News broke last night that BBC Three have commissioned a new Doctor Who spin-off called ‘Class‘ based at Coal Hill School. It’ll be 8 x 45min episodes written by the ‘young adult’ author Patrick Ness, best know for his Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls. The writer said “I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself. There’s so much room there for all kinds of amazing stories, and to work with Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin to find a place to tell one of my own has been an absolute joy. I can’t wait for people to meet the heroes of Class, to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your A-Levels.”
Set in contemporary London, the show is said to be about “incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected…” It does raise a few interesting questions. Clara teaches at Coal Hill, but we know she’s leaving Who this year to play Queen Victoria on ITV, which would probably write her out of the new series. But why wouldn’t she go back to teaching if she’s leaving the Doctor? That possibly doesn’t bode well for the Impossible Girl… Speaking of companions, it was referenced that former companion Ian Chesterton is Chairman of the Governors at Coal Hill. Could it be we’ll see more of him in this spin-off?
The new show will, of course, be exec produced by Who head honcho Steven Moffat, along with Patrick Ness and Who exec producer Brian Minchin. Moffat is a fan of Ness, and said of the new show “No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we’re bringing his brilliant storytelling into Doctor Who. This is growing up in modern Britain – but with monsters!”
Class will be filmed in Wales in Spring 2016, and premiere on BBC Three later in the year (presumably that will be after the channel has moved online if all goes to plan), and then be repeated on BBC1 at a later date.
After an exciting weekend over at the EGX Game Expo in Birmingham, we’re back with all the news about the games we saw there, and a great interview with Chris Delay (Director, Lead Designer & Developer) and Mark Morris (Director & Producer) from Introversion about their brilliant game Prison Architect, which is due for it’s v1.0 release on the 6th October. For those of you unfamiliar with the game, it allows you to build and manage your own Prison, and look after the inmates however you see fit.
If you want to buy the game (and you should!) you can find Prison Architect on Steam here.
Also in this weeks show:
- We chat about the tv shows we’ve been watching over the past week.
- We bring you all the news from EGX, including our thoughts on Deux Ex: Mankind Divided, Elite Dangerous, and a quirky little indie game called Giant Cop!
- A full round up of the tv news from the last week including Jack Ryan coming to tv & a remake of The A Team!
- The interview with the men behind Prison Architect – Chris Delay and Mark Morris.
- As usual, all the latest air date updates, and a look forward to tv in the next 7 days.
Chris and Mark also did a live run down of the features coming in the final version of Prison Architect, which you can see below.
Geektown Radio : Episode 34 – EGX Special, Prison Architect Interview plus UK TV Updates & Air Date Info!
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Quick little competition we have for any Pink Floyd fans out there! The chance to win a Roger Waters The Wall poster to celebrate the cinema event release on Tuesday 29th September. RT to win, and book your tickets here http://bit.ly/1NQEaYS.
Roger Waters, co-founder and principal songwriter of Pink Floyd, fuses the epic and the personal in Roger Waters The Wall, a concert film that goes well beyond the stage. Based on the groundbreaking concept album, Roger Waters The Wall could be called a concept film: it’s a state-of-the-art show that dazzles the senses, combined with an intensely personal road trip that deals with the loss Roger has felt throughout his life due to war.
On stage and now on film, Waters has channelled his convictions into his art and his music. With Roger Waters The Wall, Waters – together with his fellow musicians and his creative collaborators – brings audiences an exultant ride of a rock and roll concert, and delivers an unforgettable, deeply emotional experience.
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The car is more than just a mode of transport. It’s an aspirational – and inspirational – piece of machinery and has certainly inspired many filmmakers over the years. Often cars become an important part of many famous film and characters – who doesn’t associate Aston Martins with James Bond? Who can forget Minis running up and down steps in Turin during ‘The Italian Job?’.
These four-wheeled stars of the silver screen can leave a big impression – even inspiring some of us to want to learn to drive ourselves when we’re older.
Here are five of the best car films.
