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by Left Field
Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "ITC Entertained the World" - podcast
Replies: 38
Views: 5835

Re: "ITC Entertained the World" - podcast

Another excellent podcast. "The Baron" is not great as a show but it stands up pretty well within the ITC canon. I would echo the points that Steve Forrest's performances have been unfairly maligned by too many "critics" and wonder if their minds were made up before watching the show. I think many o...
by Left Field
Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "ITC Entertained the World" - podcast
Replies: 38
Views: 5835

Re: "ITC Entertained the World" - podcast

Thanks Fatcat - in terms of series that didn't make it, we did a bit of a post-mortem on The Zoo Gang. The listening figures for that podcast are about half compared to the rest of the episodes so I'm not sure if it's because it's a lesser known series or if we were maybe a bit too honest in our th...
by Left Field
Sun Aug 09, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "ITC Entertained the World" - podcast
Replies: 38
Views: 5835

Re: "ITC Entertained the World" - podcast

Sometimes it's the little things that make the biggest impression and what has always appealed to me most about "The Saint" are the teaser sequences with Roger Moore talking to camera, the halo appearing over his head (probably my favourite bit!) and then the excellent opening titles with the stick-...
by Left Field
Thu Aug 06, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "ITC Entertained the World" - podcast
Replies: 38
Views: 5835

Re: "ITC Entertained the World" - podcast

I'm not much of an ITC fan but this is an excellent podcast which I've very much enjoyed listening to. The participants have expertise but still discuss things in an accessible and engaging way, bouncing off each other very well. I would also say it's refreshing to have a podcast that isn't bedevill...
by Left Field
Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 86
Views: 10570

Re: Is it all over....?

The two shows that i would really like to see Network continue are Crown Court and General Hospital - in the case of the former there are still many more stories unreleased and in the case of the latter the hour-long episodes haven't emerged. A second volume for General Hospital did seem to be sched...
by Left Field
Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Earl Cameron (1917-2020) RIP
Replies: 3
Views: 831

Earl Cameron (1917-2020) RIP

Earl Cameron has sadly died aged 102 - a familiar face in many shows and films over the years:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-c ... e-53290142
by Left Field
Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crown Court
Replies: 25
Views: 3360

Re: Crown Court

Ivan Kirby's splendid Fulchester Crown Court blog provides a report for each case in the series, and is now up to it's 34th trial - https://fulchestercrowncourt.wordpress.com/ Thanks for flagging-up that excellent blog Billy - great to see an in-depth exploration of the stories. Crown Court is one ...
by Left Field
Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TV's first regular football commentator
Replies: 6
Views: 1558

Re: TV's first regular football commentator

A good programme Paul. While some may have been aware of Mr. Jewell as a commentator, others of him as a Cup Final referee and others still of him as a football manager very few will have been aware of him performing all these roles as well as his wider back-story. A sign of how differently things w...
by Left Field
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Still With Us
Replies: 162
Views: 30647

Re: Still With Us

Earl Cameron (aged 101) and June Spencer (100) were both interviewed for an episode of a Radio 4 series called "Living Memory" about centenarians:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0005tpr
by Left Field
Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Scot Squad
Replies: 4
Views: 1202

Re: Scot Squad

This is now returning for a fifth series this Thursday (4th April) at 10 pm. I don't watch a lot of contemporary comedy but must say this has been my favourite show of the past few years:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06kw5fq
by Left Field
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "A Binge Of Goodies" Network
Replies: 34
Views: 5030

Re: "A Binge Of Goodies" Network

I was impressed with the "Free Thinking" - not many revelations unknown to dedicated fans but an interesting and engaging listen emphasising how the episodes can be seen as satirical and progressive - perhaps overstated but thought-provoking. It can be heard or the podcast downloaded at: https://www...
by Left Field
Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Library Music"
Replies: 37
Views: 5357

Re: "Library Music"

What is odd about these "unknown " Thriller movie tracks is I can't (with one exception) recall hearing them in any other show and they are so memorable for me I would definitely recognise them if I heard them elsewhere. The one bizarre exception was hearing the music used in "Dial a Deadly Number" ...
by Left Field
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Library Music"
Replies: 37
Views: 5357

Re: "Library Music"

Hopefully this thread can keep running as a general resource for people wanting to know the details of library music from classic TV shows. An excellent idea. As there is another currently active thread concerning the Brian Clemens 'Thriller' series, there are a few remaining unidentified library m...
by Left Field
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Scot Squad
Replies: 4
Views: 1202

Re: Scot Squad

I'm delighted to say Scot Squad has returned for a fourth series - the first episode was last week but should be on I-Player. All the regulars are back plus a couple of new detectives, one of them played by Julie Wilson Nimmo who's probably best known as Miss Hoolie from the pre-school series Balamo...
by Left Field
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: William G Stewart (1935-2017)
Replies: 8
Views: 1442

Re: William G Stewart (1935-2017)

I'm sorry to hear this news. I caught "Fifteen To One" occasionally and liked the show. I felt William's smart look and calm, understated approach were very welcome when we're so used to game show hosts (even on daytime TV) who want to be "characters" and the star of the show. Perhaps it helped that...
by Left Field
Thu May 11, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Geoffrey Bayldon (1924-2017)
Replies: 7
Views: 1471

