I’ve known Alan Jones since the early 1990s, when I was first freelancing (including a monthly column for The Dark Side and regular appearances in SFX) and he was writing for a number of film magazines, including Shivers. I interviewed him in October 2016, at the aptly-titled London hostelry The Bleeding Heart Tavern. A clip from our conversation aired on the Halloween edition of Big Centre TV’s film programme The Big Picture (see here); sadly, this was the channel’s final day, before it was swallowed up by the inferior Made TV).
Photo by Chrissie Harper
As anticipated, Big Centre TV was officially absorbed by the Made TV network (becoming Made In Birmingham TV) as of 1 November, making my interview with Alan Jones – premiered on Halloween morning – the final item aired under the former’s Big Picture banner. We made our debut on the rebranded channel just under a fortnight later, when The Lowdown Birmingham showcased my conversation with Edith Scob. A further interview, with director Norman J Warren, is currently in the pipeline.
Update: The interviews with Edith and Norman aired as part of both Birmingham News Weekend Magazine and The Birmingham Lowdown: Best Bits, on 12 November and 3 December respectively.
As well as interviewing Dagmar Lassander on stage for the 27th Festival of Fantastic Films, my somewhat hectic Saturday schedule included a short chat with Edith Scob, whose haunting performance was central to 1960’s Les Yeux Sans Visage (known here as Eyes Without a Face). It’s currently at the editing stage, but should be available soon at my and Chrissie’s YouTube channel.
Update: The interview was screened on the cable channel Made In Birmingham TV (formerly Big Centre TV) on 12 November.
My latest news report for Big Centre TV makes its debut during tomorrow morning’s edition of Good Morning, with repeats during the day. It’s an extract from a longer interview with FrightFest’s Alan Jones, due for a print appearance in The Dark Side. As usual, it’s Chrissie Harper behind the camera.
The channel’s in flux right now, as it becomes part of the Made TV network, but I was very pleased to take a ‘phone call on Friday from one of the programme hosts, expressing his wish that we become a permanent part of the line-up.
Midlands cable channel Big Centre TV is in the midst of dovetailing into the Made TV network right now — the formal switch-over happens on Tuesday — so it’s awfully gratifying they found time to plug my appearance on its breakfast show Good Morning this coming Monday, with repeats throughout the day. I’m featured interviewing FrightFest’s Alan Jones, in an extract from a much longer interview destined both for print (The Dark Side) and video (Ghostwords TV).