Taskmaster Series 7 – Studio Visit

First I must start by saying there are 2 types of people in the world. Those that love Taskmaster and those that don’t have a clue what it is.

If you are one of the latter here is a quick explanation.

Taskmaster is a comedy panel show that sees Alex Horne set a selection of 5 comedians mad/silly or just plain stupid tasks to see who can perform them best / quickest. These tasks are prerecorded on location and the panellists have no idea how each other have performed until they are shown to the giant Greg Davies (the TASKMASTER himself) and are judged in front of a live studio audience.

Taskmaster just showed the final of series 6 before immediately showing the series 7 line up and started the studio recordings within a couple of weeks. Scifind.com had been invited to see the recording of the first episode of Taskmaster series 7.

Taskmaster Series 7 Lineup.

Taskmaster Series 7 Line Up
Left to right – JAMES ACASTER, JESSICA KNAPPETT, KERRY GODLIMAN, PHIL WANG, RHOD GILBERT

So in addition to the TASKMASTER himself (Greg Davies) and Little Alex Horne (Alex Horne) those being tasked for series 7 are  James Acaster (Standup who has been on Mock The Week etc), comedy writer and actress Jessica Knappett (E4’s Drifters, The Inbetweeners Movie), actress and stand-up Kerry Godliman (again many episodes of Mock The Week), internationally acclaimed comedian Phil Wang (BBC Two’s Live At The Apollo, Dave’s Unspun with Matt Forde), and renowned Welsh comic Rhod Gilbert (BBC Two’s The Apprentice: You’re Fired).

Scifind Roadtrip

So yesterday, Thursday 19th July 2018, we set off to the world class movie (and TV) studios at Pinewood. Pinewood Studios is a destination in itself, being the home to many a James Bond, Star Wars and many more.

It was a fantastic feeling to pass through those gates that have been used by cast and crew of so many great movies in the past.

There were loads of curious and helpful security staff who aided us in finding our way, but who wouldn’t have loved the opportunity to wonder around and poke their nose in the hundreds of buildings and rooms on site.

The next bit is a little note to self. When you know that you are going to anywhere that is likely to have metal detectors and security searches clear your pockets first. In addition to about £13 in change (seriously who has that much coinage on then, in a pocket, EVER) here is a quick snap of SOME of the contents. (Do I get geek points for the Boba Fett wallet and the dice?).

Seriously I kept emptying my pockets and still kept setting off the metal detector. It took three or four rounds until I was cleared and could sheepishly refill  my pockets.

So what should you expect from Taskmaster Series 7?

Boxes, Beans and the Bear.

Well I am not really looking to make any spoilers, though I have made a small hint in the heading above. It is fair to say the show’s format has not changed. Again if you are not familiar with the show you can catch up on all previous series on UKTV Play.

It is always a joy seeing what you would presume to be fairly stable people losing their mind over what could be quite simple tasks. With the solutions running from over thinking, to complete breakdown. These ‘simple’ challenges do really stress out the competitive contestants.

The mix of comedians is great and I am sure that we will see the dynamic pick up as the series progresses. Thought there are glimpses of how things will progress. For example James Acaster being the baby of the piece and a bit of a ‘love hate’ thing going between Phil Wang and Rhod Gilbert.

With regards to the actual content of this first episode, I am sure that there is a LOT that we sat through in hysterics that will never make the actual TV show, but this is the same for any. Maybe DAVE should release a Too Hot For TV late night special!

As a side note, if you haven’t already, it might be worth watching Greg Davies live show You Magnificent Beast (currently available on Netflix). Not only is it a fantastic show in itself, but it will give you a big insight to an element of this first show of Taskmaster Series 7.

 

Big Thank you to all of UKTV, especially Gem.

 

Taskmaster Series 7 should be broadcast on DAVE TV Channel from November 2018.

