Yuletide

26 Dec 2014 10:00 am
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*waves* I'm having a nice time, if inevitably tiring, but am popping up to say that Yuletide is as awesome as ever & I have two great gifts, one in the main collection & one in Madness, both S&S.

All At Sea (2789 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Silver (Sapphire and Steel), Sapphire (Sapphire and Steel), Steel (Sapphire and Steel)
Additional Tags: Time Travel, Fix-It, Assignment Six, Episode Tag, Prehistoric Marine Animals
Summary:

Where is Silver at the end of Assignment Six? Why, he's working to save Sapphire and Steel, of course. Well, that's the plan at least. Before he can do that, he needs to save himself.



It's a post-assignment 6 fic, and excellent Silver-voice & looking at Elements & great. Such a lovely fic to get yesterday!! I love it.


Also when Madness went live, it turned out someone had managed to write me a last-minute treat - a crossover between S&S and Public Eye! Which means it has to be one of you! I am mentally lining you up in a list of suspects and not getting anywhere, but THANK YOU! It is great & bittersweet as you would expect.

Assignments and Enquiries (1062 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sapphire and Steel, Public Eye (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Steel (Sapphire and Steel), Sapphire (Sapphire and Steel), Frank Marker
Additional Tags: nothing is resolved, frank's mug
Summary:

Frank investigates a phone call which doesn't make much sense.



I have read some other great stuff and at some point when I'm back and recovered there will definitely be a recs post! In the meantime, hope you're all having a lovely time, and that if you're also Yuletiding, then hope you also got shiny goodies! (Seriously, go check the collection out. So many wonderful things in rare fandoms!!)
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
I started this ages ago & then found it again just now, and have finished it off & here it is! (I think I'd done it because I only semi-did this meme last time, and then everyone else did it properly and I thought I should too. Looking at the results, obviously I was right.)

The characters are:
Frank Marker (Public Eye)
Cora Mills (OUaT)
G'Kar (Babylon 5)
Twelfth Doctor
Ace (DW)
Steel (Sapphire & Steel)
Miss Marple
Liz Shaw (DW)
Henry VII (Shadow of the Tower/Hist. RPF)
Cally (B7)
Silver (S&S)
Belle (OUaT)


And the resulting questions )
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: (frank/helen/mug/tea)
Title: No Bones Broken, No Harm Done
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1395
Characters/Pairings: Frank Marker/Helen Mortimer
Notes/Warnings: None.
Summary: The last thing Frank wants is tea and sympathy; it only complicates things.

For the [community profile] hc_bingo square “assault”. Hopefully, there won't be any more Public Eye for this, but I had ideas for 4 out of 5 squares and then... well, what fictional character do I write who's most likely to get beaten up? (And he spent at least 18 months in Brighton. It must have happened at some point during that time.)

No Bones Broken )

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Title: No Bones Broken, No Harm Done
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1395
Characters/Pairings: Frank Marker/Helen Mortimer
Notes/Warnings: None.
Summary: The last thing Frank wants is tea and sympathy; it only complicates things.

For the [community profile] hc_bingo square “assault”. Hopefully, there won't be any more Public Eye for this, but I had ideas for 4 out of 5 squares and then... well, what fictional character do I write who's most likely to get beaten up? (And he spent at least 18 months in Brighton. It must have happened at some point during that time.)

No Bones Broken )
lost_spook: (dw - amy)
For [community profile] hc_bingo square "Learning to be loved".

I made a Frank Marker/Helen Mortimer fanvid, Helen POV. I didn't even think that was actually possible, but apparently it is if you're me and you don't have much in the way of standards when it comes to vidding. In the middle of looking for some thoughtful, quiet old 50s song or an instrumental piece that would do, I somehow wound up with this. (I worried for a bit about whether or not it still met the prompt, but I've decided it does. I hope.)

They Don't Know About Us
Public Eye: Nobody else understands what Mrs Mortimer sees in Frank. (Frank Marker/Helen Mortimer, S4 fanvid.)

Music: They Don't Know by Kirsty MacColl

Or, in short, this is what happens in S4 according to Mrs Mortimer. Not particularly spoilery as such. Bookended with a little S6. Whether it's ironic, or horribly shippy, or just that Mrs Mortimer is right in fundamentals (and the long-term) if not the immediate outcome, I don't know.

Embed & Links under cut )
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Let's finish this meme, since I've said all I need to in the vid...

26. Favourite quotes

I included a bunch in my big Public Eye post, so I'll just find some different ones I also like, except for this, which is my favourite:

Helen: "A man seems to think all he has to say to a woman is 'I need you' - she'll pack a nightie and a toothbrush and run!"


