Saturday 30 July 2016

Celebrity Big Brother star James Whale is in web series SHADES OF BAD ... web series do make waves

Celebrity Big Brother kicks off, and Doris Shades Of Bad guest star James Whale is in there.

The new big brother house revealed it's initial celebrity guests, and it has the usual mix of controversial guests. The spoon to stir them all up could be chat show host and broadcaster James Whale, especially if the new guests to arrive are politicians as rumours have it.

James Whale, actor, broadcaster....

James, apart from being a guest star as Detective Inspector James Whale in episode 32 of Doris Shades Of Bad (original coffee break versions), is known for the Sunday paper reviews on Sunday Morning Television and his breakfast show on BBC Radio Essex. For many years he had his own late night TV show in the UK with had millions of viewers, figures shows just cannot get nowadays. James has had long stints on LBC, Talk Radio and Talk Sport. Click here to go to the site which will have the interview between James and Stuart.

The Connection ....

James Whale used to be the Late Night presenter on Metro Radio in Newcastle back in the 1970's, and it was there he became friends with Stuart St Paul who was then the breakfast show DJ on Metro. Stuart is now the executive producer on Shades Of Bad who has dragged in some interesting guests. Here in this interview, James and Stuart chat, head to head in the garden of Doris Shades, which is his house.  Click here to go to the site which will have the interview between James and Stuart.

The Episode

Episode 32, a lofty number very few web series achieve, is the one that James Whale appears in. The role made for him is Detective Inspector James Whale, who comes into the made house to arrest someone for murder. The series is not to be taken too seriously, it is a very light hearted humorous but very dark show about Doris Shades Of Bad, a woman who has needs, and revenge is amongst them.

Click this text for the episode which is on daily Motion so Blogspot does not support it as a film box.

Watch Shades Of Bad from the start

Click here for the very first episode of the coffee bite series on our new Daily Motion Channel.

Other Guest Stars ....

Almost all the web series shows nominated for awards in the USA were American, but guest star Richard Beaumont was nominated for his guest appearance. Ricky was a child star in many films like Digby the Dog. Now, as we head into the Rio Olympics period World Champion and Olympian Derek Redmond becomes a huge presence in ten episodes ... episodes 43 to 53. Derek was hugely nervous in his first acting role and due to his packed diary he often had to change days, arrive late and on one day had a Sky Sports camera team arrive at the house to take over and interview him during a lunch break. Take a look at his entrance and maybe lay bets on him being in the house next year.

Where is Shades Of Bad now?

Good question. There is no doubt that the tail is now wagging the dog.  The spin off travel show Doris Visits has become an instant huge web success and has been selected and put onto the Opera TV channel already. The web site went up a few days ago (click this text) and already has over 60 pages loaded and schedule to release at two each day, then one a day. 
Take a look at just one show, Doris is very different in the travel show and it makes for a very friendly and engaging presentation.

This weeks episode is number 55

Fifty five episodes of a web series and still going is quite a fete. The girls, Jean and Lynn who play Doris and Wilma just wrote and directed their own episode which Buster came back and patiently did camera from. That will slot in between episode 56 and 57 and delay the next guest star from arriving by another week. This week, episode 55 is called the garage where the three girls load a dead body into the car to go and dump it in the woods (next weeks). Three leave, only two come back is all the hint we will give you. Next week in the woods was the first UK exterior location, and a night shoot. Did they have a crew and lights.... did they heck. Total crew was doubled from one to two ! And a hand generator was borrowed to work their 3 x LED light panels. 

Manuel Martinez

Is a name you might not know unless you are involved with the live cabaret circuit. He is a comedian / magician who just played at Stephen Hawkins even in the Canaries, and is well known on the cruise ship circuit. He comes in and goes and comes back and.... well, that is the future. A glimpse of him is in the behind the scenes video explaining how Doris Shades Of Bad shot in Norway and Barcelona.

