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by Richard Bignell
Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 197463

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

Thought the second episode was back to the usual...and then there's the Jodrell Bank clanger! Clanger? It was only known as the Pharos Project in the original Tom Baker story, never by the name of the place it was modeled on. The Pharos Project was just that. A project being run at a radio telescop...
by Richard Bignell
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 197463

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

Mark wrote:Thought the second episode was back to the usual...and then there's the Jodrell Bank clanger!
Clanger?
by Richard Bignell
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Photographs
Replies: 9
Views: 1318

Re: Photographs

prisoner5 wrote:My boss whom ive worked for many years has a publicity photo of him dressed as a silurian when he appeared albeit briefly in Doctor who,
What's his name?
by Richard Bignell
Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 660
Views: 80165

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

And Levine's feeling is clearly as he spent over £40 000 on his version, because the BBC clearly had no interest in such a project, to now have the BBC come along and do the exact same thing... Can you not see the reason he may be miffed? or do you simply chalk that up to more raving petulant lunac...
by Richard Bignell
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 660
Views: 80165

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

And once completed, the Levine Shada could have been allowed to be viewed online for free. There are other fan reconstructions that are extraordinarily easy to find for free online viewing. But the Ian Levine Shada was the one that the BBC had an obsession with removing all traces of it. That's pre...
by Richard Bignell
Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 660
Views: 80165

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

Richard Charles Skryngestone wrote:In other words, the very thing Ian Levine thought of(and did) years ago, and which the BBC declared could never work.
I don't think they *ever* said that.
by Richard Bignell
Sat Dec 03, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: One-series wonders
Replies: 57
Views: 5388

Re: One-series wonders

I was always rather sad that the BBC's Paradox got cancelled after the first series. I thought it was rather good and the termination left a lot of unanswered questions.
by Richard Bignell
Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Power of the Daleks
Replies: 84
Views: 9741

Re: Power of the Daleks

Mark wrote:Indeed...although it's a shame there is unlikely to be any extras, especially a photo gallery, as there are many excellent colour photos taken of the production.
Hardly any of those are BBC photos though, so they wouldn't be used.
by Richard Bignell
Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:54 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Star Trek- Original BBC transmissions
Replies: 65
Views: 8054

Re: Star Trek- Original BBC transmissions

Yes, isn't there a contemporary memo from someone reminding directors about the required length of the "black gap"? Not the length, but during the 1960s, directors were instructed to insert two fade-to-black points in each episode to "facilitate Television Enterprises" (i.e. to allow for advert bre...
by Richard Bignell
Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:38 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: From Andy Pandy To Zebedee: The Golden Age of Children’s TV
Replies: 30
Views: 3777

Re: From Andy Pandy To Zebedee: The Golden Age of Children’s

In the clip they used from the studio recording of Play School, what was that the name of the female presenter with Jonny Ball?
by Richard Bignell
Fri Aug 21, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: British Comics
Topic: Your childhood comics.
Replies: 68
Views: 8374

Re: Your childhood comics.

David Savage wrote:So were probably a Shiver and Shake reader, Richard?
That page from Who Killed Cockney Robin sent a strange shiver up my spine. Yes, that's exactly how I remember it and I was indeed a Shiver and Shake man. Got it from the first issue, with my free plastic joke biscuit!
by Richard Bignell
Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:50 pm
Forum: British Comics
Topic: Your childhood comics.
Replies: 68
Views: 8374

Re: Your childhood comics.

I have very fond memories of various mystery/adventure stories appearing in 1970s comics and at the end of each week, you'd be asked if you'd spotted the next clue as to what was going on. I'm fairly sure that one comic used to print little slips at the end of each week's edition that you could fill...
by Richard Bignell
Mon May 25, 2015 8:29 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Lime Grove studios
Replies: 7
Views: 1433

Re: Lime Grove studios

Was there any particular reason that the studios were originally situated where they were in the building, rather than being on the ground floor?
by Richard Bignell
Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:37 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: When did the BBC start recording its daily output?
Replies: 0
Views: 494

When did the BBC start recording its daily output?

Here's something that came up on another forum.

When did the BBC start recording their full daily output for internal review or legal purposes? What sort of format was it done on and how long was the material kept?
by Richard Bignell
Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:26 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 197463

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

I thoroughly enjoyed 'Listen' as I did 'Robot of Sherwood' last week, but for completely different reasons. Great fun.
by Richard Bignell
Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Looking for a photo of David Ellis...
Replies: 0
Views: 398

Looking for a photo of David Ellis...

