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by Simon36
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Threads (DVD Release) - A Few Thoughts
Replies: 16
Views: 567

Re: Threads (DVD Release) - A Few Thoughts

Each to their opinion and all that, but this is a bit baffling: “many gave up halfway on this tatty and tedious programme, because they themselves were quite optimistic” Did they? How do you know they gave up on it? And optimism about a nuclear attack was the one thing the programme set out to chal...
by Simon36
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Threads (DVD Release) - A Few Thoughts
Replies: 16
Views: 567

Re: Threads (DVD Release) - A Few Thoughts

Each to their opinion and all that, but this is a bit baffling: “many gave up halfway on this tatty and tedious programme, because they themselves were quite optimistic” Did they? How do you know they gave up on it? And optimism about a nuclear attack was the one thing the programme set out to chall...
by Simon36
Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sydney Lotterby (1926-2020)
Replies: 1
Views: 134

Re: Sydney Lotterby (1926-2020)

Seemed like a really nice guy, and what a legacy. I remember some years back on the Comedy Connections for Ever Decreasing Circles, he revealed (and was clearly still hurt about) being sacked from EDC after series 2, because “apparently I wasn’t giving enough direction to our lead actor”. Which sugg...
by Simon36
Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 45
Views: 3938

Re: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD

I get the feeling that Your Man From Six Counties got remembered as an Irish play, rather than Welland one. It's one of the most cinematic PFT stories in intention, with its use of spectacular landscape and climax at a local geographical feature. It's a particularly good choice for a play to restor...
by Simon36
Sun Jul 26, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 45
Views: 3938

Re: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD

The BFI have announced the plays to be included on Play For Today: Volume One : The Lie (Written by Ingmar Bergman / Dir. Alan Bridges, 1970) Shakespeare or Bust (Written by Peter Terson / Dir. Brian Parker, 1973) Back of Beyond (Written by Julia Jones, Dir. Desmond Davis, 1974) Passage to England ...
by Simon36
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: BBC trail that was pulled
Replies: 18
Views: 759

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

I don't remember the trailer, but that was pretty unpleasant. Also noted that would have cost a few bob to stage only to be used a few times... That's what I was thinking - at the start I thought it must have been a trail for a new series or even a film, rather than just for a channel. How could th...
by Simon36
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: BBC trail that was pulled
Replies: 18
Views: 759

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

The Creative Services department at that time, who made the trails, had huge budgets and a massive amount of creative freedom, ironically unlike the chain of command in programme making itself! I think the fact that there were awards available for the best trails was perhaps more of an end goal than...
by Simon36
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: BBC trail that was pulled
Replies: 18
Views: 759

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

And here it is. What on Earth were they thinking!

https://youtu.be/3RiuETHf63M
by Simon36
Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: BBC trail that was pulled
Replies: 18
Views: 759

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Cole wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:10 pm
Was this it? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4463108.stm
Ah, nice one. It wasn’t the faces one, but the cliffhanger one that’s mentioned at the end of the article. Thank you!
by Simon36
Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 81
Views: 3008

Re: Is it all over....?

It would be nice if Network would interact a bit more; would be nice to find out what the lay of the land is on this.
by Simon36
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: BBC trail that was pulled
Replies: 18
Views: 759

BBC trail that was pulled

I’ve no idea why this randomly popped into my head. Sometime around 2001, the BBC broadcast a trail (for itself) which caused something of a stir. A lot of people complained about it and it was pulled from further broadcasts. I never saw it but I remember it being talked about; i have a vague memory...
by Simon36
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 81
Views: 3008

Re: Is it all over....?

fatcat wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:51 pm
I think Target might have been a bit too common for BBC audiences LOL ..use to lardidah chit chat dramas
Because that’s all the BBC made until Target. And we all thought Loach and Garnett were the trailblazers!
by Simon36
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 81
Views: 3008

Re: Is it all over....?

It’s hideously awful!
by Simon36
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 81
Views: 3008

Re: Is it all over....?

I’m surprised not to see To Have and To Hold, Country Matters, Blood Money, Telford’s Change and Candid Camera available. They would be my top five.
by Simon36
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 81
Views: 3008

Re: Is it all over....?

