February 24, 2023

Around the dial

I wonder what the Nelson family is watching tonight, don't you?

In the early 1970s, we saw a number of new shows being fronted by movie stars, such as Glenn Ford, Yul Brynner, and Anthony Quinn. At Comfort TV, David looks at one of those: the series Shirley's World, with Shirley MacLaine as a magazine photographer. How bad was it? See what David has to say.

The Hitchcock Project continues at bare-bones e-zine, and this week Jack introduces the works of Oscar Millard, starting with the final-season episode "Consider Her Ways," a nasty little story with Barbara Barrie and Gladys Cooper that definitely bears watching.

At Cult TV Blog, John remains in the 1980s with the game show Sticky Moments, another of those marvelous British shows that defies explanation. At least I'm not going to attempt it, because I couldn't do any better than John, so see what he has to say about it.

It seems as if I'm usually linking to A Shroud of Thoughts for Terence's obituaries, so this week I'll try something different with his retrospective on the short-lived Sammy Davis Jr. Show. I wrote about this series in the early days of the blog, but I think Terence can give you a much better feel for the challenges the show faced.

If you've ever heard the Big Finish audio adventures of Doctor Who (they're very good, with many of the original actors participating), you'll be enthused by their release of 12 hour-long stories continuing The Prisoner, with Mark Elstob as Number 6. Find out more about it from Martin Grams.

Not TV-related, but well-worth reading, is The Hits Just Keep On Comin', where JB remembers the disasterous Rolling Stones concert at Altamont in 1969. It's another reminder that when you traffic in nostalgia, it brings along the bad times as well as the good.

Here's a question that I've never even considered before, but now I'm fascinated by it: "Can you recall which Twilight Zone episodes had a mid-point narration?" Thanks to Paul at Shadow & Substance, we now know: I'll admit I wouldn't have thought of any of them. Brilliant! TV  

1 comment:

Thanks for writing! Drive safely!