The future of Doris Shades Of Bad

Ex INDYUK Films producer and then assistant to Duncan Heath at ICM, Philip Kennan has been brought back with the remit of turning the series on its head. The series will start and timeline Doris Shades post arrest and in treatment, and all that has been shot will be used as flash backs. He has free reign to explore all possibilities. There is no time line on this as there are no less that 6 cruises booked and a number of other trips for Doris Shades to take as Doris Visits.

Sunday 17 July 2016

Doris in Russia - the filming was easy ....

Click the text to see the films - not the pictures.....

The first thing that hits you about Russia is that it is just the same as everywhere else, people and places and the Roman old religions form part of their history. We had considered shooting an episode there but then we would not have been able to shoot the travel films, so travel won and the story of Doris taking over the world goes from Barcelona (due out in August) back to her kitchen...

Filming in Russia - Sure there is passport control, but of all the Baltic stops we were also told to carry passports in Belgium and Germany, which are / were supposed to be one with the UK. Those of us that cruise regularly will know that in most countries around the world, some in extreme corners, only require the cruise card.

Whilst Russia needs a visa to visit, if on a cruise ship  you take an excursion from the ship into St Petersburg, at this moment that allows you a visa waiver. Then once the coach drops you off you are remarkably free to explore.

The tour company gives you a very simple card whether guided or on your own, which says in Russian the equivalent of I am lost, please ring this number. That goes to the tour operator's office and they will get someone to you. Given the huge number of tours all over the city, like Uber taxi's, there will be someone near you.

Passport control in and out is a little longer than landing at say an airport in Portugal, but not much, and far less intrusive than arriving in India. So, it is not much of an inconvenience.

There is a lot to see in St Petersburg and the Emperors and Assassinations tour is an old favourite because it rounds a part of the city and gets to the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood. Walking you down through the Fields of Mars to the Canal in the lands which Peter The Great took from Sweden, you come up through the fountains and statues and arrive at the Mikhailovsky Palace before going into the church on a group ticket. The coach is collected in Art Square by the tourist office which has a lap dancing club below it and is surrounded by theatres offering tourist shows, concerts and Ballet Evenings. Click anywhere in this paragraph for an overview of a very comprehensive walking tour.

The Ballet Evening is one of many available excursions for an overnight stay, there will be a concert and a traditional evening. 
We were hoping to have gone to the Mikhailovsky Theatre but our show was changed to a smaller theatre seen on the video, a hall which looked like an old concert hall but had space for a 40+ orchestra and  well equipped surround sound system. We obviously can't show the whole Ballet so there is just a clip. The lead Ballerina stood out. Click here to see the evening.

The St Petersburg Explorer is a new excursion, and one which if it were politically allowed might be called St Petersburg on your own. The coach loops you round the city and has three stops or centres. The first is by St Issac's Theatre which is sadly well before it opens at 10.30 so if you want to see inside you need to loop back later, but that is easy. 

Back with our coach trip we headed for stop three which was the Nevsky Prospect. Here we had three hours on our own, and the provided map showed a suggested route up and down the 4.6km main road. You will see we went to a few places, left some of their suggestions out, and added a few others. They also suggest a canal boat trip with times, which would have been an additional cost but the currency is time as well as roubles and we were taking in an overview of the city. We went down into Palace Square as you will see, but the buildings themselves are closed on Mondays. With these two tours we now feel we have a handle on St Petersburg, so when we go back we will try to get into some of the places and museums and share what you can expect. It is all covered in this film. Click here for the film.

We have omitted the second stop of the Explorer as it is by the Field Of Mars to the Church (entrance not included in this tour). We had done this yesterday with the above tour Emperors and Assassinations, so, we left the group and went rogue. Only to find we were not the only ones who crossed the bridge to the Peter & Paul Fortress. We had just enough time for an overview and to know that we will go back there on our next trip to see the Fortress in more detail.

Although we didn't do the Church of Our Saviour on  the Spilled Blood as the tour suggested on this day, which was a Monday, (and although it said the church was closed on a Monday it was open), we covered the church the day before quite extensively as you will see from this film (click anywhere on this paragraph). 
Please beware of pickpockets in this church.

