Fantastic news! As well as being possibly the greatest forward ever, there's a hell of a lot of fantastic tales about him. From bowing down in front of the kop 3 times when he scored, and losing a testicle for ignoring a defender who threatened him not to score again, to fighting Nazi's in Germany just before WWII, and tales of captured foreign soldiers shouting "f*** your Winston Churchill and f*** your Dixie Dean!"[more]
Dixie's incredible story heading for the cinema
Jun 25 2007
by Alan Weston, Liverpool Daily Post
IT was a different era in which top footballers were paid just £8 a week and caught the tram home with fans after playing a game.
Now the life and astonishing career of Everton goal-scoring legend Dixie Dean is to be brought to the screen for the first time.
Tabacula Films, based at Toxteth TV – whose latest film project alongside Souled Out films about the Cunard Yanks had a sold-out Liverpool premiere last week – are currently fund-raising for their next major project: a feature-length drama documentary about the player, with the working title Dixie Dean: The People’s Legend.
It will be directed by Ian Lysaght, himself a keen Everton fan, and is due to be released next year on the 80th anniversary of Dean’s 60-goal season of 1927-8.
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/soaps/a63324/liverpool-soap-lined-up-for-bbc.htmlLiverpool soap lined up for BBC
A new Liverpool-based soap opera from the co-creator of Brookside is being considered by the BBC for 2008.
TV and film producer Colin McKeown, who worked on Coronation Street and was one of the original creators of Channel 4’s Brookside, is in talks with the broadcaster about a pilot series.
The as yet unnamed soap is, which is being executive produced by former Brookside writer Jimmy McGovern, is believed to be being considered for the Neighbours slot, which will become vacant when the Australian soap moves to Five next year.
The show, being produced by McKeown's LA Productions, is to be shot on location in the Kirkdale area of Liverpool. If the 20-week pilot series gets the go-ahead, it is likely it will air next summer.
McKeown told the Liverpool Daily Post: "I think this is a great opportunity and we are very hopeful that we will be given the programme. It will mean a lot to Liverpool, particularly in the year that it is celebrating European Capital of Culture, to be the location of a soap that reflects the changing face of our major cities."
A BBC spokeswoman, however, told DS today: "The BBC is currently looking at a number of options to replace Neighbours. A decision has yet to be made."
That doesn't sound like Kirky to me - unless it's about a community RESISTING the gentrification of Liverpool with sacrifices being made at the Shrine of Scottie Road. :cheers:New city soap set to win major BBC deal
Jun 26 2007
LIVERPOOL has emerged as favourite to attract a new soap to replace BBC1’s Neighbours, potentially creating hundreds of new jobs in the arts sector.
Kirkdale-based film producer Colin McKeown, who worked on Coronation Street and was one of the original creators of Channel 4’s Brookside, is in detailed talks with the BBC about a pilot series for a new soap.
Recent Bafta-winning writer Jimmy McGovern is committed to the project as executive script writer/producer, and will head a team of talented local writers.
Last night, Mr McKeown, who heads LA Productions, said the proposed programme would not be a carbon-copy of Brookside, the one-time daily series produced by Mersey Television when it was headed by Phil Redmond. Mr McKeown has a working name for the show, currently under wraps but says the storylines will prominently feature regeneration and the gentrification of Liverpool.