(1) NEED TO RELOAD. There will be no TitanCon in Belfast this year announced co-chair Samuel Poots.
We’re very sorry to have to announce that Titan Con is cancelled this year.
I don’t need to tell you that the past few years have been enormously challenging for everyone and many of us are still processing our experiences. While finances are good, the humans and human resources needed to make Titan Con viable have been impacted.
In recent weeks, a number of committee members, including my co-chair, have had to step away due to personal reasons. I’m sorry to lose them, and am extremely grateful for their hard work, but understand it’s the best decision.
After taking stock of the situation with the committee and advisers, it’s clear we do not have the resources for this year’s already smaller con, and unfortunately have to cancel it. This was a very difficult decision and one the committee wished could be avoided, but there was simply no alternative.
A fresh start is called for.
We need to cancel, regroup, and consider our way forward carefully.
We’ll be recruiting some people to help us look at delivering a Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror convention with the best elements of our legacy events, while considering how to become sustainable going forward.
All current members will receive a full refund.
Thank you for your support and patience, and we hope to see you in the future to celebrate the wonderful media we are all fans of.
(2) MALIK Q&A. The Horror Writers Association Blog continues its “Asian Heritage in Horror” theme in an “Interview with Usman T. Malik”.
What is one piece of advice you would give horror authors today?
Don’t worry about pandering to western stereotypes or the market. Write your own darkness. Spill your own fears onto the page and the audience will follow.
(3) ABOUT THE BROKEN TRUST. Jake and Ron chat with author Juliette Wade about her projected five-book series, The Broken Trust on The Wrath of the iOtians podcast. (Also available on Spotify.)
Juliette Wade is a novelist … and after listening to this interview, you’ll understand why it’s a hard-earned and well-deserved title for this masterclass worldbuilder.
Her background is impressive. She is fluent in French and Japanese, has degrees in linguistics and anthropology, and also boasts a Ph.D. in education.
Juliette started writing fiction in 1999, and her short stories have been featured in Analog, Clarkesworld, and Fantasy & Science Fiction magazines. But she is perhaps best known for her projected five-volume Broken Trust series, whose latest volume, Inheritors of Power, was published earlier this year by DAW. Juliette’s specialty is sociological science-fiction, of which Broken Trust is one of our finest contemporary examples. Each stratum of Broken Trust’s complex caste system has its own vocation, ideals, manners, and culture, and naturally, they come into a devastating conflict. There’s a lot to discuss, so let’s dive in!
(4) JO FLETCHER NEWS. Publishers Lunch reports, “Publisher Jo Fletcher will leave the Quercus sci-fi, fantasy and horror imprint she founded 11 years ago on September 30. She will continue to edit some of her long-standing authors for the line.”
(5) WARNING LABEL. “’Stranger Things 4′ Warning Card Added Following School Shooting” reports Variety.
Netflix is adding a warning card to the “Stranger Things 4” premiere in light of the shooting on Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which left 21 people dead — including 19 children and two teachers.
The warning card, which will show up for viewers in the U.S. when the episodes launch on Friday, reads: “We filmed this season of ‘Stranger Things’ a year ago. But given the recent tragic shooting at a school in Texas, viewers may find the opening scene of episode 1 distressing. We are deeply saddened by this unspeakable violence, and our hearts go out to every family mourning a loved one.”
This warning will appear before the prior season recap that auto-plays at the beginning of “Stranger Things 4” Episode 1 for viewers in the U.S. only. Additionally, Netflix has also edited the description for the premiere to include the note, “Warning: Contains graphic violence involving children,” and added “disturbing images” to the show rating advisories….
(6) LIFT OFF. The New Yorker’s Neima Jahromi analyzes Disney World’s Starcruiser experience in “LARPing Goes to Disney World”.
In February, when it was cold and wet in New York, I rode a jitney under blue skies from the Orlando airport into Disney World. Before reaching the Magic Kingdom, the bus passed a range of gray crags perched on scaffolding—a sliver of Black Spire Outpost, which, in the “Star Wars” universe, is a settlement on a planet called Batuu. Nearby, the Millennium Falcon rested below a control tower built into the rock; Stormtrooper helmets were for sale at a sun-bleached military-surplus garage. Black Spire is also the destination of the Galactic Starcruiser, a spaceship that carries hundreds of interstellar tourists to and from the outpost, on what Disney calls an “immersive adventure.” The Starcruiser begins its journey floating in space, light-years from Batuu and Black Spire. In reality, the spacecraft is a massive brutalist building that sits beside a highway….
