lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
I decided that since I really like doing Fandom Overviews (or Manifestos, but that implies "everyone should watch" and really, they shouldn't), I should do one for everything I like that I haven't already done one for and it would be fun for me and maybe even useful for other people.

We'll see how that goes, but here's one of my latest in new old TV that I think is still worth watching in the 21st C:


Manhunt (1969/70)

manhunt1
"What is war?"/ "War is love..."



What is it? A one-off WWII drama serial set in Occupied France, consisting of 26 x 50 minute episodes, starring Peter Barkworth, Alfred Lynch and Cyd Hayman, with Robert Hardy, Philip Madoc and Maggie Fitzgibbon.

Nina a.k.a. Ann-Marie Poitiers is the sole survivor of a meeting between the British and representatives of various French Resistance groups. As secretary, she has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the names of the Resistance Leaders. London orders that their agent Vincent get her back to England - or shoot her. Vincent also has a newly crashed British airman called Jimmy Briggs who needs returning to London, so the three of them set out across France, pursued by Karl Lutzig of the SS, who is eventually joined in his mission by Abwehr Sergeant Gratz, while the trio of agents team up with an Australian singer called Adelaide who doesn't seem to have made up her mind which side she's on.

What has a tendency to start out as an occasionally tiresome action runaround soon develops into more of an intense, talky, gripping and powerful piece on love and war, and the price of resistance.


Do you really think I want to go on living, if this is all there's going to be? )
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
In the 1968 TV Dracula, Bernard Archard's Van Helsing uses this to hypnotise Jonathan, but what is it?

Image under the cut )

[personal profile] calliopes_pen was curious. I hadn't really thought about it, because it seemed kind of familiar to me - but actually, I don't know what it is, either. Some sort of disc on a chain, only with a little arch to make the disc/coin part lie flat. However, I said that my flist know everything and I would ask you all and find out. Does anybody have any idea?

ETA: In terms of size, it's not that big - this is a close-up.
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
For the Talking Meme, from [personal profile] moetushie: The one old show (or movie) that you wish everyone would watch, and why.

I don't think there's anything everyone should watch (or read, or anything), because nothing's for everyone, and most certainly not when it comes to dodgy old British TV. And if I think about this, I could say Adam Adamant Lives! because we all need something cheerful in our lives right now, or any number of other things for lots of different reasons. But if I don't stop to think and go with gut instinct there's only ever one answer out of all the things I've watched, old and new, and I still can't justify it, but that is:

Predictable answer is under the cut, being predictable )


Probably really, though, people who don't mind this kind of old telly should just all go watch Adam Adamant Lives! right now because it is the most adorable and cheerful thing about an Edwardian adventurer out of time and fighting improbable evils and then you can also all write fic, thank you, that will be lovely. (Just skip ep3 and the second half of ep 5; there are reasons why most people don't watch old telly, of course. Plenty of 'em! /o\)


If I turn to film instead, then there's also only one answer out of my old-time viewing, which is (also predictably) The Lady Vanishes (1938; directed by Alfred Hitchcock), which you'd surely have to be pretty pernickitty not to like even a little bit. Shenanigans on trains with bonus rabbits and magic tricks and battles and lady-spies and fake nuns and Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave and Dame May Witty. Oh, and those two guys who only wanted to get get to the cricket match, dammit. They so did not ask for this!

(That wasn't quite in one, was it? I still managed to cheat a bit.)
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Because I finally got started on Ripper Street S4 (\o/ But I am only 1 ep in; don't spoil me) and THIS HAPPENED. (No, it was not that they shot Matthew Macfadyen in beautiful blue lighting with perfect matching tie; that happens a lot. It's one of the reasons I watch.) It was much better than that (but probably only if you are me):

50 year snap )


In other news, Yuletide progress continues and I'm behind deadline for my Fourth Doctor recs post (the two facts are not unrelated) which I thought was today. Readers, it was yesterday. I hope to have it posted by at least tomorrow.
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
I have finally started watching The Caesars (ITV 1967/8), after a delay because I wanted a break from non-restored scratchy old 1960s b&w telly (great as it may be). I've now seen episode 1 ("Augustus"). Details under here, especially re. I Claudius for those who are interested )

Anyway, I looked it up on Wiki, wondering if they had any further info - I mean, it can't have been influenced by the IC TV series of course, but what about the book? Was it deliberately being written against that or not even regarding it? Wiki didn't tell me, but it did link me to this entrancingly long list of film & TV set in Ancient Rome. (And, ironically, it's missed off The Caesars, although it is on their list of Historical dramas). Has anyone set out to watch their way through the lot? It's the internet, surely someone must have done?

