UpdatesPosted by Henderson Sat, August 11, 2018 13:23:03
In The Switch
(26 January 1966) Sir John Wilder decides that Bligh Construction will buy one of its suppliers. Owner Joe Panton (Alfred Burke) is not impressed
You can read more at http://www.wymark.org.uk/power7.html
and read more about Alfred Burke as Frank Marker at
UpdatesPosted by Henderson Tue, July 03, 2018 20:38:05
Derby, June 30 2018. A second convention celebrating the Gerry and Sylvia Anderson TV series UFO
was held at the Quad. This time there was the bonus of an ultra-rare screening of the original release print of the Patrick Wymark movie Doppelganger.
Read our full report at http://wymark.org.uk/shado2.html
UpdatesPosted by Henderson Sun, June 24, 2018 08:45:08
There was no new series of The Power Game
in 1968, but on January 15 1968, ATV did broadcast The Curtis Affair
a one-off play by Wilfred Greatorex.
While there are no characters from The Power Game
in this play, it does pick up some themes from the previous series ( businessman Andrew Keir is accused of making excess profit on a Government contract). The play also starred Michael Jayston as ambitious MP Gerry Hackett - a year before he would join The Power Game
as Lincoln Dowling.
UpdatesPosted by Henderson Sun, June 03, 2018 15:57:40
A glimpse of what might have been - Youth is Wasted on The Young
- Gerry Anderson's abortive sequel to Doppelganger
scripted by Power Game
editor Wilfred Greatorex. http://wymark.org.uk/youth.html
UpdatesPosted by Henderson Sun, May 27, 2018 10:22:54
Thanks to Hans, who was there at the time, we've been able to update our coverage of "This Years Girl", one of the "Four of Hearts" plays which Patrick Wymark made for ITV in 1965 while transitioning from "The Plane Makers" to "The Power Game".
In "This Years Girl" Wymark played a farmer devoted to his bulls and you'll be able to see some remarkable location photo's here
UpdatesPosted by Henderson Thu, February 08, 2018 22:43:57The Psychopath
the "disappeared" Amicus movie starring Patrick Wymark as a police inspector investigating a series of bizarre murders, is due to be released in a new 4K restoration in April. Only available in America, the disc from KL Studio Classics features extras such as a commentary by film historian Troy Howarth.
We can only hope some enterprising UK firm such as Eureka or Indicator will release this title in the UK. For more on The Psychopath go here
UpdatesPosted by Henderson Sat, February 03, 2018 21:49:47
Reviewed by Dr Terror
On my regular rail journeys to Bradley,
the talk of every carriage is currently about which early seventies film smash
will be next to appear on the London stage. The smart money is split between
Earthquake and Dirty Harry.
Which brings us to the theatrical
version of The Exorcist. Does it work? CAN it work? The answer, against all
odds, is yes.
It works because the cast is a terrific
one and no one ever sticks a tongue in their cheek and even thinks about
sending it up. In spite of this, it's still a very close call. It's definitely
a mistake to do the crucifix-as-dildo bit just before the interval. In fact,
it's a mistake even to have an interval, something which fewer and fewer plays
are doing now. The bar was consequently full of laughter and lewd re-enactment
while the staff tried to flog an overpriced wine called The Velvet Devil.
And yet, despite all this frivolity,
they pulled it off. My disbelief was suspended, no mean feat when you consider
how ridiculous the plot is. Despite the sexual intentions behind the demon's
possession of Regan being far more obvious here than in the film, nobody once
queried whether there might be anything to fear in this regard from the priests
themselves. Oh, and how about this: the demon talks with the voice of an uncredited
Sir Ian McKellen?
So in spite of ALL of this, it still
works. Peter Bowles in the title role, still widely thought of as a sitcom
actor, exudes gravitas and compassion. Adam Garcia's Father Karras, now a
fully-fledged 'psychiatrist-priest' (you don't find too many of them), and
Jenny Seagrove 's despairing mother Chris both completely win our sympathy and
Clare Louise Connelly as Regan is an absolute star.
And what, given whose website we're on,
of Tristram Wymark playing Burke, the ill-fated film director (in fact, in this
production, Regan predicts HIS death rather than that of a nervous astronaut)?
The role is a bigger and more nuanced one than in the film. Although he's
partly there as the light relief, his booze-addled mincing queen/tortured
Catholic persona is never less than captivating - think Oliver Reed meets Larry
Grayson meets Graham Greene - and there's something utterly fascinating about
his resemblance to Patrick.
It was a tall order
but it won me over 100%. In fact, I'll tell you this - and not just to annoy
Mark Kermode (though, goodness knows, that's reason enough): it's better than