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The Demon Headmaster comes to DVD for the very first time

The beloved Cbbc series The Demon Headmaster has come to DVD for the very first time, with Simply Media releasing all 19 episodes from the complete three series of the BAFTA-nominated show.

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Based on the books by Gillian Cross and directed by Grange Hill’s Roger Singleton-Turner, The Demon Headmaster stars Terrence Hardiman (Doctor Who) in the title role. It’s good versus evil at St Champions school as he plans to use otherworldly hypnotic powers to take over the world!

However, he does not count on the resistance of his unruly pupils, who together form Splat (The Society for the Protection of our Lives Against Them), a taskforce training to resist hypnotic powers. But they will have to act fast because once the Demon Headmaster has the pupils under his power his next target is Downing Street.

As term progresses Splat realise their
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Top 50 terrifying TV characters

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Jokers, circus masters and demonic dolls. Which TV characters terrify you? Den Of Geek asked its writers that very question…

The subconscious is a terrible place; dark, mysterious and peopled by spectres from the past. As a bit of a laugh then, we sent our writers journeying into theirs and asked them to drag out any TV terrors they found lurking in the shadows.

Some television fears had been ensconced there since childhood, others were more recent tenants. Some were morally terrifying; human beings with icy hearts capable of atrocities, others were simply… atrocities.

Join us as we count down in order of terror from the sort-of-creepy to the downright terrifying, the 50 TV characters that, for whatever reason, give our writers chills. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, so feel free to fill in gaps by adding your own peculiar television nightmares below…

50. Charn -
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ChuckleVision, Demon Headmaster and Byker Grove: Are these the best Cbbc shows from its 30-year history?

Happy birthday, Cbbc! 30-years-old and still going strong, judging by this nostalgia-powered clip starring the likes of Edd the Duck and Gordon the Gopher.

Confronted with three decades' worth of the finest children's entertainment, it was a hard task to corral the Digital Spy team into picking the very best - or at least their favourite - Cbbc programmes.

So here are our picks, from ChuckleVision to Byker Grove and back again, which means you'll have to let us know yours in the comment box below.

1. The Animals of Farthing Wood (1992-1995)

This animated adaptation of Colin Dann's novel was so good it could have been on at any time of day instead of part of the Cbbc lineup.

It was gripping, heartbreaking and funny, and you found yourself getting perhaps too-attached to the likes of Fox, Badger, Toad and Mole (a tear may have been shed on several occasions). Though,
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Doctor Who's take on UK prime ministers

Winston Churchill, Harriet Jones, Harold Saxon... As we all head to the voting booths, how have UK prime ministers fared in Doctor Who?

Incarnations of the Doctor are a bit like British prime ministers. They usually last four to five years in real time and, despite having different faces, a cynic could say that they're all pretty much the same beneath the surface. But that's the stuff of Media Studies dissertations, in fact, Doctor Who has a far dimmer view of the UK executive in the show itself.

Over the course of fifty-odd years, the office of prime minister has been both the target and agent of satire and parody in a show that deals with an onslaught of alien activity on British soil in the past, present and future.

As we're all going to the polls today to pick who we want in Downing Street, here's our look back
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5 Most Disturbing Kids TV Shows

There are so many Children’s TV shows that are disturbing in a variety of different ways. There’s the intentionally creepy such as Courage the Cowardly Dog; the unintentional creepy such as Lamb Chop and the tragic animal slaughter of Animals of Farthing Wood.

Here’s a rundown of my Top 5 most disturbing TV shows created for children.

5. The Demon Headmaster

The Demon Headmaster was some downright creepy stuff and I’m not surprised that it’s no longer running. I don’t think the Beeb would allow a program based in a school and centred on a headmaster with pervy eyes to exist on their channels these days.

