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by Richard F
Sun May 20, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Gideons Way (Talking Pictures)
Replies: 16
Views: 2894

Re: Gideons Way (Talking Pictures)

Watching the ep 'Mona' it seemed familar to a forgotten 70s drama called 'The Life and Death of Penelope' ..I wonder if it was the same writer LOL ? The other ep about the crooked builders was a real treat..all my favourite actors were in it and thoroughly enjoyed it..although not sure what happene...
by Richard F
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: "Edgar Wallace Mysteries"
Replies: 6
Views: 1101

Re: "Edgar Wallace Mysteries"

Was Smokescreen (with Peter Vaughan) a Merton Park Production? That's a little B-movie gem with a great opening at Beachey Head and a cunning premise for a mystery plot. I'm looking forward to watching it again (just been on Talking Pictures).
by Richard F
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain
Replies: 44
Views: 5506

Re: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain

Wasn't there a commotion over "The Invaders", viewers wanting to know where the ending was? Yes -it was abruptly cancelled just as Vincent was finally starting to make some progress with his plight leaving fans with no satisfactory conclusion. The last episode seems incredibly rushed as the aliens ...
by Richard F
Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TVseries not shows that never saw the light of day
Replies: 47
Views: 6819

Re: TVseries not shows that never saw the light of day

The Inquisitors - possibly the first drama series in production for LWT when it launched in 1968. The premise reads like a cross between The Professionals and Cracker - a maverick criminal psychologist is teamed with a maverick ex-army interrogator to assist the Government in sensitive problems outs...
by Richard F
Sun Nov 27, 2016 11:55 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC2 reach at launch in 64
Replies: 9
Views: 2039

Re: BBC2 reach at launch in 64

Thanks all, much appreciated. So 5 to 10K would be a reasonable guestimate for the total number of viewers for those Tuesday Term programmes? As an aside can you explain why it would be "physically impossible" to receive BBC2 without also having ITV - commercial TV wasn't transmitted on UHF in 1964 ...
by Richard F
Sat Nov 26, 2016 12:59 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC2 reach at launch in 64
Replies: 9
Views: 2039

BBC2 reach at launch in 64

So am I right that at launch BBC2 was only available in the London area - and of course only to those households which had installed a UHF aerial? I'm interested in knowing just how many people could have watched BBC2 by July of 1964, and what the average recorded viewing figures were, particularly ...
by Richard F
Sat Aug 29, 2015 12:33 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Worst US TV and film depictions of Britain
Replies: 197
Views: 22422

Re: The Worst US TV and film depictions of Britain

The Sing a Song of Murder episode of Murder She Wrote was shown last night on ITV - dear God but what were they thinking? A Northern accented (!) Patrick Macnee playing a Archie Rice type comic, while his partner (played by Angela Lansbury) belts out music hall numbers from the Edwardian era to a ha...
by Richard F
Wed May 20, 2015 8:39 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Avengers - To be repeated
Replies: 90
Views: 12424

Re: The Avengers - To be repeated

Yes, that's it in a nutshell, they don't seem bothered, though. So they have shown "Sense Of History", I'll have to watch out for that one as well. Sense of History was indeed present this time round - no apparent clue why it was missed out before, the print seemed perfectly fine. But the subtext w...
by Richard F
Sun May 17, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Avengers - To be repeated
Replies: 90
Views: 12424

Re: The Avengers - To be repeated

Last week saw Honey for the Prince get The Fear Merchant's end credits - yes B&W segued into colour! - though at least we saw Fear Merchants this time round (with Escape In Time's end credits naturally). FM had cuts as well - I'm sure there was a tray of scalpels shown originally at the moment Patri...
by Richard F
Sun May 10, 2015 9:22 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Saint starring Adam Raynor
Replies: 6
Views: 1343

