Tuesday, October 31, 2006

You Couldn't Make It Up - But The BBC Did ...

via Will in the comments at B-BBC :

BBC Radio Times comments on tonight's "Spooks".

The plot line, a frighteningly plausible one, involves a Christian extremist group called the Sons of Phineas, who are taking retribution on the Muslim community in the hope that it will spark a Holy War here.
Last week's villains, you may remember, were the evil Zionists. DFH and the Magna Mater Melanie comment.

5 comments:

Voyager said...

A Christian group claim responsibility for a number of attacks on the Muslim community. As threats of further attacks emerge, Adam goes undercover to find out when and where the attacks are due to occur.

The group have also attracted the attention of the Israeli secret service, who believe that they have an anti-Semitic agenda as well as an anti-Muslim one.

As Adam discovers details of the next attack, Mossad hit men storm the building and target Adam in his 'Christian extremist' guise.


Writer & Director JULIAN SIMPSON

Producer ANDREW WOODHEAD

Creator DAVID WOLSTENCROFT

Executive Producer SIMON CRAWFORD COLLINS

Executive Producer JANE FEATHERSTONE

last week's episode written by Raymond Khoury

Raymond Khoury moved to Rye, New York, from his native Lebanon at the outbreak of the civil war there in 1975. After graduating from Rye Country Day School, he returned to Lebanon to study architecture at the American University of Beirut. During his years there, in between repeated flare-ups of fighting, he illustrated several children's books for Oxford University Press's Middle East office. Khoury completed his degree just as the civil war erupted again, and was evacuated out from the city in February, 1984, by the Marine Corp's 22nd Amphibious Unit on board a Chinook helicopter.

Khoury moved to London and joined a small architecture practice. The architecture scene in the mid-80s throughout much of Europe was going through a severe downturn, and the work was far from fulfilling. He decided to explore other career options and applied to the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France. After graduating from its MBA program, he moved back to London where he joined Banque Paribas Capital Markets, selling gold-linked convertibles and other far less exotic financial instruments.

He left the world of investment banking to return to his creative roots. During a visit to the Bahamas to explore a real-estate opportunity there, he met a Wall Street banker who dabbled in the film business, developing screenplays with writers in Hollywood. Khoury bounced an idea off the banker, the idea stuck, and they agreed to develop it into a screenplay by hiring a professional screenwriter. Several conference calls later, the outlines coming back from Los Angeles weren't quite what Khoury had in mind. He decided to write an outline himself, to give the screenwriter a clearer picture of how he saw the movie. Upon receiving the outline, Khoury's partner called him up and told him, "Our man in L.A. isn't going to write this movie for us. You are. You're a writer."

Khoury wrote the screenplay, which was shortlisted for a Fulbright Fellowship in Screenwriting award that year. His next screenplay, a semi-autobiographical screenplay about his college years during the civil war, was also shortlisted for the award a year later. In 1996, he optioned the film rights to Melvyn Bragg's novel, THE MAID OF BUTTERMERE, writing the screenplay adaptation himself while completing an original screenplay, THE LAST TEMPLAR. THE MAID OF BUTTERMERE found its way to Robert DeNiro, who shortly after announced in Variety that he would be producing it and playing the lead role of Colonel Hope.

Since then, Khoury has been working as a screenwriter and producer both in London and in Los Angeles. He is currently working on a fifth season of the BBC hit series Spooks, known as MI-5 in the US, as well as writing the screenplay adaptation of THE LAST TEMPLAR and preparing his next novel.


The BBC produces BS - years ago Between The Lines was far superior

Iva said...

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try: http://www.grazeit.com/Backpage.asp?BPID=117

Anonymous said...

iva

http://biased-bbc.blogspot.com/

verity said...

Why can't the BBC face the fact that the terrorists who blow up buildings, nightclubs and public transport are islamics? I think they're more in love with the Arabs than the Camel Corps at the Foreign office.

Given that they have now revealed what a large proportion of homosexuals work at the BBC, it must be a Florence of Arabia thing.

goggleyes said...

talking of the BBC...

I was watching the play about Fanny Cradock and thought "who does she remind me of?" Then it came to me, of course - Verity!