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Really the “worst” of the best? Rethinking The Prisoner episode Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

I’ve already stated that, in my view, The Prisoner stands in a class of its own in television history. https://therockandrollguy.com/2021/03/13/appraising-televisions-ultimate-masterpiece-the-prisoner/ Edgy, uncompromising and totally unpredictable, much like its principal creator, the show remains unparalleled in its ability to both entertain and stimulate thought, even after all these years. Of all the 17 episodes, the oneContinue reading “Really the “worst” of the best? Rethinking The Prisoner episode Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling”

Jeremy Brett’s Sherlock Holmes appraised by episode… which is my favourite?

In 1984 Jeremy Brett hit the small screen with the first series of what would become, in my opinion, the definitive portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. The series was notable in the beginning for its adherence to the source material and over the next 10 years viewers were treated to some television magic as many ofContinue reading “Jeremy Brett’s Sherlock Holmes appraised by episode… which is my favourite?”

Ram by Paul and Linda McCartney is 50 years old and still one of my favourite albums

I’ve written about Ram before, here https://therockandrollguy.com/2021/01/06/ram-versus-imagine/ but I find I must return to the subject again because it is at the forefront of my mind on account of the fact that today is the 50th anniversary of its release. How could I let such a moment pass without comment? If you’ve read the aboveContinue reading “Ram by Paul and Linda McCartney is 50 years old and still one of my favourite albums”

Why John Lennon’s Instant Karma! could be his best solo single

When John Lennon put out the single Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) in February 1970, to the outside world he was still a member of The Beatles, despite having unofficially left the previous year, while to the casual observer the group still existed, with McCartney’s headline announcement that he was in fact “quitting theContinue reading “Why John Lennon’s Instant Karma! could be his best solo single”

Man In A Suitcase – TV drama’s great step forward?

When I wrote a recent entry: “Appraising television’s ultimate masterpiece – The Prisoner” I realised afterwards that in saying that Patrick McGoohan and Edward Woodward were two leading actors of an era I could think of off-hand capable of conveying controlled intensity, I was doing one other essential protagonist a disservice. I’m talking about the lateContinue reading “Man In A Suitcase – TV drama’s great step forward?”

Tony Hancock was a genius… but what about Galton and Simpson?

Tony Hancock is often referred to as a ‘genius’ and I believe the appraisal to be accurate and I am going to attempt to explain why, using a particular example of his radio work which I think showcases his talent beautifully. Before I do, I want to make one more bold statement about the writersContinue reading “Tony Hancock was a genius… but what about Galton and Simpson?”

William Shatner is 90 – so here’s 90 great lines from the Star Trek films, delivered by him as only he can…

These are quotes of a Star Trek legend… William Shatner’s James T Kirk. Canadian William Shatner has graced our screens for decades in a variety of roles and is an instantly recognisable star. He’s also done music, hosted fascinating interviews, written books and put in numerous personal appearances, including his one man show (which IContinue reading “William Shatner is 90 – so here’s 90 great lines from the Star Trek films, delivered by him as only he can…”

Appraising television’s ultimate masterpiece – The Prisoner

While the medium of television has produced the full range of shows along the quality spectrum in the many years it has been with us, from the outstanding to the truly appalling, there is one piece of work which, to therockandrollguy.com, exists in a hallowed place all of its own. The Prisoner is the showContinue reading “Appraising television’s ultimate masterpiece – The Prisoner”

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