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by Ernest Grainger
Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:50 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Original and creative BBC
Replies: 21
Views: 2744

Re: Original and creative BBC

I know this has been posted about elsewhere, but really - the second new documentary on M&W in the space of a year? The BBC really needs to stop retreading the same old ground and try something new.
by Ernest Grainger
Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The South Bank Show inventory
Replies: 6
Views: 1062

Re: The South Bank Show inventory

Can't see it listed I'm afraid

http://epguides.com/SouthBankShow/

They really ought to make the archive available somehow... I know rights make it difficult though.
by Ernest Grainger
Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:13 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15
Replies: 79
Views: 7025

Re: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15

Well-spotted, Brock. When you watch these self-congratulatory programmes you really notice how often certain phrases are used. The programming to publicise the tram crash seemed to be littered with overuse of the word "amazing". Regarding the ident, it looks like you have to go back to 2006 to find ...
by Ernest Grainger
Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:03 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The state of factual television
Replies: 42
Views: 3726

Re: The state of factual television

I saw the article and think he's quite spot-on. This "formula" now makes it more difficult for simple, straight-forward, old-fashioned documentaries to get aired. I've been pitching subjects to a TV production company recently and unfortunately they keep suggesting everything be fronted by a present...
by Ernest Grainger
Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:58 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: The Elstree Story [Network]
Replies: 9
Views: 1221

Re: PR: The Elstree Story [Network]

swills wrote:I'd love to see one about Pinewood, "The Pinewood Story", boy, that place must have a few tales to tell !
"Fifty Years of the Golden Gong" has been issued on R1 DVD. A lot of that revolves around Pinewood.
by Ernest Grainger
Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: The Courtneys of Curzon Street [Network]
Replies: 3
Views: 538

Re: PR: The Courtneys of Curzon Street [Network]

Great. Now bring on the other Wilcox-Neagle London films which were featured in Channel 4's Ultimate Film poll, all of which await a DVD release (except I Live in Grosvenor Square).
by Ernest Grainger
Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:58 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Mrs. Dale's Diary (1948-1969)
Replies: 1
Views: 483

Re: Mrs. Dale's Diary (1948-1969)

A sad story, although as a Jessie fan I think it was great for her to have the 'comeback' after so many years in relative obscurity. Wasn't the play and film "The Killing of Sister George" based on Ellis Powell, or not? If so, it's ironic that Jessie ended up playing the lead role on stage. About a ...
by Ernest Grainger
Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15
Replies: 79
Views: 7025

Re: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15

And I forgot to mention... on the one hand, some quite rare early stuff seems to have survived in ITV/Granada's archives. But on the other, a few clips seemed to have used off-air recordings as their source! One being Take That's first appearance, another being the start of "This Morning". Quite odd...
by Ernest Grainger
Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15
Replies: 79
Views: 7025

Re: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15

Clive wrote: I've often wondered how much orginal programming you get in a Discovery style documentary excluding all the ad-breaks, coming up segments, recapping etc...
Or on any documentary shown by a British commercial broadcaster!
by Ernest Grainger
Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15
Replies: 79
Views: 7025

Re: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15

It's quite jarring to see William Roache not in any Corrie clips anymore. I agree. Philip Lowrie was a bit of an obvious poor substitution. Not sure where you got 56 minutes from, tiswas2 - after editing the ad breaks out on my recording, it was 69 minutes approximately. Which I agree is still shor...
by Ernest Grainger
Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:13 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15
Replies: 79
Views: 7025

Re: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15

Always a certain melancholy about something like this. But, as with the BBC, that melancholy now has a new edge to it, which complicates longing and reminds us of how double-edged a sword the old broadcasting model actually was. I wonder if the edit that actually goes out will be slightly different...
by Ernest Grainger
Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:34 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Corrie - Barlow goes bonkers
Replies: 17
Views: 3411

Re: Corrie - Barlow goes bonkers

Billy wrote:I really have a feeling that this is going to mark the end of his 53(!) years on Coronation Street. I can see ITV panicing and writing him out, which would be a huge shame.
I really can't see that happening. The Daily Star does seem to have it in for him, though.
by Ernest Grainger
Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:46 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Corrie - Barlow goes bonkers
Replies: 17
Views: 3411

Re: Corrie - Barlow goes bonkers

Yes, and why in heaven's name is he appearing on "Celebrity Juice"? I sometimes think he'll do anything for money.
by Ernest Grainger
Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:58 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Original and creative BBC
Replies: 21
Views: 2744

Original and creative BBC

I notice next Friday there's a documentary fronted by Miranda Hart: My Hero Eric Morecambe. Is it too controversial to say that the BBC have made far too many programmes on Morecambe and Wise? I understand they were legendary (although seeing them solely through archive clips, I can never understand...
by Ernest Grainger
Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:45 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Corrie - Barlow goes bonkers
Replies: 17
Views: 3411

Re: Corrie - Barlow goes bonkers

Actually, if you watch the original interview, his words have been taken out of context.

