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Signing out of a broken Britain: The final Quatermass serial

Nigel Kneale was one of the best British writers of the past 50 years, but thanks to enduring British snobbishness about both TV and stories of the imagination, the name is met with blank looks today. Luvvies and critics have never taken to Kneale's Professor Quatermass character - and perhaps more people will recognise the name …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jul 2013

1953: How Quatermass switched Britons from TV royalty to TV sci-fi

In June 1953 millions of Brits huddled around their newly bought TVs - all two million of them - and watched their new young Queen take the Coronation Oath before God, her bishops and peers amidst the gothic splendour of Westminster Abbey. Just over two months later a similar number clustered around their sets again, to watch a …
Joe Fay, 18 Jul 2013
Quatermass and the Pit

Mars, bringer of WAR: Quatermass and the Pit

“When I wrote the Quatermass stories, I couldn’t help drawing on the forces and the fears that affected people in the 1950s,” wrote Quatermass creator Nigel Kneale in 1996. His inspiration for Professor Bernard Quatermass’ third appearance on television had been the Notting Hill race riots that struck the London suburb during …
Tony Smith, 24 Jul 2013

Goodbye Blighty: The alternative reality of Quatermass II

The Quatermass Experiment saw Nigel Kneale lay the foundations of what, in the era of trilogies, prequels, sequels and reboots, the entertainment biz would almost certainly call "a franchise". Kneale created Professor Bernard Quatermass, a gifted British rocket scientist whose adventures would be told and re-told eight times …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2013

Stob on Quatermass: Was this British TV's finest sci-fi hour?

In the pub, with my editor. "Those sci-fi classics of the fifties," he mused. "Not the Hammer remakes - the originals. Are they really classics? How do they compare with modern Doctor Who? Are they even watchable?" [Dissolve to Stob's flat. A portable computing machine is displaying the Amazon website's DVD section. Pan to a TV …
Verity Stob, 08 Nov 2012
Nuclear-powered rocket in Quatermass

When it doesn't get boring in series 8: Adaptec touts RAID RoCket fuel

Adaptec's new 12Gbit/s SAS RoC controller packs in more than double the RAID adapter speed of its older brother. Remember storage biz wannabe Adaptec? Its RAID adapter business was acquired by PMC-Sierra in 2010, and new generations of its RAID cards have been coming out ever since then – with Series 7 supporting 6Gbit/s SAS …
Chris Mellor, 05 Sep 2013
The Talons of Weng-Chiang

Doctor Who nicked my plot and all I got was a mention in this lousy feature

There’s no question: blocked Doctor Who writers and Script Editors - or Story Editors as they were in the very early days - frequently turned to movies and books for inspiration. They regularly resorted to, ahem, "borrowing" plots and ideas from famous flicks and notorious novels for the basis for their Doctor Who stories. …
Tony Smith, 11 Nov 2013
Mars Attacks!

Ten... alien invasions

Earlier this week, alien hunters donned their tinfoil hats for World UFO day and with Yanks celebrating Independence Day today, the topic of extra-terrestrial takeover lingers in the air. The public has even been debating who would be best equipped to tackle an alien invasion. Whether that's Mr. Obama, his political opponent or …
Caleb Cox, 04 Jul 2012
The Register breaking news

Is this the world's dirtiest PC?

We're obliged to reader Danny Lee for forwarding evidence of what appears to be a Quatermass-style lifeform, which has attached itself to a PC and pretty well explains why the thing had ceased to function: The world's dirtiest PC, with vents completely blocked by dust Chilling stuff indeed. Anyone out there who has …
Lester Haines, 06 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Hammer Films has risen from the grave

Classic film fans lock up your daughters, take up your wooden stakes and prepare to battle the forces of darkness: Hammer Films has announced it's called action on its first horror production for over 30 years. Principal photography began today in County Donegal on The Wake Wood, featuring Eva Birthistle, Aidan Gillen and …
Lester Haines, 22 Sep 2008
Two dead mice fried by printer power supply

Dirty, dirty PCs: The X-rated picture guide

Our shock picture last Friday of a Quatermass-style lifeform lurking inside a PC prompted a flurry of snaps forwarded by readers who had similarly confronted unspeakable horrors. We gather that many of our correspondents are responding well to therapy, and could be back working in PC maintenance in five years or so. Others, …
Lester Haines, 13 Nov 2009
The Register breaking news

Brits love Doctor Who - official

Doctor Who has topped a poll to find the best British fantasy show. The recently-revived science fiction drama beat comedy classic Red Dwarf into second place in a survey of 4,000 readers of SFX magazine. SFX magazine editor Dave Bradley told BBC online that Doctor Who was "a great British institution which has entertained …
John Leyden, 01 Aug 2005
The Register breaking news

C++/CLI: a paradigm too far

Microsoft has been firing off some big guns in support of something called 'C++/CLI'. The Softies would really like to lure C++ users into the suburban programming world of .NET - the .NETscape if you wish. But their previous attempt in this direction, a system called 'Managed Extensions to C++' that was composed mostly of …
Verity Stob, 05 May 2006

Microsoft comes a cropper in Strasbourg as a hole in Peru wipes the :-) off 600 faces

No prizes for guessing this week's big story. Yes, that's right, the meteorite that landed in Peru causing 600 people to suffer from headaches, nausea and vomiting after inhaling gas at the scene of the strike. Locals reported seeing "a fireball in the sky coming towards them", and the impact left a 98ft (30m) wide by 20ft (6m …
Billy MacInnes, 20 Sep 2007