I have a feeling we are not going to get any more of the half hour era of The Bill or any more Armchair Theatre or Tempo...
by Simon36
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Unprecedented BBC
Replies: 4
Views: 318

Re: Unprecedented BBC

I’m very grateful for that. It was a bit of a mess to decipher!
by Simon36
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:21 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Unprecedented BBC
Replies: 4
Views: 318

Re: Unprecedented BBC

Ah, didn’t realise that, thank you!
by Simon36
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Unprecedented BBC
Replies: 4
Views: 318

Unprecedented BBC

Does anyone know what happened to this series? It was billed as being 12 short plays about lockdown (a la ITV’s Isolation Stories). The Radio Times gave it very little coverage, billed six of them and said three more would be available online (which only makes nine...) My set top box had it on serie...
by Simon36
Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)
Replies: 75
Views: 4405

Re: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)

I always thought that cricket routine was curiously unfunny. Even Ballard B couldn’t get much out of it. Has anyone else noticed that there are two versions of a moment in Kipper and the Corpse? The scene where the couple are checking out, in one version they consider trying the hotel by the sewage ...
by Simon36
Sun May 03, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Prisoner Blu-Ray: Advice Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 572

Re: The Prisoner Blu-Ray: Advice Needed

Unless I’m missing something, they seem to have different documentaries on, and the recent one doesn’t have the episode commentaries. Is this correct? The 2019 one on every site lists a few extras and the says “and much more” which is exasperating!
by Simon36
Sat May 02, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Prisoner Blu-Ray: Advice Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 572

The Prisoner Blu-Ray: Advice Needed

Hello all,

It’s time I got The Prisoner, as I haven’t watched it in years, but I see that there are now two different blu-Ray releases of it. does anyone have any insights into which is the better purchase? All suggestions welcome.
by Simon36
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Prisoner blu ray- Audio too quiet
Replies: 4
Views: 667

Re: The Prisoner blu ray- Audio too quiet

Is this is the very recent blu-day or the one from a few years ago? I haven’t bought either yet, and wondering which one to go for...
by Simon36
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Out of the unknown--The Uninvited
Replies: 36
Views: 2964

Re: Out of the unknown--The Uninvited

I think the Hammer version is excellent, one of the best of that series.
by Simon36
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Last-minute replacements
Replies: 46
Views: 4004

Re: Last-minute replacements

A baffling one was when an episode of Fawlty Towers (The Hotel Inspectors) was dropped by BBC1 on 2.6.82 as the Papal Visit overran. It was replaced by The Good Life - Tbe Weaver’s Tale... which was the same length! Go figure...
by Simon36
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The weird world of dubbing
Replies: 35
Views: 3264

Re: The weird world of dubbing

This is interesting. There was a thread some time back entitled “who was that voice?”, when we were all trying to identify the ubiquitous voice from the Seventies, a very forced and over-enthusiastic posh accent that was usually wildly at odds with the on-screen expression. We never managed to iden...
by Simon36
Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: New format
Replies: 36
Views: 2927

Re: New format

Me too, please!
by Simon36
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: New format
Replies: 36
Views: 2927

Re: New format

Looks wonderful!
by Simon36
Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Can anyone identify this memory?
Replies: 11
Views: 1416

Re: Can anyone identify this memory?

Yes there was also THE SHOOTING GALLERY wasn’t there? Wonderful strands.
by Simon36
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Can anyone identify this memory?
Replies: 11
Views: 1416

Re: Can anyone identify this memory?

Thanks, everyone. Some of those sound fascinating. But no joy, alas. I notice that We Didn’t Start the Fire wasn’t released until September 1989, so that narrows things down a bit. It was definitely no later than summer 1991 that it was shown, so Next time I’m in front of some old TVTimes I’ll have ...
by Simon36
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: BBC Ghost Story: Martin's Close (2019)
Replies: 6
Views: 886

Re: BBC Ghost Story: Martin's Close (2019)

I was probably in the wrong mood for it, really. Some bits worked - mostly the bits whipped/homaged from the originals - but the framing story with dear old Simon Williams didn't work for me at all. I know I'm being ungrateful - if it wasn't for Gatiss we would get nothing - but it really needed a ...