2019 marks the 60th Anniversary celebration of The Original Twilight Zone Series

2019 marks the 60th Anniversary celebration of The Original Twilight Zone Series

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There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man, it is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition,and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination it’s an area which we call…… The Twilight Zone

Mediumrare Entertainment is proud to announce The Twilight Zone 60th Anniversary Edition which will include all 5 seasons of the original classic cult TV series, Created by the legendary and visionary writer Rod Serling .

Being presented in an all new lenticular packaged limited anniversary Blu-ray Box Set which will include an 80 page companion book written by Marc Scott Zicree, plus a 60 page episode guide.

Reproduction Gold Key Comics, Post Cards and new bonus disc with brand new extra features only available on the Anniversary edition.

To order the exclusive limited edition 60th Anniversary Blu-ray Box Set priced at £149.99, please go to www.thetwilightzone.co.uk

(Please note the limited edition Box Set is not available from any other stockists)

The Twilight Zone Complete Collectionavailable now on DVD & Blu-ray from Amazon

‘Where is everybody’  was the very first episode of The Twilight Zone which was first broadcast on CBS network 2nd October 1959 

Synopsis:
Explore the depths of the unknown in this complete collection of episodes from the Twilight Zone. Funny at times, heart-breaking others,  and thought provoking the Twilight Zone was the most unique inventive and completely original concept shows in the history of Television.  Rod Serlings creation along with top writers such as Richard Matheson created a series that has been the main inspiration to TV and Film makers for over 50 years. All 156 episodes from the original classic show are collected here. 

60th Anniversary Box Set New Bonus Disc Details 

AMERICAN MASTERS PRESENTS: ROD SERLING SUBMITTED FOR YOUR APPROVAL.

A biography of the late writer and producer, who wrote some of early television’s most acclaimed dramas and created the classic science fiction/fantasy series The Twilight Zone. Serling’s own words and extensive interviews with people who knew him chronicle the history and excitement of the early days of television.

TIMELESS AS INFINITY- ENTERING THE TWILIGHT ZONE

An all new documentary exploring the history behind television’s most influential series, as well as the life of its creator, Rod Serling. The documentary features exclusive interviews with Carol Serling (Serling’s wife), Jodi Serling (Serling’s daughter), Marc Scott Zicree (author/historian), Brannon Braga (Star Trek: First Contact), Wes Craven (A Nightmare of Elm Street), Joe Dante (Gremlins), Martha Coolidge (Real Genius), Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape), J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Thor), C. Courtney Joyner (writer), H.M. Wynant (actor), and MANY MORE! Produced and Directed by Daniel Griffith (“This Island Earth: 2 1/2 Years In The Making” & “The Flesh and The Fury: X-posing Twins of Evil). 

 DVD & Blu-ray Product information:

 

  •         Discs: 24
    ·       Cert: 12
    ·       RRP : Blu-ray £99.99 Blu-ray & DVD £79.99
  •         RRP:  Anniversary Box Set £149.99

 

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A Design for Life at the H’art of Emerging Talent

A Design for Life at the H’art of Emerging Talent

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As we continue to support new and emerging creative talent, we recently met the young and supremely talented sculptor Lydia Smith.

Lydia exudes positivity – but what strikes you most is her humility, coupled with her boundless tenacity and drive – and this winning combination has resulted in her remarkable achievements.

But It has not all been plain sailing – Lydia was bullied at school, and lacked confidence; she failed many of her academic exams, battled with dyslexia and was pressured by her school to drop graphics. She also tragically lost her beloved grandfather in a road accident whilst she was at university – a trauma which shaped her future.

Lydia looks younger than her 23 years, with a warm, self-effacing manner and is an inspiring and creative force of nature.

At school, Lydia says that “art was the only thing that I was any good at” – and clearly she was right to follow her passion, achieving 100% in each of her A-levels (Art, Art Graphics and ICT). Championed by her favourite teacher, she was encouraged to take an Art Foundation Course, after which she progressed to The Wimbledon College of Art, to study Theatre and Screen: Technical Arts and Special Effects.

