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Grumpy - How about another 'blast from the past'? The saga 'Shaka Zulu'! About the Brits' occupation & colonization of African nations. I love the sweeping historic type sagas. And I'm the Anglophile also - I watched PBS 'Victoria'. Vicky was one 'lusty lady'!! She wasn't the loving-est mother but she had a passion for her Prince Albert and they had 9 (?) children. As was the royal custom, she married off her children very well to the thrones of Europe. I just  looooove European royal history.

YouTube's author Lindsay Holiday is by far, the best for that royal history stuff.  Just start with her name and you'll get hooked. Seriously! I learn a lot of geography and history as well!!!

 

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On 10/29/2020 at 5:27 PM, amoLucia said:

How about another 'blast from the past'? The saga 'Shaka Zulu'!

Sorry, I have never heard of this one. Did it air in UK? I IMBD'd it and found out it was full of British actors from 1986 but I certainly did not see it, but then I was very busy in 1986 with working and exams. I will keep an eye out for any re-runs. One of my favourite films is Zulu from 1964 starring (a very young) Michael Caine. 

 

On 10/29/2020 at 9:45 PM, nursej22 said:

Lucy Worsley is a British historian who has appeared in several television programs about British history.

She also did a series of programmes for the BBC about American history. Really interesting. "British historian Lucy Worsley reveals how some of the biggest moments in US history are actually fibs and stories concocted by pop culture, politics and national(istic) pride." (From IMBD.) She is hugely interesting and entertaining and does not try to denigrate anything - just tells the story.

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Grumpy - I have the old VCR tape. But it was on regular TV, I believe, as that would have been the only place for me to have seen it.  When I watch those historical sagas, I realize to take the history with a grain of salt for TV purposes. But there is the attempt to portray history somewhat real for the times. So it's from  those kind of movies that I've picked up what I do know about history & geography & personalities.

Unless those BBC shows are on TV's PBS, I don't get any special channels.

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Wish BBC would replay the series (I think it was titled "Red Dwarf" or something like that) about a guy stuck in a space station with a holographic person, a black guy who could become a black cat, and someone who just 'lived' on a TV screen. It was quite quirky. I have some old video-cassettes of a few episodes and would love to see them again. I think my sister has a whole bunch more of the videos; she only sent me the ones she had doubles of. But it is from that program where I picked up the expression,

"Smooth, with a capital SMOO!"

 

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3 hours ago, No Stars In My Eyes said:

Wish BBC would replay the series (I think it was titled "Red Dwarf" or something like that) about a guy stuck in a space station with a holographic person, a black guy who could become a black cat, and someone who just 'lived' on a TV screen. It was quite quirky. I have some old video-cassettes of a few episodes and would love to see them again. I think my sister has a whole bunch more of the videos; she only sent me the ones she had doubles of. But it is from that program where I picked up the expression,

"Smooth, with a capital SMOO!"

Most British science fiction fans love "Red Dwarf" and Doctor Who" I only saw a few episodes, but the "evolved ship's cat" was hilarious!

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2 hours ago, No Stars In My Eyes said:

Wish BBC would replay the series (I think it was titled "Red Dwarf" or something like that) about a guy stuck in a space station with a holographic person, a black guy who could become a black cat, and someone who just 'lived' on a TV screen. It was quite quirky. I have some old video-cassettes of a few episodes and would love to see them again. I think my sister has a whole bunch more of the videos; she only sent me the ones she had doubles of. But it is from that program where I picked up the expression,

"Smooth, with a capital SMOO!"

 

Now that is one of my most favourite shows ever. I watched it from the very beginning and have every series on DVD. It was originally made by the BBC but laterally a channel called Dave has been making it. It has remained very true to itself. Series 9 was made 10 years after series 8 finished and it was only 3 episodes but was a kind of homage to Bladerunner. Series 12 was in 2017 and this year the "boys from the Dwarf" produced a feature length episode called "The Promised Land" and also a documentary called "The First Three Million Years." The earlier ones are repeated on Dave every so often.

https://www.reddwarf.co.uk/news/index.cfm

There was an American version made in 1992 but instead of Lister -the last human alive - being a space bum they made him really good looking. They cast Craig Bierko as him, did not work.

 

I don't have any tattoos but I have always said that there are only 2 tattoos I would ever get; the Red Dwarf logo and The Prisoner logo.

 

The Prisoner was a very strange series that I loved from 1967 about a secret agent who was held in "The Village" and kept trying to escape - no one had names they were only known by a number - he was Number 6. I never understood why my parents allowed me to watch the prisoner as I was still at school when it was made - I make the assumption that my folks were a lot cooler than I gave them credit for at the time. I am a member of the fan club and have also stayed at "The Village." Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen did a (poor) version in 2009.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061287/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_3

 

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6 minutes ago, herring_RN said:

Most British science fiction fans love "Red Dwarf" and Doctor Who" I only saw a few episodes, but the "evolved ship's cat" was hilarious!

You are absolutely correct herring, and as you can see from my reply to Stars it is still going strong. Huge fan following.

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Ooooh! Gotta let my sister know about this, if she doesn't already. Thanks for the link Grumpy! Mebbe Ima gonna get into Red Dwarf again. It was quite a cheery and loony show, which I mean in the best ways possible.

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I get a kick out of the early 'Twilight Zone' shows when the cast would include actors/actresses that were not really the big name 'stars' of later years. Like young William Shatner, Art Carney, Dennis Weaver, Ida Lupino, Anne Francis, and a slew of others.

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The Twilight Zone episode, one of my favorites, had Agnes Moorehead alone in a cabin at night, when little spacemen invade her domain. She was amazing. Another one, I think was T.Z., was titled "The Twonky" and all I remember is a TV on it's TV stand walking around, talking , not saying very nice things,  and maybe chasing  (?) the home owners. Both shows had suitable creepiness factor, but also funny moments, too, mostly at the end when ol' Rod made his commentary about the story or character, maybe a "moral of the story"...Oh, Oh, and one more! The one where the guy bought a newspaper at a kiosk and tossed a nickel into the box to pay for it. The nickel landed on it's rim, staying upright, which set up that guy with the ability to hear thoughts made by others.

And no, I did not like the one with a young William Shatnerhead in it, on the airplane.

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stars - you might remember this one. I've never seen it again, but I so remember it from 1950s-60s. Scared the h*ll out of me as a kid. I'd love to see it again.

About some guy in the jungle or rain forest who wants to kill some other guy. So he gets some local native to do the dirty deed. Native puts a beetle/roach in the ear of the sleeping victim and the vic can't get it out as bug burrows past eardrum deep into the deeper ear (?). And vic goes wild & crazy with pain, etc. IRONY is that native selects the wrong guy by mistake (he picked his boss). And then, as the 'boss' guy  seems to start to recover the madness of a bug in his middle ear, the GRANDE FINALE comes as the native doctor announced the bug is PREGNANT!!!! WILD!!!

I have no idea how to even begin a search. There's also a book from grammar school I'd like to get a copy of. I really read that book every yr for 4 yrs and did the 'mandatory' summer book report each year. I so liked that book.

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