June 6, 1950: Educating Archie

Educating ArchieEducating Archie was a BBC Light Programme comedy show broadcast from June 1950 to February 1958 on Sunday lunchtimes featuring ventriloquist Peter Brough and his doll Archie Andrews. The programme was popular despite a ventriloquist act on radio seeming quite illogical. Educating Archie averaged 15 million listeners, and a fan club boasted 250,000 members. It was so successful that in 1950, after only four months on the air, it won the Daily Mail’s Variety Award.

The show introduced comedians who became well known including Tony Hancock as Archie’s tutor, who would greet Archie with a weary “Oh, it’s you again” and always replied to a put down by him with “flipping kids”. Other “tutors” included Benny Hill, Harry Secombe, Dick Emery, Bernard Bresslaw, Hattie Jacques and Bruce Forsyth together with a young Julie Andrews as Archie’s girlfriend. Later, Beryl Reid took this role, playing the St. Trinian-esque Monica with catch-phrases, “jolly hockey-stick” and “as the art-mistress said to the gardener”. Reid also played a young Brummie girl, catch-phrase: “Evening each, moy noyme’s Mar-leen”.

Max Bygraves later played Archie’s tutor with catch-phrases, “I’ve arrived , and to prove it, I’m here” and “That’s a good idea … son!”. The duo recorded songs from the show on the HMV label namely “The Dummy Song” and “Lovely Dollar Lolly”. [Wikipedia]

Doctor Who Monthly No 65 (1982)

DWM_065Issue 65 of the Doctor Who Magazine had a cover date of June 1982. In this issue were features on ‘The Mind Of Evil‘ and an episode guide from ‘The Ark In Space‘ to ‘Terror of the Zygons‘. ‘The Visitation‘ and ‘Black Orchid‘ are reviewed with a Terileptil from the former featured on the cover, and a poster of the Fifth Doctor from the latter could be found in the middle of the magazine.  Find out more at tardis.wikia.com.

June 6, 1966: Till Death Us Do Part

Till_Death_Us_Do_Part-1966Till Death Us Do Part is a British television sitcom that aired on BBC1 from 1965 to 1975. First airing as a Comedy Playhouse pilot on 22 July 1965, the show aired in seven series until 1975. Six years later in 1981, ITV continued the sitcom for 6 episodes, calling it Till Death…. From 1985 to 1992, the BBC produced a sequel, In Sickness and in Health.

Created by Johnny Speight, Till Death Us Do Part centred on the East End Garnett family, led by patriarch Alf Garnett (Warren Mitchell), a reactionary white working-class man who holds racist and anti-socialist views. His long-suffering wife Else was played by Dandy Nichols, and his daughter Rita by Una Stubbs. Rita’s husband Mike Rawlins (Anthony Booth) is a socialist layabout. The character Alf Garnett became a well-known character in British culture, and Mitchell played him on stage and television up until Speight’s death in 1998.

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Many episodes from the first three series are thought to no longer exist, having been wiped in the late 1960s and early ’70s as was the policy at the time.

Although Speight claimed he wrote the series to challenge racism, it was felt many people watched it because they agreed with Alf Garnett’s views. [Wikipedia]

Watch the first episode on the hunkidorey129 YouTube Channel.

June 6, 1981: Kerrang!

Kerrang 1st issueKerrang! is a UK-based magazine devoted to rock music, currently published by Hamburg based Bauer Media Group. It was first published as a one-off supplement in the Sounds newspaper. Named after the onomatopoeic word that derives from the sound made when playing a power chord on a distorted electric guitar, Kerrang! was initially devoted to the new wave of British heavy metal and the rise of hard rock acts. In the early 2000s it became the best-selling British music newspaper. [Wikipedia]

http://www.kerrang.com/

June 6, 1959: The Three Bears make their debut in The Beano

The Three Bears was a long-running British comic strip which appeared in the British comics magazine The Beano. It made its first appearance in issue 881, drawn by Leo Baxendale at first and then by Bob McGrath for most of its run.

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Ma and Pa Bear and their young son Teddy (later called Ted) were three anthropomorphic bears who lived in a setting loosely based on the American Wild West. They were lazy and gluttonous, and lived in a cave upon a hill. Most storylines revolved around their attempts to steal “grub” from the local storekeeper Hank (who often shoots at the Three Bears with his blunderbuss for trying to rob him). There was the occasional appearance by the local sheriff, and their rival bear Grizzly Gus (who had a son called Gus’s Grizzly). [Wikipedia]

June 6, 1976 – In UK cinemas: The Omen

“YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. IF SOMETHING FRIGHTENING HAPPENS TO YOU TODAY, THINK ABOUT IT. IT MAY BE THE OMEN

The_Omen-1976The Omen is an American-British supernatural horror film directed by Richard Donner, and written by David Seltzer. The film stars Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Harvey Spencer Stephens, Billie Whitelaw, Patrick Troughton, Martin Benson, and Leo McKern. The first installment of The Omen franchise, The Omen concerns a young child substituted at birth by American Ambassador Robert Thorn unbeknownst to his wife, after their own son is stillborn. They are surrounded by mysterious and ominous deaths, unaware that the child, Damien, is the Antichrist.