Lydia and gremlin

Lydia immersed herself in the various disciplines on offer – including animation, fashion design, green screen and prosthetic make-up. She studied puppet making with the highly skilled Darryl Worbey, who taught her the intricate pattern-cutting method, and enjoyed a work placement with Jimmy Grimes, the puppet coordinator of the West End hit show, War Horse.

She loves theatre and film-based work – especially character creation – and was particularly drawn to sculpture. She learnt figurative sculpture (working with live models, sculpting the human form) with Allan Sly and Livia Turco – and says “this is where my obsession with figurative sculpture truly took hold”.

Her first job after graduating was as a prop maker at Pinewood Creative, where she worked on part of a yacht for the third Johnny English movie, and a giant lily pad for a Louis Vuitton advert! It was a great experience, but she really wanted to sculpt – so during her tea breaks she “would leave the studio and wander around Pinewood to see what doors were open”. She found the Art Director’s office, and bravely knocked on the door. Fortune clearly favours the bold, as he looked at her portfolio and put her in contact with his sculptor to discuss a forthcoming project. What Lydia modestly describes as “hopping round the studio bluffing my way onto these art depts” led her to several key contacts, and plenty of work.

This drive and proactivity has underpinned her substantial body of work – leading to her involvement in the remake of Tomb Raider, and joining the construction department for the final series of Game of Thrones – “the most amazing job” – where one perk was chatting to Jason Momoa!

Lydia has several plates spinning at once – she works as a freelance lecturer at her old college; she runs her own studio where she sculpts for exhibitions and commissions; and she has been on the British team at the world Snow Sculpting Championships! In April, she is off to Athens to study ‘drawing in space’ sculpture technique with Robert Bodem, the former director of the Florence Academy of Art. She frequently sculpts for the film industry – and has worked on The Voyage of Dr Dolittle, Star Wars Episode 9 and HBO’s Avenue 5. But she says “figurative sculpture is my passion” and “my personal dream is to have a public sculpture somewhere”.

Lydia’s passion is reflected not only in her vast output of work, but also in her desire to bring people along with her. How many 23-year-olds do you know who have an apprentice?! Well Lydia does – Ellie, a 16-year-old art student, whom she teaches and supports, as well as giving her work experience in the studio.

Lydia working on a sculpture with sitter

In addition, Lydia is currently setting up her own figurative sculpture school. She has a clear goal – “in my head I’ve got this image of a glass building with five or six students working in their spaces around me; I’m working on my own projects but I’m also there as a mentor for them”. Anyone familiar with the Law of Attraction will know that visualisation – having a detailed image in mind of one’s goal – is the most powerful tool with which we turn our dreams into reality. And you can bet that Lydia will be running her school in the very near future – with commissioned work, a public sculpture and a range of other projects no doubt coming her way too.

Lydia is an amazing ambassador for sculpture, and certainly one to watch. And did I mention she’s still only 23…..?

Check out Lydia’s creations on her Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/lydia_smithsculpture/

 

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Endeavour Complete Series 6 & Series 1-6 Box Sets – available now

Endeavour Complete Series 6 & Series 1-6 Box Sets – available now

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ITV Studios Global Entertainment is proud to announce Endeavour Complete Series 6 & Series 1-6 Box Sets

is now available to own on DVD

Series 6 DVD comes with limited edition exclusive Post Cards featuring Endeavour art work

Starring Shaun Evans & Roger Allam

The most famous Detectives from Oxford are back!

The acclaimed itv drama is based on the characters created by Colin Dexter

Endeavour Series 6  is now available to order from Amazon

Endeavour Series 1-6  is now available to order from Amazon

MAMMOTH SCREEN FOR
ITV
ENDEAVOUR
EPISODE 2 2019
Pictured: SHAUN EVANS as Endeavour and ROGER ALLAM as DI Fred Thursday.

