A Crafty Cigarette

Crafty Cigarette

Hello Chaps

Ferdy Fox here, connoisseur of the frighteningly fantastic and the morbidly macabre.  Summer in the big city – and there has to be a jolly good reason for me to leave my bar stool in my favourite Soho watering hole.

But I feel a stirring, a call of nature addressing my primal instincts deep in my loins. It’s telling me I should be somewhere. Then it came to me. It’s the August bank holiday week-end, the time of year when FrightFest rolls into town.
Unfortunately, the chance of ever owning Z Cars the complete box is pretty remote, as the BBC, visionary as ever, lost or wiped many of the original recordings. However many episodes do remain, (perhaps someone at the BBC forgot to take the bins out one night) and Acorn DVD (part of the RLJ Entertainment Group) have  recently released Z Cars Collection Two, following the success of Collection One.
Eric and Ernie had high hopes of breaking into the fresh new medium of television -they felt that they were 'right' for it. So when the critics slaughtered 'Running Wild' their confidence took quite a battering. At the end of the run of six fortnightly shows they returned to the stage to do what they did best - perform in front of a live audience.
Believe it or not dear readers, I never saw any of the original five "Planet Of The Apes" movies until I was somewhere deep into my 20's. Yes, I was more than aware of the gun toting, horseback riding, English speaking apes who have enslaved human beings in a post-apocalyptic future while growing up during the 1970's, but for whatever reason the subject matter and overall concept just never interested me. By chance, I found myself watching Director Franklin J. Schaffner's "Planet Of The Apes" (1968) on cable and soon found myself devouring the subsequent four films, which were all released between 1970-1973. 
Between 10th November to 12th December 1983, BBC 1 ran a six part series, Johnny Jarvis.  A story of two friends spanning over a six year period, starting in 1977 and ending in the then present, 1983.  The series was set in Hackney and its surrounding boroughs, all shot on location with no studio scenes. Written by author, screenwriter and playwright Nigel Williams (20th January 1948) an Oxford graduate and talented writer who creates engaging and intriguing plots, with an emphasis on character study and development. Despite stemming from a public school education, much of Williams’ early work displays empathy for the working class, in particular teenagers.
On the 25th December 1977 over 28 million people tuned in to a television show that had become a national institution. As much a part of Christmas as the Queen's Speech, Turkey and Plum Pudding, Morecambe and Wise's Christmas Day Special was an event not to be missed. Like most success stories this kind of adoration didn't come overnight. In Morecambe and Wise's case took more than thirty years of hard work, setbacks and refining their act to evolve a style that was quite unique. An act that twelve years after the death of Eric Morecambe, had television viewers voting for them as the Best Light Entertainment Performers of all time. This is their story...

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