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by Brock
Sun Apr 18, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Local News Takes a Holiday
Replies: 5
Views: 189

Re: Local News Takes a Holiday

Sorry for going off-topic but the first thing that struck me was this: 01/09/1969 [Bank Holiday Monday programming] I had either forgotten, or never knew in the first place, that the "August" bank holiday fell in September in 1969 (and also 1968, it seems). I don't think HTV's regional news programm...
by Brock
Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister
Replies: 18
Views: 3048

Re: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister

Maybe. Without the changed punchline, I don't think the joke would have taken off in the way that it did.
by Brock
Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister
Replies: 18
Views: 3048

Re: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister

Updated twice since yesterday! It's getting more interesting as it goes on.

Maybe I'm being terribly dim, but I don't get the original "oldest gap in the world" punchline...
by Brock
Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister
Replies: 18
Views: 3048

Re: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister

Excellent - thanks! Glad to see I was right about Dave Allen.
by Brock
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: A podcast dedicated to Tony Hancock
Replies: 6
Views: 612

Re: A podcast dedicated to Tony Hancock

The first episode has now gone up: "Join Martin, Tim, Jon & James during their watch along of arguably the most famous Hancock's Half Hour episodes - 'The Blood Donor' Originally released in 1961..." Link: https://anchor.fm/verynearlyanarmful/episodes/S1-E1---Very-Nearly-an-armful---The-Blood-donor...
by Brock
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that had different titles in UK
Replies: 17
Views: 1421

Re: US TV shows that had different titles in UK

Reversing the thread - US Britbox has 'The Good Life' listed as 'Good Neighbors' I believe it was known as Good Neighbors in the US because NBC had an unrelated one-season series called The Good Life a couple of years previously. The NBC series had been run on BBC1 just the year before but no one c...
by Brock
Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that had different titles in UK
Replies: 17
Views: 1421

Re: US TV shows that had different titles in UK

ozsat wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:50 am
Reversing the thread - US Britbox has 'The Good Life' listed as 'Good Neighbors'
I believe it was known as Good Neighbors in the US because NBC had an unrelated one-season series called The Good Life a couple of years previously.
by Brock
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that had different titles in UK
Replies: 17
Views: 1421

Re: US TV shows that had different titles in UK

OT: Some Australians complained that it was called A Country Practice with the American spelling of practise. "Practice" is the correct spelling of the noun in all varieties of English (British, Australian and American). It's the verb where there are differences - "practise" in Britain and Australi...
by Brock
Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: ISIRTA on 4Extra this Saturday morning
Replies: 14
Views: 2865

Re: ISIRTA on 4Extra this Saturday morning

It was a repeat of the 2013 one, wasn't it?
by Brock
Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Benny Green - "Big Band Hour"
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Re: Benny Green - "Big Band Hour"

Sorry Brock, I updated the entry as you posted. I've had it clarified that it was BRMB that broadcast them by someone that has a current subscription to the British Newspaper Archive. Thanks very much for looking into it! I guessed it must have been a BRMB programme - it came as a surprise to me be...
by Brock
Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Benny Green - "Big Band Hour"
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Re: Benny Green - "Big Band Hour"

The website says " I became a lowly station assistant at BBC Radio Birmingham, now Radio WM, and was then the first voice on BRMB, where I stayed for almost twenty-five years." about BRIAN SAVIN. Doing a quick search on the British Newspaper Archive there are entries for late 81 and mid 82 in Midla...
by Brock
Thu Mar 04, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Benny Green - "Big Band Hour"
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Re: Benny Green - "Big Band Hour"

That's almost certainly it - thanks. Unearthed by Brian Savin, these recordings have been unheard anywhere in the world since they first aired in the 80's to a local radio audience. In the eighties, Brian Savin produced a radio series called The Big Band Hour. It featured the Johnny Patrick Big Band...
by Brock
Thu Mar 04, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Benny Green - "Big Band Hour"
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Benny Green - "Big Band Hour"

This Saturday at 5pm (in the slot vacated by Andy Marriott's Television Show, as it happens), Serenade Radio is presenting an archive series presented by the late Benny Green, called The Big Band Hour . I thought I was pretty familiar with Benny Green's radio work, but I don't recall any such progra...
by Brock
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Johnny Briggs (1935-2021)
Replies: 0
Views: 287

Johnny Briggs (1935-2021)

Best known as Mike Baldwin in Coronation Street, of course.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56229247
by Brock
Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 121
Views: 20392

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

The difference in the age demographic may be reflected by the fact that he's just played the Keith Mansfield theme for Grandstand. On Serenade it was always "News Scoop".
by Brock
Tue Feb 16, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Basil Brush meets Chairman Mao ??
Replies: 17
Views: 1364

Re: Basil Brush meets Chairman Mao ??

