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by billo
Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Programmes that kept going for no real reason
Replies: 22
Views: 2952

Re: Programmes that kept going for no real reason

BBC's show 'Match of The Day' - which once was a football highlights show before it became a chat show with Gary Lineaker, Alan Shearer and that other bloke
by billo
Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows ruined by revival/comeback
Replies: 80
Views: 6544

Re: Shows ruined by revival/comeback

yes indeed and what about some famous American shows The New Untouchables - couldn't touch Robert Stack's original Black Kojak - who didn't love ya baby ? Raymond Burr did 199 episodes of Ironside, the later Black Ironside did a whole 9 episodes... The Defenders - E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed did t...
by billo
Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows ruined by revival/comeback
Replies: 80
Views: 6544

Re: Shows ruined by revival/comeback

I believe Dennis Waterman said he thought they really should have ended 'Minder' when he left - and renamed the George Cole / Gary Webster later series as; 'Daley and Co' - which would have avoided any straight compare and been a quite logical spin off show in it's own right as Gary played Arthur's ...
by billo
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows ruined by revival/comeback
Replies: 80
Views: 6544

Re: Shows ruined by revival/comeback

I fully agree with Black Nun re Doctor Who - a unique show that always had stronger and weaker tales but most were at least entertaining with six decent Doctors tho' Tom Baker's era had the lapse into self mockery after Hinchcliffe due to Mary Whitehouse moans while Colin Baker got a few clunker sto...
by billo
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Vendetta 1966-68 - any hope of a DVD set ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1671

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

I also enjoyed Ryan International - Kieron Moore's next BBC Series starring him as Hugh Ryan of an International law firm with Cyril Luckham as his partner plus Ursula Howells (playing Cyril's wife I think) and Susan Shears as their legal secretary BBC screened them on Monday nights if I remember co...
by billo
Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Vendetta 1966-68 - any hope of a DVD set ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1671

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

yes indeed and while it might seem unlikely as just a mere seven episodes plus one missing episode's soundtrack are known to survive and would be available to include in any DVD set we should bear in mind that the surviving Vendetta episodes do exceed some released shows such as say 'The Zoo Gang' w...
by billo
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Vendetta 1966-68 - any hope of a DVD set ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1671

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

I used to love this show as a kid back in the sixties The BBC Drama series is probably now best know for it's great John Barry theme tune however I believe BBC held six complete episodes before a seventh - 'The Jigsaw Man' (1968) was recovered in 2014 The complete soundtrack to a missing series two ...
by billo
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Unseen Recurring Characters
Replies: 46
Views: 3560

Re: Unseen Recurring Characters

Thelma Chambers was only mentioned as a girl Bob fancied in 'The Likely Lads' in the sixties when Terry was ribbing Bob about what Bob had got up to with her in a coach on a trip later she was a regular character and Bob's wife in 'Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads' in the seventies Dolly Clacket...
by billo
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How Match of the Day was made - 1974
Replies: 5
Views: 840

Re: How Match of the Day was made - 1974

That would be back in the days when football matches were the important thing on Match of The Day rather than the all important chat show of today with a little bit of football inserted briefly between the endless over analysis and chat between the three or four now needed to front up the chat show ...
by billo
Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Probation Officer: volume 1 [Network]
Replies: 7
Views: 1274

Re: PR: Probation Officer: volume 1 [Network]

I believe John Paul was a friend of Patrick Macnee - who referred to 'Probation Officer' in an interview re the original Avengers era when they all went on strike ! John Paul turns up in 'The Avengers' and in a couple of episodes of 'The New Avengers' ("Target' was one) playing a Doctor associate of...
by billo
Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:33 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
Replies: 10
Views: 1321

Re: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

I really hope they DON'T do a new version of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em with Miranda Hart as I think she's desperately unfunny Besides, continually trying to revisit old classics with 'new' versions is an indication of just how lost for anything new they are these days and the 'new' versions are almos...
by billo
Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: New Comedy titles on DVD
Replies: 10
Views: 1188

Re: New Comedy titles on DVD

in some ways 'Meet The Wife' resembles both 'George and Mildred' and 'Keeping Up Appearances' with Thora Hird as the wife wanting to appear a bit above their working class roots while Freddie Frinton is her 'not bothered about impressing folk' more working class husband who often brings her down to ...
by billo
Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Wild Wild West
Replies: 7
Views: 773

Re: The Wild Wild West

It ran from 1964 to 1968 over four seasons, Season one is in Black & white Robert Conrad as Federal Agent Jim West operates from a train with a couple of luxuary cars....his partner Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin) is a master of disguise (like Rollin Hand / Paris / Nicholas Black in 'Mission: impossibl...
by billo
Sat Jul 04, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Man From UNCLE Season 1 [Warner]
Replies: 25
Views: 1510

Re: The Man From UNCLE Season 1 [Warner]

The first season was screened on BBC in the sixties but as far as I know has never been repeated in the UK since due to it not being in colour.... By far the strongest most serious season of the show (it's style copied somewhat in it's final fourth half season), this first season is The Man From UNC...
by billo
Thu Jun 18, 2015 12:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Adventurer
Replies: 16
Views: 1425

Re: The Adventurer

It wasn't anywhere near as good as Gene Barry's earlier TV shows - notably 'The Name of The Game' (when will that ever be issued on DVD ?) Gene Barry always seemed rather dis-interested in his role in 'The Adventurer' as if on auto pilot - both he & Robert Vaughn had been lured across the pond to do...
by billo
Mon May 11, 2015 6:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: It Ain't Half Un-PC Mum...
Replies: 98
Views: 7213

Re: It Ain't Half Un-PC Mum...