And the final questions... )


(Now, what show next for this meme? ;-p)
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Anyway, as you'll have noticed, I've been trying to explain Public Eye since last November and failing. Now I've made a vid and that's the best explanation I have, and I'm happy at last:

All These Things
A Public Eye tribute.
(Length: 4.59 minutes)
"You've lived to be old... It's not a question of years, it's a question of seeing." Frank Marker and a life full of other people's problems.

All These Things )
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19. Something that made you think

Public Eye nearly always makes me think, and that's one of the main reasons why I like it. For something that features very low-key, mundane stories most weeks, it causes me to spend a lot of time thinking about it and rewatching things and working out what it's about. It varies (episodic old TV!) but most of the time, it expects me to make my own mind up, it doesn't tell me what I should be thinking. Which takes a little while to get used to, but it's wonderful once you have.


20. Something that made you laugh

Oh, meme, you want me to sit here and describe jokes while everyone else looks on unmoved? Okay, once I rewatched the Christmas episode from S6, that made me laugh quite a bit. (My favourite part is when Frank shouts at two carol singers, and then turns round, looks at them, and plaintively begs for a chip.) Also, the whole of the scene in S5's "Transatlantic Cousins" between Frank and Sir Roger L'Ettrell is just priceless. You'll have to take my word for it, but, really, you should have been there...


21. Best series opener
22. Best season finale


If you've been paying attention so far, you'll realise "Best anything" usually winds up at S4, so... "Welcome to Brighton?" and "A Fixed Address" (S4 opener and finale). "Welcome to Brighton?" is so bleak I find it hard to watch, but it's still exceptional TV.

For the other series: S1-3 don't have any openers/finales surviving. "Don't Forget You're Mine" feels like an opener (and a great one, too), but it isn't. If "Cross That Palm When We Come To It" existed, it might win best finale but it doesn't. (It's quite intriguing that the only time in 10 years that Public Eye knew it was coming back, they set up a really impressive story arc. I can't help but wonder what they'd have done if they'd ever had that knowledge again?) "A Mug Named Frank" (S5 opener) probably has the best opening scene, in terms of effectively introducing the character - Frank, in a supermarket, stops to help a shoplifter. (♥) S7's opener "Nobody Wants to Know" is pretty strong, too. But S4, people, S4.


23. Crackiest moment

There aren't a lot of cracky moments in Public Eye (at least not that I can think of off-hand), but there is one that's down to the fact that the first few scripts were written before the lead was cast, and so Roger Marshall still had in mind that Frank would be a man of iron. (Fate and the S1 producer happily had other ideas.)

So, in the first surviving episode, Frank's getting beaten up by two hired heavies... and the next scene, they're both lying unconscious. How did that happen? The mind boggles. Maybe he tried his divide and conquer tactics and had them fight each other, or an anvil fell out of the sky? Or they both inexplicably fainted, who knows? (I'd add in the whole storyline in which he's hired as bodyguard to a millionaire, except that Frank clearly found the whole idea as amusing as I did.)

Oh, and this:
Unintentionally amusing moment )

The Questions )
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
My [community profile] unconventionalcourtship fic! Which is long, obscure, and very unexciting! Amazing!

Between Strangers (8918 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Public Eye (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Frank Marker/Helen Mortimer
Characters: Frank Marker, Helen Mortimer
Additional Tags: Snowed In, Trope Subversion/Inversion, 1940s, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Pre-Series, Curtain Fic
Summary: Trying to sell encyclopedias in the middle of the worst winter of the century wasn’t the best idea to begin with. And now Frank Marker's wound up trying to rescue a single mother and her baby who’ve been abandoned at a bus stop, and all he’s got to hand is a car that won’t go and several dozen copies of The A-Z of Everything... (Beta-ed by Persiflage).

It doesn't require canon knowledge... but I can't pretend much happens. There is snow and a cute car (I provided a link at the end). And it is a fic. I can say that much for it...

(I very much hope "proper" Public Eye fans don't look at AO3 much. I would probably be strung up for writing Romance novel-inspired Frank/Mrs Mortimer, I really would.)
lost_spook: (dw - eleven reading knitting book)
I said I might finish the other fic today. It is Public Eye, but it's also a series of crossover vignettes & (I hope) no real knowledge of PE is needed.

I said, when I first watched S4, that there ought to be a companion series where Mrs Mortimer sorted out people's problems at her B&B and though, really, she is too sensible for that to work in the same way, it's still enough for a fic.