What was most disturbing about the Demon Headmaster was that with children’s imaginations being so wild, it didn’t take long until viewers started to wonder if their own headmaster was as evil as Terrence Hardiman’s demonic eyed titular character.
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Episode Recap: Doctor Who - 5.02: "The Beast Below"

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Children in school and one of them has been bad since he got a zero. So Timmy ( Alfie Field) has to walk home or he'll get sent below. The Test Card girl in the lift recites a rhyme about "the beast below." Amy (Karen Gillan) : My name is Amy Pond, when I was 7 I had an imaginary friend. Last night was the night before my wedding and my friend came back." Hang on, somethings not right, he can't be her imaginary friend cos we know he's real, yes the Doctor is very real, so clearly this is an arc for this season. The Doctor (Matt Smith) says his box is a spaceship. He tells her in the twenty ninth century the human race moves to the stars. They're on the Starship UK: "it's Britain, an entire country looking for a new home." He calls them observers and he doesn't get involved in other's problems.
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Doctor Who - The Entire Series 5 Recap

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Here we go, or should that be Geronimo(?), with the new series ending last Saturday here in the UK I figured it was about time I went back and watched it all over again and brought you the chaotic mess of thoughts that would follow.

Two things before you read all of this, I thought David Tennant was brilliant but I thought his departure was drawn out and by the end of it almost wanted him gone. This is no reflection on him though more on the production, I mean 20 minutes of his last episode were dedicated to his regeneration. I also really wished people wouldn’t judge Matt Smith on his first seconds in The End of Time yet so many people did.

So, without further ado…

The Eleventh Hour

My Thoughts: It had been a long wait for this. Many had criticised his ten seconds on screen, many others hadn’t.
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Doctor Who - The Entire Series 5 Recap

Here we go, or should that be Geronimo(?), with the new series ending last Saturday here in the UK I figured it was about time I went back and watched it all over again and brought you the chaotic mess of thoughts that would follow.

Two things before you read all of this, I thought David Tennant was brilliant but I thought his departure was drawn out and by the end of it almost wanted him gone. This is no reflection on him though more on the production, I mean 20 minutes of his last episode were dedicated to his regeneration. I also really wished people wouldn’t judge Matt Smith on his first seconds in The End of Time yet so many people did.

So, without further ado…

The Eleventh Hour

My Thoughts: It had been a long wait for this. Many had criticised his ten seconds on screen, many others hadn’t.
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Wish Me Luck | Your next box set

The second world war spy drama was subtle, addictive and its groundbreaking heroines pulled together to achieve miracles

Sunday nights on ITV in the late 80s saw a sudden glut of glossy drama: Poirot, Jeeves and Wooster, The Charmer, The Darling Buds of May. These were commissioned by Lwt drama controller Nick Elliot, who'd been furnished with cash by incoming channel chief Greg Dyke to take the channel upmarket. And they worked.

But while those shows, and the hits they ushered in – Morse, Prime Suspect, Cracker, were all fairly formulaic, Wish Me Luck, a female-led second world war resistance adventure that ran from 1988 to 1990, was genuinely groundbreaking.

Inspired by the autobiography of secret agent Nancy (The White Mouse) Wake, it starred Kate Buffery as an unhappily married mother who signed on to the Special Operations Executive, run by Jane Asher in Whitehall, to be trained in espionage and dropped into occupied France.
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Doctor Who Magazine - 421

There are Vampires, Silurians and life-changing choices to be made, in this month's Doctor Who Magazine.

Four forthcoming episodes are previewed, The Vampires of Venice, Amy’s Choice, The Hungry Earth and Cold Blood and there are interviews with writers Toby Whithouse, Simon Nye, Chris Chibnall and Steven Moffat, and never-before-seen photos!

Talking about the new-look reptile people of The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood, Chris Chibnall reveals,These new creatures don’t negate the original Silurians, they’re a different exploration of the same idea. They’re close cousins. And once you see Neve McIntosh (who plays Silurians Alaya and Restac) and Matt Smith acting their socks off together, I’m hoping you’ll feel the idea paid off.

Also in the magazine

Head writer Steven Moffat gets his head flushed down the loo and tells what else happened when Matt Smith and Karen Gillan went back to school with the Doctor Who team,
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