Synopsis – Endeavour Series 6

TX- 10th February – 3rd March 2019.  It’s 1969, and things have taken a darker turn for the old Cowley team. With Endeavour (Shaun Evans), Thursday (Roger Allam) and the gang now scattered across Oxfordshire, it takes a series of brutal crimes – including the death of a young schoolgirl, a fatal act of sabotage, a deadly campaign of gossip and rumour in a picturesque village and a murder at the Bodleian Library – to reunite them. Now joined by former adversary DCI Ronnie Box (Simon Harrison) and his sidekick DS Alan Jago (Richard Riddell), the gang must battle crime and corruption to finally solve their greatest challenge – the truth behind George Fancy’s death.

Endeavour Series 6  is now available to order from Amazon

MAMMOTH SCREEN FOR
ITV
ENDEAVOUR
EPISODE 2 2019
Pictured: SHAUN EVANS as Endeavour and ROGER ALLAM as DI Fred Thursday.

Synopsis – Endeavour Series 1-6

Set in Oxford during the 1960s, amid an era of revolutionary social change, Endeavour charts the early criminal casebook of a young detective who will grow to be Colin  Dexter’s immortal Inspector Morse. The fledgling career of our novice detective is in crisis when a case calls him back to Oxford and his troubled past. Working alongside the gruff yet kindly Detective Inspector Fred Thursday, who will become his friend and mentor, Endeavour’s investigation marks the start of a new chapter in the eternal city of dreaming spires. Together with the crime-solving team at Crowley Station, Endeavour contends with baffling murders and diabolical dark deeds that will test his mind and body to breaking point, while challenges and tragedies pull his life in unexpected directions. As the 1960s draw to a close, the fate of Crowley Station will see everyone forced to trial pastures new. However, despite their separation, an unsolved case still hangs over them all. Written by series creator Russell Lewis, each unique and thrilling case unravels more of the hidden and secret history that shaped the future of one of television’s greatest detectives.

Endeavour Series 1-6  is now available to order from Amazon

Endeavour Series 6 

  • Available Now
  • RRP: £24.99
  • Certification: 15

 Endeavour Series 6  is now available to pre-order from Amazon

Endeavour Series 1-6  Box Set 

  • Available Now
  • RRP: £49.99
  • Certification: 15

Endeavour Series 1-6  is now available to order from Amazon

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THE CLAYKICKERS CHORUS by Kevin McMahon

THE CLAYKICKERS CHORUS by Kevin McMahon

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When I was invited by Joan Lane of The King’s Speech fame (she was at the helm of its development) to attend a showcase performance of the award winning play THE CLAYKICKERS CHORUS, at The Pleasance Theatre in Islington, I felt hugely privileged.

On several counts because I have great faith in Joan’s judgement, and because Amanda Noar, the Director and the play itself had won both the Kenneth Branagh and the Sylvia Anderson awards respectively in 2018 alongside other emerging talent.

The Claykickers’ Chorus.
L-R. Reece Richardson (Actor), Jordan Turk (Actor), Kevin McMahon (Writer), Simon Pontin (Actor), Amanda Noar (Director)

Visiting the Pleasance Theatre after several years also brought back memories of their triumphant history of more than 20 years of championing innovation, and providing a showcase for new writers and comedians.

As I waited in the foyer for the show to commence, I chatted to the writer Kevin McMahon, an earnest gentleman, who had felt passionately about the subject matter.  He outlined the play for me letting me know that he hoped it would eventually end up in Manchester, its birthplace.  He had travelled from there that day to see his work performed.

THE CLAYKICKERS’ CHORUS tells the story of men unexpectedly assigned during World War 2 and who had some experience in tunnelling, but who were given the hellish job of creating an underworld to help deviate the path of the enemy.  Ironically, two of these men were shot by a passing British officer when they failed to salute him.  The soldier’s only punishment was to have one of his stripes taken from him, which seemed to reflect the value of two men’s lives against the rather ineffectual demotion of the shooter by the British forces.

The performance from the three male cast, Alex Phelps, Reece Richardson and Jordan Turk was outstanding, as they demonstrated their odious tasks and recounted the dire conditions of their assignment.    They heaved and hauled and soldiered on, but the irony was, in spite of their former tunnelling knowledge, their lack of training of the task in hand as well as their ignorance of protocol, lead them to blindly make the wrong decision when confronted with authority.  As if the requirement to stand to attention, but in innocently ignoring the senseless salute, lost their lives with a single bullet through their heads.