Taskmaster Links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/taskmaster

Taskmaster On DAVE – https://dave.uktv.co.uk/shows/taskmaster/

Watch Taskmaster Online

Greg Davies and Little Alex Horn
BANTER

New Science Fiction TV Channel in UK

Why A New SciFi TV Channel?

With the HUGE amount of choice for our screens a little curated content is still desired. Yes the on demand services (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and their ilk) are great, but still lack that communal feel of people watching the same program at the same time allowing for a watercooler moment in discussion or a live discussion via social media during. A channel showing a consistent level of content with a specific target in mind that people can either follow all day, or dip into at specific times during the day knowing that they will be entertained or informed about things that are of interest to them.

What Is It About?

Obviously being to afford the likes of Star Trek, Doctor Who et all would be well beyond the first stage of this new UK SciFi Channel. But there are a lot of classic shows that have widely been ignored by the likes of (UK) Netflix and Amazon Prime.

I have a fairly specific timetable of shows in mind

Weekdays

Morning

10am – 12 noon
– well no one is up before 10am are they? then are they? This time of day would see a mix of ‘Daytime TV’ classics. Top, Sci-Fi tie in epoisodes of lifestyle programs like Pawn Stars, Toy Hunter, Auction Hunters etc.

Noon to 1pm
You have got to have your lunch time news. Pulled from the entertainment section and relayed by a mixture of the best Scifi vloggers and news and interviews from the producers themselves.

Afternoons

1pm to 3pm
Classic afternoon drama. Favouring TV programs like The Prisoner, Blakes 7, The Survivors, Randle and Hopkirk (Deceased), The Invisible Man (David McCullum version)

3pm to 5pm
Childrens TV. Starting with classics like He Man, Classic Spider-Man and Hulk, along with 1990s X Men. And a good dose of Gerry Anderson Supermarionation with Captain Scarlet Sting Ray and Joe 90 leading the pack. This would be followed with more drama, a mix of things like Chockey, Kappatoo, Archers Goon, Demon Headmaster, Dark Season and the often excellent Australian childrens SciFi dramas like Girl From Tomorrow.

5pm to 6pm
Tea Time Game Show.
Obviously we are not talking the likes of ‘Tipping Point’ or ‘Pointless’ (though there might be place for Scifi themed celebrity specials). But we are talking about things like Go 8 Bit from DAVE and our first possible original production of a comedy scifi panel show. Possibly a reboot of the 1997 TV Game Show Space Cadets starring Greg Proops, Bill Bailey and Craig Charles.

Evenings

6pm to 9pm

Evening Drama. Ideally would be programs like The Prisoner, Sapphire and Steel, The X Files, Buffy The Vampire Slayer etc. More likely though would be a mix of quality web series like Cops And Monsters.

9pm  to Close 

Evening Movie – would be a movie with Science Fiction connections, from the 50s, 60s and 70s ( inclusing the likes of Ray Harry Hausen, Hammer and Amacus) a big splash of the 1980s scifi movies and other cult movies up to the present day.

 

Saturdays

The weekends would have a different feel to the week, though blocks of the same sort of programs may appear.

Possibly starting even later on a Saturday. Firstly – classic Saturday Morning cartoons, Dungeons and Dragons etc.

This would be followed by an omnibus of the weeks news and comment.

After noon game.  This would be a table top game coverage. Either of particular Tournaments or events or a full 2 hour battle rep from one on the amazing Table Top gaming youtubers like Ash Barker, The BattleHammer, Beasts Of War or T&G Productions

Following that there would be highlights and results from events all around the country.

In the evening there would be family drama (The A Team anyone?) and a movie.

Ideally there would be another original production in the 7-9pm slot with a family friendly TV show. Hard not to say things like SciFi takes on Saturday Night Takeaway or The Generation Game.

 

Sundays.

Sports in the morning, though we are not talking the likes of Trans World Sports (from the 90s) or Ski Sunday.