The Italian Job (1969)
This ‘comic caper’ film, revolving around a plan to steal a gold shipment in Turin by creating a traffic jam, features iconic Mini Coopers zipping around the Italian city and going up and down stairs and on the tops of buildings. There’s also literally a cliff-hanging ending on board a precariously balanced coach.
Along with Michael Caine, the film had a diverse cast including Benny Hill, Noël Coward, John Le Mesurier and Robert Powell. It was remade in 2003 with the present BMW MINI taking the ‘star car’ role.
Here is a website dedicated to the film.
The French Connection (1971)
Starring Gene Hackman and directed by William Friedkin, who also directed horror classic ‘The Exorcist’, this gritty police drama concerning New York cops trying to intercept a heroin shipment coming from France contains one of the most gripping and memorable car chases in film history.
Friedkin later said the car chase was mostly improvised and shot out of sequence over a five week period. An unplanned collision involving a member of the public’s car was kept in the final film with the person concerned being compensated for the damage.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
Many can describe the car with the brightly coloured wings… even if they’ve never seen the film. Starring Dick Van Dyke, this evocative movie has probably induced a few nightmares thanks to the evil child catcher.
It’s also been made into a hugely successful West End stage production.
A definite ‘car is the star’ film, even though the green Ford Mustang Fastback with its throaty roar had acting heavyweight Steve McQueen behind the wheel.
Not many can describe the plot – McQueen is a cop chasing and tracking…well, someone, but it’s one of those films to simply enjoy watching the Mustang tearing round the streets of San Francisco especially in the spectacular car chase that features.
The Love Bug (1968)
A very sentimental film where the car – a VW Beetle – has a personality of its own. This film is notable for spawning the series of successful ‘Herbie’ films – five of them in all.
More great car films
There are many more car films of note. Animated gems include ‘Cars’ (2006) along with dramatic classics such as ‘Taxi Driver’ (1976) starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, the George Lucas 1973 classic ‘American Graffiti’, and the documentary-like Le Mans (1971) amongst many others. Try this list from the IMDB (International Movie Database) for more car films if you just can’t get enough…
Those of you who are fans of Charlie Brooker’s slightly warped but utterly brilliant Black Mirror might want to get yourselves a Netflix subscription if you haven’t already, as the streaming service have just announced they’ve commissioned 12 new episodes from him. The move had been rumoured for a few weeks as we mentioned on the Geektown Radio show, but it’s now official.
Black Mirror is a satirical anthology show which explores modern society, particularly focusing on obsession with technology, and Brooker is promising “bigger, stranger, more international and diverse stories than before…”
Brooker will continue to write the show, and will continue as exec producers and showrunner along with Annabel Jones who exec produced previous seasons, so it’s pretty much business as usual, albeit with a larger audience and budget! Cindy Holland, the Vice President of Original Content at Netflix “Charlie has created a one-of-a-kind series with an uncanny voice and prescient, darkly comedic vision. We’re tremendously proud to bring Black Mirror to our members as a Netflix original series…”
As it’s now being made under the Netflix Original banner, that probably means you won’t see it back on Channel 4 any time soon… Or maybe you will… It would seem Channel 4 still had first refusal rights to the show, and would have to walk away from it for Netflix to be able to air it in the UK. It’s possible Netflix have done some sort of deal with Channel 4 so they can air it first in the UK & Ireland, but there’s currently no announcement on exactly what’s happening. We can say Black Mirror series 3 will air on Netflix internationally in the new year… It should be on Netflix or Channel 4 next year too. We’ll let you know when we know more!
Amazon today announced that they have acquired the rights to the critically-acclaimed and popular new series, Mr. Robot to air from Friday 16 October 2015! The show stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and as a vigilante hacker by night, and the ever watchable Christian Slater as Edward Alderson insurrectionary anarchist who recruits Elliot into an underground hacker group called fsociety.
“Mr. Robot is one the most compelling new dramas on television,” said Brad Beale, Amazon Vice President of Digital Video Content Acquisition. “Rami Malek delivers a mesmerizing performance and leads a great cast with an intriguing story full of dark twists. Prime members are going to love binging on this awesome show.”
Find out more about Amazon Prime Instant Video here!