It made me smile that he still loves Coronation Street. He deserves a medal, since the rest of us gave up years ago!
by Ernest Grainger
Sat Mar 16, 2013 2:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Mrs Merton and Malcolm
Replies: 20
Views: 2559

Re: Mrs Merton and Malcolm

It seems a comeback was planned, but nothing ever came of it...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2003/oc ... ing.uknews
by Ernest Grainger
Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Mrs Merton and Malcolm
Replies: 20
Views: 2559

Re: Mrs Merton and Malcolm

Daspouter wrote:I always wondered why Judith Potts stood Malcolm up, on their date in ep 3, especially as she seemed to be a bit simple herself.
I think that was the bleak side of Mrs M and Malcolm, that their lives wouldn't really change and everything would stay the same.
by Ernest Grainger
Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: When are they EVER going to release...
Replies: 182
Views: 18414

Re: When are they EVER going to release...

How about THE WAR OF DARKIE PILBEAM (1968)? About the only filmed screenplays Tony Warren did outside of Coronation Street, and all three episodes exist. A must for Network, I'd have thought. The only other credits he has are odd episodes of serials. This is the only one he created himself, outside ...
by Ernest Grainger
Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Mrs Merton and Malcolm
Replies: 20
Views: 2559

Re: Mrs Merton and Malcolm

That's true, but they put on a Little Richard record. It just didn't quite work for me.
by Ernest Grainger
Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Mrs Merton and Malcolm
Replies: 20
Views: 2559

Re: Mrs Merton and Malcolm

I enjoyed Mrs Merton and Malcolm on the whole but one thing that put me off it was Mrs Merton referring to David Bowies's Starman, It seemed completely wrong for the character and destroyed the illusion somehow. But that's just me being an old git I'm sure. There are odd moments like that - a bit l...
by Ernest Grainger
Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:45 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Legendary documentaries
Replies: 31
Views: 3602

Re: Legendary documentaries

I tend to regard documentaries on slightly less heavyweight subjects as 'legendary' - 40 Minutes: Catch a Fallen Star (Jessie Matthews) and Rain, Rain, Go Away (Dorothy Squires) - because they both take such an unflinchingly tragic tone in telling their stories, in a way that would be unthinkable no...
by Ernest Grainger
Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Mrs Merton and Malcolm
Replies: 20
Views: 2559

Re: Mrs Merton and Malcolm

It's a great shame Mrs Merton was retired - I think the sitcom was her last appearance? Just checked, and it would appear that the final episode, TX. 29 March 1999 was Caroline Aherne's last broadcast as Mrs Merton on British TV. The chat show did get a bit tired towards the end, but I think there w...
by Ernest Grainger
Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:40 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Mrs Merton and Malcolm
Replies: 20
Views: 2559

Re: Mrs Merton and Malcolm

Yes, I thought it was brilliant - a lost gem. But then I was a massive fan of Mrs Merton too, and think Caroline Aherne is a comedy genius.
by Ernest Grainger
Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Coronation Street - boxed sets
Replies: 5
Views: 1060

Re: Coronation Street - boxed sets

I hear the ITV Gold box uses filmised versions of some episodes, which rather put me off. Or is it not that bad?
by Ernest Grainger
Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Spoofs that became real
Replies: 12
Views: 1892

Re: Spoofs that became real

Things that Peter Kay wrote into his X Factor spoof subsequently happened - a lad (Christopher Maloney) doing it for his Nan, just like R Wayne. And the fact Peter predicted a Jesus Christ Superstar reality show four years in advance!
by Ernest Grainger
Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:49 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Justice: The Complete Series 2 [Network]
Replies: 3
Views: 669

Re: PR: Justice: The Complete Series 2 [Network]

Great news. Amazon indicate 22 April as the release date.
by Ernest Grainger
Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)
Replies: 75
Views: 8094

Re: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)

It already happened with "Are You Being Served?" - and most memorably in the German Week episode! The sad thing is, those episodes accidentally ended up on the R2 DVD releases. David Croft supervised these re-edits when the show was first repeated in 1998. My namesake refers to 'the damn Bosch' amon...
by Ernest Grainger
Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Comedy Connections
Replies: 4
Views: 892

Re: Comedy Connections

I'm fairly sure they were. There was even one last week: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006t1vf
by Ernest Grainger
Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:55 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Arena: Screen Goddesses
Replies: 9
Views: 1406

Re: Arena: Screen Goddesses

Did anyone else catch the Anna Neagle double bill in the early hours of Saturday morning (I suppose one could describe her as a screen godess)? I'm not a huge fan of hers, but it was great to see a couple of unusual british films of the forties screened: The Yellow Canary and They Flew Alone. These...
by Ernest Grainger
Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:17 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Black And White Minstrels
Replies: 14
Views: 2262

Re: The Black And White Minstrels

I had a feeling it was too strange to be true! It would have been the next BBC scandal...