lost_spook: (Dracula)
Now I've finally finished my Thriller (Part 1) review/picspam post, I am behind again. Let me talk about what I have been watching over the last couple of months (or more), other than the first 5 discs of Thriler.

1. I finished Secret Army. I did mostly enjoy it, although I got impatient with it again at the end. Terence Hardiman as Reinhardt (who doesn't give a damn about anything since they've lost the war and most of his friends have just been executed in the wake of the assassination attempt on Hitler) did liven things up, though. He was great, and not even actually evil, either. (Particularly his exit when Spoiler ) Kessler is rightly both awful and complex, of course, and Clifford Rose was very good in the role.) Bernard Hepton spent most of the last series in prison, on film, but he did eventually escape and return to the studio, and I gave it a lot of plus points for what eventually happened with Monique, too. Anyway, I watched it! I now know where 'Allo 'Allo is coming from.


2. I skipped ahead briefly to watch Suzanne Neve's second Thriller, and while I'll cover it in its turn, I can report that she is better at terrorising innocent Americans than James Maxwell: she sticks them in her underground pottery kiln and bakes them, no angsting required. 1970s Suzanne Neve is so far a lot more evil than 1960s Suzanne Neve. (I would side-eye the ending of the 1968 Dracula here, but personally, I blame Ed Bishop for throwing her down the stairs in UFO.)


3. I finally got to the E-Space trilogy (DW), watching Full Circle and State of Decay (before an appropriate break for the BBC 1977 Dracula). Full Circle has a good SF idea at the heart, but nothing else much with which to pad it out. Except Adric, but, er, well...

I enjoyed State of Decay a lot, though, especially in comparison to Full Circle (it's good to see that future spaceships will go on with BBC Acorn computers on board!). Plus, the whole Time Lords and Vampires mythology backstory is potentially fun to play with and Romana gets two great costumes, while Adric spends at least an episode unconscious, and it has a great look, particularly for that era, especially the location scenes. What more could I ask for? (I'm sorry: Adric wasn't bad in this one! I'm mean, I know.)


4. And so, then, what more appropriate than that I pause to watch the TV show that caused State of Decay to be postponed for 3 years and gave us Horror of Fang Rock instead? (Accidentally; my viewing is not really that well planed!)

I'm not really sure why the BBC were so nervy about this version of Dracula that they thought DW doing vampires at the same time might make them look silly, but apparently they were. They had no need: this is lovely. It's unlike most of the old TV I've been watching - it was 1977 doing glossy event TV with a 2 1/2 hr feature-length version of the novel that's probably the most faithful adaptation still. (Although there are some changes, of course.) It was very good! I recommend it even if you're not usually into old TV, but are into Dracula. (I believe it is up on YouTube, and I got the DVD pretty cheap anyway.)

Cut for further Dracula rambling )


6. I then decided that I should stop being wimpish and watch the rest of Mystery and Imagination. I'd already seen "Dracula", the Ian Holm "Frankenstein" and "The Suicide Club" (the one with David Collings and the cream tarts and the invisible hyenas and Major Geraldyne, because obv. that is the one that David Collings would be in). The Freddie Jones "Sweeney Todd" was out because I Do Not Do Sweeney Todd, which left me with "Uncle Silas" and "The Curse of the Mummy" out of the Thames adaptations, so I watched "The Curse of the Mummy." More about 1960s TV Victorian horror ) After that, I thought I'd had more than enough horror for a bit and left "Uncle Silas "unwatched and returned to Doctor Who and E-Space.


