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Harry Potter Year 6 revisited: ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’

The film adaptation of Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts arrived on cinema screens in 2009. Things are changing at Hogwarts. Voldemort’s power is rising beyond the school walls, and nobody is truly safe. Draco Malfoy is harbouring a dark secret, Snape has claimed the much coveted position of Defence Against The Dark Arts professor,...

James Bond retrospective 011: ‘Moonraker’ (1979)

There’s no way to hide from the fact that Moonraker is properly bonkers. From concept to execution, the decisions that must have been made are largely inexplicable, and yet, somehow, it all just about pulls together. In essence, it’s pretty much the Greatest Hits of James Bond. In space. Buy the complete James Bond collection...

Rewind: Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s ‘Psychoville’ revisited

A third season of Inside No. 9 arrives on our TV screens this month, so let’s take a look back at its creators’ previous comedy venture, Psychoville. Psychoville was broadcast on BBC Two from 2009 to 2011, and its run consisted of two seasons and a Halloween special. The dark comedy thriller was the brainchild...

James Bond retrospective 010: ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ (1977)

The rushed Man with the Golden Gun was a financial and critical disappointment upon its release in 1974, so much so that production on the next adventure was delayed to ensure the team got the next one right. Fortunately they came up with probably the quintessential Roger Moore Bond movie; 1977’s practically perfect The Spy Who...

Harry Potter Year 5 revisited: ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’

2007 brought with it Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in movie form. Harry’s fifth year marks something of a change in the franchise; a turn for the darker, in terms of both plot and style. The Goblet of Fire ends with Voldemort’s return, so it’s natural that the stakes are heightened and...

James Bond retrospective 009: ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ (1974)

Barely had Live and Let Die been allowed to breathe and The Man with the Golden Gun was already in production; released, for the first time since the early Sean Connery years, only one year after its predecessor. Whilst a whiff of familiarity may be present, Roger Moore once again proves wholly capable of the interplay...

‘Doctor Who’ revisited: 50 years since ‘The Tomb of the Cybermen’

The earliest Doctor Who serial starring Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor known to exist in its entirety, ‘The Tomb of the Cybermen’ is the first serial of the show’s fifth season. The four-part story originally aired from 2 September to 23 September 1967 Buy ‘The Tomb of the Cybermen’ on DVD on Amazon here.  ...

‘Doctor Who’ revisited: 10 years since ‘Human Nature’ / ‘The Family of Blood’

Written by Paul Cornell, ‘Human Nature’ and ‘The Family of Blood’ were the eighth and ninth episodes of the modern Doctor Who era’s third season. The story aired from 26 May to 2 June 2007. Buy 2007’s season on DVD on Amazon here.   The story England, 1913. A schoolteacher named John Smith dreams he’s a mysterious time-travelling hero called...

‘Doctor Who’ revisited: 40 years since ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’

‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’ was the final serial of Doctor Who‘s fourteenth season. The six-part story originally aired from 26 February to 2 April 1977. Buy ‘The Talons of Weng-Chiang’ on DVD on Amazon here.   The story The Doctor and Leela arrive in Victorian London, whereupon they stumble upon an investigation into a series of strange...

Harry Potter Year 4 revisited: ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’

By the time 2005 arrived, we had reached the fourth instalment in the Harry Potter franchise: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It seems bizarre that more than a decade has passed since we were introduced to the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament; to Beauxbatons, Durmstrang, Robert Pattinson’s Cedric Diggory and the...