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by Richard A
Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shoestring Series 2
Replies: 44
Views: 4967

Re: Shoestring Series 2

Thanks, Andrew. That sounds very encouraging.
by Richard A
Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shoestring Series 2
Replies: 44
Views: 4967

Re: Shoestring Series 2

Someone over on the Roobarb's Forum has received their copy already (from zoom.co.uk) and reports that the back cover states that there are music substitution s - thus far no detail though. I'd guess all episodes would have to be watched by someone who knows their way around the original soundtrack ...
by Richard A
Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shoestring Series 2
Replies: 44
Views: 4967

Re: Shoestring Series 2

Network's website is now showing October 16th. I can live with that - as long as I can see the The Dangerous Game on Christmas Eve while sipping a glass of port, I'll be happy. EDIT: The listing now shows the inclusion of a booklet from Andrew Pixley which is excellent news (and more than makes up ...
by Richard A
Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shoestring Series 2
Replies: 44
Views: 4967

Re: Shoestring Series 2

As long as I can watch the final, Christmas Eve set episode The Dangerous Game on, well, Christmas Eve, I'll be happy.
by Richard A
Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shoestring Series 2
Replies: 44
Views: 4967

Re: Shoestring Series 2

Shoestring: The Complete Series [DVD].

A provisional listing, slated for October the 2nd, but there nonetheless which is very encouraging.
by Richard A
Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: New Blog Post: Play for Today: The Other Woman
Replies: 5
Views: 467

Re: New Blog Post: Play for Today: The Other Woman

Thanks for that, Simon - an excellent piece and a reminder of the kind of intensity that could be expected in BBC TV drama at the time. I'd eschewed the BBC Store as I didn't think much of the proposition but I really should have used the opportunity to watch some of the hitherto unreleased TV drama...
by Richard A
Tue May 16, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Frighteners (LWT 1972) on Network DVD
Replies: 15
Views: 1576

Re: The Frighteners (LWT 1972) on Network DVD

Thanks for that, Billy. I shall read it when The Manipulators becomes unspoilable which, having ordered The Frighteners from Network yesterday morning should hopefully be later this week.
by Richard A
Wed May 03, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Child Be Strange: A Symposium on Penda’s Fen
Replies: 1
Views: 297

Re: Child Be Strange: A Symposium on Penda’s Fen

Thanks. I'm very tempted by that.
by Richard A
Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tales of Unease: The Old Banger
Replies: 13
Views: 936

Re: Tales of Unease: The Old Banger

Funny looking Hillman Imp! Still, what do you expect from someone who can come out with a line like:- "...as strange a story as anything allowed on television in those less-accountable days of old." ? Isn't the use of 'impish' in the title just riffing on memories of the Hillman marque? And isn't t...
by Richard A
Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Network's 'Forgotten TV Drama' range
Replies: 58
Views: 6652

Re: Network's 'Forgotten TV Drama' range

There was a play which spoofed the 1968 franchise round, but I can't recall what it was called, and I don't think it survives anyway, so that ( if I'm very much mistaken) severely reduces it's chances for a DVD release. That sounds like Sunday Night Theatre: Fade Out (HTV 1970), which does appear t...
by Richard A
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: British Comics
Topic: Flook : new Wally Fawkes interview and article
Replies: 12
Views: 1094

Re: Flook : new Wally Fawkes interview and article

Thanks! I really appreciate these updates.
by Richard A
Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Welsh Drama at the BBC
Replies: 1
Views: 296

Re: Welsh Drama at the BBC

Thanks!
by Richard A
Sat Feb 25, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: New agreement between Network and the BBC
Replies: 55
Views: 7168

Re: New agreement between Network and the BBC

Titles have been appearing since that announcement, though, e.g.:
  • Sink or Swim: The Complete Series
  • The Life and Times of David Lloyd George
  • All Passion Spent: The Complete Series
  • Till Death Us Do Part
  • Absolute Power: The Complete Series
by Richard A
Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: David Rudkin: Ashes (1972) - New Production
Replies: 1
Views: 257

Re: David Rudkin: Ashes (1972) - New Production

Sounds interesting. It almost makes me wonder about arranging a little trip to the area just to catch it.