1. The Audio Pen is a spoken commentary hearing aid, and it is highly recommended.
2. Take something to eat and drink or schedule a stop, the day is long and can be tiring.
3. Do not carry a wallet or bag you do not need, do not talk to hawkers or people handing out leaflets unless you are aware of the situation and someone is watching your back. Pickpockets work with leaflet givers and book sellers.
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Wednesday 13 July 2016

The Baltic Cruise ! Doris Shades has been allowed to visit Russia !!!!

The Baltic Cruise !
Arcadia J612 in August, and Britannia B716 in June 2017 will cruise the Baltic. They will stop at
these ports, so these videos will help you choose your excursions or plan what you are going to do.

P&O Aurora R621 & Arcadia J620 both sail at Christmas and will have the wonderful Christmas Markets to enjoy in the many countries who really celebrate Christmas. The Silver Wind and Silver Whisper also travel these routes.

Aurora R705 then goes back to the Baltic in May 2017, Arcadia again in June 2017, Aurora R710 goes in July, Arcadia J713 in August, then December 2017 the Christmas markets are the joy of the Aurora going there twice; R722 and R724.

Denmark, Copenhagen
Let us start with Copenhagen.

The Little Mermaid statue is just that, a statue of a little mermaid and it is between town and boat, so unless you have a burning need to see it, the town offers so much more. Look at the film. Click here for the harbour walk LITTLE MERMAID to PALACE.

Take a look at our film of Copenhagen City, and then you can decide the best way to spend your limited time there. See how far you might have to walk if you do it by foot. Jarrad says his oldest walker was 103 yrs old! Click here for CITY TOUR.

With information like this you can decide for yourself and choose an excursion to suit you.

Sweden, Stockholm
Sweden is another city with so much to do and cover, you need to have a plan and study the available options and excursions. It is spread over 14 islands and although there is a metro and bus service the problem is connections and getting lost. The Abba Museum and other museums and parks are away on an island. If you were around in the 70's and 80's this might just be a must. Click here for TRIP TO AND INSIDE ABBA MUSEUM.

The Town might be accessible from the shuttle bus, but again you need to consider the amount of walking. 
The old town is fantastic with the Royal Palace and the town square and Nobel museum. The old town has much to offer and many photo opportunities. A tour will release a lot of information. 
Click here for a CITY TOUR.

The Changing of the Guard is spectacular, no doubt, but it is smack in the middle of the day and to get a good view you will need to be at the rope by 1130hrs. The guards start around 1215 and you will be standing for an hour and half. It has to be considered as it means you will be there at the middle of the day. If you like the Military, it will be on your list. Click here for the CHANGING OF THE GUARDS.

Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn has one foot in the 15th century and one foot in the present and the Honeydew beer should come with a warning. 
This charming city instantly becomes a favourite and there is more than enough to feast eye and camera on. Doris climbs the St Olav's tower as well as the sites from the hill and a walk of town.

Actress Jean Heard who plays Doris in Shades of Bad and presents Doris Visits,
also visits the church with 100 coats of alms.

In this tour Doris Visits also goes underground into the medieval tunnels, refurbished for the 2nd World War and then again for Russian nuclear bunkers before becoming the punk party scene of the later 1980's. Click here for the video. It is a must.

Helsinki, Finland
Another Baltic Cruise stop in Helsinki and you start to realise just how much sight seeing a Baltic Cruise has, and how much it needs to be planned to take the harder work out of the hard work. Helsinki is an easier port with normal huge shopping centre and markets and an esplanade, or you can go to the beach or visit a cathedral. There maybe things you think you can omit. take a look. Click here for Helsinki. 

Bruges, Belgium
The chocolate and mussels stop on the cruise. Or was it the chocolate and chocolate visit, for chocolate gets it's very own film with every shape of chocolate from spanners to bosoms.

