September 15, 1978: Holocaust 2000 opens in US cinemas

Holocaust 2000 (1977)

Holocaust 2000 (aka The Chosen or Rain of Fire) is a horror film starring Kirk Douglas.

The world will be destroyed in a rain of fire. It is written.

Despite doomsday warnings from throngs of locals, wealthy industrialist Robert Caine makes the controversial decision to build a nuclear power plant near a sacred cave in the Middle East. But before Caine can reap the benefits of his latest bid for global domination, he discovers that his son, Angel, is the Antichrist, who is planning to use his father’s project to trigger the end of the world.

Notable cast & crew

  • Kirk Douglas, “Robert Caine”
  • Simon Ward, “Angel Caine”
  • Anthony Quayle, “Professor Griffith”
  • Virginia McKenna, “Eva Caine”
  • Geoffrey Keen, “Gynecologist”
  • Ennio Morricone, soundtrack

Selections from the soundtrack by Ennio Morricone

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September 15, 1978: Cheech & Chong go Up In Smoke

Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke (1978)

It will make you feel very funny!

Up in Smoke is an American stoner comedy film directed by Lou Adler and Cheech & Chong‘s first feature-length film. It stars Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Edie Adams, Strother Martin, Stacy Keach, and Tom Skerritt.

Cheech & Chong had been a counterculture comedy team for about ten years before they started reworking some of their material for their first film. Much of the film was shot in Los Angeles, California, including scenes set in Tijuana, while scenes set on the Mexican border were actually filmed at the border in Yuma, Arizona.

While negatively received upon its release, Up in Smoke is credited with establishing the stoner comedy genre. It’s now considered a classic.

Released Sep 15, 1978 (US); Oct 18, 1979 (UK)

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September 15, 1924: 2BE Belfast begins broadcasting

2BE was the call sign of the first official radio station to broadcast in Northern Ireland. Operated by the British Broadcasting Company (later the British Broadcasting Corporation), it started transmissions from Belfast on September 15, 1924 using a wavelength of 435 m (689 kHz).

On March 20, 1936 the Belfast transmitter was replaced by a new, more powerful transmitter broadcasting from Lisnagarvey on a wavelength of 307 m (977 kHz), the service having been renamed as the Northern Ireland Regional Programme on January 6, 1935.

With the resumption of regional broadcasting after World War II, this station became the Northern Ireland Home Service, and later BBC Radio 4 Northern Ireland. 2BE’s successor station today is BBC Radio Ulster.

September 15, 1958: The Adventures of William Tell are told on ITV

The Adventures of William Tell (1958-1959), title card

The Adventures of William Tell is a British swashbuckler adventure series, first broadcast on the ITV network, and produced by ITC Entertainment. William Tell is a folk hero of Switzerland. His legend is recorded in a late 15th-century Swiss illustrated chronicle.

The outdoor scenes were filmed around the mountains and lakes of Snowdonia in the UK. The film base and make-up were at a small farm in Cwm-Y-Glo in Snowdonia. This is beside Llyn Padarn, a lake which can be seen in many shots (as can cars on the A4086 road on the opposite side of the lake!).

The series’ star, Conrad Phillips, had an accident during filming which led to his retirement from acting. He was asked to keep stepping back until he stepped off a 12-foot drop, injuring his knee. Phillips wore support bandages during filming but sometimes forgot, causing him to struggle with some action scenes.

The series featured a long-remembered theme song, with music based on the William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini. For the show, the song lyrics were by Harold Purcell and were sung by David Whitfield.

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Conrad Phillips, William Tell
  • Willoughby Goddard, “Landburgher Gessler”
  • Nigel Green as “The Bear”

Guest actors appearing included Wilfred Brambell, Michael Caine, Roger Delgado, Frazer Hines, Sid James, Christopher Lee, Warren Mitchell, Donald Pleasance, Robert Shaw, Patrick Troughton, and Deborah and Jack Watling.

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September, 1978: Dr Who Annual 1979 in all good bookshops

The Dr Who Annual 1979

The Dr Who Annual 1979 was the 13th Doctor Who annual published by World Distributors, released in September 1978. The hardback cost £1.50 and featured the Fourth Doctor and Leela.

It contained some text stories, a couple of comic strips, and some features and puzzles.

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September 15, 1988: Target Books publish Doctor Who – The Ultimate Foe

The Ultimate Foe by Pip & Jane Baker (1988)

The Ultimate Foe was a novelisation, written by Pip & Jane Baker, based on the 1986 television story The Ultimate Foe.

Snatched out of time and space and brought before the Time Lords on Gallifrey, the Sixth Doctor is on trial for his life.

While the Doctor asserts that the evidence of the Matrix, the repository of all Time Lord knowledge, has been tampered with, the mysterious and vengeful prosecuting council, the Valeyard, is confident that the Doctor will be sentenced to death.

In a dramatic intervention the Valeyard’s true identity is revealed but he escapes from the courtroom into the Matrix, and it is into this nightmare world that the Doctor must follow – to face his ultimate foe …

Published Sep 15, 1988 (hardcover & paperback)

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