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Dave Batt

BBC Drama headline (didn't believe it!)

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Thought I saw a title in one of these self-promoting fillers on Auntie last night, but didn't really believe it.

 

"The War of the Worlds"!!?

 

Found this on the web, loads of hoping here but I still have to admit there's every chance they'll do a "Sherlock" on it.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2018/war-of-the-worlds

 

(Start off with "Carrie", in the book/musical she's a background character as the narrator's intended, which would obviously be a dreadful waste of our Demelza.)

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Excellent news - I've always wondered what a dramatised version of the War of the Worlds which is true to HG Wells' original would be like.

 

Hopefully the BBC have found enough budget to pay Jeff Wayne a few pounds to license his Fighting Machine designs.

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Richard, personally I hope they'll go seriously OTT with a"steam punk" approach to the fighting machines, as HGW might have done in his imagination.

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Oh, shall look forward to this.

 

As well As Jeff Wayne’s fighting machines, at least some of his music would be fab.

 

Graham

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On 29/08/2018 at 00:46, GrahamS said:

Oh, shall look forward to this.

 

As well As Jeff Wayne’s fighting machines, at least some of his music would be fab.

 

Graham

 

If one reads Aunties pre promotion (thankfully) neither will be part of this dramitisation.

 

Thomo.

 

 

 

 

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Steam Punk and Jeff Wayne could really make this otherwise it’s in danger of becoming Downtown Abbey with Martians. 

 

Though now I think of it, that too could be awesome. I’ll call Julian Fellows...

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Really looking forward to seeing this. Hope they do it justice 👽

 

Regards.

 

Steve

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6 hours ago, Max Headroom said:

I think filming on Mars is probably cheaper than filming in London 

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24 minutes ago, Nocoolname said:

I think filming on Mars is probably cheaper than filming in London 

Nothing new - "London" in the Jeremy Brett "Sherlock Holmes" was mostly played by Manchester and Salford, as it (then) looked more Victorian, and was close to Granada (the TV company, not the city in Spain obvs!).

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I hope they do it justice, including keeping the Victorian sensibilities that were present in the original.  If it turns out to be another pandering show shoe-horning modern "issues" into things where they don't belong, I'll be disappointed.  Period drama indeed! :hmmm:

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The Burning question is this ................

 

Will it be better than the Tom Cruise version? B)

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10 minutes ago, Whofan said:

The Burning question is this ................

 

Will it be better than the Tom Cruise version? B)

Nothing. And I mean Nothing, can be better than the Tom Cruise version. Especially that bit where Iceman and Wolf ‘waxed’ a tripod while Tom ushered his kids to safety in his best “Far and Away” accent.

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33 minutes ago, Mike said:

I hope they do it justice, including keeping the Victorian sensibilities that were present in the original.  If it turns out to be another pandering show shoe-horning modern "issues" into things where they don't belong, I'll be disappointed.  Period drama indeed! :hmmm:

Are you saying you’ll be disappointed with Strictly Come War of the Worlds? Call the Martian Midwife? Martian’s Got Talent? 

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5 minutes ago, Nocoolname said:

Are you saying you’ll be disappointed with Strictly Come War of the Worlds? Call the Martian Midwife? Martian’s Got Talent? 

You could say that, yes. :yes: It seems you can't make a modern TV show without someone pushing some kind of agenda, and frankly it gets very tiresome after a while :dull:

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Just now, Mike said:

You could say that, yes. :yes: It seems you can't make a modern TV show without someone pushing some kind of agenda, and frankly it gets very tiresome after a while :dull:

Agreed. I want to get back to escapism. In fact where efforts have gone into providing a contemporary overlay to films over the past 20 or so years it would be nice if they actually put effort into ensuring its absence. I want my brain to go “wow, imagine!”, not “Oh. yea.”

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2 hours ago, Mike said:

You could say that, yes. :yes: It seems you can't make a modern TV show without someone pushing some kind of agenda, and frankly it gets very tiresome after a while :dull:

There’s a specialised Grump thread you know. I think you’d fit in rather well.

 

🧥I’ll see meself out.....

 

Ttevor

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16 hours ago, Mike said:

You could say that, yes. :yes: It seems you can't make a modern TV show without someone pushing some kind of agenda, and frankly it gets very tiresome after a while :dull:

Not just TV.  The Limehouse Golem comes to mind.

 

(Oops..  Thought Police on their way . . . .)

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4 hours ago, Dave Batt said:

Not just TV.  The Limehouse Golem comes to mind.

 

(Oops..  Thought Police on their way . . . .)

What was its agenda? It sounds like another dreary oh-my-how-corrupt-the-Victorians-were murder mystery, which I believe all murder mysteries set then are now legally obligated to be.

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On ‎9‎/‎12‎/‎2018 at 1:54 PM, Nocoolname said:

I think filming on Mars is probably cheaper than filming in London 

That would be a departure for The War of the Worlds, wouldn't it?  Unless you count the Alan Moore version that worked in Edgar Rice Burroughs as well.  As the great man said, "Bloody long way to come just to conquer Woking".

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Still haven't seen a specific slot for this drama, though it was initially promised for October.  (Do hope it's not become mired with a conflicted Auntie worried about the portrayal of incomers. . .)

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If its not on over Chrimbo i reakon it will be Easter next year. Chances are they'll still be busy doing the CGI jiggery pokery bits. Looks like the time period has been moved from Victorian to Edwardian too by the looks of the soldiers uniforms.... 

 

Regards.

 

Steve

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42 minutes ago, fatfingers said:

If its not on over Chrimbo i reakon it will be Easter next year. Chances are they'll still be busy doing the CGI jiggery pokery bits. Looks like the time period has been moved from Victorian to Edwardian too by the looks of the soldiers uniforms.... 

 

Regards.

 

Steve

The book was set in 1900.  Khaki uniforms were introduced in 1902.  Scenes look to be Edwardian or even Georgian rather than Victorian. My money is on Poldark's wife being the main character -

the released story is about Amy and George trying to start a life together - look at IMDB and Amy is credited with all three episodes and George just one.

 

Expect lots of PC elements.

 

Cheers,

 

Nigel

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16 minutes ago, nheather said:

The book was set in 1900.  Khaki uniforms were introduced in 1902.  Scenes look to be Edwardian or even Georgian rather than Victorian. My money is on Poldark's wife being the main character -

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the released story is about Amy and George trying to start a life together - look at IMDB and Amy is credited with all three episodes and George just one.

 

 

Expect lots of PC elements.

 

Cheers,

 

Nigel

How so? It would be at least another 70 odd years before the PC.

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