Which then led to me looking at their linked list historical drama films (& TV). How long would it take to watch through history by fictional series/films?

Is it just me or is the idea of taking a period and watching everything you can strangely enticing? Oh, noes, who let me out near a list? At the very least I want to copy it and tick off everything I have watched and things I know that they missed off (and am not looking at their list of all historical fiction in books, film and TV...)
lost_spook: (b7 - Vila)
1. The Obscure & British Commentfest continues! \o/ It is my birthday weekend now, so I shall be pimping again, at least a little, to see if I can poke it into some further weekend action (and then I promise I shall at least stop pimping). It's going nicely and we have a whole bunch of fills (including Spike from Buffy paying a visit to Nouvion and Steel getting sold suits from Mr Humphreys, just for starters).

Thanks to everyone who has helped promote it! It really does make a difference. I also have some rebloggable Tumblr posts, if anyone wants to give it a shout over there. (Most of the time when I complain about Tumblr, that's just me, because I was clearly a person made for LJ and therefore not Tumblr material, but you do realise when trying to promote something multi-fandom like this where the tag-tracking just isn't going to help much, that you have nowhere to go and are totally reliant on reblogs. If I'm missing some major fandom newsletter-type submission blog, let me know.) Anyway, please don't feel obliged, despite my over-thinking stuff, but if you are willing and able, the posts are here, here, here and here. Thank you!


1a. A side-effect of the Commentfest and LJ's relative quietness is that I get temporarily shunted to top of the day's LJs. (And, yes, such power! It puts me up above the gods...! etc. etc. And then I crash straight back into my usual obscurity.)

Anyway, the point of this is that LJ has a button you can press to automatically friend the top 15 journals, so I get random friending during the fest. If you have friended me over the last week and you did it on purpose and aren't a bot, please do comment to this post and wave at me, and I'll friend you back. (I just don't want to friend people who wanted someone popular and interesting! It would be embarrasing all round.)


2. Not entirely about the fest, but definitely Obscure & British - I have been writing some things! Here is an NYR fic, two fills for the fest, and a belated Trope Bingo effort, which can all be found over at AO3 (and the fills via the Masterpost, too, of course):


For the commentfest, for Liadt:

Congratulations & Celebrations (298 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Adam Adamant Lives!
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Adam Adamant/Georgina Jones
Characters: Adam Llewellyn De Vere Adamant, Georgina Jones
Additional Tags: Ficlet, Humor, Obscure and British Commentfest
Summary: Adam and Georgie celebrate their anniversary in a way that's sure to become an annual tradition for them...

For the commentfest, for Van:

Rumours of Blake (947 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Blake's 7
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Vila Restal, Orac (Blake's 7), Kerr Avon, Dayna Mellanby, Cally (Blake's 7), Del Tarrant
Additional Tags: Mentions of Blake, mentions of various relationships, Ficlet, Humor, Work Contains Fan(s) or Fandom(s), Season/Series 03, Obscure and British Commentfest
Summary: The Liberator Crew discovers that some people have been writing fiction about their favourites rebels, and that rumours of Blake seem to have been greatly exaggerated. (S3)


A Sandbaggers/Mr Palfrey crossover for Trope Bingo square "Trust and Vows":

One Good Turn (1212 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Sandbaggers, Mr. Palfrey of Westminster
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Willie Caine, Neil Burnside, Mr. Palfrey (Mr. Palfrey of Westminster)
Additional Tags: Crossover, Spies & Secret Agents, Trope Bingo Amnesty, Trust Issues, 1980s, Season/Series 03 Spoilers
Summary: One bad apple and you’ve got to check the whole barrel hasn’t gone rotten, that’s the problem…


And for NYR, for paperclipbitch:

Four Plied (1359 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Poldark - All Media Types, Poldark (TV 1975)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Demelza Carne/Dwight Enys/Caroline Penvenen/Ross Poldark, Dwight Enys/Caroline Penvenen, Demelza Carne/Caroline Penvenen, Demelza Carne/Ross Poldark, Caroline Penvenen/Ross Poldark
Characters: Caroline Penvenen, Demelza Carne, Dwight Enys, Ross Poldark
Additional Tags: Yuletide, OT4, Book 07: The Angry Tide, Post-The Angry Tide
Summary: It's chiefly Caroline's doing, of course.
lost_spook: (cat)
Despite my radio silence, I have continued to progress quite nicely over the last week & even survived an out-patient trip back to the hospital without being too exhausted afterwards. However, I've still been not so able to comment and interact here yet, but that should start to return to normal this week, too, I hope. In the meantime, I slowly made an icon or two each day, so now I have another set to post! (I don't know what to do next, though. I am working my way through this list and am not having any immediate thoughts for Set 8 and onwards. Feel free to give me suggestions, which I may take up or ignore as I feel led. ;-p)

Anyway, when you run out of AAL! eps because of cruel burnination, what else do you do to keep cheerful but icon it?

