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by Mark C Bale
Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Graham Stark
Replies: 6
Views: 586

Re: Graham Stark

Never a major star, but made loads of films and a few TV shows. Also tried his hand at directing, SIMON AND SIMON and MAGNIFICENT 7 DEADLY SINS.
by Mark C Bale
Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Noel Harrison (1934-2013) RIP
Replies: 2
Views: 301

Re: Noel Harrison (1934-2013) RIP

Despite the accent, he was good fun in THE GIRL FROM UNCLE, even appearing with David McCallum in a cross over MAN episode (with Joan Collins)
by Mark C Bale
Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Open All Hours One-off.
Replies: 74
Views: 3663

Re: Open All Hours One-off.

Maybe DJ is trying to get back into public favour after the horrendous Royal Bodyguard. Will he dye whatever hair he has black to look younger ?
by Mark C Bale
Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:51 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Oh, Boy [Network]
Replies: 2
Views: 342

Re: PR: Oh, Boy [Network]

I thought this was the 50s TV pop show, only just noticed it's a film
by Mark C Bale
Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Liver Birds
Replies: 15
Views: 1081

Re: The Liver Birds

Alf' Garnett's grandson, "little Michael" was born in the 1972 series, yet in 1980's TILL DEATH (ATV) he was a punk teenager several years older than his should-have-been 8yrs old. That rattled me. Also, that 1980 series was then completely ignored by Speight when IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH appeared ...
by Mark C Bale
Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Still With Us
Replies: 144
Views: 14132

Re: Still With Us

And the feuding Hollywood sisters......

Joan Fontaine.......95
vs
Olivia de Havilland..........97

Bet which ever one goes first, the other won't be at the funeral.
by Mark C Bale
Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:44 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Joey Boy [Network]
Replies: 7
Views: 393

Re: PR: Joey Boy [Network]

Yes, Navy Lark only carried Loveable Leslie, seems the producer Herbert Wilcox was not regarded as a nice person - he didn't want a gay actor as the lead (Dennis Price, who was still free before going to America to embark on a failed Broadway job), and didn't want Jon P as he wasn't that well known ...
by Mark C Bale
Mon Sep 16, 2013 5:33 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Joey Boy [Network]
Replies: 7
Views: 393

Re: PR: Joey Boy [Network]

From what I recall from a VHS release many moons ago, an enjoyable service comedy with an exceptional cast. This bodes well for titles like THE NAVY LARK, SPY WITH A COLD NOSE, ONE WAY PENDULUM, RUNAWAY BUS (complete version), CROOKS ANONYMOUS, LEFT RIGHT AND CENTRE, GOOSE STEPS OUT (complete versio...
by Mark C Bale
Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Dandy Dick [Network]
Replies: 11
Views: 455

Re: PR: Dandy Dick [Network]

I think DANDY DICK got a C4 showing in the 80s. One that has never seen any home video release, or TV screening is THOSE WERE THE DAYS. Off topic, I wonder if Network could get the "lost" Norman Wisdom film THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN (very mouch doubt it).
by Mark C Bale
Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TV listings for 24th October 1971?
Replies: 28
Views: 1009

Re: TV listings for 24th October 1971?

I went to my local library a few months ago to view online newspaper archives - couldn't find TV listings anywhere. In fact papers weren't viewable as a day-to-day editions, just searchable by article title.
by Mark C Bale
Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Some Will, Some Won't [Network]
Replies: 5
Views: 349

Re: PR: Some Will, Some Won't [Network]

A good comedy, Avengers fan will like one sequence where Ronnie Corbett fantasises himself as Steed (mentioning the more recent Tara rather than Mrs Peel)

With their excellent comedy film additions coming out, let's hope CROOKS AND CORONETS (aka SOPHIE'S PLACE) is also on the cards from Network.
by Mark C Bale
Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV cutting films
Replies: 77
Views: 4363

Re: ITV cutting films

I vividly remember the last film ITV showed in the 1970s - it was New Years Eve 1979 and they screened the TV premiere of CARRY ON DICK, a very muddy print, but what I didn't know at the time was it was cut several minutes - only knew when I finally got it on VHS a few years later. Probably cut jus...
by Mark C Bale
Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV cutting films
Replies: 77
Views: 4363

Re: ITV cutting films

I vividly remember the last film ITV showed in the 1970s - it was New Years Eve 1979 and they screened the TV premiere of CARRY ON DICK, a very muddy print, but what I didn't know at the time was it was cut several minutes - only knew when I finally got it on VHS a few years later. Probably cut just...
by Mark C Bale
Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Old Nestle ads on TV now!
Replies: 125
Views: 2492

Re: Old Nestle ads on TV now!

