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THE TOMORROW PEOPLE – HITLER’S LAST SECRET, TWITTER VIEW

135973I hadn’t planned for this to be a thing. I’d simply had The Tomorrow People languishing on disc upstairs and had read so much about it that I thought I should go beyond the first season and a half that I had watched and have a butcher’s at some of the later episodes. And where else to start than the one with Hitler in it?

I quite enjoyed Tweeting about it and people joined in, so here are the results in one easy to follow blog post.

As Twitter is not a solo pursuit when done properly, I have also included some Tweets from others who propelled me along with cyber banter as my jaw dropped ever further… Thanks to them for joining in. Here goes:

PROLOGUE

Well, I was going to watch an Armchair Theatre but I’m in a mood so sod it: I’m going to do the Tomorrow People story with an alien Hitler.

EPISODE ONE

Tomorrow People: Mike’s going to a disco dressed as a Nazi! John voices his disapproval. Whatever Hsui Tai’s reaction is is indecipherable.

(Graeme Burk ‏@graemeburk
@TobyHadoke True fact: in Roger Price’s script, TIM’s next line is “Actually Hitler is a [name of alien race from “A Rift In Time”]”

Graeme Burk ‏@graemeburk
@TobyHadoke It’s batshit insane. Hugely offensive. But it has Michael Sheard, so most fans forgive it.)

Tomorrow People: Sitcom favourites Nicholas Lyndhurst and Ray Burdis are, respectively, a German & an English Nazi. Mike is getting tempted!

Leon_Eagles_HLS02Tomorrow Ppl: Brit officer tells John he ran over a boy. “I trust you called the police?” is John’s immediate response. He’s SO responsible!

Tomorrow People: 5 buttons on John’s shirt. He’s only done 2 up. He’s not THAT sensible, then, there’s a bit of a beast in Mr Straight!

Tomorrow People: “Do you know who Hitler is Mike?” could be one of the worst sci-fi lines ever were it not for what comes after it…

Tomorrow People: “Hitler isn’t dead. Hitler is Nebor from the planet Vashir. A galactic shape changing psychopath.”

(*gobsmacked*)

(AIEEEEEEEvan Kirby@ellothisisivan 
@TobyHadoke I’m fascinated by Nebor’s eye. Does it regularly fall off? Is he forever picking it up & putting it back?

Gareth Roberts ‏@OldRoberts953
@hellothisisivan @TobyHadoke That went out on my tenth birthday. I was APPALLED.

Toby Hadoke @tobyhadoke
@OldRoberts953 @hellothisisivan I’ve never seen it before. It’s… I’m not sure what it is. Crikey.

AIEEEEEEEvan Kirby ‏@hellothisisivan Oct 8
@TobyHadoke @OldRoberts953 Jaw-droppingly misjudged.)

Tomorrow People: Hitler is actually Mr Bronson.

(I didn’t Tweet as much as I’d like as I was distracted with an exchange which I think demonstrates one of the dangers of being a comedian on Twitter. My Tweets are in blue and my correspondent’s (whose handle I have disguised out of courtesy) are in green:

Tomorrow People: Hitler is actually Mr Bronson.

@TobyHadoke A bit over the top, Mr. Hadoke?

@???* Just a statement of fact. M Sheard who played Mr Bronson is Hitler in this. But now you mention it, he is over the top!

@TobyHadoke Isn’t Sheard dead?

@???* Sigh. There is a thing called a DVD…

@TobyHadoke I know. I know. Sorry about that Toby. I did a bit of research on him and that is when I found out what I think you.

Tomorrow People: Hitler is pleased that television is popular. “You will obey me”, he declares, before adding an Oliver Hardy-esque

@TobyHadoke I don’t think anybody can say if Hitler is pleased or not because he has been dead for 70 years.

@???* You’re taking this out of context ???*. I’m watching an episode of the Tomorrow People.

@TobyHadoke Sorry mate. I just hear so much about people being compared to Hitler.

@???* I did handily preface every Tweet with the words “Tomorrow People”.

@TobyHadoke I caught it in the middle Toby. I am sorry about that.

*There’s no harm done with the above exchange – I regularly correspond with the person in question and will continue to do so. it just illustrates how stick can quickly be grabbed at the wrong end on social media.

EPISODE TWO

Tomorrow People: John gets tough with Ray Burdis and calls him “Square ‘ead”. I think I love John. He’s sensible AND mean.

Tomorrow People: “I asked for 50 men,” frets Leon Eagles to his platoon of 6, clearly unaware that he’s in a show with a small budget.

tp11Tomorrow People: Hitler’s true form is revealed – a cascade of swarfega and a badly attached eye.

Tomorrow People: Eagles escapes from his troops by ambling away – fortunately they give up immediately after firing a burst at him.

Tomorrow People: Hitler is pleased that television is popular. “You will obey me”, he declares, before adding an Oliver Hardy-esque “Mmmm!”.

Tomorrow People: Mike has stunned John, Leon Eagles and Hsui Tai! In the case of the latter it hasn’t made much of a difference…

Tomorrow People: Yay: and it all ends on a joke about John being a bit of a Hitler. All good, clean, Nazi-alien fun!

Tomorrow People: Damn. I’m at my destination – no time to watch the next one which seems to feature a spaceship with a talking penis!

