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by fatcat
Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:45 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Michael Apted (1941 - 2021)
Replies: 14
Views: 490

Re: Michael Apted (1941 - 2021)

The Post Office wrote:
Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:52 pm


Would that be the same Mike Hodges who directed "Get Carter"?
According to IMDB ..yes

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0388198/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0



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by fatcat
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Michael Apted (1941 - 2021)
Replies: 14
Views: 490

Re: Michael Apted (1941 - 2021)

I thought it started as just another episode of World in Action and at the time a series had not even been thought about..although they planned to revisit it once again in the year 2000 when the kids were adults. I am sure it was not as simple as it looked on screen and they probably did camera test...
by fatcat
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 255
Views: 44758

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

When I checked a week or so ago - Skippy was in fact the very poor 1990s remake and not the original 1968 version. The others look good though. Tuesday night 6th Jan 7pm begins ITC hour with Sapphire and Steel and half hour Danger Man Mornings continue with Skippy Oh no! Didn't know it was a remake...
by fatcat
Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 255
Views: 44758

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

London Live Ch8 This small odd,regional channel seems to have an uncanny knack of delivering gems that some other stations
would claim to be out of reach for them.


Tuesday night 6th Jan 7pm begins ITC hour with Sapphire and Steel and half hour Danger Man

Mornings continue with Skippy
by fatcat
Sat Dec 26, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Skye Aubrey (1945-2020)
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: Skye Aubrey (1945-2020)

Enjoyed many of the American actors turning up in UK productions and Skye had it all..but usually, American tributes to these actors never mention their work in the UK as if perhaps it was some sort of embarrassment?
by fatcat
Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Thames TV
Replies: 69
Views: 11493

Re: Thames TV

For those interested in ITV history, David Elstein for openDemocracy is fascinating on the long-term fall-out of Thames Television’s Death on the Rock report in 1988: Thatcher’s poisonous television legacy is still being felt - https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/thatchers-poisonous-te...
by fatcat
Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 255
Views: 44758

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

Mark wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:33 am
TPTV will probably be showing the B/W episodes of "UpDown", not shown in previous repeats on ITV4.
Yes they are not afraid of a bit of monochrome LOL
by fatcat
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 255
Views: 44758

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

London Live Ch.8 Seem to have got hold of the Harry Towers Archive..Harry Alan Towers (for those not familiar) was a businessman that just happened to see the emerging television scene in the 50s as a new business opportunity, he knocked out lots of stuff, serials like The Gay Cavalier(now lost) etc...
by fatcat
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Sessions (1953 - 2020)
Replies: 6
Views: 609

Re: John Sessions (1953 - 2020)

He had more to give and we have been cut short.

Loved his impressions Stella Street comes to mind but obviously a lot more
by fatcat
Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Oldest TV advert still running?
Replies: 12
Views: 1119

Re: Oldest TV advert still running?

Was it ever confirmed that Robbie Williams was the boy in the Mistletoe ad? Christmas was a time where companies (that didn't normally advertise throughout the year) ran their old ads again and again. it was like welcoming back an old friend LOL. From memory the rather spooky Sandeman Port, Rolf Har...
by fatcat
Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 255
Views: 44758

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

Is Forces TV on Ch.97? I did manage to catch a Two in Clover the Sid James/Victor Spinetti comedy on Forces TV...but Forces TV has gone again from my menu. Quite a lot of channel number shuffling going on at the moment, CBS Justice ( The Fugitive/Perry Mason etc ) is changing number next week and Ho...
by fatcat
Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Frank Bough (1933 - 2020)
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: Frank Bough (1933 - 2020)

I seem to recall seeing him in a covert photo dressed in a black leather bike outfit at some sort of ..er party. Which was quite a shock as his image was of a pipe and slippers home-loving family man type of thing, who often included his wife Nesta in his TV appearances. If he had worn studded black...
by fatcat
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Name this tune? Some kind of library track?
Replies: 17
Views: 1181

Re: Name this tune? Some kind of library track?

Spiny Norman wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:47 pm
So it is!

Well, it was used later than 1968 of course. I meant it couldn't be younger.
If you look up Hey Jude on that well known video site it should be the tune the Beatles take the P with as David Frost approaches
by fatcat
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Avengers Hendry/Rollason/Blackman/Stevens
Replies: 15
Views: 2797

Re: Avengers Hendry/Rollason/Blackman/Stevens

In case it's of interest... here's a piece by Toby Miller (author of the BFI book on "The Avengers") to mark the loss of Honor Blackman and Diana Rigg and to emphasize the influence of their characters in global culture: https://cstonline.net/vale-avengers-stars-by-toby-miller/ All the best Andrew ...
by fatcat
Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Jacki in Granadaland
Replies: 0
Views: 305

Jacki in Granadaland

If you like technical snippets of TV in the golden age. Then Jaqueline Turner has a very enjoyable biography here for free of her career at Granada TV. Jacki is the wife of the legendary World in Action cameraman George Jesse Turner. Lots of geeky technical stuff ..yum yum https://www.granadaland.or...
by fatcat
Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Talking Pictures - more 'No Hiding Place' episodes
Replies: 16
Views: 2448

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

Mark wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:00 am
They have found another one!

