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by Simon36
Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister
Replies: 18
Views: 3077

Re: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister

Billy Smart wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:44 pm
John Hoare of Dirty Feed searches for the source of the "I know exactly who reads the papers" routine: What the Papers Say http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2021/04/what-the-papers-say/
Superb piece.
by Simon36
Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister
Replies: 18
Views: 3077

Re: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister

I first came across it in a textbook when I was doing my Politics A Level in about 1989. There it again attributed it to the TUC boss in 1976. I remember being stunned not only at YPM pinching it but also by how badly it was done, it feels completely out of character and a propos of nothing in parti...
by Simon36
Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:22 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Play for Today: The First Year 1970-1971
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Re: Play for Today: The First Year 1970-1971

Mr_Wolf wrote:
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:30 pm
Sold! (literally and figuratively)

Very much looking forward to this - I'm sure it will be excellent! Thanks for persevering with it Simon.
Thank you, much appreciated!
by Simon36
Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Play for Today: The First Year 1970-1971
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Play for Today: The First Year 1970-1971

Hello everyone, Happy to announce that my book looking at the beginnings of Play for Today is now available here: https://www.lulu.com/en/gb/shop/simon-farquhar/play-for-today-the-first-year/paperback/product-n646jg.html?page=1&pageSize=4 The book was actually researched and written quite a few year...
by Simon36
Thu Feb 11, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Harry "Aitch" Fielder
Replies: 5
Views: 1090

Re: Harry "Aitch" Fielder

I remember even Tom Baker spotting him on a commentary to an old story and saying “that’s H! He was always with Pat Gorman!”

He couldn’t act for toffee but he certainly looked the part in some of the more streetwise dramas of the day, and his reminiscences were always enjoyable. RIP.
by Simon36
Fri Feb 05, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Just published - 'A THRILLER in Every Corner'
Replies: 39
Views: 6423

Re: Just published - 'A THRILLER in Every Corner'

Thanks for this. It is neither in my rent items or my outbox... how odd. And in not full up either. DoubleM, will email you.
by Simon36
Fri Feb 05, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Just published - 'A THRILLER in Every Corner'
Replies: 39
Views: 6423

Re: Just published - 'A THRILLER in Every Corner'

In flagging up another lulu 10% discount code now in operation ... INSPIRE10 I'd also like to highlight the following review of 'A THRILLER in Every Corner' which highlights some additional areas not yet mentioned. https://dobermann.wymark.org.uk/2021/01/18/a-thriller-in-every-corner/ Fill in those...
by Simon36
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Spotlight 1969/70
Replies: 0
Views: 669

Spotlight 1969/70

Hello, an urgent query here which I’m hoping someone can help with since all reference libraries are currently closed. Does anyone have an old edition of Spotlight from 1969-1970? If so, can you PM me?
by Simon36
Wed Jan 20, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Blue Peter 29.12.69
Replies: 2
Views: 935

Re: Blue Peter 29.12.69

Brilliant, thanks Billy!
by Simon36
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:15 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Blue Peter 29.12.69
Replies: 2
Views: 935

Blue Peter 29.12.69

Obscure one, this, but any help would be much appreciated. It is for a thing.

I’m trying to find out what the items were on this edition. Can anyone help? Huge appreciation if you can!
by Simon36
Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Just published - 'A THRILLER in Every Corner'
Replies: 39
Views: 6423

Re: Just published - 'A THRILLER in Every Corner'

“Marvellous!”

Just received my copy. That will see me through lockdown!
by Simon36
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Oldest TV advert still running?
Replies: 12
Views: 2548

Re: Oldest TV advert still running?

I remember one of the old Fry’s Turkish Delight ads suddenly reappearing, bizarrely, in the 90s, and looking in pretty poor shape and totally out of place.
by Simon36
Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Frank Windsor (1927-2020)
Replies: 5
Views: 1322

Re: Frank Windsor (1927-2020)

I'll always see him as a great police officer and also in A for Andromeda. The name Watt might hint at the well-known Conan Doyle supporting character. RIP. Which Barlow acknowledges on Jack the Ripper, when he calls him “my dear Watt.” I’ll also put in a word for his role in a shocking Crown Court...
by Simon36
Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 34
Views: 6081

Re: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)

Internet suggests they were in Poynton. That seems a bizarrely long distance from TVC...

http://www.poyntonforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=3589
by Simon36
Wed Sep 30, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: The BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Four Albums 1968-1978
Replies: 1
Views: 1011

Re: The BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Four Albums 1968-1978

Thanks for the heads up on this. Through a GD is wonderful!
by Simon36
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Other One" other ones!
Replies: 11
Views: 2033

Re: "The Other One" other ones!