7. Warrior's Gate was very weird and also had Clifford Rose being excellent again. It was definitely the good weird, though, in that way only Classic Who is every once in a while. I mean, it looks like the stranger kind of 80s pop video (one that would definitely get nominated for Yuletide), so it wouldn't be for everyone, but still: the good weird/meta, I think, with bonus believably mundane, petty villains and random lion people. (It must be Doctor Who. <3)


8. I recorded Mrs Miniver off the telly, and the main thing I have taken from this is that Julian Fellowes stole the flower show plot for Downton Abbey. And given that I already know that he stole two plotlines/backstories and a minor incident from Duchess of Duke Street (as well as acting in it), I am now wondering with some interest and amusement, where exactly he swiped everything else from. (Anything from Upstairs Downstairs, maybe?) It's kind of engagingly blatant swiping, though. And gives us May Whitty vs Maggie Smith! Oh my. (I did like it, but it was made mid-WWII and so is very patriotic etc. But well done! There were some really good scenes, and Dame May Whitty as well as Greer Garson, and it was very watchable still.)


9. I also recorded the next old series Drama was offering as well, which is When the Boat Comes In. It stars Jack and Esther from New Tricks (James Bolam and Susan Jameson, who are married in rl, and going out in this). It is early 20th C Tyneside and the first episode was grim about shellshocked returning soldiers, the second had a poor orphan shipped off to Australia alone, and then the continuity announcer went, "And next, things get even harder..." It is, as they say, grim oop north. It seems good so far, though. And maybe one day the boat will come in; there are at least 40 eps on my DVR already and they may not all be equally depressing...


* I don't know if this is really a downside, though. It is very funny.
lost_spook: light + Ruth Evershed looking upwards (spooks - Ruth!)
So, after I started feeling a little better a couple of weeks ago, I gradually picked up some things I'd already finished/nearly finished and started poking at them & as a result have posted most of them in the appropriate places, but not linked here.

1. A Ruth Evershed Character Manifesto (Spooks) for [livejournal.com profile] het_reccers (containing 13 recs, much blathering about the greatness of Ruth and ships and possible ships, plus some pics and gifs). (I've been chipping away at this for at least a year now.)


2. I looked at my [livejournal.com profile] dw_guestfest WIP and found it was much more complete and okay than I'd thought and tidied it up. It's here:

Self-Made Man (956 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: The Kandyman & Gilbert M
Characters: Gilbert M (Doctor Who), The Kandyman (Doctor Who)
Additional Tags: Serial: s149 The Happiness Patrol, Backstory, Canonical Character Death, Community: dw_guestfest, Community: trope_bingo
Summary: "Close to the Kandyman, were you?" / "I made him." Gilbert M and the Kandyman.


3. Someone reminded me that I once wrote a crossover fic for [livejournal.com profile] intoabar, which at the time I defaulted on due to being too ill to cope with the editing from my beta. I poked around my memory stick full of fic and found it and the beta-notes (which weren't actually difficult; I was just that ill back then) and posted that too:

Bar-Room Brawl (2512 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Downton Abbey, Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Tegan Jovanka, Tom Branson, Fifth Doctor, Vislor Turlough
Additional Tags: Crossover, Community: intoabar, Walk Into A Bar, Aliens, Fights, 1920s
Summary: Tegan Jovanka walks into a bar… and meets Tom Branson!


4. And then I did manage to finish typing up a thing for [livejournal.com profile] runaway_tales, which is also filling a square for [community profile] trope_bingo (au: historical), and I think most things are now at least back to my usual sort of hit and miss abilities. \o/

Midnight Escapade (All ages, 1905 words. Edward Iveson/Julia Graves, Christy Graves, Amyas Harding.) It's a gratuitous Regency AU that I wrote at Christmas when I was reading too many terrible Regency romances.
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
In which I continue with typing up things found in notebooks:

Title: Flowers in the Ashes
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1020
Characters/Pairings: Sylbil Crawley, Evangeline Eliott
Notes/Warnings: None.
Summary: Sybil Crawley makes a new acquaintance.

For [livejournal.com profile] paranoidangel42 in the 500 Prompts Meme - Prompt 456: Flowers in the ashes – Sybil Crawley & Evie Eliott (Downton/House of Eliott). Which was (mainly due to the canonical timelines of bother), much harder than it appeared once I thought about it. This was the best I could come up with - hope it's all right!

