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Quatermass Experiment Headup/Did this miss everyone? Quartermass is back!

Discussion in 'TV Show Forum' started by Harj, Mar 6, 2005.

  1. Harj

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    If someone has posted it before I apologise for repeating, The Professor is back on BBC, i've only seen Quartermass and The Pit (which i found quite chilling) so i am looking forward to this.

    Of course all those complaining about the BBC licsence fee wont be watching :D

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/4315013.stm
     
  2. Garrett

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    No they have not , although I read the news and meant to post it and forgot :suicide: good job you reminded us.
    I do hope they will get round to screening Quatermass II.
     
  3. Garrett

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    BBC4 are showing this next Saturday 2 April at 20:20 for 2 hours it looks like it is the new production.
     
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    It is spelt 'Quatermass', the 'qua' pronounced as in 'hay'. (For those of you who are too young to remember!)
     
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    It is and it is being broadcast LIVE as was the original production.
     
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    Quatermass or as by reading this thread haytermass - excellent!!
    Any idea who is playing the professor?
    Hope this is better than the new Dr Who, as I was quite dissapointed.
     
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    Hi,

    Just an additional note: the "Quatermass" show is being shown live on the Saturday night, but is also being recorded, and repeated the following Friday as well.

    I'll include all the details in my "What's On TV in April 2005" post, tomorrow. :)


    Pooch
     
  8. Garrett

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    I think it is Jason Flemyng.
     
  9. Garrett

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    Reminder its on tonight.
     
  10. the_pauley

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    :confused: :confused: :confused:

    In all three films, the Thames mini-series as well as the BBC productions of "Quatermass II" and "Quatermass and the Pit", nowhere is the name pronounced "Haytermass".

    Where do you get this from?
     
  11. El_JimBob

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    He means the 'qua' part is pronounced as you would say 'hay'....

    I have heard some BBC announcers refer to it as 'Qwah-termass' and 'Quarter-mass' at times.

    He was just reminding us that it is, in fact, pronounced 'Qway-termass' (spelt Quatermass) with the 'Qua' being pronounced "as in 'hay'"....

    Please pay attention ;)

    ....right i'm off to watch Quantum-mass.... *phew* *tired out now...*



    *edit* Argh! The music!!! Still gives me the bloody willies....
     
  12. the_pauley

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    In the way he's phrased his post he's implying it's pronounced "Haytermass". You compound the confusion with your remark "He means the 'qua' part is pronounced as you would say 'hay'...". So following your instructions, if I pronounce "qua" "... as you would say "hay"..." the name is pronounced "Haytermass".

    The way he and you have expressed yourselves, leads people to interpret it in that manner. Viz...
    So I am not the only one that has interpreted it in that way.

    There is no "Qua" in "hay" therefore it can't be pronounced "...as in "hay"..." If however he means what you're trying to say he means, then he should have said:

    1) the "a" in "Qua" is pronounced as it is in "hay",

    or

    2) the "Qua" part rhymes with "hay",

    or simplest of all

    2) the "qua" part is pronounced "Kway".

    Understand?

    The fact is neither of you have expressed yourselves clearly, so little remarks like "Please pay attention ;) " are not required. "Please express yourself clearly", however, is most appropriate - if only to avoid confusion and arguments. ;)

    Now please - do to try to pay attention... :D
     
  13. El_JimBob

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    Is there a 'blatant hint of irony' button for internet posts?

    Give a senior member an inch and he takes a grammatical mile :)

    (his original grammar was quite acceptable by the way)

    :p
    Anyways, who liked the show? Quite spiffing, i thought, and well played throughout.
    Mark Gatiss continues to impress, methinks....
     
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    Whose? Mine? Pantages? Someone else's? Yet again you underscore my point re. the need for clarity of expression.

    If indeed you do mean Pantages, that point is answered thoroughly in my last post.

    Speaking of grammar "...blatant hint..." Oh dear...

    Still - ironic, eh? ;)
     
  15. Garrett

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    Mod Comment; Can we get back on topic, this is a thread on Quatermas not an English lesson.
     
