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LC in "Rooms" 1975

8 November 2019 | 00:17
posted by: sunray45 in the_safehouse

I have posted some screencaps of Lewis as Pete in Rooms here in my LJ.

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LC in "Rooms" 1975

8 November 2019 | 00:15
posted by: sunray45 in the_safehouse

I have posted some screencaps of Lewis as Pete in Rooms here in my LJ.

Hope you enjoy them.

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Pros FandomCards 2019

3 November 2019 | 23:32
posted by: byslantedlight in the_safehouse

It's November... *g* Would anyone like to play Pros FandomCards again this year? Sign-ups from today!

Pros FandomCards is a December/Christmas/Winter/Solstice/Celebration-of-your-choice where Pros fans exchange greetings via old-fashioned post - it's open to everyone, and simply involves sending at least one (but as many as you like) Pros-based cards/creations to the person/s assigned to you. And of course in return you receive Pros-based cards/creations through your letterbox - just a little piece of extra happiness in December.


The exchange started in 2011, and has run every December since then - the link takes you to the Safehouse tagged posts, so you can get an idea of what's going on if you're not sure, and/or inspiration, or just to look at the pretty pictures. *g* It's fun and December-y and it's always nice to get old-fashioned post - especially lads-y post... *g*

Participants will be assigned (via email) a recipient to whom they should send a Pros FandomCard in December. This could be anything - a Christmas card with a picture of B/D tucked inside or on the front, a Yule card that is a decorated drabble, a booklet of CI5 meditations to celebrate Bodhi Day, a knitted George Cowley stuck to a card for Hannukah - it's entirely up to you and your creativity. Your card could be signed by the sender, or the lads themselves, or just in the spirit of December and Pros *g* - as a sender you can choose to be anonymous, or be as open as you wish - whatever you decide.

There's no specific guidelines, or requirements for an exotic imagination or craft box - it's having something arrive through the post that's the important thing, reminding us that we're all still here, and part of our Pros fandom together, and that we can share some Pros happiness no matter what else is going on. You will be given a few preferences from your recipient, such as favourite pairings/characters, and any particular festivals they celebrate, and it would be kind if you could follow these preferences - if I mismatch anyone, please let me know.

In return for sending something, you of course also become a recipient, and should receive something happily Pros to your postbox at some time in December!

You can sign up to send as many Pros FandomCards as you like - although I can't guarantee that you'll receive the same number as you send out, because it will depend on sign-ups, it's mostly worked out that people do in previous years. The only guarantee is that all participants should receive at least one Pros FandomCard - but in theory, your letterbox could be stuffed full of them... *g*

To sign up, please comment below - all comments are screened, so you and I will be the only people who can see your reply - including:
1) Your real life name and address (ones the postie will be able to deliver to)
2) Email address to which I should send your assignment
3) Character likes (e.g. B/D, D, B, George Cowley, Julia, Jax, B/C, B/D - "any" is also okay!)
4) Any specific festival that you celebrate (e.g. Christmas, Hanukkah, Saturnalia, Yule... or None, or Any - it's up to you!)
5) Happy to post internationally if necessary? (Yes/No)
6) Number of Pros FandomCards you'd be happy to send (As above, this may not correspond with how many you receive).
7) Other notes - e.g. if you need your card to be received in disguise, with no sign of B/D until you open it inside, because your other half/third/quarter doesn't quite understand how pretty the lads are when they smooch... *g*

I won't reply to the sign-up comments on lj, because that unscreens them, but I'll email confirmation to the email address you provide. If you don't have an lj, or if you really don't want to post your details online, even screened, then you can do it all by email and send them to me instead, at slantedlight at g mail dotcom (but formatted properly, obviously!)

Sign-up deadline - midnight (GMT) Friday 22nd November (Lad's time, for my own sanity... *g*). Assignments will be emailed by or on Sunday 24th November, hopefully giving you lots of time to make cards (of course once you've signed up you can start creating whenever you like, though you won't know who they're for yet *g*). It's not impossible to accommodate late sign-ups, but it's a bit more complicated, so if you can sign up by the deadline it would be appreciated (and everyone's more likely to get more cards... *g*) Feel free to pass this on to Pros-y people who aren't on lj too - the more people joining in the very merrier. *g*

I hope that's everything, but if I've forgotten something then do let me know!

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Happy Halloween

31 October 2019 | 23:33
posted by: macklingirl in the_safehouse

Wishing all a happy Halloween.




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Lew in 'Rooms' (again...)