Doris meets with Gino Lasoen at the shop he owns with his wife Sofie, Chocolates and Happiness and gets to try a chilli chocolate.

The canals in Bruges should seriously be considered because the tours cost only a few euros and only take 30 minutes, that means you see a lot in a small time for a small cost.

The restaurants near the canal station seem to have a slight premium on those away from main areas.

Finally the city has the usual fantastic buildings and churches with shops also featuring Christmas and lace. The chocolate is probably the purchase you take home. There is also a horse and carriage ride that starts in the main square. Maybe we will do that next time as time is always a problem which is why we help you plan with these films. Click here for the general Bruges City tour.

St. Petersburg, Russia
It is unlikely any ship goes to St. Petersburg and does not do an overnight stay. As a tip, that is the night the fine dining might offer a free bottle of wine on board ship. Even with two days it is not enough time to see all of St.Petersburg so choose your excursions to hit the spots you wish to see most. Book early, book on line if possible before you leave. Russia is a place where a visa is needed unless you leave the ship on an organised tour where a visa waiver has been agreed.

The first stop on most people's list is the highly ornate Church of the Saviour on Spilled blood. It has the pavement where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated, and where his blood was spilled. That is why the couch is there and has the name. Beware of pick pockets everywhere in Russia, but in this church it is a serious problem. Click here for the video of the must see church.

During the overnight, you will have a number of excursions offered. There will be a traditional night, a concert and a Ballet Evening. Doris took the Ballet Evening as she was a dancer and dance examiner. Click here.

As a tip, the fine dining restaurants on ship often offer a deal or a free bottle of wine on the over night stay evenings.

Kiel Wocke
OK, so Kiel is in Germany, best known for the canal, but few people stop there. EXCEPT this week, Kiel Tall Ships Festival week. The place is heaving, seriously full of food and beer stalls and people partying. If you ever plan a journey through this way try to clash with the Tall Ships festival. My brother and many friends filmed Hornblower in Yalta, a cruise I wish to make sometime, and they all still have firm connections with Tall Ships. Something in the water ... forgive the pun. Kiel film click here.

More films on St Petersburg and Bruges and compilations are in the edit. They will follow.

The Baltic cruise packs in a lot and as you can see can be a lot of work for you as a guest, so it is best planned with a little knowledge, and in at least a few stops you will want the excursion coach to take the strain. Check in again with us to see the newest films.

Check back on this post for more videos as they come out of the edit, there is a queue at Doris TV which includes the Shades Of Bad web TV series, the Status Quo behind the scenes series from Bula Quo, as well as the Dubai Top ten Doris Visits favourites, but they will be up soon.

If you have never cruise, know your ship, we have tours of two that will help you visualise as you compare what the brochures say.

Tuesday 5 July 2016

Mamma Mia! Doris is still away from the drama Shades Of Bad, at now the ABBA Museum in Stockholm.

Doris is still celebrating, well, she never stops! Her husband left her and things have gone on just dandy in the last year as the drama series Shades Of Bad has unfolded and she has accidentally become a serial killer. Well, as she says, "she is a woman and a woman has needs - revenge is amongst them." But that is another story.

Now, celebrating a year of the drama series and numerous awards, she has taken the crew away with her on a cruise of the Baltic Sea, and the second stop is Stockholm; famous for Abba, Ikea and Noble.

You may have seen her films of the Denmark stop looking out to the night sky with a G&T.
Doris is watched and followed more than by just the crooks and villains in her series, Doris Visits film of the Great Belt Bridge is trending!
Click here if you missed it.

Doris has landed in Sweden, which is another collection of islands in the Baltic Sea. The medieval town of Stockholm is a collection of 14 islands. Stockholm Old Town which she walks round, offers many photographic opportunities, but her film will quickly orientate you, take you round the best of the Old Town then over to another island and Tivoli and ... yes, Abba.
Click here for the Stockholm film.

Doris also visits the Abba Museum which is a must. The top place in chic nostalgia that will just whoosh you back in time.
The Abba Museum is living history retold in an interactive magazine where all is possible including cutting a record and appearing on stage as one of them. Seriously take the tour!

