Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Today in the 'Whoniverse' Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Today in the 'Whoniverse'


Behind the scenes 

1961 - Meera Syal was born.

1973 - Ian Boldsworth was born.

1964 - "The Unwilling Warriors", Episode 2 of DW: The Sensorites, was first broadcast.

2000 - David Neal died.

Today in History


1450 Irish born Jack Cade led a 40,000 strong demonstration march from Kent to London to protest against laws introduced by King Henry VI of England. Cade was later beheaded for treason.

1497 Cornish rebels Michael An Gof and Thomas Flamank were executed at Tyburn, London. The rebels had marched on London to protest at King Henry VII levying a tax to pay for an invasion of Scotland as they believed that this was a northern affair and had nothing to do with them.

1693 The first women's magazine, The Ladies' Mercury, was published by John Dunton in London. It contained a question-and-answer column which became known as a 'problem page'.

1746 In Scotland, Flora MacDonald helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape to the Isle of Skye dressed as an Irish maid, following his defeat by the English at the Battle of Culloden.

1759 General James Wolfe began the siege of Quebec against the French. He was killed at the height of the battle on 13th September but earned posthumous fame and became an icon of Britain's victory in the Seven Years War and subsequent territorial expansion.

1846 The birth of Charles Stewart Parnell, Irish nationalist leader who was Member of Parliament for Meath; later leader of the Nationalist Party supporting a policy of violence which led to imprisonment in 1881. His career ended when he was cited as the co-respondent in a divorce case and was dumped by his party.

1899 Indian born English cricketer Arthur Edward Jeune Collins, aged 13 and often known by his initials A. E. J. Collins, achieved the highest-ever recorded score in cricket. He scored 628 not out over four afternoons but, despite this achievement, Collins never played first-class cricket. He was killed in action in 1914 during the First Battle of Ypres.

1939 The first scheduled airline service of Boeing 314 flying boats was operated by Pan Am between Newfoundland and Southampton.

1944 After 21 days of bloody fighting through the Normandy countryside, Allied forces took Cherbourg in France.

1957 A report by the Medical Research Council found the link between smoking and lung cancer was one of 'direct cause and effect'.

1963 The US President John F Kennedy visited his ancestral homeland in County Wexford, Ireland. During his stay he made much of Ireland's subjugation and religious persecution by the British.

1967 Barclays Bank (Enfield branch) opened Britain's first cash dispenser.

1968 Maggie Wright, playing Helen of Troy in the Royal Shakespeare Company production in London, became the first actress in Britain to appear nude on the ‘legitimate’ stage.

1971 England's first national Scrabble Championship was held in London. The winner was teacher Stephen Haskell.

1988 Dave Hurst and Alan Matthews, both from England, became the first blind climbers to reach the summit of Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc - 15,781 feet high.

Todays UK TV and Radio


Doctor Who
On: BBC Radio 4 Extra
Date: Wednesday 27th June 2012
Time: 18:00 to 18:30
The Beast of Orlok.
Landing in 19th century Germany, the Time Lord discovers the legends of a vicious beast are all too true. Stars Paul McGann. episode 1 of 2.

Doctor Who
On: BBC 3
Date: Wednesday 27th June 2012
Time: 19:00 to 19:45
The Impossible Astronaut. Series 32, episode 1.
The Doctor and his friends are reunited under mysterious circumstances, as the science-fiction drama returns for a new series. Amy, Rory, River and the Doctor receive a series of numbered envelopes, each containing a date, time and map reference. These messages bring them together in the middle of the Utah desert, where the Doctor's friends learn a terrible secret that must be kept from the Time Lord at all costs. But who sent the envelopes, and who received the missing number one? Their quest for answers takes the TARDIS crew to the Oval Office, where President Richard Nixon enlists their help in saving a terrified little girl from a mysterious spaceman...
(Stereo, Repeat, Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 5 Star)
Starring: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, Mark Sheppard, William Morgan Sheppard

Doctor Who Confidential
On: BBC 3
Date: Wednesday 27th June 2012
Time: 19:45 to 20:00
Coming to America. Series 6, episode 1.
In Utah, the episode director tries to find the perfect movie-style backdrop to one of the most ambitious scenes to date, Matt Smith dons his stetson and gives a run-down of the USA filming and the crew talk about the thrills of filming in the Utah desert. Featuring interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston.
(Stereo, Repeat, Widescreen, Subtitles, 2 Star)
Starring: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston

Doctor Who
On: BBC Radio 4 Extra
Date: Thursday 28th June 2012
Time: 00:00 to 00:30
The Beast of Orlok.
Landing in 19th century Germany, the Time Lord discovers the legends of a vicious beast are all too true. Stars Paul McGann. episode 1 of 2.

Torchwood: Children of Earth
On: Watch
Date: Thursday 28th June 2012
Time: 01:00 to 02:00
Day Two. Episode 2.
Torchwood are forced underground. Only Lois can offer salvation, but her superiors are making plans for the mysterious Floor 13.
(Widescreen, Subtitles, Dolby Digital 5.1, 4 Star)
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Kai Owen, Peter Capaldi, Paul Copley

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