In one of the games —
In Calculations, written by Caro Murphy, a veteran larper with a side-swept cyberpunk haircut, Sinking Ship customers play a spaceship pilot delivering medicine to Mars, where colonists have been dying from an illness that causes “shortness of breath.” Murphy adapted the game from a nineteen-fifties sci-fi story by Tom Godwin.
(7) DIAL ‘M’ FOR MILKY WAY. No, E.T. should not be allowed to phone home. Vice looks at a scientific paper: “There Are 4 ‘Malicious Extraterrestrial Civilizations’ in Milky Way, Researcher Estimates”. The author, PhD student Alberto Caballero of Spain’s University of Vigo, readily admits he had to make a number of assumptions. Thus, it’s hard to put error boundaries on his conclusions.
Stephen Hawking famously said sending messages from Earth into deep space could get human civilization destroyed: “If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”
Hawking’s words have often been used to discourage the practice of METI, which is Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence. But how many “malicious” alien civilizations are there? And what are the chances any message we sent into our own galaxy would be received by an evil alien civilization? There is precious little research on this topic, and very few scientists have even posited a guess.
A new thought experiment attempts to at least venture a guess in hopes that other scientists will begin to take METI more seriously, and will try to determine how dangerous it actually is to try to contact alien civilizations.
According to this paper, which the author admits has “some limitations,” there are roughly four “malicious extraterrestrial civilizations” in the Milky Way, and we could likely send out 18,000 interstellar messages to different exoplanets in our galaxy and the probability of ensuring our own destruction would still be about the same as Earth being hit by a “global catastrophe asteroid.”
(8) TWO SF ARTISTS REMEMBERED. “A Vision In Many Voices: The Art of Leo and Diane Dillon” at Unquiet Things.
It must have been fate. Born eleven days apart on opposite coasts, Leo and Diane met, competed artistically, and eventually fell in love while attending Parsons School of Design, each aspiring to a life of art. After their marriage in 1957, the artists initially pursued separate careers in illustration before recognizing their strengths were collaborative in nature. In an effort to work in a particular style that they both could master, they symbiotically and seamlessly melded their personalities and styles, employing pastels, colored pencil, watercolor, acrylic, stencils, typography, woodcut, pochoir, found-object assemblage, collage, and sculpture into an entity/partnership that they came to refer to as “the artist.”
Noted Leo on the gorgeously striking complexity of their distinctive decorative realism and unconventional techniques: “People often comment on the ‘Dillon style.’ I think that someplace, the two of us made a pact with each other. We both decided that we would give up the essence of ourselves, that part that made the art each of us did our own. And I think that in doing that we opened the door to everything.”…
(9) MEDIA BIRTHDAY.
1998 – [By Cat Eldridge.] Warning: there are lots of SPOILERS here. Go away now if you’ve not watched Babylon 5. Really I do mean it!
Twenty-four years ago in the last season of Babylon 5, the “Meditations on the Abyss” episode aired. It has three story lines: a mission to the edge of Centauri space, Lennier both teaches and learns; John Sheridan struggles to keep the Interstellar Alliance together; a Drazi agents plant a bug in Londo Mollari’s quarters and faces the wrath of Vir Cotto which happens after Londo Mollari tells Vir Cotto he will have to be more careful if he wishes to be worthy of his new job as Centauri Ambassador to Babylon 5.
Vir fascinates me. This episode, like so many involving him, upends the apparent light hearted nature of the character and show him to be something much more complex, more dangerous but good for the Empire in fact than Londo is as Londo has no sense of community and Vir does. Vir cares about the Centauri people in a way Londo doesn’t.
“I’d like to live just long enough to be there when they cut off your head and stick it on a pike, as a warning to the next ten generations that some favors come with too high a price. I want to look up into your lifeless eyes and wave like this.” – Vir telling Mr Morden what he wants.
And he gets to do just that. Wasn’t that absolutely thrilling to see Vir looking up at the head of Mr Morden on a stake in the capital city of a devastated Centauri Prime and waving at it?
