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by RayB
Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Britbox - UK version
Replies: 35
Views: 6267

Re: Britbox - UK version

To get back on topic, I’m wondering how Britbox are going to join in with the likes of Netflix, Amazon and even themselves (iPlayer, ITV Hub and My5) when it doesn’t have its own app for smart TVs and Firesticks etc. It appears to be limiting itself to PCs, phones and tablets. There is an app for S...
by RayB
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Britbox - UK version
Replies: 35
Views: 6267

Re: Britbox - UK version

I've had a subscription to the US service since it began but there hasn't been too much in the way of movement - there's certainly more content on the UK version already and as far as I can tell, the US offering is strictly BBC & ITV, no hint of any other channel or content provider getting a look. ...
by RayB
Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Britbox - UK version
Replies: 35
Views: 6267

Re: Britbox - UK version

"The Sweeney" S1-4 have recently appeared on the US version of Britbox - I'm not sure if they are remastered or HD (programme information is a bit limited). There is more content from 25+ years back on the US offering - the Thames/Freemantle archive is something that needs unlocking - or maybe Freem...
by RayB
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Reg Watson 1926-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 445

Reg Watson 1926-2019

Reports of his death earlier today at the age of 93.
by RayB
Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:49 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Mark Farmer Actor 1962 - 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 976

Re: Mark Farmer Actor 1962 - 2016

I remember Mark very well for Johnny Jarvis and also Minder. A sad loss.
by RayB
Sat Nov 14, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Warren Mitchell 1926-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 987

Warren Mitchell 1926-2015

The BBC are reporting his death at the age of 89: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34820371
by RayB
Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:00 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 208544

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

Really? All the catch-up options people now have, and they're going for an omnibus on plain ol' broadcast telly? I wonder if they didn't get as large a catch-up on the first episode as they'd expected? At least the broadcast version will retain the DD 5.1 - rare as rocking horse droppings on the iP...
by RayB
Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Clarkson controversy
Replies: 45
Views: 5262

Re: Clarkson controversy

Given that this isn't the first time that JC has been in hot water over things he's said/done, I wouldn't be surprised if he chose not to renew his contract which by all accounts is about to expire - how many more scrapes can he get into? A clean break might be best all round.
by RayB
Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:00 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Almost cast' actors
Replies: 76
Views: 9918

Re: 'Almost cast' actors

Geoffrey Bayldon was offered Dr Who - as a replacement for Hartnell but as the same character. He turned it down so regeneration was invented. Geoffrey B told me this himself. He's discussed this in numerous radio & TV interviews - apparently he had to reject DW as he'd already signed to do "Catwea...
by RayB
Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Poldark
Replies: 3
Views: 774

Re: Poldark

Now that was pretty good, wasn't it? My only thing (possibly me) was that the picture sort of went broken up on fast action shots - sort of thing that happened in the early days of Torchwood. Encoder, bitrates etc... I thought it was pretty good, aside from glaringly obvious CGI - why they bother w...
by RayB
Sun Jan 18, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: D.O.G. s**t all over the screen
Replies: 39
Views: 4414

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

You're behind the times, Ray! You're not supposed to concentrate on the programme anymore. TV is a social experience. You watch whilst typing. I see this all the time. Actors conduct live tweeting sessions during programmes. Twitter will often have a popular show trending whilst it's on air, becaus...
by RayB
Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:38 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: D.O.G. s**t all over the screen
Replies: 39
Views: 4414

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

Whilst we're at it, I've noticed a few US shows are starting to put hash-tags on-screen during the programme, relevant to the current action. I know it's almost the norm now for shows to put a tag up once or twice but they generally remain the same. I'm talking about tags that change with the story;...
by RayB
Sun Dec 28, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 208544

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

The usual drivel. A drop of 2 million in viewing figures (compared with 2013) which perhaps reflects a fall in popularity. I saw the first 20 minutes and was so irritated by Nick Frost (the "perfect Santa" according to Moffat, because of his name) and his comedy elves that I switched over. I record...
by RayB
Thu Nov 27, 2014 10:47 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Network - New agreement with ITV
Replies: 35
Views: 5092

Re: Network - New agreement with ITV

Tim Munro wrote:"Barriers" please ( he said yet again).
Ooh, seconded!

