Thursday, March 13, 2014
The character of Richard Hannay is a multiversal - originally from BookWorld in several novels by John Buchan; a few Cineverse incarnations of the most famous book ("The Thirty-Nine Steps") beginning with Hitchcock's adaptation; a TV movie that had to be relocated to the Land o' Remakes; and even a very funny play that ran on Broadway a few years back. (That incarnation would be found in The World's A Stage.)
Richard Hannay is also a member of the Wold Newton Universe in which many of the pulp heroes and villains throughout literature (for the most part) can trace their beginnings back to the meteorite crash near Wold Newton in the 1790s.
In the late 1970s there was another movie incarnation of "The Thirty-Nine Steps" starring Robert Powell, which is considered absorbed into Earth Prime-Time. That's because Powell went on to star in a TV adaptation, 'Hannay', a decade later.
Rob Buckley, whose blog "The Medium Is Not Enough" is the fourth most popular TV blog in the UK, has take a look back at 'Hannay', including some clips from the movie as well as from the series.
Check it out:
Nostalgia Corner: Hannay (1988-1989)