Doctor Who: Recording begins on ‘The Mind Robber’ with a fake Jamie

Other_JamieFrazer Hines, who played the Second Doctor’s companion, Jamie McCrimmon, was unavailable for the start of recording the story ‘The Mind Robber‘ due to contracting chicken pox.  Hamish Wilson stepped in and he appears in episodes 2 and 3.

In episode 2, Jamie attacks a Redcoat soldier, believing to be back in his own time, but the soldier shoots Jamie, turning him into a cardboard cutout without a face.  The Doctor attempts to reassemble Jamie’s face with some pictures of faces he finds but gets it wrong.  Jamie comes alive but looking completely different.  In episode 3, the Doctor, with the help of Zoe, returns Jamie’s face to normal after being shot and turned to cardboard again.


June 28, 1990 on UK TV: Waiting For God

Waiting_for_God-1990Waiting for God is a British sitcom that ran on BBC1 from 1990 to 1994 starring Graham Crowden as Tom and Stephanie Cole as Diana, two spirited residents of a retirement home who spend their time running rings around the home’s oppressive management and their own families. It was written by Michael Aitkens.

The show became very successful, running for five series. [Wikipedia]


Diana Trent and Tom Ballard, two elderly residents of Bournemouth’s Bayview Retirement Home, are determined not to grow old gracefully. The pair of geriatric delinquents spend their time finding new ways to make life difficult for Bayview manager Harvey Baines; a shallow, profit-driven man who seems to be liked only by his secretary, who is hopelessly in love with him. []

June 28, 1972 on UK TV: Follyfoot

Follyfoot-1971Follyfoot is a children’s television series co-produced by the majority-partner British television company Yorkshire Television (for transmission on ITV) and the independent West German company TV Munich (for transmission on the ZDF channel). It aired in the United Kingdom between 1971 and 1973, repeated for two years after that and again in the late 1980s. The series starred Gillian Blake in the lead role. Notable people connected with the series were actors Desmond Llewelyn and Arthur English and directors Jack Cardiff, Stephen Frears, Michael Apted and David Hemmings.

It was originally inspired by Monica Dickens’ 1963 novel Cobbler’s Dream (republished TV-UK-06-28-1971in 1995 as New Arrival at Follyfoot); she later wrote four further books in conjunction with the series—Follyfoot in 1971, Dora at Follyfoot in 1972, The Horses of Follyfoot in 1975, and Stranger at Follyfoot in 1976.

Watch the opening titles on the sambomcl YouTube Channel.

June 28, 1978 in US cinemas: Heaven Can Wait

Heaven_Can_Wait-1978Heaven Can Wait is an American fantasy-comedy film co-directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry. It was the second film adaptation of Harry Segall’s play of the same name, being preceded by Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941).

The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards. The cast reunites Beatty with Jack Warden and Julie Christie, who also starred together in the 1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller and the 1975 Shampoo, respectively. [Wikipedia]

Joe Pendleton is a football quarterback preparing to lead his team to the SuperbowlCinema-US-06-28-1978 when he is almost killed in an accident.

An overanxious angel plucks him to heaven only to discover that he was not ready to die, and that his body has been cremated. Another body must be found without his death being discovered, and that of a recently murdered millionaire is chosen. His wife and accountant, the murderers, are confused by this development, as he buys the Los Angeles Rams in order to once again quarterback them into the Superbowl. At the same time, he falls in love with an English environmental activist who disapproves of his policies and actions. [IMDB]

Watch the trailer on the Paramount Movies YouTube Channel.

June 28, 1990 in UK cinemas: Stanley & Iris

“Some people need love spelled out for them.”

Stanley_&_Iris-1990Stanley & Iris is an American romantic drama film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Jane Fonda and Robert De Niro. The screenplay by Harriet Frank, Jr. and Irving Ravetch is loosely based on the novel Union Street by Pat Barker.

The original music score is composed by John Williams and the cinematography is by Donald McAlpine. The film was marketed with the tagline “Some people need love spelled out for them.” It was the final film that Ritt directed, and he died months after the film’s release. [Wikipedia]

Stanley Cox (de Niro) is a shy, illiterate short-order cook who has never taken a chance atCinema-UK-06-28-1990.jpg love. Iris King (Fonda) is a newly widowed factory worker who has vowed never to love again. But as their friendship slowly blossoms and Iris helps Stanley learn to read, his strong yet gentle kindness helps mend her broken heart. And where two lonely strangers stood trapped within the past, Stanley and Iris can now begin a new chapter of their lives – together. [IMDB]

Watch the trailer on the Movieclips Trailer Vault YouTube Channel.

June 28, 1979 in UK cinemas: Moonraker

“Where all the other Bonds end…this one begins!”

