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  1. James from London

    Bits of an old Claudia Lonow interview

    I stumbled upon these interesting snippets on Twitter. I can't seem to find the start of the interview She says some nice things about Steve Shaw as well but I'm not sure that shows up above. Probably best to click on everything in sight.
  2. James from London

    Noughts + Crosses

    The premise sounded a bit naff: an alternate Britain where blacks are in charge and whites are a subjugated minority. Somewhat patronisingly, I could see why it might make a successful series of Young Adult novels but wasn't sure I'd want to watch a series based on it, but it's really, really...
  3. James from London

    Soap Land pictures within a picture

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    Soap Land headlines

  5. James from London

    Pop stars doing things they're not supposed to

    I started going off on a tangent on Mel's Shirley Bassey thread so I thought I'd better start a new one sharpish. Elton goes disco:
  6. James from London

    World in shock as fossilised remains prove Dallas did not invent the end of season cliffhanger!

    Breaking news: Scientists* have announced that Dallas didn't invent the end of season cliffhanger in 1979, Blake's 7 did in 1978. It aired in the UK just one night before Soap's first end of season cliffhanger in the US. "Nothing I believed in makes sense anymore," wept an insider...
  7. James from London

    Jessica's backstory from a modern day perspective

    There's a lot of talk about Jessica being "wild" when she was growing up. This seems to amount to her going to lots of parties and kissing lots of boys. Maybe "wild" isn't so far from "high-spirited". Nevertheless, Clayton speaks gravely of needing to "protect her from herself." He also...
  8. James from London

    Lady Georgina from Upstairs Downstairs, aka Stephanie Rodgers from Dallas, sings

    I thought about posting this on the Dallas forum, but I thought they might be mean about her, and I couldn't bear that cos this is just so lovely:
  9. James from London

    Chart Music (a podcast)

    I've been telling @Ome and @Mel O'Drama on another thread about my new favourite podcast, 'Chart Music', which dissects old episodes of Top of the Pops in the minutest detail. There's a critique of Toyah here which is quite breathtaking. If you're interested, it starts at 1 hour 39 minutes...
  10. James from London

    Dex Dexter or Dex Dex Ter or DexDexTer

    ... were a short-lived '90s band ("named after the character from the soap opera Dynasty ... in reference to Duran Duran taking their name from a character in the film Barbarella") and were part of the almost equally shortlived Romo movement ("a romantic modernist reaction against the excessive...
  11. James from London

    Madonna Summer

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  12. James from London

    Dallas had our attention, but did it have our respect?

    Extracts from an interesting article in today's Guardian about the UK's changing attitude towards American TV: US television has been waging a steady invasion campaign for decades, so while Friends was a turning point, it certainly wasn’t the first American TV show to find a major audience on...
  13. James from London

    Caress in Space

    I finally started watching the above DOCTOR WHO story yesterday for the first time. (Weirdly, it was the same day that its writer died). It's my least favourite era of WHO and O'Mara is easily the best thing about it. Considering she's playing an alien from another planet in a different time on...
  14. James from London

    Prisoner CBH You used to bring me roses on the inside it's a pleasure

    This is great, only on Apple Music the same version of the same song is called 'On the Inside' by Donna Marie. And Shazam thinks they're both called 'It's a Pleasure' by John Holt.
  15. James from London

    Re-watching the Ewingverse ... alphabetically!

    I've always had this silly idea about watching all the episodes in a timey-wimey non-chronological order, zipping through time and space, zigzagging from era to era and back again, just because -- well, just because, really. I'm not sure how far I'll get before I'm overwhelmed by the sheer utter...
  16. James from London

    Re-watching the Ewingverse ... alphabetically!

    I've always had this silly idea about watching all the episodes in a timey-wimey, non-chronological order, zipping through time and space, zigzagging from era to era and back again, just because -- well, just because, really. I'm not sure how far I'll get before I'm overwhelmed by the sheer...
  17. James from London

    Miss Texas, 1967

    The other one. Molly Grubb from Fort Worth. Her talent ("they have talent contests in them beauty shows") was classical ballet, which might have been interesting to see performed at gunpoint in the middle of the Southfork living room.
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