TV shows

The Kingkiller Chronicles have been optioned for TV adaptation!

Some fantastic news for the day! The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss have been optioned for a TV adaptation by New Regency Productions and 20th Century Fox Television. Eric Heisserer (of Hours and The Thing) […]

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What We’re Watching: The Returned

I started watching The Returned when my excitable Francophile housemate realised that Scandicrime was out and it was all about our French neighbours (well, according to the Guardian, at least). I haven’t gotten into a […]

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Superhero Week: The Wonder of Lynda Carter

JandLAnyone who either knows me, or has seen my tweets, can’t help but notice I am something of a Wonder Woman fan. And it’s all because of Lynda Carter.

The former Miss America first slipped into the slinky costume of red, white and blue back in the 1970s for a TV movie called The New Original Wonder Woman, a wordy title designed to distance it from a terrible first effort a year or so earlier in which a blonde, tracksuited Cathy Lee Crosby played the super heroine but lacked superpowers, the iconic costume and screen presence (and the famous, catchy theme tune). Even earlier than that, the producers of the campy 60s Batman series sought out fresh TV gold from the pages of comic books and commissioned a short pilot film where Wonder Woman was played as a clumsy, single woman still living at home with her mother in 60s suburbia – the main joke appearing to be that as Wonder Woman she wasn’t nearly as attractive as she thought she was. A distinctly insulting approach for an iconic character. Both these curiosity pieces are available on YouTube if you want to lasso them down.

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What We’re Watching: The Americans

These days, watching TV is a lot like running a triage. With more TV dramas than ever before, we only have the time to let the best ones through, giving each drama a few episodes […]

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Knightmare: A Guest Post by Tony Lee Williams

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In the Summer of 1998, instead of playing football with my twelve year old friends, I was having a Knightmare. Successfully passing the audition process,  we arrive at the reception of Anglia Studios in Norwich. Here we meet the current team from Oxfordshire (who will go on to be the first team to conquer the dungeon). The production always holds one team in reserve as they never know when the next team will finish.

Taking us down to the studio to begin our adventure, we cross the floor over cables and past cameras to the three stools that sit in front of the chest. Treguard sits behind us and we do a run through of the first room to get rid of any nerves. I look up from the television in the chest, which is the same as for the viewer at home, and see one of the production staff walking around in red slippers.

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What We’re Watching Wednesday: Girls

This isn’t so much a ‘what we’re watching’ as a ‘what we were watching recently’ post. Last month the HBO show Girls finished its second season, and will be returning for a third season next […]

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The Westeros Wagon and Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones

To celebrate the release of Game of Thrones Season 2 HBO UK sent the Westeros Wagon around London. When we found out the Westeros Wagon would be around the corner from our offices  . . . Team […]

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What We’re Watching Wednesday: Luther

As is usual in the on-going, slow-motion, train wreck of my cultural appreciation I missed the first series of Luther when it was broadcast in 2010 and caught up with it at the end of […]

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What We’re Watching Wednesday: Utopia

This January has seen Channel 4 up their game with some great new shows to fill those hour long slots left empty by Fresh Meat and Homeland. Utopia is absolutely no exception, and is what we’ve […]

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What We’re Watching Wednesday: Arrow

It was clear from the moment I saw the trailer for this superhero adaptation that I would have to watch it. I’ve not read the original series it’s based on so I can’t comment on how […]

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What we're reading and watching over Christmas

You’ve heard a little bit about what we’ve been reading and watching over the last few weeks here at Gollancz HQ (not whilst IN the office, obviously, we’re far too busy for that…), so I’m […]

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10 reasons why Community is better than The Big Bang Theory

We just can’t let it go! The great Big Bang Theory debate rolls on. This week’s What We’re Watching Wednesday is conclusive* evidence that Community is better than The Big Bang Theory.  1.       The lack […]

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