Inspector Spacetime web series trailerBookmark and Share

Friday, 31 August 2012 - Reported by Harry Ward
A new six part web series inspired by Community's Inspector Spacetime is to launch on 10th September. The series, titled "Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time" was created by Travis Richey, the actor who portrays the Inspector in Community. The project was funded by fans of Community via Kickstarter. $25,026 of the $20,000 goal was pledged. Inspector Spacetime originated as a parody of Doctor Who in "Biology 101", the first episode of season three of Community.

My name is Travis Richey. I was a fan of both Doctor Who and Community before ever getting the opportunity to audition for the role of Inspector Spacetime.

I am also an experienced indie web series producer, having made Robot, Ninja & Gay Guy, Smiley Town, 2 Hot Guys in the Shower, and an award-winning series of Mac vs. PC spoofs.

After my first scene of Inspector Spacetime was shot for Community, I instantly saw the potential for the character, and set about creating this web series with my writing partner. And it turned out pretty damn awesome. I thought it would be a great idea to take it with me if I ever got to do another episode, give it to the folks at Community and say, "You guys should make a web series of this, and by the way, here's a script!"

Turns out that Hollywood doesn't work quite that way... It had to be pitched through official channels. So my agent pitched it. Even then, I didn't hear anything.

And now, with Community's future uncertain, but fans of Inspector Spacetime as enthusiastic about the character as ever, I realized I'd just have to do it myself.

Strike that. We'd have to do it. Ourselves. The fans. Because that's what we do. It is, in fact, what made Inspector Spacetime anything at all. Fans turned a 15-second clip into a show with 50 years of history!!

So I'm going to make the [UNTITLED] series, and I need some help to do it. I've made several hundred minutes of original comedy content over the last few years, on no budget. Unfortunately, though the writing and acting are excellent, you can see the lack of budget in the production quality. I think [UNTITLED] deserves to look and sound like it belongs on TV (because, frankly, it does).

For that, I'm turning to Kickstarter to raise a minimal budget for equipment and production costs only. No one will make one dime off the finished product. We won't be selling DVD's or merchandise. There won't even be ads on the Youtube videos. We're making this show because I know fans want to see it. I know, because I'm one of them.

NBC, Sony, and the Community production team have nothing to do with this web series. It is entirely fan produced. With your help. And though we cannot call it "Inspector Spacetime", it is very clearly set in the universe that fans built for that character. The Inspector will fight the evils of the universe!

Thank you.





Wolfblood Images ReleasedBookmark and Share

Thursday, 30 August 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
A number of images from the first two episodes of the forthcoming 13-part CBBC fantasy action drama series Wolfblood have been released by the BBC.

The show is about two seemingly ordinary teenagers - Maddy Smith, played by Aimee Kelly, and Rhydian Morris (Bobby Lockwood) - who are secretly part of a mysterious race known as wolfbloods, which have lived among humans for centuries, disguising their abilities and blending in.

Also appearing in the series are Louisa Connolly-Burnham (Shannon), Kedar Williams-Stirling (Tom), Marcus Garvey (Daniel), Angela Lonsdale (Emma), Nahom Kassa (Sam), Jonathan Raggett (Jimmy), Niek Versteeg (Liam), Shorelle Hepkin (Kay), Gabrielle Green (Katrina), Rachel Teate (Kara), and Bill Fellows (Bernie).

Episode 1 is due to be broadcast on Monday 10th September and episode 2 on Tuesday 11th September. The times are unconfirmed as yet.








Red Dwarf returns 4th OctoberBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Digital broadcaster Dave has announced that the new series of Red Dwarf will premiere on the channel on Thursday 4th October at 9pm.

The date was revealed after the channel's #VINDALUNAR Twitter campaign in which readers were invited to retweet their hashtags which in turn would have a helium balloon inflated to reveal the date. Confirmation and a video of the inflation is available from its website.

The series is already listed for pre-order on Amazon (DVD/Blu-ray), and is due to be released on Monday 19th November.

Information on Red Dwarf can be found via the Official Website, and followed via Facebook and Twitter.






Zombie Drama On Its Way To BBC ThreeBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Doctor Who director Jonny Campbell is to take the helm of newly-commissioned BBC Three zombie drama In The Flesh.

The three-parter is the first TV commission for writer Dominic Mitchell, pictured, and has been developed by the BBC Drama Production team in Salford after they read entries for the BBC Writersroom contest Northern Voices.
In The Flesh is set in a small village in the north of England, post-zombie uprising, as rehabilitated zombies begin to be reintroduced back into society. Now known as PDS sufferers (Partially Deceased Syndrome), these former zombies have been caught, treated, and - armed with their flesh cover-up and special contact lenses - are now returning to their friends and families who previously thought them dead.

