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by David Savage
Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:28 am
Forum: British Comics
Topic: Comics starting with A etc.
Replies: 1
Views: 369

Re: Comics starting with A etc.

There were a few Ally Sloper titles, and D.C. Thomson had a long running story paper called Adventure . Y titles include Yogi Bear's Own comic in the Sixties and Yogi and His Toy in the Seventies (the first comic to have a gift every issue). There was a Fifties Odhams comic called Zip . There were t...
by David Savage
Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC Archive for sale
Replies: 39
Views: 3702

Re: BBC Archive for sale

The BBC hasn't repeated an episode of Python for 16 years. The Cycling Tour in 2004. But I take your point. 2005, in fact, as part of a Michael Palin night on BBC4! And the Flying Sheep edition the year before as part of a BBC4 Sixties TV night... It would be surprising if The Goodies didn't turn u...
by David Savage
Wed Nov 11, 2015 12:09 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Children's Film Foundation movies on Talking Pictures Tv
Replies: 8
Views: 1131

Re: Children's Film Foundation movies on Talking Pictures Tv

Mickey wrote:The CFF have their own YouTube channel. There's a five minute clip there of "The Ghost Of Monk's Island", if you want to refresh your memory.
A 90 minute (or so) film version is also free to view at any of the nine BFI Mediatheques around the UK.
by David Savage
Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:34 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Doughnut's Dad and a phone line!
Replies: 5
Views: 751

Re: Doughnut's Dad and a phone line!

It was an import; a US TV show made for ABC for a Saturday morning slot there - albeit shot at Elstree studios and on location in England. The BBC and other UK TV companies had turned down Harry Booth and Roy Simpson's idea - of something that would be like their Children's Film Foundation series of...
by David Savage
Fri Aug 21, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: British Comics
Topic: Your childhood comics.
Replies: 65
Views: 5044

Re: Your childhood comics.

I got the joke pencil.

You may find lots more spine-shivery (and shake-y) moments around here:
http://kazoop.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/19 ... nd_18.html
by David Savage
Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:51 am
Forum: British Comics
Topic: Your childhood comics.
Replies: 65
Views: 5044

Re: Your childhood comics.

My father bought me Film Fun, because he had read it as a lad. But it was taken over by Buster a couple of weeks later. There was a strip in Film Fun called "Space Family Robinson", which was probably my first taste of Sci-fi. Cheeky Weekly also had a Space Family Robinson serial in the late Sevent...
by David Savage
Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:31 am
Forum: British Comics
Topic: Your childhood comics.
Replies: 65
Views: 5044

Re: Your childhood comics.

I have very fond memories of various mystery/adventure stories appearing in 1970s comics and at the end of each week, you'd be asked if you'd spotted the next clue as to what was going on. I'm fairly sure that one comic used to print little slips at the end of each week's edition that you could fil...
by David Savage
Sun Jul 19, 2015 12:25 am
Forum: British Comics
Topic: Your childhood comics.
Replies: 65
Views: 5044

Re: Your childhood comics.

brigham wrote:I had The Beezer at first, until I was old enough to appreciate The Magnet.
But ... but ... The Beezer started in 1956. The Magnet finished in 1940!
by David Savage
Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tom Grattan's War (1968-70)
Replies: 5
Views: 552

Re: Tom Grattan's War (1968-70)

All the Flaxton Boys exteriors are videotaped. The whole series is VT.
by David Savage
Wed May 06, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]
Replies: 51
Views: 3571

Re: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]

Spiny Norman wrote:Refresh my memory - was this in "Monty Python conquers America" or is it mentioned in some of the books?
I'm not sure. I don't think I've seen Monty Python Conquers America.
by David Savage
Tue May 05, 2015 10:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]
Replies: 51
Views: 3571

Re: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]

Does that mean that the first US exposure to Python was the Golddiggers in London, and not PBS? Python wasn't on Golddiggers in London . It was another show that financed the transfer: Dean Martin’s Comedy World . The And Now For Something Completely Different film was pre-PBS, but apparently the f...
by David Savage
Sun May 03, 2015 10:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]
Replies: 51
Views: 3571

Re: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]

Chagrin's pieces were in the US ones, too. They did edit out half of each show for the UK, so they presumably just chopped out all the Feldman sketches. Martin was never in it there, either. "Dean Martin Presents" was probably just in the US title as it was a summer replacement for his own TV series...
by David Savage
Sun May 03, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]
Replies: 51
Views: 3571

Re: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]

Yes, so it was recently familiar material in the UK, and the BBC probably wouldn't have been very keen on him performing material from their shows on ITV, so presumably his contributions were just for the US broadcasts.

