Monday, March 27, 2006

BAFTA nominations announced

And if there is any justice in the world, Bodies will win the best drama series category.

A pox on the Beeb for cancelling it.

Bleak House can't fail to wipe the floor with its contenders, and I hope there'll be some recognition for The Thick of It, which was very, very funny indeed.

The rest of the nominations are here.

Category: Movies and TV


  1. I assume Life On Mars isn't eligible for this year's BAFTAs? Better be up for a bucketload of awards next year, then. Otherwise I'll have to go and beat up every single BAFTA member.

  2. I'll back you up; we'll take 'em all on like a pair of enraged CI-5 officers.

  3. Got some room for some DEMPSEY & MAKEPEACE action should they ignore the excellent LIFE ON MARS?

    I'm only a plane ride away...

  4. I see Bill on a 'chute, crashing through the roof of Islington Design Centre while I karate-chop Stephen Fry and James takes a break from the ruck to put the moves on Liz White.

    I'm all set!

  5. You know us Americans - if you can't go in guns blazing - then what's the point?

  6. So who's Makepeace then? I'm all over Liz White like a cheap suit, so Lee, I guess you have to wear the blonde wig and cosy up to Bill. It's okay, I hear he's very gentle.

    Is it just my memory, or was Dempsey and Makepeace fucking fantastic? Dare I watch it now, or should I leave well alone?

  7. My memory: 1986 - Glynnis Barber and some unknown American actor run around London solving crimes for C.I. Spikings (how's that for a chief's name?). How I remember that name I don't know.

    Think of The Avengers mixed with The Professionals only not as good. Ran for one season. Opening credits had lots of explosions.

    On a scale of quarter rounds, I give this show the full wheel of cheese...

  8. From this morning's Cynopsis newsletter...

    David E. Kelley has a new project at ABC called Life on Mars, based on the
    BBC sci-fi drama that launched this past January. The story is about a
    detective who lives in the 21st century, tho following a car accident
    inexplicably finds himself living and working in the 1970's. Kelley will
    write and exec produce the pilot, which is targeting a Fall 2007 debut.

  9. Interesting. More from Variety:

    David E. Kelley is crossing the Pond for inspiration, landing format rights to buzzworthy BBC skein "Life on Mars" and setting it up at as a one-hour drama at ABC.

    "Mars," from U.K.-based Kudos Film & Television, revolves around a modern-day police detective who finds himself transported back to 1973. Kelley will write and exec produce the pilot via his company's overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV.

    Stephen Garrett and Jane Featherstone of Kudos will also serve as exec producers. Alphabet has ordered a pilot for fall 2007, with a significant penalty attached if the project doesn't move forward to series.

    Project came together relatively quickly following the BBC bow of "Mars" in January. U.K. skein generated big ratings -- more than 7 million viewers its first night -- and an order for a second season.

    "Mars," which takes its title from the David Bowie track, focuses on Det. Sam Tyler, who gets into a near-fatal car wreck shortly after his g.f. is kidnapped by a serial killer. He wakes up in 1973, still a cop but in a completely alien universe.

    Further complicating matters: The first case he tackles in the 1970s seems to have links to the serial killer who nabbed his girlfriend. Viewers don't know whether Sam has gone crazy, traveled through time or is actually still in a coma and dreaming the whole thing.

    Skein makes heavy use of classic 1970s rock tracks, with music from the likes of the Who, Cream, Nina Simone and Roxy Music, among others.

    NBC expressed a serious interest in the program even before Kelley was involved, but ABC -- with its strong record launching hit dramas -- ultimately landed the rights to the project, insiders familiar with the negotiations said. Alphabet broadcasts Kelley's "Boston Legal," which is on the bubble for a third-season renewal.

    Peacock last year developed a pilot dubbed "NY-70," a period drama about cops set in 1970s GothamGotham.

    Kelley got wind of "Mars" via his reps at William Morris, who recently signed Kudos as a client. Kudos also produces the U.K. hits "MI-5" and "Hustle," which air in the U.S. on A&E and AMC, respectively.

    Matthew Graham, Tony Jordan and Ashley Pharoah created "Mars."

  10. You know, the only thing wrong with Life On Mars was that it didn't have a dancing baby. And people singing every 5 minutes. And comedy neurotic behaviour. And a heartwarming moral at the end of every episode. And Calista Flockhart as Annie.