Thanks for the tip.
by Richard A
Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sherlock Holmes
Replies: 231
Views: 15611

Re: Sherlock Holmes

I found a few other items on my Amazon.de wishlist to help 'amortise' the postage cost to the UK so I've just popped in an order. I'm fairly confident that it won't look that bad in motion. 'Noisy' transfers tend to look worse in screengrabs than in video (or at least that's what I've persuaded myse...
by Richard A
Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sherlock Holmes
Replies: 231
Views: 15611

Re: Sherlock Holmes

The 1980 series made in Poland: Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson starring Geoffrey Whitehouse and Donald Pickering is being released on DVD in Germany February 2017, with the original English audio as well as dubbed German. http://www.alive-ag.de/index.php?page=artikel&ArtikelNr=6417204 There's no...
by Richard A
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Sherlock Series 4
Replies: 10
Views: 814

Re: Sherlock Series 4

It was diverting enough in its way but, like a lot of post-Diana British TV, serving up bucketloads of heart-on-sleeve emotionality fails to mask a certain soullessness in the writing. Having seen all three, I've decided to rewatch the rather excellent Russian Sherlok Kholms (2012-13), the 8 feature...
by Richard A
Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Probation Officer: volume 1 [Network]
Replies: 7
Views: 1232

Re: PR: Probation Officer: volume 1 [Network]

I meant to add that, since Simply's release of Doomwatch, John Paul is now an actor who is very much on my 'archive TV' radar, so seeing some of his earlier work is an additional point of interest. Honor Blackman's appearance in these earlier episodes is also something to look forward to.
by Richard A
Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:27 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Probation Officer: volume 1 [Network]
Replies: 7
Views: 1232

Re: PR: Probation Officer: volume 1 [Network]

In case any MC-ers missed this, Probation Officer: volume 1 is now listed as a Network PRE-BUY at the reduced price of £18 until January 3rd after which point the price will go up. Mr. Wolf's link above is still valid for the item and PRE-BUY offer.
by Richard A
Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Absolute Power [Network]
Replies: 1
Views: 428

Re: PR: Absolute Power [Network]

More often than not I tend to favour the original radio series when a TV series is spun out of it but I think this is a case when the visual acting skills of the cast add a lot to the enjoyment of the humour and setup.

I'll be buying this.
by Richard A
Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Favourite show (one choice only)
Replies: 28
Views: 1580

Re: Favourite show (one choice only)

I'm very close to putting Public Eye because it's a show that I've really come to appreciate enormously in recent times but I think, in terms of a series that has reached me in different ways over the course of my life (having been just old enough to watch it when first broadcast), I'd have to say.....
by Richard A
Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: West Skerra Light - BBC Scotland on Halloween
Replies: 6
Views: 679

Re: West Skerra Light - BBC Scotland on Halloween

I watched West Skerra Light via iPlayer and I have to say that I thought it a very well executed balance of comedy and horror. I hope it gets a showing in the rest of the UK because it deserves it. The entire cast played to perfection and Still Game 's Greg Hemphill has demonstrated, after his debut...
by Richard A
Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:12 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: West Skerra Light - BBC Scotland on Halloween
Replies: 6
Views: 679

Re: West Skerra Light - BBC Scotland on Halloween

Thanks for the tip, Don. It looks interesting.

Link to the programme listing.
by Richard A
Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: A book by me
Replies: 5
Views: 614

Re: A book by me

I finished A Dangerous Place earlier today. It's a towering piece of work, Simon, and a rivetting read, thanks. It's also a super tribute from a son to his father. I think you hit exactly the right balance of objectivity and involving narrative. I've not read many criminal case studies but I could i...
by Richard A
Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:19 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: A book by me
Replies: 5
Views: 614

Re: A book by me

Looks interesting, Simon. My current binge watch of series 2 of Softly Softly: Task Force has elevated my interest in police work of late so I've just popped in a pre-order (paperback).
by Richard A
Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:05 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Numbers stations.
Replies: 8
Views: 733

Re: Numbers stations.

I just had a little rummage around and I think my 'continuous hydraulic hammer sound' was the Soviet over-the-horizon (OTH) radar system known as the 'Russian Woodpecker'. I wrote LW in my post above but it seems I must have heard it on the shorter end of my MW band (as I didn't have an SW radio at ...
by Richard A
Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:24 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Numbers stations.
Replies: 8
Views: 733

Re: Numbers stations.

I suppose nowadays encrypted data packets via the internet have pretty much replaced those analogue methods, although there's still a lot to be said for the blanket coverage, range and open subscriber nature of LW transmissions. I don't remember the 'numbers stations' (although I have heard of them)...
by Richard A
Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV: Channel 9?
Replies: 26
Views: 1540

Re: ITV: Channel 9?

It might be the VHF band for the channel at that time. Exactly. Southern was 11 for me and BBC was Channel 3. I could spin that turret between them in less than a second. You were lucky, the hand-me-down Dynatron Buckingham TV38 that I was allowed to have in my bedroom needed a strong wrist (for a ...
by Richard A
Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: The Life and Times of David Lloyd George [Network]
Replies: 5
Views: 770

Re: PR: The Life and Times of David Lloyd George [Network]

I have memories of this series being very good indeed. A definite buy and an excellent entry in the first wave of the new Network/BBC deal.