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by ayrshireman
Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:33 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Catherine Tate's Nan = the new Alf Garnett?
Replies: 15
Views: 1763

Re: Catherine Tate's Nan = the new Alf Garnett?

Till Death was a bit of a loose cannon and could have done with a decent script-editor, but it was still a serious attempt to pillory bigotry. It actually had stuff to say about social attitudes, generation gaps, etc. The trouble with Nan, though, is that you're meant to find her likeable - you're ...
by ayrshireman
Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:32 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Catherine Tate's Nan = the new Alf Garnett?
Replies: 15
Views: 1763

Re: Catherine Tate's Nan = the new Alf Garnett?

An excellent question. I thought it was a pile of old s*** to be honest, not a sitcom at all despite being billed as one, but just a load of sketches strung together. Much as I have always admired Tate and found the Nan hilarious, the series was staggeringly lazy: every character went through the s...
by ayrshireman
Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:14 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Death Comes to Pemberley
Replies: 4
Views: 703

Re: Death Comes to Pemberley

I thought it was terrific, superbly done.
by ayrshireman
Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:13 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Downton Abbey Big Switch Off ?
Replies: 48
Views: 4889

Re: Downton Abbey Big Switch Off ?

Loath the programme, wouldn't watch it if you paid me.
by ayrshireman
Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:52 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: The Worst Radio Times Covers?
Replies: 35
Views: 3264

Re: The Worst Radio Times Covers?

brigham wrote:The first cover is utterly brilliant. The second item tells us more about the reviewer than the actual artwork. Number three obviously went over the reviewer's head.
Personally, I have always found that site to talk a great deal of rubbish and far too often disappear up its own rear end.
by ayrshireman
Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:28 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Lucan/ The Great Train Robbery
Replies: 11
Views: 1663

Re: Lucan/ The Great Train Robbery

Two true crime dramas opposite each other last night: did anyone watch them? I haven't watched part two of Lucan yet but the story has always interested me. I found this definitely the better of the two, even if the acting was rather bland. The Great Train Robbery I thought was dire. So dreary! The...
by ayrshireman
Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 60 years of BBC idents
Replies: 65
Views: 5127

Re: 60 years of BBC idents

I've never really understood why people are so attached to the globe. Sure, it reminds me of spoof announcements in old episodes of Python etc, but that's where my affection pretty much ends. The sheer hatred that greeted the 'dance' idents in the 00s was just baffling - I really hope it was motiva...
by ayrshireman
Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:34 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Stan Tracey (1926-2013)
Replies: 4
Views: 838

Re: Stan Tracey (1926-2013)

Cheeseford wrote:My jazz hero Stan Tracey has left us. I've jotted down a few inadequate words on my blog. http://cheeseford.net/blog/?p=617
Very sad news, brilliantly talented man.
Nice to see other jazz fans here.
by ayrshireman
Sun Dec 15, 2013 7:32 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Peter O'Toole, 1932-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 1308

Re: Peter O'Toole, 1932-2013

One of the true giants of film has passed away today.

RIP Peter.
by ayrshireman
Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: News Flash
Replies: 90
Views: 8071

Re: News Flash

Well, you can add the Mandela death to the list.
BBC interrupting Mrs Brown's Boys around 9.50pm to go to Zuma's press conference.
by ayrshireman
Thu Nov 28, 2013 11:17 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Lewis Collins (1946-2013)
Replies: 16
Views: 1758

Lewis Collins (1946-2013)

'The Professionals star Lewis Collins has died aged 67, his agent said. The actor, who played Bodie in the crime drama alongside co-star Martin Shaw, died in Los Angeles on Wednesday after a five-year struggle with cancer. His agent said: "He died peacefully at his LA home surrounded by his family. ...
by ayrshireman
Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:22 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Today's most stupid vintage TV reference....
Replies: 5
Views: 1238

Re: Today's most stupid vintage TV reference....

The Guardian and others are suggesting that the crackpot Workers' Institute of Marxism–Leninism–Mao Zedong Thought - via a 19 April 1977 diary piece in The Times - were the "inspiration" for John Sullivan's Citizen Smith . The fact that the pilot was transmitted on 12 April 1977 - and the finished ...
by ayrshireman
Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: BBC reveals festive TV highlights
Replies: 0
Views: 456

BBC reveals festive TV highlights

'Seasonal specials of Strictly Come Dancing and The Great British Bake-Off are among the festive offerings from the BBC this Christmas. One-off episodes of Mrs Brown's Boys, Call the Midwife and Bad Education will feature on the schedule as well. The highly anticipated return of Sherlock will also a...
by ayrshireman
Sun Nov 24, 2013 12:28 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 197158

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

Anyone see the much hyped 50th Anniversary show tonight? I found it one of those shows all the family start watching, then they start talking amongst themselves and the TV remains chattering to itself ignored. I suppose a few flash,bang wallops interspersed with total sound bite bollocks was perhap...
by ayrshireman
Fri Nov 22, 2013 6:43 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Worst US TV and film depictions of Britain
Replies: 197
Views: 18945

Re: The Worst US TV and film depictions of Britain

Agents of SHIELD recently had the Universal backlot as Belarus/a brief shot of London, jarring with real footage of Stockholm. And every actress in a US series who is English/pretending to be English now has to channel Renee Zellweger playing Bridget Jones, it seems... (yes, I'm looking at you Agen...
by ayrshireman
Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:08 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Who on the MC was the last to get colour television?
Replies: 32
Views: 3606

Re: Who on the MC was the last to get colour television?