26 October 2019 | 16:26
mood: frustratedfrustrated
posted by: londonronnie in the_safehouse

Unfortunately the problems that we had with our upload of 'Rooms' to our YouTube channel continued with the upload to Vimeo. After a couple of days our account was suspended as the video was ripped from a tv show and therefore it fell foul of Vimeo's rules and regulations.

So, third time lucky (hopefully..). We have now added the video to our Official Fansite Facebook page where we hope it can be viewed without any problems. The Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/officiallewiscollins/ where 'Videos' can be selected from the menu on the left of the page.

Fingers (and everything else) crossed!

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Lewis in 'Rooms'

16 October 2019 | 22:14
mood: chipperchipper
posted by: londonronnie in the_safehouse

Many apologies to those of you who have been eagerly awaiting the chance to see Lewis in 'Rooms', which was broadcast last week on Talking Pictures TV. Unfortunately we ran into some copyright issues with some of the music featured in the show when attempting to upload to YouTube, but happily we have now been able to upload both episodes to Vimeo.

Please visit our YouTube channel and follow the link to Vimeo. Enjoy!

The Official Lewis Collins Fansite - Rooms

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Gaslight - MS on stage!

15 October 2019 | 01:25
posted by: byslantedlight in the_safehouse

Today I have been on an adventure, to the Theatre Royal in Bath... to see MS in Gaslight, of course!
2019-10-15 RoyalTheatreBath 2019 MS Gaslight poster
I was sitting there at intermission twiddling my thumbs (okay, and eating vegan chocolate ice cream, which turned out to be worth eating!), and I was thinking back to the days when there might have been half a dozen posts if one of our lads took to the stage, and then I thought.... Why don't I? I have treated myself to going to see MS in Gaslight, and so I should post about it! I actually started this on my phone when I was sitting there too - but that was slow, and now I'm home and more comfortable. *g*

There were hardly any seats left for the entire week when I finally booked mine - I ended up at the very end of the Royal Circle, which meant my view was really angled, and slightly behind one of the lights. And also right beside a speaker, which turned out to be interesting!
2019-10-15 RoyalTheatreBathMyView
Sadly I can never bring myself to be bad and take pictures during the performance, because they ask you not to, so this was before it started, obviously. I presume the set looks properly scaled when you're seeing it from a front-view! The other pics below are all taken from the internet - some are from Bath, but even the ones that aren't are what I saw, so that works.

MS is playing an ex-police detective called Rough, who is investigating a crime that took place when he was a young constable. And he doesn't look anything like he does on the promo poster for the play! It always throws me when they do that... He had a sort of Colonel Sanders beard and moustache, and looked quite dapper with it, in a brown wool suit. For most of the time on stage he's talking with Bella Manningham - here's a synopsis of the play at Wiki, and I'm going to try not to spoiler it here, because it's a proper thriller (and of course where the term gaslighting comes from, which I didn't know!) and because the leaflet that I picked up at the theatre said that it was going to the West End, so even if you haven't seen it yet, you still might!
2019-10 Gaslight-MSandBelle


Anyway, MS plays Rough as Irish - I've no idea whether that's a choice or a stage direction, and I must admit it took me a minute to decide whether his accent was Scottish or Irish! Then either he or I settled into it, and he was excellent! Well, of course. *g* He turned out to be very definitely a wee mischievous Irish pixie of a man in the play, with a half bottle of Irish whisky hidden inside his jacket (and a couple of lines about that which had the house laughing *g*!)
2019 MS Gaslight withbottle


He had some good lines when he was trying to break into the desk too - and I couldn't help but think of Doyle when he got out his set of skeleton keys!
2019-10 Gaslight-MSatDesk
I hadn't been expecting his character to be funny, but he really was.

And there was one part where he asked Bella if she minded him taking his coat off to work, and when he turned around he held his arms out to her and said "Look at me dandy shirt, isn't it a dandy shirt?" or something like that, and I'd swear it was adlibbed, and Bella was trying not to laugh at him... I'd love to know if he did that in other performances, and it was just so well done that it sounded like that... *g* Has anyone else seen it?

Then there was another moment where he did that old-fashioned old-man dance of joy that they do, all jumping and legs, because he was so pleased to have worked out something from the case - and again Bella was laughing at it. It was fun! Also - he can still move those legs! He's looking fit!

The stage production was brilliant - its directed by Lucy Bailey, who's apparently won awards, and I'm not surprised *g*
2019-10 Gaslight-MSandGhost
The set was brilliant too (sorry, I'm getting repetitive) - I don't want to spoiler it again, but it wasn't at all traditional. There were also lots of surprises in the performance, which I hadn't been expecting (well no obviously, but I mean... you know what I mean, right? I hadn't expected it to be that sort of play!) - and that made sitting by the speakers interesting... *g* At least three times I jumped and you could hear the rest of the audience jumping at the same time!

