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by doubleM
Fri Sep 25, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The box that says “the adverts are coming”
Replies: 8
Views: 583

Re: The box that says “the adverts are coming”

Can anyone shed any light on that mysterious box in the top right hand corner of the screen with the scrolling lines, the one that used to forewarn us that the commercials were approaching?. I’d always assumed that they were added to the programme By the presentation department live, but I notice t...
by doubleM
Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Saxon (1935-2020)
Replies: 2
Views: 401

Re: John Saxon (1935-2020)

A mainstay of so many roles over the decades, always a pleasure to watch.

He played the main cop role in my favourite Canadian suspense thriller/horror movie 'Black Christmas' (1974) alongside Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea and Margot Kidder.
by doubleM
Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: live drama: edited after transmission or not?
Replies: 25
Views: 2402

Re: live drama: edited after transmission or not?

I have always been under the impression that it was a crude, almost guesswork, scissors and sellotape, procedure. Until 1963, all videotape editing was done by physically cutting and splicing together the tape. For obvious reasons - the physical weakness introduced into the tape (at significant ris...
by doubleM
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 86
Views: 8480

Re: Is it all over....?

As far as Network specifically is concerned, it was at the point they signed deals and started knocking out 'The British Film' c2012 that regular releases of archive television (ITV and Fremantle) basically fell off the cliff, almost overnight. Before that, if memory serves, there were about 3 to 4 ...
by doubleM
Thu May 21, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Sapphire and Steel - ITV strike 1979
Replies: 16
Views: 2325

Re: Sapphire and Steel - ITV strike 1979

Does anyone know if that episode get aired in some regions on the original 9 Aug date? Yorkshire TV screened up to and including episode 3, the one where Steel and Tully repeatedly sing 'Pack Up Your Troubles', but no further episodes aired after that before they went off air. This is from (still f...
by doubleM
Sun May 10, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Recycled titles
Replies: 24
Views: 3679

Re: Recycled titles

Timeslip the ATV series and also a 1955 film shown on TPTV last night. Pity they aren't showing the series. Sticking to television only, rather than cross-media - which admittedly would increase the number of examples of same title reuse by a considerable margin - there were two other TV '' Timesli...
by doubleM
Thu May 07, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Recycled titles
Replies: 24
Views: 3679

Re: Recycled titles

Two 'Tales of the Unexpected', both coming to life in the late 1970s, courtesy of Roald Dahl and Quinn Martin.

From the early days of TV, two 'Space Patrol' series.

I'm sure 'Survivors' must have been used more than once.
by doubleM
Mon May 04, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sunday Night At The London Palladium - First showing on TV
Replies: 25
Views: 4245

Re: Sunday Night At The London Palladium - First showing on TV

Tonight's "Sunday Night At The London Palladium" (Sunday 3rd May 2020) on TPtv gets its first showing. It was due to go out on 6th January 1974 but was never broadcast due to a bomb scare. I remember that incident - I thought transmission was stopped in the middle of the programme Indeed it was. Th...
by doubleM
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Recycled titles
Replies: 24
Views: 3679

Re: Recycled titles

Just remembered there were two 'People Like Us' series, the LWT period drama of 1978 and the late 90s 'mockumentary' on the BBC.
by doubleM
Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Recycled titles
Replies: 24
Views: 3679

Re: Recycled titles

There are lots ... but then you can't copyright a 'title', anybody wanting to turn out their next masterpiece called 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' or 'Great Expectations' is entitled to try ... I think there are no fewer than three different pop songs called 'The Power of Love'. Of the top of my head ...
by doubleM
Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 2020- Missing Ace of wands(Any progress)
Replies: 59
Views: 8066

Re: 2020- Missing Ace of wands(Any progress)

To clarify I'm talking about the seven serpents tapes possibly not being wiped, not the other tapes for the other stories. I heard kaleidoscope found an 18 sec clip from the first story in a documentary. Is there any way to view it publicly? There's this route http://www.kaleidoscopespecialcollecti...
by doubleM
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 6163

Re: More popular outside their region of production

The studio location, whilst a hangover, wasn't necessarily something they had to keep or dispose of as part of their franchise - obviously ATV saw Elstree as useful. Specifically I believe for two very good reasons. 1. ATV Elstree had two very large studios (C and D) onsite, very handy for the type...
by doubleM
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 6163

Re: More popular outside their region of production

Russell Harty was on LWT before he was networked, I think. Was he ever networked on ITV? I thought he only became nationally known when he moved to the BBC. Although I don't think Russell Harty Plus was ever *fully* networked, I believe some other ITV regions apart from LWT did take the programme a...
by doubleM
Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 6163

Re: More popular outside their region of production

Yorkshire Television forged a very strong regional identity in much of their programming (in part originally in defining themselves as separate from Granada and Tyne Tees post the 1968 franchise changes). The local programmes were generally strong and stretched well beyond local news magazine shows ...
by doubleM
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: HTV one off filmed dramas c.1974
Replies: 15
Views: 2466

Re: HTV one off filmed dramas c.1974

If more HTV productions had been like this...sigh! It's probably worth tracking down it's stablemate Diagnosis Murder , which is Levene/Hayers again, this time with a score by Laurie Johnson. The tone is somewhat different, it's less a 'mood' piece for one thing and the focus is partly on detective...
by doubleM
Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: HTV one off filmed dramas c.1974
Replies: 15
Views: 2466

