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by JezR
Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Lynn Faulds Wood (1948-2020)
Replies: 1
Views: 251

Lynn Faulds Wood (1948-2020)

Lynn Faulds Wood died 24/04/2020 after a stroke and a subsequent bleed on the brain.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52410491
by JezR
Mon Mar 16, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 212
Views: 14441

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

The money financing the film in part from the US Information Agency probably influenced that ending,
by JezR
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: BBC sneak out a disguised "Ghost Story for Christmas"
Replies: 27
Views: 2456

Re: BBC sneak out a disguised "Ghost Story for Christmas"

Doctors occasionally goes to another plain with some quite raving mad episodes- but a change is as good as a rest and is all good fun. In the raving mad category, the episode on 12/3/2020 had a storyline where a woman thinks everyone she meets is Joe Pasquale. With Joe Pasquale playing all the char...
by JezR
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Programmes that kept going for no real reason
Replies: 22
Views: 2114

Re: Programmes that kept going for no real reason

The annual coverage of The Lord Mayor's Show by the BBC. Not sure if it is a totally uninterrupted line, but it was first on TV in 1937 and radio in 1926. 2019 is still on the iPlayer until this year's is covered.
by JezR
Sat Nov 23, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Trailers
Replies: 63
Views: 3802

Re: Trailers

There were one or two trails ( of a sort) at the end of a couple of episodes of the first "Tomorrow People" serial, "The Slaves Of Jedikiah", they exist on the recordings at the end of the episodes, as they were there to pad out the episode durations. There was a lengthy one at the start of series ...
by JezR
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Richard Branson TV series
Replies: 4
Views: 487

Re: Richard Branson TV series

Sounds like "The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best". Made for Fox in the USA in 2004, shown in the UK on ITV2. Mixed daredevil stunts with tasks more like the Apprentice, of which to a large extent it was derivative; Trump's verdict was '"I don't know the guy, but I think he's got zero...
by JezR
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 3995

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

The companies that didn't run Crossroads at 18:30 from the mid 1960s often used American comedies to fill a half-hour there or after the national news; Granada is the prominent major in that category, but Tyne Tees is one of the minors with this practice as for a time was Channel. For the last havin...
by JezR
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Greatest radio programmes
Replies: 9
Views: 531

Re: Greatest radio programmes

The Shipping Forecast did originally get its own billing in the Radio Times in the same manner as any other programme. Somewhat odd to give it a start date of 1911 though, as the current format of it didn't start until 1924, and maybe it should list all the stations it has been on but it is a long l...
by JezR
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Gunsmoke/Gun Law
Replies: 15
Views: 608

Re: Gunsmoke/Gun Law

However, A-R and ATV (Midlands) were showing the programme under the title Gun Law back in 1955-6.
by JezR
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Morecambe And Wise in America" (Gold)
Replies: 3
Views: 460

Re: "Morecambe And Wise in America" (Gold)

A point not mentioned in the programme I think is that Hills and Green had previously written alongside Mel Brooks for Dave King's stint introducing Kraft Music Hall in the late 50s - early 60s.
by JezR
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Grandstand question
Replies: 6
Views: 516

Re: Grandstand question

Maybe editorial judgement or the duration of the live athletics & tennis pushed the films right to the end, which the PasB would confirm. Even so, the regular 'Sports Special' for generally 2 highlight films of the day was often not scheduled to start until 22:45 anyway, so it wouldn't necessarily b...
by JezR
Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC2 launch
Replies: 3
Views: 444

Re: BBC2 launch

Apart from the headlines, Newsroom was supposed to be on at 22:35 up to closedown at 23:00.
by JezR
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC2 launch
Replies: 3
Views: 444

Re: BBC2 launch

The first Line-Up was always intended to contain a news summary, although a separate reader isn't credited.

BBC 1 had Richard Baker intriducing an old Western film that had been kept at AP as a standby.
by JezR
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: A piece of Rediffusion ephemera
Replies: 7
Views: 960

Re: A piece of Rediffusion ephemera

That's what you get if you employ a bunch of disparate artists.
by JezR
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: A piece of Rediffusion ephemera
Replies: 7
Views: 960

Re: A piece of Rediffusion ephemera

You might enjoy this associated (!) website containing various covers of Fusion, the company in-house magazine: https://fusion.rediffusion.london/ Incredible variety of styles, some reeking of the time they were designed and one sort of presciently featuring a stylised London-scape with St Pauls in ...
by JezR
Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Topical quizzes and panel games
Replies: 5
Views: 345

Re: Topical quizzes and panel games

Considering radio, Children's Hour incorporated a regular 'Current Affairs Quiz' in the 1940s. Straightforward general knowledge though, matching regional teams.
by JezR
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: A up its the Indoor league see thee.
Replies: 8
Views: 555

Re: A up its the Indoor league see thee.