Sundays would be a day of eSports action.

For those not in the know, eSports refers to competitive Video Games. As with the table top aspect there are a huge number of events to be covered and there are tousands of Twitch and Youtube games that pull in thousands of viewers.

A personal preference would be to see Go8Bit’s Steve McNeil host a show that pulled in both his own twitch streams and introduces the best of the rest.

Afternoon would be a similar though incorperate the worlds of Cyber Sports and other geekery events. This would be thinks like Drone Racing. Robo Sports and most importantly Robot Wars (which we have just found out has lost it’s home at the BBC).

 

Conclusion?

So this is just bunch of random thoughts. Something I would love to see done, but even on  relying on Youtubers, repeats and other low cost content provision would be a much more demanding bill that I would hope to raise using Crowd Funding.

Setup costs would obviously include equipment, broadcast licence, legal fees, program acquisition, staffing, etc.

A (very) brief look at the state of independent TV in the UK shows very few real independent TV channels, as often even the niche channels are owned by much bigger companies.

I would be interested to know an ballpark figure on what this would cost – I will update this post if I ever get any further in looking.

I would also be interested in your thoughts on this. You can send them to @scifind on twitter.

 

 

Featured Image Credit.

Tina Rataj-Berard

Terminator 2’s Most Iconic Scene?

Conducted at the 2017 Showmasters’ London Film & Comic Con from 28-30 July, the 100,000 plus attendees of this must visit weekend event were invited to vote for their favourite scene to celebrate TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY’s breath-taking new 3D conversion in UK cinemas on August 29th.

And really, is this what they came up with?

A bit of disagreement from me. What is yours – discuss via Facebook or Twitter

Adam Farina, managing director at Fixer International and promotions and partnership director for Showmasters events said: “The fact that Terminator 2: Judgment day will be back in cinemas on 29th of August is every fans dream. To think that we got some of the best of those fans together at London Film & Comic Con and had them remember the film and vote on what scene was their favourite just adds to the joy and excitement of re-experiencing this movie in 4K and 3D! As this is my favourite movie – I know I’m looking forward to it!”

Having originally hit British screens in 1991, complete with groundbreaking special effects, this became Arnold Schwarzenegger’s (Total Recall, Predator) most iconic role to date, as well as one of the most quotable scripts of the decade, this brand new 3D version will blast the seminal blockbuster into the 21st century and introduce it to a brand new generation of fans.

The Usual Suspects. The Evolution of a Doctor Who Masterpiece

Yes Jodie Whittaker is the Thirteenth Doctor in Doctor Who. Ish. Well you know. Those other regenerations that confuse things. Anyway I digress that Doctor Who discussion is for another time.

Well, new Doctor, you know what that means, it is another face to The Usual Suspects, a piece of comic art produced by Lee Sullivan.

For those that don’t know Lee Sullivan is a graphic artist responsible for comic strips including Doctor Who Transformers, ThunderCats, RoboCop, William Shatner’s TekWorld, Thunderbirds and 2000 AD.

This image, now iconic to Doctor Who fans has a long history, starting way back in 1999. Named and themed around the poster for the 1995 movie of the same title.

Doctor Who's Usual suspects 1999
Doctor Who’s Usual suspects 1999
Usual Suspects 1995 Movie Poster
Usual Suspects 1995 Movie Poster

But things were not over for this piece of work once it saw print.

2000 saw the addition of Paul McGann’s Doctor in velvet frock coat, and Peter Cushing’s Movie Doctor Who. That brought the art up to date, and with “New Who” just a glimmer in Russel T Davies eye it could have all finished there.
Once New Who came around versions with Christopher Ecclestone’s Doctor and David Tennant’s Doctor came, even with the addition of the Comic Relief Doctor’s portrayed by Rowan Atkinson and Richard E Grant

New Who Doctors. Comic Relief Doctors.

