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by Billy
Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:44 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: It was 40 years ago today...
Replies: 10
Views: 1660

Re: It was 40 years ago today...

The 1974 globe is fine. It's in 1981 I still don't know what the hell they were thinking.
by Billy
Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:16 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Fictional TV on TV - the shows that weren't
Replies: 60
Views: 7100

Re: Fictional TV on TV - the shows that weren't

First youtube link in the first post of this thread.
by Billy
Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:29 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: The Price of the Radio Times
Replies: 21
Views: 1921

Re: Radio Times - Past And Present II

It's got to be on its last legs, that's a ridiculous price - the same as the double-page Christmas edition cost as recently as 2008. I'm amazed individual TV guides still exist outside of newspapers but can't see either it and TV Times lasting out the decade. Then again, about six or seven years ago...
by Billy
Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:15 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 210022

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

They were great, those Christmas compilations, with trailers and listings in the Radio Times. The Green Death compilation at Christmas '73 was my chance to catch up with the sob story of Jo Grant leaving the Doctor to marry, seeing as I'd missed the last episode in the summer, being out and about w...
by Billy
Thu Sep 25, 2014 2:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1979
Replies: 107
Views: 12911

Re: Top of the Pops 1979

While it's an extremely contentuous subject to discuss, my personal opinion regarding Savile is that while abuse clearly did happen on a horrifyingly wide basis, I don't believe it's quite as much as the hysterical headlines have built it up to be - confirm some cases and people will happily believe...
by Billy
Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1979
Replies: 107
Views: 12911

Re: Top of the Pops 1979

Looks like we're now doomed never to see another DLT episode. For one guilty verdict of indecent assault, that, while regrettable as it may be, happened years after any of his Top of the Pops episodes were produced? Savile, predatory sex offender over many decades including while he was actually ho...
by Billy
Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:53 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Bill
Replies: 5
Views: 804

Re: The Bill

From, sadly, just after they gave the look of the show a major overhaul, remixing the theme (which they'd do every couple of years from then on until it ended), new CGI-heavy titles and the loss of the walking-down-the-street end credits. There's some pretty horrible stories behind the scenes of the...
by Billy
Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:33 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Equalizer + CI5
Replies: 7
Views: 1179

Re: The Equalizer + CI5

A movie remake of this is out in September so presumably the release is tied into that.
by Billy
Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Come on Down:The Game Show Story"
Replies: 51
Views: 6067

Re: "Come on Down:The Game Show Story"

The bit from the last(?) Big Night Out with Bruce sitting down and basically apologising to everyone and the audience for the show's lack of success is one of my favourite old telly clips, just for how completely out of character it is for him and an ITV Saturday night show in general. It's not some...
by Billy
Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Come on Down:The Game Show Story"
Replies: 51
Views: 6067

Re: "Come on Down:The Game Show Story"

I really really want this to be an informative, intelligent documentary with interviews with William G. Stewart, Glenn Hugill, Richard Osman etc, featuring a ton of rare clips - maybe from Bob Monkhouse's collection - and be somewhat of a documentary highlight of the year, but I have horrible vision...
by Billy
Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:57 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Things you're not allowed to do on television
Replies: 125
Views: 10572

Re: Things you're not allowed to do on television

Partridge shooting Lord Morgan is an extremely vivid memory for me aged about six or seven, as despite being just old enough to know it was a comedy show I really did believe it for a while and thought something genuinely horrible had happened.
by Billy
Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:22 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Things you're not allowed to do on television
Replies: 125
Views: 10572

Re: Things you're not allowed to do on television

I did hear that after Ghostwatch you cant show mocked up news/ tv programmes full on, they have to have something showing they are fake, ie wide shots of the studio or them ebing watched on tv. MInd you they are always so hammy no one would ever fall for them anyway! That seems mostly correct from ...
by Billy
Thu Jun 26, 2014 1:55 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Look and Read - The Boy from Space [bfi]
Replies: 32
Views: 4185

Re: PR: Look and Read - The Boy from Space [bfi]

I've mentioned on this forum before how schools programmes disappeared quietly off daytime television without any sort of ceremony or marking - they lasted on BBC2 until Spring Term 2010, though I can't imagine any schools in the country not having a video recorder by the start of the 1990s. My Look...
by Billy
Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: DANGERMOUSE!
Replies: 8
Views: 1254

Re: DANGERMOUSE!

Almost-but-not-quite predicting the future with a post I made in the Open All Hours thread last year: I'm amazed they haven't done a one-off 'Dangermouse' special to be honest, even with Terry Scott dead, but I feel like they've missed the boat with 80s nostalgia and if they'd have done that it woul...
by Billy
Mon May 12, 2014 2:01 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Memorable non-celebrity gameshow contestants
Replies: 46
Views: 4742

Re: Memorable non-celebrity gameshow contestants

He says it in confusion at first - as said, probably because he was sure "chicken" was the first answer he heard - then says it again for the second and laughs as he thinks it must have been the "supermarket" question he heard. Then says it again for the third as he realises it was actually that one...
by Billy
Fri May 09, 2014 2:46 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Memorable non-celebrity gameshow contestants
Replies: 46
Views: 4742

