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by BrentCleever21
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 66
Views: 8470

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

With the current 'DESmania' I wonder if there will be any plans to put Kevin Elyot's " Killing Time " out on DVD? I have a vague memory of this play starring Pip Donaghy as a Nilsen-type serial killer, although (again my memory tells me) sad rather as repellent as the recent documentaries and Tennen...
by BrentCleever21
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Gold Digger
Replies: 3
Views: 876

Re: Gold Digger

Yes, although as so often the final episode will show whether they are actually taking us anywhere or if it's all been for nothing.
by BrentCleever21
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Boardroom dramas
Replies: 46
Views: 5280

Re: Boardroom dramas

I've just put an article up on Muck and Brass (1982) at this link . Still relevant today. Does anyone know who "Peter Chepstow", who wrote the novelisation is? The only other credit I can find is the novelisation of Educating Rita . However, he adds such value to the story that I'm sure he must have...
by BrentCleever21
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 237
Views: 34347

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

Nobody is 'evil' for having a gollywog. Certainly nobody in a 1966 episode of Bless This House intended any ill-feeling to anyone by including this everyday symbol of childhood in a passive capacity. You can MAKE a gollywog offensive; the one on my keyring was rendered such during the US Obama admi...
by BrentCleever21
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Looking for Pat Hooker
Replies: 13
Views: 2777

Re: Looking for Pat Hooker

Illuminating article- especially trying to explain what Camfield was up to in his direction. There's a certain amount of misdirection in the writing and directing of the first part of the play, and I seem to recall this was further supported by the TV Times printing the wrong photo in the listing f...
by BrentCleever21
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Rogue Male (1975)
Replies: 0
Views: 461

Rogue Male (1975)

Enjoyed watching the BFI's release of Rogue Male last night. From a personal viewpoint I probably got more out of this now, than I did back in 1976. Back then I was slightly confused/irritated by memories of a 1969 broadcast of Fritz Lang's Manhunt and what I thought was adapter Frederic Raphael's d...
by BrentCleever21
Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Gentle Touch: Tough, Mrs Rudge
Replies: 3
Views: 747

Re: The Gentle Touch: Tough, Mrs Rudge

Fascinating - I recently saw Lowri Ann Richards in a screening of Breaking Glass where she played the cute secretary of music promoter Derek Thompson. What a different role from this one in The Gentle Touch.
by BrentCleever21
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: First television screening of Universal Horrors
Replies: 12
Views: 1477

Re: First television screening of Universal Horrors

I think 1969/1970 was the period when I first saw the classic Universal Monsters on ITV, but they may have been shown earlier in the London region. I have a vague memory of reading through back issues of Films and Filming from the mid-1960's and reading their excited notes of the Universal movies be...
by BrentCleever21
Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Street of Shadows [Network]
Replies: 7
Views: 1093

Re: PR: Street of Shadows [Network]

Looking forward to seeing Edward Underground in a lead role - best known for his voiceover work on the cartoon film Watership Ground, of course.
by BrentCleever21
Sun Dec 20, 2015 8:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Boardroom dramas
Replies: 46
Views: 5280

Re: Boardroom dramas

50 years...eh....a scary thought. If only there was a Pannini Bookazine special plus ep guide (including "The Plane Makers", of course)..oh well.! At least we managed the https://www.facebook.com/601541816541875/photos/a.617141584981898.1073741827.601541816541875/1168206349875416/?type=3&theater ob...
by BrentCleever21
Sun Dec 20, 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Boardroom dramas
Replies: 46
Views: 5280

Re: Boardroom dramas

DavidAbsalom wrote:If only there was the same sort of hunt for missing Series 1 episodes as there is for missing Dr Who.
I'm sure someone is looking for the Series 1 episode starring William Hartnell...
by BrentCleever21
Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:37 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Boardroom dramas
Replies: 46
Views: 5280

Re: Boardroom dramas

It is now 50 years since the first episode of The Power Game was broadcast. I missed the Anniversary Special, and my local newsagents doesn't carry the special edition of "The Power Game Monthly" but I did sit down to watch that first 1965 episode again Power Game First episode
by BrentCleever21
Sun Nov 22, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Star Cops
Replies: 19
Views: 2191

Re: Star Cops

I actually meant ..."Star Cops" makes it sound like crap cheesy sci-fi,. I agree, it sounds like a working title that they never managed to top ( a bit like "Doctors"). I remember a review (possibly in The Listener) which said that David Calder's character came off like a social worker ( exchanges ...
by BrentCleever21
Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 205936

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

Face the Raven...a pretty average episode for 40+ minutes..a BIG scene at the end. That way everyone will remember the END of the episode, but will conveniently forget the 40+ minutes that preceded it. I think you've got it totally wrong. It was cracking episode except for the drawn out and sentime...
by BrentCleever21
Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:34 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 205936

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

My prediction is that Capaldi will literally recreate Tom Baker's "Have I the Right?" scene, but this time he'll set off an atomic explosion that tears Skaro apart...and then as the dazzling glare fades away, Davros will jump out of his travel unit yelling, "Surpriiiiiiise" and then everyone who die...
by BrentCleever21
Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Yvonne Craig (1937-2015) RIP
Replies: 6
Views: 927