Well, I do think it was mis-represented as satire on the Daily Mail website where the title "Brush with Basil that charmed Chairman Mao... the five greatest celebrity travel programmes of all time" immediately piqued my interest. Entering the article and seeing a picture of Michael Portillo, I genu...
by Brock
Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Basil Brush meets Chairman Mao ??
Replies: 17
Views: 1364

Re: Basil Brush meets Chairman Mao ??

Was it really satire? It seemed more like schoolboy humour to me. Clearly not a Private Eye reader then... Is the Mail renown for its satirical pieces? I have to admit, the printed daily press hasn't been on my radar for a number of years. Looking back through Craig Brown's recent columns for the M...
by Brock
Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Basil Brush meets Chairman Mao ??
Replies: 17
Views: 1364

Re: Basil Brush meets Chairman Mao ??

Whilst the article is obviously spoof, it seems odd timing as it would have worked so much better if it had been in April. But Craig Brown's a satirist. That's what he does - he writes satirical pieces for newspapers, all year round. There wouldn't be much work for him if he could only write them o...
by Brock
Tue Feb 16, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Basil Brush meets Chairman Mao ??
Replies: 17
Views: 1364

Re: Basil Brush meets Chairman Mao ??

Aha! My fault for not reading the rest of the article and realizing it was a parody... Did "Great British Railway Journeys: From Uxbridge To Hillingdon" really not give it away? Craig Brown is an extremely well-known satirist. He's written the "Diary" column in Private Eye for over thirty years, an...
by Brock
Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Iain Pattinson (1951 - 2021)
Replies: 1
Views: 563

Re: Iain Pattinson (1952? - 2021)

Just heard the news on Radio 4. I listened to the last series of Clue and thought that Jack Dee's script wasn't quite up to scratch - then I noticed that Iain Pattinson's name was missing from the credits.

How very, very sad. Perhaps it's now time for Clue to call it a day?
by Brock
Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 121
Views: 20392

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Ooops, forgot it was on! Mostly repeats again was it?...will try to listen in on the next one. Yes, and I imagine that since it's a brand new station, it'll be mostly stuff that we've heard before. It'll be interesting to see if the requests reflect a different age range though - Boom Radio is supp...
by Brock
Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:52 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 121
Views: 20392

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Mark wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:40 pm
Thanks for that, will try and catch it..
I remembered! No great surprises, but I wondered how he had so many requests when the station only came on air today...
by Brock
Wed Feb 10, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Harry "Aitch" Fielder
Replies: 5
Views: 1070

Re: Harry "Aitch" Fielder

How did he become so well known? I'd heard of him well before I joined the old forum, and before his book came out. I didn't even know about his website (thanks for that). Was there some "cult" of spotting his appearances?
by Brock
Sun Feb 07, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Harry "Aitch" Fielder
Replies: 5
Views: 1070

Re: Harry "Aitch" Fielder

I remember his contributions to the old forum (did he make it over to this one?). Probably the most famous "extra" ever - he even published a book about it. RIP.
by Brock
Fri Feb 05, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Just published - 'A THRILLER in Every Corner'
Replies: 39
Views: 6355

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

There have been problems with Simon36's PMs previously - see here.
by Brock
Wed Feb 03, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Worst-remembered line in TV?
Replies: 16
Views: 3375

Re: Worst-remembered line in TV?

I haven't rewatched the episode or seen a script, but I recall the line as " And I have the knobs on my side". Am I wrong? You are. There's no "And", it's just "I have the knobs on my side." Thanks for that! As an addendum, I ought to confess that I once thought the line was "The knobs are on your ...
by Brock
Tue Feb 02, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Worst-remembered line in TV?
Replies: 16
Views: 3375

Re: Worst-remembered line in TV?

I think I may have found another candidate for this category - the "Divided We Stand" episode of Steptoe and Son , where there's the argument over which channel to watch: Harold: "I have the law of contract on my side" Albert: "Yeah but I have the knobs on mine" (IMDb) "I've got the knobs on my side...
by Brock
Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Still With Us
Replies: 166
Views: 47949

Re: Still With Us

An ad came up on my browser a couple of weeks ago saying "You won't believe Petula Clarke at 90." She appears to actually be 88, but she's physically well and independent and still has all her faculties. Petula Clark will be presenting a special musicals-themed edition of Sounds of the Sixties on R...
by Brock
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Are We Living In A Golden Age Of Archive Television?"
Replies: 8
Views: 1967

Re: "Are We Living In A Golden Age Of Archive Television?"

stearn wrote:
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:43 pm
I wonder if this was just picking up from someone else's incorrect statement or relying on memory.
Well of course the Goodies themselves did spend rather a long time complaining that the show hadn't been repeated, to the extent that it became a running joke on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue...
by Brock
Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Are We Living In A Golden Age Of Archive Television?"
Replies: 8
Views: 1967

Re: "Are We Living In A Golden Age Of Archive Television?"

If only there was a database of Radio Times listings going up to a decade ago when the BBC started publishing their schedules online In fact the cut-off date for Genome makes it look as though there have been no repeats since 1986, with the single exception of "Winter Olympics" in March 2006. The w...