lost_spook: (writing)
And another [community profile] trope_bingo piece! This one, the huddling for warmth prompt I'd wanted to do for Nina/Jimmy/Vincent since I first watched Manhunt in January. Unlike the other, it should be reasonably comprehensible, although there are some references to the outcome of ep8 (A Different Kind of War). But mainly typical early-series bickering, really.


Midwinter Night (1385 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Manhunt (TV 1969)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jimmy Briggs/Ann-Marie "Nina" Poitiers/Joseph "Vincent" Reynolds
Characters: Joseph "Vincent" Reynolds, Ann-Marie "Nina" Poitiers, Jimmy Briggs (Manhunt TV 1969)
Additional Tags: Community: trope_bingo, Arguing, Huddling For Warmth, World War II, Episode: s01e08 A Different Kind of War, Episode Tag
Summary: Sometimes complaining does help, or that seems to be Jimmy’s philosophy anyway. It’s infuriating.
lost_spook: (james maxwell)
I'm determined to get a line for my [community profile] trope_bingo for amnesty, and I'm so near - I just need to type a couple more things up! So, I went to my notebook and instead typed up this for [community profile] hc_bingo (for "nausea," although mostly the metaphorical kind), because I'm contrary like that.

(I had to rewatch an episode for it. Probably I shouldn't have done it quite so soon after watching the OUaT finale, because in comparison the special Christmas episode where someone has to murder their dearest friend ever felt like a Dementor in TV-form, sucking all the joy out of life. Knowing where it ends up, I have to say Manhunt is the most cynical, bleak, twisted up look at WWII I've ever seen. My experience isn't massive, but even so...)

Anyway, as I may have mentioned, Vincent, one of our Extra Specially Terrible Resistance agents has top Nazis falling over themselves to die for him, one way or another, so I wrote fic about it. Even if old telly means never knowing how to spell anyone's surnames.* Spoilers abound, though, so this will probably be read by no one ever, alas. But I feel accomplished. (I just need to write Nina/Vincent/Jimmy now for my [community profile] trope_bingo "huddling for warmth" square, because if you have a practically canon OT3 who have to hide in barns and hedges in a freezing winter, it would be ungracious not to do it, really. After I've typed up the squares that'll get me an amnesty Bingo.)


War Is Love, Love Is War (1342 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Manhunt (TV 1969)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Joseph "Vincent" Reynolds/Paul Menard, Joseph "Vincent" Reynolds & Wolfgang Gratz, Joseph "Vincent" Reynolds/Ann-Marie "Nina" Poitiers, Joseph "Vincent" Reynolds/Egon
Characters: Joseph "Vincent" Reynolds, Paul Menard, Egon (Manhunt TV 1969), Wolfgang Amadeus Gratz
Additional Tags: Spoilers, Episode: s01e19 The Death-WIsh, Episode: s01e04 What Did You Do in the War Daddy?, Episode: s01e08 A Different Kind of War, Episode: s01e25 What Next?, Canonical Character Death, fathers and sons, World War II
Summary: “What is war? War is love.” Vincent, and the Fascists who love him.

(Or, if you're a fellow old Brit telly lover, this fic is mostly depressing, but partly Peter Barkworth/Julian Glover, and Peter Barkworth/James Maxwell, and Peter Barkworth/Robert Hardy (ish). Blame canon, not me.)


* Why, yes, I have just given myself quite the wrangling tangle to sort. /o\
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)

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"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? )

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