Re: Yvonne Craig (1937-2015) RIP

JWG wrote:Good point,Simon,but I honestly expected more..
This memory of Yvonne Craig http://www.newsfromme.com/2015/08/19/yv ... aig-r-i-p/ by Mark Evanier may make up for it - especially the punchline
by BrentCleever21
Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:46 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Viv Nicholson (1936-2015)
Replies: 1
Views: 523

Re: Viv Nicholson (1936-2015)

Good obituary (although I suppose only the dead person can say with any authority whether it is good). Like many people I guess my memory of Viv Nicholson is actually defined by the performance of Susan Littler mentioned in the obit. I have coincidentally been reading Selina Todd's "The People:The R...
by BrentCleever21
Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:16 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Callan Documentary & Under the Red File
Replies: 7
Views: 1601

Re: Callan Documentary & Under the Red File

Received my copy yesterday. Very cheaply produced on low grade paper and with no photos. Worse thing though was the damaged front cover as a result of careless packing. I understand that the limited appeal of the book dictates the printing compromises but you'd think they'd take a bit more care... ...
by BrentCleever21
Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:27 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Derek Smith (1927-2015)
Replies: 1
Views: 507

Re: Derek Smith (1927-2015)

How sad. The man who created "Top Gear" according to the article. I have vague memories of enjoying "Now Get Out of That". Engrossing "reality TV" but without the magic ingredient of celebrities (or annoying personalities).
by BrentCleever21
Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Little Red Monkey [Network]
Replies: 9
Views: 1136

Re: PR: Little Red Monkey [Network]

The "Little Red Monkey" tune is the theme of the movie and recurs at sinister moments. I assume the words were added later to capitalise on the success of the TV serial (although Jimmy Edwards' radio show would probably have had a wider audience than any television show at the time). Incidental musi...
by BrentCleever21
Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Old TV Series on Blu-Ray
Replies: 40
Views: 4419

Re: Old TV Series on Blu-Ray

Watch the early episodes of The Six Million Dollar Man. Every time he jumps down off of a building or bridge it's so obviously not Lee Majors. The episode Dr. Wells Is Missing is good for some nice clean shots of the stunt double. Your post has reminded me of something I didn't spot until I read ab...
by BrentCleever21
Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Little Red Monkey [Network]
Replies: 9
Views: 1136

Re: PR: Little Red Monkey [Network]

A nice package including pdf of the final script, foreign trailers and an extended moderately science fictiony opening which looks like the producers decided to throw some extra money at the film for exports. Richard Conte makes a good lead (his career was still on the rise when he came over here) w...
by BrentCleever21
Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:51 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: West 11 [Network]
Replies: 6
Views: 874

Re: PR: West 11 [Network]

Winner, Hall and Waterhouse put the "outsider" theme of the story over so well that it becomes engrossing and you forget this is supposed to be a crime movie until Eric Portman reintroduces the criminal element with a jolt. Although Alfred Lynch was not Winner's first choice for the role he's extrem...
by BrentCleever21
Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Almost cast' actors
Replies: 76
Views: 9834

Re: 'Almost cast' actors

The unavailability of Alun Armstrong made Alan Plater rewrite his Get Lost sequel and eventually ended up with James Bolam and Barbara Flynn playing the leads in some sort of trilogy, As her obituary http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/feb/03/bridget-turner notes, Bridget Turner (who played Judy ...
by BrentCleever21
Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: The Intruder: The Complete Series [Network]
Replies: 7
Views: 1188

Re: PR: The Intruder: The Complete Series [Network]

Mark wrote: There was another good serial from Granada, in 1980, called "Watch All Night", on Sundays, with Lucinda Bateson, that would be good to see again.
A good contemporary twist on the "So Long At The Fair" urban myth. Yes I'd like to see that again.
by BrentCleever21
Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:50 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: EastEnders original Angie Watts
Replies: 20
Views: 2538

Re: EastEnders original Angie Watts

Tragic story. Almost seems to say that sometimes life can revolve around one event. Obviously it doesn't always happen that way (Anthony Andrews carved a notable career after being dropped as Bodie from The Professionals). The circumstances seem to have some parallels with Elizabeth Shepherd in The ...
by BrentCleever21
Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Brian Clemens 1931 - 2015
Replies: 23
Views: 2467

Re: Brian Clemens 1931 - 2015

Obituaries: Guardian Telegraph For those interested, as the play is mentioned in the obituaries: BBC Genome for Valid For Single Journey Only . Both newspaper obits get some of the facts wrong again! Brian didn't create The Avengers as the Telegraph claims and he didn't co-write the pilot as the Gu...
by BrentCleever21
Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:05 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 205936

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

Doctor Who reminds me of a broken-down old branch line, beloved of preservationists. British Rail or Railtrack wanted to close it down and pull up the tracks but forces beyond their control forced them to keep running a skeleton service on Sundays. At one point it looked as if the whole line was goi...
by BrentCleever21
Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:27 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Terry Becker 1930-2015
Replies: 1
Views: 374

Re: Terry Becker 1930-2015

Becker gave a powerful performance as the ambiguous execution victim in the Twilight Zone episode "I am the Night, Colour Me Black."