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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1. [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi is running an Open Rec Post where you can rec all sorts of things to people.


2. A while back I got excited because someone had put up all of Public Eye on YT, but they took it down again. I don't suppose anyone was actually watching, but someone's put S5, 6 & 7 up here and the surviving 60s eps and S4, I still have up here. Because you know you want to watch the most mundane but brilliant old telly show ever, obv. (All right, I know people don't really. But just in case!)


3. I thought this official trailer for 100 eps of Once Upon a Time was rather nice:

Cut for embed )
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1. My parents are up visiting, so I may be more erratic and less comment-y than usual (or not, we'll see) but if I miss something, that's why. (We had to watch an episode of Public Eye yesterday and Dad was complaining to me about Frank leaving Mrs Mortimer. It was great, but seriously surreal. What have I done, people? I'm only sad I won't be there to see it when Mrs M turns up again.)


2. Marvellous Twelve & Clara vid by [personal profile] purplefringe; seriously, it encompasses so much, it's excellent:

Cut for embed )


3. [livejournal.com profile] frelling_tralk is running an X-Files friending meme.


4. As ever, I'd swear there was something else. Imagine it here. It was probably the most important thing. ;-) (Well, other than that swordznsorcery is very kind and sent me a file full of James Maxwell gifs from his ep of The Champions for me to wake up to this morning, and what more can one ask for from someone? ♥)
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A bunch of resulting ficlets from the previous meme. I was going to start posting them as replies in the comments and then realised that'd slowly be giving the list away.

So, consider the previous post closed now, and here goes!

(I didn't stick to the word limit at all, I'm afraid. I was going to do demi-drabbles again, and then, a couple of hundred words later, decided I wasn't. Still, those meme police never have turned up yet.)

4 x Strange meetings )

More to come... sometime. ;-)
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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!! )

OTP Meme

20 Jan 2015 01:26 pm
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
A random meme stolen from [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon:

Choose 5 OTP’s without looking at the questions behind the cut first, then tag friends to do the same.

My Five OTPS
1) Silver/Sapphire/Steel (S&S)
2) Emma Swan/Regina Mills (OUaT)
3) Fifth Doctor/Tegan Jovanka (DW)
4) Ruth Evershed/Harry Pearce (Spooks)
5) Frank Marker/Helen Mortimer (Public Eye) (I know, I know, Frank never goes well in memes, but let's be honest about stuff...)


Questions & answers under the cut )
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
Well, it did go live, and even though I think it may have been quieter than some years, I got rather a lot of nice things in my stocking!

[personal profile] liadtbunny wrote me Public Eye fic, If I had a Million Pounds and posted a small picspam of James Maxwell from a thing called The Prison. (It looks like a great source for if I wanted Copper-related pics of him.) I also had a picspam from [personal profile] dunderklumpen, who went to all the trouble of finding pics of my random favourite old TV actors for me here.

Clocket made me a brilliant bit of art of Frank Marker; [personal profile] finisterre made me some old TV icons & [personal profile] rosied found me a link to a huge list of genealogy blogs, so I should be able to find something interesting in there.

Also there was more fic! It's been a bumper holiday season for Sapphire & Steel, that's for certain.

I had The Bright Side of Time (Silver, Sapphire, the TARDIS, Clara & Twelve) by [personal profile] kaffyr, Something Hungry Under the Stone (Silver) by [personal profile] annariel, and Just Passing Through (Silver/Liz) by [personal profile] john_amend_all.

Thank you, everyone! ♥


I did manage to write three little ficlets, as follows under the cut, but I'm sorry I couldn't do more!

Ficlets in New Tricks, OUaT & Historical RPF )
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I didn't do this last year, because I'd written so many short ficlets and it'd be annoying, but this year, even though I've still written mostly very short things (and therefore quite a lot), I decided I would, anyway. Maybe I should do one for 2013 anyway, as well... Thanks to [personal profile] aralias for the handy template.

Long post under cut )
lost_spook: (Northanger reading)
As promised!

These are a tiny handful from a first and rather erratic sweep of the archive. There will be more - when I finally make it through the whole alphabet! (As ever, I had to stick to mostly short things, although there is - amazingly - a 30,000 S&S fic featuring original Elements which I will have to go and print off, because... amazing.) There are more fics for many of these fandoms! There are whole novels and things in there... *waves hands in incoherent admiration of the 2014 Yuletide Collection*

17 recs in Archer's Goon, The Avengers, Blackadder, Blake's 7, Bleak Expectations, Chalet School, Chronicles of Prydain, Doctor Who (BFAs), Curse of Fatal Death, The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, Drop the Dead Donkey, Fire & Hemlock, Hamlet, Henry IV, and Sapphire & Steel )
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Request: Favourite plot twists - [livejournal.com profile] jaxomsride (It turns out I'm not doing these in order. Also I see no reason to wait for December, either.)


It's hard to think about favourite plot twists, maybe because it's not the first thing I think of in what I like about something (though don't get me wrong, I love a really great plot twist), but also because I have a tendency to rewatch and re-read things I like a lot, so then it becomes hard to remember the time when the plot twist was surprising instead of inevitable and admired plot work.