The hero is Kieren Walker, a 17-year-old who committed suicide four years ago when his best mate Rick died in Afghanistan. He didn't leave a note and is now returning to a village that always rejected him and a family who never got to say goodbye.

Across the three episodes, we follow Kieren as he struggles to cope with fitting back in, with the guilt of what he did in his untreated state, and the sudden reappearance of Rick, a fellow PDS sufferer. The boy that Kieren thought was dead is alive and the boy Rick thought was alive is dead. Can they be happy a second time round? Can Kieren finally make peace with both his past and his present? Can humans and PDS sufferers live side by side in this new, highly charged, and emotionally complicated world?
Each episode will be an hour long. The producer is Annie Harrison Baxter and casting is under way, with the show set to go into production this autumn.




Wolfblood Coming To CBBCBookmark and Share

Monday, 27 August 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
New children's fantasy action drama series Wolfblood is set to start on CBBC next month.

It tells the story of two seemingly ordinary teenagers who are secretly part of a mysterious race - wolfbloods - who have lived among humans for centuries, disguising their abilities and blending in.

Maddy Smith (Aimee Kelly) is keeping a secret - one so important she can't even tell her best friends Shannon (Louisa Connolly-Burnham) and Tom (Kedar Williams-Stirling) as it could put her whole family in danger.

Maddy is faster and stronger than she appears, she can hear ultrasound, see in the dark, and track a scent from a mile away. It does have its benefits, as the school bullies can't hide their mean tricks from her, but it also has its problems, for example when she has to wear wellies to school because her mum ate her plimsolls.

Living the life of an ordinary teenager is difficult anyway, and having to lock your parents in the cellar when they change on the full moon certainly doesn't help, but she's managing fine until the mysterious Rhydian Morris (Bobby Lockwood) turns up.

Rhydian is a foster kid – the dangerous new boy in class who also hides a secret: he too is a wolfblood. Growing up in care means he knows nothing of other wolfbloods or how to deal with the changes he undergoes. He offers Maddy excitement and adventure, using his powers rather than hiding them. Maddy immediately knows he's a wolfblood, but if he's not careful, soon will everyone else.

Wolfblood follows the tense relationship of Maddy and Rhydian, pictured, as they make their way through the trials and tribulations of high school, rivalries, friendship, and heartbreak – all the normal pains of growing up, just with added wolf powers and the constant danger of discovery. They have to try to cope with Shannon's obsessive belief that there is a "Beast on the Moors", while coming to terms with their amazing abilities and struggling to control them.

The series is produced by Foz Allan and executive-produced by Gina Cronk. The directors are Will Sinclair and Declan O'Dwyer. The music is composed by Andy Price with a title song sung by Lisa Knapp. The series has been designed by Cat Meredith, with visual effects by Munich-based Trixter, and has been shot entirely on location in the north-east of England.

Earlier this year, Cronk said:
We were looking for a rural location to film the series. The Charles Thorp comprehensive school, Hookergate Campus at Rowlands Gill is perfect. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and near the extraordinary village of Blanchlands. We knew it would work brilliantly on screen. We've filmed in the north-east many times, including most recently for the Tracy Beaker Returns series, and it's great to be back.

CBBC Controller Damian Kavanagh, who commissioned the programme, said:
We’re always looking for programmes which bring something new to the channel for our audience to enjoy, and Wolfblood is a really exciting concept and one I believe will capture the imagination of our viewers. CBBC has always had a strong record of producing acclaimed children's dramas and with such a strong team working on this show I can't wait to see the end result.

The show was created by Debbie Moon and is a co-production between CBBC and ZDF/ZDFE.

The first two episodes of the 13-part series are currently unplaced in the schedules for the week beginning Saturday 8th September.




Red Dwarf X Clip And Episode TitlesBookmark and Share

Sunday, 26 August 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
A clip from the forthcoming new series of Red Dwarf has been officially released online.

The 38-second extract shows The Cat (Danny John-Jules) and Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) finding themselves in perfect synchronisation, following tests performed on crystals by the mechanoid.


Last Wednesday, Llewellyn revealed the titles of the six episodes comprising the new series:
  • 1 - Trojan
  • 2 - Fathers and Suns
  • 3 - Lemons
  • 4 - Entangled
  • 5 - Dear Dave
  • 6 - The Beginning
The series, which was recorded at Shepperton Studios last December and January, is due to start on Dave this autumn.