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by Matty
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: New ITV Sit-Com shock!
Replies: 6
Views: 831

Re: New ITV Sit-Com shock!

Terrific news - I will definitely check this out as I'm a fan of the writers and the performers, a steady hand all round.
by Matty
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two Ronnies sketch
Replies: 26
Views: 2165

Re: Two Ronnies sketch

Going OT again, but why are some place-names so much funnier than others? I'm reminded of the episode of LWT's End of Part One where some sort of cataclysm is being reported on in the style of the election results. The final caption on screen was "Catford reduced to rubble - no change". Might be a ...
by Matty
Sat May 25, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows that changed stations
Replies: 25
Views: 1498

Re: Shows that changed stations

Whose Line Is It Anyway? started off on BBC Radio 4, then moved to Channel 4. Then it headed to the USA on ABC, where it was eventually cancelled but picked up again on the CW where it is now. I seem to remember the US version of Whose Line..? being shown in the UK on the old Paramount Comedy channe...
by Matty
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Pipkins" Vol 5
Replies: 14
Views: 1522

Re: "Pipkins" Vol 5

The appeal? It had great puppet characters - it was was funny and charming with great songs. Johnny (Wayne Laryea) and Tom (Jonathan Kydd) were terrific as well. I can guarantee that if you picked any bunch of kids in the 70's and ask them what their favourite lunchtime show was it was usually Pipki...
by Matty
Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Pipkins" Vol 5
Replies: 14
Views: 1522

Re: "Pipkins" Vol 5

That's terrific news Mark, although I wish there were more early episodes extant - Wayne Laryea's era as Johnny was by far the best in Pipkins' run, he was really terrific in the role. By the way, I'm not always of the opinion that all the original lunchtime kids shows were better. I think Yorkshire...
by Matty
Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Carol Lee Scott (1943-2017)
Replies: 1
Views: 372

Carol Lee Scott (1943-2017)

Originally a cabaret singer who threw in a few jokes along the way and became very popular in the circuit. I remember first seeing her in the Bernie Winters' "Make Me Laugh" show which also got Duncan "Chase Me" Norvelle's first TV break. I also remember her as a panelist in Lennie Bennett's Punchli...
by Matty
Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Brian Cant (1933-2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 767

Re: Brian Cant (1933-2017)

Well put Mark! As a child I disliked the patronizing, hushed tones and soppy voices of so many children’s TV presenters. Brian Cant completely broke out of that old fashioned mould and really connected to me – it’s difficult to put my finger on exactly the magic he had – but needless to say although...
by Matty
Mon May 15, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Pipkins" Vol 5
Replies: 14
Views: 1522

Re: "Pipkins" Vol 5

I remember watching that last show and feeling disappointed that Pipkins was over, although I was 14 at the time and far too old to be still watching! Lets Pretend was just an awful replacement. I can't imagine anyone feeling nostalgic about it, an empty set with various young unmemorable actors goo...
by Matty
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:01 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Odd misapprehensions
Replies: 125
Views: 5878

Re: Odd misapprehensions

It’s funny how when you are a toddler you get people confused with each other to the extent that seems ridiculous when you are an adult, for instance when I was a tot I thought that Val Doonican and Andy Williams were one in the same person.
by Matty
Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:44 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Still Loving Thy Neighbour?
Replies: 4
Views: 498

Re: Still Loving Thy Neighbour?

I also remember him in a sitcom back in the 80's with Marti Caine - Hilary, which I vaguely recollect was quite good although I don't think it has ever been repeated.
by Matty
Sat Aug 20, 2016 8:20 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Sunday in Old Money"
Replies: 14
Views: 898

Re: "Sunday in Old Money"

Yes - thanks again Andrew - I've added that one to my blogger follow list.
by Matty
Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:20 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "NitrateVille visits the vaults at the LOC Packard Campus"
Replies: 2
Views: 471

Re: "NitrateVille visits the vaults at the LOC Packard Campu

Great stuff - many thanks for the link.
by Matty
Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The pre-"World in Action" slot
Replies: 17
Views: 1432

Re: The pre-"World in Action" slot

I definitely remember "Bless This House" being on before World In Action. There was always a quandary here, because if you saw the sitcom at 8 on ITV you would miss the beginning of the show on BBC2 - I remember Alias Smith and Jones and The Waltons being popular with my family. Then at 9 you'd have...
by Matty
Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Childrens Television Advertising Regulation
Replies: 13
Views: 777

Re: Childrens Television Advertising Regulation

Sesame Street, a whole hour programme, never had an ad break when I watched it on LWT in the seventies. Back then on Saturday mornings, it was quite a while before the first advert was shown - were there IBA rules about what time of day adverts could be shown? I remember watching "Mondays Newcomers"...
by Matty
Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff
Replies: 73
Views: 5465

Re: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff

By the way, what's the story with Terry's microphone? Was it a something he'd used pre-BB? It seems a bit of an odd choice as an hilarious prop. I thought it was a Sony ECM-51, which was also used in the American version of the show to similar comedic effect before Blankety Blank started, however I...
by Matty
Wed Jan 08, 2014 4:10 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Holiday Startime (LWT 1970)
Replies: 7
Views: 926

Re: Holiday Startime (LWT 1970)

