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by DMatthews
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Rodney Bewes (1937-2017)
Replies: 28
Views: 4379

Re: Rodney Bewes (1937-2017)

^ It would be interesting to know whether the policy around repeats of BBC programmes of the 1970s was similar to that of ITV, which was that five years after original tx, the broadcaster had to open negotiations with the actors over revised repeat fees. That's how Martin Shaw was able to "block" re...
by DMatthews
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ghost credits!
Replies: 6
Views: 1512

Re: Ghost credits!

Harold "You've all done very well!" Bennett, credited as 'The Blind Man' in the Brian Clemens' Thriller episode 'The Next Victim'.
by DMatthews
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Colin Welland at the BBC
Replies: 11
Views: 1722

Re: Colin Welland at the BBC

Thanks for drawing our attention to these plays! I've just watched "Leeds - United!" - does anyone know whether it was originally shot in b&w (for budgetary reaasons, perhaps?) - or is it just that it only survives in that form now?

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Thanks

Dave
by DMatthews
Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crown Court
Replies: 25
Views: 3410

Re: Crown Court

David Boothroyd wrote:The Bill Grundy incident occurred at the end of 'Today' which was in the 6 pm - 6:35 pm slot.
Good grief - I don't know why I've thought for all these years that it was 10:30 !?! Thanks for the correction!
by DMatthews
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crown Court
Replies: 25
Views: 3410

Re: Crown Court

Without letting spoilers slip.... There was at least one other CC story concerning this issue, from about 1973 - it's on one of Network's releases - so clearly it wasn't considered a post-watershed or taboo topic in the era and, I assume, did not contravene any contemporary broadcast content guideli...
by DMatthews
Sat Jul 04, 2015 10:57 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Residual Rights in British Television
Replies: 75
Views: 7842

Re: Residual Rights in British Television

I'm going back to the articles in Broadcast when the Equity deal was announced but this was around 17 years ago. At the time it was specifically said that the power of veto had been removed unless it was part of the original contract. Well I must admit surprise to this - it seems astonishing to me ...
by DMatthews
Fri Jul 03, 2015 10:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Residual Rights in British Television
Replies: 75
Views: 7842

Re: Residual Rights in British Television

I hear what you say but any actor could block a screening simply by saying they didn't want it repeated. Stipulations over repeats are/were usually very clearly laid out in contracts - are you saying that some contracts explicitly gave an actor right of refusal? I'm not aware that this right was us...
by DMatthews
Fri Jul 03, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Residual Rights in British Television
Replies: 75
Views: 7842

Re: Residual Rights in British Television

Strange that an actor would block a tv repeat but not a video release for which the royalty payment must surely have been much lower. Well bear in mind that no actor can actually "block" either a TV repeat or domestic media release as such. There's no way a broadcaster would explicitly give that ri...
by DMatthews
Wed May 20, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Avengers - To be repeated
Replies: 90
Views: 12717

Re: The Avengers - To be repeated

How could this shambles happen? its not a one man band for gods sake. Actually perhaps the problem has come about *because* there was more than one person involved. Perhaps one person renumbered the episode files when it was decided to run them in Production Order but he/she didn't tell the person ...
by DMatthews
Mon May 18, 2015 12:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Avengers - To be repeated
Replies: 90
Views: 12717

Re: The Avengers - To be repeated

This sounds like a great game: "Predict the End Credits"! So presumably some twonk at True Entertainment has taken copies of each episode, split off the end credits from each, to hold the ep and its end credits as separate files, applied the "squeeze" effect and overlaid the announcer v/o onto the l...
by DMatthews
Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: The Squirrels [Network]
Replies: 20
Views: 3461

Re: PR: The Squirrels [Network]

Thanks for the ideas, folks! Interesting to hear that it might have been more expensive to show repeats! As The Squirrels had been made by ATV, which of course was effectively dissolved in January 1982 - and a lot of its programme assets sold off - perhaps this made it more difficult and/or expensiv...
by DMatthews
Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: The Squirrels [Network]
Replies: 20
Views: 3461

Re: PR: The Squirrels [Network]

Just going slightly off-topic, I've been watching Chappell's 1990s sit-com "Fiddler's Three", which very obviously recycles the plots and characters (albeit the names are different) from The Squirrels. So I wondered if anybody had any insight as to why this came about? Why would a broadcaster commis...
by DMatthews
Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: A Sharp Intake of Breath: The Complete Series [Network]
Replies: 12
Views: 1991

Re: PR: A Sharp Intake of Breath: The Complete Series [Netwo

Half a dozen of these were certificated yonks ago,which should lower the costs. http://www.bbfc.co.uk/search/releases/sharp%2Bintake I'm guessing that certification never lapses? Or does it? As I understand it, although the certification never lapses, it is specific to the distributor, so for Netwo...
by DMatthews
Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 18282

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

I just got around to watching the 1979 Christmas Special and with all the talk of things being cut here there and everywhere I'm a bit surprised that someone somewhere out there didn't complain about Elvis Costello and Oliver's Army. "Only takes one itchy trigger - One more widow, one less white ni...
by DMatthews
Tue Nov 11, 2014 1:43 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Simply depressing
Replies: 30
Views: 6864

Re: Simply depressing

I have a theory that the people doing the transfers for Simply are twenty somethings who have never seen a 70s/ 80s BBC studio/film insert drama, having been brought up on the faux (or real) film look of pretty much all TV dramas of the last 15 years. So with nothing to compare it against, to them ...
by DMatthews
Mon Sep 29, 2014 11:54 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crime Fighting sale @ Network.
Replies: 4
Views: 876

Re: Crime Fighting sale @ Network.

