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by spflog1
Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Threads (DVD Release) - A Few Thoughts
Replies: 21
Views: 1758

Re: Threads (DVD Release) - A Few Thoughts

Several weeks back I finally got around to watching the DVD release of the nuclear holocaust drama "Threads" . I thought I'd share some of my thoughts on the production. Over the years I've heard and read much about this one-off drama but had never seen it until recently. I don't recall this ever b...
by spflog1
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Threads (DVD Release) - A Few Thoughts
Replies: 21
Views: 1758

Re: Threads (DVD Release) - A Few Thoughts

I saw Threads on original broadcast and have watched it again a few years ago when I bought it on DVD as a birthday present for my wife - she wasn't impressed! My opinion of it has remained the same over the years. I find it far too optimistic. Maybe it's realistic in a VERY limited nuclear exchange...
by spflog1
Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: BBC trail that was pulled
Replies: 18
Views: 1626

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

That really was horrible. I can see what they were aiming for but it failed big time and turned into something seriously unpleasant.
by spflog1
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 161377

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

But it's not supposed to be a complete personality change. It hasn't been a complete personality change. It's never been a complete personality change. You mention The Three Doctors. Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee were all radically different in their interpretations of the character. All vastly d...
by spflog1
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 161377

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

The Doctor's personality changes with each regeneration. That's always been the case. There are often some echoes of previous incarnations and in that Jodie Whittaker's portrayal completely conforms to type. I understand and have some sympathy with the concerns raised by Peter Davison regarding the ...
by spflog1
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Forces tv
Replies: 12
Views: 1408

Re: Forces tv

who knows maybe next they could show Star Maidens.Loved this show with Judy Geeson. Yes, I have a great love for Star Maidens as well. Judy Geeson and Christiane Kruger were brilliant in their portrayals. It's amusing to see Blakes7's Gareth Thomas playing one of the main characters in this very di...
by spflog1
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?
Replies: 27
Views: 3922

Re: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?

rosalyn wrote:
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:01 pm
It's funny how certain quotes from old shows stick in one's memory, seemingly forever.
Yes, in my case I recall Patrick Moore in his bunny suit suddenly babbling on at great speed about Jupiter. Over four decades ago but for some reason that little moment sticks in the mind.
by spflog1
Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?
Replies: 27
Views: 3922

Re: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?

Does anyone know why this hugely popular series doesn't get repeated? Is it just a case that it hasn't aged well or something else? On the very few occasions when I actually have seen episodes broadcast in recent years it still seems to work just fine. Highly entertaining in fact. Was that just due ...
by spflog1
Sun Mar 08, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 161377

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

I don't mind it if they're trying to put a bit of mystery back into the Doctor's identity/origin. Maybe it was just felt that the whole Gallifrey/Time Lord thing had been rather overused (and abused) and consequently had lost some of that mystery. Good luck to them on that. Maybe The Timeless Childr...
by spflog1
Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 161377

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

Viewing figures have been down for the last five years. There was a short-lived resurgence of interest due to the novelty of a female Doctor but figures soon returned to their former levels and downward trend. The embarrassing, heavy-handed preaching during the earlier part of this season no doubt d...
by spflog1
Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two Ronnies sketch
Replies: 26
Views: 3197

Re: Two Ronnies sketch

Stephen Fry has talked about how he often puts Norfolk place names into things - I think, for example, there's a reference to a "Garboldisham Road" in Fry and Laurie, Garboldisham being a village in South Norfolk. In Fry's case though I think he does it out of a sort of Norfolk patriotism rather th...
by spflog1
Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Heather Couper (1949-2020)
Replies: 3
Views: 801

Re: Heather Couper (1949-2020)

I remember that "Planets" series she did for Yorkshire in the early 80's, really good. Her series The Planets was Channel 4. Perhaps you're muddling its origin with her 1981 series Heavens Above! which certainly was produced by Yorkshire Television. I asked for (and got - Yippee!) the accompanying ...
by spflog1
Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: West Country Tales
Replies: 3
Views: 802

Re: West Country Tales

Don Satchley wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:20 am
Yes that's right. Some might Pan it but I like it1
That episode was my favourite at the time as well. I'll have to watch them again sometime to see if my views remain the same. Nice to know it's out there.
by spflog1
Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: West Country Tales
Replies: 3
Views: 802

Re: West Country Tales

Don Satchley wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:36 pm
The poacher episode was my favourite.
Without wishing to give any spoilers away, casting my mind back four decades, would that be the hoof print one?
by spflog1
Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 161377

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

drmih wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:38 pm
I'm just not convinced the main cast are capable actors - it really stands out when you get good guests, as has been the case on a few occasions.
My wife has said much the same thing.
by spflog1
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 161377

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

Tonight's episode, The Haunting of Villa Diodati, was more like it. I was perfectly happy with this one. It thankfully shows they can still get it right. ********************** ********************** **SPOILER ALERT** ********************** ********************** I particularly liked the way the epi...
by spflog1
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 161377