Re: The Saint starring Adam Raynor

One lovely touch - after a few episodes beginning with titles saying "Rome", "Beunos Aires" comes one with the title "Stevenage". It's refreshing to have stories in very down to earth places. Only topped by the similarly styled Man In A Suitcase episode Web With Four Spiders which opens with the ti...
by Richard F
Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Avengers - To be repeated
Replies: 90
Views: 12424

Re: The Avengers - To be repeated

I see the Thorson episodes have gone, as they started the B&W Riggs ("Town") again last night, I tuned in again tonight just in case they suddenly made a return, but alas...no. It was "The Murder Market", tonight, but with "The Gravediggers" end credits, that should have been the episode that follo...
by Richard F
Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:01 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Avengers - To be repeated
Replies: 90
Views: 12424

Re: The Avengers - To be repeated

I see the Thorson episodes have gone, as they started the B&W Riggs ("Town") again last night, I tuned in again tonight just in case they suddenly made a return, but alas...no. It was "The Murder Market", tonight, but with "The Gravediggers" end credits, that should have been the episode that follo...
by Richard F
Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:25 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Avengers - To be repeated
Replies: 90
Views: 12424

Re: The Avengers - To be repeated

I see the Thorson episodes have gone, as they started the B&W Riggs ("Town") again last night, I tuned in again tonight just in case they suddenly made a return, but alas...no. It was "The Murder Market", tonight, but with "The Gravediggers" end credits, that should have been the episode that follo...
by Richard F
Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Best of Wogan - BBC2 weekdays
Replies: 14
Views: 2792

Re: Best of Wogan - BBC2 weekdays

Wogan had some terrific set pieces that people forget - A James Bond special to tie in with the Licence to Kill release, an interview with David Lean at the time of the Lawrence of Arabia restoration and so on. Dennis Potter did some great interviews on it as well. There's tons of material to choose...
by Richard F
Sat Feb 14, 2015 1:13 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Avengers - To be repeated
Replies: 90
Views: 12424

Re: The Avengers - To be repeated

So The Winged Avenger tonight in the RIGHT ASPECT RATIO !!
by Richard F
Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:16 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Avengers - To be repeated
Replies: 90
Views: 12424

Re: The Avengers - To be repeated

That's it then, they are being shown in production order, with "The Fear Merchants" AWOL, as with "A Sense Of History". It's increasingly bizarre (though hopefully it will be a while before we see that episode!) - The See-Through Man had Escape In Time's EPG description, while yesterday's Venus had...
by Richard F
Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:08 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Avengers - To be repeated
Replies: 90
Views: 12424

Re: The Avengers - To be repeated

Turned out to be "The Bird Who Knew Too Much", tonight, and not the first one as advertised. Tonight's seemed to be in the wrong ratio , and the wrong speed, as the voices sounded a slightly higher pitch. What is it with, "The Avengers", will any one ever get it right.? So the clown car that is Tru...
by Richard F
Sat Jan 17, 2015 10:56 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Technical cock-up report - Taggart end credits
Replies: 2
Views: 801

Technical cock-up report - Taggart end credits

So which channel is currently showing repeats of Taggart (circa 1988 version) at about 10pm weeknights? I ask because when catching the end of a TV movie about a submarine rescue on Tru Entertainment last night (aka The Avengers repeat channel) I was rather surprised that the end credits abruptly sw...
by Richard F
Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1979
Replies: 107
Views: 14288

Re: Top of the Pops 1979

I'm continually thinking I can't take much more of this, but then something drags me back. If they continue into the 80's I believe that Woman in Love by Barbra Streisand will probably finish me off for good. :-) We've learnt from experience the trick is to record the show (preferably the late nigh...
by Richard F
Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: And finally Cyril?
Replies: 35
Views: 4652

Re: And finally Cyril?