Good ol' TPTV, the box set is getting bigger"
Great! thanks to TP they are on the screen again, makes you wonder what the heck the BFI intends to do with the ones it has, which have been sitting on the shelves for 50+ years.
by fatcat
Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Teletext still alive !
Replies: 21
Views: 1926

Re: Teletext still alive !

Sometimes you could pick up broken and fragmented pages from the day you recorded your VHS tape.

Don't know if this was improved by using SVHS or the equiv 'super' Betamax system?
by fatcat
Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Ann Lynn (1933-2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 331

Ann Lynn (1933-2020)

Was reminded of actress Ann Lynn on 'The Comedian's Graveyard' Private Eye episode showing on TPTV. Apparently her life had been much like the Tessa Wyatt character and not like the glam lifestyle I assumed she had. Just a jobbing actor, taking various jobs in Civvy St when the acting jobs were thin...
by fatcat
Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The box that says “the adverts are coming”
Replies: 8
Views: 1158

Re: The box that says “the adverts are coming”

You would not have seen these on your TV at home if the technician had set the TV to certain parameters on the test card. As with the Teletext data lines, which were hopefully hidden off the top of the screen. Some old ( they didn't know it was coming LOL) TV sets would actually show the teletext a...
by fatcat
Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The box that says “the adverts are coming”
Replies: 8
Views: 1158

Re: The box that says “the adverts are coming”

You would not have seen these on your TV at home if the technician had set the TV to certain parameters on the test card. The one on the left side ( a standby to the machine ops to run prerecorded sequencies after a live studio sequence) was mainly used on programmes with no budget for an edit or be...
by fatcat
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 255
Views: 44758

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

ozsat wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:04 pm
It already has - some good stuff on there.
Wow didn't notice, looks like Pick is moving to ch.34 once I retune
by fatcat
Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 255
Views: 44758

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

Sky Arts apparently launching on Freeview 11 .

Expect archive 'art' such as from The South Bank Show- Aquarius -etc
But also music/talk shows and a few dramas thrown in as well.
by fatcat
Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Blake's 7: Why No DVD Release In North America?
Replies: 2
Views: 528

Re: Blake's 7: Why No DVD Release In North America?

Perhaps too obscure for a distributor to risk? don't know
I could not imagine it being broadcast in the USA, didn't they (in those days) frown upon an action series made on VTR ?
Did they show the Canadian Starlost show?
by fatcat
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "ITC Entertained the World" - podcast
Replies: 42
Views: 6897

Re: "ITC Entertained the World" - podcast

Next episode - The Baron, being recorded tomorrow It's great! very involving especially if The Baron has been a long part of your life's wallpaper ..so to speak. Perhaps a little harsh on David Marlowe, as if the Baron was visiting his shop in London he had to have someone one running it of 'retail...
by fatcat
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Diana Rigg (1938-2020)
Replies: 4
Views: 813

Re: Diana Rigg (1938-2020)

I recall the Avengers one about the guy dressed as an old dear stabbing people with knitting needles. ..In the opening scene Emma had been to a party and had a sort of skin-tight outfit on. Now I was watching it on my grandma's TV set which now realise had a fading tube as it made everything look ex...
by fatcat
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 34
Views: 3453

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

An interesting history from contributors, and perhaps no reason why it is not included in the BBC perennial basket of repeats. Unless of course perhaps somebody is blocking it? I don't recall the later final repeats at all But in the end It must have been because of Hannah Gordon why I remembered it...
by fatcat
Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 34
Views: 3453

My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)

Talking of short-run sitcoms does anyone remember and have opinions of My Wife Next Door It appeared to have been only a few episodes that were quickly repeated and never heard of again IIRC. It starred John Alderton and Hannah Gordon as a separated couple who find themselves living in the two ends ...
by fatcat
Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Talking Pictures - more 'No Hiding Place' episodes
Replies: 16
Views: 2448

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

Presumably the only prints in existence for those episodes, so should we expect too much ?

Probably some old boy ran them on his old projector and kept them in his loft for 50 odd years, he could have chucked them in the bin at any time and we would have never seen them.
by fatcat
Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Most in need of a reissue.....
Replies: 16
Views: 2054

Re: Most in need of a reissue.....

I will nominate the wartime series Pathfinders. Although I have mixed feelings about the series itself, it could certainly do with an upgrade. I suppose we should always be grateful when an obscure TV show such as this is released at all, but really, the 16mm film transfers in the currently availab...
by fatcat
Wed Aug 26, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two untraceable tv plays
Replies: 8
Views: 1479

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. Fellow poster Billy Smart usually knows what the BFI is up to and he brought to t...