Monday, 13 December 2010

Pet Shop Boys News


Tickets are now on sale for performances of The Most Incredible Thing, a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. This new ballet (choreographed by Javier De Fruto) has original music by Messrs Tennant and Lowe. The first run at Sadler's Wells in London is from March 17-26 2011. Follow this link http://http://www.sadlerswells.com/standalonevideo.php? for a video about the ballet's inception, and a music demo. A double CD produced by the PSB and Sven Helbig, and a world tour are planned for next year.
The Performing Rights Society have organised an auction of handwritten lyrics by some of the UK's best songwriters and composers, including Paul McCartney and Gary Barlow. All proceeds will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust, and Neil Tennant has written the lyrics to It's a Sin, Being Boring, and Your Funny Uncle, in a leather-bound notebook (pictured above), which will be sold at Bonham's in London this Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Boy's latest single, Together, only peaked at number 58 in the UK chart.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Doctor Who Vs. Coronation Street


In honour of that other British television institution, Coronation Street, my latest Versus blog is my own little tribute to a true legend of the small-screen. After the first episode (repeated on ITV last Monday) went out in 1960, Ken Irwin of the Daily Mirror wrote this "grim... programme is doomed." Russell T Davies however, said that Corrie is "the best writing school in the world."
Tomorrow night's live episode marks the show's 50th anniversary, and this week's explosive £1M storyline was masterminded by ex-Who producer Phil Collinson, Who director Graeme Harper, and Who SFX maestros, the Mill.
The first cast connections here are Doctor Who companion actors:
  • William Russell [real name Russell Enoch] (Rita's husband, Ted Sullivan in 1992) played Susan's science teacher, Ian Chesterton, from An Unearthly Child to The Chase
  • Frazer Hines (Roger Wain, 1965) was Jamie McCrimmon, introduced in The Highlanders, 1966, and last seen in The Two Doctors, 1985
  • Elizabeth Sladen (Anita Reynolds, 1970) has portrayed Sarah Jane Smith since The Time Warrior in 1973
  • Mary Tamm (Polly Ogden, 1973) was the first incarnation of TimeLady, Romana, in the Key to Time season of 1978/79
  • Bruno Langley (Eileen's gay son, Todd Grimshaw, 2000-07) was Adam Mitchell in Dalek, and The Long Game
  • David Brierley (the voice of K9) and John Levene (U.N.I.T. regular, Benton, from 1968) also had small roles in Corrie