Teaser:

 photo adam2_zpshfs9y1tk.png  photo freedom_zpsqpyyk4bc.png  photo georgie3_zpsjeaenckb.png


Being expressly fobidden, sir, is something Miss Jones does not understand )

Credits: Screencaps my own; textures by imemime_art, tiger_tyger & midnight_road. The usual rules apply - want, take, have, credit, and no hotlinking. Comments & feedback = ♥
lost_spook: (b7 - Vila)
Okay, my thoughts on Out of the Unknown, because, hey, despite my embarrassment at my lack of science education and unfortunate introductions to anthologies I once read, I've decided that I am still allowed to like and have opinions on science fiction. However, it's mid-century stuff, so this probably barely counts as a rebellion, but given that I simply can't read things like this at the moment, it's lovely to have even this I can watch.

And let's just say - can you imagine any TV station now deciding to put out an anthology of serious SF plays based on current SF stories and novels? But back in the 60s, Irene Shubik thought it'd be cool and so did Sydney Newman, so here we have another series by Sydney Newman and a female producer that unfortunately got partly burninated by people.

Here goes - some brief reactions to the remaining episodes, without being spoilery! (Possibly a pointless exercise, but here goes!)

Disc 1: No Place Like Earth, The Counterfeit Man, Stranger in the Family & The Dead Past )
lost_spook: (Northanger reading)
Forsyte Saga (BBC 1967) Fleur/Jon picspam (10 Tumblr graphics; 88 pics) for [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo square "forbidden love". (And completing two possible bingos at once! \o/ Well, it can still only be one bingo, but I get to choose which one I claim. If I don't complete another possible bingo before I'm done. Ha.)

Notes: Fleur Forsyte/Jon Forsyte picspam (also some Fleur/Michael, Jon/Ann), plus Soames and Irene. Warnings for infidelity & spoilers for very old TV and literature. (Feat. Susan Hampshire, Martin Jarvis, Eric Porter, Nyree Dawn Porter, Nicholas Pennell, Anne Fernald.) It got a bit ridiculously epic, but I blame that on Susan Hampshire's face.

Also, sorry, being obscure again, but, look, a second 'impossible' bingo square completed! How could I not? (I'm still on Team Michael, though.)

I've staked my claim, you're mine )
lost_spook: (pg - lynda)
I've had a few answers for this meme done or semi-done for a while, so it's about time I posted one, and here goes - From [livejournal.com profile] femme_slash_fan: Favourite TV shows almost nobody knows about and should watch? (Seriously... I need more stuff)

Shows that nobody else knows about seems to sum up my entire fannish life of late (and always, really), but since [livejournal.com profile] femme_slash_fan specified "and should watch", that's a whole other thing. I have plenty of strange things I love - I don't necessarily think anyone else should have to watch them!

I avoided anything with its own (reasonably active) fandom, like Blake's 7, Sapphire & Steel and The Avengers (obviously, people have heard of them, if they're being fannish about them), and anything I thought was too inaccessible to count as something people should watch. What counts as something 'nobody's heard of' is so relative anyway. (Some of these things really don't count if you're British but do count if you live anywhere else. What can I do?). Of course, much of it assumes some willingness to watch studio-bound, video-taped old British TV of some kind, which I know not everyone is up for. If you are, or you're willing to try, these aren't bad places to start.

Anyway, here's a list! Not in any particular order, really. (I numbered them so I would know to stop if I went over ten, because that would be silly.)


Under here for the list!! )
lost_spook: (ww - josh/donna hug)
30 icons made for the [community profile] hc_bingo square "hugs". I went back through all my screen caps looking for any iconable & expressive hugs and this was the result. Given the odd things I screen cap, it's a little motley, but on the other hand it covers a whole range of hugs from 1959-2013, which is quite nice in itself, after all. (Even if I may have used a pic to icon before, these are all new for the challenge.)