Finally with the addition of Matt Smiths 11th Doctor the picture made it to be an official poster with all 12 ‘cannon’ Doctors of the time.

But just as Doctor Who doesn’t stand still neither does this image.

By 2014 we have seen the inclusion of The War Doctor, Peter Capaldi’s Doctor and a costume change of the 8th Doctor now sporting the Night Of The Doctor attire. Also a slight modificatons on the image of several Doctors, and other minor costume changes. Let’s play spot the difference shall we?

Doctor Who 12th Doctor

Jacket changes for 3,4 and 7. Change of waistcoat for 6, Blue Suit for 10. Probably others I have missed.

Now 26th July 2017 Lee Sullivan has revealed his first version of the image with the new face of Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker.

Doctor Who All Doctors WIth Jodie Whittaker

In this image she is sporting a costume inspired by the (brief) reveal trailer, as there is no official word on what her costume will be like. So I am sure that we will see an additional variation of this soon.

Now then Lee, any chance of a similar poster of The Master?

See more of Lee’s art on his website here.

Lee has lately been working on the comic series of The Rivers Of London. Buy Here or Find Out More on this here.

Images of the Doctor Who Usual Suspects used with permission of Lee Sullivan.

Use of the Usual Suspects 1995 poster under fair use for illustration purposes only.

A Few Thoughts On Peter Capaldi Leaving Doctor Who.

Peter Capaldi Doctor WhoFirst obvious thought is ‘shame’ as I would have liked to have seen more stories that let him shine, though he does have another 13 episodes ahead of him so there may be just that to come.

Secondly, ‘well done sir’. It was a pleasure to see Capaldi’s Doctor rock the boat a little.

Next. Endless speculation on who will be the next Doctor. Names new and old are all showing up on social media right now, from Susan Calman to Eddie Redmayne



Yes I have started to push Sue Perkins again (#doctorsue) but that is half in jest and harks back to me wanting her to do a Bigfinish Audio rather than a full series as the Doctor.

But I have 2 main thoughts, neither rules the other out.

Ade Edmondson
Ade Edmondson

Firstly Adrian Edmondson would make an excellent Doctor as we have seen him do the Zany and the Serious acting in his career.

Secondly the Christmas special should end on the regeneration cliffhanger, and the following series should see Paul McGann get 13 full episodes at the controls of the Tardis. Maybe in the spirit of past multi Doctor stories McGann could aid with the resolution of the Christmas story, but the plot follows the 8th Doctor through the next series, only to resolve the regeneration on the last episode.

Anyway, would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions – @scifind on twitter.

 

 

Playing Blood Bowl – Local Tournament Game One.

I entered the Blood Bowl tournament at my FLGS (friendly local game store) and played my first EVER game of Blood Bowl.

BloodBowl - Click to buy game.
BloodBowl – Click to buy game.
Yes Blood Bowl has been around 30 years and I have friends that used to play it in the early 1990s, but I was always much more of a Warhammer Fantasy Battle guy.

The fusion of American Football and Fantasy Battle always had it’s appeal though.

As the game was officially re released last week and I have been following some of the buzz of the game. I decided to give it a go. Not in a small way either. I have entered the local league. 16 games to be played over 8 weeks.

Guess how I did on my first ever game.

You guessed it, lost. But was a sterling effort. I was playing Ricky, a veteran of the game, who’s painted army and custom board gave me the hint he was quite into the game. I was playing Orcs (unpainted from the shop copy, I was not going to invest until I had the hang of the game). He did teach me to play and did help out a bit. End of second half the score sat at 3 touchdowns to 2. The casualty rate was fairly low, 2 skaven to one orc. I am slowly getting the hang of things, but sure I will get beaten on the rest of my games. Will be just a case of seeing how many I can take down with me.

I will make some extra notes of how I get on. Hopefully I will also take some better pictures also.

So for next time I need all the luck I can get!

