St. George’s Day is being moved around a bit this year. The patron saint of England is typically celebrated on April 23, the same day Shakespeare’s birthday is celebrated. Which reminds me how reminiscent BBC Two’s ‘Upstart Crow’ is of old school British situation comedy.
Sadly, the silent 11 second bit is all that exists of the Fab Four miming to “Paperback Writer” in June of 1966. The lost footage was shot by a family in Liverpool filming their TV set with an 8mm camera.
As BBC One faded to black following the final episode of season 8 last Thursday, word came down from Britain’s public broadcaster that the popular crime comedy/drama/mystery series has been commissioned for an additional two seasons.
In the ’60s, it was standard practice for the BBC to record over or discard tapes of programs. Among the casualties were three “lost” episodes of ‘Dad’s Army.’ The three episodes will be remade as part of “Dad’s Army: The Lost Episodes” with Timothy West joining the cast.
The island community of Shetland is once again rocked with the opening of season 5, this time with a brand-new case involving a severed hand and a bag of body parts found by a lone jogger on the beach.