I remember this programme, often wondered if anyone else did.
by RayB
Fri Nov 14, 2014 5:04 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: TVC Auction
Replies: 6
Views: 1329

Re: TVC Auction

Made the news: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29975893 It seems they raised £100K from the sale? ..Does not seem much? Still I suppose most of that equipment is now obsolete? That generator went for way, way less than market value, I suspect much more did too. Still, that's auctions I...
by RayB
Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 208544

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

I also noted that Jenna Coleman got top billing in the titles - is this because it's her last show (not heard such officially but there have been many, many rumours) or would there be some other reason? It was because she did the whole "I'm the Doctor" thing in the pre-titles scene. Giving her top ...
by RayB
Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 208544

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

Compared to the other season finales of "Nu-Who" this one seemed a bit flat to me. Certainly no real "stand out" moments but nice to see the image of the Brig playing a part. I also noted that Jenna Coleman got top billing in the titles - is this because it's her last show (not heard such officially...
by RayB
Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV Daytime Drama Series 1972-82
Replies: 59
Views: 5217

Re: ITV Daytime Drama Series 1972-82

I've got a vague recollection of something called "Sam" from the mid 70's and also "Hazell" although the latter was probably a repeat...
by RayB
Sun Nov 02, 2014 4:57 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Today's BBC News
Replies: 7
Views: 1463

Re: Today's BBC News

On a related topic, I paused Strictly Come Dancing after the intro announcement while I finished cooking supper last night and sat down to watch the show on "chase-play". The opening dance sequence (which looked like a pre-record) was poor quality, with blocky detail and a lack of sharpness. The op...
by RayB
Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:28 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 208544

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

As others have said, it screamed "re-hash of Revelation" to me. A nice touch when Clara was being asked her DoB: "Nov. 23" but then I also noted from Pink "They have ipads..." - would that count as undue prominence? It was another week where I was distracted by anything else, no matter how trivial -...
by RayB
Sun Nov 02, 2014 11:19 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Today's BBC News
Replies: 7
Views: 1463

Re: Today's BBC News

At a guess, no budget, or no guarantee that reimbursement would be forthcoming. If it's on YT it's available immediately and for free - just download it and sling it straight into whatever editing system they use, and bingo. I can see that being the case if it truly wasn't available elsewhere or if...
by RayB
Sun Nov 02, 2014 12:10 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Today's BBC News
Replies: 7
Views: 1463

Re: Today's BBC News

I've not seen the clip, but there must be something going on - the quality of some of the clips shown as part of the story around Lynda Bellingham's recent passing was terrible! I know YT was possibly the only place they could get a couple of them, but even the ACGAS that I saw was ropey - like a VH...
by RayB
Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 208544

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

I sat on one side of the sofa, the missus on the other, the kids (aged 7 and very nearly 10) between us. The 3DS was put aside and we watched it from start to finish together as a family. This is the first time we've done this since last Saturday's episode. As a result today the youngest sat for an...
by RayB
Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:35 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 208544

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

The most recent episode I've seen in full is the mummy-on-the-space-train one. It's still on my hard drive, so I've been sad enough to scan through it for Clara's-social-life-in-London bits. There are just two scenes where she talks to her boyfriend on the phone, and they last a whopping 62 seconds...
by RayB
Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:05 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 208544

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

For start the part-time companion thing just doesn't interest me... Contrast Clara with Ian and Barbara. Ian and Barbara's first encounter with the Doctor and their subsequent travels had the real feeling of people uprooted from their lives and being exposed to something new and almost impossibly d...
by RayB
Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:08 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 208544

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

I must be out of step with everyone, I'm afraid I realised about half way through that I wasn't really "watching" and had no idea what the episode was about. Just didn't grab me at all.
by RayB
Sun Oct 12, 2014 6:26 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 208544

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

Another one I bailed out on. I had the impression that Clara wasn't going to be in this episode, or not in most of it, and when she stepped out of the Tardis I just gave up on it. You should have stuck around - much less of her this week. I had feared a re-hash of the "Titanic" special from DT's er...
by RayB
Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 208544

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

I almost gave up last night after 15 minutes, but stuck with it in the hope it would improve. It didn't. I don't know if it's just me, but this series so far seems to be more about Clara and what she gets up to, with The Doctor in more of a supporting role (shared with that bloody cure-all). I'm not...
by RayB
Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:08 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Bardon (1939 - 2014)
Replies: 3
Views: 723

Re: John Bardon (1939 - 2014)

Add to the list the father of "Johnny Jarvis" in the 6-part serial of the same name, BBC 1983
by RayB
Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The 9pm Watershed
Replies: 8
Views: 1177

Re: The 9pm Watershed

Also, did ITV have any sort of ITC regulations? Their lunchtime drama was often on the naughty side, "Couples" for instance has plenty of swearing and frank sexual discussion, and in the early 80s they were repeating things like Strangers ind the occasionally sweary Shine on Harvey Moon in that slo...