Re: HTV one off filmed dramas c.1974

'Deadly Strangers' I believe got a DVD in Spain (with no English soundtrack) and its stablemate 'Diagnosis: Murder' (not the Dick Van Dyke series) had an official VHS release, I think in the US ... so 'rights issues' are hopefully not too much a problem. It's interesting that both were made from Ph...
by doubleM
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Goodbye Again (Pete & Dud) in colour
Replies: 79
Views: 10356

Re: Goodbye Again (Pete & Dud) in colour

Perhaps just a coincidence that the shows ATV have lost are by artistes they found 'difficult' . As almost certainly the most commercially aware British TV company ever at the time of its existence, I doubt ATV let sentiment get involved at all regarding whether programmes were kept or junked. If t...
by doubleM
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Acknowledging the other channel
Replies: 17
Views: 2293

Re: Acknowledging the other channel

As I remember growing up in the 1970s, it was never that big a deal for various BBC-TV programmes to be mentioned/commented on/etc. on shows made/screened by the various ITV companies - it seemed to happen reasonably frequently and not only when there was a crossover actor involved. The ITV companie...
by doubleM
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 11616

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

... after the fallout from those, Thames and the BBC using satellite to capitalise on their archives through UKGold. A good point and (for a brief while - before Sky Multichannels arrived in Sep 1993) you didn't even need a subscription to view UKGold. Not long after that the ITC Entertainment Grou...
by doubleM
Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 237
Views: 33287

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

Wonder why they chose "A Dog's Ransom" as the "Armchair Thriller" repeat ?, it's good but probably one of my least favourites. My favourites are the usual suspects ( like most) "Quiet As A Nun" and "The Limbo Connection", and also "Fear Of God", which was a great story. That interesting, I think th...
by doubleM
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 11616

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

I remember in about 1985 there was a series of sitcom repeats on a Saturday afternoon called "Comedy Classic". This was a(n initial) concerted network approach to Saturday afternoon programming just after 'World of Sport' had been cancelled. I seem to remember a mid day Wrestling show, the 'Saint a...
by doubleM
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Almost cast' actors
Replies: 76
Views: 9479

Re: 'Almost cast' actors

...while I think Jon Finch might have been an early choice to play Doyle. I heard that Jon Finch turned the role down because he 'couldn't possibly play a policeman.' Unlikely in itself as he played just that in the movie 'Diagnosis Murder' with Christopher Lee and Judy Geeson only a couple of year...
by doubleM
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Almost cast' actors
Replies: 76
Views: 9479

Re: 'Almost cast' actors

Trudi Van Doorn tested for Purdey in The New Avengers, but lost the part to Joanna Lumley. She did however appear in the first episode in a guest role. In a similar situation, Elisabeth Sladen got close to being cast as Betty in Some Mothers Do Ave Em instead of Michelle Dotrice. She too got a gues...
by doubleM
Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 7Up question
Replies: 11
Views: 1535

Re: 7Up question

Good point about "Jason King", it was back to 35mm for "Space 1999" and "Return Of The Saint", but "The Protectors" and "The Adventurer" were sold there though. Completely off topic for the thread - apologies - but hopefully interesting/worth detailing… Following the flop with US audiences with the...
by doubleM
Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Mystery Photo
Replies: 21
Views: 2701

Re: Mystery Photo

Well done! That's series 6 of ATV's The Val Doonican Show , the final one indeed, which aired for 7 weeks between 17 Dec 1974 and 28 Jan 1975. The episodes are apparently lost/junked (except for the first one?) - the only ATV Doonican series that is wiped - although series 2 (1971/72) survives only ...
by doubleM
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Mystery Photo
Replies: 21
Views: 2701

Re: Mystery Photo

The series was live, as were the editions of The Val Doonican Show which alternated with SV on Saturdays at around that time. Doonican's early 1973 series, broadcast fortnightly from January to March 1973, was also live. Were the live Val Doonican Show transmitted from Elstree? Or were they (or som...
by doubleM
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Mystery Photo
Replies: 21
Views: 2701

Re: Mystery Photo

I don't know the answer but apart from five series of his own show Doonican also hosted and/or appeared in 'Saturday Night Variety' during his 1970-1975 spell at ATV, maybe it's that or another guest spot?
by doubleM
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ace of Wands - Sales to Other Countries
Replies: 88
Views: 10351

Re: Ace of Wands - Sales to Other Countries

Yes, that Dutch link is an excellent resource - and quite simple to decipher for a non Dutch speaker!

'Nederland' is the NOS Dutch channels e.g. Nederland 1 etc.
Belgie Nederlands seems to be BRT TV-1 (the Flemish/Dutch language station in Belgium)
Duitsland2 is ZDF in Germany (Duitsland1 is ARD)
by doubleM
Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ace of Wands - Sales to Other Countries
Replies: 88
Views: 10351

Re: Ace of Wands - Sales to Other Countries

That's a very handy link for checking Germany broadcasts of British programmes. Thanks for that. Anyone like to list any similar links (official or fan) that have been found useful for checking British programme broadcasts in other European countries? France, Italy, Spain, Holland and Belgium would ...
by doubleM
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ace of Wands - Sales to Other Countries
Replies: 88
Views: 10351

Re: Ace of Wands - Sales to Other Countries

A search on newspapers.com brings up no television listings results for 'Ace of Wands' in Canada. They don't cover every newspaper in the country (though most of the major cities are covered, barring the northern territories), so unless it was just a sale to a local station or two in isolation then ...