Watch the Doris Visits Abba Museum film - click here.

The changing of the guards at the Royal Palace, which is on most tourist rosters to visit, takes place at mid day. 

It is a far more somber affair than the Abba museum but is a big plus to many, so we cut that into a separate film. which can be enjoyed here. Click here for the Changing Of The Guards.

If you like Royal matters Doris Visits has a Buckingham Palace film in the London section and a Royal Yacht Britannia in the Edinburgh section.

Finally, we have to include a stop on the way at the Tall Ships festival in Kiel. There, Doris lost it.... take 2! Click here for the Kiel Tall Ships Festival film.

More to come, the Baltic is a huge place that deserves time. Doris is off to Tallinn in Estonia.... follow the Daily Motion Doris Visits channel... next week we are back to filming the drama ... another killing!

Happy Birthday, SHADES OF BAD UK web series one year old and now shooting abroad with new stars.

Shades Of Bad, the UK web series is one year old!
In the year it reached number two in the ISA chart and stayed in the top 10 until the chart stopped.

Jean Heard was voted Best Actress twice.
Richard Beaumont was nominated for an award as Guest Male actor.
Richard and Jean and then Jean and Lynn were voted into the Best Duo section on many occasions.

The birthdate is not exactly known because we were to go live in July 2015 and jumped the gun, but as a channel, Shades of Bad has 49 episodes and some specials live. Has got another 10 plus episodes loaded for auto schedule (see below film) ... and travel films lined up.

We have around 150 films uploaded in a year with Doris Visits and the other strands
Happy Birthday !!!   Doris TV .......

Shades Of Bad
Doris Visits
How To Film
Ask Doris
Bula Quo (soon a web series)
and soon to come, Devil's Gate .....

Take a look at our channel now on YouTube.

The playlists are the body of work we are very proud to have created.

Now we are experimenting with OS TV, Strimm and Opera .... all experiments that will move us closer to being a TV Channel.

Thanks for your support, we are still learning and still growing.

Take a look at this weeks film releases.

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A scheduled film on Daily Motion that is not released but loaded this week.

Doris interviews the composer Mark Blackledge.

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Sunday 3 July 2016

The Great Belt Bridge in Denmark, the Cruise ship Arcadia sails under i

Doris is away from the series though it is still going out weekly. The travel show spin off is in the Baltic Sea this week.

Five big big stars for Jarrad and the Copenhagen Free City Walks ... more about that later ... but...

Denmark was the first of our cruise stops when off to the Baltic, and going under a bridge when you are in a ship that is the size of a small town is impressive. 

Here is The Great Belt Bridge, it is worth a watch even if you are not a fan of bridges. 

Click here.

The Baltic Sea was like a mirror, calm and the ship never rocked. With many stops along the way we have films in the edit to last weeks, but our first stop was Copenhagen. Here are the films.

The Little Mermaid is a well known Disney film, but how many people have read the dark disturbing book which is nothing like the film. Not many we guess. 

The statue of the Little Mermaid is a huge tourist attraction in Copenhagen, but as the tourists flock to have their picture taken by the statue they are often looking at themselves and not noticing that the Little Mermaid is not smiling, no, far from it.

We walked to the statue, then to the Royal Palace then found 'probably' the best cheesecake in the world... here is where ....        Click here.

One of the great thing about Copenhagen is the free city walks. They are fantastic. It is a collective of guides and the walks are all clearly listed on there web site. Click here for their web site.

The rain shower passed and the walk was mainly in the sunshine, I try and repeat just a portion of what is on offer, but Jarrad was fast and funny and informative and had time for everyone.

So, Denmark is famous for beer .... and we never had time to stop and have one. But, the guys also have a free evening pub crawl which I can imagine is a scream.

Click here for a glimpse of the tour.

Keep an eye out for the other DORIS VISITS films on the Baltic cruise ... there will be many.