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by Nigel Stapley
Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Paul Knight (1944-2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 116

Paul Knight (1944-2020)

TV producer (The Adventures Of Black Beauty, Dick Turpin, Robin Of Sherwood)

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radi ... t-obituary
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Burke Special"
Replies: 24
Views: 1867

Re: "The Burke Special"

I would love to see the one again when the whole audience suddenly jumped up in the middle of the programme and started singing - except for one poor man, who'd been deliberately left out of the rehearsal. They replayed his reactions in slow motion as he gradually rose to his feet and tried to join...
by Nigel Stapley
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 6072

Re: He never said that...

Brock wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:50 pm
Simon Coward wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:54 am

Of course, other people had done minstrel shows on the stage before then
But had they?
Anecdotal evidence: when my old man lived briefly in Letchworth, Herts. at the end of the 30s, he was a member of one such minstrel troupe.
by Nigel Stapley
Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: Members past and present
Replies: 15
Views: 4012

Re: Members past and present

I think it's just that internet habits have changed down the years. I remember the heyday of Usenet and how, for instance, alt.fan.pratchett used to have so many posts in a day that it was often difficult to keep up. Now, there may be no more than twenty or thirty 'legit' posts in a whole year . Wit...
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Tim Brooke-Taylor (1940-2020)
Replies: 18
Views: 3313

Re: Tim Brooke-Taylor (1940-2020)

Another part of my childhood/teen years falls away. Interesting what you say Mr_Wolf ( and why are you in red, by the way? Mods' privilege? ) about The Goodies' attitude to the 'South Africa' episode. I know I've related this elsewhere here, but anyway... That episode was first broadcast when I was ...
by Nigel Stapley
Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Roy Hudd 1936 - 2020
Replies: 8
Views: 1281

Re: Roy Hudd 1936 - 2020

Absolute Legend! So many wonderful shows and appearances, strangely one thing I always think of him for, was that 'Keep Britain Tidy' PIF, where he joins the youngsters against Litter! Also a lovely early appearance in one of the surviving episodes of "Our House", inadvertently on the receiving end...
by Nigel Stapley
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?
Replies: 27
Views: 3959

Re: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?

Mark wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:46 pm
...the brilliant episode where they set up a pirate radio station and only had one record to play!'.
A Walk In The Black Forest it was, too!
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Clive James's Postcard from ...
Replies: 2
Views: 637

Re: Clive James's Postcard from ...

"...in Paris he was a passenger in a speeding car..." Driven by the novelist Françoise Sagan, if I recall correctly, and it wasn't so much 'speeding' as 'being driven recklessly'. There was a shunt at some point, I think. There was an earlier series on a similar concept called "Clive James In..." ,...
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?
Replies: 27
Views: 3959

Re: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?

Not a line, nor a moment, but an entire episode. At the age of 13 or so, I was as full of irrational prejudices as any working-class boy of that age. I always watched The Goodies . So I settled in front of the family box one evening for the latest offering... ...to be met with the (in)famous 'South ...
by Nigel Stapley
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two Ronnies sketch
Replies: 26
Views: 3224

Re: Two Ronnies sketch

Is that the same sketch where 'Turnham Green' crops up as a punchline as well?
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two Ronnies sketch
Replies: 26
Views: 3224

Re: Two Ronnies sketch

Some place names are just intrinsically funny. 'Catford' is just an example (in one of Milligna's memoirs, a fellow-soldier says, "Christ, I must be bored. I just thought of Catford" . I remember a Mike & Bernie Winters sketch where Bernie is playing a suitably gormless British soldier in WW1 who is...
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Programmes that kept going for no real reason
Replies: 22
Views: 3522

Re: Programmes that kept going for no real reason

I agree about LOTSW which - to my tastes, at least - stopped being funny in about 1984. There's also the matter of institutional culture or just plain inertia to consider. I think it was the late Rob Buckman who said that if World War II had been under the control of one of the American networks it ...
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Neil Innes (1944-2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 800

Neil Innes (1944-2019)

Musician, songwriter, the Bonzos, Python, Rutland Weekend Television, The Rutles, etc., etc., etc.

