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by John Williams
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Vendetta 1966-68 - any hope of a DVD set ?
Replies: 17
Views: 2541

Re: Vendetta 1966-68 - any hope of a DVD set ?

ian b wrote:Sorry to hear that you are unwell, namesake - hope recovery is in the horizon?
Likewise. Hope you get well soon Ian M.
by John Williams
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dr Who Blu-Rays
Replies: 8
Views: 1408

Re: Dr Who Blu-Rays

Also worth mentioning that it’s often the same people working on these TV blu-rays. The Professionals and the first series of The Sweeney were done on blu-ray by Jonathan Wood, who also did Spearhead from Space. I think they all look great for 16mm, but I guess different starting material generates ...
by John Williams
Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dr Who Blu-Rays
Replies: 8
Views: 1408

Re: Dr Who Blu-Rays

This is a useful overview which mentions which stories have surviving 16mm film elements.

https://www.herocollector.com/en-us/Art ... definition
by John Williams
Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dr Who Blu-Rays
Replies: 8
Views: 1408

Re: Dr Who Blu-Rays

Ah, I see. Thanks for that. Odd perhaps that they didn’t launch with one that did have surviving original film sequences. Is it the case that none exist for most of the Pertwee and Baker years? I was wondering why the Spearhead from Space blu-Ray didn’t look that amazing either; presumably the same...
by John Williams
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dr Who Blu-Rays
Replies: 8
Views: 1408

Re: Dr Who Blu-Rays

It depends whether the original film sequences exist. For Seasons 10, 12 and 18, very little or nothing still exists. For Season 19, plenty of film sequences are still around which is why there's a dramatic improvement for that particular set. There is an improvement for the studio VT scenes as well...
by John Williams
Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 11613

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

Was this actually “a thing” though? I think it stems from a Jeremy Bentham penned piece in DWM around the time of THE FIVE FACES... repeat, but I’m not certain it was as restrictive as that. Though I’m struggling to find a year with that many “out of time” repeats anyway, (excepting the various fil...
by John Williams
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 11613

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

The ITV repeat circus of the 80s most often occupied three slots: 1.30pm (everything from Hazel and Man in a Suitcase to Harvey Moon and Return of the Saint) although to be fair mid-afternoon had long been a drama repeat slot, Public Eye being a popular choice there in the 70s. For reference, Simon...
by John Williams
Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morgan's Boy 1984
Replies: 11
Views: 1691

Re: Morgan's Boy 1984

I enjoyed Morgan’s Boy as well, but it probably hasn’t been released on DVD because the writer was imprisoned for child indecency. As a lot of his original plays and series focused on teenagers and their sexuality, it makes any commercial releases or repeats unlikely.
by John Williams
Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: TV Brain
Replies: 2
Views: 699

Re: TV Brain

As far as I'm aware, you can cancel the monthly plan at any point. I keep a subscription going because I frequently need to check details of old TV shows and TV Brain a very useful resource for that. I've been a user of the Kal Guides for years, but I find this searchable database much better than e...
by John Williams
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: ADAPT Website: Researching the history of television product
Replies: 1
Views: 667

ADAPT Website: Researching the history of television product

Apologies if this has been mentioned elsewhere on the forum, but this website may well be of interest to some of you:

http://www.adapttvhistory.org.uk/

It includes interviews with various production crew from over the years, technology timelines, specifics about different methods of filming, etc.
by John Williams
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Davies and Moffat on Radio 2
Replies: 4
Views: 842

Re: Davies and Moffat on Radio 2

Davies will no doubt bring his preoccupation with buggery into the discussion at every possible opportunity. Much as he did in Doctor Who itself. I could moderate these kind of comments but won't as I think they say more about the person writing them than they do about the subject of his inane crit...
by John Williams
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: CHROMAKEY: THE MAGAZINE OF GENRE TELEVISION
Replies: 41
Views: 5930

Re: CHROMAKEY: THE MAGAZINE OF GENRE TELEVISION

$0.005 per word? I don’t think so.
by John Williams
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: TV documentaries' misrepresentation of the research process
Replies: 12
Views: 1578

Re: TV documentaries' misrepresentation of the research proc

Eh - shouldn't you? Our skin contains fat/oil. (Plus, the manuscript might be poisoned by a humourless monk - although I admit that that doesn't happen often.) Gloves do more harm than good. The archivists I work with are very strict about this. Most archives have a web page somewhere trying to bus...
by John Williams
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: TV documentaries' misrepresentation of the research process
Replies: 12
Views: 1578

Re: TV documentaries' misrepresentation of the research proc

Spiny Norman wrote:And elsewhere, Mary Beard is always handling 2000 year old artefacts without any gloves in her documentaries.
Depending on what she's handling that might well be fine. Certainly you shouldn't wear gloves when handling old books, manuscripts, etc.
by John Williams
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The weird world of dubbing
Replies: 35
Views: 4831

