25 April 2010

Cult TV Insider - May 2010 - Director Chris Atkins talks about Star Suckers

SHOW NOTES:  WELCOME TO THE NEW SEASON OF THE CULT TV INSIDER - Back after far too long away!  We start with an interview with Director Chris Atkins, whose documentaries challenge your view of the world.

The most controversial film of the year, Starsuckers is a hilarious and shocking expos̩ of the celebrity obsessed media. Director Chris Atkins РBAFTA-nominated for Taking Liberties Рuncovers the reasons for our addiction to fame and blows the lid on the people who deal it out.

The film became front page news when it was revealed that Atkins had sold fake celebrity stories to all the tabloids (including a tale about Amy Winehouse’s hair catching fire), and had secretly filmed "red top" journalists trying to buy medical records. Another sting caught Max Clifford on undercover camera boasting about his clients. When Clifford found out, he threatened to get a court order to shut down the film.

Starsuckers climaxes in a damning critique of Bob Geldof’s "Live Aid", and reveals the explosive truth behind the star-studded "Live 8" concerts in 2005. By pulling down the wizard’s curtain of the celebrity machine, Atkins shows how the news and PR collude to manipulate the public. This critically acclaimed film is a terrifying and darkly funny portrayal of how the cult of fame is damaging our lives.

Just released by Network DVD after having appeared on the More4 Channel in an edited version, here Cult TV's Alex J Geairns interviews Chris Atkins about some of the controversies surrounding the film, and even get to talk about Patrick McGoohan and The Prisoner!

For information on CINEOLOGY LIVE, the new event Festival Weekender from Cult TV Productions, happening 3-6 September 2010 at the Pontin's Pakefield Holiday Park on England's east coast, visit www.cineology.net

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30 July 2007


SHOW NOTES: Welcome to our seventeenth edition of the Cult TV Insider, a double-length special after our two month hiatus

Included in this bumper issue of news are the following:

The new Spock in the JJ Abrams take on Star Trek has been cast – and it’s someone we know from Heroes. But hold on – Leonard Nimoy is also playing Spock in the new movie!

Life on Mars (USA) finally finds its Sam Tyler, and a Director from Studio 60 and The West Wing will be helming the pilot.

Heroes gets a spin-off as well as a plethora of new cast members – find out more here!

Jericho resurrected – most of the cast are back for seven more episodes, and there’s a new cast member joining the mix.

Battlestar Galactica – news of the reimagined fourth and final season, the TV movie special and some mobile phone episodes to pass the time.

Desperate Housewives gains Nathan Fillion as a regular cast member.

Criminal Minds loses its star, but what next for Mandy Patinkin?

Casting news on Ugly Betty season two, and this one makes sandwiches, as well as Grey’s Anatomy and its spin-off Private Practice, Smallville gets a Supergirl, Reaper, Damages, 24, Lost, House, Bionic Woman, The Kingdom, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent gains Alicia Witt.

Farscape lives on via new internet episodes.

All the latest news and rumours from the Doctor Who and Torchwood universes, including casting details and the return of some villains.

Which UK networks have grabbed which American series for the upcoming new seasons.

What Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is up to next.

Get all the information on the awards nominees for this year’s Emmys.

Also this issue – news of some upcoming superhero movies, and there’s a whole host of them!

Our music this issue comes from Anima TV with a track called “Twenty Four”.

For information on this year’s Cult TV Festival Weekender, visit www.cult.tv

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19 May 2007


SHOW NOTES: Welcome to our sixteenth edition of the Cult TV Insider, a double-length special...

1 min 05 secs: AMERICAN TV NEWS - Loads of Brits and Aussies are getting starring roles in new American series coming this Autumn, including The Bionic Woman and The Sarah Connor Chronicles. We look at what ABC, CBS and FOX have on their new production slates, and which series they have put out to pasture. Bad news for fans of Jericho, though.

16 mins 05 secs: BLAKE’S 7 AUDIO ADVENTURES INTERVIEW – Mark Withall catches up with DEREK RIDDALL, the new Blake in the series, exclusively for the Cult TV Insider. Hear the new adventures on www.scifi.co.uk.

23 mins 50 secs: AMERICAN TV NEWS – PART 2. We continue our indepth look at what’s new and what’s departed from the USA television line-ups, looking at NBC, the CW and other American Channels. There’s great news for Heroes, but confusion surrounds the fate of Veronica Mars.

43 mins 55 Secs: TV THEMED MUSIC OF THE WEEK. Rockdown Baby return to play their song Soul Connection.

46 mins 35 secs: UK TV NEWS. Abigail’s Party revisited for the 21st Century, CBBC buys Wolverine, Channel 4 is not going to invest so much in import shows in future, and Starsky & Hutch and Fantasy Island get the minisode treatment for the internet!

