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by Steve Williams
Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Harry Commentator"
Replies: 10
Views: 662

Re: "Harry Commentator"

Thanks - I'll see if I can get hold of a copy. Re-reading the Clive James piece, I see that he mentions the Cup Final further down, so it's quite likely that the gaffe took place during that programme. It is indeed mentioned in Cue Frank - but with the proviso that Frank didn't say it. He does say ...
by Steve Williams
Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC Parliament: 75 Not Out. Tonight (5th June) 19.00hrs
Replies: 3
Views: 493

Re: BBC Parliament: 75 Not Out. Tonight (5th June) 19.00hrs

Indeed, and you can watch them all in this collection crafted by my own fair hands - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03x1dj4 That's all I had to do with that evening. The producer was Ros Ball who is on Twitter and she said that was delighted to get more disco on BBC Parliament in one night than in...
by Steve Williams
Thu Mar 24, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Paul Daniels (1938-2016)
Replies: 23
Views: 1355

Re: Paul Daniels (1938-2016)

Typical Guardian. Why let the absence of any relevant facts get in the way of the grindstone? It's not "typical Guardian", really, because as mentioned his actual obituary, and the main news story, were positive and said nice things about him. It's typical Mark Lawson who has a small number of obse...
by Steve Williams
Thu Mar 24, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Newreaders hang to the left?
Replies: 10
Views: 799

Re: Newreaders hang to the left?

He'll only be working Mon-Sat. As a practising Christian there's apparently a clause in his contract which says he does not have to work on the Sabbath. That was also the case during his stint with BBC Sport. He's only doing Mondays to Wednesdays on Breakfast in any case - as they have a team of pr...
by Steve Williams
Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:16 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Paul Daniels (1938-2016)
Replies: 23
Views: 1355

Re: Paul Daniels (1938-2016)

He was on some sort of reality-TV thing a few years back,and the camera was following him as he went along a corridor.As he opened a door,he paused for a moment,and checked the door out.He then slightly lectured whoever was with him about how the sliding-door was a nice piece of work,into which som...
by Steve Williams
Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sixty Minutes
Replies: 21
Views: 1136

Re: Sixty Minutes

Really? The end time for Nationwide was variable, depending on the evening schedule - it could end at 6.45, 6.50, 6.55 or 7.00 as I recall. On Fridays it regularly ended at 7.00 because of the inclusion of Sportswide at 6.45. One of the worst things about the introduction of Sixty Minutes was the i...
by Steve Williams
Sun Nov 22, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sixty Minutes
Replies: 21
Views: 1136

Re: Sixty Minutes

Interesting. I can't see, though, why they couldn't have had stand-alone regional news programmes at around 5.50 and then had a combined news/current affairs programme running from 6.15 to 7.00. Apparently running until seven o'clock was considered too late for a programme like that. Of course, a y...
by Steve Williams
Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sixty Minutes
Replies: 21
Views: 1136

Re: Sixty Minutes

Points of View absolugely savaged it, I remember. It was a very odd move to put Desmond Wilcox on it. He didnt last long and looked completely out of place. Surely it was a demotion, and also way outside his skillset. They talk about Sixty Minutes, and Wilcox's role in it, in The Last Days Of The B...
by Steve Williams
Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 7697

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

Funny thing is, in the '60s, we used to say "You couldn't get away with that back then", and have a snigger at the stuffy old hypocrisy of the 'old days'. Now it's all back, and people are happily saying "You couldn't get away with that now", without the slightest touch of irony, as if honesty and ...
by Steve Williams
Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:01 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 7697

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

Another film clip removed, I see, from MASH. No repeat for the full show tonight for some reason, only seems to be on Saturday Night. The repeat is only on Saturday as for the rest of the evening BBC4 was devoted to Chris Packham making his selection from the archives to coincide with the documenta...
by Steve Williams
Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:54 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: 1975 EEC referendum results programme
Replies: 2
Views: 491

Re: 1975 EEC referendum results programme

Indeed it was, as it was when they repeated it ten years ago (and will do again in ten years' time, probably), with David announcing "we make way gracefully for Play School" at the end. What I like from the listings that day is that the next programme at 4.25 was ten minutes long and that would have...
by Steve Williams
Fri May 29, 2015 7:39 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 7697

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

Well now, with all the editing out of the now-toxic TOTP presenters, instead today they feature The Human League's cover of Rock n Roll Part 2, so now Mr Glitter will be getting some royalties due to his co-writer status.....I can hear the complaints letters and articles being scribbled as I type.....
by Steve Williams
Mon May 11, 2015 7:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 7697

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

Cole wrote:Fair play, but I think that the Sky performance was the same one as the previously shown TOTP.
PEDANTRY AHOY: It was a new performance because the camera panned across to Wright at the end and they were wearing different clothes. Though it was very similar.
by Steve Williams
Sun May 10, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 7697

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

Just a guess, but it's possible that the film shown in 1978 for YTOTIW wasn't considered a promotional music video from a rights perspective, it was/is a movie extract requiring special clearance. There's no way of knowing for sure without getting to see the relevant paperwork. In the episodes feat...
by Steve Williams
Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Pop Gold" ITV
Replies: 8
Views: 1060

