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by wittoner
Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3879

Re: More popular outside their region of production

I don't think you can pigeonhole entire regions as being "like that" or not "like that". Oxford isn't like Oxford if you live in Blackbird Leys.
by wittoner
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Andrée Melly (1932-2020)
Replies: 4
Views: 647

Re: Andrée Melly (1932-2020)

Last regular Hancock cast member. Peter Goodwright, who made occasional appearances, is still with us.
by wittoner
Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two Ronnies sketch
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Re: Two Ronnies sketch

Also remember The Barron Knight's parody of The Smurf Song :

"Why do you all speak that way?"

"Cos we're from Catford ain't we, eh?"
by wittoner
Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Last-minute replacements
Replies: 46
Views: 4060

Re: Last-minute replacements

Details fuzzy ...I seem to recall an incident on After Dark CH4's risky late-night live chat show...Don't think it was the Ollie Reed one but....suddenly a voice said they were unable to continue with the programme and it just switched to a 1940s documentary about coal mining LOL No That WAS the Ol...
by wittoner
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Last-minute replacements
Replies: 46
Views: 4060

Re: Last-minute replacements

And it nearly happened again in Michael Aspel's day when Bill Oddie had to be persuaded to go through with it after initially refusing point blank after being surprised. That was pre-recorded however although they didn't do the "sting" again and broadcast Oddie's initial refusal on transmission. I s...
by wittoner
Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Last-minute replacements
Replies: 46
Views: 4060

Re: Last-minute replacements

They would also have to capture their subjects in the studio or a theatre for a live broadcast to be possible. One gambit they used more than once was telling the subject they were going to be a guest on someone else's This is Your Life. One I remember was Bob Todd who was told they were doing Barry...
by wittoner
Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Britbox - UK version
Replies: 32
Views: 3641

Re: Britbox - UK version

I assumed this was the reason for the repeat of This Life but I've not heard anything about them needing to do that to allow for Britbox. I did record This Life yesterday as I only have the dvd's. I was hoping they might offer an HD version or change the old widescreen 14:9 compromise into a 16:9 v...
by wittoner
Fri Jan 17, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Derek Fowlds (1937-2020)
Replies: 4
Views: 761

Re: Derek Fowlds (1937-2020)

Basil's first two companions (David Nixon & Rodney Bewes) were already big stars when they took on the job while Derek was relatively unknown so had a tough job to do filling their shoes but did it brilliantly and yes, for my money he was the best of Basil's companions. Bernard Wooley was a dream pa...
by wittoner
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Programmes that kept going for no real reason
Replies: 22
Views: 2919

Re: Programmes that kept going for no real reason

The programme that immediately came to my mind was One Man and His Dog . The BBC made multiple attempts to put it out of its misery over the decades but each time they were inundated with far more protests than the viewing figures would seem to justify. It was a programme that people wanted to exis...
by wittoner
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: BBC: Dracula (2020)
Replies: 10
Views: 1339

Re: BBC: Dracula (2020)

"Dracula" was one of our set texts when I did my degree and I remember the first thing our lecturer said about it was " well obviously this is absolute trash!"
by wittoner
Wed Dec 18, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Kenny Lynch (1938-2019)
Replies: 3
Views: 446

Re: Kenny Lynch (1938-2019)

Given your user name I'm surprised you'd forgotten a man who toured with The Beatles and appeared on the cover of "Band On The Run"!

R.I. P. Kenny
by wittoner
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Still With Us
Replies: 149
Views: 18448

Re: Still With Us

As someone who turns 62 tomorrow, I think you should be in your 70s at least before it's noteworthy that you're "still with us".
You've even got a kid of 58 listed there. I mean , come on!
by wittoner
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Censorship
Replies: 8
Views: 1121

Re: Censorship

On the subject of "Bastards" I can remember ructions in the early 70s when an Australian series (sadly can't remember which one) was shown in an early evening slot. The Aussie habit of using the word as an affectionate greeting caused some British viewers to splutter into their tea!
by wittoner
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The Clemmie Hart Years
Replies: 7
Views: 622

Re: The Clemmie Hart Years

And Rob Brydon also claimed to have done something similar on "Would I lie to You?" (and revealed it to be true).
by wittoner
Fri May 03, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Jazz 625 For One Night Only"
Replies: 10
Views: 989

Re: "Jazz 625 For One Night Only"

I think that would probably bemuse as many, if not more, people than it amused.

indeed I wonder how many people who will be watching this, or even involved in it, understand what the "625" refers to?
by wittoner
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Mystery Photo
Replies: 21
Views: 1789

Re: Mystery Photo

The BBC genome tells us that June Whitfield (and Sid James) were guests on "The Val Doonican Half-Hour" broadcast on BBC Radio Two on 13/2/72 but extremely unlikely that the photo relates to that. The show was billed as "Music and Comedy" so not sure if June and Sid were there to act in sketches or ...
by wittoner
Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Novelty Records
Replies: 15
Views: 1200

Re: Novelty Records

Going back a bit, Richard Chamberlain had a hit with a vocal version of the Dr Kildare Theme Called "Three stars will shine tonight."