53 mins 35 secs: BLAKE’S 7 AUDIO ADVENTURES INTERVIEW. Mark Withall stops ALISTAIR LOCKE on the way to the pub - Alistair is Sound Designer and Voice of Zen for the new series - he talks exclusively to the Cult TV Insider.

1 hour 1 min 10 secs: COMICS ON THE BIG SCREEN – the latest news on the casting for the new Hulk movie, and Frank Miller’s Ronin looks to be coming to the cinema.

1 hour 2 mins 50 secs: THE CURIOSITY ZONE – News of a Universal City Dubailand, who won the Saturn Awards, and Fox objects to spoof THE O.J. SIMPSONS.

For information on this year’s Cult TV Festival Weekender, visit www.cult.tv.

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29 April 2007


SHOW NOTES: Welcome to our fifteenth edition of the Cult TV Insider.

1 min 05 secs: UK TV NEWS. Sky One commission another Terry Pratchett production with David Jason, and Martin Freeman relies on some magic for his next TV role.

3 mins 35 secs: BRAND NEW GUESTS FOR THE CULT TV FESTIVAL WEEKENDER. Great news for fans of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Logan’s Run, Planet of the Apes, Farscape, Battlestar Galactica, SeaQuest 2032, Land of the Lost and Garrison’s Gorillas who like to see their favourite stars in person. Cult TV announces SIX brand new guests for the ultimate holiday break for television appreciators, happening 19-22 October 2007 at the Heythrop Park Hotel near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. It is a charity benefit event organised by unpaid volunteers, by fans for fans, in aid of the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF). Get all the details of the 72 hour non-stop programme and details of onsite accommodation at www.Cult.TV.

These new guests join Ben Miller (Primeval), Matthew Graham (writer & Co-creator of Life on Mars), James Morrison (Bill Buchanan from 24 and McQueen from Space: Above and Beyond), Jared Martin (War of the Worlds, The Fantastic Journey, Dallas), Ike Eisenmann (The Fantastic Journey, Star Trek, Escape from Witch Mountain), Antonio Fargas (Starsky & Hutch), Liz Morgan (Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons), and Stephanie Waring (Hollyoaks, Coronation Street), amongst many others, on the list of those you can meet by joining in at the live Cult TV event this Autumn.

6 mins 45 secs: RATINGS NEWS. We go Stateside and find some bad news for the previously unbeatable Heroes series. And Nathan Fillion of Firefly fame’s new show Drive has been cancelled after just two weeks on air.

10 mins 05 secs: UK DVD RELEASES. All the titles of note getting a release in the UK in May 2007.

12 mins 35 secs: TV THEMED MUSIC OF THE WEEK. Years of Static play Off in Space for us.

15 mins 40 secs: US TV NEWS. Traveler finally makes it to transmission. Kyle XY gets a second season, Ghost Whisperer anticipates its renewal with additions to its production personnel, has Law & Order reached the end of its natural life, meanwhile things look good for Jericho returning.

28 mins 10 secs: SPIN-OFF NEWS. A special of Robot Chicken devoted to Star Wars, even featuring the voice of George Lucas, more on the spin-off to Grey’s Anatomy, a Spider-man Broadway musical in the works, and which star of Lost is joining the cast of the big screen version of Speed Racer?

For information on this year’s Cult TV Festival Weekender, visit www.cult.tv.

Visit our forums to give your feedback at www.culttv.info.

End credits music comes from Jeff Shields – Podcast Troubadour.

You can download this 15th issue via the following link:


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17 April 2007


SHOW NOTES: Welcome to our fourteenth edition of the Cult TV Insider.

1 min 00 secs: NEW US TV NEWS. Who is taking over from James Caan on Las Vegas? Clue – he won’t be allowed his red Ferrari! Glenn Close to star in new legal TV series. The Smallville cast member who will become the new Flash Gordon.

9 mins 25 secs: TV THEMED MUSIC OF THE WEEK. K Juno performs Fighter in the Screen for us.

14 mins 55 secs: BIG SCREEN ADAPTIONS. News on Speed Racer, The Incredible Hulk, The Green Arrow, Get Smart

21 mins 25 secs: AWARDS NEWS. Who won the Peabody Awards, and who is in line for the BAFTA Awards.

25 mins 25 secs: UK ACQUISITIONS. News of new Magic Roundabout, and Ashes To Ashes – the sequel to Life on Mars and the race to be its female lead.

30 mins 50 secs: INSIDER FEEDBACK. We present your views of the Insider so far, and answer your queries.

For information on this year’s Cult TV Festival Weekender, visit www.cult.tv.

Visit our forums to give your feedback at www.culttv.info.

You can download this 14th issue via the following link:


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