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by fatcat
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Threads (DVD Release) - A Few Thoughts
Replies: 16
Views: 566

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 fatcat
Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Threads (DVD Release) - A Few Thoughts
Replies: 16
Views: 566

Re: Threads (DVD Release) - A Few Thoughts

Several weeks back I finally got around to watching the DVD release of the nuclear holocaust drama "Threads" . I thought I'd share some of my thoughts on the production. Over the years I've heard and read much about this one-off drama but had never seen it until recently. I don't recall this ever b...
by fatcat
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Talking Pictures - more 'No Hiding Place' episodes
Replies: 2
Views: 210

Re: Talking Pictures - more 'No Hiding Place' episodes

Great news. I hope the public give TP a bit of space to do their thing as they have achieved what nobody else has in finding unseen material and actually getting NHP back on TV. The trouble is as the old saying goes "no good deed goes unpunished" TP will probably be bombarded with requests on why th...
by fatcat
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tommorow people Scripts/pdfs any info?
Replies: 17
Views: 441

Re: Tommorow people Scripts/pdfs any info?

Not seen the The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes one, sounds worse than the pack of London postcards they bought for the Tomorrow People backgrounds LOL but surely that Rivals of Sherlock Holmes as a costume drama that can still be shown anywhere today is a candidate for an effects redo to keep it credible.
by fatcat
Fri Jul 24, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tommorow people Scripts/pdfs any info?
Replies: 17
Views: 441

Re: Tommorow people Scripts/pdfs any info?

It's a shame they cannot spend a bit of money on it and clean up and modernize the dodgy effects as they did with Star Trek . I think it would make it appealing as a loop runner ..like Star Trek Because as you imply some of the early concepts and writings were so imaginative and excellent. One of my...
by fatcat
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 81
Views: 3008

Re: Is it all over....?

I know that nowadays no actors can stop a production they are in, making it out on DVD. I did not think that behind the scenes personnel had the power to stop one of their productions reaching DVD. Anyway was 2 episodes of Target not one of the first BBC Video releases? It's probably the way the BB...
by fatcat
Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Epic that never was - in colour (??)
Replies: 4
Views: 255

Re: Epic that never was - in colour (??)

Never seen it in colour and as a very good doc it would have been rerun on BBC2 and probably on every year in the colour era if it had been.

A possibility may be that it was shot on colour negative and just issued with B/W prints for BBC economy?
by fatcat
Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.
Replies: 51
Views: 3449

Re: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.

The Time Of Your Life was co-written by Andrew Davies. TV Brain states that six episodes are now known to survive, but which ones they are exactly is currently unknown. Well that is something - Rather than being left on the 'pending' shelves do you think (with the recent play recoveries) the BFI ar...
by fatcat
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: live drama: edited after transmission or not?
Replies: 25
Views: 658

Re: live drama: edited after transmission or not?

Well, SOME of the cuts are clean... (That is what you mean, right?) [/quote] Yes, the clean cuts may have been natural camera cuts and the director was praying that he could get the whole scenes in without stopping, but working outside the controlled environment of a studio,they probably came acros...
by fatcat
Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: live drama: edited after transmission or not?
Replies: 25
Views: 658

Re: live drama: edited after transmission or not?

I hope this don't break the rules as it's Network's own promo, but this gives an indication of why it was a difficult process and most steered clear of using videotape in a complicated action drama with lots of editing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_QBaZVMxhQ Presumably why 1980s programmes like...
by fatcat
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.
Replies: 51
Views: 3449

Re: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.

A Good Health episode was recently shown on TPTV.

I wonder if Billy had come across The Time of Your Life This was an ATV soap opera for schools, so far it is thought only one ep
survived as on film it was distributed as a teaching aid to some institutions.
by fatcat
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Burke Special"
Replies: 24
Views: 880

Re: "The Burke Special"

I think he been lurking in the back of programmes like Tomorrow's World until he got this show, and he took the baton and ran with it,
knew his stuff, entertaining, and as you said it was quite unique, fascinating subjects nobody had previously probably never thought about.
by fatcat
Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 81
Views: 3008

Re: Is it all over....?

Radio, granddad? R4X has certainly opened up the archive to a newer generation, but those listening to radio, I would think, are a different mindset to those who only consume via their phones and are more likely to be looking at TikTok. It may just be me, but I have felt that there was more discuss...
by fatcat
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Earl Cameron (1917-2020) RIP
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: Earl Cameron (1917-2020) RIP

Could have done a leading part these days.
by fatcat
Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 234
Views: 21695

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

Probably replacing Perry Mason but CBS Justice ch.39 starts showing mid-July The Fugitive

TPTV showing Southern's kids show gem Runaround on Sat 25th early morning


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by fatcat
Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 81
Views: 3008

Re: Is it all over....?

