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by David Boothroyd
Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Threads (DVD Release) - A Few Thoughts
Replies: 21
Views: 1776

Re: Threads (DVD Release) - A Few Thoughts

The historical documentation does not support the suggestion that the government prevented the screening of The War Game . James Chapman looked into it when the BBC Written Archives Centre opened the papers and found that the BBC had already become extremely concerned about it long before the govern...
by David Boothroyd
Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 86
Views: 6109

Re: Is it all over....?

Clement Freud appears on a few series 3 episodes as well, but apart from that I can't spot anyone who might be a problem.

Clearance may be an issue, though.
by David Boothroyd
Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Ian Holm (1931-2020)
Replies: 1
Views: 386

Re: Ian Holm (1931-2020)

And as one of Sir John Wilder's ineffectual opponents in 'The Power Game'.

He was splendid in 'Brazil'.
by David Boothroyd
Sat May 30, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Michael Angelis (1952-2020)
Replies: 3
Views: 623

Michael Angelis (1952-2020)

One of the Alan Bleasdale unofficial repertory company, with prominent roles in 'Boys from the Blackstuff' and 'G.B.H.', known to another generation for taking over from Ringo Starr as the narrator of Thomas the Tank Engine. In 1972 he appeared in Thirty Minute Theatre 'Under the Age' (written by E....
by David Boothroyd
Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two Ronnies sketch
Replies: 26
Views: 3204

Re: Two Ronnies sketch

In 'Son of the Burkiss Way' (Burkiss Way series 3 episode 4), there is a sketch in which the Northern Line attempts to seize the throne of England. Part of the sketch involves reading out a succession of Northern Line stations, obviously concentrating on the oddly named ones - which get good laughs....
by David Boothroyd
Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Bless This House Series 1 (B&W) - on Forces TV
Replies: 19
Views: 2488

Re: Bless This House Series 1 (B&W) - on Forces TV

This is a bit off-topic but the film of Porridge did contribute something that had been lacking since the series started - a decent theme tune. Joe Brown's 'Free Inside' gets the emotional message just right. Really a pity it couldn't have been composed years earlier.
by David Boothroyd
Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Shrapnel (1942-2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 818

John Shrapnel (1942-2020)

A great character actor, and wonderful voice. His performance in G.B.H. as Dr Jacobs, having to treat the hopeless hypochondriac Jim Nelson (Michael Palin), was a highlight for me.
by David Boothroyd
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows ruined by revival/comeback
Replies: 80
Views: 8180

Re: Shows ruined by revival/comeback

Light the blue touch paper and retire to a safe distance.
by David Boothroyd
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The weird world of dubbing
Replies: 35
Views: 4184

Re: The weird world of dubbing

Speaking of dubbing, a well known organisation which recovers classic television programmes has just uploaded an interesting piece from Thames TV 40 years ago to a well known video sharing website. In which the epilogue is read by the king of the dubbers Robert Rietty, as himself, in his usual voice...
by David Boothroyd
Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC and ITV News from 23rd November 1963
Replies: 12
Views: 1944

Re: BBC and ITV News from 23rd November 1963

One minor mistake in the piece - Sir Alec Douglas-Home wasn't in London when Kennedy's death was confirmed. He had left to stay with the Duke of Norfolk at Arundel Castle in Sussex but a message got to him to turn round. The actual Harry Worth episode 'The Musician' from 22 November 1963 is a recent...
by David Boothroyd
Tue Dec 10, 2019 12:58 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Richard Easton (1933-2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 452

Richard Easton (1933-2019)

Just spotted that Canadian actor Richard Easton died on 2 December. He was based in Britain during part of his career and played Brian Hammond in 'The Brothers', among other roles.
by David Boothroyd
Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 237
Views: 28587

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

Gollywogs were totally within the political mainstream at the time of "Bless This House". And talking about Blyton, one guy pointed to a 1966 Guardian article criticizing her... but the Guardian wasn't mainstream in 1966. Wasn't it? One of only eight (nine if you count the Daily Worker) national da...
by David Boothroyd
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Irene Shubik (1929-2019)
Replies: 3
Views: 559

Irene Shubik (1929-2019)

The Times has an obituary for the TV producer Irene Shubik, perhaps most notable for defecting from the BBC to ITV when her commission for 'Rumpole of the Bailey' was put on hold. Also responsible for sci-fi anthology series Out of This World, for Play for Today, and for getting The Jewel in the Cro...
by David Boothroyd
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Cousin Oliver syndrome"
Replies: 20
Views: 1897

Re: "Cousin Oliver syndrome"

In 'The Brothers' Glyn Owen was replaced by Patrick O'Connell playing Edward Hammond from the second series, when Glyn Owen rashly gambled that he could use the popularity of the first series to force the BBC to pay him more. Which meant Edward Hammond suddenly changed from a fairly gruff, short nor...
by David Boothroyd
Sun Sep 08, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Still With Us
Replies: 155
Views: 22941

