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by Simon36
Sun May 03, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Prisoner Blu-Ray: Advice Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 292

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: 292

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: 453

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: 35
Views: 1270

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: 2451

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: 2157

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: 1681

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: 1681

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: 951

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: 951

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: 596

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 ...
by Simon36
Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Can anyone identify this memory?
Replies: 11
Views: 951

Can anyone identify this memory?

No idea why this just flashed into my head. A short film, shown on Channel 4 around 1989/90. A businessman is in a hotel room, and is annoyed by the sounds of a party next door. He barges in and there is an orgy going on, to the sound of Bill Joel’s We Didnt Start the Fire. He decides not to join th...
by Simon36
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: BBC Ghost Story: Martin's Close (2019)
Replies: 6
Views: 596

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

I thought MC was lousy: hammy acting, no lead character to care about, very poor direction and the comedy got in the way. (The Stalls of Barchester has some very funny bits but they are much better controlled and don’t undermine things. It can be done.) I did enjoy the Susan Hill, not necessarily fo...
by Simon36
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC Archive drama catalogue - recoveries and discoveries
Replies: 2
Views: 679

Re: BBC Archive drama catalogue - recoveries and discoveries

I thought that it might be useful to have a general thread for these matters when new information comes up. Here's a welcome correction. Willy Russell's BBC Birmingham Play For Today , The Death Of A Young Young Man (30 January 1975), which had been cataloged as incomplete (with only its first reel...
by Simon36
Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Gold Digger
Replies: 3
Views: 351

Gold Digger

Anyone else watching this? It’s certainly got me gripped. It’s brazenly playing with us in a hugely enjoyable way. Well done to all involved, I say.
by Simon36
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Coronation Street experts... does this ring a bell?
Replies: 1
Views: 248

Coronation Street experts... does this ring a bell?

Suddenly a very odd memory flooded back to me. I recall as a child seeing a lunchtime programme (I’m sure in my head that it was Pebble Mill at One), probably late 70s or very early 80s, interviewing a man who collected chimney pots. (I know, it sounds more like Nationwide.) Anyway, the reporter sai...
by Simon36
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 212
Views: 14123

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

It’s amazing Shelley was such a mainstream hit when you think how a gleefully work-dodging graduate was hardly a crowd-pleasing stereotype in Thatcher’s Britain. I’m enjoying seeing it again, it’s so everyday and low-key, and I always loved Belinda Sinclair.
by Simon36
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Play for Today: The Cheviot, The Stag and the B.B. Oil
Replies: 2
Views: 302

Re: Play for Today: The Cheviot, The Stag and the B.B. Oil

Yes, touché. Missed at the time. Anyway, nice to know it’s there. And with a big booklet.
by Simon36
Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Play for Today: The Cheviot, The Stag and the B.B. Oil
Replies: 2
Views: 302

Play for Today: The Cheviot, The Stag and the B.B. Oil

Now available on DVD and Blu-Ray:

https://www.panamint.co.uk/the-cheviot- ... il-blu-ray

I just received a marketing email from the company mentioning it; I think it’s been out a while but don’t remember it being mentioned here before.
by Simon36
Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dr Who Blu-Rays
Replies: 8
Views: 566

Re: Dr Who Blu-Rays

It depends whether the original film sequences exist. For Seasons 10, 12 and 18, very little or nothing still exists. For Season 19, plenty of film sequences are still around which is why there's a dramatic improvement for that particular set. There is an improvement for the studio VT scenes as wel...
by Simon36
Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dr Who Blu-Rays
Replies: 8
Views: 566

Dr Who Blu-Rays

Starting a Dr Who related thread, with some trepidation. I’ve been enjoying the classic series blu-ray boxes, but is it just me or is there no visible improvement in the film sequences? I can’t understand why blu-rays of things like The Sweeney look remarkable, but there’s no such dramatic improveme...
by Simon36
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 3870

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

I don’t think anyone has yet mentioned the super. BLACK AND WHITE IN COLOUR season in the 90s. Can’t remember the year but there was a repeat of the Play for Today A HOLE IN BABYLON and loads more, and a superb accompanying book.
by Simon36
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 3870

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

Randomly, C4 repeated THE LOVERS in 1996. BBC2 also had a rather tasty RICHARD EYRE season in 1993, which contained three Play for Todays, JUST A BOY’s GAME, COMEDIANS and THE IMITATION GAME, and the SCREEN ONE: PAST CARING. Just a Boy’s Game was repeated again in 1998 by BBC Scotland to mark their ...
by Simon36
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 3870

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

The BBC is often a target for right-wing rumour-mongers. At one time, it was reported that the Director-General (no less) had described the organization as 'hideously white'. How low can these race-haters stoop? He did. It was Greg Dyke. Predictably, that phrase was quoted by the right-wing press w...
by Simon36
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 3870

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

Speaking of tributes, there was a DIXON episode shown in 1981 as a tribute to Jack Warner. BBC4 took over a lot of tribute duties when they were in their early years, showing, for instance, the RUMPOLE play for Leo McKern. When John McGrath died, however, they decided against a repeat of THE CHEVIO...
by Simon36
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John McCririck (1940-2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Re: John McCririck (1940-2019)

He was a shit.
by Simon36
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 3870

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

Speaking of tributes, there was a DIXON episode shown in 1981 as a tribute to Jack Warner. BBC4 took over a lot of tribute duties when they were in their early years, showing, for instance, the RUMPOLE play for Leo McKern. When John McGrath died, however, they decided against a repeat of THE CHEVIOT...
by Simon36
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 3870

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

CATWEAZLE did get a full run on LWT in the 80s... that’s where I first saw it!
by Simon36
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 3870

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

The Mavericks season was also shown in the same slot on Grampian. I agree with Robin that looking back there was a sense of saying goodbye. Certainly the amount of repeat runs seems to pretty much end with the end of the 80s, although I was surprised to see another prime time repeat of The Sweeney o...
by Simon36
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 3870

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

Halliwell’s TV Guide claims that C4 showed one episode out of sequence (wouldn’t that automatically make it two episodes out of sequence?) causing uproar among fans. I wonder if this is simply garbled nonsense, or that it’s referring to the swapping of FREE FOR ALL and SCHIZOID MAN. Hilariously, the...