I think Target might have been a bit too common for BBC audiences LOL ..use to lardidah chit chat dramas with the writers usually having some axe to grind or reverting to the 19th Century dead authors when they wanted to get the moths out of the BBC costume dept. ..Not that I am against some BBC lar...
by fatcat
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Benny Hill recovery
Replies: 25
Views: 1790

Re: Benny Hill recovery

Managed to catch the Saturday screening of "No Hiding Place" on TPTV, most enjoyable and a great cast in it as well. Recovered by TPTV from... a private collector!...lets hope they come up with more goodies. Yes they say they are looking for more, but haven't found any yet, its a pity the right arm...
by fatcat
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 234
Views: 21695

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

CCX channel 23 showing Bless this House 7pm weekdays
by fatcat
Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Was there racism in Hancock's Half Hour?
Replies: 17
Views: 966

Re: Was there racism in Hancock's Half Hour?

OK but what was it then? It can't be so bad that you can't quote it? There is a reason I didn't quote it, I was doing some other work and was not entirely concentrating on the prog (not recorded) and it was a matter of "did I just hear that? ". I didn't want to put something down and find it was ju...
by fatcat
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries
Replies: 24
Views: 2844

Re: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries

London Weekend took over the Rediffusion studios in Wembley when they came on the air. I can only guess they utilised the existing Rediffusion equipment for their early programmes. The first series of, 'Please Sir!' from 1968 survives on 405-line VT. ....and I had forgotten about The Gold Robbers B...
by fatcat
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Was there racism in Hancock's Half Hour?
Replies: 17
Views: 966

Re: Was there racism in Hancock's Half Hour?

I caught a bit of Budgie the other night. I didn't see it all but got the gist the Charlie Endell had lumbered him with some illegal Pakistani immigrants. I thought yes well that would have just been how it was in 1971 with the then illegals pouring in...However there was one line Budgie said near t...
by fatcat
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries
Replies: 24
Views: 2844

Re: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries

A few ATV titles that are now listed as surviving that used not to be - Suspense (1960). All twelve episodes of an anthology series of thrillers. Mostly British remakes of American plays, but also includes a play by Giles Cooper starring Honor Blackman. Television Playhouse: A Stop On The Way (11 M...
by fatcat
Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 3292

Re: He never said that...

On a similar note, didn't the television version of Double Your Money become a touring 'televised' stage show? Or perhaps it started out that way? Well, it did sort of tour the world with also locally transmitted tv specials in - the USSR (You got to give old Hugh some credit for pulling that off i...
by fatcat
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Bob the cat (circa 2006-2020)
Replies: 1
Views: 282

Re: Bob the cat (circa 2006-2020)

Although not specifically known for his TV appearances LOL it was a nice gesture to note Bob the Cat's passing.
He will be missed by many who have known the precious presence of a 4 legged saviour.
by fatcat
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: Members past and present
Replies: 15
Views: 2061

Re: Members past and present

I seem to recall in the early days the traffic was incredibly lively, with many contributors very passionate about something or other which often led to a few threads going up in flames LOL. I am sure admin must have been a bit of a nightmare? Then it seemed literally over night everything seemed to...
by fatcat
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 234
Views: 21695

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

Do we know how many exist is a form which can be broadcast at a suitable quality? Not an expert but I think there are about 20 complete ones out of the original 200 + and this one may be a recent discovery? However assuming they are export copies even these may not be complete in the sense of a UK ...
by fatcat
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 234
Views: 21695

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

TPTV showing a 'Music for Murder' 1965 from No Hiding Place .. June 25 & June 27 evenings.

Amazingly has got subtitles

Looks like a one-off showing but obviously if there is enough interest they might dust the cobwebs off a few more?
by fatcat
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)
Replies: 75
Views: 4403

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

perhaps somebody could confirm or deny exactly what phrases were used https://www.tm-img.com/images/2020/06/13/FT.md.jpg Thanks, well that confirms something I may have edited in the mind, and along with the jokes on the Germans I have to agree with the general mood that it belongs in 1975 and we h...
by fatcat
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)
Replies: 75
Views: 4403

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

I can live without the N-word in there. Cleese should be careful he doesn't turn in one of his own characters. I haven't seen it for a while (but saw it at its premiere on BBC2) and don't recall FT ever using the N-word. The Major uses the W-word in 'The Germans' and today it seems to be associated...
by fatcat
Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: shooting tv series on 35mm - historical technical detail
Replies: 10
Views: 802

Re: shooting tv series on 35mm - historical technical detail

My question was triggered by once seeing how little of the camera negative (or whatever it's called) was used; it was a film cell from Buffy that I am unable to google again. So I was wondering when that practice started; because the first impulse would surely be to just film what you want the end ...