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by Billy Smart
Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Getting Started as a TV Director, 1964-65'
Replies: 1
Views: 317

'Getting Started as a TV Director, 1964-65'

Stuck in lockdown last year, the veteran television drama director Brian Parker occupied himself by starting to write his memoirs. Unfortunately he had only got up to the first chapter when he died in December, but the Forgotten Television Drama blog can publish what he had written: Brian Parker – G...
by Billy Smart
Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Brian Parker (1929-2020)
Replies: 2
Views: 600

Re: Brian Parker (1929-2020)

Stuck in lockdown last year, Brian Parker occupied himself by starting to write his memoirs. Unfortunately he had only got up to the first chapter when he died in December, but the Forgotten Television Drama blog can publish what he had written: Brian Parker – Getting Started as a TV Director, 1964-...
by Billy Smart
Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Royal Family' leaked
Replies: 15
Views: 1537

Re: 'Royal Family' leaked

An overlooked detail: The 90m cut that is now circulating isn't the original broadcast version, which runs to 105m.
by Billy Smart
Fri Jan 29, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 67
Views: 13764

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

Play For Today: Volume 2 has been announced. The plays included are: Stocker’s Copper (Written by Tom Clarke | Dir. Jack Gold, 1972) The Elephant’s Graveyard (Written by Peter McDougall | Dir. John Mackenzie, 1976) Gotcha/ Campion’s Interview (Written by Barrie Keeffe / Brian Clark | Directed by Ba...
by Billy Smart
Wed Jan 27, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.
Replies: 57
Views: 11174

Re: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.

I am guessing if it were made now there would be warnings before and the standard 'if you have been affected by issues in this programme, please call..." at the end. Written by Brian Phelan. If the nightmares and trauma are anything like Article Five , Phelan's banned 1975 Centre Play about torture...
by Billy Smart
Tue Jan 26, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.
Replies: 57
Views: 11174

Re: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.

Aren't there some Blue Peters that are telerecordings into the 80s? There's one from 1981 and one from 1982 (there's also a missing episode from that week, thanks to a wiped 2" tape). Perhaps the latest black & white telerecording of all is some location footage of the 1989 Doctor Who story Surviva...
by Billy Smart
Tue Jan 26, 2021 6:01 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.
Replies: 57
Views: 11174

Re: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.

Excluding Crossroads , what are the latest ATV drama episodes to be missing? Not missing, but looking at the TVBrain listings, I am surprised to discover that a 1981 ATV ITV Playhouse drama, Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind only survives as a b/w 16mm telerecording. That's about five years later than when...
by Billy Smart
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:17 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Blue Peter 29.12.69
Replies: 2
Views: 650

Re: Blue Peter 29.12.69

Richard Marson's Blue Peter: Inside The Archives tells us:

Appeal target reached: Presenters drive old people's bus into studio
Equipment bought with appeal money
Review of the year
Birds' Christmas tree and winter bird food
James Bond's sledge + tk clip
by Billy Smart
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Brian Parker (1929-2020)
Replies: 2
Views: 600

Brian Parker (1929-2020)

The television director Brian Parker died last month, shortly after the Blu-ray release of his 1973 Play For Today film, Shakespeare - Or Bust (he was delighted to receive a copy, but didn't have anything to play it on!). My old colleague Lez Cooke had been in correspondence with him last year, and ...
by Billy Smart
Thu Dec 24, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Sunday Night Play - "20 new plays presented by BBC Television" (1960-61)
Replies: 7
Views: 1231

Re: The Sunday Night Play - "20 new plays presented by BBC Television" (1960-61)

This series of articles hops out of chronological sequence to tell us about the BBC Television Christmas night drama for 1960. This one survives in the BBC Archives!:

Tuppence in the Gods by Michael Voysey - https://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk/20 ... gods-1960/
by Billy Smart
Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Sunday Night Play - "20 new plays presented by BBC Television" (1960-61)
Replies: 7
Views: 1231

Re: The Sunday Night Play - "20 new plays presented by BBC Television" (1960-61)

The next two plays in the season, both lost: The Ruffians by Alun Owen - https://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk/20-new-plays-the-ruffians-1960/ Pay Day by Roderick Barry - https://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk/20-new-plays-pay-day-1960/ An intriguing, sad, story behind the autobiographical Pay Day .
by Billy Smart
Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Christmas Day on BBC1 1946-2020
Replies: 16
Views: 2022

Christmas Day on BBC1 1946-2020

Interesting infographic from Mark Gibbings-Jones: The programmes shown on Christmas Day BBC1 on the most occasions, 1946-2020 https://twitter.com/BrokenTV/status/1338548250656301056 . (enlarged version here - https://postimg.cc/N2XvpB0z )
by Billy Smart
Sat Dec 12, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Sunday Night Play - "20 new plays presented by BBC Television" (1960-61)
Replies: 7
Views: 1231

Re: The Sunday Night Play - "20 new plays presented by BBC Television" (1960-61)

None of those sources tell you what his real name was or about his life after 1960, though.
by Billy Smart
Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Sunday Night Play - "20 new plays presented by BBC Television" (1960-61)
Replies: 7
Views: 1231

The Sunday Night Play - "20 new plays presented by BBC Television" (1960-61)

This is an impressive ongoing investigation that will be worth keeping track of over the coming weeks. John Wyver has hooked on to a forgotten, prestigious, 1960-61 season of twenty new original plays for BBC Television, and is blogging about each play in turn. Introduction: '20 new plays', BBC, 196...
by Billy Smart
Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)
Replies: 16
Views: 1974

This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)

John Wyver on a (surviving) BBC Television Gala entertainment, and competing Light Entertainment on the just-started ITV: This Is Music Hall (1955) - https://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk/th ... hall-1955/
by Billy Smart
Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Worst-remembered line in TV?
Replies: 16
Views: 2429

Re: Worst-remembered line in TV?

