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by marsey
Fri May 11, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Unseen Recurring Characters
Replies: 46
Views: 5774

Unseen Recurring Characters

It always fascinates me when tv programmes refer to characters who forever remain offscreen, yet are mentioned often during a series. A couple of examples are Miss Cathcart and Joe Maplin from Hi-deHi! Elizabeth, Mainwaring's wife. There must be quite a number of these type of characters? Also can a...
by marsey
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Different Start and End Themes
Replies: 35
Views: 3752

Re: Different Start and End Themes

Ronco wrote:You've reminded me - so did "Filthy, Rich and Catflap".

And Bottom. There's a theme here...
by marsey
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister
Replies: 11
Views: 1712

Re: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister

I wasn't doubting that - I was remarking on how out-of-date it had become by 1987. I'm a little surprised that Jay and Lynn resorted to recycling old jokes in this way - it's hardly as though they couldn't come up with their own original material. But it was still incredibly funny ; and that's what...
by marsey
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Different Start and End Themes
Replies: 35
Views: 3752

Re: Different Start and End Themes

Ronco wrote:
marsey wrote:
Spiny Norman wrote:Blackadder 3?

Yes , this was my first thought. Loved the way that a different song was sung based on what happened in the episode.

That was Blackadder 2.
Yes, sorry, you are correct. I guess it had the same tune (but with lyrics) whilst BF3 had totally different music.
by marsey
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Different Start and End Themes
Replies: 35
Views: 3752

Re: Different Start and End Themes

Spiny Norman wrote:Blackadder 3?

Yes , this was my first thought. Loved the way that a different song was sung based on what happened in the episode.
by marsey
Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crossovers?
Replies: 47
Views: 5964

Re: Crossovers?

Focus II wrote:Didn't, "Scooby Doo" feature guests from other cartoon characters on occasions? I seem to recall the cartoon Laurel and Hardy characters appearing on an episode.

There was a very funny episode of Johnny Bravo when he hooked up with the gang.
by marsey
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Ghost Stories for Christmas (expanded set) [bfi]
Replies: 20
Views: 3181

Re: PR: Ghost Stories for Christmas (expanded set) [bfi]

Sorry for bumping an old thread, but this DVD set is the gift that keeps giving. I'm not sure how many times I've watched Michael Hordern in 'Oh Whistle' , but every time I find something new. Superbly directed, superbly acted and superbly written, it is (in all ways) the perfect ghost story. And as...
by marsey
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Successful TV Drama careers
Replies: 31
Views: 3278

Re: Successful TV Drama careers

Yes I should have moved Davison into a list of four rather than just the programme titles, and McShane and Nettles are good shouts - therefore probably Trevor Eve as well for Shoestring and Waking the Dead. Coming at it from a slightly different angle, what about UK favourites who suddenly become m...
by marsey
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Successful TV Drama careers
Replies: 31
Views: 3278

Re: Successful TV Drama careers

Few others Paul Eddington for Yes Minister and The Good Life Brian Blessed in Z Cars and I,Claudius Bill Hartnell in The Army Game and Who Peter Davidson Rowan Atkinson for Bean and Black Adder I think that Brian Blessed was only in a handful of episodes of I, Claudius and was a very Brian Blessed ...
by marsey
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Successful TV Drama careers
Replies: 31
Views: 3278

Re: Successful TV Drama careers

Few others

Paul Eddington for Yes Minister and The Good Life
Brian Blessed in Z Cars and I,Claudius
Bill Hartnell in The Army Game and Who
Peter Davidson
Rowan Atkinson for Bean and Black Adder
by marsey
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Successful TV Drama careers
Replies: 31
Views: 3278

Re: Successful TV Drama careers

Jon Pertwee for Worzel and Doctor Who. I'd be hard pressed to think of someone as an icon in two completely different roles
by marsey
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 660
Views: 83949

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

When you can skip backwards and forwards in time , continuity goes out of the window. Doctor Who in one of the few series in which I accept that anything and everything is possible.
by marsey
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sitcom jokes that no longer work
Replies: 86
Views: 8923

Re: Sitcom jokes that no longer work

One thing that had really changed in any narrative is information gathering. Gone are the days when characters could be side-tracked to libraries, newspaper morgues, and Somerset House in search of clues or answers! I've been watching series 2 of "Witnesses" (or "Les Temoins") and the two main char...
by marsey
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early episodes of long-running shows looking strange in retr
Replies: 19
Views: 2452

Re: Early episodes of long-running shows looking strange in

In the original Blackadder, Baldrick is by far the most intelligent and cunning of the team, with Edmund a fool. By the time of series two the roles were entirely reversed.
by marsey
Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Same Actor, Same Character, Different Show
Replies: 23
Views: 2662