Released theatrically by 20th Century Fox, The Omen received acclaim from critics and was a commercial success, grossing over $60 million at the box office and becoming one of the highest-grossingCinema-UK-06-06-1976 films of 1976. The film earned two Academy Award nominations, and won for Best Original Score for Jerry Goldsmith, his only Oscar win. A scene from the film appeared at #16 on Bravo’s The 100 Scariest Movie Moments. The film spawned a franchise, starting with Damien: Omen II, released two years later. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the 20th Century Fox YouTube Channel.

June 6, 1986: Invaders From Mars

“There’s no place on Earth to hide.”

Invaders_From_Mars-1986.jpgInvaders from Mars is a science fiction horror film, directed by Tobe Hooper from a screenplay by Dan O’Bannon and Don Jakoby. It is a remake of the 1953 science fiction film Invaders from Mars, and is a reworking of that film’s screenplay by Richard Blake from an original story by John Tucker Battle. Its production was instigated by Wade Williams, millionaire exhibitor, science fiction film fan and sometime writer-producer-director, who had reissued the original film in 1978 after purchasing the copyright to the property. Elaborate creature and visual effects for this remake were supplied by Stan Winston and John Dykstra.

On the night of a meteor shower, young David Gardner sees an alien spacecraft land in a sand quarry behind his house. This is the beginning of an alien invasion that sees David’s parents, his teachers and the townspeople slowly assimilated by the alien life forms, returning with less emotions. The only one who believes David is the school nurse, Linda Magnuson. Together, David and Linda enlist the aid of the U.S. Marines to help save the world.

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At the end, David awakes in his bed and tells his parents about the events, all being a nightmare. After he and his parents return to sleep, he is suddenly reawakened by the alien spacecraft beginning to land. Running to his parent’s bedroom, the film ends with him screaming as an alien noise can be heard, leaving David’s fate unknown. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the Shout! Factory YouTube Channel.

June 6, 1997 – In UK cinemas: The Fifth Element and Crash

250 years in the future, all will be lost unless the fifth element is found.”

The_Fifth_Element-1997The Fifth Element is an English-language French science-fiction action film directed and co-written by Luc Besson. It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. Primarily set in the 23rd century, the film’s central plot involves the survival of planet Earth, which becomes the responsibility of Korben Dallas (Willis), a taxicab driver and former special forces major, after a young woman (Jovovich) falls into his cab. Dallas joins forces with her to recover four mystical stones essential for the defence of Earth against an impending attack.

Besson started writing the story that became The Fifth Element when he was 16 years old; he was 38 when the film opened in cinemas. Besson wanted to shoot the film in France, but suitable locations could not be found; filming took place instead in London and Mauritania. Comics writers Jean “Moebius” Giraud and Jean-Claude Mézières, whose comics provided inspiration for parts of the film, were hired for production design. Costume design was by Jean Paul Gaultier.

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The Fifth Element received mainly positive reviews, although it tended to polarize critics. It has been called both the best and worst summer blockbuster of all time. The film was a financial success, earning more than $263 million at the box office on a $90 million budget. At the time of its release it was the most expensive European film ever made, and it remained the highest-grossing French film at the international box office until the release of The Intouchables in 2011. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the ReviewLib YouTube Channel.

“Exploring the ultimate thrill where body and metal become one!”

Crash-1997Crash is a 1996 British-Canadian psychological thriller film written and directed by David Cronenberg based on J. G. Ballard‘s 1973 novel of the same name. It tells the story of a group of people who take sexual pleasure from car crashes, a notable form of paraphilia. The film stars James Spader, Deborah Kara Unger, Elias Koteas, Holly Hunter, and Rosanna Arquette.

The film generated considerable controversy upon its release and opened to mixed and highly divergent reactions from critics. While some praised the film for its daring premise and originality, others criticized its combination of graphic sexuality and violence. It premiered at the Cannes Cinema-UK-06-06-1997bFilm Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize, considered the third-most prestigious prize of the festival. It won six Genie Awards from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, including awards for Cronenberg as director and screenwriter; the film was also nominated in two further categories, including producer. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the PlasmaKong2 YouTube Channel.