Perhaps Colin’s Sandwich had run its course, but I’d certainly have watched another series. A curious one that never gets a mention is Goodbye Mr Kent. It’s an odd one, I think that like The Other One, the premise is a little too bewildering at first glance, and we aren’t quite sure where our sympat...
by Simon36
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Other One" other ones!
Replies: 11
Views: 2033

Re: "The Other One" other ones!

At least with Fawlty Towers it was a case of stop when the ideas the writers were passionate about ran out and not prolonging it with new episodes just written to keep it going and people saying "it's not as good as it used to be". Considering that FT only has 12 episodes, there is a rather high pr...
by Simon36
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The box that says “the adverts are coming”
Replies: 9
Views: 2687

The box that says “the adverts are coming”

Can anyone shed any light on that mysterious box in the top right hand corner of the screen with the scrolling lines, the one that used to forewarn us that the commercials were approaching?. I’d always assumed that they were added to the programme By the presentation department live, but I notice th...
by Simon36
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 34
Views: 6081

Re: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)

Hannah Gordon probably was thought of, on the back of "My Wife Next Door", although as she admitted, she was asked to do "M&W" after someone else declined to appear. I thought it was a great series, the two leads were really good, obviously a somewhat far fetched idea, but hugely entertaining. Acco...
by Simon36
Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Other One (1970s sitcom)
Replies: 9
Views: 2048

Re: The Other One (1970s sitcom)

This is a fascinating thread. I think Jason H is spot on about the lack of a strong counterpoint to Ralph. It leaves the audience an awful lot of work to do. But I totally disagree with him about Tom Good being a potentially dislikable character and a bully. I do feel that’s something of an exaggera...
by Simon36
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two untraceable tv plays
Replies: 8
Views: 2268

Re: Two untraceable tv plays

A play entitled “The Crib”, which is not listed in Kaleidoscope, but was broadcast on 26/12/71 as “A Play for Sunday”. The BFI collections catalogue has no record of it either. It was made by ATV. Is there any way of ascertaining whether it exists and where it would be held if so? EDIT: seems this ...
by Simon36
Wed Aug 26, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crown Court: The Medium
Replies: 8
Views: 2231

Re: Crown Court: The Medium

Simon Coward wrote:
Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:06 am
I suppose any of them could fall foul of the old problem of being too close to a real case that was in the news at the time.
True. How funny if it was The Medium of all things that was!
by Simon36
Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two untraceable tv plays
Replies: 8
Views: 2268

Re: Two untraceable tv plays

Thanks for this, very interesting and good to know that ATV archive recovery is in progress.

Kal guise doesn’t Even list a strand called A Play for Sunday, but you’re quite right, The Crib was an early evening number.
by Simon36
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:39 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crown Court: The Medium
Replies: 8
Views: 2231

Re: Crown Court: The Medium

Interesting. There is just simply no space in the Schedule for them both to have premiered at lunchtime! Can’t see anything in the episode to suggest it was pulled, but perhaps Bolton was, and The Medium replaced it. Incidentally, does anyone know why Traffic Warden’s Daughter was pulled from transm...
by Simon36
Tue Aug 25, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two untraceable tv plays
Replies: 8
Views: 2268

Two untraceable tv plays

Hmmm, unearthed another mystery here while looking for something. A play entitled “The Crib”, which is not listed in Kaleidoscope, but was broadcast on 26/12/71 as “A Play for Sunday”. The BFI collections catalogue has no record of it either. It was made by ATV. Is there any way of ascertaining whet...
by Simon36
Tue Aug 25, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crown Court: The Medium
Replies: 8
Views: 2231

Re: Crown Court: The Medium

Thanks for this, superb reply, as I would expect! It’s all a right mystery, but i had no idea about those early evening re-runs. Oddly, the TVTimes feature for the launch of ITV’s afternoon programming states that Crown Court would “eventually be seen in all areas”. I don’t know where it wasn’t bein...
by Simon36
Mon Aug 24, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crown Court: The Medium
Replies: 8
Views: 2231

Crown Court: The Medium

Does anyone have a tx date for this mysterious story? My Kaleidoscope guide (quite an old edition now; a newer one may have identified it) doesn’t list it at all, and Wikipedia has “???” for its tx date. A website for the series erroneously lists it as 29 Nov to 1 December 1972. It was certainly mad...
by Simon36
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Threads (DVD Release) - A Few Thoughts
Replies: 21
Views: 4966

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: 21
Views: 4966

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: 888

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...