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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Show 11: Doctor Who (The Edge of Destruction)

Welcome to our final show of the year, and so we can keep our suitable festive theme started in our last show when we covered The Box of Delights we now serve you the true turkey that is The Edge of Destruction.

This is the third show in the first run of Doctor Who, and was first broadcast in 1964. It is the ultimate example of what American TV would call a "bottle" show - in that it contains no guest cast and no new sets. It also, as you will know if you have seen it, contains almost no acting and very little script!

This story is not available by itself, but forms the final disc in the "The Beginning" boxed set that contains the whole first three classic Who stories. And a good thing to, becuase really you wouldn't choose to buy this thing by itself!

But you might not agree with us, so if not please do not hesitate to get in touch about it! Contact info is on the panel to the right, and tell us what you thought of this story. You cab also leave comments here if you are a member of our Facebook Group.

You can download the show manually by clicking here.
That's it for 2008, we will see you in a fortnight with our first show on a Doctor Who story that is only available on audio, Marco Polo. That will be released on or around the 9th of January.

From all of us here at Cadmium2 and Futility Radio, have a cracking new year!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Your feedback...

We recently put a poll on the main page about the content of the show. As regular listeners will know we put out two shows every month, one based on Doctor Who, one based on something else, and we wanted to know if you thought we had got the balance right, hence the poll. 68% of you told us we were getting the balance about right, with 12% saying that we put too much emphasis on Who, and the other 20% wanting more Who content! We are pleased with this because it suggests that we got the balance about right.

The next show (which is Doctor Who based) will be out on Boxing Day, and from that point the show will come out every other week on a Wednesday. (At the moment we do two per month, so going every other week means that you will get 26 shows per year out of us instead of 24!) We are also planning to go weekly for two months this year - May and June - so there will be plenty of content available for those of you who are going on holiday and have long journeys there and back.

Please continue to give us feedback, either via this blog or our Facebook Group, we hope to use it in future shows.

See you Boxing Day!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Show 10: The Box of Delights

As it is Christmas, (well almost anyway) we have chosen a Christmassy themed topic for the first December show - the BBC's 1984 adaptation of John Masefields book The Box of Delights. There has been a discussion thread set up on our Facebook group, so please feel free to leave us some feedback on our thoughts or some of your own!

To download the episode manually, click here.

If you don't yet own your own copy of The Box of Delights click here for some links that will enable you to buy it!

In two weeks time (yes, that's Boxing Day folks!) we will be back with a show about the Doctor Who story The Edge of Destruction.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far, we really do appreciated it and look forward to more throughout next year (we're really on the ball, we already have five months worth in the can!)
Have a great Christmas!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Verity Lambert, RIP

As all fans of the show will be aware, last month, on the eve of Doctor Who’s 44th anniversary, it’s first producer and creative driving force, Verity Lambert, died at the age of 71.

One of the UK’s foremost television producers, Lambert was the first producer of Doctor Who, in charge of the series from 1963 - 1965. At the age of 28 she was the youngest and only female drama producer working at the BBC.

Over the decades her credits and reputation continued to rise and she became highly respected within the television industry. She oversaw such iconic productions as Adam Adamant Lives, Budgie, The Naked Civil Servant, Rock Follies, Rumpole of the Bailey, Edward and Mrs Simpson, Reilly: Ace of Spies, Minder, Jonathan Creek and Love Soup.

In 1985 Lambert established her own independent production company, Cinema Verity. The company’s first production was the 1988 feature film A Cry in the Dark, starring Sam Neill and Meryl Streep. Cinema Verity’s first television series, the BBC1 sitcom May to December, ran from 1989 until 1994.

In 2000 two of her productions, Doctor Who and The Naked Civil Servant, finished third and fourth respectively in a British Film Institute poll of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century and in the 2002 New Year’s Honours list Lambert was awarded the O.B.E. for services to film and television production. In the same year she received BAFTA’s Alan Clarke Award for Outstanding Contribution to Television.

At the beginning of this month she was due to receive the lifetime achievement award from the WFTV (Women in Film and Television). However, it was awarded posthumously, WFTV chair Sophie Balhetchet describing Lambert as "a passionate professional, a mentor, an inspiration".

"Women in Film and Television celebrates the achievements of these hugely talented women whose careers span the entire range of jobs in our industry," said Ms Balhetchet, herself a film and TV producer. "Our sadness is that Verity Lambert, whom we honour with our lifetime achievement award, died a few days ago." Lambert was "a truly exemplary woman in the work she produced and the life she lived", she added.

For Andrew, Mike and myself, we have felt moved by this perhaps a little more than we would have expected, as we have been watching Verity's vision unfold for our podcast and only recently finished viewing the entire first season back to back. She will be a great loss to film and television and to the world of Doctor Who.

Verity Ann Lambert, OBE.
27.11.35 - 22.11.07