing the country onto a three day working week and into the pitch darkness ( not in a coal mine but in our homes ) as power cuts struck every night. So the miners were very topical in 1973 Great Britain.

The second reason is less about History, which at the time was my favourite subject at school, and more about Biology which I was yet to start studying!! Yes, “The Green Death” was the last adventure that Jo Grant took with Doctor Who. The 10 year old Simon Sterland was devastated. I was totally smitten and in love with Jo Grant ( Katie Manning ) and I had lost her to scientist in Wales, who she decided to marry and set up home with.

More importantly Doctor Who had lost his sexy sidekick and cut a sorry, sad figure as he drove his vintage car “Bessie” away from the Welsh mining village without her. Somehow Doctor Who was never quite the same again and Jon Pertwee continued for another year as Doctor Who, before putting his foppish, dandy-esque cape away for good, to be replaced by the eccentric and brilliant Tom Baker ( 1974-81 ).

Recordpress would like to hear from you. Answer the three questions below and simply enter our Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Competition ( Prize details below ).

1) Who was your favourite Doctor Who and why?

2) Who was your favourite Doctor Who assistant and why?

3) Which was your favourite enemy or monster and why?

The author of the best reply to these three questions will WIN A PRIZE OF A FRAMED DVD OF THEIR FAVOURITE DOCTOR WHO STORY WITH A COMMEMORATIVE DOCTOR WHO 50th ANNIVERSARY PLAQUE.

E-mail your three answers to info@MyFirstRecord.co.uk  All entries must be submitted with your name and e-mail address by the 30th October 2013. The winner will be notified shortly afterwards.

Alternatively if you cannot wait to celebrate Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary in November 2013, you can order the  DVD of your favourite Doctor Who story; framed and mounted as a picture disc souvenir. You can also personalise it with an inscribed / engraved plaque…… 

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