That's a really wonderful clip - it's a shame the show was done during the ITV colour strike. I'm assuming that Louis has seen it all as he's the one that uploaded that clip.
by Matty
Tue Dec 17, 2013 5:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: John Pilger
Replies: 12
Views: 1103

Re: John Pilger

Yes, his reports were on Granada's World In Action and his later documentaries I think were all ATV? I think the surprised tone was not that Richard Bacon didn't know that his programmes were on ITV, but that they still find a slot for him considering how much the channel has changed for the worse i...
by Matty
Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:52 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Who on the MC was the last to get colour television?
Replies: 32
Views: 2010

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

My uncle bought a Amstrad PCW (circa 1985) with one of those green-only monitors before he got his first colour TV a year or two later. I think that many people with black and white TVs in the 80's held back for snobbish reasons rather than economic, "Oh, I don't watch much TV, except an occasional ...
by Matty
Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops
Replies: 60
Views: 4630

Re: Top of the Pops

Yes, I've lost count of how many people have told me this, but I always thought the amount was a little excessive ! Fortunately next week's show (28-9-78) that will be obviously skipped by BBC4 because it was hosted by DLT was previously repeated on UK Gold, so I'm sure it will be available to be se...
by Matty
Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How Star Trek Turns Your Brain to Grits
Replies: 26
Views: 1348

Re: How Star Trek Turns Your Brain to Grits

Whenever I see or hear the word 'grits' I think of Flo in the sitcom Alice which I originally watched when it was on Channel 4 back in the 80's, she was always saying "Kiss mah grits!" to Mel, and I thought at the time that 'grits' was American slang for bum! :D
by Matty
Tue Aug 06, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Old Nestle ads on TV now!
Replies: 125
Views: 3806

Re: Old Nestle ads on TV now!

Americans pronounce Peugeot very strangely as well - 'pew-jit' is one of the variations I've heard! It's what you are familiar with I guess - they constantly anglicize French place names, but woe betide you pronouncing anything of Spanish origin with a hard J!
by Matty
Fri Aug 02, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dad's Army turns 45 years old today
Replies: 58
Views: 3167

Re: Dad's Army turns 45 years old today

brigham wrote:I'd forgotten about that. The 'wartime' sequences are in flashback, aren't they? Did the last episode return to the opening dinner?
Much as I love the ending of the last episode of Dads Army, it somewhat disappointingly didn't cut back to the dinner.
by Matty
Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The "God slot"
Replies: 14
Views: 1092

Re: The "God slot"

Yes, BBC2 was a way of avoiding the Sunday evening religious programming. I remember 'News Review' being somewhere around this slot - it was a weekly summary of the news and had in vision subtitles for the hard of hearing. I'm sure many of us remember the groovy theme tune 'Roadwalk' by Syd Dale.
by Matty
Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:20 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 22/06/1978
Replies: 8
Views: 1026

Re: Top of the Pops 22/06/1978

Agreed, it was a cracking episode - great to see Bob Marley live in the TOTP studio too. One thing I've noticed when watching in the last year or so is that when David Jensen presents the show it seems more likely that the lineup is going to be very good indeed.
by Matty
Tue May 28, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Sullivans
Replies: 39
Views: 3421

Re: The Sullivans

I never saw the ending either - I followed it while on lunch break from school in the Thames region, but more sporadically later on and stopped completely after I left High School. I always saw the show with a child's eyes, so it would be interesting to see the show again now. For instance, I never ...
by Matty
Mon May 27, 2013 2:31 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: An Audience With Les Dawson that never was!
Replies: 36
Views: 3183

Re: An Audience With Les Dawson that never was!

I'll hold out my opinion till I see it. If it introduces a few new people to the genius of Les Dawson, then it will be a success in my view no matter how "naff" the format is! :)
by Matty
Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:18 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Engineering Test Transmissions 87/88
Replies: 15
Views: 1000

Re: Engineering Test Transmissions 87/88

Ah, I just noticed that you confirmed that's the bit you're interested in on the Missing Episodes Forum. I remember decoders for that type of encryption were available back in the 90's from Satellite TV stores but very expensive. Now that this type of encryption is a defunct technology I wonder if a...
by Matty
Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Engineering Test Transmissions 87/88
Replies: 15
Views: 1000

Re: Engineering Test Transmissions 87/88

I remember that type of encryption - it was exactly the same type that Canal+ France used back in the day, you could just about figure out what was going on, but not watchable at all, with lines all over the screen and a tinny sound. One of the very identifiable clips I remember BBC2 using was Showa...
by Matty
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Anyone need a Grundig SVR4004 ???
Replies: 11
Views: 696

Re: Anyone need a Grundig SVR4004 ???

An absolutely beautiful machine, and yes back in the 70's and early 80's these type of machines were in many schools - my old High School had a Grundig SVR4004 (or a variant) briefly before it was replaced by a Sony Betamax and before that a Philips N1700. I remember the Sony model that was bought a...
by Matty
Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Hartley at 40
Replies: 5
Views: 812

Re: Hartley at 40

I distinctly remember being unimpressed by Rainbow in the early days, thinking it very dull, and for a short programme there was a lot of unnecessary repetition. Pretty much all my Primary school friends (or at least the ones that went home at lunch) loved Inigo Pipkin/Pipkins, it was by far the mos...