Are these old adverts where the company is called NESSSSTLES (rhymes with Nettles) and not the fake/posth NESS LAYS which they insist on nowadays.
by Mark C Bale
Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The new UK TV Drama Channel - Freeview 20
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: The new UK TV Drama Channel - Freeview 20

My gripe is more that it's running sit-coms like Birds of a Feather (which I've never liked) on a channel supposedly dedicated to drama. Who was it who claimed that he was asked at interview what he would do with a comedy that wasn't funny and answered that he would give it to the Drama Department?...
by Mark C Bale
Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:03 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The new UK TV Drama Channel - Freeview 20
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: The new UK TV Drama Channel - Freeview 20

Rumpole is perhaps the best thing on the channel, and its not from the BBC !!!! Pity there doesn't seem to be any plans for rare 70s stuff from both terrestrial rivals.
by Mark C Bale
Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:36 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Mel Smith (1952-2013) RIP
Replies: 23
Views: 1360

Re: Mel Smith (1952-2013) RIP

Saw the funny WILT a few months ago, which was still good fun, though not as good as the novel. I must check out MORONS FROM OUTER SPACE again as I haven't seen this for many years. I think it is out on DVD, so will have to try and get this.
by Mark C Bale
Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:08 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Mel Smith (1952-2013) RIP
Replies: 23
Views: 1360

Re: Mel Smith (1952-2013) RIP

Awful news. I also liked him in the movie WILT (wish the other Wilt novels had been filmed with Smith and Jones).
by Mark C Bale
Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:56 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Life is a Circus [Network]
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: PR: Life is a Circus [Network]

Sounds like it was better than the older ITV screenings. Possibly we didn't get the film on S4C (like many of the classic movies and some TV shows on the old C4)
by Mark C Bale
Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Life is a Circus [Network]
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: PR: Life is a Circus [Network]

DavidAbsalom wrote:I recall a broadcast where they kept the wide-screen format, and the print was so stunning I can still recall it. So I have high hopes for this release. Network are playing a blinder at the moment.
Not the 80s HTV broadcasts (and I assume the other ITV regions). Did C4 screen it?
by Mark C Bale
Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:55 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Life is a Circus [Network]
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: PR: Life is a Circus [Network]

I hope a proper widescreen image, rather than the early 80s ITV broadcast which presented proper AR credits, then did awful zoom in pan and scan. But a funny film none the less.
by Mark C Bale
Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Raise the Titanic
Replies: 9
Views: 422

Re: Raise the Titanic

In those days a movie had to be 5 years old before it could be shown on TV...i think? Not always the case in those days. I vividly recall seeing the film GEORGE AND MILDRED on ITV on Christmas Day 1980 - just a few months after Yootha Joyce's death. That was an ITC film, so maybe Raise the Titanic ...
by Mark C Bale
Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:31 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: The Night We Got the Bird [Network]
Replies: 4
Views: 266

Re: PR: The Night We Got the Bird [Network]

Yes Rob, the other story revealed about poor Dora was that she was trying to use a TV remote control as a mobile phone. Very sad, though no news about her in the last few years though.
by Mark C Bale
Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:40 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: The Night We Got the Bird [Network]
Replies: 4
Views: 266

Re: PR: The Night We Got the Bird [Network]

Very good. havent seen this film for decades. Will be getting this.
by Mark C Bale
Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Morecambe & Wise: Christmas Specials [Network]
Replies: 3
Views: 390

Re: PR: Morecambe & Wise: Thames Christmas Specials 1 [Netw

With TWO OF A KIND on hiatus at present, this release could mean further regular (non christmas) Thames shows. How many Christmas specials did they do at Thames - 3 are included here.
by Mark C Bale
Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BFI Gothic Season - with more dvd releases
Replies: 10
Views: 666

Re: BFI Gothic Season - with more dvd releases

Are there many who will go for another release of 1925s PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. I bought the blu ray recently in a HMV Sale - hardly outstanding quality - certainly acceptable. Can't really see how much improved another release will be.
by Mark C Bale
Tue Jun 25, 2013 5:08 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Pat Ashton (1931-2013)
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: Pat Ashton (1931-2013)

A great shame, loved her in THE BENNY HILL SHOWs. Shame she faded from television.
by Mark C Bale
Fri Jun 07, 2013 7:50 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: An Audience With Les Dawson that never was!
Replies: 36
Views: 2752

Re: An Audience With Les Dawson that never was!

Mickey wrote:Strange that it should upset him so. I thought everybody liked Sid James? Surely his ghost would be perfectly friendly.

Especially to Barbara Windsor. ;)

Do we know when Les did play there? How long after Sid's death? They did work together (and enjoyed it) on Jokers Wild.