Teaser:

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Multifandom hugs under here )
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
Title: In the Blood
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: Teen/Mature
Word Count: 920
Characters/Pairings: Mina Harker/Lucy Weston, Mina Harker/Lucy Weston/John Seward, Abraham Van Helsing
Notes/Warnings: Vampires, dub-con (about as dodgy as my fic ever gets, basically). For [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo square “unwanted transformation”. (For the 1968 TV Dracula, which dispenses with all but one of Lucy’s admirers, renames her ‘Weston’, conflates Harker with Renfield, and includes some Lucy/Mina. Anyway, it occurred to me that Dr Seward and Van Helsing spend ages waiting in the crypt while vampire!Lucy runs about in her nighty, & she must have gone somewhere, so… Mina/Lucy fic.
Summary: Mina sees not the Count, but Lucy, sweet Lucy, as she was in life, returned to her. It’s her downfall.

Also here on AO3

In the Blood )
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
I have been a bit AWOL, but for reasons and also now I have a vid! And, all right, so it is a vid of James Maxwell, BUT it is totally a vid containing cute children and animals, paper aeroplanes, stuffed toys, random barometers, wilful destruction of property, Emma Peel kicking ass, vampires, tea and coffee drinking, two Henry VIIs, rocks, Nazis, space ships, and an actual kitchen sink. Also epic hand-holding (but not anything like as much as there could have been).

Cut for Embed )

And, at some point, I will catch up with other stuff a bit. (♥)
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So, as I said, I made an Adam Adamant Lives! vid, and I chose the most obvious song, because how could I not?

Have You Met Miss Jones?
Adam Adamant Lives! Adam & Georgie vid: "We'll keep on meeting till we die, Miss Jones and I!" (2.36 mins.) Not particularly spoilery, just for fun.

Cut for embed & Lyrics )
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
This has been doing the rounds again, and it was such fun last year to read everybody's posts, so i'm really looking forward to that again! I have decided to attempt to do it myself and hopefully not drop out this time. However, I definitely wouldn't be posting every day in December (or any month), so just give me a topic and I'll post on it any time between now and January. (If you specifically want to request a date for some reason, go ahead, except not between 22nd-31st Dec.)

Give me a topic, and I'll ramble on. It can be anything from fandom-related (specific characters, actors, storylines, episodes, etc.) to life-related to whatever you want.

They may be brief, or not, depending on the subject. Also, I reserve the right to decline prompts that I don't feel equipped to meet.


Topic list )



In other news, I have just watched both those Alfred Burke film shorts and he was a murdering rotter in both of them, but they were pretty enjoyable overall. There will no doubt be pics at some point - and the best bit probably was the bit where he was on the bed with the gun and the bow tie and the dodgy wallpaper.

But, yeah, he was a nasty piece of work, times two. What did I say? (I know my character actors.)


(I'm not now wondering what he gets up to in the other two Edgar Wallace films he was in.*)


(*I lied. Yes, I am.)
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But I was fishing these two pics out for Tumblr purposes & thought I'd share (again, in both cases, but it's been a while):

Actors with small children )
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
Through this week I rapidly approached (and have now passed) the Awefull moment where I would finish The Power Game and not have anything else to watch where people are likely to accuse one another of clinging on like a neurotic limpet with a peeping tom complex. Naturally, I pulled out my 500 Prompts list to find the one Persiflage had so kindly left for just such an occasion. Me: "Hmm, betrayal, that could fit everyone..." *writes five times fic that is a series of (hopefully not too) incomprehensible conversations* What can I say? Sadly, the sarcasm is lagging a long way behind the show.

In other news, I managed to get a solitary blue and white bran flake in my pack of otherwise-normal Bran Flakes this week. I get the white frosting, but I didn't think we had blue breakfast cereal in the UK. Where did the blue come from? Is it an alien plot?




Title: Loose Ends (or Five Times Pieces of Silver Changed Hands)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1952
Characters/Pairings: Don Henderson & Pamela Wilder, Susan Weldon & Colin Townley, Lincoln Dowling/Pamela Wilder, Kenneth Bligh/Justine Bligh, John Wilder.
Notes/Warnings: Spoilers; mentions of character death; wilful obscurity.
Summary: ”Have you heard it said that power is a Dead Sea fruit?” Five conversations between the players of the game – five small moments of betrayal (or business as usual).

For [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1 in the 500 Prompts Meme: #50 – Betrayal – The Power Game.

Loose Ends )
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
I realised recently that I obviously had never picspammed this episode of The Avengers, which I watched early this year. I don't know how eager you all are to see James Maxwell in a silly costume, but there is also Emma Peel. No excuse is needed for picspams involving Diana Rigg as Emma Peel, obviously. Her awesome is reason enough in itself.