Amanda Noar’s Direction was exemplary and reminded me why she had been commended for her work.  She understood the core message and had climbed in with the men as they tunnelled their way through the dialogue of the abyss, submerging their fears without redemption as they paid the price for a futile assignment.

Joan Lane had collaborated with Anthony Alderson, the Artistic Director of the Pleasance Theatre to put on the abridged version of the play, as they both felt it needed a showcase for interested parties to become involved in its development.  Perhaps a National tour or the Edinburgh Festival were both on the table, and the buzz after the show was promising.

https://www.pleasance.co.uk/

I for one came away with more knowledge of a desolate society of war torn years, uncaring of its people, desperate to win a futile battle with a horrific lack of consideration for human dignity or human life.

We could have been speaking about politicians and the World today, tunnelling our way into to an impossible future, and digging ourselves deeper through sheer desperation and with a shameless lack of humanity or anything that counts.

 

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Dark Heart – coming soon to DVD

Dark Heart – coming soon to DVD

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ITV Studios Global Entertainment is proud to announce Dark Heart will be available to
own on DVD from 26th November 2018

 

Starring Tom Riley & Anjli Mohindra (Bodyguard)

 

New 6 part crime thriller series 

Available now to pre-order from Amazon 

Dark Heart is inspired by characters from a series of novels by Adam Creed (Suffer the Children, Kill and Tell & Death in the Sun)

 

Dark Heart Synopsis 

Set and filmed in the heart of London, this atmospheric crime series from critically acclaimed writer Chris Lang and Ben Harris follows DI Will Wagstaffe (Tom Riley), a workaholic whose personal life is as troubled and complex as his day job, as he investigates a string of horrifying murders. Still haunted by the unsolved murder of his parents when he was 16, ‘Staffe’ continues his personal hunt for their killers. Called to the scenes of disturbingly brutal murders, the pressure is on as Staffe pushes the boundaries in his search for the truth; what he uncovers is far more shocking than he could have ever imagined.

 Dark Heart

  • Release Date: 26th November 2018
  • Discs: 1
  • Cert: 15
  • RRP: £19.99

 

 

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BLUE PETER TURNS 60 – TRY A RETRO ADVENTURE IN YOUR HOME

BLUE PETER TURNS 60 – TRY A RETRO ADVENTURE IN YOUR HOME

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It hardly seems possible that one of our all-time favourite kid’s shows, Blue Peter, has turned 60 this month.

Most of us can remember growing up with this wonderfully inspiring programme, and many of us can recall the time when Anthea Turner showed us all how to make the FAB Thunderbirds Headquarters, Tracy Island out of cardboard boxes in the mid 1990s

 

I have got to know the lovely Anthea over the years and she told me recently that one of the highlights of her career was the Tracy Island project on Blue Peter, as it brought so much joy to so many families, and indeed Anthea herself.

Here is Anthea making the Tracy Island model

 

This was way before computer games like Fortnight took over the World and years before social media, but we are still assured by Mums and Dads and Grandparents that they still get involved with their offspring in home crafts, away from the computer or iPad to give kids a taste of how they can still have fun, in their very own retro world, light years away from the internet.

So for once I would advise DO TRY THIS AT HOME and enter our competition for the most inventive Tracy Island or homemade project of your choice for Glotime.tv and you could win a ticket to the Silver Screen Ball at Pinewood Studios and meet Dee Anderson daughter of Gerry & Sylvia Anderson creators of Thunderbirds along with some of the original team behind the classic series.

All you have to do is make your own Tracy Island either free form or following the Blue Peter instructions and send 3 photos of your ‘make’ to competition@sylviaanderson.co.uk and we will select one entry to be our guest on the night.
click for more details of the event ‘ silver screen ball at pinewood studios ‘

Click to download the original Blue Peter plans to make ‘ Tracy Island ‘

Final date for entries 18th November

FAB

here is a look back of all the presenters of Blue Peter

 

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