September 14, 1958: The Fly (1958) opens in UK cinemas

The Fly (1958)

The Fly is an American science fiction-horror film based on the 1957 short story of the same name.

The film tells the story of a scientist who is transformed into a grotesque creature after a common house fly enters unseen into a molecular transporter he is experimenting with, resulting in his atoms being combined with those of the insect, producing a human-fly hybrid. The film was released in CinemaScope with Color by Deluxe by 20th Century Fox. It was followed by two black-and-white sequels, Return of the Fly (1959) and Curse of the Fly (1965). The original film was remade in 1986 by director David Cronenberg.

Once it was human…even as you and I!

After her husband Andre Delambre is crushed to death in a mechanical press, his wife recounts to his brother Francois Delambre and police Inspector Charas the events of the previous few months. They were very much in love and with their little boy, a very happy family. Andre was experimenting with teleportation – transporting objects from one point to another by breaking the object down to the atomic level and then reassembling it in a receiver a distance away. The system had some glitches – it seemed to work with inanimate object but his cat disappeared when he tried teleporting it. He thinks he’s solved all of the problems with his invention and decides to try and teleport himself. When a fly enters the teleportation device with him, disaster strikes. [IMDb]

Notable cast & crew

  • David Hedison (credited as Al Hedison), “André Delambre”
  • Vincent Price, “François Delambre”
  • Betty Lou Gerson, “Nurse Anderson”
  • Paul Sawtell, music

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September 14, 1998: The Royle Family first airs on BBC2

The Royle Family (1998-2000)

The Royle Family was a British television sitcom produced by ITV Studios for the BBC, which ran for three series from 1998–2000, and specials from 2006–12. It centres on the lives of a scruffy television-fixated Manchester family, the Royles, comprising family patriarch Jim, his wife Barbara, their daughter Denise, their son Antony and Denise’s fiancé (later husband) David.

The series features simple production values and a stereotypical portrayal of working-class family life at the turn of the millennium. It therefore has something in common with kitchen sink drama. Almost all of the episodes take place in the Royles’ home, largely in the telly-centric living room, with the humour derived from the conversations held therein. A sixth special episode was set to be written, but Caroline Aherne died on July 2, 2016, effectively ending the programme.

The Royle Family principal cast

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Ricky Tomlinson, “Jim Royle”
  • Sue Johnston, “Barbara Royle”
  • Caroline Aherne, “Denise Best”
  • Ralf Little, “Antony James Royle”
  • Craig Cash, “Dave Best”
  • Liz Smith, “Nana”
  • Jessica Hynes, “Cheryl Carroll”
  • Geoffrey Hughes, “Twiggy”
  • Sheridan Smith, “Emma Kavanagh”

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September 14, 1978: Mork & Mindy first broadcast

Mork & Mindy (1978-1982)

Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom that aired on ABC. A spin-off after a highly successful episode of Happy Days, it starred Robin Williams as Mork, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-Orkan egg-shaped spaceship. Pam Dawber co-starred as Mindy McConnell, his human friend and roommate, and later his wife and the mother of his child.

Mork appears in the Happy Days season five episode “My Favorite Orkan”, which first aired in February 1978 and is a take on the 1960s sitcom My Favorite Martian. The show wanted to feature a spaceman in order to capitalise on the popularity of the then recently released Star Wars film. Williams’ character, Mork, attempts to take Richie Cunningham back to his planet of Ork as a human specimen, but his plan is foiled by Fonzie. In the initial broadcast of this episode, it all turned out to be a dream that Richie had, but when Mork proved so popular, the ending in the syndicated version was re-edited to show Mork erasing the experience from everyone’s minds, thus meaning the event had actually happened and was not a dream.

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Robin Williams, “Mork”
  • Pam Dawber, “Mindy McConnell”
  • Conrad Janis, “Fred McConnell”
  • Tom Poston, “Franklin Delano Bickley”
  • Jonathan Winters, “Mearth”
  • Morgan Fairchild, “Susan Taylor” (season 1)
  • Robert Donner, “Exidor”
  • Corey Feldman, “Billy” (season 3)
  • Logan Ramsey, “Arnold W*nker” (season 1)
  • Garry Marshall, co-creator, co-executive producer

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September 14, 1968: Ready, Set, Go! for Wacky Races

Wacky Races (1968)

Wacky Races is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. The series features 11 different cars racing against each other in various road rallies throughout North America, with each driver hoping to win the title of the “World’s Wackiest Racer.”