"Saracen" is reasonably OK but it's not difficult to see why it never continued after its first season. It's just about worth a tenner, I'd say, though mainly because Network's set thankfully includes the rather good pilot episode. I posted an in-depth review of it here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt...
by DMatthews
Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:14 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Digital delay - here to stay?
Replies: 13
Views: 2525

Re: Digital delay - here to stay?

I guess there is also a delay at the broadcast end whereby they do the encoding/compression. In terms of decoding/decompressing, there's no techncial reason why processors and on-board memory can't be improved but I guess some manufacturers might choose to stick with slower/outdated components simpl...
by DMatthews
Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: The Monster Club [Network]
Replies: 4
Views: 759

Re: PR: The Monster Club [Network]

I've just bagged a copy - great to see this wonderfully daft (though two of the three short stories are actually genuinely creepy) get a properly remastered release!

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Cheers

Dave
by DMatthews
Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Those David Jason "Sitcoms"
Replies: 92
Views: 10606

Re: Those David Jason "Sitcoms"

Yes, Brian Clemens was incorrect there, Simon, as the BBC's run (1995) included all 26 eps. When Granada ran the show around 1991,it only screened 20 eps - I'd have to dig out my VHS recordings from the time to suss out which ones were missed but "House of Cards", "Medium Rare" and "Obsession" ring ...
by DMatthews
Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Jaaiaa Iuurn"
Replies: 32
Views: 3886

Re: "Jaaiaa Iuurn"

Beaker wrote: We have an LG TV with a ‘Clear Voice’ option on,
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Good grief! You mean to say that the mumbling problem has got so bad that TV manufacturers are now actively trying to combat it?! :-)

I'd like a "Disproportionately Loud Music Attenuation" button! :-)

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Cheers!

Dave
by DMatthews
Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:37 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Editing TOTPs in the 1970s
Replies: 4
Views: 1256

Re: Editing TOTPs in the 1970s

Flick (real name Felicity) said things like "Move the fat one, and the one with greasy hair, and if the blonde isn't going to smile get her out of shot." Wow! Brilliant little anecdote, Bob - thanks for sharing it! Quite an eye-opener!! Actually, if you weren't involved with ToTP recordings until '...
by DMatthews
Thu Dec 26, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Lucan/ The Great Train Robbery
Replies: 11
Views: 1998

Re: Lucan/ The Great Train Robbery

Also when they 'test-drive' the locomotive, diving out of it into piles of snow. Was there (somehow) snow at tthat time of year in Britain that year , or is it just a huge error? Actually, that's just reminded me of what seems to be a very obvious clunker. In that scene there is explicit reference ...
by DMatthews
Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Lucan/ The Great Train Robbery
Replies: 11
Views: 1998

Re: Lucan/ The Great Train Robbery

I enjoyed 'The Great Train Robbery', although it was rather padded-out in places - I think they could have easily cut out about 20 minutes from each of the two episodes. As to the lack of swearing, the "W"-word was used in the second part at around 8:35pm - is that acceptable pre-watershed now? A lo...
by DMatthews
Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: "Ghost in the machine"
Replies: 4
Views: 838

Re: "Ghost in the machine"

I suspect you're referring to the May 1983 edition of "Your Computer" magazine: ftp://ftp.worldofspectrum.org/pub/sinclair/magazines/YourComputer/Issue8305/Pages/ The article starts on page 50. Actually there is a copy of the mag on eBay right now!: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Your-Computer-May-1983-V...
by DMatthews
Fri May 10, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Schools programmes: why did they have to 'follow shortly'?
Replies: 36
Views: 4771

Re: Schools programmes: why did they have to 'follow shortly

There's the 1979 titles on YouTube, but the Stop Look Listen I remember featured a freeze-frame of some kids in a playground and a close up of an eye. Or was that something completely different? It's a hard thing to Google, because variations on the title have been used for many different things. I...
by DMatthews
Fri May 10, 2013 12:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sweeney Blu-Ray: Ringer
Replies: 6
Views: 1268

Re: Sweeney Blu-Ray: Ringer

Not yet seen it on BD myself but there has always been an issue with this ep because the negs for it seem to have been lost, hence having to use inferior sources to construct a print usable for DVD and BD. It doesn't seem to be significantly inferior on the DVD release but maybe the deficiencies are...
by DMatthews
Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'A pair of canary yellow ever-pressed...
Replies: 25
Views: 3196

Re: 'A pair of canary yellow ever-pressed...

Yep, it's another busy week for the BBC Archive Blast Furnace. You see, there is a positive side to all this: all these accusations must be wonderful for providing heating for the buildings. Either that or we've now got a load more raw material to fill in potholes on the M3.

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Cheers

Dave
by DMatthews
Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'A pair of canary yellow ever-pressed...
Replies: 25
Views: 3196

Re: 'A pair of canary yellow ever-pressed...

I agree that continuing to broadcast Savile editions of TOTPs at 7pm would be crassly insensitive. But a joke about Savile wearing crap trousers on a post-watershed comedy show? How can that even remotely be considered problematic? I mean seriously, how? But this was utterly inevitable. When there ...
by DMatthews
Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:56 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The New Avengers - on ITV4
Replies: 17
Views: 3072

Re: The New Avengers - on ITV4

Thanks for the heads-up! Undoubtedly they'll have at least five minutes slashed from the runtime but it will be interesting to see the print quality.