Re: Same Actor, Same Character, Different Show

I remember seeing Keith Michell in his wonderful role as Henry VIII in the BBC drama series. He then went on to play the same character in the movie of the series. It was brilliant when he reprised the role a third time almost 25 years later in the tv series 'The Prince and the Pauper'. He also app...
by marsey
Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Same Actor, Same Character, Different Show
Replies: 23
Views: 2662

Same Actor, Same Character, Different Show

I remember seeing Keith Michell in his wonderful role as Henry VIII in the BBC drama series. He then went on to play the same character in the movie of the series. It was brilliant when he reprised the role a third time almost 25 years later in the tv series 'The Prince and the Pauper'. Ian Holm als...
by marsey
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 660
Views: 83949

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

Well, just finished off the Key to Time series, and The Armageddon Factor was a good send off. It's quite clear that the influence of Adam's ideas and humour are coming through. Whilst there are a number of good storylines and some memorable characters (Drax was very good, shame he didn't crop up ag...
by marsey
Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 660
Views: 83949

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

the height of Baker's who (I'm thinking Face of Evil, Fang Rock, Talons, Pyramids of Mars , Destiny of the Daleks etc). Is that a typo? Did you mean Genesis of the Daleks instead? If not... well, that's the first time I've ever heard praise for Destiny of the Daleks! All stories have their fans tho...
by marsey
Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1950s and 60s BBC Dickens
Replies: 20
Views: 2612

Re: 1950s and 60s BBC Dickens

Thanks for mentioning this. Found Mutual Friend and Oliver Twist 2 for £20 so worth the opportunity to see some truly classic tv. Started watching Oliver first, and it's impressive that a 60 year old tv programme looks as good as it does. The acting (as you might suppose) seems top rate, and will be...
by marsey
Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 660
Views: 83949

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

Have now completed Androids of Tara, which is obviously heavily referenced by 'Prisoner of Zenda' (even the Doctor himself says that the plan to substitute the Prince for his coronation says he has heard of it being done before!) Wonderfully villainous performance by Peter Jeffrey and an enjoyable h...
by marsey
Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 660
Views: 83949

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

Thanks for the info, much prefer his grinning demeanor! Having today off, I decided to watch the 3rd in the series, Stones of Blood. Now this is more like it, with some excellent acting (esp. Beatrix) and a strong storyline. In fact it's more like two stories with the 'Children of the Stones' spooky...
by marsey
Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 660
Views: 83949

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

Just finished watching Pirate Planet, the 2nd instalment in the Key To Time. Interesting overall plot, but a bit confusing in the execution. Also whilst I enjoyed the Pirate Captain's rants 'by the great Partot of Hades you shall pay with the last drop of your blood!' it was perhaps a little too ove...
by marsey
Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: First feature-length sitcom episode
Replies: 22
Views: 2680

Re: First feature-length sitcom episode

Well sneaking in at just over 1 hour there's the wonder Yes Minister Christmas special in 1984 'Party Games'
by marsey
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 660
Views: 83949

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

Eventually got around to getting Key to Time boxset, and watched the first story The Ribos Operation. . Bit of an odd one, with an interesting story which was a little confusing. Also the 'monster' was one of the least threatening of any Doctor Who story and seemed to be a token gesture, as it serve...
by marsey
Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Adventure Game - At last!
Replies: 5
Views: 853

Re: The Adventure Game - At last!

Nice to see they've included some episodes that were clearly recorded on someone's VCR.
by marsey
Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crossovers?
Replies: 47
Views: 5964

Re: Crossovers?

Does Scumbag College on University Challenge count?

Probably the most bizarre crossover is Lister and the boys from the Dwarf travelling to Coronation Street to meet the actor who plays him. One of the maddest things I've ever seen.
by marsey
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Adventure Game - At last!
Replies: 5
Views: 853

The Adventure Game - At last!

Bit surprised not to see any mention on the forum of the released of (apparently) all existing episodes of The Adventure Game. Just got it from HMV on 6 DVDs for a reasonable £22.99 Not had a chance to watch it yet, but bit disappointed there is no booklet/leaflet of any kind inside. The DVDs are al...
by marsey
Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Non actors appearing as themselves.
Replies: 66
Views: 6456

Re: Non actors appearing as themselves.

Graham Souness in Boys from the Black Stuff
by marsey
Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Odd misapprehensions
Replies: 125
Views: 11751

Re: Odd misapprehensions

Couple of things. News programmes in the 70s and early 80s mentioning guerillas (why are there never any references to 'guerillas' any more?) me and my friends thought that we were fighting against apes with machineguns, much like happened in Planet of the Apes. Also many older tv programmes/films w...
by marsey
Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The 1980s and classic theme tunes
Replies: 28
Views: 3285

Re: The 1980s and classic theme tunes

Blakes 7
Minder
Ski Sunday
Spitting Image
Pot Black
The Adventure Game


and my favourite... Red Dwarf