Saturday, 31 December 2016

Topless Review Guides Updated

The following Guides have just been updated:
  • Game of Thrones with Season 6 now added.
  • Doctor Who with the latest Christmas special added.
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Missing But Not Forgotten: Sparkling Cyanide

Over the Christmas period ITV3 showed the 2003 drama Sparkling Cyanide which originally contained a nude scene.

Sparkling Cyanide was a (loose) modern-day adaptation of an Agatha Christie novel that featured her lesser-known sleuth Colonel Race.  The main character was renamed to Colonel Geoffrey Reece (played by Oliver Ford-Davies) and he was aided by his wife Dr Catherine Kendall (played by Pauline Collins).

As originally broadcast in 2003 Chloe Howman is seen briefly nude getting into a shower before being interrupted by her doorbell ringing.  This scene was missing from the recent broadcast which was initially shown at 10:10am on 28th December 2016.  It was shown again after midnight on that same day's schedules at 1:00am.  It was the late night showing I checked which was, rather lazily, the same daytime-friendly version.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Missing But Not Forgotten: Dalziel and Pascoe

The Drama Channel have just shown an episode of long-running BBC detective drama Dalziel and Pascoe which originally had some nudity in it.  This was edited out for this transmission which began at 8pm.

The episode in question was the first story of Series 3 from 1998 entitled Under World.  The story was set amongst a mining community and dealt with the unsolved death of a miner.

Actress Joy Brook played a flirtatious woman prepared to use her charms to further her husband's career.  In the original broadcast she had two scenes worthy of note that were both excised. 

In the first scene she is seen almost topless as she is putting her bra back on after having sex with her ex-fiancé Colin Farr (Joe Duttine) - in the cut version the scene started late after she had re-dressed which resulted is some dialogue being missed.

The other scene is a flashback showing her undressing in a field in front of deputy mine foreman Harold Satterwaite (Russell Dixon) who is doing her a favour in return - while a man spies on them through binoculars - the cut version removed her part of the sequence entirely just showing the watching voyeur and leaving the viewer to guess at what he was seeing.

Joy Brook is perhaps best known for playing DC Kerry Holmes in The Bill from 1998-2000


Saturday, 17 September 2016

Film Report: Grave Tales (2011)

Grave Tales (2011)
Country: UK
Director/Producer: Don Fearney
Writers: John Hamilton, Mike Murphy
Stars: Brian Murphy, Heather Darcy, Frank Scantori, Damien Thomas, Mark Sloan, Marysia Kay

This horror film is very much in the tradition of the Amicus portmanteau films of the 1960s and 1970s, such as Dr Terror's House of Horrors (1965), The House That Dripped Blood (1970) and Tales From The Crypt (1972), in which a series of short tales were presented with a framing sequence linking them together in some way. 

It is listed on IMDB as a 2011 film and it has a copyright date of 2012, although on Marysia Kay's CV she lists it as having been something she did in 2009.

Three of the four tales have female nudity.

Framing Sequence: A young woman (Heather Darcy) visits a graveyard where she meets an elderly groundkeeper (played by George and Mildred actor Brian Murphy) who proceeds to tell her terror-filled tales of how some of the persons buried there met their untimely ends...

One Man's Meat: An alcoholic family butcher (Frank Scantori) accidentally kills a young street woman and decides his only recourse to evade justice is to dismember her and sell her as chops in his shop.  But due to the woman's unsuspected preternatural condition, customers who unwittingly consume her flesh are in for a bloody shock!

Johanna Stanton plays the young woman whom the butcher kills - she is topless on his slab as he prepares to perform the grizzly deed he has decided upon.

Callistro's Mirror: A collector of occult objects (Damien Thomas) finds an antique mirror in a junk shop that once belonged to a 17th century sorcerer.  He believes it will bring him untold fortune until he discovers its horrifying secret!

Jade Moira Lawrence and Katie Langford play the "Keepers" who live inside the mirror and are both seen topless. 

Both are similar in appearance so hopefully I've correctly worked out which is which on these collages.  (Jade Moira Lawrence can also be seen in a film called "Love Freely But Pay For Sex" and seemed to more closely resemble the one I've indicated as her)


The Hand: A brutal escaped prisoner (Mark Sloan) lops off the hand of the burdensome convict to whom he had been shackled.  But as he continues his bid for freedom the detached hand has other ideas!
No nudity

Dead Kittens: A young female singer (Marysia Kay) is plucked from obscurity to be lead singer of the girl band "Dead Kittens", not realising she has fallen into the hands of Satanists who have something deadly in mind for her career!

