Thursday, 22 October 2009

House of Cards Remake - I Couldn't Possibly Comment

If it were April Fool's Day I would believe the story I've just read online American director to remake House of Cards .

Not only is director Fincher going to attempt to remake a series that was well nigh flawless, but he is also going to set in the US. And even more unimaginable - if the stories are to believed - he is making it as a one-hour drama.

He might very well think it's a good idea, but I've yet to come across a remake of any contemporary drama that has come close to being anywhere as good as the original.

Me thinks there will be great rumblings under the foundations of the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford where Ian's ashes have been placed.

If anyone wants to see House of Cards - in America or anywhere else - I suggest they stick to the original!

Thursday, 8 October 2009

An example of the Legacy Ian has left behind

Sometimes we let technology take over our lives and keep us distracted from doing the things we ought to be doing.

But it has also made so much more accessible to all. People are able to find rare treasures they have been seeking - via Amazon, or Ebay - or freely available through sites such as YouTube.

One such treasure which is increasingly finding its way onto YouTube, is the wonderful series from 1984, Six Centuries of Verse. Introduced by the great John Gielgud, with Peggy Ashcroft, Ian, Julian Glover and Isla Blair amongst the readers.

A recent addition I stumbled across, is Ian's reading of Mathew Arnold's Dover Beach. The sound quality isn't great and the picture quality very poor. But, all you have to do is sit back, close your eyes, and be seduced by Ian's delivery.