The Arts

Frightfest Is Coming

Director John Hughes dies at 59

How To Get Audience Attention

Perhaps in order to make an ADD audience stop Tweeting for five seconds it might be a good idea to adopt this as the new THX pre-movie ident…imagine it on a 70ft screen!

How To Sell More Blu-Ray Discs

I really don’t want to turn my generally perky blog into grumpy stuff, but this irritated me. There’s a credit crunch on. Hollywood needs to shift product. Making films available at the same time on all formats would be an obvious help, but the danger is that as a consumer you might do what I […]

The Prisoner Remixed

A few years back an old mate of mine brought out a great CD of remixed soundtracks called ‘Power Themes’. My favourite, his take on The Avengers, can’t be embedded here, but you can find it on YouTube under ‘The Avengers (Peel The Reel)’. Meanwhile, here’s his take on The Prisoner.

The Return Of British SF

I can’t remember the last time I had to grab a single seat in a cinema because it was so full, but ‘Moon’ was a sellout this week in London. It seems some audiences may have grown tired of Hollywood films that shout at you between explosions. Sam Rockwell deserves some kind of major award […]


Further to my ‘Murder Most French’ piece (further down the page), as well as being denied France’s postmodern Agatha Christie movies, we lose out on 90% of all French action movies. The Spanish subtitle theirs, but the French refuse to, thereby losing all their overseas sales. Go figure. One popular series, 0SS 117, has surfaced […]

Murder Most French

The French have a love affair with certain aspects of Englishness. They film and stage Alan Ayckbourn’s plays, and for some while now have been producing graphic novels and films of Agatha Christie’s novels. The films have a twist; they’re modernised, topical and much darker and funnier. But, in a move calculated to annoy murder […]

Author With A Happy Ending

Some while back I wrote about trying to track down the author of a wonderful book. She subsequently wrote to me, explained why I had been unable to trace her, and invited me to her home in Spittalfields (the full story features in an upcoming article in The Times). Polly Hope is a visual designer […]

Farewell To Mrs Slocombe’s Pussy

Mollie Sugden, the saving grace of the dismal 70s Britcom ‘Are You Being Served?’ has died at 86. Here, to remember her as she would have wanted – as the butt of some dreadful cheap jokes – is her pussy compilation.