John Hoare on tracing the source of a recent addition to the field of misremembered Fawlty Towers quotes - http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2020/11/faulty ... -with-him/
by Billy Smart
Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Thames TV
Replies: 69
Views: 14169

Re: Thames TV

For those interested in ITV history, David Elstein for openDemocracy is fascinating on the long-term fall-out of Thames Television’s Death on the Rock report in 1988: Thatcher’s poisonous television legacy is still being felt - https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/thatchers-poisonous-tel...
by Billy Smart
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Drama Out of a Crisis" - BBC Four "Play for Today" documentary
Replies: 1
Views: 562

Re: "Drama Out of a Crisis" - BBC Four "Play for Today" documentary

The key to the success of the documentary was the centrality of the archive. We were doubly fortunate; first that Illuminations were given the keys to the BBC Archive and were able to use anything, and then fortunate in the care with which they treated it and the imagination and 'deep archive' knowl...
by Billy Smart
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 34
Views: 5020

Re: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)

I presume the list takes the most-watched edition of each title, I mean EastEnders was regularly topping 20 million in the late 80s, even if that did include the Sunday repeat. I was intrigued by the most watched News of the 1980s... It turns out that the bulletin for Sunday 25 November 1984 was br...
by Billy Smart
Wed Oct 07, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 34
Views: 5020

Re: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)

The JICTAR figure for the episode broadcast on Fri 18 January 1980 is an impressive 19.3m (the second most watched programme that week), so its not a wholly fallacious claim. Only two episodes of the repeat run got into the Top 20, though. ...but one of the ones that did got into the Top 20 most wa...
by Billy Smart
Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 67
Views: 13764

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

The latest Forgotten Television Drama ' Play for Today at 50' blog post is Nipper by John Hill: https://forgottentelevisiondrama.wordpress.com/2020/10/06/play-for-today-nipper/ A diary for all of the assorted fiftieth anniversary activities this month: Streaming now: BFI at Home 'Play for Today at 5...
by Billy Smart
Thu Oct 01, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 67
Views: 13764

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

David Edgar, Lisa Kerrigan, Jack Thorne and Ken Trodd on the 'BFI at Home' panel discussion for the Blu-ray and season. Convened by John Wyver: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aDqm33 ... e=youtu.be
by Billy Smart
Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 67
Views: 13764

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

A previously unpublished 2000 interview by Lez Cooke, posted as part of the Forgotten Television Drama 'Play for Today at 50' series: Mike Leigh and Play for Today - https://forgottentelevisiondrama.wordpr ... for-today/
by Billy Smart
Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 67
Views: 13764

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

This handy page details all of the autumn Play for Today activities - https://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk/play-for-today-50-years-on/ Two new things that we learn are that the Radio 4 feature is to be an edition of Archive on Four , produced by Just Radio and presented by Alison Steadman and that t...
by Billy Smart
Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 67
Views: 13764

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

The latest Forgotten Television Drama ' Play for Today at 50' post is about a play on the BFI collection: Jon Dear on A Photograph . Contains spoilers: https://forgottentelevisiondrama.wordpress.com/2020/09/28/play-for-today-a-photograph/ Reading this made has me realise how rewarding it might be to...
by Billy Smart
Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 34
Views: 5020

Re: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)

I wonder if there was a higher proportion of lone viewers watching Crossroads at 6.30 than there would have been watching a sitcom at 8.30, or drama series at 9.00 (programmes that would perhaps be more likely to be watched by whole families, or couples together). No multiplier could take this into ...
by Billy Smart
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 67
Views: 13764

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

Details have now been announced of the ' Play for Today at 50' online anniversary event on the 14th and 15th of October. Booking now - all welcome - free registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/play-for-today-at-50-tickets-122011059363 Play for Today constitutes one of the most important series...
by Billy Smart
Mon Sep 21, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 67
Views: 13764

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

The second article from Illuminations about the documentary is about preparing, recording and editing the interviews. Ideally, one would hope that some of the full-length interviews could find a home as extras on any future BFI Play For Today DVD releases featuring the interviewees’ work. - https://...
by Billy Smart
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 67
Views: 13764

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

First of a series of articles from Illuminations about the making of the documentary. I don't think that anyone has seen the mysterious Michael Regan since the 1972 repeat! - https://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk/making-drama-1-starting-out/ We learn from this that there is also to be a Radio 4 docum...
by Billy Smart
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 67
Views: 13764

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

The BFI have announced that they are doing a season along with the Blu-ray with eight screenings from mid-October to end November, plus a YouTube online event of some description: Play for Today 15 October 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first episode of the seminal anthology drama series Pla...