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by mikew
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Different Start and End Themes
Replies: 35
Views: 2093

Re: Different Start and End Themes

The sad news about Jim Bowen has reminded me: if the Bullseye contestants didn't win the star prize, they played a minor key version of the music over the closing credits.
by mikew
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Different Start and End Themes
Replies: 35
Views: 2093

Re: Different Start and End Themes

Monkey! I always loved the way the opening theme was very upbeat and in the present tense while the closing was more wistful and emphasised that it all happened a long time ago. All together now..."In Gandhara, Gandhara, They say it was in India...." (In a similar vein, I liked the trick in some of...
by mikew
Fri Dec 16, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: New book on Granada's Sherlock Holmes series
Replies: 8
Views: 752

Re: New book on Granada's Sherlock Holmes series

That Manchester Town Hall courtyard crops up quite a lot in the series. It's in The Blue Carbuncle too for example - as two different locations! It's become an unexpected bonus every time I rewatch the series, seeing bits of the Town Hall I recognise. It gets used a lot for filming because it's one ...
by mikew
Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Hackers and Humphreys All
Replies: 12
Views: 1239

Re: Hackers and Humphreys All

I had the Fawlty Towers "Basil the Rat" one on cassette. It was narrated by Manuel as if he was writing home to his mother. So, for example, in the bit where Fawlty tries to pick up the rat, Manuel comments over the soundtrack "but Meester Fawlty he no understand Basil has very large tooths..."
by mikew
Wed May 25, 2016 7:47 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Burt Kwouk, actor (Cato) (1930-2016)
Replies: 8
Views: 975

Re: Burt Kwouk, actor (Cato) (1930-2016)

Lovely piece by Harry Hill in the Guardian today

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radi ... nk-panther
by mikew
Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Dissent & Disruption: Complete Alan Clarke at the BBC
Replies: 5
Views: 1014

Re: PR: Dissent & Disruption: Complete Alan Clarke at the BB

How fantastic to see the BFI give this work the lavish and comprehensive release it deserves. Superb news.
by mikew
Mon Nov 30, 2015 1:15 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 126111

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

It'll be fascinating to see how this one is remembered in 20 years' time, when all the story arc stuff is only remembered by fans and the children who watched it for the first time just remember the endless corridors, the creepy Death figure surrounded by flies and all the strange images with skulls...
by mikew
Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Colin Welland 1934 - 2015
Replies: 14
Views: 973

Re: Colin Welland 1934 - 2015

Writer of two of my favourite TV plays: Armchair Theatre "Say Goodnight to Your Grandma" and Play for Today "The Hallelujah Handshake". RIP
by mikew
Tue Oct 13, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 654
Views: 56005

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

If he's a Who fan it's probably the thought of having six of them and burying them in a cellar under Paris while chuckling at the cleverness of his in-joke.
by mikew
Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:26 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "ITV 60"
Replies: 42
Views: 3195

Re: "ITV 60"

Enjoyed it too - some interesting choices like World of Sport and Robin Hood (pity there was no mention of Robin of Sherwood ). I think they missed a trick by not having a "how many of these can you name" section which could've quickly run through some other themes that didn't make it to the top 20 ...
by mikew
Fri Aug 28, 2015 12:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: An Englishman's Castle/Of Microbes and Men
Replies: 2
Views: 340

Re: An Englishman's Castle/Of Microbes and Men

I watched An Englishman's Castle last year & enjoyed it a lot. Some of the themes are a little overfamiliar but it's well wrtiten, excellently cast and a good solid production. One thing I found particularly effective was the way it gradually makes you realise just how much of what's going on in the...
by mikew
Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Cilla Black (1943-2015)
Replies: 22
Views: 2025

Re: Cilla Black (1943-2015)

There's also the fact that with Cilla having only been shown last year, the obituaries are little more than rewrites of the retrospective articles which were written at the time - let alone the fact that, as Juswuh says, she was a big enough star for the press to have had the obituaries ready to go,...
by mikew
Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "BBC:The Secret Files"
Replies: 23
Views: 2194

Re: "BBC:The Secret Files"

Lovely stuff.

