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Alex Fitch

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REALITY CHECK with Alex Fitch

Interlude: Frankenstein revived, Superman lives

Alex Fitch talks to Jasper Sharp, artistic director of the Asia House Film Festival, which runs from 22 February, to actor Tony Todd about Bernard Rose’s new adaptation of Frankenstein, and to the director (Jon Schnepp) and producers (Holly Payne, Robert Pierce) of the documentary The Death of Superman Lives.

More info about The Death of Superman Lives / buy Frankenstein (2015) from amazon.co.uk / the Asia House Film Festival

5.01 - Save Our Skins, Superbob

Alex Fitch talks to the casts and crews of two British Comedy / Science-Fiction films, in Q and As on stage at the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival. At Stratford PictureHouse, the director of SOS: Save our Skins, produced by Baby Cow, discusses finding humour in an alien apocalypse, and at the Ritzy Cinema, the creator of SuperBob and members of the cast, including Catherine Tate talk about creating a South London Superhero.

More info: www.tinyurl.com/superbobmovie / saveourskins.tumblr.com

4.26 - Darth Vader and the Girls from Goldfinger

In Q and As recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON and the London Film Museum, Alex Fitch talks to Dave Prowse, Shirley Eaton and Tania Mallet about appearing in (Saving) Star Wars and Goldfinger respectively. Shirley and Tania discuss being cast as the Masterson sisters in the third Bond movie, and Dave talks about turning down the role of Chewbacca for a more sinister position in classic films by George Lucas.

More info: Watch Saving Star Wars on watchscifi.com

Official Dave Prowse website

4.24 - The Ersatz Doctors part 1

Alex Fitch looks at the actors who have been hired to play incarnations of Doctor Who after the original actors have passed on or retired. While the programme has a built in fiction for the constant recasting of the lead role, fans have had a desire to still see and hear new adventures for the 1960s and 70s versions of Doctor Who, and these have begun to be made and licenced by the BBC for broadcast on digital radio, television and download. Alex talks to impressionist Jon Culshaw about playing Tom Baker - otherwise known as the Fourth Doctor - in Dead Ringers, and audiobooks such as The Ark in Space; to actor David Troughton about channeling his father Patrick as an ersatz Second Doctor on BBC Radio 4extra.

More info: Article about the recording of The Ark in Space at ladbrokeradio.com

Review of Doctor Who: Serpent Crest at cultbox.com

4.25 - The Ersatz Doctors part 2

Alex Fitch continues his exploration of the actors who have been hired to play incarnations of Doctor Who after the original actors have passed on. Alex talks to John Guilor about providing a new voice for William Hartnell’s First Doctor in reconstructed ‘missing’ scenes for BBC DVDs; and to Tim Treloar about continuing the adventures of the Third Doctor in Big Finish audio plays, now that Jon Pertwee is no longer with us.

More: info about 'Tenth Planet' Doctor Who events

Article about the recording of The Third Doctor Adventures at bigfinish.com

Behind the scenes video of recording The Planet of Giants

4.23 - Space Odysseys

Celebrating Sci-Fi programming at the BFI and Brighton's Cine-City festival, Alex Fitch talks to writer / actor Graham Duff (Nebulous) about the Cine-City performance of 'They - A sequence of unease' adapted from a surrealist novel by author Kay Dick. Alex also chats to broadcaster and author Matthew Sweet about the new BFI print of '2001 - A Space Odyssey', with an extract from his recent Q and A about the film, featuring Keir Dullea, broadcast 2nd December 2014 on BBC Radio 3. (With thanks to BBC Arts)

More info: www.bbc.co.uk/arts / http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0144txn

whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/sci-fi

www.cine-city.co.uk/festival-event/they-a-sequence-of-unease-by-kay-dick-3

More download formats: archive.org/details/RealityCheckSpaceOdysseys

Interlude - (Post-apocalyptic) Manga Shakespeare

In an extract from a Q&A recorded at a SCI-FI-LONDON 14 event in Gosh! Comics, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Emma Vieceli about her work on SelfMadeHero’s Manga Shakespeare line, drawing adaptations of a cyberpunk / post-apocalyptic Hamlet, and 19th Century Much ado about nothing. Also, in an interview (translated by Alex Spiro) recorded at ELCAF French cartoonist Anne Simon discusses her graphic novel biographies of Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud, published in English by Nobrow.

More info: www.emmavieceli.com / www.nobrow.net

4.22 - Vampire Academy comic Breaks

Continuing a Q and A recorded at Gosh! Comics, as part of SCI-FI-LONDON 14, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Emma Vieceli about illustrating the comic book adaptations of the first three Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead. Emma also discusses her new webcomic Breaks and forthcoming work on the Alex Rider graphic novel range.

More info at: www.penquin.com/vampireacademy / www.breakscomic.com

4.21 - John dies at the End of the Quest for the Game Child

Alex Fitch talks to director Don Coscarelli about his new film John Dies at the End, a slacker-apocalypse comedy with guest appearances by Paul Giamatti, Doug Jones and Clancy Brown. Also, in a Q and A recorded ate last year's SCI-FI-LONDON, youtube phenomenon Stuart Ashen and director Riyad Barmania discuss their movie Ashens and the Quest for the Game Child.

Download mp3 here: www.archive.org/reality_check_john_dies_game_child (More info: www.johndies.com / www.youtube.com/user/ashens)

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