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Re: Callan

Postby Martin_Kinsella » Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:28 am

ericthehalfabee wrote:Well I’ve finally watched all of it, save for the movie.

What a superb show. An instant favourite, as per my avatar.

Even “Wet Job” wasn’t as bad as I was expecting - although it wasn’t brilliant :lol:


Wet job is pretty good. The movie is not bad either. Callan is June if my top five to shows. Exceptional.
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Re: Callan

Postby ericthehalfabee » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:47 pm

So I've now watched the movie. I really enjoyed it, once I'd shaken off the TV series feel. Self contained and "non-canon" but three of the regulars were there and Eric Porter is always watchable. Good stuff.
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Re: Callan

Postby iank » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:50 pm

Just so long as it's not quite as batshit as that In the Loop movie, which has Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker from The Thick of It and then other Thick of It regulars as... different characters completely. I mean, WTF was that?! :?
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Re: Callan

Postby ericthehalfabee » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:53 pm

iank wrote:Just so long as it's not quite as batshit as that In the Loop movie, which has Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker from The Thick of It and then other Thick of It regulars as... different characters completely. I mean, WTF was that?! :?


Oh no, nowt like that.

It's a remake of "A Magnum for Shneider", only it has a different ending. On the cheapo DVD release there's also a great interview with Edward Woodward.
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Re: Callan

Postby iank » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:54 pm

I've ordered it along with Wet Job. ;)
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Re: Callan

Postby ericthehalfabee » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:56 pm

iank wrote:I've ordered it along with Wet Job. ;)


Save Wet Job til last :lol:
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Re: Callan

Postby iank » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:59 pm

lol Will do... :D
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Re: Callan

Postby The Ginger Cat » Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:31 pm

Some details and stuff on them BF Callan audios.

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Yeah, sorry not feeling it my dears...
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Re: Callan

Postby ericthehalfabee » Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:04 pm

The Ginger Cat wrote:Some details and stuff on them BF Callan audios.

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Yeah, sorry not feeling it my dears...


Oh... Skinner’s an interesting choice for Lonely.

But yeah - not feeling it. No interest I’m afraid.

ETA: More Nick Briggs. Presumably his insistence on acting everywhere is some sort of attempt at a Simon Cowell playing the triangle on every record stunt.
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Re: Callan

Postby iank » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:28 pm

No. Just... no.
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Re: Callan

Postby The Ginger Cat » Sat May 05, 2018 9:21 pm

Doesn't sound all that.

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Re: Callan

Postby ericthehalfabee » Sun May 06, 2018 12:39 am

The Ginger Cat wrote:Doesn't sound all that.

Big Finish: Callan Trailer


Better than I expected, although I suspect I am being lulled by having the theme tune in the background throughout. I suppose I could obtain a copy then do that myself :D
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Re: Callan

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Re: Callan

Postby Martin_Kinsella » Sun May 27, 2018 9:11 am

The Ginger Cat wrote:Doesn't sound all that.

Big Finish: Callan Trailer



Oh dear god, no. Awful.

Now if they remade some of the missing episodes I may be interested.

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Re: Callan

Postby The Wooksta! » Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:30 pm

I could be up for remakes of missing episodes, presuming the scripts actually still exist. I know two definitely do exists and were printed as part of the Callan Uncovered books. They're reprints of all the short stories published in the papers and they are cracking reads.

There's also a script for an unmade episode in the first volume
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Re: Callan

Postby The Wooksta! » Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:58 am

Having ploughed my way through both volumes of Callan Uncovered, I have to say that the first few stories are the best, after that they become a tad repetitive and formulaic, not to mention short in the second volume.

There are several Callan novels by James Mitchell and (under the pen name James Munro) he wrote a short series of novels circa 1964* before the series began with a main protagonist in the Callan mould. Tempted to buy them to see what they're like.

Having said that, I've an itch to watch a few episodes, although I know it'll end up with me watching the entire series! Still, I have a week off coming up soon.

Also on the shelf for perusal at some point is Andrew Pixley's Callan: Under the Red File and Robert Fairclough & Mike Kenwood's The Callan File - The Definitive Guide. Looking forward to both of them.



*From Wikipedia
James Munro
The Man Who Sold Death (1964)
Die Rich, Die Happy (1965)
The Money That Money Can't Buy (1967)
The Innocent Bystanders (1969)
The hero in his Munro books is a British agent named John Craig, who works, mostly reluctantly, for Department K. Mitchell wrote the screenplay for the 1971 film version of The Innocent Bystanders under his real name.
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Re: Callan

Postby The Wooksta! » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:25 pm

Interview with Edward Woodward about the series:

"It's basically a cure... for not being an axe-wielding homicidal maniac... the potential market's enormous!"

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Re: Callan

Postby Hepesh48 » Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:11 pm

Network Black Friday has the b/w and colour box sets at £5 and £9 respectively. Just snapped them up
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Re: Callan

Postby The Ginger Cat » Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:07 pm

According to their email newsletter doings, Talking Pictures TV are sticking Callan on at 9pm every weeknight (except Wednesdays) starting from 4th March.
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Re: Callan

Postby The Ginger Cat » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:42 pm

Going by this trailer thing, look's like they'll be showing some of the surviving B&W episodes as well as the Thames colour ones.

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