The cartoon had a large number of regular characters, with 23 people and animals spread among the 11 race cars. 17 episodes were produced, with each episode featuring two different races.

Notable Characters, Cars & Cast

  • Dick Dastardly (Peter Winchell) & Muttley (Don Messick) in The Mean Machine
  • Penelope Pitstop (Janet Waldo) in The Compact Pussycat
  • The Ant Hill Mob in the The Bulletproof Bomb
  • Peter Perfect (Daws Butler) in the Turbo Terrific

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September 14, 1958: The Invisible Man appears on ITV

The Invisible Man (1958-1959)

The Invisible Man (later known as H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man) is a British black-and-white science fiction/adventure/espionage television series that aired on ITV from September 1958 to July 1959. The series was nominally based on the novel by H. G. Wells, one of four such television series. In this version, the deviation from the novel went as far as changing the main character’s name from Dr. Griffin to Dr. Peter Brady who remained a sane man, not a power-hungry lunatic as in the book or the 1933 film adaptation. None of the other characters from the novel appeared in the series.

The series follows the adventures of Dr. Peter Brady, a scientist who is attempting to achieve invisibility with light refraction. However, the experiment goes wrong and turns him permanently invisible. He is initially declared a state secret and locked up, but eventually convinces the UK government, represented by Sir Charles Anderson, to allow him to return to his laboratory and search for an antidote. Almost immediately, British Intelligence recruits him for an assignment, but soon security is breached and he becomes a celebrity, consequently also using his invisibility to help people in trouble, as well as solve crimes and defeat spies for his country.

Notable Cast & Crew

  • “The Invisible Man”, uncredited (Tim Turner, series; Robert Beatty, unaired pilot)
  • “Sally Wilson”, Deborah Watling

Guest stars included Peter Sallis, Leslie Phillips, Irene Handl, Honor Blackman, Patrick Troughton, Dennis Price, and Ian Hendry.

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This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours by Manic Street Preachers

This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours (1998) by Manic Street Preachers

This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours is the fifth studio album by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. It was released on September 14, 1998 by record label Epic.

Like its 1996 predecessor Everything Must Go, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours was a commercial and critical success. The album debuted at number 1 in the UK Album Chart on September 26, 1998, selling 136,000 copies, going Gold in the first week, and staying three weeks at the top. It sold well and represented a change in the sound from the alternative furious rock sound to a more melodic and tender approach. By March 1999 the album was Triple Platinum in the UK alone and since its release it has sold more than five million copies worldwide. It earned the band further nominations and accolades at the BRIT Awards in 1999.

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September 14, 1968: The Doctor Who adventure The Mind Robber begins

The Mind Robber (1968) [Doctor Who Collectors Wiki]
The Mind Robber was the second serial of season 6 of Doctor Who. It was the only televised story to feature the Land of Fiction.

Hamish Wilson played Jamie in episodes two and three when Frazer Hines contracted chicken pox.

To escape from the volcanic eruption on Dulkis, the Second Doctor uses an emergency unit. It moves the TARDIS out of normal time and space. The travellers find themselves in an endless void where they are menaced by white robots.

Having regained the safety of the TARDIS, they believe they have escaped — until the ship explodes. They find themselves in a land of fiction, where they are hunted by life-size clockwork soldiers and encounter characters like Rapunzel, the Karkus, and Swift’s Lemuel Gulliver.

This domain is presided over by a man known only as the Master — a prolific English writer from 1926 — who in turn is controlled by a Master Brain computer. The Master is desperate to escape and wants the Doctor to take his place, while the Master Brain plans to take over the Earth.

The Doctor engages the Master in a battle of wills using fictional characters. Zoe and Jamie overload the Master Brain. In the confusion, the White Robots destroy the computer, freeing the Master.

The serial was novelised as The Mind Robber, written by Peter Ling.

Notable Cast

  • Dr WhoPatrick Troughton
  • Jamie McCrimmonFrazer HinesHamish Wilson
  • Zoe HeriotWendy Padbury
  • The Master – Emrys Jones
  • A Stranger/Gulliver – Bernard Horsfall
  • Child – Sylvestra Le Touzel

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