Re: The weird world of dubbing

Roger Delgado IIRC dubbed Bird with the Crystal Plumage, like Tenebrae, dubbed by dubbing allstar Robert Rietty in London rather than the usual Argento-dubbers of Nick Alexander, Ted Rusoff, Carolyn de Fonseca, etc (there were a group of around 15 Americans, Canadians, a few Brits, and New Zealande...
by John Williams
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Hatton Garden
Replies: 9
Views: 1387

Re: Hatton Garden

Apparently there's a related court case in progress. I think it's the one mentioned here: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/sep/08/hatton-garden-gang-guvnor-court-raid-brian-reader and the related confiscation hearing isn't due to take place until January 2018. It seems likely that either the...
by John Williams
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TSW's "alternative" schedule
Replies: 46
Views: 4183

Re: TSW's "alternative" schedule

Granada had ignored CROSSROADS until 1972, only to join in with episode 1628 on 11th September. Which ATV had first transmitted 4th January 1972. Which meant that in 1975 Granada leapt from #2030 to #2300 with a version of Meg's catch-up programme the only thing to bridge the gap. One of the funny ...
by John Williams
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: So It Goes (Yorkshire Television 1973)
Replies: 5
Views: 869

Re: So It Goes (Yorkshire Television 1973)

Some more information from the TV Times: "Tuesday sees the start of a Yorkshire Television trilogy, So it Goes, written by Ray Jenkins. In it he dramatises the pain and anguish of death seen through the eyes of a young wife and a bereft mother. Our cover star Anouska Hempel plays the young wife, Dan...
by John Williams
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences
Replies: 23
Views: 2683

Re: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences

Yes, loads. This sort of thing is really, really common. An awful lot of anecdotes about old TV turn out to be nonsense when you investigate them. Just because someone was involved in a programme doesn't mean they're necessarily a reliable source. I once spent a nice day interviewing an elderly act...
by John Williams
Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV afternoon drama repeats of the 1970s (and early 80s)
Replies: 34
Views: 3326

Re: ITV afternoon drama repeats of the 1970s

Fantastic list Simon. Thanks very much for posting it.
by John Williams
Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 196450

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

I have deleted some posts that were off-topic. Even though they have now gone, I am leaving this message here as a gentle reminder for people to stay on the topic of current Doctor Who.
by John Williams
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: British Comics
Topic: Marvel 'Star Wars' (1977) 'second feature' strip 'Threads'
Replies: 5
Views: 1091

Re: Marvel 'Star Wars' (1977) 'second feature' strip 'Thread

Controller 2957 wrote:Mission successful! Thanks for the steer John!
Happy to help.
by John Williams
Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: British Comics
Topic: Marvel 'Star Wars' (1977) 'second feature' strip 'Threads'
Replies: 5
Views: 1091

Re: Marvel 'Star Wars' (1977) 'second feature' strip 'Thread

Some answers here. http://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-in-the-uk-star-wars-weekly-3 "There’s also a second Tales of the Galaxy with a script by Mat Warrick and classic European style art by Gonzales, telling a tale of a doomed planet Earth falling victim to alien threads which accumulate to block...
by John Williams
Wed May 03, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actor/Writers
Replies: 35
Views: 3389

Re: Actor/Writers

And Mike Pratt, who died so young, not only starred in Randal and Hopkirk (Deceased) but also co-wrote the episode A Disturbing Case. In his younger days he helped write songs with Lionel Bart for Tommy Steele ("Rock With the Cavemen") and also with Steele himself ("A Handful of Songs") as well as ...
by John Williams
Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 4514

Re: Race Through The Decades

There's a little bit about Black Lion in Linda Wood's very handy (and now free!) book British Films 1971-81:

http://www.bfi.org.uk/sites/bfi.org.uk/ ... 1-1981.pdf
by John Williams
Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 4514

Re: Race Through The Decades

They are all Black Lion Films productions, so I imagine Barry Hanson was the driving force. I've done some research on this rather misbegotten company, and can't remember it all off the top of my head, but it was basically ATV's attempt to do a Euston Films which didn't go as planned. Hanson went st...
by John Williams
Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 4514

Re: Race Through The Decades

Thanks for the info John, it may be that was why I was prompted to update the software. I never bothered because it didn't suggest it was going to be more useful, but I'll give it a go and see if I can get stuff on the TV via the app. That'd certainly make it a lot more useful but I'm old fashioned...
by John Williams
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 4514

Re: Race Through The Decades

I've recently filled my boots with BBC Store programmes because there's such a lot of previously unreleased material on there. For example, it's allowed me to fill the gaps in my Alan Bennett collection, and there's loads of single dramas I'd never seen before. I don't have a problem with watching i...
by John Williams
Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Harry Commentator"
Replies: 10
Views: 1487

Re: "Harry Commentator"

Yes, Clive James did apologise in the column of 27th May 1973. Not quite the next week but near enough. He said:

"Frank Bough writes to say that it wasn't him who made the boo-boo about Harry Commentator, ace carpenter. I apologise damn it."