Re: Geoffrey Bayldon (1924-2017)

I am sorry to hear this - he really impressed me as an actor and I think he brought great dignity to his roles.
by Left Field
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Scot Squad
Replies: 4
Views: 1202

Re: Scot Squad

Thanks for the tip on this series. I decided to check it out and have been hugely impressed. I watch very little current TV so it's easy to miss gems like this so it's helpful to have them highlighted. The strident commentary and urgent music could have easily come from a "real" reality police show ...
by Left Field
Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Judging by first impressions
Replies: 5
Views: 1186

Re: Judging by first impressions

Usually when I don't like the first episode of a show its prospects of later changing my mind are quite low. Often I won't watch another episode but sometimes I'll watch one or two more to see if it finds more favour but this rarely occurs. I suppose the main reason for this is because my mind has b...
by Left Field
Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Dave Cash (David Charles Wish) (1942 - 2015)
Replies: 2
Views: 693

Re: Dave Cash (David Charles Wish) (1942 - 2015)

In one of those strange coincidences that happen from time to time I just noticed his name earlier today in a programme for a charity football match in 1977 - he was at Capitol Radio then. Among the other showbiz players were Patrick Mower, Bryan Marshall, Dave Dee, John Lyons, Jess Conrad and Bob H...
by Left Field
Sun Sep 18, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Don't Be Rude on the Road (Public Information Films)
Replies: 0
Views: 423

Don't Be Rude on the Road (Public Information Films)

Last night Radio 4 broadcast the above programme, part of its Archive on 4 strand, looking back at public information films and other work of the Central Office of Information. The public information films are very much part of the archive TV heritage. I was sorry to hear the programme refer to "the...
by Left Field
Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Public Eye website change
Replies: 6
Views: 1338

Re: Public Eye website change

I agree that a book of the scripts would be tremendous. It's unlikely to emerge but your extensive synopses are the next best thing and show that there was great quality in those "lost" episodes. Many thanks for writing those synopses and getting through so many scripts in such a short space of time!
by Left Field
Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Public Eye website change
Replies: 6
Views: 1338

Re: Public Eye website change

Many thanks to all for those positive words. I wasn't able to edit the old website in recent years due to access problems so it's been good to do some updates and corrections for typos and the like. One thing I've been able to do on this new site Andrew is highlight the availability of your excellen...
by Left Field
Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Public Eye website change
Replies: 6
Views: 1338

Public Eye website change

Some of you may have used my old Public Eye site - Public Eye - a Marker for All Seasons over the years. This will soon be disappearing to be replaced by a new version called Public Eye - Frank Marker Investigates . The content is largely the same but it does benefit from some updates. I've got some...
by Left Field
Sat Sep 05, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Hacker Time - music query
Replies: 2
Views: 813

Re: Hacker Time - music query

Many thanks Simon - I thought it might be a library piece and one I've heard quite a few times before but couldn't quite place it.
by Left Field
Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Hacker Time - music query
Replies: 2
Views: 813

Hacker Time - music query

In this very entertaining CBBC show - not just for kids - the puppet character Hacker T. Dog sings a song about Strictly Come Dancing to guest Kevin Clifton - it can be heard about fifteen and a half minutes into the episode. I wonder if anyone here can identify the cha cha cha-type music underlying...
by Left Field
Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Siadwel - BBC Radio Wales
Replies: 0
Views: 463

Siadwel - BBC Radio Wales

People may remember this wonderful character - the anorak-wearing Welsh poet - played by John Sparkes from Naked Video in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He's now delivering comic monologues on this BBC Radio Wales show. Some episodes are available to listen: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05xwh7z...
by Left Field
Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:09 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TV on TV
Replies: 79
Views: 9590

Re: TV on TV

In the Angels episode "Weekend", two characters at different times are watching TV and we can hear two programmes being introduced and the opening bars of their theme tunes - Doctor Who and Film 76.
by Left Field
Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Looking for Pat Hooker
Replies: 13
Views: 3061

Re: Looking for Pat Hooker

Thanks for posting the interview Billy - short but highly informative. I was very impressed by Pat's writing on Angels and it's useful to get some extra insight including into the genesis of the Maureen character.
by Left Field
Sat Nov 08, 2014 4:54 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crossroads - 50 years on
Replies: 67
Views: 7594

Re: Crossroads - 50 years on

simon10011 wrote:I wonder why each episode credits 3 writers. Did they really need 3 writers per 20 minute episode, or did they just credit all the writers working on a certain batch of episodes?
Apparently each writer was responsible for a specific story-line running across a number of episodes.
by Left Field
Thu Nov 06, 2014 7:33 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crossroads - 50 years on
Replies: 67
Views: 7594

Re: Crossroads - 50 years on

Thanks for flagging that up Simon - an interesting article. Other cast members were very positive about Noele Gordon but I'm sure there were also those who didn't like her and, like many people accorded "star" status, she may have been difficult to work with. There can be few other examples - if any...