I used to work in an office with an Indian lady, she, her husband (a Maths professor at the local college) and her two grown daughters were all well educated with a great sense of humour - she told me they all loved IAHHM, and they certainly were not offended by it or Michael Bates starring role in ...
by billo
Fri Mar 27, 2015 11:55 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Almost cast' actors
Replies: 76
Views: 6520

Re: 'Almost cast' actors

Yeah one of the 'extras' on the DVD set is a documentary re the show and it tells how Smith was first cast as the ex-gunslinger & Fuller suited that role better Fuller was offered some cop shows but he preferred to stick with TV Westerns & films instead - later he was a perfect choice later to repla...
by billo
Thu Mar 26, 2015 8:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Almost cast' actors
Replies: 76
Views: 6520

Re: 'Almost cast' actors

When Wilfrid Brambell briefly quit Steptoe and Son early on they were going to bump off old Albert, make Harry Corbett's Harold the father & bring in a young son (possibly to be played by David Hemmings) - Brambell quickly returned when his theatre production flopped & so Steptoe continued as was......
by billo
Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:46 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Recommendations for a good series?
Replies: 50
Views: 2804

Re: Recommendations for a good series?

Depending on what you are looking for of course If you liked Colditz & Secret Army, then ITV's 'Manhunt' is worth a look too - starring Alfred Lynch, Peter Barkworth, Cyd Hayman, Maggie Fitzgibbon Philip Madoc & Robert Hardy it was pretty good (it's a bit 'seventies' looking production wise, but the...
by billo
Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:50 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 128636

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

I doubt if Nigel Kneale regarded Holmes as a genius...!
by billo
Tue Jan 27, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Baron
Replies: 8
Views: 639

Re: The Baron

Rehashing a script is normal The Avengers b/w ep 'Don't Look Behind You' with Honor Blackman duly became 'The Joker' in colour with Diana Rigg (a few others were redone too - one b/w era story later became 'The Superlative Seven' in colour ) TV Westerns often re-hashed basic scripts too - a 'Virgini...
by billo
Tue Jan 13, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 128636

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

Enid Blyton was always frowned upon by the 'up themselves' literary critics and award givers....yet generation after generation of kids LOVED her books ! Groups The Moody Blues & Chicago (plus a number of BIG selling other bands) are always frowned upon and snubbed by the 'up themselves' Rock & Roll...
by billo
Tue Jan 13, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Hogan's Heroes
Replies: 8
Views: 673

Re: Hogan's Heroes

Only the pilot episode is in b/w from then on the rest are in colour The Russian POW character in the pilot was dropped as the actor did not want to commit to a full series (seems odd to just do a pilot !) but something similar happened with 'Dad's Army too as a 'Toff' character was dropped after th...
by billo
Sat Jan 03, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 128636

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

that would be Tony Hitchcock the famous thriller director from East Cheam I take it...? and the 'bread of today' the po faced ex-A.T.S. girl Mavis referred to at the reunion party...was indeed 'watered down muck' ! Re Doctor Who - I can understand how some can't bear to watch the modern day ghastly ...
by billo
Wed Dec 31, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Gideon's Way
Replies: 16
Views: 1514

Re: Gideon's Way

A fine series from the team who did 'The Saint' if I remember correctly (Robert S. Baker etc) - the American openings were more action orientated and I think it was retitled; 'Gideon of Scotland Yard' for the USA TV version. The vintage early sixties London location filming gave it a kind of British...
by billo
Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Anderson in the 70's
Replies: 65
Views: 3513

Re: Anderson in the 70's

UFO's 'Mindbender' has a fair bit more backstory to the hallucination sequence - first Astronaught Conroy (Al Mancini) then Capt Beaver James (Charles Tingwell) each have their own hallucinations before Straker's 'Nightmare', plus egotistical actor Howard Byrne (Stuart Damon) pops up demanding scrip...
by billo
Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crossroads - 50 years on
Replies: 67
Views: 4046

Re: Crossroads - 50 years on

true and I see and totally agree your points in general as being very true of today's Television companies and advertisers thinking of course - but then could not the SAME argument have equally applied in the sixties, seventies, eighties (when far more women of that 55+ age group were just 'housewiv...
by billo
Sun Nov 09, 2014 11:19 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crossroads - 50 years on
Replies: 67
Views: 4046

Re: Crossroads - 50 years on

The sad thing is they missed a golden oppertunity with the revised series to do something to LIFT soaps out of the mire they have got bogged down in...! Yes 'Crossroads' LIFT soaps ! Since 'Brookside' ushered in the era of endless arguments, domestic strife, and sensationalist OTT plotlines, ALL soa...
by billo
Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ever Decreasing Circles
Replies: 47
Views: 4777

Re: Ever Decreasing Circles

Just because Paul runs a hairdressers salon, or has an interest in arts & culture etc, doesn't mean he's automatically gay does it ? The episode where his wife turns up, the country cottage episode where Paul takes the lovely Victoria Burgoyne along (and Martin gets a shock at the end !!) and where ...