Last year Charlie Brooker gave us his first round of episodes in his Black Mirror series for Channel 4. If you have not seen them you should seek them out ASAP. News has just come in that Robert Downey Jnr has acquired the rights to one of the episodes as a project.
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This show will amuse you, entertain you, challenge you and shock you into thinking who you are and who we all are as a society. Also your jaw will drop if you dare watch till the end!
Posted by montoc1701 on November 3, 2011
A bold statement but hopes seem high for this new 3 part mini series from the mind of Charlie Brooker who gave us the excellent Dead Set.
Black Mirror is a hybrid of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected which taps into our contemporary unease about our modern world. The three stand-alone dramas will be sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales with a techno-paranoia bent – all audacious ‘what if’ stories: some comic, some shocking.
Posted by geeksyndicate on October 25, 2011
This week Channel Four will be launching the enhanced comic The Thrill Electric. The purpose of the comic is to entertain while at the same time educate it’s readers on some of the interesting links between the telegraph age and the internet age.
Nice to see Channel Four getting involved with comics and pushing what can be done with them as a medium.
The comic launches Thursday 27th October.
Best of luck to all involved!
Posted by geeksyndicate on May 9, 2011
So what do we think of this latest news ?
As filming begins on Series 3 of E4′s Bafta-nominated smash hit drama series Misfits, Joe Gilgun (star of This Is England ’86) enrols for community service as new guy Rudy. He lines up alongside Misfits resident delinquents Bafta nominee Lauren Socha, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Antonia Thomas and Iwan Rheon in the super-sized series which sees its run extended to eight episodes.
New kid on the block Rudy gets a rude awakening in his first few days of community service, learning that with the keys to the infamous locker comes a great deal of running and screaming and, in some instances, bloodletting. But that really is the least of his worries. More pressing is just how to keep his secret superpower, well, secret. And is it super? As in from the A- List?
The rest of the gang are also back with all-new powers. But just how did that trade off with Seth (Matthew McNulty), the superpower dealer, go down? You would hope that at least one of them has a power approaching something halfway useful. You would hope… Is Simon any closer to fulfilling his destiny as Superhoodie? And just where does he learn to do all that nifty parkour?
With Seth still trading powers, zombies on the loose, havoc being wreaked with events from the past and even more havoc being wreaked in the present, things haven’t got any quieter for our gang…
The 8 x 60 min series will be produced by Clerkenwell Films (Afterlife, Persuasion) for transmission on E4 later in 2011. And it’s not just a new look cast – the production team get their very own make-over. Matt Strevens (Skins) produces while Alex Garcia and Wayne Yip (Coming Up, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) take on co-directorial duties.
Writer Howard Overman (Misfits, Merlin) will be writing five of the eight episodes and executive producers for Clerkenwell Films Murray Ferguson and Petra Fried both return. The new series has been greenlit by Drama Commissioning Editor Robert Wulff-Cochrane
GS Reporter: Nuge
Source: Channel 4
Posted by brogen on October 24, 2010
So The Event got of to a slow start. This episode is as slow as the one that went before it, but the difference is that we begin to learn about the characters and the capabilities of the enemies they are facing.
The episode focuses on Leila and how she disappeared. Sean and Leila met a mysterious and slightly too friendly couple on a cruise and things just went downhill from there. We also get an insight into Sean and Leila’s relationship and we also learn that Leila’s entire family was kidnapped, and her father forced to fly the plane at the Presidential compound in Miami.
Ah yes, the plane. Well it turns out that it wasn’t vaporised or anything like that – it landed in the desert in Arizona with most passengers safe and sound. That is, until the ‘rescue’ team arrive. By the time the CIA arrives on the scene, each of the survivors is dead, lying on the ground around the plane, Leila’s father among them. Sean made a hasty escape from the plane, only to be falsely charged with the murder of someone on the cruise ship and arrested.
As well as this, we learn that the President is struggling with his decision to announce that there are extra terrestrials living among us… Oh yeah! Sophia and her fellow inmates are not from our planet. When they landed in Alaska in 1944 many of them escaped federal custody and have spent the last 60 years living as humans. The President was about to announce this when the plane was flown at him. When the CIA decide to start hunting down the civilian aliens they put Agent Lee in charge – not realising that he is one of the very prey they are hunting.
Ok, so we are beginning to learn more about the world of The Event. We know that Sean is being framed by the people who kidnapped Leila, Sophia is back in jail and many people are not what they seem. The only issue here is, again, do we care? We now know that there are aliens on the planet, and their DNA differs from ours by 1% – but instead of the show telling us where they are from, or who they are, it decides to focus on the mystery surrounding what they want.