And he will become the Emperor of an Empire almost completely shattered after Londo is strangled by the blind G’Kar. It not known how the Empire fares under him but it has to be better than it did under under previous Emperors.
(10) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.
[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]
- Born May 27, 1894 — Dashiell Hammett. Yes, I know he’s written some genre fiction but I’m interested this time in his mysteries. He wrote The Maltese Falcon which was turned into the film you remember and another film a decade earlier. And of course there are Nick and Nora Charles in The Thin Man series that got turned in a six film series. Now my favorite character by him is the Continental Op in Red Harvest and The Dain Curse. And let’s not forget the Secret Agent X-9 comic strip which I think is genre, which artist Alex Raymond of Flash Gordon fame illustrated. (Died 1961.)
- Born May 27, 1911 — Vincent Price. Ok, what’s popping into my head is him on The Muppets in “House of Horrors” sketch they did in which he and Kermit sport impressive fangs. If I had to single out his best work, it’d be in such films as House on Haunted Hill, House of Usher and The Pit and the Pendulum. Yes, I know the latter two are Roger Corman productions. He also did a lot of series work including being Egghead on Batman, appearing in the Fifties Science Fiction Theater, having a recurring role as Jason Winters on the Time Express and so forth. (Died 1993.)
- Born May 27, 1922 — Christopher Lee. He first became famous for his role as Count Dracula in a series of Hammer Horror films. His other film roles include The Creature in The Curse of Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace, Kharis the Mummy in The Mummy, Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun, Lord Summerisle In The Wicker Man, Saruman in The Lord of the Rings films and The Hobbit film trilogy, and Count Dooku in the second and third films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Now interestingly enough, ISFDB lists him as being the co-editor in the Seventies with Michael Parry with a number of horror anthologies such as Christopher Lee’s ‘X’ Certificate No. 1, From the Archives of Evil and The Great Villains. (Died 2015.)
- Born May 27, 1929 — Burnett Toskey, 93. A Seattle fan who was a member of the Nameless Ones and served them in various offices from the early Fifties to the mid Sixties. He was also the official editor of Spectator Amateur Press Society. His work on Cry of the Nameless won the Best Fanzine Hugo at Pitcon, a honor he shared with F. M. Busby, Elinor Busby and Wally Weber.
- Born May 27, 1934 — Harlan Ellison. Setting aside the “The City on the Edge of Forever” episode”, I think I best remember him for the two Dangerous Vision anthologies which were amazing reading. His awards are far, far too numerous to recount here so I’ll need to do an essay on them. His Hugos alone are legion and that’s hardly all of the awards that he was honored with. (Died 2018.)
- Born May 27, 1935 — Lee Meriwether, 87. Catwoman on Batman. (And if you have to ask which Batman, you’re in the wrong conversation.) Also she had a turn as a rather sexy Lily Munster on The Munsters Today. And of course she had a co-starring role as Dr. Ann MacGregor on The Time Tunnel as well. And yes, I know I’m not touching upon her many other genre roles including her Trek appearance as I know you will.
- Born May 27, 1951 — Stepan Chapman. He wrote but one novel, The Trioka, a most excellent steampunk affair that won that the Philip K. Dick Award. He’s written a lot of short fiction, some of it collected in Danger Music and Dossier. The Trioka is available for a reasonable price at the usual suspects. (Died 2014.)
- Born May 27, 1967 — Eddie McClintock, 55. Best known no doubt as Secret Service agent Pete Lattimer on Warehouse 13, a series I loved. He’s also in Warehouse 13: Of Monsters and Men which is listed separately and has the plot of ‘the Warehouse 13 operatives uncover a mysterious comic book artifact and must work together to free themselves from its power.’ He’s had one-off appearances in Witches of East End, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Supergirl, but no other major genre roles to date.
(11) HORSING AROUND WITH SHATNER. Tomorrow, May 28, the Hollywood Charity Horse Show is offering “An Evening with William Shatner”. One ticket is $400. Or buy a table for 10 and only pay – eh, $4,000.
6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner. During Dinner, Mr. Shatner will go around to each table and take a group shot (Due to Covid restrictions individual photos are not possible.)
7:00pm – 8:00pm Mr. Shatner will tell stories and answer your questions
(12) SCENES OF HORROR. Cora Buhlert has a new article up at Galactic Journey about a forgotten tragedy: “[May 26, 1967] Flames over Brussels: The À l’Innovation Department Store Fire”.