BBC
by Nigel Stapley
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Clive James 1939 - 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 1213

Re: Clive James 1939 - 2019

A giant figure (at times literally). His television criticism for the Observer was not only pioneering but remains essential reading to this very day.

My own take, for what it's worth: http://www.thejudge.me.uk/Not_blog/Not_ ... 191127.htm
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Herbet Chappell (1934-2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 425

Herbet Chappell (1934-2019)

Composer and arranger.

Indy obit
by Nigel Stapley
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Paul Turner (1945-2019)
Replies: 0
Views: 700

Paul Turner (1945-2019)

Director of The Life And Times Of David Lloyd George and the Oscar-nominated film Hedd Wyn

BBC

(Let's see how long it takes the London luvvie press to notice).
by Nigel Stapley
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sheila Steafel (1935-2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 671

Sheila Steafel (1935-2019)

Actress, comedian: Grauniad obit
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Favourite tale from the days of regional ITV?
Replies: 5
Views: 989

Re: Favourite tale from the days of regional ITV?

One of my favourites that I vaguely remember hearing somewhere was a story about ATV transmission. I think it was when ATV was at Aston Cross in Birmingham. The story goes that they were screening a late-night film when one of the transmission team noticed that they could see through the window int...
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Rod Richards (1947-2019)
Replies: 0
Views: 385

Rod Richards (1947-2019)

Former BBC Cymru newsreader, later a 'combative' (euphemism) Tory & KIPper politician, MP and AM.

BBC Report
by Nigel Stapley
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Radio Cymru 'Post Prynhawn' music
Replies: 5
Views: 799

Re: Radio Cymru 'Post Prynhawn' music

@David,

Many thanks for your efforts on this, it's much appreciated.

@stearn,

Yes, I think that's what they were using in the 90s. I'll see if I can follow up on your leads. Thanks for that.
by Nigel Stapley
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Radio Cymru 'Post Prynhawn' music
Replies: 5
Views: 799

Re: Radio Cymru 'Post Prynhawn' music

David,

Did you ever manage to track this piece down?
by Nigel Stapley
Tue May 28, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Stephen Thorne (1935-2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 426

Stephen Thorne (1935-2019)

Dr. Who. the animated The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, and much besides:

Obit
by Nigel Stapley
Mon May 13, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Brian Walden (1932-2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 774

Re: Brian Walden (1932-2019)

This may be apocryphal, but I recall someone claiming that in the run-up to the 1980 US election, Walden topped the programme by saying that there was going to be an interview with, "Pwesident Carter's Wepublican Wival Wonald Weagan".
by Nigel Stapley
Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Michael O'Donnell (1928-2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 706

Re: Michael O'Donnell (1928-2019)

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. The people running R4 nowadays don't seem to be too bothered when it comes to the station's legacy. On top of which, it took the Graun nearly six weeks to publish an obit.
by Nigel Stapley
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Michael O'Donnell (1928-2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 706

Michael O'Donnell (1928-2019)

Doctor, author, editor, documentary maker, chairman of My Word! and the source of many wonderful anecdotes on Stop The Week . Guardian obit I think that - of the STW 'old stagers' - there are only Taylor, Leslie and Tucker left (although Matthew Parris appered frequently in the last couple of years ...
by Nigel Stapley
Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Going a Bundle - Southern TV
Replies: 17
Views: 2055

Re: Going a Bundle - Southern TV

And I tell you that I'm so relieved that I didn't imagine it!
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Going a Bundle - Southern TV
Replies: 17
Views: 2055

Re: Going a Bundle - Southern TV

Mark wrote:I was wondering about the theme music, it seems it was also the theme to Southern TV's news programme, "Day By Day".
Funny, I remember the theme being a song (possibly sung by Fowler?). Unless that was just either the opening or closing. And unless that was just the series that I remember seeing.
by Nigel Stapley
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Katherine Helmond (1929-2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 429

Re: Katherine Helmond (1929-2019)

Absolutely! She played Jessica Tate as soft-hearted and fuzzy-brained, but with the occasional flash of steel. A great performance in a great show.
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Ruth Price (1924-2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 357

Ruth Price (1924-2019)

Pioneeering radio and television producer at BBC Cymru

BBC
by Nigel Stapley
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Peter Tork (1942-2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 342

Peter Tork (1942-2019)