And then it was over, and they all came on for their bows, and the audience clapped and clapped, and some people stood up, and MS was just smiling, and looking so pleased - it was really nice!

I'm sure there's lots of other stuff I should have mentioned, but... and it went so fast - I wasn't at all prepared for it to be intermission when that came, and I was sorry that it was over, too. I'd love to know if anyone else has been to see it, and what you thought!

ETA - just found another pic of MS online, this time with James Wilby who played Manningham. And because sagittas asked, I'm including one of JW with the maid character too. *g*
2019 MS Gaslight with JamesWilby 2019 MS-not JamesWilby

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Groovy

13 October 2019 | 18:49
posted by: cornishcat in the_safehouse

Never tried this before but I've made a gif of Lew dancing from the recently broadcast Rooms (1975)

Hope it works!

I don't seem to be able to make it work as my userpic though. Anyone know how to do that?

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help needed, looking for an older vid

13 October 2019 | 09:01
posted by: sc_fossil in the_safehouse

Crossposted on my hunt! :)

Hey, all. I'm looking for a copy of the story trailer vid I made for the CI5 Box of Tricks 2012 Big Bang for Liriel's story, The Bodyguard. It was posted on 17 Oct 2012. I know. I'm cleaning out my mess of three hard drives and two laptops and would you believe this is nowhere to be found? Not even on the Wayback Machine.

Thanks for any help! email me at chakbalam at gmail dot com with any questions.

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Rooms - Lewis Collins - well that was fun!

10 October 2019 | 16:17
posted by: byslantedlight in the_safehouse

Thanks to londonronnie I've just caught Lewis Collins' episode of Rooms ("Reg") on Talking Pictures tv channel (81 on Freeview). And look what I found... *g* (Someone will have recorded this and will take much better screencaps, but I thought while you're waiting you might manage with these photos of the telly!)
LC at door01 LC at door02
You can practically hear his Liverpool accent in that second pic - )and it's the same expression we sometimes see when he slides into it in Pros *g*)!

LC at door03 LC at door04


And silly-face boy...
LC at door05pullingface
(I'm pretty sure I've seen him doing this face in one of the Network dvd galleries - just can't remember which one right now!

LCandGirls drinks

There's a whole scene after this where LC is dancing - reminds me of a conversation I had with someone ages ago, where I just couldn't imagine Bodie dancing to disco music! I really hope someone else can get the pics of it!

He does dance with this girl from the room upstairs though...
LC and Girl dance01 LC and Girl dance02

The second part of this story is on tomorrow - it's really about Reg rather than LC's character, Peter, but hopefully LC will feature then too!

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A Reminder!

9 October 2019 | 13:56
mood: excitedexcited
posted by: londonronnie in the_safehouse

As promised, a quick reminder that Pros fans in the UK will be able to see one of Lewis's earliest tv appearances on the Talking Pictures TV channel tomorrow! Part 1 of the 'Rooms' story entitled 'Reg' will be shown at 2pm on Thursday 10th October, with part 2 being shown at the same time on the following day. The two episodes were first shown on tv in February 1975 and have not been repeated since.

Sod's Law being what it is, I now have a hospital appointment to attend at the very same time that tomorrow's episode is being aired so will miss the opportunity to see Lew's appearance 'live'. Needless to say, the recording is all set up...

Happy viewing!

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An Early TV Appearance For Lew Coming Up!

11 September 2019 | 10:06
mood: excitedexcited
posted by: londonronnie in the_safehouse

Those of you in the UK might be aware of a tv channnel called Talking Pictures TV, which shows old movies and tv series (a lot of which date from the '70s and '80s, so ideal for immersing yourself in the Pros era!).

Last month they began showing 'Rooms', a daytime drama series from the '70s which recounted the stories of the residents of a lodging house. Each weekly story was comprised of two episodes, and in February 1975 Lewis Collins appeared in both episodes of the story entitled 'Reg'.

I'm very excited to say that Lew's episodes are now scheduled for transmission next month! Part 1 of 'Reg' can be seen at 2pm on Thursday 10th October, with Part 2 following at the same time on Friday 11th. The series was never repeated, so this will be its first airing in almost 45 years!

Non-UK fans need not despair, I'll be aiming to upload the two episodes to the Official Fansite's YouTube channel as soon as I can after 11th October.

Can't wait!!

