June 29, 1978 in Doctor Who: The Time Warrior novelisation published

His spaceship crippled in an inter-stellar battle, the Sontaran warrior, Linx, is forced to crash-land on earth. He arrives in the Middle Ages, a time too primitive to provide the technology he needs to repair his ship. Allying himself with the local robber chief, Linx uses his powers to `borrow’ scientists and equipment from twentieth-century earth.

Doctor Who tracks down the missing scientists and journeys into the past to save them. But can he defeat the ruthless Linx and his savage human allies before the course of human history is changed forever?

Doctor_Who_and_the_Time_WarriorDoctor Who and the Time Warrior was a novelisation, by Terrance Dicks, based on the 1973 television serial The Time Warrior.

Robert Holmes submitted three pages towards ‘his’ novelisation of the story, before handing it over to Dicks (who used the notes as a prologue), to finish.

Find out more at tardis.wikia.com


June 29, 1955 on UK TV: Life With The Lyons

TV-UK-06-29-1955Life with the Lyons was a British radio and television domestic sitcom from the 1950s (1950–1961 on radio, 1955–1960 on television).

Life with the Lyons featured a real American family. Ben Lyon and his wife Bebe Daniels had settled in London during the Second World War and featured with Vic Oliver in the radio series Hi, Gang! that ran from 1940 to 1949. Molly Weir was their Scottish housekeeper Aggie Macdonald, Doris Rogers the nosy neighbour Florrie Wainwright and Horace Percival played Mr Wimple. Two cinema films (Life With The Lyons, 1954, and The Lyons In Paris, 1955) were produced.

Life With the Lyons followed and, with Ben and Bebe, featured their children Richard and Barbara Lyon. Although scripted, it expanded on real-life events. The first series aired on the BBC and the following four series on ITV.

Writers included Jill Allgood, and Bob Block who created the BBC television series Rentaghost. [Wikipedia]


June 29, 1960: BBC’s Television Centre opens

BBC_TV_Centre-1960Television Centre in White City, West London was the headquarters of BBC Television between 1960 and 2013. It is one of the most readily recognisable facilities of its type, having appeared as the backdrop for many BBC programmes. Parts of the building are Grade II listed, including the central ring and Studio 1. Most of the BBC’s national television and radio news output came from the Television Centre (TVC) with most recorded television output from the nearby Broadcast Centre at 201 Wood Lane, care of Red Bee Media. Live television events from studios and routing of national and international sporting events took place within the Television Centre before being passed to the Broadcast Centre for transmission.

It was announced on 21 September 2010 that the BBC would cease broadcasting from Television Centre in 2013. TVC remained in active use with many programmes being taped in the studios until it closed for redevelopment officially on 31 March 2013. BBC TVC was one of the largest such facilities in the world and was the second-oldest operational television studio in the United Kingdom, after Granada Studios where the BBC’s main commercial rival, Granada Television, was based for many decades.

June 29, 1979: Queen release “Love Of My Life (Live)”

Queen-Love_of_my_live“Love of My Life” is a ballad by the British rock band Queen originally from their 1975 album A Night at the Opera. The song was written by Freddie Mercury about Mary Austin, with whom he had a long term relationship in the early 1970s.

The acoustic version of the song featured on the band’s 1979 album Live Killers was recorded at their concert at Festhalle Frankfurt on 2 February of that year. A shortened version was released as a single in the UK and other territories, which did not include the spoken intros and outros from the album. The liner notes for the DVD release “Greatest Video Hits 1” state that although the live audio is from Frankfurt, the accompanying music video that was edited to the track consisted of footage from a 1979 Tokyo concert. In fact, the footage was filmed before one of three Tokyo concerts the band played between 23–25 April. Some bits of footage from two concerts in Paris from earlier in the year are woven in. After performing the song in South America in 1981, it was this version that reached number 1 in the singles chart in Argentina and Brazil, and stayed in the charts in Argentina for an entire year.

Watch the video on the Queen Official YouTube Channel.