This picspam comes courtesy of the wonderful Liadtbunny, a terrible Enabler of Old TV-watching. (Thanks, Liadt, for these 12 episodes of The Avengers, for Enemy at the Door - and therefore Public Eye - and even for Children of the Damned! Everyone else: okay, you can blame her for all my obsessions, basically. ;-p)

The Superlative Seven )
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There is some good to this old TV watching of mine. Have some pretty pics of a fez-wearing Roger Delgado in Espionage (ITC 1963).

Espionage: A Camel To Ride )
lost_spook: light + Ruth Evershed looking upwards (spooks - Ruth!)
I did actually make some icons for NaArMaMo that weren't from Enemy at the Door. Here are the rest (barring a few from Ripper Street that I hope to make a full set out of sometime) - mini sets on a theme for each day, in most cases.

Teaser:

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Mostly old TV and kittens )
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
As promised/threatened! A picspam of ITV's 1968 version of Dracula, made as part of their Mystery & Imagination series, with Denholm Elliott, James Maxwell, Suzanne Neve, Bernard Archard, Corin Redgrave, Susan George and Joan Hickson.

This was actually the first version of the original Dracula I'd ever seen/read, so I can't comment on changes properly, but from what the info booklet tells me and Googling, this version cut out some sections to keep the action contained in Whitby (barring one flashback), conflated Renfield with Jonathan Harker (who's already married to Mina), and Lucy has only one suitor, Dr John Seward (her fiance). This results in two pretty random canon couples, and the only thing to do is ship them with everyone else. Which, to be frank, they are already only too inclined to do...

But, as you can tell, this is not the world's greatest adapation of Dracula. And thank goodness; where would be the fun in that? ;-p

Horror duller than a party political broadcast apparently )
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I've been watching a very old TV series called Espionage (ITC 1963/4) (as I've mentioned a few times lately). It is an anthology series about spies, so each episode is a different story. I'm not sure what to make of it, to be honest, but I am enjoying watching it. It's an odd mix - ITC pretty and stellar casting, coupled with dollops of sentimentality, and occasional hackneyed dialogue, but with some interesting storylines and - which I think is its saving grace for me - a rather surprising cynicism and disapproval of espionage, war, and violence - and it's very critical about 'necessary' sacrifices - most episodes seem to conclude the cost is too high for both those who die and those required to be responsible for such decisions. With 1960s b&w pretty and amazing casts. So, I can't complain too much, even if for the first few episodes everyone cried so much it was bordering on overwrought.

So far I've watched about 9 episodes and have 13 more to go, so I reserve the right to change my mind.

Here are some not too long (and, as ever, not terribly serious) picspams for Alfred Burke in "Covenant With Death", James Maxwell in "The Final Question" and also some of "Light of a Friendly Star".


In which Alfred Burke is a speedy undresser in times of trouble )

In which nobody wants to see James Maxwell... )


Light of a Friendly Star )
lost_spook: (dw - amy)
So yesterday I spent time that should have been spent on other things writing fic for the Espionage episode I'd just watched. It was about a spy who is accidentally forced to kidnap the ten year old daughter of the British ambassador, and then there were shenanigans and tweeness after she turned out to be smarter than he was. Naturally, instead of just shooting her halfway through when she went on about stars, he took a bullet for her. Anyway, in short, I am a terrible person as I enjoyed it more than I like to admit. I wouldn't have written fic, though, but for the last line where the British Ambassador and the guy from British Intelligence seem to think that the girl is going to help the spy escape from the hospital while stopping off there on her way back to school and they were absolutely fine with that.

Which obviously made me go and write cracky fic about that and what on earth she would grow up to be, except then it went less cracky, I made it fit a hurt/comfort bingo square, and I think I may also have committed some tweeness while I was at it. I have no excuse, sorry.

(Also, hi, any new people. This is probably about par for the course with me these days, I fear. Feel free to run away now.)

Title: Stars in Their Courses
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 2966
Characters/Pairings: Kit Morley, Leo Brandt, Arnold Morley (Kit & Leo, Kit & Arnold)
Notes/Warnings: None.
Summary: Getting kidnapped by a spy should be frightening, but it seems to be the best thing that ever happened to Kit Morley.


For [community profile] hc_bingo square “forced to rely on enemy/rival” (only in a bit of a non-obvious way, perhaps). From the Espionage episode "Light of a Friendly Star", in which a spy kidnaps the daughter of the British Ambassador, who thinks that it's much more fun than going back to school. (Also, she can speak at least three languages and knows how to disable his car.)



Stars in Their Courses )

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