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REALITY CHECK with Alex Fitch
Alex Fitch introduces a pair of interviews about modern Science-Fiction takes on warfare which have a classical, yet prescient feel to them: Duncan Nott talks to Garth Ennis about working on the new Virgin Comics version of the classic British sci-fi comic strip Dan Dare which sees Dare called out of retirement as Britain and Earth enter new hostilities with the Mekon due to a corrupt Prime Minister running the country. Also, Tripwire Magazine editor Joel Meadows presents and takes part in a brief press conference with actor Michael Hogan about playing the long suffering character Colonel Tigh in the 21st century reimagining of Battlestar Galactica, which is about to return to our screens shortly for the second half of its final season. (with thanks to the MCM Expo for their help arranging this recording)
To kick off the second series of our fortnightly podcasts, it's the second of our twice yearly looks at directors who mix a variety of genres in their work with intriguing results. Chris Patmore talks to Tarsem Singh, director of The Cell, about The Fall, his stylish homage to silent movies which combines elements of Wuxia, cowboy films and the Arabian nights to dazzling effect... Also, Alex Fitch talks to Paul W.S. Anderson about his reimagining of Roger Corman's Death Race which sees the original satirical road race relocated to a futristic prison yard.
Alex Fitch talks to author John Reppion, about his book 800 years of Haunted Liverpool and the many issues it raises. Alex and John talk about the nature of hauntings, the variety of other phantasms seen in Merseyside from Witches to Mermaids and the phenomenon of "Time Slips" observed in various parts of the city.
Alex Fitch talks to the creators of two new science-fiction dramas that deal with issues of body augmentation, morality, religion and new technology: first, we have writer / director Chris Carter and producer Frank Spotnitz on their new film The X-Files: I want to believe.
(Interview recorded by Oli Smith)
Secondly we have an interview with Rachel Welch, the writer of the new play Involution, which is set in the near future and deals with human rights and themes of identity in a post-genome world. Involution is on at The Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh every day at noon from 31/07/08 to 25/08/08...
A specially edited version of the press conference for Pixar's newest (and apparently greatest) movie Wall-E, featuring a Q & A with voice actress Sigourney Weaver, writer / director Andrew Stanton, producer Jim Morris and Star Wars alumni, Ben Burtt, who did the sound design and the voice of the lead character in the movie...
(more info at www.meetwalle.co.uk)
The second half of a two part 'feature length' podcast in which former Doctor Who producer and script editor Terrance Dicks talks about his career in conversation with Tim Phipps (Strange Horizons) at a meeting of The British Science Fiction Association. The podcast picks up with Tim and Terrance talking about the latter's Doctor Who books in the 1990s and includes questions asked by Paul Cornell, Graham Sleight and Alex Fitch.
The first half of a two part 'feature length' podcast in which former Doctor Who producer and script editor Terrance Dicks talks about his career in conversation with Tim Phipps (Strange Horizons) at a meeting of The British Science Fiction Association. Tim and Terrance talk about the latter's sojourn on Doctor Who from The War Games to The Five Doctors, introduced by Tony Keen.
A special presentation of the press conference for the new action movie Wanted based on the cult comic book by Mark Millar... Star James McAvoy and director Timur (Night Watch) Bekmanbetov talk about the challenges of making the movie, working with co-star Angelina Jolie and fun of working in the genre...
(more info at http://www.wantedmovie.com)
Alex Fitch talks to Joe Lidster, writer of half a dozen Big Finish Doctor Who audio plays starring the cast of the classic TV series such as Sylvester McCoy and Geoffrey Beevers in Master and Paul McGann and Terry Molloy's Davros in Terror Firma. Joe also wrote one of the best episodes of Torchwood on TV this year and an episode of the forthcoming series of The Sarah Jane Smith Adventures.
Guest presenter Robert Grant (SFL's book reviewer) talks to Darren Shan, reknowned fantasy and horror author whose work is enjoyed by adults and young adults alike. Darren's best known work includes The saga of Darren Shan a.k.a. Cirque du freak, The Demonata and The City trilogy which is currently being re-edited for children.
(more info at http://www.darrenshan.com)