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

Yes, it's very sad to see the state of the current series. The heavy handed delivery of the seemingly obligatory moral messages can be painful to watch. The stories are nowhere near good enough to mitigate for, or take our minds away from, these irritants. I really do hope this doesn't lead to a can...
by spflog1
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 161377

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

Tonight's one I thought chaotic with a muddled script, but then the PC speech at the end going on about global warming killed it for me and I cannot be bothered seeking it out again. Yes, the episode Orphan 55 was truly appalling. I turned to my wife towards the end and said this has to be one of t...
by spflog1
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Programmes that kept going for no real reason
Replies: 22
Views: 3492

Re: Programmes that kept going for no real reason

Many classic, much loved comedies went on far longer than they should have. Cast changes over time can have seriously detrimental effects, ruining the original magic that made them work. I think it's always a case of it being hard to pull the plug on something which was so loved.
by spflog1
Mon Jan 13, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 161377

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

Tonight's one I thought chaotic with a muddled script, but then the PC speech at the end going on about global warming killed it for me and I cannot be bothered seeking it out again. Yes, the episode Orphan 55 was truly appalling. I turned to my wife towards the end and said this has to be one of t...
by spflog1
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 57
Views: 6074

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

I'd love to see Stocker's Copper released. It's a Play for Today episode from 1972, telling the story of a strike by Cornish clay miners in 1913. Gareth Thomas is in a lead role as one of the policemen being shipped in to deal with the problem.
by spflog1
Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows ruined by revival/comeback
Replies: 80
Views: 8154

Re: Shows ruined by revival/comeback

Tom Baker was the last real Doctor. Hinchliffe, Letts, Lambert et al wipe the floor with Chinball, Muppet, The Fallen One and JN-T. Tom Baker's era under Hinchliffe is rightfully celebrated as easily one of the series' high points. His following years were not to the same standard though, being no ...
by spflog1
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows ruined by revival/comeback
Replies: 80
Views: 8154

Re: Shows ruined by revival/comeback

I've been impressed with the Clangers revival. I was worried they'd do a reboot but thankfully the storyline has just seen a continuation on from the old series. They've even continued to use stop-motion to animate instead of opting for the now ubiquitous CGI. It's certainly true that some shows out...
by spflog1
Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crossovers?
Replies: 47
Views: 4687

Re: Crossovers?

Charlie Endell (as played by Iain Cuthbertson) from 'Budgie' appeared in his own spinoff 'Charles Endell Esquire'. Elisabeth Sladen played Sarah Jane Smith in 'Dr Who' then 'K9 and Company' and then 'The Sarah Jane Adventures'. Ah yes, Charles Endell Esquire. I loved the theme music to that show. I...
by spflog1
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 12138

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

I wonder if voice-overs count. If so Tom Baker was ubiquitous during the 80s/90s during commercial breaks. I've already mentioned Tom for his PR1ME Computers ads. He did those in character as the Doctor, with Lalla as well. A few more: Henry McGee - Sugar Puffs Lynda Bellingham - Oxo stock cubes Pa...
by spflog1
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 12138

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

Jan Francis & Paul Nicholas - Cadbury's Wispa Mel Smith and Peter Cook did one for Wispa too. Which has just reminded me of the series of Holsten Pils ads from around the same time, with Griff Rhys Jones edited into scenes from classic films. Oh yeah, I'd forgotten that Mel did those with Peter. I ...
by spflog1
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 12138

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

A few more spring to mind:

Anthony Head - Nescafe Gold Blend coffee
Nanette Newman - Fairy washing-up liquid
Gregor Fisher - Hamlet cigars
by spflog1
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 12138

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

Terry Scott - Cadbury's Curly Wurly Tom Baker & Lalla Ward - PR1ME Computers Paul Hogan - Fosters beer Mike Grady - Pepsi June Whitfield - Birds Eye chicken pie (the Pinocchio nose one) Jan Francis & Paul Nicholas - Cadbury's Wispa Lorraine Chase - Campari (can't ever hear the words Luton Airport wi...
by spflog1
Thu May 24, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Romper Stomper
Replies: 0
Views: 371

Romper Stomper

I've been watching Australian television series Romper Stomper on BBC II! and I must say it's a little more boisterous than I seem to remember its predecessor of old. Furthermore, two episodes in and I'm still waiting for Miss Rosalyn to appear, brandish her Magic Mirror and utter those immortal wor...
by spflog1
Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Fictional TV on TV - the shows that weren't
Replies: 60
Views: 5617

Re: Fictional TV on TV - the shows that weren't

Nick Cooper 625 wrote:
spflog1 wrote:I seem to recall a parody police drama called The Filth appearing on a show from around 1990 but I can't recall which one.
Screenplay: The Black and Blue Lamp (07/09/88).
Yes, just read a description of it and that's definitely the one. Well done!