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    Damn, I just read this thread after the Doctor Who one and completely missed this new production. When it is repeated on Friday is that on BBC4 again? the Quatermass and the Pit film scared the hell out of me when I first saw it on tv.
     
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    thought it was better than Dr. Who, the actors were very good
     
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    thought it was completely boring.
     
  19. Bernard Barnett

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    Agree with pj. Laughable script, terrible over-acting.
     
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    To my eyes it did not 'look' live but as if it had been recorded straight to hard disk and played back immediately. I suppose there may have been a short time delay just in case of any major acting foul-ups?
     
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    I think most of it was live but there were a few obviously pre-recorded bits, presumably to cover action changes. I wasn't watching very closely but did notice one acting screw-up when the guy playing the "reporter" stumbled over his lines.
     
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    Nice thing about live performances people do in real life slip up saying stuff.
    I did think the end of the story was a bit week and though the ending from the original was better rather than the psycho babble.

    Did anyone watch the documentary on live TV later on, Brian Blessed was recalling Z-Cars and they had the screen out of the car so the reflection of the window would not show in the cameras. A number of times he said he got out f the car and reached through the windscreen and picked his hat up.
     
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    I missed this due to the lack of enough recording devices, however I beleive it it repeated on Wednesday at 21:00 on BBC4.

    I've always liked the Quatermass charactor and enjoy the unique English spin on the whole genre.

    Was there any FX''s work of any note or was it minimalist like the original?
     
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    Unless you like your Quatermass evidently barely old enough to have got his BSc, never mind his professorship, and with a scarcely audible cockney mumble, I wouldn't bother.
     
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    There was probably less than the original.
     
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    Well i thought it was pretty good, all things considered....

    At the very least, i hope it gives the BBC the balls to try some more projects like this in the future....
     
  27. Garrett

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    When on the first link they said "The original version, due to be shown in April, became a television phenomenon when it was shown in 1953. " I thought they meant they was going to show the actual one as well as the new version. The should have said "The original story", not unles they are planning to show it some time but from a documentry ist sounded as though the tapes had been wiped.
     
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    Garrett,

    Only the first two episodes of the original, nee classic "Quatermass" series now exists. Episodes three and four have been wiped, and as far as the BBC know, despite hunting for any remaining versions, nothing has been found.

    The UK DVD release includes episodes 1 and 2, with parts 3 and 4 in script-form only.


    Pooch
     
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    I watched it on BBC4 and I have to say it was the worst scripted, acted and produced show I have seen for a long time - an insult to anybody's intelligience. Not a patch on even the film versions.

    The documentary afterwards on the creator of the original serials was however top notch.
     
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    I had a tape for years of the original "Quatermass 2" serial that I "acquired" from a friend that worked at the Beeb.

    I found it to be virtually unwatchable in terms of funereal pace and painful acting. Had to put up with some extremely ropey FX work too, but that was forgivable for the time it was made. The performances were ham-theatrical to the "n"th degree, as if they'd pulled a cast of luvvies from a bad amateur dramatics society. "Fathaah - look ovah theyah...", etc... :rolleyes:

    The movie versions of the first two stories (still scripted by Kneale) were infinitely superior in every way to the TV versions. Hammer Studios - yes!!! :smashin: . All that would have been needed to push them up another notch or two would have been to have cast Peter Cushing as Quatermass.

    The serial of "Q2" definitely overstayed its welcome at almost three-and-a-half hours. The biggest favour the movies did was to reduce the running times of both serials and the result was a pair of taut, exciting SF thrillers.

    The only BBC '50s Quatermass serial that still holds up pretty well today is their adaptation of "Quatermass and the Pit". It is a quantum leap in every department from "Quatermass 2". In the three years separating the two the Beeb definitely learned a lot about presenting TV drama of this type, and note the increased amount of faces from cinema in the cast. Consequently performances improve several thousand percent.

    Although the movie version of "Pit" tightened up the pacing, the serial still manages to hold you for the three hours running time. Picked up the DVD a couple of years ago and a few of us sat down to sample just a bit of the opening episode and ended up watching the whole thing.

    And didn't the Martian craft in the TV version look just like a slimline Dalek laid on its side?
     

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