I have since watched this episode. I will publish the results at some point.

THE TOMORROW PEOPLE – THE LIVING SKINS TWITTER VIEW

THE TOMORROW PEOPLE

The Living Skins

135973I’ve had a bit of fun on twitter – Tweeting along as I watched The Tomorrow People, of which I’ve only seen a very few episodes of up till now. I am well aware of the show and could name most of the cast but I’ve never really given it my time. So when on a train journey I decided to watch some stories in a random order.

I just went for the ones I fancied at the time – a imposition in order to prevent me from being all OCD and get bogged down in episodes I didn’t fancy by watching chronologically (I watched the first series and start of the second last year and I think I yearned for a bit of variety).

I started with Hitler’s Last Secret as I had an inkling that it was something I had to see. I wasn’t wrong, and I shared my incredulity on Twitter. People seemed to enjoy it and so I watched other episodes. Now, not having planned ahead I didn’t hashtag everything so that it’d be easy to follow, so when I get the chance I’m going to pop them all here – each one getting one easy-to-follow blog post. They may amuse and  might be briefly diverting: I hope so.

Where some Tweets had – out of necessity dictated by the 140 character count – abbreviations or grammatical compromises I have tidied them up here.

Having enjoyed my train viewing I was alone at home one night and thought I’d do more…

PRELUDE

Can’t watch The Apprentice till Chez gets back from swimming so … The Tomorrow People: The Living Skins it is …

EPISODE ONE

Tomorrow People: A sightly creepy shop assistant works in a place where Mike picks out a horrid orange jumpsuit new outfit for Hsui Tai.

Tomorrow People: John’s got a cold. It looks real. The baddies are alien balloons. They don’t.

Tomorrow People: Mike and Hsui Tai are in their shiny new fetish suits. Mike’s horrid to Andrew about his kilt: Mike feels angry then sexy.

Tomorrow People: I mean, the aliens really are balloons. Not balloons with added special effects. Or a hat. They’re balloons. Just balloons.

Clever rubber clothes!
Clever rubber clothes!

Tomorrow People: Actually very beguiling plot-wise – the repairing skin, the atmospheric interference which leaves Our Heroes on their own.

Tomorrow People: I like the creepy shop owner too: he’s beahaving as if he’s being played by David Walliams after a season at the RSC.

Tomorrow People: John & Elizabeth tell Mike and Hsui Tai to take their clothes off. Tsui Tai is very upset but does her best not to show it.

Tomorrow People: John has shot Mike and Hsui Tai! He tries to take their clothes off but they’re stuck. Now Tim wants to “examine’ them!

Tomorrow People: The balloons are bouncing around very angrily in the cellar. Their dialogue is nearly as discernible as Hsui Tai’s.

Tomorrow People: Mike and Hsui Tai are literally fashion victims. The skin is intelligent: nice idea. Tsui Tai’s bed linen is terrifying.

Kudos to actor Ralph Lawson who does a good job as the creepy shop assistant.
Kudos to actor Ralph Lawson who does a good job as the creepy shop assistant.

Tomorrow People: Creepy shop assistant is doing lots of scary eye acting : he invites John and Elizabeth downstairs. Andrew falls asleep.

Tomorrow People: : “John, what are they?” “Aliens I should think.” God he’s good. Most people’s first guess would have been “Balloons”.

Tomorrow People: Good ep ending. John & Elizabeth attacked by balloons (out of shot). Tim cries “Andrew” forlornly has he’s smothered by a jumpsuit.

EPISODE TWO

s3_The_Living_Skins_e2_Cold_War.mkv_snapshot_03.11_[2011.04.25_22.56.30]Tomorrow People: Mike looks around the room and studiously avoids seeing Andrew till the last moment. The empty jumpsuit attacks them!

Tomorrow People: Oh no! John and Elizabeth have been taken over! John is really creepy: being taken over brings out the cad in his diction.

Tomorrow People: John & Elizabeth get free denim jackets from the aliens to disguise their jumpsuits. Which they immediately remove & blow their cover.

Tomorrow People: The bubble skin doesn’t stick to John. He’s obviously far too sensible to be overcome by fashion. He’s got a cold again. Ah!

Tomorrow People: The bubbles are invading. Which seems to involve bouncing down country lanes and annoying old people who run away slowly.

Tomorrow People: A Canadian newsreader’s clearly been taken over by the bubble people & is issuing bubble propaganda with a shiny bubble face.

Tomorrow People: Ooh, Tim’s been on Space Wikipedia & it seems the bubbles envelop us and slowly digest us. Yuck. John’s cold acting v good.

Tomorrow People: Dave Carter is a bubble chinned security man. For the greater good John & Mike have to let him attack a lady.John looks grim

 

In space, people can still hear you being told off : especially if you're Mike.
In space, people can still hear you being told off : especially if you’re Mike.

Tomorrow People: Even after fending off a balloon with a fire extinguisher whilst in space John finds time to tick Mike off. Poor Mike: he tries.

Tomorrow People: Everyone’s got a cold. The bubble people leave: creepy shop man ends up alone & in his pants. It ends with a laboured joke.
Hopefully I can add some of my earlier Tweet views of The Tomorrow People in later blogs.