I always thought Cyril Fletcher was hilariously strange, just the sort of eccentric that tv thrived on in those days. None of his successors worked as well for me. Cyril had a pronounced squint, which was emphasised by his position on the set. The set designer, Phil Roberson, once told me that if h...
by Richard F
Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Public Eye and the missing ATV episodes
Replies: 13
Views: 2069

Re: Public Eye and the missing ATV episodes

Hi Tim :) Delighted that you've been enjoying the viewing notes - they were a lot of fun to assemble and it's a series that I think is quite wonderful. The fact that so much is missing is very sad indeed - particularly from the third series, the scripts for which read superbly. I'm afraid I didn't ...
by Richard F
Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Promised Programmes that were never made
Replies: 81
Views: 9739

Re: Promised Programmes that were never made

In a Radio Times interview after (I think) Dark Side of the Sun had finished, Michael J Bird referred to his next series as Hotel Armageddon, set in a Greek resort with terrorists holding hostage a group of holidaymakers. Presumably the Greek tourist board had other ideas since this was replaced wit...
by Richard F
Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Promised Programmes that were never made
Replies: 81
Views: 9739

Re: Promised Programmes that were never made

Operation S.W.O.R.D - a Gerry Anderson series concept that got far enough advanced to have an Annual produced. Possibly the original successor to Captain Scarlet before Lew Grade diverted him onto Joe 90? Project SWORD was never a serious consideration as a TV series. It was simply a marketing umbr...
by Richard F
Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Promised Programmes that were never made
Replies: 81
Views: 9739

Re: Promised Programmes that were never made

Operation S.W.O.R.D - a Gerry Anderson series concept that got far enough advanced to have an Annual produced. Possibly the original successor to Captain Scarlet before Lew Grade diverted him onto Joe 90?
by Richard F
Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:03 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Random clips you clearly recall but have never seen since
Replies: 71
Views: 7782

Re: Random clips you clearly recall but have never seen sinc

From about 1979-80 I think, and never seen since probably due to rights issues - As you may know University Challenge is based on a U.S. series called College Bowl and one year they had the bright idea of pitching the winning UK series team against their American equivalent. This was filmed in the S...
by Richard F
Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:54 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Random clips you clearly recall but have never seen since
Replies: 71
Views: 7782

Re: Random clips you clearly recall but have never seen sinc

Phil Silvers on 'Parkinson' in 1973.He was talking about You'll Never Get Rich/Bilko/The Phil Silvers Show,and about how the guy who played Doberman was the same in real life,and he finished with "A nice guy.His real name's..." and couldn't get it. As a rule,any sentence which ventures into the "Ne...
by Richard F
Sat Nov 30, 2013 1:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: CBS to stream entire Kennedy murder coverage
Replies: 18
Views: 2369

Re: CBS to stream entire Kennedy murder coverage

I can only get the initial CBS announcement to play on the CBS website. None of the other clips or the "As It Happens" do anything on my computer. Are they territory-restricted? Looks like it. Great shame - but as I wrote earlier, a lot of uncut CBS material can be found elsewhere. This seems a goo...
by Richard F
Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:32 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: CBS to stream entire Kennedy murder coverage
Replies: 18
Views: 2369

Re: CBS to stream entire Kennedy murder coverage

I'm actually rather shocked that the BBC isn't devoting any space (even on the Parliament channel) to repeats of past programming on one of the momentous events of the 20th Century. Items such as the 1967 documentary "Death of Kennedy" debate between Arlen Spector and Mark Lane described in detail o...
by Richard F
Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Pointless speculation about Dr Who recoveries thread
Replies: 370
Views: 42960

Re: Pointless speculation about Dr Who recoveries thread

Nigeria aired Jukebox Jury ? You learn something every day... Given the amount of information known about sales of Dr Who abroad and the "bicycling" of film prints around the world, I'd have thought there should be records available of what ELSE exactly was sold to places like Nigeria. But I've nev...
by Richard F
Sun Nov 10, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Banned Discovery/YTV Documentary - Conspiracy of Silence
Replies: 13
Views: 2192

Re: Banned Discovery/YTV Documentary - Conspiracy of Silence

Well if you search for "Nebraska - a conspiracy of silence" on the ITN source website it will come up with an entry with no meta-data apart from a reference number and a clip that can't be viewed. Curiouser and curiouser!