r Being frozen offers a second life - or so claim proponents of cryonics. Storyville takes a look at the,ultimate science-fiction fantasy.
With the remake of The Stepford Wives just on release, Matthew Sweet looks at the original version, now nearly 25 years old, to determine why it has become a cult movie. And controversial French director Patrice Leconte talks about his latest film, Intimate Strangers. Producer Anne-Marie Cole
Christopher Lee ,
Edward Woodward , Ingrid Pitt and director Robin Hardy discuss the cult British horror film with Kirsty Wark.
3/6. Kate Winslet takes on a worthy role she hopes will bag her an Oscar and Andy puts on a uniform that could see him win his first girlfriend.
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One to Watch - Ashley Jensen : page 55
Wicker Man: Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward and director Robin Hardy discuss the cult British horror film.
More on Monday at 11.35pm
2/4. Andrew Graham-Dixon 's insightful series on how, by looking at drawings, we can arrive at a greater grasp of the history of art, science and technology. Storylines. Drawing has been used down the centuries to tell narrative stories, many of them dark or satirical, from animation to Japanese manga books. Political cartoonist Martin Rowson explains how his savage commentaries on contemporary politicians are influenced by Hogarth while, in a rare interview,
American comic-strip artist Daniel Clowes talks about what inspired his celebrated graphic novel Ghost
World. Plus Belleville Rendez-vous animator Sylvain Chomet on drawing individual film frames by hand and cult manga artist Misako on her hit Biker Girl.
Producer Diana Hill ; Series producer Ian Macmillan
( and blackly amusing satirical drama, with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.
Meeting by chance, salesman
Tyler Durden and an office worker conceive the Fight Club, where disaffected young men seeking release from their frustrations can beat each other up with bare knuckles. Their idea is hugely successful but, as Tyler becomes a cult hero, his actions grow increasingly reckless. With Helena Bonham Carter. Review page 119. Film Highlights: page 62
The Wicker Man:
Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward discuss the cult British horror film
Cult blaxploitation starring
Ron O'Neal. A drug dealer's plans to go straight are tested by the world of organised crime. Review page 55.
Director Gordon Parks Jr (1972, 18) This week's premieres: paqe 51; Film Trivia: page 64 Followed by The Witness
Radio 2 boldly celebrates the 40th anniversary of writer/producer
Gene Roddenberry 's original Star Trek series, which debuted on US TV screens on 8 September 1966. The sci-fi adventure starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy (as Captain James T Kirk and Mr Spock ) aired for just three seasons but, thanks to extensive re-runs and an intense fan base, evolved into what undoubtedly must be the number one cult programme in television history, and has survived in numerous film and television incarnations.
Comedian Stewart Lee explores the show's legacy - including its influence on physicists - with contributions from actors
Leonard Nimoy and Patrick Stewart , sci-fi actor/director Jonathan Frakes , astronomer Patrick Moore , and fans Tracey Emin , Gary Numan , Mitch Benn and Hattie Hayridge (of TV's Red Dwarf).
Producer Wayne Imms
Lee Mack Christmas Show
Festive comedy and tunes hosted by stand-up comic Lee Mack , abetted by Angela McHale and music director Steve Brown.
Expect sketches, humiliation, spoofs and a special musical guest. Producer Will Saunders
1.30 Radio Rivron
6/6. Rowland Rivron with chat and peculiar comedy. Today's guests include film and stage actor Alan Cummings and former Blue Peter star Valerie Singleton. Plus a phone chat with Hugh "Huey" Morgan (of Fun Lovin' Criminals), and a sideways dissection of certain lyrics by cult pop siren Kate Bush.
4/8. This week Mark Kermode travels to the Cannes Film Festival to talk to cult filmmakers the Coen brothers about their new movie, No Country for Old Men. Meanwhile, art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon takes to the skies in a helicopter to present his favourite land art from the air. And Zina Saro Wiwa laments the slow death of pub culture in our major cities. Presented by Lauren Laverne.
Series producer Danielle Graham ; Exec producer Edward Morgan Repeated at 12.45am www.bbc.co.uk/cultureshow
New. Documentary, part of the Storyville strand, following the American political satirist over two years, as faces his critics.
Big-budget adaptation of Douglas Adams 's cult sci-fi comedy, starring Martin Freeman. Everyman Arthur Dent 's morning goes from bad to worse when he discovers that not only is his home due to be demolished to make way for a bypass, but that planet Earth itself is to be destroyed to make way for a hyperspace motorway. Film of the Day: page 55. and Director Garth Jennings (2005, PG)
Irreverent comedy based on the cult TV series starring Phil Cornwell , John Sessions and Ronni Ancona. Review paqe 48.
Director Peter Richardson (2004, 15)
The British film season continues with Bend It like Beckham tomorrow at 9pm
2/11. Lauren Laverne hosts another bumper batch of cultural gems, including Mark Kermode talking to the multiple Oscar winner Tom Hanks about his latest film, Charlie Wilson 's War, plus there's an interview with cult actress Laura Linney about her role in The Savages. Elsewhere, BBC Radio 1's DJ Nihal travels to Belgium to meet the Dewaele brothers, better known as Soulwax, Author Conn Iggulden visits a story-telling festival in Galway, and folk rockers Beirut hit the streets of Cardiff to see how much they can make as buskers. Studio music comes from electro-pop stars Hot Chip. Producer Graham Mitchell ; Exec producer Edward Morgan
2/3. Out of the Frying Pan. The guitar turns electric and music is changed for ever. Alan Yentob examines the shift in the cultural status of the guitar, from the blues of the Mississipi to the "guitar wars" of the 1950s, when the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul ruled.
Producer Roger Parsons ; Executive producer Janet Lee
Repeated on Friday at 11.30pm on BBC4 Guitar Heroes on Later.... follows at 11.30pm on BBC4
Any episode, after it has first been broadcast, is available for the duration of the entire series at www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer
What Alan Yentob is watching: page
New series. 1/5. Dl Rebecca Flint and her team are called in to investigate after astrophysicist
Dr Christian King claims to have received a series of images from space. The images show fragments of an explosion in which many people are killed that will, he asserts, take place in just 18 hours' time.
Writer Lizzie Mickery : Producer Marcus Wilson
Director Simon Cellan Jones
Simulcast in HD on the BBC HD channel
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Putting the science into sci-fi: page 29
Andrew Collins assesses the meaning of gothic rock - a genre of moody, introspective, non-chirpy and at times droney music that emerged during the post-punk late 1970s, with followers swathed in black from head to toe and identifying with the "dark" pop of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, The Cure and Sisters of Mercy. Collins explores the origins and myths of goth, and looks at its modern incarnations (eg Marilyn Manson), including its cult pull with disaffected (and occasionally violent) suburban American youth. With input from Banshees Siouxsie Soux and Steve Severin , ex-chart star Gary Numan , Peter Hook (ex-Joy Division), film director Tim Burton , and regulars of Soho's Batcave club: Peter Murphy and David J (of Bauhaus) and Jon Klein (Of Specimen). Producer Helen Lennard
Black comedy drama based on the works of cult author Charles Bukowski , starring Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor and Marisa Tomei. Hank Chinaski is a struggling writer who drifts through life earning money for booze. Sharing his bed and his blurred world are fellow alcoholics Jan and Laura. Film of the Day: page 35.
Director Bent Hamer (2005,15)