…The last time I was in Brussel in April, I stopped at the Standaard Boekhandel book shop directly across the street from À l’Innovation to pick up the latest comics. The venerable weekly comics magazine Tintin has launched a slew of new strips to keep up with the competition of Spirou and particularly the French comics magazine Pilote….
(13) BOOK REVIEW. Cora Buhlert also appears in The Dark Man: Journal of Robert E. Howard and Pulp Studies (12.2) with a review of The Weird Tales Story: Enhanced and Expanded by Robert Weinberg et al. The publication is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted to the academic study of Howard’s literary works as well as the literary historical and print culture contexts associated with it.
(14) DOZOIS AND ADLER TRANSCRIPT. The Eaton Collection shares a bit of history.
(15) AT THE HELM. Gizmodo asks the show creator about those odious comparisons: “Seth MacFarlane Interview: The Orville Versus Star Trek”.
…“I think it’s safe to say that we’re still occupying our own space this year,” MacFarlane told io9 over video chat at a recent Orville press event. “Certainly, the more that’s out there, you do start to become a little concerned that, you know, is it oversaturation? Is there a pocket where our show and only our show exists? And I think that is still very much the case.”
Not wanting to spoil what’s in store, MacFarlane didn’t get too into detail about what specifically sets The Orville apart from Star Trek this season. In more general terms, “It’s this genre that emerged in the 1930s of a ship in space, captained and crewed very much the same way that a sailing ship was,” he said. “It’s something that dates back a lot of decades. Star Trek was really the first to take it and turn it into something that really mattered and was a serious form of storytelling. You know, for us… sci-fi right now is very dark. It’s very dystopian. It’s very grim in a lot of ways. It’s very cautionary. And the optimistic, uplifting part of that genre is something we haven’t really seen in a while. So there was a pretty obvious open pocket for us to kind of slip into when we started. How we fit in now is—it’s really up to the audience, I think—what we’re bringing to the table in tone, in structure, in scope is in a class of its own. But that remains [to be seen], because the verdict [on season three] has not come in yet.”…
(16) GIVE A DOG A BAD NAME. James Davis Nicoll is happy to help.
(17) WE ARE NASA. People sent me links to this 3-year-old NASA video which has been the subject of several posts this week. Take a look.
We’ve taken giant leaps and left our mark in the heavens. Now we’re building the next chapter, returning to the Moon to stay, and preparing to go beyond. We are NASA – and after 60 years, we’re just getting started. Special thanks to Mike Rowe for the voiceover work.
(18) VIDEO OF THE DAY. [Item by Martin Morse Wooster.] In “Honest Game Trailers: Evil Dead: The Game,” Fandom Games says this move tie-in “fulfills a need you never knew you had: fighting with four Bruce Campbells.” The narrator suggests that someone convince Lucy Lawless to appear in a game with her Xena armor, “a move that would cause a majority of gamers to regress into puberty.”
[Thanks to JJ, John King Tarpinian, Chris Barkley, Andrew Porter, Andrew (not Werdna), Cora Buhlert, Michael Toman, Cat Eldridge, Mike Kennedy, and Martin Morse Wooster for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Rob Thornton.]
I’ve been downloading the Hugo packet this afternoon and evening. (A lot of failed downloads that had to attempted several more times before being successful.) it certainly looks like there’s going to be some great reading there.
(10) I missed the Warehouse 13 special apparently- I’ll have to find Of Men and Monsters
(10). Dashiell Hammett was also a character in a very fine science fiction story by Bradley Denton, “The Adakian Eagle”.
10) My favorite Harlan Ellison anthology is Strange Wine.
That’s odd. Everything downloaded perfectly for me. Regardless, I agree it appears a lot of good stuff.
Andrew (not Werdna) says I missed the Warehouse 13 special apparently- I’ll have to find Of Men and Monsters
Peacock is streaming Warehouse 13 right now as well as Eureka, not to mention the brilliant Tombstone film.
Is the narrator of “We are NASA” Mike Riowe?
Martin Wooster says Is the narrator of “We are NASA” Mike Riowe?
Yes Mike Rowe is indeed the voice over narrator here.