I'm just putting a general call out to see if anyone has ever seen a photo of scriptwriter David Ellis, who penned many episodes of Z-Cars and Dixon of Dock Green as well as other programmes such as Doctor Who, Spyder's Web and Paul Temple. I've asked a few people over the last few weeks who think t...
by Richard Bignell
Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Did Bill Cotton *really* recommission Blake's 7 on a whim?
Replies: 40
Views: 3669

Re: Did Bill Cotton *really* recommission Blake's 7 on a whi

Bill had another series commissioning moment. He was in Las Vegas at some tv conference and after a few drinks took a strong interest -and maybe actually bought - something called Supertrain - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supertrain. I've just watched a couple of clips of this on YouTube. Oh dear....
by Richard Bignell
Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:35 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Blue Peter Archive
Replies: 35
Views: 3931

Re: The Blue Peter Archive

Barry Boxall and John Jefford were BBC staff photographers employed by the Graphic Design department. They photographed all kinds of stuff, including resetting reference shots for the set design division of Design Group. One of their colleagues was former BBC photographer Chris Capstick, who now ru...
by Richard Bignell
Wed May 14, 2014 8:47 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Longer versions of signature tunes
Replies: 52
Views: 5278

Re: Longer versions of signature tunes

With many released themes, it often felt that someone had gone back to the composer and asked them to expand their original 45 seconds worth to fill 2-3 minutes of a 7" single and as a result, something really inappropriate had to be crowbarred into the middle in order to pad it out. I wonder if any...
by Richard Bignell
Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Can you help identify this BBC2 film series?
Replies: 2
Views: 612

Re: Can you help identify this BBC2 film series?

LOL! Was it as simple as that? :D

Many thanks.
by Richard Bignell
Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Can you help identify this BBC2 film series?
Replies: 2
Views: 612

Can you help identify this BBC2 film series?

I wonder if anyone can help with the name of this series? It was shown on BBC2 around 1999/2000 and from memory was a three-part series from BBC Scotland about the British film industry. One edition focused on ther making of 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels', whilst another featured Christopher ...
by Richard Bignell
Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:39 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 197463

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

I'm not sure that was true of the Hartnell/Troughton changeover. The publicity was there, but according to Kim Newman's book on the show in the bfi classics series, it was very muted. Both Newman and other sources have said that the BBC milked the first Troughton story as featuring the return of th...
by Richard Bignell
Fri May 31, 2013 10:19 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Steptoe & Son: Murder on Oil Drum Lane - 2006 National Tour
Replies: 0
Views: 412

Steptoe & Son: Murder on Oil Drum Lane - 2006 National Tour

Bit of a long shot, but if anyone here happened to see the touring version (not the original London run) of 'Steptoe & Son: Murder at Oil Drum Lane' - and especially if you happen to have kept the programme, could you possibly send me a quick PM.

Many thanks.
by Richard Bignell
Wed May 22, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Garbologist - Channel 4
Replies: 7
Views: 1005

Re: The Garbologist - Channel 4

It comes from his online CV of a couple of years ago when he was at a different agent.
by Richard Bignell
Wed May 22, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Garbologist - Channel 4
Replies: 7
Views: 1005

Re: The Garbologist - Channel 4

That's exactly the connection I'm trying to work out, Simon. On Monday, the Doctor Who: Inferno - Special Edition DVD is released which features the edition of the Dr Forever! series, 'Lost in the Dark Dimension' (on which I was the researcher). This contains an amusing interview with the infamous D...
by Richard Bignell
Wed May 22, 2013 9:51 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Garbologist - Channel 4
Replies: 7
Views: 1005

The Garbologist - Channel 4

Does anyone know anything about a production called 'The Garbologist', which was supposed to be shown on Channel 4 around 2004 and directed by Jan Schernik?

An internet search doesn't appear to pick up anything on the title or the director.
by Richard Bignell
Wed May 15, 2013 7:20 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: VT codes
Replies: 12
Views: 1923

Re: VT codes

I've seen 625-line recordings marked as 6LT or 6HT for either low or high-band recordings, but not a 6ET.
by Richard Bignell
Thu May 02, 2013 5:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Missing Believed Wiped 20th Anniversary Special
Replies: 27
Views: 3151

Re: Missing Believed Wiped 20th Anniversary Special

Can you make sure we don't have a repeat of "Watch the Donut, Not the Hole" again!

I really can't have that going round my brain for another year... :D
by Richard Bignell
Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dial M for Murder BBC 1974
Replies: 22
Views: 2468

Re: Dial M for Murder BBC 1974

There is an oddity in the credits though, it says 'A BBC TV PRODUCTION in association with WARNER BROS. TELEVISION'. I've never heard of any other BBC show being produced like this. 'Jack the Ripper' from 1973 was a part-funded by on of the big US studios, but for the life of me, I can't recall whi...
by Richard Bignell
Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:26 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Knight Errant [Network]
Replies: 9
Views: 1372

Re: PR: Knight Errant [Network]

Which episode of Knight Errant Limited is still in existence?