Flowers in the Ashes )
lost_spook: (dw - oswin)
Some links and things that I found or meant to post a while back:

1. [community profile] unconventionalcourtship has started! There is amazing fic already, which you can check out there, or in the AO3 collection. It's only just started so there are four fics, but good stuff already. Ace/Oswin, and an epic Blake's 7 (sort of) pirate AU, which is brilliant. Can't wait to see what other fics turn up as it goes along.

2. Someone has been blogging about their efforts to recreate Downton Abbey as Sims. It would be pretty amusing anyway, but the random werewolves and zombies are definitely a highlight.

3. [personal profile] aralias also made a why you should watch Blake's 7 post. You are probably already feeling more than oppressed enough, but hers benefits from not being a random collection of Tumblr posts and has more quotes. (B7 being what it is, this is always a good thing.)

4. Brilliant (old) Yuletide fic for DWJ's The Ogre Downstairs (one of her oldest, but I love it): Growing Together by kattahj. The tone is perfect. I mean, perfect. Which is all you need to know if you also know the book. Yuletide never ceases to be one of the most amazing fannish things ever.

So those are some things I found and hid, or have only just found. :-)
lost_spook: (Default)
First, the characters:

1. Reginald Jeeves (PG Wodehouse)
2. Ace (DW)
3. Orac (B7)
4. Lynda Day (Press Gang)
5. Kerr Avon (B7)
6. Darth Vader (Star Wars)
7. Elsie Hughes (Downton Abbey)
8. Sapphire (S&S)
9. Tenth Doctor (DW)
10. Ruth Evershed (Spooks)
11. Servalan (B7)
12. Kryten (Red Dwarf)
13. Harry Sullivan (DW)
14. Cally (B7)
15. Gene Hunt (LoM/A2A)

The answers )
lost_spook: (smiley)
So [community profile] festivids went live yesterday and if you like fanvids at all, you might want to take a look at the Masterlist, because there are over 190 vids in tiny fandoms there and marvellous they all are, too. If you don't already know, it's like the Yuletide for vids.

This year, I went, looked, thought I didn't know almost any of the sources, and then of course, kept finding all these things I did and it's wonderful, and, as ever, I'm in awe of all the vidders. So here are a handful of recs from my scratched bit of the surface:

Somewhere A Clock Is Ticking (The Hollow Crown) Just amazing, really. If you only watch one (but why? why would you only watch one???), make it this one.

Beauty in the Breakdown (Amelie) So pretty and right.

Step Into Your Place (Blackadder Goes Forth) Really well done anyway, but it's the clever use of contemporary posters etc. that make it something special.

Just A Girl (Hogfather) I've still never seen this, this vid makes me think I really should. (Michelle Dockery, anyway.)

Glad You Came (Downton Abbey) Joyful DA and sort of all the reasons I keep happily watching, no matter what's happened.

Devils (BBC Gormenghast) Beautifully creepy and fitting.

And in the category of me flailing because I can't believe somebody vidded X, I give you Do What You Feel for Desperately Seeking Susan. (When we were teenagers, my sister and I had this recorded off the TV and watched it at least twenty times. Don't judge me, it was a thing. :lol:)

And lots, lots more.
lost_spook: (DA - the abbey)
I saw this: http://eirienne.tumblr.com/post/26136397823/look-look-lady-edith-is-wearing-a-creation-by

I am eagerly waiting for S3 of DA, not just because, obviously, next season please, but because it will then be okay to write a perfectly logical crossover in which Mary or Edith have their wardrobe designed by the up and coming Eliott sisters. Well, if you follow the link, you will see that Lady Edith is actually wearing an outfit created by Evangeline Eliott! If anyone writes a crossover, it'll be pretty much canon. Downton Abbey and HoE clearly exist in the same reality. *glee*

(Look, small things please me. And that is just brilliant. It's perfect. I wonder if any more Eliott creations will get an airing?)


