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Post by Frank on Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:04 am

Even though it is six episodes long, any intelligent person can see where the sub-plot about Luke's dad is heading so it isn't going to be much of a surprise when they reveal 'whodunnit'. It's a badly realised (apart from the effects and make up), poorly wriiten show but there are ideas in there that would make a terrific series. Unfortunately, ITV simply bow to their demographics and focus groups to try and have a hit. Reverse alchemy is very good way of describing what ITV do to their dramas. I'm just hoping their version of The Prisoner and the sequel to The Naked Civil Servant also don't end up as lumps of lead.

Bring back Primeval, all is forgiven!
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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by Sid Seadevil on Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:17 am

Frank wrote:Even though it is six episodes long, any intelligent person can see where the sub-plot about Luke's dad is heading so it isn't going to be much of a surprise when they reveal 'whodunnit'. It's a badly realised (apart from the effects and make up), poorly wriiten show but there are ideas in there that would make a terrific series. Unfortunately, ITV simply bow to their demographics and focus groups to try and have a hit. Reverse alchemy is very good way of describing what ITV do to their dramas. I'm just hoping their version of The Prisoner and the sequel to The Naked Civil Servant also don't end up as lumps of lead.
Agreed. Which is why it's all the more frustrating that the inherent potential is being squandered. If it does get to a second series, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if it didn't, given its terrible AI scores - it's going to need a major retooling to have a hope of longer term survival. I'm holding out slightly more hope for both the Prisoner remount and the NCS sequel though. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the people in charge of those are starting out with as much clearer vision and better understanding of what they hope to achieve.

Frank wrote:Bring back Primeval, all is forgiven!
Absolutely. At least Primeval understands exactly what it's purpose is.
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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by Frank on Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:23 am

I've been following the progress on 'The Prisoner' (I have an update to put on the blog - interviews with McKellen and a brief behind the scenes studio report) and I'm hopeful. 'An Englishman In New York' has a decent script from Brian Fillis and the utterly marvellous John Hurt returning so I really want it to work. The indications are good.
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Post by Sid Seadevil on Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:36 am

Frank wrote:I've been following the progress on 'The Prisoner' (I have an update to put on the blog - interviews with McKellen and a brief behind the scenes studio report) and I'm hopeful. 'An Englishman In New York' has a decent script from Brian Fillis and the utterly marvellous John Hurt returning so I really want it to work. The indications are good.
That's really encouraging. About the only real worry now is exactly what some clueless ITV suit might do to scupper the chances of either, via some cack-handed, witless piece of "creative" scheduling - or something equally as nonsensical.
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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by Frank on Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:43 am

Sid Seadevil wrote:
Frank wrote:I've been following the progress on 'The Prisoner' (I have an update to put on the blog - interviews with McKellen and a brief behind the scenes studio report) and I'm hopeful. 'An Englishman In New York' has a decent script from Brian Fillis and the utterly marvellous John Hurt returning so I really want it to work. The indications are good.
That's really encouraging. About the only real worry now is exactly what some clueless ITV suit might do to scupper the chances of either, via some cack-handed, witless piece of "creative" scheduling - or something equally as nonsensical.

Strange that you should say that. 'Englishman' was supposed to get a premiere at the BFI in December with an introduction from John Hurt but it was postponed because ITV have decided to re-schedule the TV transmission to late Spring. It was intended to go out in their Winter line up. The BFI event will apparently be March which means a late March / April showing on TV.
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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by Sid Seadevil on Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:14 am

Frank wrote:Strange that you should say that. 'Englishman' was supposed to get a premiere at the BFI in December with an introduction from John Hurt but it was postponed because ITV have decided to re-schedule the TV transmission to late Spring. It was intended to go out in their Winter line up. The BFI event will apparently be March which means a late March / April showing on TV.
Dear lord, I thought I was being ironic - I really should know better when it comes to ITV execs. Now that strikes me as a genuinely odd decision. Surely "Englishman" is an obvious deep winter programme, rather than something better suited to an early/mid spring timeslot?

Deeply odd decision.
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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by Lucy McGough on Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:59 pm

I'm not going to watch it any more. I'm just going to follow Frank's reviews and enjoy watching him tear it to shreds.
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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by Sid Seadevil on Sat Jan 17, 2009 3:03 pm

Christ on a bike! It finally overstepped the line from merely bad to downright disgracefully beyond redemption.
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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:48 am

I went out to Mass and dinner last night, so I missed it. What happened?
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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by Sid Seadevil on Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:04 am

Lucy McGough wrote:I went out to Mass and dinner last night, so I missed it. What happened?
With the exception of Holliday Grainger, who actually tried to inject a little spark into her character, everybody didn't bother to actually act. Just as the writer didn't actually bother to write. While the director...was obviously on holiday and replaced by a cardboard cut-in.
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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by stanmore on Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:34 am

Heard it now. Everybody is right. It is rubbish. My flatmate finds Ruby attractive. Anything is possible.
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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by Sid Seadevil on Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:35 am

stanmore wrote:Heard it now. Everybody is right. It is rubbish. My flatmate finds Ruby attractive. Anything is possible.
It's really rather frightening that so much money could be spent on so much tat without somebody, somewhere within ITV actually bothering to exercise a modicum of quality control.

And it's audience figures sink lower than the Titanic with each passing week.
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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:35 am

They won't sink any further... but only because the series has now ended.
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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by Sid Seadevil on Sun Feb 08, 2009 7:44 am

Lucy McGough wrote:They won't sink any further... but only because the series has now ended.
Thank god for that!
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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Feb 08, 2009 8:51 am

RIP, Demons. You won't be missed. Not even by ITV.

Demons is dead - long live Being Human.
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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by Sid Seadevil on Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:09 am

Lucy McGough wrote:long live Being Human.
Of which part three is on tonight.
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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by The Co=Ordinator on Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:24 am

The inevitable axe has fallen, at least according to your soaraway Sun.

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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by Colin Hicks on Thu Feb 26, 2009 2:54 am

Would there be too much schadenfreude involved in declaring today a forum-wide hoilday? Very Happy

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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by barnaby morbius on Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:18 am

The Co=Ordinator wrote:The inevitable axe has fallen, at least according to your soaraway Sun.

denied by itv- although glenister definitely won't be returning
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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by The Browncoat Cat on Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:22 am

So, the lovely Zoe Tapper is now available to be the Companion in Doctor Who.
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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by Zoltar on Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:51 pm

Doc Filth wrote:Would there be too much schadenfreude involved in declaring today a forum-wide hoilday? Very Happy
I dunno, I've never even seen the blasted thing and I'm pleased it's toast.

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Re: Demons on itv1

Post by Sid Seadevil on Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:44 am

Best news I've heard all year, if true. No wait. Second best news I've heard all year. Being Human getting a second series takes best televisual news pole position.
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