Winter Where You Are (4595 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Public Eye (TV), Doctor Who (2005), Doctor Who (1963), Sapphire and Steel, Spooks | MI-5
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Ben Jackson/Polly Wright
Characters: Helen Mortimer, Sapphire (Sapphire and Steel), Steel (Sapphire and Steel), Connie James, Ben Jackson (Doctor Who), Clara Oswin Oswald, Frank Marker
Additional Tags: Crossover, 5 Times, 1960s, Implied/Referenced Suicide, Women Being Awesome
Summary: A seaside boarding house out of season can be a strange place at times - you never know who'll wind up staying for the night...


(Or, as ever, it seemed like a good idea at the time.)
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Since I seem to be determined to inflict fanfic on the world, here's a Frank Marker & Helen Mortimer picspam. I went to do something else, and then made these graphics under the heading of "research for fic". Probably a bit spoilery, at least as far as this relationship goes, but I'd imagine most people aren't going to watch it, so...

A tale of two mugs )
lost_spook: (dw - eleven reading knitting book)
For [community profile] hc_bingo square "prostitution". Meta on the character of Frank Marker from Public Eye and how much he can and can't be said to prostitute himself (metaphorically at least).

(~1200 words. Non spoilery and hopefully accessible. No warnings needed that I can think of.)

Public Service? Public Eye Meta )
lost_spook: (s&s - silver)
I wrote Public Eye fic! (I know, I know, but I really didn't think I could manage something for it properly, but I quite like this. One day I will stop being obscure, honest, but for today, I finally achieved Frank Marker/Helen Mortimer fic, and that'll do me for now. ;-D Mind, I only just finished this; I shall probably find a lot of horrible mistakes in the morning...)

Title: Baby, Don’t Get Hooked On Me
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages/PG
Word Count: 2284
Characters/Pairings: Frank Marker/Helen Mortimer
Notes/Warnings: None. Set between S4 & 5. No real spoilers.
Summary: When the music stops, you change your partner, that’s how it goes.

Or: Frank Marker & Helen Mortimer - Fake relationship & Curtainfic (The curtainfic bit doesn’t count. All Public Eye is mundane and domestic. That’s the point of it. Tropes, however, need a good deal of hammering before they’ll fit. That was the challenge.)

Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me )
lost_spook: (frank/helen/mug/tea)
My resolution not to talk about Public Eye at you any more unfortunately only ended in icons. What else was I to do? And so here they are, before I add them to my pile of Icons I Must Actually Post Some Day. 71 icons - text and images (mainly images). (Also including a few familiar guest stars at the end.)

Preview:
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I've finally finished watching Public Eye S6, so hopefully I can start to talk to people about things that aren't it soon. I did get rather tired because of rl stuff. (For some reason, I always suffer from stress when I have to visit the doctor, which is annoying, because then I can't even tell her things properly. It's mainly to do with the fact that i can't prove I'm ill in any way, so if she decided to stop believing me, I'd be stuffed, I think. So I was glad to have something to watch when I came back.)

Anyway, the wretched thing also had me waking up repeatedly for two nights in the past week trying to understand what was going on in the episode, and being terrified of one of them. I should have known last night to wait before watching the final episode, it being by Roger Marshall, but I did, and then, aargh, it slapped me in the face with stuff I did not want right at the last minute. I get impressed by it, I get amused, baffled, informed (I had no idea there were ever milk vending machines in the 1970s) and then I get madly angry and shocked with it for being... made in the 1960s/70s and letting itself down. I don't know how it does that to me. Or how-why-what is TV that doesn't have Alfred Burke in?

Also... the episode "The Man Who Said Sorry" - I feel as if I've seen the ending of it before, but I can't think how. I can imagine it being the sort of thing that would have turned up one way or another on those endless Channel 4 nostalgia/Top 100 things they used to do, but I don't understand why I would have had the same feeling of mystification about the suitcase. Maybe it was only because that was the one I dreamt about all night until my brain had worked out the suitcase in the morning. But still... Strange. Maybe something else used a similar device accidentally or in direct homage? (It is a very clever, weird and twisted up episode of TV - an isolated two-hander between Paul Rogers and Alfred Burke - who are both excellent in it - that takes place almost entirely in Marker's office. And kudos to the director, Jonathan Alwyn, because there's such a palpable sense of threat throughout, yet it's never exactly justified by what's happening.)

So, hopefully now, I can catch up a bit and do other things again. (I can't have the next series till after Christmas, and that's the end of it. I suspect now they burninated the 60s episodes for my protection, which is a bit mean on everyone else, but probably fair enough. Maybe.)

I shall now try and turn my attention fully to Yuletide fic and the talking meme and being capable of talking about things that aren't obscure British TV. Well, ish. I always talk about some obscure British TV...

ETA: Also I didn't get hit by a tidal wave, though that was probably self-evident from the rest of the post. I hope nobody else did, either. (The sea came in over the defences, which is very unusual here, especially since they've just been building them up, but no worse.)

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