Re: Still With Us

André Maranne (real name André Maillol), who cornered the market in parts for French character actors, is 93 and lives in Brighton. Possibly best known for the Gourmet Night episode of Fawlty Towers but appeared in many series including Emergency Ward 10, Doctor Who, The Troubleshooters, Yes Ministe...
by David Boothroyd
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Thames TV
Replies: 64
Views: 7136

Re: Thames TV

It's a decent joke, but Thames would have kept its franchise had it submitted a better financial bid and not assumed that any challengers would be disqualified for failing to be good enough 'quality'.
by David Boothroyd
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Acknowledging the other channel
Replies: 17
Views: 1920

Re: Acknowledging the other channel

In the 'Whodunnit' episode 'Nothing to declare' (11 August 1975), there's some remark drawing attention to the fact that one of the suspects was played by Edward Sinclair who was also the Verger in Dad's Army. But I also get the sense the BBC was a lot more sniffy about those known for appearance on...
by David Boothroyd
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Censorship
Replies: 8
Views: 1448

Re: Censorship

It's worth reading OFCOM's report on broadcast complaints which appears usually fortnightly here: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/bulletins/broadcast-bulletins They have found against TPTV for offensive language in archive programmes which is no doubt why almost everything on the channel...
by David Boothroyd
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Grenfell Tower in Archive Shows & Films
Replies: 6
Views: 1221

Re: Grenfell Tower in Archive Shows & Films

It also appears in the title sequence of the London Weekend series New Scotland Yard. I think not. The only tower blocks which appear in the title sequence of 'New Scotland Yard' (filmed from the Westway and freeze framed when the episode title appears) are the six on the Warwick and Brindley Estat...
by David Boothroyd
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Grenfell Tower in Archive Shows & Films
Replies: 6
Views: 1221

Re: Grenfell Tower in Archive Shows & Films

Given the proximity to TV Centre it's been in a lot. It's in the title sequence of 'Rockliffe's Babies' and I think a few episodes as well.
by David Boothroyd
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Hardwicke House
Replies: 4
Views: 929

Re: Hardwicke House

If anyone's not seen it, there was a great thread on twitter from Ian Potter who happened to salvage a press file on Hardwicke House from the Central studios in Nottingham when they were being demolished:

https://twitter.com/ianzpotter/status/1 ... 3834445824
by David Boothroyd
Sat Jun 01, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Still With Us
Replies: 155
Views: 22941

Re: Still With Us

The splendid character actor Morris Perry who was in many a quality drama in the 1960s and 1970s, including a starring role in 'Special Branch', is 94.
by David Boothroyd
Thu May 23, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows that changed stations
Replies: 25
Views: 2410

Re: Shows that changed stations

Rumpole of the Bailey (effectively - Play for Today on BBC picked up for series by Thames). Arguably also After Henry and Second Thoughts - BBC Radio 4 series adapted for TV by ITV stations. Harry Worth moved from BBC to Thames and although the name of the show was changed, it was effectively the sa...
by David Boothroyd
Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Michael O'Donnell (1928-2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 699

Re: Michael O'Donnell (1928-2019)

Brock wrote:Oh that's very sad news. I'm surprised there hasn't been an obituary on Radio 4 as I'm sure many listeners remember him well.
He was included in last week's edition of 'Last Word', the Radio 4 obituary programme: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0004635
by David Boothroyd
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Still With Us
Replies: 155
Views: 22941

Re: Still With Us

It's Leslie Phillips's 95th birthday today. IMDB says his film career goes back to 1938 and his first TV role was 1948.
by David Boothroyd
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Outtakes
Replies: 16
Views: 1993

Re: Outtakes

I reacted in completely the opposite way! The studio flubs (Richard Wattis being to blame for the majority) show a nice relaxed atmosphere of three excellent performers supporting each other (but only one having written the script). Jimmy Edwards comes across as a selfish fool who thought everyone h...
by David Boothroyd
Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Outtakes
Replies: 16
Views: 1993

Re: Outtakes

The Network release of 'Sykes' seems to have had most episodes remade from the studio recording tapes, and as a bonus there are outtakes presented as 'In the Studio' for most episodes.
by David Boothroyd
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 161939

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

The knee jerked today - the Mail on Sunday had a full page on how Doctor Who is the most PC series on television.
by David Boothroyd
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Kenny Everett's "Nice Time"
Replies: 6
Views: 1171

Re: Kenny Everett's "Nice Time"

I see Network's announced the Thames 'Kenny Everett Video Show/Cassette' - all four series and New Year specials. Previously released as an edited compilation but I can't help thinking it would be a miracle of copyright clearances if this has all the musical performances intact.
by David Boothroyd
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Google Streetview and Maps Archive TV locations thread
Replies: 69
Views: 7514

Re: Google Streetview and Maps Archive TV locations thread

I think I've found the location used for the Fisher house in "Billy Liar" (LWT 1973-74). It's 11 Northwood Gardens in Greenford, London. The street name is shown in a location shot in "Billy and the Long Lunch" though the house has changed - there's been a new garage and extension. https://goo.gl/ma...