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by Wakey
Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Vital Spark"
Replies: 11
Views: 1297

Re: "The Vital Spark"

There was a previous BBC Scotland series of Para Handy dramas in 1959/60. One of them gave James MacTaggart one of his earliest drama directing jobs.
by Wakey
Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries
Replies: 24
Views: 3874

Re: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries

Fascinating. Thanks Billy. I for one would welcome further such articles in future if you become aware of more recoveries.
by Wakey
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington
Replies: 27
Views: 2262

Re: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington

oh, and as for using VT for the Teddington stuff - possibly the original reason was the (at the time) absence of BT circuits from Teddington into the rest of the ITV Network. Apologies if I'm being dim, but what's the significance of that? Does it mean that from Teddington ABC could transmit only t...
by Wakey
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington
Replies: 27
Views: 2262

Re: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington

By the way, has anyone looked at Sydney Newman's autobiography to see if he mentions Teddington in this context? Embarrassingly, I still haven't got around to buying it. Yes, I read it recently. It isn't terribly helpful on this point and he doesn't write about Armchair Theatre in strictly chronolo...
by Wakey
Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington
Replies: 27
Views: 2262

Re: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington

Thanks for the further replies. I'd never realised Armchair Theatre did filmed plays. Fascinating stuff.
by Wakey
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington
Replies: 27
Views: 2262

Re: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington

Thanks Jez and Simon for those last two posts. The plot thickens! So we know videotaping isn't a useful clue to the move, but also that Didsbury was still in use in May 1959, whereas Howard Thomas suggests the move happened by that spring (but as Jez says, that may not be totally accurate). As it st...
by Wakey
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington
Replies: 27
Views: 2262

Re: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington

Thanks for all the replies. I did look in the White book but as Simon indicates the move had already happened by the time White was involved with Armchair Theatre. I note that, according to Kaleidoscope, Armchair Theatre was always broadcast live until The Scent of Fear, broadcast from videotape on ...
by Wakey
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington
Replies: 27
Views: 2262

Re: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington

Billy is still around (last posting earlier this month on the Ace of Wands thread). It is possible that it was discussed on the 'Network's Forgotten TV Drama range' thread. Ah, that was it, thanks. Since that thread's been inacitive several months I'll leave this one going for now. Strange about Bi...
by Wakey
Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington
Replies: 27
Views: 2262

Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington

Does anyone know when exactly (i.e. with which edition) Armchair Theatre moved from ABC's Didsbury to the Teddington studios?

I was going to post this in the Armchair Theatre Archive thread but that, and Billy Smart who was working on those DVDs, seem to have mysteriously vanished from this forum!
by Wakey
Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Secret Army and Kessler on DVD
Replies: 2
Views: 538

Secret Army and Kessler on DVD

I’m finally wanting to buy Secret Army on DVD (in the UK). As far as I can see, the most economical way is to buy the European import boxed set which also includes Kessler. However, according to retailer websites this is in widescreen, which doesn’t sound right. Dos anyone have this boxed set and if...
by Wakey
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:08 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: My own take on Orwell's 1984
Replies: 5
Views: 813

Re: My own take on Orwell's 1984

The sordid reality of Airstrip One through the innocence of a child. Orwell's works are in public domain in my country. That's unusual. Presumably that's a quirk of the Australian system. Pretty much everywhere else the copyright doesn't expire for a couple more years. Enjoy the freedom of not havi...
by Wakey
Fri Nov 24, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sydney Newman at 100
Replies: 1
Views: 526

Re: Sydney Newman at 100

Any word yet on who the guests are for the panel discussion, Dick?
by Wakey
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:04 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Network's 'Forgotten TV Drama' range
Replies: 58
Views: 8074

Re: Network's 'Forgotten TV Drama' range

Two more Forgotten TV Drama titles announced: Armchair Theatre Archive: Volume 1 - http://networkonair.com/exclusives/2794-armchair-theatre-archive-volume-1-pre-buy- Nothing To Pay (1962, w. Alun Richards d. Charles Jarrott) The Cherry on the Top (1964, w. Donald Churchill d. Guy Verney) Light the ...
by Wakey
Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences
Replies: 23
Views: 2337

Re: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences

Has any other programme in TV history been the subject of so much misrepresentation? Yes, loads. This sort of thing is really, really common. An awful lot of anecdotes about old TV turn out to be nonsense when you investigate them. Just because someone was involved in a programme doesn't mean they'...
by Wakey
Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC 'Play of the Month', 'Television Shakespeare', etc.
Replies: 2
Views: 606

Re: BBC 'Play of the Month', 'Television Shakespeare', etc.