Razor Eddie wrote:I was watching a little b/w tv in my bedsit as late as 1991.
My parents bought a Sony b&w portable in 1979, and the smashing little thing lasted until 2001. I had it in my bedroom/uni room/flat from 1990 until its demise in Aug 2001.
by ayrshireman
Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Who on the MC was the last to get colour television?
Replies: 32
Views: 3606

Re: Who on the MC was the last to get colour television?

Colour TV: May 1974
VCR: 1980
by ayrshireman
Sun Nov 17, 2013 4:33 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Keith Floyd
Replies: 6
Views: 1116

Re: Keith Floyd

AYBS is mine. I liked Floyd, but cooking isn't my thing. And I could take or leave C&L.

AYBS is broad and hardly subtle, but its still bloody funny.
by ayrshireman
Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Tomorrow People - 40 years on
Replies: 60
Views: 6330

Re: The Tomorrow People - 40 years on

Does the remake reference the original in the credits?.
by ayrshireman
Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Mark Lewisohn's great big bloody Beatles book
Replies: 24
Views: 2110

Re: Mark Lewisohn's great big bloody Beatles book

Ogden is great fun and some great numbers on it - I particularly like Long Agos and Worlds Apart, an Ian McClaglen special, isn't it? I still love the Beatles and think they're basically the best but agree with whoever it was who said several years ago that the only problem with the Beatles is that...
by ayrshireman
Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:35 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Murder she wrote is to be remade
Replies: 49
Views: 4209

Re: Murder she wrote is to be remade

Yes, but isn't the whole premise of Survivors that a small bunch of people from every corner of the country have escaped the sickness? Therefore it's a programme where a 'Benetton poster' attitude to casting would actually be totally appropriate; it's the all-white 70s original which looks silly. T...
by ayrshireman
Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:21 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Dracula
Replies: 25
Views: 2171

Re: Dracula

Like I said a few posts back, Count Dracula (BBC, 1977) was pretty faithful, except for the look of Dracula as played by Louis Jordan in a Nehru jacket. Apart from that, it was a very impressive production and Frank Finlay's Van Helsing seemed a lot closer to the eccentric Dutchman of the book than...
by ayrshireman
Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:50 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Nigel Davenport (1928-2013)
Replies: 4
Views: 789

Re: Nigel Davenport (1928-2013)

Damn.

One of my favourite actors, always compelling.
by ayrshireman
Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Does anyone know the archive status of ...
Replies: 14
Views: 2471

Re: Does anyone know the archive status of ...

The above suggests that the film inserts of Looking at Light obviously survive but that the studio sequences (the programme was billed to run 25 minutes) may be an Adam Lee casualty , as might be the second Broken Biscuit Company programme. Great that all the rest survives, though. Another BBC chil...
by ayrshireman
Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Murder she wrote is to be remade
Replies: 49
Views: 4209

Re: Murder she wrote is to be remade

boblet wrote:
fatcat wrote:...but is being politically corrected for the 21st Century.
Will this apply to the inevitable "set in England/Ireland" episodes?
Probably irrelevant, given that England, Scotland and Ireland would be portrayed still as something resembling 1546.
by ayrshireman
Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:48 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Marcia Wallace (aka Ms Krabappel) 1942-2013
Replies: 0
Views: 322

Marcia Wallace (aka Ms Krabappel) 1942-2013

Marcia Wallace, Star of ‘The Bob Newhart Show’ and Voice of Mrs. Krabappel, Dies at 70

http://www.deadline.com/2013/10/r-i-p-m ... m=facebook
by ayrshireman
Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:45 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Murder she wrote is to be remade
Replies: 49
Views: 4209

Re: Murder she wrote is to be remade

God, isn't one version enough?.

Sad that Ms Lansbury will be remembered more for this rubbish, when her brilliant performance in The Manchurian Candidate will be forgotten by all but film nerds.
by ayrshireman
Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:43 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: GSTQ and the elephant in Andrew Rosindell's room
Replies: 10
Views: 1112

Re: GSTQ and the elephant in Andrew Rosindell's room

Some might have just heard (on Radio 4's The World Tonight) ultra-right Tory MP Andrew Rosindell discussing his Commons motion that BBC1 should play the British National Anthem every night. From your perspective. From mine, he is right wing with a capital R, but not ultra-right. You may oppose all ...
by ayrshireman
Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:35 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: GSTQ and the elephant in Andrew Rosindell's room
Replies: 10
Views: 1112

Re: GSTQ and the elephant in Andrew Rosindell's room

From Wikipedia: At the beginning of the parliamentary expenses scandal The Daily Telegraph reported that Rosindell "claimed more than £125,000 in second home expenses for a flat in London, while designating his childhood home 17 miles away - where his mother lived - as his main address" and between...
by ayrshireman
Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sitcom jokes that no longer work
Replies: 86
Views: 8437

Re: Sitcom jokes that no longer work

Said ironically in the week that vinyl sales have been their biggest in years, and the first credible vinyl rebirth in years. http://nobilliards.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/the-police-zenyatta-mondatta.html Thank you for the link. Interesting article. As a sidenote, I cannot abide Paul Morley, but then ...