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by ghughesarch
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Trapped in TV Land device
Replies: 3
Views: 678

Re: Trapped in TV Land device

There was a BBC play in the late 80s where a criminal from a gentle, 1950s, 'Dixon of Dock Green' type show was arrested by corrupt coppers from modern series 'The Filth'. And vice versa, though the reverse situation was only shown in a short scene at the end where the tough modern gangster was bein...
by ghughesarch
Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Logistics of Set Design
Replies: 19
Views: 2808

Re: The Logistics of Set design

I think the performers, especially in 'as live' sitcom, did an even more astonishing job of keeping up the pace, given the limits of the set design. I still find it impossible to believe that when Basil ran upstairs from the lobby, he didn't arrive *immediately* at the odd little landing with the re...
by ghughesarch
Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:49 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Television now.
Replies: 15
Views: 1810

Re: Television now.

I don't think Mrs Brown's Boys could ever claim to be the pinnacle of Western culture, but I'm surprised that saying 'fuck' after the watershed should be seen as being on a par, in the ranks of 'things that probably shouldn't be the basis for an entertainment show', with caricaturing people on the ...
by ghughesarch
Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Television now.
Replies: 15
Views: 1810

Re: Television now.

I don't think Mrs Brown's Boys could ever claim to be the pinnacle of Western culture, but I'm surprised that saying 'fuck' after the watershed should be seen as being on a par, in the ranks of 'things that probably shouldn't be the basis for an entertainment show', with caricaturing people on the ...
by ghughesarch
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Television now.
Replies: 15
Views: 1810

Re: Television now.

I don't think Mrs Brown's Boys could ever claim to be the pinnacle of Western culture, but I'm surprised that saying 'fuck' after the watershed should be seen as being on a par, in the ranks of 'things that probably shouldn't be the basis for an entertainment show', with caricaturing people on the b...
by ghughesarch
Thu May 10, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Slot changes
Replies: 35
Views: 3315

Re: Slot changes

2002's BBC demon-fighting defrocked priest drama "Strange" was shunted round the schedules without a second thought, IIRC. A pity because it was quite enjoyable and deserved more.
by ghughesarch
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Hatton Garden
Replies: 9
Views: 1224

Re: Hatton Garden

Something similar happened to Alan Bleasedale's splendid GBH, I recall. Entirely by coincidence, the name 'Hatton' appeared on that occasion, too. Did it? I thought DH was very easy about GBH, he just insisted whoever played him was good-looking. DH appeared on "Right to Reply" insisting that it wa...
by ghughesarch
Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coronation Street - the old set
Replies: 13
Views: 1489

Re: Coronation Street - the old set

I thought it was the Barlow's Kitchen that occupied the same space as the gents? I know when they re-did the Webster's house, it was made larger than the previous one ( don't think anyone noticed!) and the same for the Shop/Post Office set in "Take The High Road", which had the nickname TARDIS, as ...
by ghughesarch
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shakespeare Documentary
Replies: 6
Views: 761

Re: Shakespeare Documentary

I think I remember it. One of the last shots is of the proponent of the theory looking up at a bust of Shakespeare in a church (in Stratford Upon Avon?) and saying "I don't think thats the face of anyone real." I think he was on the point of crying too. I certainly remember that, it was broadcast i...
by ghughesarch
Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coronation Street - the old set
Replies: 13
Views: 1489

Re: Coronation Street - the old set

Well, Ena Sharples never walked those cobbles - that set is the one built in 1982, two years after she last appeared.
by ghughesarch
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Our "multicultural past"
Replies: 50
Views: 4559

Re: Our "multicultural past"

What a bizarre comment to make. So, the Romans and Greeks knew about Black people from Sub-Saharan Africa. And that automatically equates to there being said people in the Roman army? It automatically equates to your stance - that there definitely weren't and it's wrong for TV ever to cast black ac...
by ghughesarch
Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Our "multicultural past"
Replies: 50
Views: 4559

Re: Our "multicultural past"

"Oh, well that's a recent thesis, so it has to be true. " Meaning? It doesn't fit with your preconceived notions so, despite being based on the contemporary documentary evidence, it must be untrue? As a recent thesis it's more likely to be true than the Ladybird Book of Empire from 1955. And no, not...
by ghughesarch
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Our "multicultural past"
Replies: 50
Views: 4559

Re: Our "multicultural past"

Oh, that . Well, obviously the most unbelievable element in a fantasy programme about a howevermanythousandyearold face-changing alien with two hearts who travels through space and time in a 1930s police call box that's much bigger inside than it is outside and solves far too many problems by whippi...
by ghughesarch
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Our "multicultural past"
Replies: 50
Views: 4559

Re: Our "multicultural past"

It's not the simple fact that there weren't such people living in Britain in historical times. That's simply not a simple fact, nor is "any that were here were slaves". See, for example, Africans in Britain, 1500-1640 Then we can go back to the Romans, who had Nubians serving in their armies. Is th...
by ghughesarch
Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Non actors appearing as themselves.
Replies: 66
Views: 5486

Re: Non actors appearing as themselves.

Larry Grayson made two appearances in Crossroads. Firstly he appeared as an irate Motel guest complaining about the state of his chalet. Apparently he went off script and started improvising in true Grayson style, until a cut to credits was organised. Sadly, as this is one of the two thousand or mo...
by ghughesarch
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Non actors appearing as themselves.
Replies: 66
Views: 5486

Re: Non actors appearing as themselves.

