lost_spook: (suzanne neve)
For the icons200 challenge I've been gradually working my way through. I started these last summer and then stopped before I'd made the last handful for some reason. I have now made the last handful, and, lo, icons for the BBC's 1970s period drama The Duchess of Duke Street, featuring the ever-amazing Gemma Jones.

Teaser:

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I put it down to being a snob and a bully. Both very useful things in running a hotel like this. )

Credits: All screencaps my own; textures by tiger_tyger and imemime_art. The usual rules apply: want, take, have, credit. Comments = ♥ and hotlinkers will be kicked out of the Bentinck with no refunds.
lost_spook: (dw - amy)
Some random icons and mini-sets I've made recently or found lurking on my hard drive. Margaret Lockwood, quotes, some random old TV peoples, and Once Upon A Time.

Taster:

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Icons under here )
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: light + Ruth Evershed looking upwards (spooks - Ruth!)
I have one of my other shows ready to go (or almost) but also had this now ready too, which it seemed sensible to post first...

Title: Matters of No Moment
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: PG
Word Count: ~3890
Characters/Pairings:
Notes/Warnings: Anna, Charles Terrell, Colonel Michael Seaton
Summary: They’re all used to keeping secrets, but maybe it’s the things that go unsaid that matter the most in the end.


Heroes of the Revolution fanfic. Sorry. I tried not to… but maybe not all that hard. I can't quite live without a bit of original fic of some kind here and there. I think this wound up as more fanfic than plain missing scenes (though it’s inevitably that, too). It was originally meant to be writing up the dialogue I had of Anna interviewing Charles Terrell, but then it grew into something else. (The characters involved are those ‘played’ by Gemma Jones, Alfred Burke and Julian Glover.)

Matters of No Moment )
lost_spook: (spooks - Harry/Ruth/Bench = ♥)
(Finally finished it!! \o/)

Part Two: Recurring Characters & Episode Guide.

From [livejournal.com profile] jjpor: It's the morning after the revolution before. The Evil Empire has fallen; the Plucky Rebels won against impossible odds, as Plucky Rebels tend to do. Now they've just got to deal with the messy aftermath and, you know, actually govern the place. Preferably without becoming like the regime they've just defeated.


HEROES OF THE REVOLUTION

"The state has failed us, over and over, so we decide ourselves who to protect and who to betray, who to save and who to kill. This was no more, no less than that. Another act of conscience, if you like. Let's call it the final act of revolution - and remember we're all complicit in the crime."


A critically-acclaimed but long-forgotten 13 episode drama series from 1973/4 that starred Gemma Jones, Alfred Burke, Julian Glover and Diane Keen.

Set in the near-future in an alternate (but not too different) reality, where a tyrannical regime has been in power in Britain for nearly three decades, a group of freedom fighters led by a man known as "Arran", finally defeat the dictator Hallam - and then a new battle begins, one where the lines are even less clear than before. It explores the ethics of power as a drama plays out between the victorious rebel leaders, the remnant of the old guard, and those who want to find more peaceful solutions for the future.

Sentimentalists are going to destroy the country )
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
(For the pictures, see the LJ version. I should have only posted one side, but forgot. Image troubles again, sorry.)

I'm still working on the supporting cast and the episode guide, but I think the main cast and basic set-up has solidified pretty well, so here's part 1 of the first fruits of the isurrendered meme...

The prompt, from [personal profile] jjpor: It's the morning after the revolution before. The Evil Empire has fallen; the Plucky Rebels won against impossible odds, as Plucky Rebels tend to do. Now they've just got to deal with the messy aftermath and, you know, actually govern the place. Preferably without becoming like the regime they've just defeated.


HEROES OF THE REVOLUTION

"The state has failed us, over and over, so we decide ourselves who to protect and who to betray, who to save and who to kill. This was no more, no less than that. Another act of conscience, if you like. Let's call it the final act of revolution - and remember we're all complicit in the crime."


A critically-acclaimed but long-forgotten (and doubtless studio-bound and dreary, shh, such things are awesome) 13 episode drama series from 1973/4 starring Gemma Jones, Alfred Burke, Julian Glover and Diane Keen.

Set in the near-future in an alternate (but not too different) reality, where a tyrannical regime has been in power in Britain for nearly three decades, a group of freedom fighters led by a man known as "Arran", finally defeat the dictator Hallam - and then a new battle begins, one where the lines are even less clear than before. It explores the ethics of power as a drama plays out between the victorious rebel leaders, the remnant of the old guard, and those who want to find more peaceful solutions for the future.