Also, my Mum and Dad have been and gone, and it was v nice, now I am v tired. :-)
lost_spook: (AA - Herr Flick not in the handbook)
So there's not much going on, and I couldn't resist retrying the meme using last names. Some couples stayed together despite the odds: Evie Eliott & Eowyn, Frobisher & Gandalf, Maddy & Maid Marian, and Servalan & Seven. The results were mostly much scarier than last time, but it did throw up some things that were amusing - and one or two I want badly now:

More mayhem and scary pairings )
lost_spook: (be - laura/brittas (eek))
Meme found in the wild: Make a list of all the characters in your icons. (Although you may have more than one icon of a single character, they only go on the list once.) Alphabetize it. Take the first two people on the list; that's your first pairing. Second two people; second pairing, etc. Treat us to some commentary once you're done.

I thought it'd be fun... I hadn't quite realised what a weird jumble of characters I have - some of them are there more for the action in the icon than the character. So, in most cases, let's say that instead of a commentary, a horrified silence might be more appropriate?

(Actually, it turned out better than I expected. For the first half of the alphabet, anyway.)

38 random pairings and an odd man out )
lost_spook: (DA - the abbey)
I was watching Jeeves & Wooster and spotted, as I said, Downton Abbey in diguise as Totleigh Towers. Also someone who was definitely familiar that I couldn't place, who turned out to be Chloe Annett (Red Dwarf's second Kochanski). Pics of both under the cut.

Anyway, I'm enjoying it, as you would expect, although they have the most dizzying habit of recasting all the recurring characters (through necessity, I assume), with at least three Madeline Bassetts and Aunt Dahlias by now. The best one being Francesca Folan who starts off as Madeline Bassett and finishes up as Honoria Glossop, which is quite a feat.

What really happened to Downton after the war... )
lost_spook: (DA - Robert & Cora reading)
As promised! A recs post for DA S1 to tide us over until next Sunday. As always, in no way complete and obviously highly subjective etc.

Firstly, a great pimping post, in case anyone still needs convincing: 10 Reasons to Watch Downton Abbey

There, now you're convinced and been and watched it, here are some goodies. (Those who have already watched can go straight to them.)

Various fanvids, fanfic recs etc under cut )
lost_spook: (DA - the abbey)
[I actually wrote this slowly back in February and it was a bit behind the times, then. But my opinion on this brilliant new show has not changed as yet. Yes, it's another of the invisible posts...]

I've been meaning to do a sort of love/pimping post for Downton Abbey, my latest TV love since, oh, about the first five minutes it was on ITV. And here we finally are... I shall endeavour to avoid spoilers.

Welcome to Downton... )
lost_spook: (DA - Mary)
The next two posts will both be characters I disliked to begin with, and both from shows that you will see again during this meme. The first is from Downton Abbey which I am sure people will have seen getting mentioned up and down their flists (well, if they have anyone from the UK on them, or at least the parts of it that aren't Scotland - ask STV about that one).

Even you can't take every prize... )
lost_spook: (spooks quote ros dead)
Yes, yesterday's TV made me do a reaction post (you know, those things I don't do because of people shaking their heads at me for foolishly enjoying things.)

And I don't mean SJA, which I forgot about, and forgot to be excited about, because SPOILERS for months and months. No, Spooks 9.06 which is another matter entirely:

Spooks SPOILERS under here! )

Downton Abbey also mild SPOILERS )

Plus, have obtained S6 of TWW (legally, I hasten to add), and am racing through it. I think I'm turning into a TV addict, and I have to find the time to catch up with SJA at some point, too.
lost_spook: (Ruth smiling)
Okay, snippet from the latest Spooks write-up from Alison Graham. (I cut only for any sensitive flowers who can't even bear to read the 'blurb' about the next episode 9.04, as I am related to one or two.)

An Analyst at the Chalet School? )

Ruth At the Chalet School, anyone? Oh, my. My head goes to crossover-land very easily, as everyone will know by now, but even so... She'd like it there. Except when she felt the need to be evil, as she does occasionally. :lol: (Probably the only other person on my flist who will get the wonder will be [livejournal.com profile] paranoidangel42, but I couldn't keep it to myself.)

And [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1 will no doubt approve of her proper verdict of Mary from Downton Abbey as "the toxic Lady Mary..." Heh, again.

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