Re: Memorable non-celebrity gameshow contestants

I've mentioned before that I was absolutely astonished about a decade ago to actually learn - and see - that the infamous snooker "For those of you watching in black and white, the blue ball's next to the green" commentary genuinely happened , they used a clip on a Denis Norden show. For years I ass...
by Billy
Wed May 07, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Memorable non-celebrity gameshow contestants
Replies: 46
Views: 4742

Re: Memorable non-celebrity gameshow contestants

The Les Dennis version of the story was a family called the Dicks, cue jokes about being the "head" of the family etc. Not sure if that genuinely happened either.
by Billy
Sat May 03, 2014 1:46 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Memorable non-celebrity gameshow contestants
Replies: 46
Views: 4742

Re: Memorable non-celebrity gameshow contestants

Gameshows were essentially ruined forever for me when I realised that lots of the contestants you see have been on about ten other gameshows prior to the one you're currently watching - usually the wackiest of extroverts. Even the supposedly dotty old ladies who get the rules wrong and generally amu...
by Billy
Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:33 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Jaaiaa Iuurn"
Replies: 32
Views: 3349

Re: "Jaaiaa Iuurn"

To me this sounds like another 'Sachsgate' situation, as in it gets a few complaints, the Daily Mail plaster it on their front pages and a couple thousand more read it and join the bandwagon. Cue lots of anti-BBC chatter and discussions on how people should "properly" talk, with a few it-wasn't-like...
by Billy
Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:10 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Drunken (?) comedy writer invading Late-Night Line-Up
Replies: 16
Views: 2005

Re: Drunken (?) comedy writer invading Late-Night Line-Up

It was on a clip show a few years ago so must do. Seem to remember it was a scene set in a courtroom, which also perhaps helped it pass the censors as it was someone repeating something verbatim.
by Billy
Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Drunken (?) comedy writer invading Late-Night Line-Up
Replies: 16
Views: 2005

Re: Drunken (?) comedy writer invading Late-Night Line-Up

One of the most shocking things I've seen was a clip from a 1969 drama where a character uses the term "stupid motherfucking pigs". Not for the words themselves which you hear in most top 40 songs nowadays, but for the fact that it was aired on the BBC, four years after Kenneth Tynan apparently caus...
by Billy
Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Happy Bithday BBC 2"
Replies: 14
Views: 1687

Re: "Happy Bithday BBC 2"

The Great British Birth-Off.
by Billy
Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Stan Boardman and the Focke joke
Replies: 17
Views: 2350

Re: Stan Boardman and the Focke joke

On similar lines, what's the deal with the Julian Clary "Norman Lamont" joke? I've seen some clipshows make a big deal about how it's not allowed to ever be repeated and using metaphors to explain what the general gist of it was ("what Matthew Corbett does to Sooty" as one BBC show explained a coupl...
by Billy
Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:39 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Film/TV clichés
Replies: 115
Views: 10169

Re: Film/TV clichés

Simon36 wrote:
Mike S wrote:Back to cliches: surprising news is always delivered to someone when they are drinking, and prompts them to nearly choke on it.
Brilliantly parodied in Ricky Gervais's 'Extras' as probably the only genuinely funny joke of When The Whistle Blows.
by Billy
Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:20 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Film/TV clichés
Replies: 115
Views: 10169

Re: Film/TV clichés

Similar to the above, blurry CCTV footage can easily be 'enhanced' with some magical computer wizardry to easily look like HD footage.

And camcorders not only look as good as HD film, but all have a blinking red dot and the letters 'REC' in the corner.
by Billy
Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:57 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: David Dimbleby to host his final election programme
Replies: 6
Views: 1251

Re: David Dimbleby to host his final election programme

I've been wondering when this would happen for a fair few years, and been pleasantly surprised every year when he re-appears. Good also to see the BBC actually getting the facts right as I was worried they'd claim that a Dimbleby had hosted the show every General Election since 1955 - Richard did fr...
by Billy
Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The pre-"World in Action" slot
Replies: 17
Views: 2405

Re: The pre-"World in Action" slot

Am I right in thinking Strike It Lucky was on before it around 1993-94 time? Seem to associate the two shows together in the same way I do with The Crystal Maze and Equinox on C4 - entertaining gameshow followed by utterly terrifying title sequences that both signalled bedtime.
by Billy
Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Childrens Television Advertising Regulation
Replies: 13
Views: 1672

Re: Childrens Television Advertising Regulation

And repeats of children's programmes such as Knightmare, Fun House and Finders Keepers on Challenge have had ad-breaks placed in the middle, sometimes quite jarringly. There's some odd exceptions such as The Krypton Factor, which somehow ran without an ad-break until 1993. And more recently, mid-200...
by Billy
Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:05 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: DO IT! (Children's ITV)
Replies: 18
Views: 2263

Re: DO IT! (Children's ITV)

So they existed until 1997. That's horrifically recent.

What else was wiped at that time?
by Billy
Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:22 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Things that were on TV on the day I was born
Replies: 51
Views: 4546

Re: Things that were on TV on the day I was born

This isn't anything to do with the telly but I don't seem to feel the cold as much as some people and I always wonder if that's because I was in my mother's womb throughout the Winter of Discontent so I was suitably hardened to the cold. I always enjoy hearing my mum's stories about my dad and gran...