I wonder whether it's intended to be a pilot - they hovered around the beginning of the alphabet rather, didn't they (Dad's Army, Burgess, Blyton, Bands, etc.)
by mikew
Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Live Aid - 30 years on
Replies: 19
Views: 1279

Re: Live Aid - 30 years on

I was at a barbecue at my auntie's house. There were two rumours which I always remember - one that Madonna was going to strip off during her set and the other was talk of a Beatles reunion with Julian Lennon, as if that was ever going to happen. As I recall, Madonna made it quite clear she was goin...
by mikew
Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:17 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Porterhouse Blue
Replies: 3
Views: 390

Re: Porterhouse Blue

Saw it at the time & watched it again a few years ago. Wonderfully twisted stuff and full of beautiful performances. Always a pleasure to see Charles Grey. Harold Innocent's particularly good as well. I've also read the novel and, without giving away any spoilers, I have to say that the way Scullion...
by mikew
Sun May 17, 2015 8:17 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Most expensive British TV drama series?
Replies: 61
Views: 3900

Re: Most expensive British TV drama series?

I've just started watching Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years - apparently the budget was £3.5m for 8x50 minute programmes.

(Such a shame they apparently only spent £3.25 on transferring it to DVD.)
by mikew
Wed Apr 29, 2015 4:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: The Single Play: volume 1 [Network]
Replies: 18
Views: 1711

Re: PR: The Single Play: volume 1 [Network]

Excellent news.

Have to confess, I've never heard of Rod of Iron but I hope it's as good as the cast.
by mikew
Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ring tones/Txt tones
Replies: 10
Views: 748

Re: Ring tones/Txt tones

My ringtone has, for many years now, been a clip from Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life" in which jazz performer Lord Buckley does his take on Shakespeare's "Friends, Romans and countrymen" speech in jive talk: "Hipsters, flipsters and finger-popping daddies, knock me your lobes. I come to lay Ceasa...
by mikew
Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:03 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Recommendations for a good series?
Replies: 50
Views: 2764

Re: Recommendations for a good series?

I'd second "The Pallisers" and, staying with Trollope, "The Barchester Chronicles".

Finally watched "The Forsyte Saga" last year and loved it. Gets a bit patchy towards the end but it keeps you interested.
by mikew
Wed Feb 04, 2015 7:55 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Recommendations for a good series?
Replies: 50
Views: 2764

Re: Recommendations for a good series?

Will Shakespeare is worth watching but somehow it's not something I can see myself revisiting. Disraeli, on the other hand, I found stunningly good - particularly for Ian McShane's performance. I've not seen any of the others on your list but I'd strongly recommend Secret Army and Tenko. Oh I wish I...
by mikew
Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Sherlock Holmes - The Complete Series [bfi]
Replies: 46
Views: 2967

Re: PR: Sherlock Holmes - The Complete Series [bfi]

Looks great. I am so glad they've got Douglas Wilmer to contribute to this.
by mikew
Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:57 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Geraldine McEwan (1932-2015)
Replies: 6
Views: 650

Re: Geraldine McEwan (1932-2015)

The Guardian obituary neglects to mention her performance as Mrs Proudie in The Barchester Chronicles. That and Oranges... are what I always remember her for.
by mikew
Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Longer versions of signature tunes
Replies: 52
Views: 3579

Re: Longer versions of signature tunes

One oddity we've not mentioned is the TV series theme for The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy . I'd had the version on Space Invaded - BBC Space Themes for years before I finally heard The Eagles' original. It's intruiging the way bits were lifted from the original to construct what feels much mor...
by mikew
Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Maggie Stables
Replies: 1
Views: 315

Re: Maggie Stables

Very sad news. RIP
by mikew
Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sherlock Holmes
Replies: 231
Views: 16220

Re: Sherlock Holmes

Not just the costs of The Devil's Foot but also the hugely expensive staging of a Victorian racecourse meeting for the end of Silver Blaze . At least The Devil's Foot benefitted from all that wonderful location filming (it's one of my favourites of the whole series) but the lavish horse race is comp...
by mikew
Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Robin Redbreast [bfi]
Replies: 20
Views: 2259

Re: PR: Robin Redbreast [bfi]

This is currently going for £6 in FOPP if there's one near you.
by mikew
Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:33 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Recommendations for Current British TV
Replies: 7
Views: 691

Re: Recommendations for Current British TV

I quite enjoyed the first episode of Our Zoo last night. Don't often watch new stuff but this was OK.
by mikew
Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:30 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Mastermind heads-up
Replies: 5
Views: 511

Re: Mastermind heads-up

And our first contestant please
I am not a number, I am a free man!
Your name please.
Whose side are you on?
Occupation.
I resigned!
And your chosen specialist subject.
You won't get it!
by mikew
Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:28 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Le Sweeney
Replies: 6
Views: 674

Re: Le Sweeney

'Guv'neur?'