Marysia Kay is seen topless while changing into an outfit for a music video shoot and again when her smock is ripped open whilst lying on a sacrifice altar


Sunday, 31 July 2016

Introducing Credits

Something a bit different for this post that may be of passing interest to some.

Mainly drawn from data compiled for the Rare British Film Reviews part of the site, here is a rundown of actors who received "Introducing" credits.  Some went on to become household names whereas others were rarely seen again.  Of course many actors make their first appearances without any fanfare but these are the ones where the filmmakers chose to celebrate a newcomer with a special credit.

Listed in chronological order.
The more familiar names are highlighted in bold.

"Introducing" credits
Beat Girl (1960) - Gillian Hills
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) - Hylda Baker
The City of the Dead (1960) - Venetia Stevenson
Travelling Light (1960) - Yannick Philouze
A Matter of WHO (1961) - Richard Briers
A Taste of Honey (1961) - Rita Tushingham
During One Night (1961) - Don Borisenko and Susan Hampshire
The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) - Edward Judd
A Kind of Loving (1962) - June Ritchie
The Wild and the Willing (1962) - Ian McShane
My Bare Lady (1963) - Nina Huntredos
That Kind of Girl (1963) - Margaret Rose Keil
The Pink Panther (1963) - Fran Jeffries
The Servant (1963) - James Fox
French Dressing (1964) - Alita Naughton
The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964) - Jeanne Roland
The Leather Boys (1964) - Colin Campbell
The Three Lives of Thomasina (1964) - Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber
Die, Monster, Die! (1965) - Suzan Farmer
Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965) - Julie Samuel
Licensed to Kill (1965) - Tom Adams
Shakespeare Wallah (1965) - Felicity Kendal
The Pleasure Girls (1965) - Rosemary Nicols
Up Jumped a Swagman (1965) - Suzy Kendall
What's New Pussycat (1965) - Woody Allen
Deadlier Than the Male (1966) - Virginia North
Death Is a Woman (1966) - Patsy Ann Noble
Doctor in Clover (1966) - Elizabeth Ercy
Funeral in Berlin (1966) - Eva Renzi
The Psychopath (1966) - Judy Huxtable
Theatre of Death (1966) - Jenny Till
Africa - Texas Style (1967) - Charles Malinda
Eye of the Devil (1967) - Sharon Tate
Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) - Prunella Ransome
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1967) - Barry Evans
The Viking Queen (1967) - Carita
The White Bus (1967) - Patricia Healey
To Sir, with Love (1967) - Lulu
Torture Garden (1967) - Barbara Ewing
Two a Penny (1967) - Ann Holloway
Baby Love (1968) - Linda Hayden
Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968) - Virginia Wetherell
Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher (1968) - Robin Phillips
Her Private Hell (1968) - Jeannette Wild
If.... (1968) - Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick, Robert Swann and Christine Noonan
Inspector Clouseau (1968) - Delia Boccardo
Loving Feeling (1968) - Françoise Pascal
Witchfinder General (1968) - Hilary Dwyer
Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (1969) - Connie Kreski
Clegg (1969) aka Harry and the Hookers - Gilbert Wynne
Come Back Peter (1969) aka Some Like It Sexy - Mary and Madeleine Collinson
Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (1969) - Scott Hylands
One Brief Summer (1969) - Felicity Gibson
Some Girls Do (1969) - Sydne Rome
The Bed Sitting Room (1969) - Marty Feldman
The Best House in London (1969) - Carol Friday and Marie Rogers
The Body Stealers (1969) - Lorna Wilde
The Desperados (1969) - Benjamin Edney
The Haunted House of Horror (1969) - Mark Wynter
The Valley of Gwangi (1969) - Curtis Arden
Walk a Crooked Path (1969) - Clive Endersby
What's Good for the Goose (1969) - Sally Geeson
A Day at the Beach (1970) - Beatrice Edney (as an adult actress she was known as Beatie Edney)
A Touch of the Other (1970) - Helene Francoise
Every Home Should Have One (1970) - Julie Ege
Groupie Girl (1970) - Esme Johns
No Blade of Grass (1970) - Lynne Frederick, Nigel Rathbone and Christopher Lofthouse
Tam Lin (1970) - Stephanie Beacham
Crucible of Horror (1970) - Sharon Gurney
The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970) - Hildegard Neil
Too Late the Hero (1970) - Ken Takakura
Toomorrow (1970) - Benny Thomas, Karl Chambers, Olivia Newton-John and Vic Cooper
Assault (1971) - Lesley-Anne Down and James Laurenson
Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971) - Mark Edwards
Bread (1971) - Yocki Rhodes
Flight of the Doves (1971) - Helen Raye
Friends (1971) - Sean Bury and Anicée Alvina
Kidnapped (1971) - Lawrence Douglas and Vivien Heilbron
Lust for a Vampire (1971) - Yutte Stensgaard (receives an "introducing" credit in the film's theatrical trailer but not in the actual film's credits.  She had appeared in several films beforehand and this was in fact one of her very last roles before leaving the acting profession).
Melody (1971) - Tracy Hyde
Not Tonight, Darling! (1971) - Nicki Howorth
Revenge (1971) - Tom Marshall and Zuleika Robson
Secrets (1971) - Tarka Kings
Straw Dogs (1971) - Ken Hutchison
The Go-Between (1971) - Dominic Guard