Nigel Planer . in character as Neil from The Young Ones,had a big hit with "Hole in my Shoe".
by wittoner
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Dads Army" (and other TV production changes)
Replies: 31
Views: 3170

Re: "Dads Army" (and other TV production changes)

A few episodes of "Auf Weidersehn Pet" had to be rejigged to work around the absence of Gary Holton's character Wayne following Gary's untimely sudden death.
by wittoner
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Going a Bundle - Southern TV
Replies: 17
Views: 1576

Re: Going a Bundle - Southern TV

Thanks for confirming my memory Ian. I was winging it a bit when I said "written and sung by Kenny Lynch". I may be basing that on a memory of something in the credits or just making a leap because of Kenny's history as a songwriter and the fact that it just sounded like him. And yeah maybe not "fun...
by wittoner
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Going a Bundle - Southern TV
Replies: 17
Views: 1576

Re: Going a Bundle - Southern TV

if memory serves, The Theme to "Get This" was an original song written and sung by Kenny Lynch in a contemporary 70s funk/soul style.
by wittoner
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 234
Views: 21905

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

Just after 10 O'clock at night is an "ungodly hour" to watch TV?

Are you the reincarnation of Lord Reith Nick?
by wittoner
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Dad's Army Remakes
Replies: 46
Views: 3940

Re: Dad's Army Remakes

As I posted a while ago I quite fancied Bernard Cribbins as Jones rather than Godfrey but , on reflection. I think it is a good idea to keep up the tradition of Jones being played by a much younger man.
by wittoner
Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 126306

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

Yes. Eccleston as Hartnell.
Tennent as Troughton/Pertwee
Smith as Tom Baker
Capaldi as Colin Baker/Davison
Whittaker as McCoy?
by wittoner
Mon Nov 26, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: George A. Cooper (1925-2018)
Replies: 5
Views: 721

Re: George A. Cooper (1925-2018)

Sad to hear this. A real fixed point in a changing world from the 1950s onwards. I sometimes think he must have made some Faustian pact. "Here's the deal George. You're going to be born looking 50 years old. But you'll always look 50,never any older." My favourite big screen performance of his was a...
by wittoner
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Bluthal (1929 - 2018)
Replies: 5
Views: 699

Re: John Bluthal (1929 - 2018)

First encountered him on "never mind the quality.." and then remember being astonished that someone I had pegged as a fairly conventional actor was capable of doing all that wild off the wall stuff with Spike!

A very talented man.
by wittoner
Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 234
Views: 21905

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

Some well known titles there that look interesting also 6.5 special should be fun, tptv certainly tries to deliver, good luck to them. I saw the 6.5 special movie many years ago on TV and it's worth sticking with it just to see Lonnie Donegan's performance at the very end. Probably the best filmed ...
by wittoner
Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 126306

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

Indeed, I'm struggling to guess what those words are but if they can be spoken on BBC Television on Sunday Teatime it's surely OK to post them on here!
by wittoner
Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Dad's Army Remakes
Replies: 46
Views: 3940

Re: Dad's Army Remakes

Or Bernard Cribbins as Jones, Timothy West as Godfrey.
by wittoner
Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "A Binge Of Goodies" Network
Replies: 22
Views: 2720

Re: "A Binge Of Goodies" Network

Thoroughly enjoyed the Radio 3 Show. Particularly good on the gestation of the show via "Broaden your Mind" and the reasons for moving to ITV. Only awkward moment was the interviewer trying to attach great significance to a clip from an old "Doctor in the House" episode that both Bill and Graeme obv...
by wittoner
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: It's the cops wot dunnit! Crime drama spoilers
Replies: 30
Views: 2774

Re: It's the cops wot dunnit! Crime drama spoilers

Cole wrote:Thus, Bodyguard gets added to the list; ironically being followed by a trailer for the next series of Line of Duty.

I thought of you and this thread as soon as that happened!