Re: "Pop Gold" ITV

This has "ended" now, in that there doesn't appear to be any more episodes scheduled for the next few weeks, despite there definitely being another episode, and according to other forums there's no news on when, or indeed if, that one will be broadcast. Not that upset, mind, because while I've liked...
by Steve Williams
Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Keith Harris 1947-2015
Replies: 1
Views: 367

Re: Keith Harris 1947-2015

I'm sad about this, I saw him live in 1984 and thought he was great. I have no idea why we didn't have a copy of Orville's Song (as Ken Bruce reminded me this morning, written by Bobby Eighteen Year Old Office Boy Crush), mind, given we were always suckers for a novelty record. After he did The Keit...
by Steve Williams
Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:52 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Almost cast' actors
Replies: 76
Views: 4443

Re: 'Almost cast' actors

Fulton Mackay very nearly replaced Brian Wilde in Last of the Summer Wine. Roy Clarke got as far as creating a character for him, Scotty, but Wilde always seemed to change his mind at the last minute, and sign on for another series. This would have been around 1982-1985 Yes, this is because Brian W...
by Steve Williams
Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Almost cast' actors
Replies: 76
Views: 4443

Re: 'Almost cast' actors

The Beeb's adaptation of David Copperfield in 1999 was supposed to be written by John Sullivan with David Jason as Mr Micawber, but somewhere along the line Sullivan fell out with the Beeb and left the project, and so did Jason. Instead he wrote a series based on Micawber, starring David Jason, for ...
by Steve Williams
Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doing it all over again
Replies: 42
Views: 2427

Re: Doing it all over again

It's debatable whether it would have been fair to re-record Ask The Family with a new batch of questions. What if the original losers had won second time around? Then there's the practical problem of obtaining a new set of questions at short notice. Well, if you've already wasted time making an epi...
by Steve Williams
Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doing it all over again
Replies: 42
Views: 2427

Re: Doing it all over again

The two families had to give the same wrong answers which must have been difficult as they knew the correct ones by the time the show was re-recorded. Surely it would have been fairer to crack open another set of questions and start the whole thing again? I do remember reading about the first episo...
by Steve Williams
Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: D.O.G. s**t all over the screen
Replies: 39
Views: 1779

Re: D.O.G. s**t all over the screen

Gareth's quite right, and it's gone on for years. I remember my father grumbling about it when we used to watch the American imports back in the eighties. Seem to remember them parodying this on The Two Ronnies, in the Pinocchio spoof in their last episode in 1987, when there are lots of spoof cred...
by Steve Williams
Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 7697

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

Apparently Bruno's shows at the end of 1985 were not working out at all and he was in genuine danger of having his Radio One career end before it had even begun. He'd been put on three months notice before he was paired with Martin Cox as producer who is credited with turning things around. Martin ...
by Steve Williams
Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 7697

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

That Sunday schedule in your link amused me. Mark Goodier on breakfast, Chartbusters with Mark Goodier, the Top 40 with Mark Goodier. :) I think it was Mark Lamarr who christened Radio 1 "Goodier FM" back around then, and with good reason! Well, of course in a normal week Bruno himself would have b...
by Steve Williams
Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:00 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 7697

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

Talking of Bruno Brookes: did I dream it, or did R1 once broadcast a documentary about him c1989? 'The Bruno Brookes Story' or something. Even at the time, this struck me as a strange thing to do considering how young he was. I'm wondered since whether it might have been a spoof, or at least some k...
by Steve Williams
Sun Jan 11, 2015 5:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 7697

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

At Essex Radio, we used to go into the chart via the IRN line and then do a crossfade to stereo sourced from LBC's off-air FM output; there were some useful zappy noises near the start of the show that allowed us to do that rapidly and seamlessly. We'd have to temporarily drop back to the IRN feed ...
by Steve Williams
Thu Jan 08, 2015 8:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 7697

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

I would say that I am one of the older generation that has lost touch with the charts and my only exposure to *current* popular music is Radio 2. At any given week, I've got no idea what is number one. However - and I admit that I am completely out of touch with such things - I also have a confusio...
by Steve Williams
Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 7697

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

It would have to be aimed at 'old-time' TOTP viewers. The original target age-group will have no concept of what a 'pop' is, or what it is liable to be 'top' of. I think that's a bit of an exaggeration because lots of modern music harks back to the past. You only have to look at The X Factor where ...
by Steve Williams
Tue Jan 06, 2015 2:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 7697

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

Actually they did . At least from 1976 onwards. Or that was what it sounded like when the repeats were announced . They made a big deal about the reason they started from April 1976 being because that was the start point for an almost complete archive so they could show it close to the original dat...
by Steve Williams
Mon Jan 05, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 7697

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

I thought they showed them complete? I've only watched them occasionally I must admit, but the ones I've seen have been pretty much complete. The 7.30 screening is chopped down to half an hour (if it was longer than half an hour) by removing one or two acts. The other showings are all complete. The...
by Steve Williams
Mon Jan 05, 2015 1:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 7697

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

That goes to show they should have already done something about it then other than plug the gaps with non TOTP shows . The long break toward the end of 2014 was noticeable and its hardly a good practice for sustaining audience loyalty. There wasn't a long break - the last regular episode was on 11t...