Fantastic stuff, thanks for sharing.
by Wakey
Wed Jul 20, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Camera script vs. final script question (1960s)
Replies: 10
Views: 1000

Re: Camera script vs. final script question (1960s)

Although not television, I know from experience that this is done in BBC radio drama (at least as of 2014 when I had a very brief taste of it), and I suspect the origins/purpose of the practice are common. I was told that a programme-as-broadcast script that exactly mirrors the broadcast content mus...
by Wakey
Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Line Of Duty (series 3)
Replies: 4
Views: 768

Re: Line Of Duty (series 3)

Agreed. Great series but that ending was pretty terrible. MASSIVE SPOLIERS FOR ENDING - stop reading now if you haven't seen it yet... I mean it... How the hell did Kate hit the car with that one shot at that distance/speed? Surely impossible. And why did she get commended for it rather than arreste...
by Wakey
Sat Jan 23, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Rudolph Cartier's productions of Edwardian plays
Replies: 2
Views: 517

Re: Rudolph Cartier's productions of Edwardian plays

Interesting stuff, thanks.
by Wakey
Mon Jan 04, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Adam Smith: The Complete Second Series [Network]
Replies: 7
Views: 1025

Re: PR: Adam Smith: The Complete Second Series [Network]

Thanks for the replies, chaps.

Does anyone know if Network are still hoping to release series two?
by Wakey
Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Adam Smith: The Complete Second Series [Network]
Replies: 7
Views: 1025

Re: PR: Adam Smith: The Complete Second Series [Network]

Did this DVD actually get released? If so it must have been deleted as I can't find it now, which is frustrating. I bought series one in the recent Network sale and would love to see the rest of the series. Another quick question: I looked the series up in the latest Kaleidoscope drama guide, which ...
by Wakey
Mon Aug 10, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV Drama 1968-80 Philip Purser's highlights
Replies: 31
Views: 2417

Re: ITV Drama 1968-80 Philip Purser's highlights

Thanks chaps, that all makes fascinating reading.
by Wakey
Sun Aug 09, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV Drama 1968-80 Philip Purser's highlights
Replies: 31
Views: 2417

Re: ITV Drama 1968-80 Philip Purser's highlights

It would still be worthless. The forthcoming paperback promises revisions, but Seaton's comments since publication suggest it will not be a revelatory improvement. It shouldn't be at all associated with Briggs. I was quite horrified. Are you able to expand on the book's deficiencies? I'd thought of...
by Wakey
Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Event: Forgotten Lost & Neglected TV Drama Egham 22-24 April
Replies: 9
Views: 1859

Re: Event: Forgotten Lost & Neglected TV Drama Egham 22-24 A

This sounds utterly fascinating. As a non-academic, I've often thought events like this sounded interesting but found the idea of attending an academic conference rather intimidating. I might give this one a go. A shame it can't be a shade cheaper - though I'm sure there are good reasons for the pri...
by Wakey
Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doing it all over again
Replies: 42
Views: 4047

Re: Doing it all over again

Its routine in weekly recorded shows like sitcoms and studio comedies/dramas that faulty scenes from a previous week are redone while recording the next episode. Apparently quite a lot of one of the "Quatermass II" episodes is not what went out live, but was re-done by the cast after transmission a...
by Wakey
Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:45 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Forgotten Dramas' season: BFI February 2015
Replies: 34
Views: 3095

Re: 'Forgotten Dramas' season: BFI February 2015

What a fantastic selection. Plaudits to all involved. I too would love to see Pity About the Abbey. Curteis was proud that it was selected for preservation in the National Television Archive in the first place. The Logic Game is very tempting too. Two plays that get written about (so not forgotten t...
by Wakey
Wed Dec 24, 2014 2:23 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: End of Part X
Replies: 35
Views: 3136

Re: End of Part X

Last week's Black Mirror: White Christmas, discussed elsewhere on this forum, used the 'Part X' etc style ad bumper captions, so the form isn't entirely dead, though was probably deliberate affectation in this case.
by Wakey
Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC's 1954 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' - 60 years
Replies: 5
Views: 890

Re: BBC's 1954 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' - 60 years

marsey wrote:Is this on tv then, can't seem to find anything in the listings?
Not that I'm aware of. Can't see why it would be.

The BFI are working on a DVD though, which will hopefully come out in the first half of the new year.
by Wakey
Fri Dec 12, 2014 11:54 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC's 1954 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' - 60 years
Replies: 5
Views: 890

BBC's 1954 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' - 60 years

Yes, I know there's been loads of threads about it before, but I thought it'd be nice to start a new one to celebrate this production's 60th anniversary tonight (and again in four days, given its second airing). Isn't it wonderful not only that a recording of one of its broadcasts still exists but j...
by Wakey
Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 60
Views: 6303

Re: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD

It was never transmitted as part of Festival , but it was made for that series. I'm pretty sure that the other five Wednesday Play s of 1964 were also Festival commissions (four of them still produced by Peter Luke). BBC1 were just very keen to disassociate themselves from the alarmingly highbrow F...
by Wakey
Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TV on TV
Replies: 79
Views: 6806

Re: TV on TV

... There always seemed to be something exclusively strange and chaotic about drama made by LWT in comparison with the other ITV companies. I can guess why. I've just read Rex Firkin's memoir, which includes his time as head of drama for LWT, and it sounds like LWT was itself perpetually strange an...