The Horrors of Burke and Hare (1971) - Françoise Pascal (although she also received an introducing credit in Loving Feeling from 1968)
The Road Builder (1971) - Nicholas Clay
The Ski Bum (1971) - Lori Shelle
Up the Chastity Belt (1971) - Anne Aston
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971) - Chloe Franks (although she had already appeared in smaller roles in some earlier films by this point)
Au Pair Girls (1972) - Nancie Wait
Demons of the Mind (1972) - Shane Briant
Disciple of Death (1972) - Marguerite Hardiman
Dr Phibes Rises Again (1972) - Valli Kemp
Four Dimensions of Greta (1972) - Leena Skoog
Neither the Sea Nor the Sand (1972) - Michael Petrovitch
Pulp (1972) - Nadia Cassini
Rentadick (1972) - Richard Beckinsale
The Pied Piper (1972) - Cathryn Harrison
The Ragman's Daughter (1972) - Simon Rouse and Victoria Tennant
Tower of Evil (1972) - Gary Hamilton
Vampire Circus (1972) - Serena and Milovan Weber
Virgin Witch (1972) - Ann Michelle and Vicki Michelle (Ann had been in a film called Psychomania the previous year)
Because of the Cats (1973) - Sebastian Graham Jones
Live and Let Die (1973) - Jane Seymour
Never Mind the Quality Feel the Width (1973) - Bernard Stone
Not Now Darling (1973) - Trudi Van Doorn and Jackie Pallo (Trudi Van Doorn had previously already appeared in a 1971 sci-fi film called Quest for Love)
Secrets of a Door-to-Door Salesman (1973) - Sue Longhurst, Felicity Devonshire, Victoria Burgoyne and Jan Servais
The National Health (1973) - Sheila Scott-Wilkinson and Neville Aurelius
The Optimists (1973) - Donna Mullane and John Chaffey
Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974) - Nancy Blair
Can You Keep It Up for a Week? (1974) - Jill Damas
House of Whipcord (1974) - Penny Irving
Persecution (1974) - Mark Weavers
Vampyres (1974) - Marianne Morris and Anulka Dziubinska
Zappers Blade of Vengeance (1974) - Jason Kemp
Farewell, My Lovely (1975) - Jack O'Halloran
Girls Come First (1975) - Rikki Howard
Legend of the Werewolf (1975) - David Rintoul
Mandingo (1975) - Ken Norton
One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975) - Andrew Dove and Max Harris
Overlord (1975) - Nicholas Ball, Julie Neesam and Sam Sewell
Side by Side (1975) - Stephanie De Sykes and Billy Boyle (Billy Boyle had previously had a prominent role in 1970's Groupie Girl)
The Adolescents (1975) - Koo Stark
The Ghoul (1975) - Don Henderson
The Lifetaker (1975) - Lea Dregorn
The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones (1976) - Janie Greenspun
A Little Night Music (1977) - Lesley Dunlop
Adventures of a Private Eye (1977) - Christopher Neil
Black Joy (1977) - Paul Medford
Cruel Passion (1977) - Lydia Lisle
French Quarter (1977) - Alisha Fontaine (she had previously appeared in 5 other films starting in 1971)
Joseph Andrews (1977) - Natalie Ogle
Jubilee (1977) - Adam Ant
Stand Up Virgin Soldiers (1977) - Pamela Stephenson and Fiesta Mei Ling
The Black Panther (1977) - Debbie Farrington
Carry on Emmannuelle (1978) - Suzanne Danielle
Give Us Tomorrow (1978) - Donna Evans and Alan Guy
Killer's Moon (1978) - Georgina Kean and Allison Elliott
Rosie Dixon - Night Nurse (1978) - Debbie Ash and Caroline Argyle
The Boys from Brazil (1978) - Jeremy Black
The Stud (1978) - Emma Jacobs
The Water Babies (1978) - Tommy Pender and Samantha Gates
Warlords of Atlantis (1978) - Lea Brodie (she was previously known as Lea Dregorn under which name she had previously received an "introducing" credit for the 1975 film The Lifetaker)
A Touch of the Sun (1979) - Edwin Manda
Arabian Adventure (1979) - Emma Samms
Bloody Kids (1979) - Richard Thomas and Peter Clark (not the famous Richard Thomas from The Waltons)
That Summer! (1979) - Ray Winstone, Julie Shipley, Tony London and Emily Moore
The Golden Lady (1979) - Christina World (although under the name Ina Skriver she had appeared in several prior films)
The Human Factor (1979) - Iman
The Passage (1979) - Paul Clemens and Robert Rhys
The World Is Full of Married Men (1979) - Sherrie Lee Cronn
Sex with the Stars (1980) - Martin Burrows
Sweet William (1980) - Geraldine James
The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1980) - Helen of Troy, Tenpole-Tudor, Alan Jones, Faye Hart
The Long Good Friday (1980) - Derek Thompson
Eye of the Needle (1981) - Philip Martin Brown
Memoirs of a Survivor (1981) - Leonie Mellinger
The Appointment (1981) - Samantha Weysom
Five Days One Summer (1982) - Betsy Brantley and Lambert Wilson
Nutcracker (1982) - Finola Hughes
The House Where Evil Dwells (1982) - Mako Hattori
Venom (1982) - Lance Holcomb
Curse of the Pink Panther (1983) - Ted Wass
G.B.H. (1983) - Brett Sinclair and Jane Cunliffe
Screamtime (1983) - David Van Day
Xtro (1983) - Maryam d'Abo and Simon Nash
Dutch Girls (1985) - Gusta Gerritsen
Letter to Brezhnev (1985) - Tracey Lea and Angela Clarke
Lifeforce (1985) - Mathilda May
Dogs in Space (1986) - Michael Hutchence
Into the Darkness (1986) - Polly Pleasence
Salomé (1986) - Jo Champa
The Fantasist (1986) - Moira Harris
The Girl (1986) - Clare Powney
Day of the Panther (1988) - Paris Jefferson
Sheherazade (1990) - Catherine Zeta Jones
The Turning (1992) - Gillian Anderson
Sparrow (1993) - Angela Bettis & Johnathon Schaech
Pervirella (1997) - Emily Booth (as Emily Bouffante)
The Cat's Meow (2001) - Claudia Harrison & Claudie Blakley