June 29, 1992: Iron Maiden release “From Here To Eternity”

MaidenEternity“From Here to Eternity” is a song by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released as the second single from their album Fear of the Dark.

The song is the fourth and most recent song in the ongoing saga of “Charlotte the Harlot” (other songs include “Charlotte the Harlot,” “22 Acacia Avenue,” and “Hooks in You”, although the status of the latter song is a point of debate among fans since it does not actually mention “Charlotte”, just “the keys to a view at number 22”). The songs tells the tale of Charlotte going on a fateful motorcycle ride with the Devil. [Wikipedia]

Watch the video on the Iron Maiden YouTube Channel.

June 29, 1979: Freddie Mercury says “I Can Hear Music”

Released under the name Larry Lurex, this version of the Beach Boys’ 1969 hit “I Can Hear Music” features Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and Brian May. The track was originally going to be released under the name ‘Larry Lurex & The Voles From Venus’.

The original single version is available on the 7″ single, the ‘Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs’ CD, and in both the 3CD and 10CD/2DVD ‘Solo’ boxed sets, while an edit appears on the ‘Messenger Of The Gods’ album and boxed set.

Recorded at Trident Studios, London, in the summer of 1972, it was produced by Robin Cable.

Listen to the song on Spotify.

June 29, 1990 in UK cinemas: Tremors

“They say there’s nothing new under the sun. But under the ground…”

Tremors-1990Tremors is an American monster film directed by Ron Underwood, produced by Gale Anne Hurd, Brent Maddock, and S. S. Wilson, and written by Maddock, Wilson, and Underwood. Tremors was released by Universal Pictures and stars Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross, and Reba McEntire.

The film is the first installment of the Tremors franchise, and was followed by four direct-to-video sequels titled, Tremors 2: Aftershocks (1996), Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001), Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004), and Tremors 5: Bloodlines (2015). A television series spin-off titled Tremors: The Series, aired from March through August 2003. [Wikipedia]


Watch the trailer on the Movieclips Trailer Vault YouTube Channel.

June 29, 1956 in US cinemas: The King And I

“More than your eyes have ever seen… More than your heart has ever known!”

The_King-and_I-1956The King and I is an American musical film made by 20th Century Fox, directed by Walter Lang and produced by Charles Brackett and Darryl F. Zanuck. The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is based on the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical The King and I, based in turn on the novel Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon. That novel in turn was based on memoirs written by Anna Leonowens, who became school teacher to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s. Leonowens’ stories were autobiographical, although various elements of them have been called into question. The film stars Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner.


The film was a critical and commercial success, and was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning five, including Best Actor for Brynner. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the FoxInternationalROW YouTube Channel.

June 29, 1984 in UK cinemas: Splash

“She was the woman of his dreams… she had large dark eyes, a beautiful smile and a great pair of fins.”

Splash-1984Splash is an American fantasy romantic comedy film directed by Ron Howard, written by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, and starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Dody Goodman. The film involves a young man who falls in love with a mysterious woman who is secretly a mermaid. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The original music score was composed by Lee Holdridge.

The film is notable for being the first film released by the Walt Disney Studios’ Touchstone Pictures label, which had been created that same year in an effort to release films targeted at adult audiences, with mature content not appropriate for the studio’s flagship Walt Disney Pictures banner. Splash had received a PG-rating for including some profanity and brief nudity. [Wikipedia]

Allen Bauer (Hanks) is rescued from drowning as a young boy off Cape Cod by a young Cinema-UK-06-29-1984mermaid (Hannah). Years later, he returns to the same location, and once again manages to fall into the sea, and is rescued once more by the mermaid (Allen isn’t sure what he has seen and what he has imagined). Using maps from a sunken ship, the mermaid decides to search for Allen in New York City, sprouting legs when her tail dries. On finding Allen, they fall in love, but she has a secret, which will no longer be a secret if she gets her legs wet. [IMDB]

Watch the trailer on the Mermaidsworld YouTube Channel.