It’s a shame that they show didn’t tell us more about Sean and Leila before she disappeared, it would have allowed us to identify with this woman and perhaps actually care that she is missing. Due to the way that her story was told, while we are interested, we just don’t care. As for Sean, he is trying to carry the drama of the show on his shoulders, but because of the way the show is put together, it’s not really working for us.
While we got a whole load of answers in this episode – how long the aliens have been on the planet, how many of them there are, how they have been treated – we still don’t know why they have targeted this planet and these people, and time is fast running out for us to emotionally engage. As for what The Event actually is… It could be the aliens landing in 1944 or something much more sinister that is yet to come… So far, who knows?
GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes
Posted by geeksyndicate on September 22, 2010
I’ve been noticing that a lot of the new and returning US shows are getting their airing date over here and a lot sooner than ever before. It’s been a trend that’s been building over the years which is great news for us brits. I hope that this trend not only continues but that the gaps between us and the US get even shorter.
The latest new show to be picked up for a UK airing is The Event which is being touted as the next big thing since Lost. Big words I’m sure we’re all agree but at least we won’t have to wait to long to see how much truth there is in that.Channel 4′s big new acquisition launched in the US on Monday to 11 Million and was NBC’s most successful series launch in three years. This is despite airing against competition from ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and CBS’ comedy ‘Two And a Half Men’. To compare, this was the same figure as House on FOX at the same time.
The Event – 24 meets the X Files meets Lost – has an ensemble cast that includes Blair Underwood (LA Law, In Treatment) Laura Innes (ER) and Jason Ritter, son of the late John Ritter, and will air in October on Channel 4/HD
An emotional high-octane conspiracy thriller, this much anticipated new US series makes its UK premiere on Channel 4 this autumn.
Sean Walker (Jason Ritter) is an everyman who, while investigating the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée Leila (Sarah Roemer), unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history.
Sean’s quest sends ripples through the lives of an eclectic band of strangers, including newly elected U.S. President Martinez (Blair Underwood), Sophia (Laura Innes), the leader of a mysterious group of detainees, and Sean’s shadowy father-in-law (Scott Patterson).
Their futures are set on a collision course in a global conspiracy that could ultimately change the fate of mankind.
Check out the promo clip here
GS Reporter: Nuge
Posted by geeksyndicate on September 20, 2010
A video game that was commissioned by Channel 4 for release on Xbox Live has been banned by Microsoft after they said it was too sexual in nature.
The sex education title “Privates” Produced byZombie Cow’s, which takes a look at the body’s genitals, was created in conjunction with Channel 4’s Education Department to teach young people on the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases.
Head of Zombie Cow Studios Dan Marshall said:
“Ultimately Microsoft advised that the game wouldn’t pass the Indie Games Peer Review process, purely due to its inherently sexual nature.”
It seems someone at Microsoft missed the point! surely if the game has actual educational usage then they should make a exception. I doubt this game was gratuitous. But this is the company that banned a kid from Fort Gay in America because of the word Gay in his address!
GS Reporter: Matt
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Posted by geeksyndicate on November 26, 2009
So earlier this week Dave caught up with Antonia Thomas (Alisha), Iwan Rheon, (Simon) and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Curtis) from the hit E4 show Misfits.
Have a listen to the interview here.
Posted by geeksyndicate on October 30, 2009
Not too long ago, Barry posted this trailer for E4′s new superhero drama – Misfits
Not 100% sure what to make of it we tentatively made our way down to the Channel 4 headquarters last night, for a viewing of the first episode. Now a full review of out thoughts will be available in our next podcast and our immediate thoughts are available here – Misfits audioboo . Suffice it to say Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by geeksyndicate on August 21, 2009
Derren Brown returns to Channel 4 this autumn with The Events – his most ambitious undertaking to date. Derren’s previous stunts have seen him cheat death playing Russian Roulette; convince people to rob an armoured security van; and beat the bookies with a foolproof horse race gambling system.
Derren’s been working on The Events for over a year, producing four highly complex shows of ‘misdirection’. Each event has an underlying theme, to trick, to win, to fool and, of course, to control.
I do like a bit of magic and misdirection hence me sticking up this trailer and press release.
Apparently there are loads of clues sprinkled around the weird ass advert about what the events are.
I’ve found one so far. Can you find more?
GS Reporter: Nuge
Posted by geeksyndicate on July 10, 2009
Clerkenwell Films has been commissioned to make Misfits, a new comedy drama series for E4. Written by Howard Overman, the 6x60mins series follows a bunch of unruly teenagers on Community Service who develop strange powers after they get caught in a freak storm. The series is the company’s first commission for Channel 4 and filming will begin in the summer of 2009.
Sound interesting could this be what you get if you cross the Inbetweeners and Heroes? I hope so.
GS Reporter: Nuge
Source: Clerkenwell Films