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Theo Skeat

5 August 2019 | 10:20
posted by: hgdoghouse in the_safehouse

I'm sure a number of people still in fandom must have known her- I'm very sorry to say that Theo Skeat died suddenly last week.
Elaine

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Trying to clarify fannon and cannon

3 July 2019 | 23:33
posted by: krisserci5 in the_safehouse

Who is better with a rifle? - with a hand gun?

I think I keep quoting fannon. . . . Doyle is better with the hand gun, Bodie the rifle.

In the Rack - Doyle is said to be a A1 marksman. . . .

Is there canon to support their prowess with weapons?

Thank you!

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It's solstice ... and the lads have an assignment

21 June 2019 | 18:26
posted by: macklingirl in the_safehouse

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Oh, it's Friday, so let's have some lads in the theater

15 June 2019 | 00:06
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Oooh... MS on stage again!

10 June 2019 | 18:04
posted by: byslantedlight in the_safehouse

2019 MS Gaslight poster
I'm supposed to be working desperately today to catch up, but I took a moment to read the pros_newsletter (thank you as ever to bordosnoopy, who is doing a great job) - and look! MS is on stage again this October, and having missed the American-president one (I can never remember the title...) I for one am determined to see this one! Plus - Victorian murder-mystery? Much more my thing! Hurrah!

(PS - Mods! kiwisue and constantmuse! Could someone possibly sort or be given access to sort the tags at Safehouse - posts are getting lost, which is such a shame...) Worst-case scenario (because they don't cover everything), maybe members could be given access just to choose from the tags that already exist?

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Happy Birthday, Lew

27 May 2019 | 09:24
posted by: londonronnie in the_safehouse

Today would have been Lewis's 73rd birthday. He is still very much missed by all his fans.

To mark the occasion we have added two new videos to the Official Lewis Collins Fansite's YouTube channel - the 'Cluedo' episodes 'The Bolivian Connection' from 1991 and 'Scared To Death' from 1992. To view these and all the other videos on the channel please visit the Official Fansite and click on the link for YouTube in the sidebar.

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Choose Bodie-and-Doyle's-Adventure Game Chapter 13

25 April 2019 | 01:50
posted by: byslantedlight in the_safehouse

Hee - that was fun! I didn't do quite what I said and choose one... you'll see. *g* Might have to try that again! Oh, and someone pointed out today that you had to scroll through the whole lot again to find the new chapter-bit, so I've added in a cut so that you can jump straight in if you want.

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Choose-Bodie-and-Doyle's-Adventure
by Slantedlight

Doyle woke slowly from sleep, sun-drenched because he'd left the curtains open the night before, and feeling lazy with it. For the first time in nearly two months he didn't have to get up, didn't have to do anything at all. Brankoff and all his chums were behind bars where they should be, the reports were written and the court case weeks away, thanks to the judicial backlog. He finally had a day off. Not even just a day, not even a weekend, but the whole Easter weekend, Good Friday to Easter Monday, nothing to do. Just what he needed.

He took a deep breath of morning air, frowned as it tickled his nose, and tucked his face back into the sheet. What was it, eight, nine o'clock? He was too lazy to open his eyes and check, but it must be getting on, he hadn't felt this well-rested in ages. He could get up and have some breakfast, catch up on the papers. Take it easy. Or he could stay right where he was, full of warmth and well-being, think some nice thoughts, fall asleep again...

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Choose Bodie-and-Doyle's-Adventure Game Chapter 12

24 April 2019 | 00:37
posted by: byslantedlight in the_safehouse

Managed it with work and all - just! And a slightly different poll today - you get to make your own suggestions this time. *g* I'll use whichever one turns the fastest into inspiration!

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Choose-Bodie-and-Doyle's-Adventure
by Slantedlight

Doyle woke slowly from sleep, sun-drenched because he'd left the curtains open the night before, and feeling lazy with it. For the first time in nearly two months he didn't have to get up, didn't have to do anything at all. Brankoff and all his chums were behind bars where they should be, the reports were written and the court case weeks away, thanks to the judicial backlog. He finally had a day off. Not even just a day, not even a weekend, but the whole Easter weekend, Good Friday to Easter Monday, nothing to do. Just what he needed.

He took a deep breath of morning air, frowned as it tickled his nose, and tucked his face back into the sheet. What was it, eight, nine o'clock? He was too lazy to open his eyes and check, but it must be getting on, he hadn't felt this well-rested in ages. He could get up and have some breakfast, catch up on the papers. Take it easy. Or he could stay right where he was, full of warmth and well-being, think some nice thoughts, fall asleep again...

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The next bit...Collapse )

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