An extra quick note. I am using Little Army Builder‘s Blood Bowl team sheet generator.

Doctor Who Pay What You Want HumbleBundle Comics For #ChildrenInNeed

Titan Comics have launched their own Doctor Who Humble Comics Bundle! Pay what you want for over 70 comics in aid of BBC Children in Need

Visit Humble Bundle and Pay What You Want Here

via GIPHY

 

The Humble Comics Bundle: Doctor Who presented by Titan Comics

Truly Dalek-table comics. It’s about time (lord) for the Doctor Who Comics Bundle to regenerate! This incarnation, it’s a multi-volume collection from our friends at Titan Comics. It’s only available for two weeks, so don’t blink and miss it!

Pay $1 or more for Doctor Who: Agent Provocateur #1-6, Doctor Who: Rippers Curse #1-3, Doctor Who: When Worlds Collide #1-3, Doctor Who: As Time Goes By #1-4, Doctor Who: Fugitive #1-4, Doctor Who: Through Time and Space #1-6, and Doctor Who: Body Snatched #1-2.

Pay $8 or more and you’ll also get Doctor Who: The Forgotten #1-6, The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who, Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Vol 1, Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Vol 1, Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1 (mini-series), Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor #1, Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor #1, Doctor Who: SDCC Exclusive 2015, and Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #16.

Pay $15 or more for all of that plus Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Vol 2, Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Vol 2, Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Vol 1, Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1 (ongoing series), Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #11, Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #11, Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #6, and Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #1.

Pay $1 or more. Together, these comics would cost over $209. Here at Humble Bundle, though, you name your price of $1 or more!

Read them anywhere. These comics are available in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they work on your computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices! Instructions and a list of recommended reading programs can be found here.

Support charity. Choose where the money goes – between the publisher, Titan Comics, and BBC Children in Need. For details on how this works, click here. If you like what we do, you can leave us a Humble Tip too!

Star Wars: Rogue One 6 minute trailer #Supercut!

Star Wars Rogue One Official Poster

From Science vs Cinema on Youtube -“We’ve mashed together *almost* ALL of the material from the ROGUE ONE Teaser, 2 Domestic Trailers, International Trailer and BTS Sizzle Reel. Enjoy!”

Official Star Wars Rogue One Trailer

Watch the official second trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in which Jyn Erso leads a group of unlikely heroes to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives in theaters December 16, 2016.

Find Science vs Cinema on Youtube

Star Wars Rogue One Official Poster
Star Wars Rogue One Official Poster

Halloween Horror Happy Meals from @newtonclements

The Evil Dead Happy Meal

Artist Newton Clements has created a selection of pop culture ‘McDonalds’ style Happy Meals that would probably never happen, but are VERY cool.

See below for a selection of the horror inspired Happy Meal boxes.

See the full selection on Newton’s Pintrest Page

Follow Newton on Twitter.

Beer on Scifind. What is afoot?

Vincent Price Ale – Black Cat Skrimshander 4.6% ABV

Yes we are discussing Beer!
“On SciFind why are you talking about beer?” I hear you ask. Well it is a very special type of beer.

As you know SciFind is about Scifi and Horror and this particular beer is dedicated to one of the key figures in horror cinema’s golden age.

I am talking Vincent Price. In his 82 years on this earth he appeared in over 200 productions for film and TV.

Kent based brewery Hopdaemon Beers an boast the only official beer dedicated to this icon of Horror.

Vincent Price Ale – Black Cat  Skrimshander 4.6% ABV
Vincent Price Ale – Black Cat 4.6% ABV
And here it is, Black Cat, the VPA (Vincent Price Ale).

Officially Black Cat is “An American IPA wrapped in a dark black cape.

The smooth malty background is complemented by a crisp vibrant New World aroma from the Hopdaemon’s own expressive hopping regime.

But how did a Kent based brewery come to be producing a beer for an American Horror Icon?

