Wednesday, October 29, 2008

BAFTA Nominated SJA!!

The shortlist for 2008's BAFTA Childrens Awards have been released - and The Sarah Jane Adventures finds itself nominated for Best Drama of the last 12 months. The awards celebrate the very best that British film and television have to offer, and will be given out on November 3oth in a glamourous ceremony hosted - maybe - by regular Keith Chegwin., at the London Hilton.

Under 14 year olds are eligable to vote for the awards here.

Meanwhile the Doctor Who DVD Restoration Team have released information for the upcoming "Battlefield" disc - directed by Michael Kerrigan (who also helmed both "Day of the Clown" and "Secrets of the Stars" for the SJA) and starring Sylvestor McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, reunited with his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney).

Disc one features the story, as originally transmitted on BBC One way back in 1989. The second disc features an extended recut of the story, with new music, added scenes and CGI effects - akin to the previously released "Curse of Fenric" DVD which includes a movie edition of the serial.

Extras include a commentary track between Sophie Aldred (Ace), Nicholas Courtney, Angela Bruce, writer Ben Aaronovitch and script editor Andrew Cartmel. There's also:

+ Storm Over Avallion - behind the scenes, talking to cast and crew.
+ Past and Future King - how the story came to be commissioned.
+ Watertank - a look at the infamous watertank stunt that went horribly wrong...
+ From Kingdom to Queen - a talk with actress Jean Marsh.
+ Studio recording - recordings made during production.
+ Trailers (including a contemporary "Season 26" trailer)

"Battlefield" is released on December 29th, and you can get it for 20 of your British pounds.
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UPDATE: Elisabeth Sladen joined Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner, Catherine Tate and Noel Clarke at tonight's National Television Awards - which saw David Tennant confirm his departure after 2009's four specials. A video of his speech can be found here.
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