Isn't this better than anarchy? )
lost_spook: (shadow - elizabeth/henry)
I have made a fanvid and I don't hate it! I made it for some of the random TV I've been watching lately, so it is obscure (but I don't care). Also, there is more dancing. Apparently this is a thing now and all my vids will have dancing in. Even if it's completely inappropriate...

Smile on my Face )
lost_spook: (Duchess - smile)
Maureen O'Brien in S1 of The Duchess of Duke Street. Plus, have some Gemma Jones caps I did for Tumblr. (She is awesome, and so are her dresses.)

I finished it today. I would say, what do I do now? But the truth is I got a bit down last week and used up the last of my birthday money on more David Collings things. So I have that. But I hope my Mum and possibly my sister don't borrow the DVDs for too long. I feel they're going to be something I'll want to rewatch bits of frequently. (Also, the ending: ahaha. My secret head!canon ships all became real.)

Plus, and more on this later (and below). I noticed a distinct couple of plot similarities to Downton Abbey. And guess who was in S2? Julian Fellowes. LOL. (Not that I'm saying anything - as it's sort of based on a real story, and also an old and well-known series, it's fair game for reworking. And maybe it's a little in-jokey nod, too?)

Gemma Jones spammage )

Maureen O'Brien )

There will be more at some point. Probably quite a few more. Lalla Ward was in the last few episodes and got to sing, dance, do a bad Yorkshire accent and wear lots of nice 1920s dresses. Also, more Gemma Jones. Yes.

(I am slightly worried about my new-old David Collings thing, though. It occurs to me to fear the worst: maybe they made him wear a wig?)

I'm sorry. I'm tired. I'm not entirely making sense. Just look at the pretty pictures, okay?
lost_spook: (scrooge - writing)
... And talking of old screencaps and things, I've had this lurking on my LJ since February. Which illustrates that hopefully Tumblr will be better for sharing random old pics, I think. Not that I won't still do picspams of David Collings things here when I feel like it, of course.

Anyway, it was lurking, because I kept meaning to add some more, but I think I may as well post it rather than wait till it's even more out of date.

(I have a sort of backlog of things to work through here; I may post again before the day is out.)

Picspam from the BBC's 1974 historical epic about the fall of three European monarchies from 1848-1918. The cast list is every bit as epic as the premise, but included in this picspam: Diane Keen, Gemma Jones, Denis Lill, Curt Jurgens, Charles Kay, Jan Francis, David Collings, Patrick Stewart & more.

We dig our own graves... )
lost_spook: (S&S - Silver looks up)
When I said the other day that part of my problems were my own fault, it was the making of this (largely) over the weekend that I meant. (And, don't worry, I'm not making another vid until I can be sensible again, which I thought I had trained myself to be. Also I encountered yet more technical issues. *joy*) Anyway, I killed my brain for a Completely Obscure Fanvid! Yay, me. And here it is:

Death Waltz (Fall of Eagles, 1974) to Tchaikovsky, Waltz (Serenade in C).
Royals and revolutionaries dancing towards disaster. Featuring (deep breath): Charles Kay (Nicholas), Patrick Stewart (Lenin), Gemma Jones (Princess Vicky), Curt Jurgens (Bismarck), Denis Lill (Fritz), Gayle Hunnicutt (Alexandra), Barry Foster (Kaiser Wilhelm II), and Diane Keen (Empress Elisabeth). With Miles Anderson (Franz Josef), Pamela Brown (Archduchess Sophia), Michael Kitchen (Trotsky), Lynn Farleigh (Nadezhda Krupskaya), Paul Eddington, Donald Gee, Freddie Jones (Witte), David Collings (Pavel Milyukov), Maurice Denham (Kaiser Wilhelm I) and Jan Francis (Ballerina).

With a warning for some mild blood & violence, and use of (what I assume to be) contemporary historical images.

If you have a moment to look at it, that would be very kind - it's not spoilery (I'm still only halfway through the series and anyway, it's history!) and I hope that it will either work in a) conveying the general overall sense of the vid, or b) at least be a pretty thing with dancing and movement and Patrick Stewart eating pancakes. (It is a fairly painless way to see some of Patrick Stewart being Lenin.) If not, well, at least I like it...

The first episode was entitled Death Waltz, and I immediately had this idea - luckily, as I found, I actually had a fitting piece of music by Tchaikovsky as well. Although I am probably a bad person for making even dramatised versions of Lenin and Trotsky sort of waltz.

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