New BBC Radio Play 'Ring For Jeeves' + 'The Smoke' DVD Update (& NEW SPOILERS) - Jamie Bamber News
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New BBC Radio Play 'Ring For Jeeves' + 'The Smoke' DVD Update (& NEW SPOILERS)
So as some may have noticed over the weekend (via us or more importantly, via Jamie - well done, JB ;) - on Twitter), a new BBC radio drama that Jamie's in went out on Sunday. First of two parts, anyway; part two airs next week!:
(Available to stream now through April 26)

It's an adaptation of a Jeeves & Wooster novel that happens not to feature Wooster; Jamie's character is basically Not-Wooster and he's delightful. ;)  Great cast too including Rufus Sewell (phoar), Glenne Headley and Joanne Whalley.

I'll update this post with the link to Part 2 when it goes live!
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In other news, just a reminder for everyone who hasn't had an opportunity to see the show that The Smoke Series 1 is available on DVD now! Here, once again, are some links where you can buy it (FYI for U.S. folks, it'll run you about $24-$27 with the conversion rate):

Acorn DVD (the distributor)


I received mine Friday and immediately dove into the extra features; there's not a ton but there's some fun behind the scenes stuff we haven't seen yet, and virtually all of the cast and crew interviews are different than what's already been released on YouTube and such by Sky so that's GREAT!  (I would warn anyone who hasn't seen the show yet, though, NOT to watch the extras until you've watched all the episodes. Lots of spoilers, best watch the extras last.)

EDIT: Well, some unfortunate news to report that has just been discovered:  It seems like whoever was in charge of music clearances for the show didn't bother to extend that to home video release.  So ALL of the pop music in the show is missing on the DVD release, including most notably the Adele sing-along in episode 1 which is now replaced with more general shots of the crew laughing in the back seat before and after Kev talks to Trish on the phone.  No, it's not as crucial as having whole scenes missing but it takes a lot away from the tone and feel of the show for all the songs to be replaced with generic stuff. Disappointing, especially for anyone who hasn't seen the show yet. :(
Speaking of spoilers, though, I'm going to put some interesting information from one of the extras behind a cut below… if you haven't seen the show, don't click this!  But those who have seen the show will find it interesting:


In Jodie Whittaker's interview, she speaks about Trish's past to an extent that goes a bit further than what we found out in the series. For example, she mentions her being from a particular part of Yorkshire (which escapes me now, I'll have to back and watch again) where drugs and alcoholism are common issues. But she also details the circumstances behind Trish's conviction which was hinted at in Episode 5: She fought back against her abusive baby daddy. Jodie doesn't specify what she did to him, but she does include the revelation that Trish did six months in jail for it. So it must have been pretty serious. Whoa.

So… yeah, no idea if that is info that was at one point in the show and was edited out, or if it was simply part of Trish's character background which LK wrote and discussed with Jodie but didn't actually include in the scripts.  I would imagine that a lot of discussion went on w/ the cast about the characters' back stories that wasn't necessarily in the show (and for example, for Mal and Gog specifically, I think the show could have used a little more of it on screen!)  But if we're lucky enough to get a second series, it'll be interesting to see what else comes to light.  Kev knows about Grace now and clearly wants to embrace her as Trish's daughter, but he still doesn't know about the prison stint I bet. (Not that I can imagine he'd hold it against Trish for one second for defending herself.)


Spoilers over.  Carry on as you were. ;)  (Although if you want to discuss those spoilers in the comments, please CLEARLY mark them. Thanks!

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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 21st, 2014 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
After watching the whole series online over the past few weeks, I am REALLY hoping for a region 1 dvd and a second series. Jamie was awesome, and so was the rest of the cast. Great, great show.
asta77 From: asta77 Date: April 21st, 2014 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I don't know if it was a music rights issue for the DVD release, but I saw some folks on Twitter complain the Adele group sing along in the first ep is now missing. Otherwise, I'm not sure why that would be cut. And dumb move in this day and age if no one bothered to make sure they had the music rights for all platforms.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: April 22nd, 2014 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Really?! Well shit, that would be a shame. Now I am going to have to watch thru all the eps and pay close attention to the music. There are some really good tracks scattered throughout the show.

EDIT: Well, I made some checks and yup... ALL of the pop music appears to be gone. No Adele, no Sir Cliff, no Madness, no nuffink. That's really, REALLY unfortunate... and very frustrating from the perspective of doing the right thing and investing in the DVD if we don't actually get to see the episodes as they were intended. Music is an important part of the tone of the show! </ rant>

Edited at 2014-04-23 03:36 am (UTC)
asta77 From: asta77 Date: April 23rd, 2014 04:28 am (UTC) (Link Me)
What the??? Like I said before, I'm shocked they didn't secure music rights for TV as well as DVD. That is so rare in this day and age. I guess I'll make sure to hang on to the copies I have. :/ I wonder what we may hear when it finally reaches the US on TV and DVD?
From: genesgal Date: April 23rd, 2014 04:23 am (UTC) (Link Me)
Wow really, i don't have my DVD yet. I've still got the whole series on my Sky box. So are all the scenes with pop songs missing?.if so someone at Kudos made a bit of a cock up! I'm surprised their music licensing agreement only covered original transmission. If they didn't want to pay the fees they should of used original, non copyright music. Very short sighted of them!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 23rd, 2014 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
"So are all the scenes with pop songs missing?"

I don't have the dvd, but I would imagine that, except for something like the Adele scene where the characters were actually singing, the scenes would be there, just with different/ instrumental or no music. That's the way they did it with shows like Life, where they didn't secure dvd music rights, though as mentioned above it's pretty uncommon in this day and age when dvds are expected and music rights for them are usually included in the initial negotiation for the song.
From: genesgal Date: April 23rd, 2014 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
It's a bit shirt sighted on the part ofThe music companies.. Any mass exposure is free advertising. It's not as though White Watch were taking the Mickey.. They were just singing along to the Adele track, quite properly until Kev does his strangled cat bit.

Very strange the PTB didn't look into the DVD rights properly.

The question is... Will they get it right for the series 2 DVD.... Assuming they do the right thing by everyone and we get a series 2.. Don't they have to say Yay or nay this week!
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