Moonraker-1979Moonraker is the eleventh spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The third and final film in the series to be directed by Lewis Gilbert, it co-stars Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Corinne Cléry, and Richard Kiel. Bond investigates the theft of a space shuttle, leading him to Hugo Drax, the owner of the shuttle’s manufacturing firm. Along with space scientist Dr. Holly Goodhead, Bond follows the trail from California to Venice, Rio de Janeiro, and the Amazon rainforest, and finally into outer space to prevent a plot to wipe out the world population and to re-create humanity with a master race.

Moonraker was intended by its creator Ian Fleming to become a film even before he completed the novel in 1954, since he based it on a screenplay manuscript he had written even earlier. The film’s producers had originally intended to film For Your Eyes Only, but instead chose this title due to the rise of the science fiction genre in the wake of the Star Wars phenomenon. Budgetary issues caused the film to be primarily shot in France, with locations also in Italy, Brazil, Guatemala and the United States. The soundstages of Pinewood Studios in England, traditionally used for the series, were only used by the special effects team.

Moonraker was noted for its high production cost of $34 million, almost twice as much Cinema-UK-06-28-1979money as predecessor The Spy Who Loved Me, and it received mixed reviews. However, the film’s visuals were praised with Derek Meddings being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and it eventually became the highest-grossing film of the series with $210,300,000 worldwide, a record that stood until 1995’s GoldenEye. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the Movieclips Trailer Vault YouTube Channel.

June 28, 1961 in US cinemas: Jerry Lewis is The Ladies Man

“Jerry Lewis lives it up…laughs it up…loves it up…as…”

The_Ladies_Man-1961The Ladies Man is a 1961 American comedy film directed by and starring Jerry Lewis.

Herbert H. Heebert (Lewis) is a young man who loses his girlfriend, swears off romance, and then takes a job at a genteel, women-only boarding house, run by Helen Wellenmellen (Helen Traubel). Although most of the women treat him like a servant, Fay (Pat Stanley) helps him with his fear of women. [Wikipedia]


Watch the trailer on the ParamountmoviesDigital YouTube Channel.

June 28, 1996 in UK cinemas: Screamers

“The last scream you hear will be your own.”

Screamers-1996Screamers is a 1995 Canadian-American dystopian science fiction film starring Peter Weller, Roy Dupuis, and Jennifer Rubin, and directed by Christian Duguay. The screenplay, written by Dan O’Bannon with a rewrite by Miguel Tejada-Flores, is based on Philip K. Dick’s short story “Second Variety”, and addresses themes commonly found in that author’s work: societal conflict, confusion of reality and illusion, and machines turning upon their creators. [Wikipedia]

(SIRIUS 6B, Year 2078) On a distant mining planet ravaged by a decade of war, scientistshave created the perfect weapon: a blade-wielding, self-replicating race of killing devices known as Screamers designed for one purpose only — to hunt down and destroy all enemy life forms But man’s greatest weapon has continued to evolve without any human guidance, and now it has devised a new mission: to obliterate all life. Col. Hendricksson (Weller) is commander of a handful of Alliance soldiers still alive on Sirius Cinema-UK-06-28-1996b6B. Betrayed by his own political leaders and disgusted by the atrocities of this never-ending war, Hendricksson decides he must negotiate a separate peace with the New Economic Bloc’s decimated forces. But to do so, he will have to cross a treacherous wasteland where the deadliest threat comes from the very weapons he helped to create. [IMDB]

Watch the trailer on the BuDi79 YouTube Channel.

June 28, 1991 in US cinemas: Scanners II – The New Order

“10 years later… A new generation of scanners, Born with powers so terrifying, it’s beyond their control!”

Scanners_II-The_New_Order-1991Scanners II: The New Order is a science fiction horror film. It is a standalone sequel to the 1981 feature film Scanners with a different cast. It was written by B.J. Nelson and directed by Christian Duguay. The plot involves a crooked police commissioner who schemes to gain control of a major city by manipulating Scanners (persons born with telepathic and telekinetic abilities) to do his bidding.

Watch the trailer on the Umbrella Entertainment YouTube Channel.


June 28, 1996 in UK cinemas: Down Periscope


Down_Periscope-1996Down Periscope is an American military comedy film from 20th Century Fox, produced by Robert Lawrence, directed by David S. Ward, that stars Kelsey Grammer, Lauren Holly, and Rob Schneider. The film co-stars Bruce Dern, Harry Dean Stanton, William H. Macy, and Rip Torn.

Lieutenant Commander Thomas Dodge (Grammer) fights to save his naval career while also being saddled with a group of misfit seamen brought together as the crew of his first command, the USS Stingray, a rusted and obsolete World War II-era diesel submarine recommissioned to participate in a special naval war-game.


Watch the trailer on the theparallaxreview YouTube Channel.