Nice to see that script page, stearn.
by David Savage
Sun May 03, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]
Replies: 51
Views: 3571

Re: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]

Thanks for checking. From one edition, Reilly plays "a pet shop owner arranging an elaborate funeral for a customer's parakeet." Could this be a mis-write up of Reilly and Feldman doing ... the parrot sketch? Or - surely not - a rewrite of it? Maybe some of the filmed Feldman material - like the gol...
by David Savage
Sun May 03, 2015 6:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]
Replies: 51
Views: 3571

Re: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]

Marty Feldman wasn't in "Goldiggers In London", Julian Chagrin has a comedy mime spot in most editions. He was certainly in the hour long American editions. I've just found that TV.com lists some of the sketches he does in it. In show eight, for example: "Marty Feldman's madcap antics are on displa...
by David Savage
Sun May 03, 2015 6:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]
Replies: 51
Views: 3571

Re: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]

David,Lostshows has the London show as 1970-71,which had me figuring it started at Christmas time.Are they reflecting one region,in this? I checked the Times Digital Archive. November 14th seems to be the earliest entry, when LWT has it on at 7.30pm, straight after No, That's Me Over Here . Other r...
by David Savage
Sun May 03, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]
Replies: 51
Views: 3571

Re: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]

Yes, because I think he was somewhat of a regular on the show. Thanks for the info. Checking the TV.com episode guide, he seems to be on four 1970-1971 editions. I found a couple of the sketches - with Dean Martin and Paul Lynde. They were, indeed, obviously recorded specially for the show, probabl...
by David Savage
Sun May 03, 2015 3:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]
Replies: 51
Views: 3571

Re: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]

It was that last one I was thinking of. I don't know about Python but it featured inserts by Marty which were basically sketches from "(It's) Marty". They rerecorded them for copyright reasons, although in one case I noticed they used the filmed insert from the BBC. (There's a small chance that som...
by David Savage
Sun May 03, 2015 3:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]
Replies: 51
Views: 3571

Re: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]

Oh, well hopefully we get the right one. Marty was a regular on the Dean Martin show I believe, reshooting many sketches he did earlier for the BBC or in ALT1S. There was a US variety series Dean Martin Presents the Golddiggers from the same producer for NBC, the Golddiggers being a female singing ...
by David Savage
Sun May 03, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]
Replies: 51
Views: 3571

Re: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine [Network]

It was a US-UK production, wasn't it? So an NTSC source is quite possible. The US got a very different show from the UK. The US producer chopped the hour-long British shows into half hour editions, shortening sketches and inserting outtake material from a US Dean Martin series that he also produced...
by David Savage
Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: D.O.G. s**t all over the screen
Replies: 39
Views: 2724

Re: D.O.G. s**t all over the screen

Didn't EastEnders running US-style credits over the first 30" or so of a few episodes in the '90s? In fact, wasn't there a brief vogue for this on several UK productions around the same time? My memory could be playing tricks of course, but I seem to remember thinking how odd it looked. Such a stra...
by David Savage
Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:40 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two episodes of At Last The 1948 Show found!
Replies: 32
Views: 2430

Re: Two episodes of At Last The 1948 Show found!

Spiny Norman wrote:
David Savage wrote:In John Cleese's autobiography, he mentions that Frost's son Wilfred found these in the archive. He also mentions two editions being found in the attic of Marty Feldman's widow.
That may explain where 1.5 and 2.5 came back from, I have always wondered about that.
That was in 2010.
by David Savage
Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:35 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two episodes of At Last The 1948 Show found!
Replies: 32
Views: 2430

Re: Two episodes of At Last The 1948 Show found!

In John Cleese's autobiography, he mentions that Frost's son Wilfred found these in the archive (though Dick Fiddy should have been credited with the find, perhaps?). He also mentions two editions being found in the attic of Marty Feldman's widow.
by David Savage
Sat Aug 09, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: What is this music on 19.48 at Newswipe?
Replies: 12
Views: 1156

Re: What is this music on 19.48 at Newswipe?

Sounds like an instrumental cover of The Beatles' Maxwell's Silver Hammer.
by David Savage
Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:13 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Childrens Film Foundation Collection: Outer Space [bfi]
Replies: 10
Views: 958

Re: PR: Childrens Film Foundation Collection: Outer Space [b

My mistake, I meant to put VHS or DVD release. The point is that there are dozens of CFF films that have pretty much never seen the light of day since the 1970s. It's always exciting when something truly rare, obscure and unseen for decades comes out, but when the Network run of CFF titles didn't l...
by David Savage
Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Childrens Film Foundation Collection: Outer Space [bfi]
Replies: 10
Views: 958

Re: PR: Childrens Film Foundation Collection: Outer Space [b

Don Satchley wrote:Good to see but yet again a film amongst them that has already had a DVD release; Glitterball...
It hasn't. None of these three have. Glitterball had a VHS release about twenty-eight years ago.
by David Savage
Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:29 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Can cinemas still screen Let It Be?
Replies: 16
Views: 1077

Re: Can cinemas still screen Let It Be?

Would that still be the case with private film clubs, do you know? Yes, definitely. There's some information about setting up a film club here: http://www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/resources/filmclub "To put on public screenings of films which take place outside of traditional cinema parameter...
by David Savage
Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:17 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Can cinemas still screen Let It Be?
Replies: 16
Views: 1077

Re: Can cinemas still screen Let It Be?

I doubt if a cinema would have held on to a print and would assume that it would depend if the distributor had one and was willing to let it out. Even if they had held onto a print - and still had the set-up to show it - they couldn't legally screen the film without permission from the rights holde...
by David Savage
Wed Jun 11, 2014 12:13 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Rik Mayall (1958-2014)
Replies: 28
Views: 2394

Re: Rik Mayall (1958-2014)

David Boothroyd wrote:They would have to explain that Routemaster going over a cliff and exploding incident.
They did the 'Living Doll' single with Cliff after going over the cliff and exploding.
by David Savage
Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Who Dares Wins
Replies: 19
Views: 1356

Re: Who Dares Wins

Oh, yes, apparently just the initial one hour special and first series were from Holmes Associates, then it was a Who Dares Wins production.