Introducing Moviedrome

Alex Cox was responsible for a substantial part of my 1980s and 1990s film education with his show Moviedrome on BBC television.

That, I wrote a year ago, when I found  the Laura Gemser interview from the Alex Cox documentary “A Hard Look”

Last week, I find the very first introduction of the very first broadcast of the cult television programme on cult films.


Moviedrome (first broadcast, May 8th, 1988)

The first film was The Wicker Man. To my knowledge, the transcripts of the introductions by Cox were not published. I do suggest that any serious film student would “read” them from start to finish. I wish I could.


Maybe there is a way to find the missing texts. Cox has just published an autobiography so it seems.

Has anyone read this?

X Films: True Confessions of a Radical Filmmaker (2008) []

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3 thoughts on “Introducing Moviedrome

  1. John Coulthart

    Cox’s introductions from seasons 1-3 were published by the BBC in 1990 in a large-format booklet called Moviedrome: The Guide. It probably doesn’t surprise you to hear I have a copy. I expect you could find one secondhand somewhere.

  2. jahsonic

    Doesn’t surprise me at all 🙂

    I guess we may have “shared time” by watching simultaneously Moviedrome episodes. I missed The Wicker Man, though, and never even heard the score to that film, but I know it’s psych folk, which makes the whole of Cox appear very trendy again.

  3. John Coulthart

    I believe their screening of The Wicker Man was the first attempt to show a more complete print of the film than had been seen before.

    The soundtrack is excellent and a major reason for why the film is so effective. I’ve never regarded it as very well-directed; no one would ever accuse Robin Hardy of being an auteur. Its strengths are the screenplay (also a novel by Anthony Shaffer), the cast and the score. The soundtrack is available in a great CD version from Trunk Records.

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