We got to ask Tonie Prins, the Hopdaemon himself:

“I am a big fan of Vincent Price and growing up in New Zealand in the 80s we kids had a bit of a ritual on a Sunday night. We used to first watch a music show called ‘Radio with Pictures’ and then stay up late for the ‘Sunday Horrors’ afterwards. We’d all talk about it bleary-eyed the next day at school.”

He goes on to tell the tale of that fateful day…

“It all started with a few beers at a tattoo parlour…

I was asked to do some beers for Savage Pencil at a tattoo parlour in Clerkenwell last year and at the opening got chatting to artists Jason Atomic and Billy Chainsaw. They liked my brews and were keen for me to do some sponsorship for their Satanic Mojo Project in Soho. Billy later introduced me to a guy called Peter Fuller, a close friend of Victoria Price (Mary Victoria Price daughter of Vincent Price), who thought it would be awesome to do a Vincent Price Ale. Victoria liked the idea and Graham Humphreys, who does amazing horror film art, was keen to do the label so we hatched a plan for a collaborative project. A year later Black Cat VPA 4.6% was born.

We are the only brewery in the world allowed to do this and I am stoked that Victoria, is on board. I think that with our passion and dedication to creating great craft beer we have brewed something that Vincent would have liked.”

You can find out more about Hopdaemon here.

Follow Hopdaemon on twitter here.

And you can follow the Vincent Price

Cheers!

Asylum Week on Scifind.com. Who Is With Us?

Seen a film by THE ASYLUM? The film studio that makes Sharknado.

Scifind is planning to run a week about THE ASYLUM and we are looking for review submissions as we are looking to have every single film reviewed.

Reviews need to be roughly 500 words, and need to be original to Scifind.com.
We cannot pay, but would be happy to link to your blog, promote your book etc in return.

The Asylum is an American independent film production company and distributor that focuses on producing low-budget, direct-to-video films. The company has produced titles that capitalize on productions by major studios, often using film titles and scripts very similar to those of current blockbusters in order to lure customers. These titles have been dubbed “mockbusters”.

List Of Movies
Interested? Please get in contact.

Please say which film you would like to review, but do not submit the review just yet.

Scifi Sitcom Brain Storm

Occasionally I have known to blurt out creative ideas on twitter, and the one that keeps coming back to me is writing a Scifi Sitcom.

Now these have been done, most notability with Red Dwarf, but I was looking for a Time Travel Twist.

I have just had a quick pen and pencil draft of of a pilot, but it reads back as a poor Steven Moffatt Episode of Doctor Who. (Not to say that Steven Moffatt’s Doctor Who is poor, just this plot seems a bit like a duff episode).

I know a lot of the Doctor Who of late has had a LOT of humour, but I was looking at a 6 episode 30 minute laugh-a-thon scifi idea. Which could allow character development.

Now what style?

I had thought a bit Basil Fawlty in a time machine, with some nice time travel paradox farce.
Or a Police Squad / Airplane / Naked Gun style comedy packed with in jokes, sight gags and breaking of the third wall.

I had a quick thought about casting and came up with 2 names Al Murray and Richard Herring. I have been stalking Richard on Twitter for a while, as I was a huge fan of his work for the past 20+ years.

Apparently Richard Herring does have a multiverse comedy in the works (very much look forward to it). But I still get a Pub-Landlord-as-The-Doctor style sketch going through my head. Now obliviously I don’t want to be so brash as to hijack an existing character and work it into a Doctor Who spoof. But I still like the idea of having Al Murray as the Time Travelling comedic lead. Bumbling through time ala Frank Drebin.

A few things I would need to do to take this to the next level, I am no stranger to writing comedy (I submitted many sketches and a sitcom pilot to the BBC back in the early 1990s) but I am a big stranger to getting it commissioned.

First step. Work on my characters and a loose 6 episode story arc with lots of laughs and get a pilot of episode one written.

I will post updates here.