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2000s early



 
Steven Berkoff - The Wickedest Man in the World - Aleister Crowley

The Wickedest Man in the World, a documentary about devil worshipper Aleister Crowley for Channel 4 television.

Steven Berkoff - The Wickedest Man in the World - Aleister Crowley

Steven Berkoff - The Wickedest Man in the World - Aleister Crowley - eye

Steven Berkoff - The Wickedest Man in the World - Aleister Crowley

Steven Berkoff - The Wickedest Man in the World - Aleister Crowley

Steven Berkoff - The Wickedest Man in the World - Aleister Crowley  Steven Berkoff - The Wickedest Man in the World - Aleister Crowley

Steven Berkoff - The Wickedest Man in the World - Aleister Crowley

Steven Berkoff - The Wickedest Man in the World - Aleister Crowley

A predictable documentary and Berkoff provides the voice of Crowley.   The director is Neil Rawles.

Steven Berkoff - The Wickedest Man in the World - Aleister Crowley 





Crime Doubles 2002

The BBC´s double length police series.  Berkoff plays the crime boss- in prison, but still in control.  He has the right level of menacing cynicism.

But the program as a whole is a mess, trying and failing with Se7en style editing which rather than speeding up the pace, turns it into a confused jumble of incidents.


Hans Christian Andersen Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale 2001

Andersen is played by Kieran Bew.  James Fox and Simon Callow also appear.  The director is Philip Saville, who directed Berkoff in Hamlet in 1964.

Berkoff in Hans Christian Andersen

Berkoff plays the teacher Meisling.  A predictable Dickensian type role, with Berkoff referring to Andersen as "you charity boy".

Hans Christian Andersen

The film is long and boring, though the Japanese sequence is beautiful, influenced by Paul Schrader's Mishima.


Jonathan Creek Jonathan Creek 2001

BBC´s feature length boxing day production for 2001. Magician and amateur detective Creek investigates a new murder, a traditional "body found dead in a locked room with no murder weapon" story.  Berkoff plays a film director and the whole crew, including Creek, are at a Scottish castle where a mysterious death occurred hundreds of years ago, and this seems to be relevant now.

Jonathan Creek   Steven Berkoff in Jonathan Creek

Berkoff in Jonathan Creek

Actually disappointing as it turns out that almost everyone was involved in the murder, rather than there being one criminal. Berkoff is fine as the director, even though the dialogue is at times wordy and wooden.


Reggie Kray Reggie Kray- The Last Word 2001

Berkoff narrates but does not appear in this documentary of the Kray Twins, gangsters in the East End who Berkoff knew. The film includes an interview with the dying Reggie Kray.


Atilla Atilla: mini series 2001

Berkoff plays King Rua in a mini series about Atilla the Hun.  Rua is the ruler of the Huns and has two heirs. The older has him poisoned but the younger, Atilla, takes over the crown and looks towards defeating Rome.

Berkoff in Atilla

The films suffers from comparisons with Kubrick´s Spartacus (the set piece battles) and the direction of battles filmed from above in the mist is taken from A Chinese Ghost Story.  Berkoff is good as the old leader, wise but not as wise as Atilla.  It was filmed in Lithuania.





Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning - title

In the Beginning - a bible epic covering Genesis and Exodus.  Directed by Kevin Connor in 2000.

The film starts with a disclaimer "The film reflects the spirit and historical significance of the stories of the bible, although some dramatic license has been taken".

A lengthy, almost three hour, television epic in two parts with a plethora of famous names- Alan Bates, Jacqueline Bisset, Geraldine Chaplin, Christopher Lee, Diana Rigg and of course Steven Berkoff.  The first part is pedestrian with cheap effects.  The second part picks up starting with Steven Berkoff carrying the initial scenes.

Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning - Potiphar

Steven Berkoff plays Potiphar who buys Joseph as a slave.

Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning - Potiphar and Zuleika

Potiphar's wife Zuleika is played by Amanda Donohue.

Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning - Joseph - Eddie Cirian

She tries to seduce Joseph, but when rejected she accuses Joseph of attacking her.

Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning - Potiphar

Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning - Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee has a brief role as Ramesses I but is lost, like many of the other guest stars, as the story moves on relentlessly with few allowed the scope to develop the role as Berkoff was able to do.

 Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning

The story moves to Moses as he leads the Hebrew slaves to freedom, but the Pharaoh sends his troops.

Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning

Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning - Red Sea

The slaves reach the Red Sea and Moses parts the waves to allow them to escape, and to drown the Egyptian army.

Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning

Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning - Red Sea

Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning - Red Sea

Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning - Red Sea

Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning - Red Sea

Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning  Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning - tablets

Finally Moses brings down the tablets of stone.

The Director of Photography was Elemer Ragalyi, and Editors were Barry Peters and  Bill Blunden.

I like the imdb.com entry "Frank Finlay... God (uncredited)".

Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning  Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning - Amanda Donohoe - Zuleika

The costumes and make-up give the film some distinction...

Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning - burning bush

... but the special effects, the burning bush here or the Red Sea parting above, are poor and little better than the Hollywood bible stories from the 1950s.

"The sweeping shots of the children of Israel on the move, the rickety Egyptian chariots, stormy Mount Sinai - all are more or less the same as they've been in every other biblical epic. And despite all our computer-aided wizardry these days, the parting of the Red Sea still looks as fake as ever" (Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 11 Nov 2000).

Steven Berkoff - In the Beginning - credit

All images from the DVD of the film.





 

Steven Berkoff - Randall and Hopkirk Deceased - series title  Steven Berkoff - Randall and Hopkirk Deceased - episode title

Randall and Hopkirk (deceased).  The episode Mental Apparition Disorder from 2000.

Randall and Hopkirk (deceased) was a successful series on British television in the 1960s, and is here revived with comic duo Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.

Steven Berkoff - Randall and Hopkirk Deceased - Vic Reeves - Tom Baker

The series is based on a detective agency where one partner dies, but comes back as a spirit to help his partner.  Here the spirit Hopkirk gets advice from his spirit mentor played by former Doctor Who Ton Baker.

Steven Berkoff - Randall and Hopkirk Deceased - Bob Mortimer - Emelia Fox

In Mental Apparition Disorder Randall has to investigate fraud in  casino, and sends his secretary  played by Emilia Fox to infiltrate the casino.  Randall however decides to check into a health resort to cure the "hallucinations" of his dead partner.

The episode and series lack the originality of the original series and the episode is poorly written with a wafer thin plot.

Steven Berkoff - Randall and Hopkirk Deceased

The health resort soon turns out to have a sinister  purpose.

Steven Berkoff - Randall and Hopkirk Deceased Steven Berkoff - Randall and Hopkirk Deceased

Steven Berkoff plays "mouth" the gangster head of a casino "No is a word I don't understand, but I do understand fracture, dislocate, dismember, eviscerate".

Steven Berkoff - Randall and Hopkirk Deceased Steven Berkoff - Randall and Hopkirk Deceased

Berkoff appears for only a few seconds and is seen hidden in close-up so only an eye, a nose and mouth appear.

Directed by Rachel Talalay, the Cinematographer was John Ignatius and the Editor was Annie Kocur.

Steven Berkoff - Randall and Hopkirk Deceased - credit

 

All images from the DVD of the film.


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