Though I Scroll through the Pixels of the of Media Birthdays, I will fear no Spoilers
Martin Wooster says to me: Thanks!
I dug the comments for the video over at YouTube. I figured someone would note the narrator and they did.
I am having difficulty with the idea that it’s been 24 years since the last episode of Babylon 5.
Of course, I’ve been having difficulty with lots of stuff lately, so, what can you do.
6) So: “Cold Equations”, the LARP. Fun for the entire family, right? They better be paying royalties to Godwin’s heirs.
You will never find a more wretched file of scrolls and clickity.
“Orange Mike”: Absolutely — what’s sauce for the mouse, etc.
(10) Regarding Lee Meriwether, she was not “on” Batman as one doesn’t generally speak of an actor as appearing “on” a movie; she was never in the series but appeared with Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, and Frank Gorshin in the 1966 movie. (I still have somewhere the glossy B&W photo that they were giving out at the theater, with the fake Adam West and Burt Ward autographs. My heritage.)
(10) Vincent Price once portrayed the wicked baronet Sir Desmond Murgatroyd, who wrongly inherited the lordship of Ruddigore and its accompanying curse. On youtube we can see him both wicked and reformed.
We only scroll respectable pixels.
Dont scroll me or my pixel ever again!
Gottacook: Lee Meriweather was indeed “on” Batman. She was in season 2 episodes 52 & 53 as a friend of Bruce Wayne’s who’s kidnapped by King Tut. Also in these episodes was Trek’s Grace Lee Whitney.
For the record, I consider the Batman film to be just a continuation of the series and therefore anyone in it has been on the series.
9) Vir was always one of my favorite B5 characters, and I love the “I’m going to look up into your lifeless eyes and wave like this” moment.
Nina says Vir was always one of my favorite B5 characters, and I love the “I’m going to look up into your lifeless eyes and wave like this” moment.
It’s a truly great moment and the fact that he gets to do it later shows you how much of a genius JMS was is a writer. Morden if I remember correctly shows up later in the Gaiman penned “Day of The Dead” episode which I think aired after this episode.
RE: Vincent Price
One of his many memorable roles was as a washed up Shakespearean actor who kills off all his critics with a theatrical panache, with the willing assistance of his screen daughter, Diana Rigg, in male disguise.
How can anyone forget “The Abominable Doctor Phibes,” “The Tingler,” his roles in the various films of Edgar Allen Poe films, his role as a magic mirror in Faerie Tale Theatre, Eggman from the Batman TV series, Robur in “Master of the World” (Jules Verne), Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketers (tv movie), Omar Khayyam in “Son of Sinbad,” and of course, one of his best known films, “House of Wax.” He was nearly killed in the latter film when part of the burning set fell just after he passed under it.
In an interview on a talk show, he once said that he was superstitious and that he kept a horseshoe, a crucifix and a mezuzah on his front door. He wasn’t taking any chances!
He was also an art connoisseur and historian, and was inordinately fond of a unique store called “The Akron,” which was a precursor of Pier One Imports and Cost Plus World Market. On top of all that, he was a gourmet chef.
He was a true polymath, and, with Lon Chaney Jr, Boris Karloff, and Bela Lugosi, a horror legend.
Carl Andor says How can anyone forget “The Abominable Doctor Phibes,” “The Tingler,” his roles in the various films of Edgar Allen Poe films, his role as a magic mirror in Faerie Tale Theatre, Eggman from the Batman TV series, Robur in “Master of the World” (Jules Verne), Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketers (tv movie), Omar Khayyam in “Son of Sinbad,” and of course, one of his best known films, “House of Wax.” He was nearly killed in the latter film when part of the burning set fell just after he passed under it.
Who says I did I forget them? I list but those performances that I find of particular interest with the expectation that y’all will very quickly note these performances that I didn’t list.
I understand that the 1966 Batman movie could or should be considered part of the TV series. Being 9 at the time, I didn’t yet realize that this was an extraordinary thing: a theatrical movie taking off from a series that had only been broadcast for half a season (twice a week). It’s hard to remember how popular a network TV series could be, given the dearth of other distractions at the time — and, by the same token, it’s surprising that other series of that era didn’t generate movies while still on the air.