Rulers and Dealers (2006) - Freema Agyeman

Anyone know of any that I've missed?

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Film Report: Dark Matter (2014)

Dark Matter (2014)
Country: UK
Director: Maurice Smith
Stars: Dominic O'Flyn, Gina Purcell, Jamie-Jodie Shanks

Gifted space scientist James Reynolds (Dominic O'Flynn) has gone into a pit of despair following the death of his wife Christine in a car accident.  In the months that follow this tragedy he shuts himself away at home, dropping out of everyday life, until one night a meteorite lands in his back garden.  His curiosity is piqued by its strange properties and he suspects it may be a seed.  He cultivates it in his bath and it grows speedily into the form of a young woman, fresh and innocent and full of wonder about the world.  James names her Stellar (Jamie-Jodie Shanks) and takes to the role of her worldly educator.  The alien ingénue swiftly learns how to behave and communicate, but as her alien intellect matures what seemed like a miracle turns into a nightmare when Stellar's true purpose in coming to Earth is revealed and we learn how inextricably linked the recent traumatic events in James' life have been.

Dark Matter is a science fiction horror which initially seems very promising telling the tale of an innocent foundling from the stars coming into the life of a broken man in need of a purpose.  Had that facet been the full sweep of the story it might have been rather good.  But Stellar's naïve endearing phase doesn’t last for long and as her awareness of purpose blooms the story slides into baffling incomprehensibility.  Its scope is one of galaxy saving proportions, with timeslips and alternate realities thrown in, but it's all played out on a scale too small to match the story's ambitions with most of the galactic drama being merely referred to in exposition.

On the female nudity side Jamie-Jodie Shanks who plays Stellar is seen naked in a shower when James washes away her birthing encrustments to reveal her fully formed body; and again when she is playing joyfully in the rain enjoying new sensations

Jamie-Jodie Shanks in Dark Matter

Gina Purcell plays James' colleague Valerie who comes to his house to check up on him and becomes heavily embroiled in the action.  She is seen topless a few times with the main occasion being a sex scene set in an alternate reality where she is James' wife.

Gina Purcell in Dark Matter

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Site Update: American and Canadian TV Actresses

A new section has been added to the Actress Database part of the site.

The new section features any actresses seen on American and Canadian TV shows that are not already featured in other sections (for instance British actress and big-name Hollywood actresses).

The section begins with 294 actresses and 567 entries.

Direct Link:  (