=-=-=-=-= Society of the Rusting TARDIS Newsletter (#93,
>>> Items of interest to British media fans and Seattle-area residents, <<<
>>> and whatever else I feel like spewing about. You have been warned. <<<
Welcome to the SotRT newsletter - with 142 readers in 5 countries!
This week's video night features a mini-tribute to Stephen Fry, who took home
Best Actor honors at this year's Seattle International Film Festival.
(Actually, he had already left, but why quibble?)
On tap this time:
Quick news items
Rik Back To Being A B'Stard?
Rik Mayall's Close Call
Upcoming SotRT events
Subject: Quick news items
The Spice Girls newest video was made by Aardman Animation (most famous
for helping produce Nick Park's films).
Part of a recent "Monster Night" on BBC2: "Lee & Herring's Reasonably
Scary Monsters: Carol Vorderman".
ITV has started airing a second series of "Captain Star", an surreal
animated SciFi adventure (featuring the voices of Richard E. Grant and
"The Full Monty" may become a stage musical and a novel. Producers are
looking for someone to score the musical and write the book.
Mike Myers is working on a "Sprockets" movie. (!)
The next SNL-related film (after the one about the Roxbury guys) will be
"Superstar", based on Molly Shannon's Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine
FYI, the episodes of "Jonathan Creek" that ran on Channel 9 recently had
been rather seriously edited. The original episodes were 80 and 60
minutes long, but these had been reduced to 50 minutes.
Subject: Rik Back To Being A B'Stard?
It looks as if the character of Tory MP Alan B'Stard may be brought
back to life in another series of "The New Statesman." Rik Mayall would
once again play the notoriously right-wing B'Stard, the role that won
him an International Emmy Award.
However, Mayall is also doing quite well with his film work. He
recently won Best Actor honours at the San Remo Film Festival for his
role in "Bring Me The Head Of Mavis Davis" (co-starring "AbFab's" Jane
Horrocks) while his newest film, "Remember Me?" recently opened in the
UK. In it he plays another unlikeable character named Ian, a man who is
gloomy, unemployed, and roundly despised by friends and family.
In a recent interview, Mayall also stated that he is currently writing a
film with Ade Edmondson called "Guest House Paradiso" and that there are
plans for a "Bottom" Christmas special.
[Britcomedy Digest (ISSN 1077-6680) Copyright (c) 1995,96,97 by Melinda
Casino. Reproduction for personal and non-profit use is permitted only
if this copyright notice is retained. Any other reproduction is
prohibited without permission.]
Subject: Rik Mayall's Close Call
[This item is a bit old, and Ric is apparently doing well.]
Rik Mayall suffered serious head injuries recently when he was thrown
off a quad bike (belonging to one of his children) and became trapped
The accident occurred near his home in Devon. Mayall was discovered
unconscious beneath the bike by his wife Barbara and was then rushed to
Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. He was in intensive care for several
days and the situation remained iffy, but last reports have Mayall
recuperating well. His first words were apparently ""Why are these
b******s always sticking needles into me?!"
His wife was by his side almost constantly during the ordeal, and
Channel 4 consulted the family before showing the Comic Strip special
"Four Men In A Car," which aired shortly following Rik's accident.
[Britcomedy Digest (ISSN 1077-6680) Copyright (c) 1995,96,97,98 by
Melinda Casino and Michelle Street. Reproduction for personal and
non-profit use is permitted only if this copyright notice is retained.
Any other reproduction is prohibited without permission.]
Subject: Upcoming SotRT events
Jul 22, 6:30: Video night Round Table Pizza, 5111 25th Ave. NE, Seattle
Jul 28, 7:00: Social Round Table Pizza, 5111 25th Ave. NE, Seattle
Jul 29, 6:30: Video night Round Table Pizza, 5111 25th Ave. NE, Seattle
Aug 04, 7:00: Social Round Table Pizza, 5111 25th Ave. NE, Seattle
Aug 12, 6:30: Video night Round Table Pizza, 5111 25th Ave. NE, Seattle
Currently planned for the next video night (Jul 22nd):
Series 3, Episode 4 - featuring Stephen Fry
(Bizarre comedy disguised as a celebrity game show)
THEY THINK IT'S ALL OVER
(Sports-based quiz show, this episode featuring Stephen Fry)
Series 3, Episode 5 - "Kicking Bishop Brennan Up the Arse"
(Comedy about three misfit priests exiled to Craggy Island)
Series 2, Episode 3
(Sitcom about a dysfunctional school staff)
KNOWING ME, KNOWING YOU
(Alan Partridge is the chat-show host from Hell)
MEN BEHAVING BADLY
Series 3, Episode 5
(The original rude-boys sitcom poorly copied by NBC)
JACK DEE'S SUNDAY SERVICE
Excerpts from Episode 1
(Stand-up comedy, humourous commentary, and a microwave oven)
Coming soon: New seasons of "Have I Got News For You" and "Rory Bremner".
See you on Wednesday.
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