Prince of Darkness - The Life and Works of Sir Christopher Lee

In June 2015, the sad news came that Sir Christopher Lee has passed away, which inspired this massive tribute series celebrating his life and work. In this series, we tel lthe story of his life, his rise to fame with Hammer, his work with Amicius and in Euro-horror, the years spent shaking off the horror tag, and finding a new generation of fans from his starring roles in the Star Wars saga, and Lord of the Rings.

A TRIBUTE OF CHRISTOPHER LEE Part I
In our first episode, Mr Jim Moon goes on the trail of a lost Dracula, and uncovers the tale of a long forgotten audio version of Bram Stoker's classic narrated by Sir Christopher Lee and its links to one of the first graphic novels The Illustrated Dracula from 1966

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A TRIBUTE OF CHRISTOPHER LEE Part II
We begin tracing a career that spanned seven decades. We learn of Lee's early life, military career and his first forays into acting. We discuss his involvement with the birth of Hammer horror and friendship with Peter Cushing, looking at his roles in Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy and The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll. We look at his non horror works such as The Hound of the Baskervilles and Terror of the Tongs, learn of his close relationship with Boris Karloff and the movie they starred in together Corridors of Blood, and round off with another classic chiller City of the Dead AKA Horror Hotel which was effectively the birth of Amicus.

A TRIBUTE OF CHRISTOPHER LEE Part III
In this chapter, we explore his most productive period, the 1970s, where he made numerous films for Hammer, Amicus, and AIP, and worked with film-makers such as Terence Fisher, Freddie Francis, Jess Franco and Harry Alan Towers. We sample the psycho-chiller Scream of Fear (1961), investigate the case of Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), go marauding with the Devil Ship Pirates (1964), dodge The Gorgon (1964), gaze into The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), visit Dr Terror's House of Horrors (1965), meet Rasputin the Mad Monk (1966), and find out what's inside The Oblong Box (1969). And of course we run into Count Dracula many many times...

A TRIBUTE OF CHRISTOPHER LEE - Intermission
This episode we take a little sidestep and take a look back at the tradition of having hosts for our horror stories, and explore the various volumes of weird fiction that Sir Christopher Lee hosted and co-edited with Peter Haining and Michael Parry

A TRIBUTE OF CHRISTOPHER LEE Part IV
Continuing our journey through the life and works of Sir Christopher Lee, we chart his continuing work with Hammer and Amicus, and examines the only movie Lee made himself Nothing But The Night (1972). We pay a visit to The Wicker Man (1973), indulge in some Bondage with The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), and hear how Lee broke the horror typecasting in movies such as The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970).

A TRIBUTE OF CHRISTOPHER LEE - Leeviathan
In this episode, we raid the archives of the Great Library of Dreams to uncover the tale of Leviathan '99 - a 1960s experimental radio play. This space-age sonic drama was a riff on Moby Dick penned by the late great Ray Bradbury and starring Sir Christopher Lee as an obsessed comet-hunting captain on a space vessel...

A TRIBUTE OF CHRISTOPHER LEE Part V
In this final part of this epic series, Mr Jim Moon charts Sir Christopher Lee's career from the 1980s onwards. We look at movies as diverse as Arabian Adventure, The Return of Captain Invincible, The Howling II, and The House of Long Shadows, and see how his star rose again once more with Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, how he embraced heavy metal in his '90s, and in general became a living legend.

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