The Queen in Coronation Street Not strictly true if you're referring to when they shoehorned her Christmas broadcast into the episode on Christmas Day 1991 - all that happened was that Alf Roberts announced he was about to watch it, whereupon the episode cut away to the broadcast. She didn't techni...
by ghughesarch
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Non actors appearing as themselves.
Replies: 66
Views: 5486

Re: Non actors appearing as themselves.

The Queen in Coronation Street
by ghughesarch
Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: One-joke comedy
Replies: 23
Views: 2360

Re: One-joke comedy

Or Norman Evans' "Over the garden wall", or Mr Pastry, or Arthur Askey, or Max Wall, or Norman Wisdom in the vicinity of a pond or anything breakable, or, really, pretty much every sketch comic in history. If you want to be hyper-critical. It perhaps mattered less before TV, and TV series in particu...
by ghughesarch
Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:43 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Unforgotten referencing a possible forgotten
Replies: 38
Views: 3767

Re: Unforgotten referencing a possible forgotten

Armstrong and Miller's "Brabbins and Fyffe", first broadcast 2007, an affectionately filthy spoof of Flanders and Swann, who had stopped performing together a mere forty years before (and who made regrettably few TV appearances). Funnily enough, I've just been watching an archive BBC2 documentary a...
by ghughesarch
Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Unforgotten referencing a possible forgotten
Replies: 38
Views: 3767

Re: Unforgotten referencing a possible forgotten

Armstrong and Miller's "Brabbins and Fyffe", first broadcast 2007, an affectionately filthy spoof of Flanders and Swann, who had stopped performing together a mere forty years before (and who made regrettably few TV appearances). I remember discussing with a colleague what an obscure reference that ...
by ghughesarch
Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Unforgotten referencing a possible forgotten
Replies: 38
Views: 3767

Re: Unforgotten referencing a possible forgotten

I suspect that with the Fawlty Towers ones, the slightly low key audience response was partly due to the very word-heavy scripts - once they'd caught up with the joke, the cast were on to the next scene. Certainly Winifred Atwell was hardly forgotten in the 1970s* but the multiple nature of the joke...
by ghughesarch
Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Google Streetview and Maps Archive TV locations thread
Replies: 69
Views: 8113

Re: Google Streetview and Maps Archive TV locations thread

Don Satchley wrote:The Holmes family house could have been a mock up but 2 candidates spring to mind; Sker House in Porthcawl or Llanmihangel House in the Vale of Glamorgan.
It's neither, but it is a real house in south Wales, I've not found the match for it yet.
by ghughesarch
Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Pete And Dud The Lost Sketches
Replies: 13
Views: 1566

Re: Pete And Dud The Lost Sketches

I got fed up with being shown the faces of the 'celebs' as they watched, rather than the fragments of sketches themselves! I know what Jodie Lawrence laughing looks like, thanks very much, I tuned in for Pete and Dud. In one shot we were watching the footage over the guests shoulder, with the sound...
by ghughesarch
Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:04 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Andrew Sachs, 1930-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 784

Andrew Sachs, 1930-2016

Andrew Sachs, the much loved Fawlty Towers actor famed for his role as Manuel, has died at the age of 86, his wife has announced. The actor had been battling dementia for the past four years and died in a care home last week, Melody Sachs said. He was buried on Thursday. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/n...
by ghughesarch
Wed Nov 09, 2016 2:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Odd misapprehensions
Replies: 125
Views: 10087

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. Me too! And the Daily Mirror always ...
by ghughesarch
Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Undiscovered Peter Cook 16 November
Replies: 1
Views: 511

The Undiscovered Peter Cook 16 November

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2016/46/undiscovered-peter-cook Quote: Following the death of Britain’s greatest satirist in 1995, Peter Cook’s widow Lin locked the door of his Hampstead house, and refused all access to the media. Until this year, when she invited her friend Victor Lewis-...
by ghughesarch
Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:27 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Great Canal Journeys
Replies: 12
Views: 2090

Re: Great Canal Journeys

Another new batch started on Sunday, still boating but less on canals- a visit to Bristol and then to the village in Devon where Pru was an evacuee during the War. She seemed livelier and less distressed than previously, I'm pleased to say.
More to come next week with a trip across Scotland.
by ghughesarch
Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Blackadder Goes Forth: how was it originally meant to end?
Replies: 35
Views: 3484

Re: Blackadder Goes Forth: how was it originally meant to en

Re the budget, why did they trek all the way down to (largely 18th century, as shown on screen) Wilton House near Salisbury to film the end credits and "easy listening" advert pastiche for Blackadder 2? More obviously Elizabethan houses are available much closer to London.
by ghughesarch
Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The 1980s and classic theme tunes
Replies: 28
Views: 2817

Re: The 1980s and classic theme tunes

Treasure Hunt
by ghughesarch
Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Boss Cat
Replies: 39
Views: 4132

Re: Boss Cat

The BBC also broadcast both "Fred Basset" and "The Perishers" in the 1970s, derived from newspaper cartoon strips. The credits to "Fred Basset" included an acknowledgement to the 'Daily Mail', typeset to match the paper's masthead in a way that even as a child I thought looked very much like adverti...