Or, in short, I can't guarantee these are my actual favourite plot twists, but they were the ones I came up with this week. I shall try to talk about them without spoilers. If this involves sign language at any point, bear with me.


1. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Her books are so well known, that I think I was spoiled for quite a few of them by the time I read them, or, being the sort of lazy reader who hardly ever tries to work out the murder, maybe I wasn't struck by the others. At any rate, once it became clear what the plot twist was in this one, I was delighted by it, and remain so. I've read at least one other book that used the same twist as The Murder of Roger Ackroyd but I don't think I've ever come across anything with the same solution as Orient Express. (It is something that should be hard to pull off without being ridiculous, which is perhaps why. Or because I haven't read the other books in question, of course.) It's not my favourite Christie, but it is by far my favourite solution to a murder mystery.


2. Listen (Doctor Who). I hesitate to mention this, because I don't want to get into DW discussions, but I thought this was shaped around such a wonderful twist, not just for an episode but because it subverted the expectations of the whole show, especially in terms of New Who and did so beautifully. I know some people are watching this other awful show at the moment, but for me, this was one of the most perfect episodes in a long, long while & largely because of the twist, so I have to include it here.


3. My Life's My Own (Public Eye). It's probably not so much a proper plot twist, in the same way as the two above (but then Public Eye doesn't really work like that), but over halfway through there's a reveal that I completely didn't see coming which not only impressed me in terms of the episode but revised my entire opinion of the series I was watching and what it was capable of. And it was already being a particularly good episode. In addition, there's a twist of viewer expectation in which it looks as though the story is winding down to its close in a particular way - and then it suddenly does so much more with its last five minutes.
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 )

Crossposted from Dreamwidth -- Comments there: comment count unavailable
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
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: (s&s - silver)
Not all that unlike the 15 characters, except the questions come with the meme. (And make it sound like this is some sort of brain-breaking Doctor/Doctor slashfest. 0_o)

Pick 12 characters from any fandoms and list them before you read the questions that follow.

1. Silver (S&S)
2. Frank Marker (Public Eye)
3. Orac (B7)
4. Cora Mills (OUaT)
5. Belle (OUaT)
6. Servalan (B7)
7. Kathryn Janeway (ST: Voyager)
8. Charles Vaughan (Survivors 1975)
9. Clara Oswald (DW)
10. Eleventh Doctor (DW)
11. Leela (DW)
12. Vila Restal (B7)


And now for the questions )
lost_spook: light + Ruth Evershed looking upwards (spooks - Ruth!)
The last few! Probably less exciting, because they mostly turned out quite sensible and I, er, might have sneakily ducked a low-flying prompt or two, but here goes...

More fic I would never write except I did )
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)
lost_spook: (cat)
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 )
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
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 )
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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: light + Ruth Evershed looking upwards (spooks - Ruth!)
I felt in need of a writing meme tonight &, as ever, resurrected this one, which often seems to work for me:

1: Pick five fandoms. List them in alphabetical order.

1. Doctor Who
2. Dungeons & Dragons
3. Press Gang
4. Public Eye
5. Spooks

2: Visit this site to find your first RANDOM POEM OF POWER. Write down the 5th line (yes, even if it's an E.E. Cummings poem and you wind up with an apostrophe). Repeat five times and - you guessed it - list 'em in alphabetical order! (No cheating, mind! This is a challenge and it's always been about creativity.)

3: I think you can see where this is going. Write a very quick 50-word half-drabble for each fandom (try to do it all in one sitting - make your brain explode!), using the line from the poem as a prompt. You don't have to include it in the half-drabble - it's just inspiration.

4: Bravo! Have a cookie.


And the resulting demi-drabbles... )
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
6. Best title sequence

Public Eye had a different title sequence each series (except for S3), and I quite like most of them. However, while the usual theme is my favourite, you've got to give them points for S4: they not only made a new credit sequence, they recorded a different, slower and more downbeat version of the theme, and then "Welcome to Brighton?" had a separate, shorter credits sequence used only on that episode, in which we flick through Frank's prison file, which doubles up as a way of reminding viewers where they left him at the end of S3. If anybody could have forgotten...

The main/original theme and the rearranged S4 theme. (Written by Robert Sharples under the pseudonym Robert Earley).


8. Missing episode you would like to see found.

All thirty-six of them, of course! Narrowing it down, I'm more keen to see anything from S2 or 3 than S1, but anything would be wonderful. Everything that survives suggests it was always of a pretty high quality, and any tiny piece of Frank Marker than could be restored to the world would be amazing. (Sadly, they were wiped rather than lost, so... it's not likely, to say the least). Especially, I'd like the 8 lost Roger Marshall episodes, the 6 lost Robert Holmes stories, the David Whittaker, and the one that had Jacqueline Pearce in it, and also Pauline Delany's first guest appearance, but if you pin me down and make me choose one, then there's only really one answer...

"Cross That Palm When We Come To It" (S3) by Roger Marshall, the episode in which Frank gets set up and arrested, and there is no escape or proving his innocence for him. Viewers at the time wrote in demanding Frank's release, so maybe it was too heart-breaking to survive, but still, it's a crime that it doesn't.


9. Favourite photo/screencap

I thought about this, and flicked through my epic collection, but honestly:

The obvious one and some other contenders )

The questions! )
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 )

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