Edit: I just realized that we didn’t have a color TV until early 1967 (Super Bowl I). So the theatrical movie was probably my first opportunity to see Batman in color. (It wasn’t until fall 1966 that the great majority of ongoing B&W TV series made the switch.)
In the bio for Burnett Toskey, Cat mentions the Hugo win for “Cry” – I believe this made Elinor Busby the first woman to win a Hugo.
@Cat Eldridge Vir getting what he asked for was indeed a great moment.
Morden wasn’t the only deceased character to appear in “The Day of the Dead” episode. (The title is a bit of a clue).
(18) There actually was a Xena game for the PS1, which was surprisingly not-terrible! (Which, for a movie or tv tie-in game of the time, is high praise!)
As for the Evil Dead game, the people I know who’ve tried it say that it’s fun, but not really well-balanced. Which is probably not too surprising. An asymmetric multiplayer game like this is hard to balance. The fact that it’s still fun makes up for a lot, though. And it’s always nice to have an excuse to say “gr-r-r-oovy!” again. 🙂
Paul King says Morden wasn’t the only deceased character to appear in “The Day of the Dead” episode. (The title is a bit of a clue).
No, but that was a particularly fascinating bit of storytelling I thought. Of the stories Gaiman has told down the years, this one and his work on Doctor Who strike me as being among his very, very best efforts. But then I’ve always thought that Neverwhere was the best story he ever told and that started out as a video series, didn’t it?
1) I attended TitanCon in 2019, when it was also the Eurocon for that year, and found it a nice convention. But yes, sometime you need to regroup.
We rarely get out to live plays or concerts, but Hilde and I made a special effort when Vincent Price had an Arizona performance of “Diversions & Delights”, his one-man show portraying Oscar Wilde in the last year of Wilde’s life. This was about 1980 or ’81, I think, and I’m pretty sure it was in Grady Gammage Auditorium at Arizona State University. Excellent performance in an excellent theater.
Re: Cat Eldridge:
I didn’t say you forgot! I said, “How can anyone forget…”
Price was great in all his roles, including one I didn’t mention, “Laura.”
That was quite a departure from his horror roles.
By the way, Price was married to actress Coral Browne, who portrayed Vera Charles in “Auntie Mame,” opposite Rosiland Russell.
The two of them together, with her wit and his sense of humor, were really something!
The interview, Margo Adler with Gardner, circa
72 - I dont think he was workihg as an editor until several years later
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@Cat Eldridge Neverwhere first saw the light as a TV series, which wasn’t bad, though it needed a higher budget. But it was on the BBC.
The original plan was for the Adam West Batman movie to premier first in the theater and then be followed by the TV series. ABC needed it earlier, as a mid-season replacement, so they rushed the first half-season into production before the movie. It’s why the Batcopter and Batboat didn’t show up on the series until season 2, using clips from the movie.
Several other series went from TV to a theatrical film. McHale’s Navy did (they even did a second one, Mchale’s Navy Joins the Air Force but without Borgnine in it), and so did the Munsters with the film Munsters Go Home.
Troyce notes that Several other series went from TV to a theatrical film. McHale’s Navy did (they even did a second one, Mchale’s Navy Joins the Air Force but without Borgnine in it), and so did the Munsters with the film Munsters Go Home.
Thanks for noting those series did that as I was going to to the question of what other series had films off them.
Can anyone think of others that did?
Paul King says Neverwhere first saw the light as a TV series, which wasn’t bad, though it needed a higher budget. But it was on the BBC.
Huh? I use video in that sense, not in the sense that it came out in DVD or such. To me, all video, be it streaming, film, or on DVD is the same. I’m watching as we speak the third episode of Murder Investigation Team which started out on ITV but which I’m watching on Britbox.
In his introduction to the author’s preferred text of Neverwhere, Gaiman says that every time something he wrote got cut from the BBC version, he would say “Not a problem. I’ll put it back in the novel”, until the producer threatened to kill him if he said it again. He also explains how there came to be different British and American versions (it’s complicated).
@Cat Eldridge, I wasn’t disagreeing, just being specific (I didn’t think you meant direct-to-video, which was about the only alternative at the time).
Hammer did some TV-to-theatrical films, although the best known ones were adaptions rather than additions (the Dr Who and the Quatermass films). But they did others, including the sitcom “On the Buses” (which I think had an original script, but I can’t be sure – not what Hammer is famous for!).