I recall the story that Fred Trueman used to tell that when he got the script for Indoor League he complained to Sid Waddell that he didn't speak like that. 'You do now', was his reply.
by JezR
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington
Replies: 27
Views: 912

Re: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington

Howard Thomas' 1977 autobiography says: 'In November 1958 I inspected the empty film studios of Warner Brothers at Teddington … Within four months the staff moved in to produce Armchair Theatre at its London base.' This autobiography is not always reliable as to timings or details but this lends sup...
by JezR
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: High & Dry
Replies: 8
Views: 403

Re: High & Dry

I think there were references to Dad's Army in the publicity to High and Dry, but the show was rather staid and nondescript as I remember it despite the quality of the cast. Being studio-bound didn't help.
by JezR
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The 'Rivers of Blood' speech
Replies: 4
Views: 448

Re: The 'Rivers of Blood' speech

ABC's forte was more of a topical magazine show than straight news which might have been ideal for coverage of this issue, but they had already decamped the team behind such programmes down to London to prepare for making Today for Thames.
by JezR
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain
Replies: 44
Views: 1717

Re: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain

Alan Hale was possibly better known in the UK as a whole not so much for Gilligan's Island but for Casey Jones, regularly shown by the BBC over roughly a ten year period mid 60s to mid 70s although 6 episodes were left out. Not sure though that in itself it qualifies as a US TV show more popular in ...
by JezR
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain
Replies: 44
Views: 1717

Re: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain

There is a while new subject in there maybe - the different levels that ITV companies showed American comedies. Granada was certainly amongst the most prominent in the 60s and early 70s. One theory I have seen advanced for the greater (re-)showing of Bilko compared with the USA is that the latter te...
by JezR
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Olympics on ITV
Replies: 3
Views: 369

Re: Olympics on ITV

Bit odd that the article doesn't mention the 1964 Summer Olympics at all, where in a number of respects the ITV coverage was more extensive - as well as expensive - than the BBC coverage. ATV and the ITA were heavily involved with the EBU in the planning of the various methods used to get pictures a...
by JezR
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain
Replies: 44
Views: 1717

Re: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain

Ratings data may shatter this, but my memory says that the tv series of PLANET OF THE APES which ran on Sunday nights on ITV was pretty big in the UK - it was the certainly the first time I came across newspaper reports about a series being curtailed without resolution. It doesn't appear in the nat...
by JezR
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain
Replies: 44
Views: 1717

Re: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain

Bilko. Not so much when in production, but the amount and frequency for repeats over the decades. Mostly in the margins of the schedules, though, or used as "filler" material in London and the South-East while the regions were showing their own programmes. Was it ever really peak-time entertainment...
by JezR
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: The Right Hand Corner White Square.
Replies: 10
Views: 1044

Re: The Right Hand Corner White Square.

For a while sometime in the mid 1990s a small rectangle was visible in the bottom left or bottom right corner designating different sub-regions of Central, with West being the one having none.
by JezR
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain
Replies: 44
Views: 1717

Re: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain

Bilko. Not so much when in production, but the amount and frequency for repeats over the decades.
by JezR
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Many A Slip
Replies: 41
Views: 1407

Re: Many A Slip

Another pair of flippers:

To Tell The Truth was a panel game where the object was to identify the "real" person amongst two imposters whereas Cuckoo in the Nest was a panel game where the object was to identify the imposter amongst two "real" people.
by JezR
Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Wednesday ITV Regional Drama Series Slot
Replies: 8
Views: 599

Re: The Wednesday ITV Regional Drama Series Slot

The order that the ITC shows were aired in some regions looks totally random. In some cases they even failed to start with what definitively needed to come first, ie the episode that sets the premise.
by JezR
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crossovers?
Replies: 47
Views: 2449

Re: Crossovers?

Endeavour Series 5 episode 3, sees the detective visit Crossroads Motel in Kings Oak. It's been mentioned elsewhere about Endeavour 's oblique, and sometimes less than oblique, references to other programmes. A character this week was Lady Creighton-Ward, while the next episode apparently has a Jeu...