Wednesday, 19 August 2009


Dragons' Den
7x06 Episode 6
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

From the Earth to the Moon
Part One Can We Do This?
Part Two Apollo One
Please look here for my thoughts on these episodes.


Davies has future Torchwood plans by Mayer Nissim
(from Digital Spy)
I actually noticed this story yesterday on a Who fansite, but as they don't have links to individual news stories this makes for a better link. Anyway:
"Davies said: "I could write you scene one of series four right now. I know exactly how to pick it up. I've got a shape in mind, and I've got stories. I know where you'd find Gwen and Rhys, and their baby, and Jack, and I know how you'd go forward with a new form of Torchwood... If the BBC asked for another 13 one-part stories, that's what we'd do... but I think it works well as one continuous story.""

Deayton 'to return for HIGNFY milestone by Daniel Kilkelly
(from Digital Spy)
Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!

Scoop on those final Who specials by Dan French
(from Digital Spy)
It's not really all that much of a "scoop" -- it's just a brief, largely unrevealing interview with guest star David Harewood (most recently seen as Friar Tuck in Robin Hood (which I've still not seen the final two episodes of, incidentally)) -- but will still be of interest to fans (obviously).

U2 explain Spider-Man 'opera' by Greg Cochrane
(from BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat)
U2 do have some good songs/albums, but they really are a bunch of... well, I try to keep this blog family friendly, so let's say "twits".

From the Earth to the Moon - Parts 1 & 2

From the Earth to the Moon is HBO's 1998 miniseries from the team behind Apollo 13, which dramatises NASA's attempts to reach -- and, ultimately, various missions to -- the Moon.

Part One, titled Can We Do This? and directed by executive producer (and, of course, film star) Tom Hanks, covers the broadest spectrum of time, going from the Soviet's first spacewalk in 1961 to the end of the Gemini program in 1966 -- essentially, it's setup for what's to come: the Apollo missions to the Moon. As a summary of this period it's a slightly unusual mix of real contemporary footage, fake contemporary footage, and dramatised scenes. It still functions as a narrative, but it does enhance the feeling that it's a summary to get viewers up to speed for the real meat of the series -- the Apollo missions.

Part Two is simply titled Apollo One. As its title suggests, it covers the tragedy of Apollo 1: during a routine test, a fire broke out in the command module and killed three astronauts. Though more of a standard dramatic narrative than Part One, the episode still makes use of flashbacks to convey what the crew were like while moving forward with an investigation that could potentially shut down the entire space program.

With their different feels and self-contained stories, these opening episodes suggests how this miniseries will play out: not a twelve-hour story divided into twelve segments, but rather a series of twelve one-hour stories, each with their own focus and style, that build up into a chronological telling of NASA's attempts to reach the Moon. If they all maintain this level of quality, it'll be a pretty fine series.