Season 4 is where Louise Jameson joins the regular 'Bergerac' cast, so there's always that factor.
Be that as it may, I found it sad when Jim broke up with Francine the tourist guide (Cécile Paoli) at close of series one. I guess her traumatic, spicy mystery-lite experience aboard the boat in The Hood And The Harlequin proved strain too much to continue with the relationship. If only Cherry hadn't outed herself as unhinged psychopath in Crossed Swords ...
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
Lovely lovely Louise. I almost bought Tenko the other day just because she's in it.
You've never steered me wrong in the past, mate, so I have high hopes for it.
My own memories of Bergerac are fairly vague, though I did catch the odd episode here or there in recent years and found it very engaging. Not too surprising considering that it was created by Robert Banks Stewart, the man who brought the Zygons and the Krynoids to Doctor Who, and who worked on the likes of Callan, The Avengers, Danger Man, and other classics, including Budgie follow-up Charles Endell Esquire - a childhood favourite of mine with a memorable theme song whose lyrics mainly consisted of Iain Cuthbertson warbling 'Titty-bum-bum'.
What Dreams May Come was the Bergerac episode that stuck in my mind as it aired not long after I'd become an obsessive teenage Rocky Horror fan, so Charles Gray was the big draw. I've ordered Series 4, so depending on how the regular episodes go down, I may delve further into the series.
There is the touch on the shoulder that comes when you are walking quickly homewards in the dark hours, full of anticipation of the warm room and bright fire, and when you pull up, startled, what face or no-face do you see?
Nice to see another shout out to Big Finish in The Omega Factor section. It's a brilliant set of audio plays that perfectly compliment the original series. Dorney is a great lead and he's also one of my favourite BF writers. His Eighth Doctor story, The Red Lady, is a superb M.R. James influenced horror story.
I thought the church episode in series 1 was one of the best uses of the found footage style medium in the audio format, up there with a brilliant BBC horror play called Bad Memories. I'm really excited for series 2. It should be due out next week.
Love the amount of praise for the magnificent David Collings in the Sapphire and Steel entry. One of my favourite actors, he should have been a much bigger star. And his turn as one of the alternate Doctors in the Big Finish Unbound series is absolutely chilling.
Hm; I can see a gentle jog to the memory is evidently required here. Something subtle, nuanced and restrained. Ah, this'll do:
As I said: anyone for Kinvig?
I'm assuming it goes without saying that space will be made for the budget busting thrills of Manimal. But put my mind at rest and assure me that you will be covering Tales of the Gold Monkey and Matt Houston. Great and woefully underappreciated shows both.
Gosh, Cro, you find the coolest stuff! I never heard of Kinvig--it might have run over here in the US but I was in a kind of spacewarp for much of the decade, which is why when I am asked about the Eighties, my usual response is "No comment."
I found one clip on Youtube and the series looks like a hoot! I am surprised that Nigel Kneale wrote something like this since he always seemed so serious and doomladen.
It seems as if the other material from the show that used to be on the Tube has been pulled. Here's a blog post I found--it says that Kneale wrote the series as a send-up of sci-fi fans and fandom:
Great suggestions all, thank you. I vaguely remember Kinvig as a not terribly funny comedy but I'll have to revisit it to make sure. Just looked at IMDb and my interest was piqued by Patrick Newell (and not Prunella Gee) so that probably says something about me tbh.