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by Billy Smart
Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 58
Views: 6119

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: 58
Views: 6119

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...
by Billy Smart
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 15
Views: 465

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

The one thing I haven't checked is the claim that the viewing figures were better in 1979 than in 1972, that could conceivably be the case even if the chart positions were worse. Between the two airings, JICTAR switched from reporting on Homes Viewing to reporting on Individuals Viewing which makes...
by Billy Smart
Wed Sep 09, 2020 4:38 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 15
Views: 465

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

fatcat wrote:
Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:56 pm
It appeared to have been only a few episodes that were quickly repeated and never heard of again IIRC.
Someone at the BBC must have remembered the 1972 series as a success, because all 13 episodes were given a repeat run on BBC1 in 1979/80.
by Billy Smart
Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Other One (1970s sitcom)
Replies: 9
Views: 385

Re: The Other One

Graham McCann's (characteristically excellent) article has doubled the amount of thoughtful critical writing about The Other One - there was also this piece by Jason Hazeley in 2015: http://foreverdecreasingcircles.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-other-one.html Watching it a couple of years ago, I preferre...
by Billy Smart
Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 58
Views: 6119

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

A terrific London Review of Books blog post by Robert Hanks: On Penda's Fen - https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2020/septemb ... enda-s-fen
by Billy Smart
Thu Sep 03, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 58
Views: 6119

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

The latest of the Forgotten Television Drama 'Play for Today at 50' articles: The Dominick Hide plays by Philip Braithwaite - https://forgottentelevisiondrama.wordpr ... ide-plays/
by Billy Smart
Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Most in need of a reissue.....
Replies: 16
Views: 621

Re: Most in need of a reissue.....

All the Ebay listings I’ve seen say it has 11 episodes, and a couple have listed them - with “Czech Mate” and “Last Video And Testament” left out. Have you actually seen a copy? Yes. I own one. The German dubs of Czech Mate and Last Video And Testament are lost, but the original English versions ar...
by Billy Smart
Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Most in need of a reissue.....
Replies: 16
Views: 621

Re: Most in need of a reissue.....

Juswuh wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:32 am
There’s a German Vol 1 set which came out in 2018, but no sign of a Vol 2.
There's no need of one! The Pidax Vorsicht, Hochspannung! collection includes all 13 Mystery & Suspense films.
by Billy Smart
Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 58
Views: 6119

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

There's a good - if measured - 2013 essay by John Wheatcroft about The Lie : http://www.britishtelevisiondrama.org.uk/?p=3526 You can tell by the very qualified prose style that this is PhD research, but its a sound reading of the tensions in Nuts In May : ‘Get Back to Your Tenements!’ – Mike Leigh’...
by Billy Smart
Wed Aug 26, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 58
Views: 6119

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

Another new Play for Today at 50 post: '‘Tender Contempt’: Dennis Potter’s Love-Hate Relationship with Play for Today' by John Cook - https://forgottentelevisiondrama.wordpr ... for-today/
by Billy Smart
Tue Aug 25, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crown Court: The Medium
Replies: 8
Views: 434

Re: Crown Court: The Medium

Oddly, the TVTimes feature for the launch of ITV’s afternoon programming states that Crown Court would “eventually be seen in all areas”. I don’t know where it wasn’t being shown at the start (the handful of regional variations in the edition I have were certainly showing it) Ulster was the only re...
by Billy Smart
Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 58
Views: 6119

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

BBFC certifications confirmed - The Lie (15, domestic abuse) Shakespeare or Bust (12, moderate sex references) Back of Beyond (12, suicide) Passage to England (15, racist language) Our Flesh and Blood (PG, mild bad language, sex references, childbirth scenes) A Photograph (12, moderate sex reference...
by Billy Smart
Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 58
Views: 6119

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

Another Forgotten Television Drama Play For Today piece: Tom May on David Edgar's Baby Love (1974) - https://forgottentelevisiondrama.wordpress.com/2020/08/18/play-for-today-baby-love/ Tom May has already written about David Edgar and Play For Today , in a three part examination of Destiny (1978), w...
by Billy Smart
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 58
Views: 6119

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

The Forgotten Television Drama site are running an occasional series of blogs to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary, considering some of the less well-known or critically-neglected productions. An excellent general piece by John Hill, ' Play For Today at Fifty', ( https://forgottentelevisiondram...
by Billy Smart
Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 58
Views: 6119

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

The box set won't be the only 50th anniversary Play For Today activity taking place this autumn. I don't know if the BFI Southbank season that was to have gone ahead in September will still occur in some form, but Illuminations have been making a BBC4 documentary about the strand. They have a Play F...
by Billy Smart
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "ITC Entertained the World" - podcast
Replies: 38
Views: 3652

Re: "ITC Entertained the World" - podcast

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 thoughts. Because of it's relative obscurity, surely? You...
by Billy Smart
Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Oldest surviving episodes of UK-made TV drama
Replies: 27
Views: 2638

Re: Oldest surviving episodes of UK-made TV drama

The new Doctor Who DVD release (a second edition of the animated Power Of The Daleks ) includes (what survives of) Robin Hood: The Abbott Of St Mary's (24 March 1953), starring Patrick Troughton as Robin Hood. Coming four months before The Quatermass Experiment , this must surely be the earliest Bri...
by Billy Smart
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 58
Views: 6119

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

I get the feeling that Your Man From Six Counties got remembered as an Irish play, rather than Welland one. It's one of the most cinematic PFT stories in intention, with its use of spectacular landscape and climax at a local geographical feature. It's a particularly good choice for a play to restore...
by Billy Smart
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries
Replies: 24
Views: 3799

Re: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries

Here's one that used to be down as missing in the Kaleidoscope catalogue that is now known to exist: The Other Lady (16 May 1973) - the third and final (25 minute) episode of Dolly , a Philip Mackie adaptation of an Anthony Hope novel, starring Felicity Kendall and Daniel Massey. This means that the...
by Billy Smart
Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Maurice Roëves (1937-2020)
Replies: 3
Views: 394

Maurice Roëves (1937-2020)

"One of Scotland’s finest actors who played tough guys, steely villains and stalwart military figures." Obituary by Toby Hadoke - https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/jul/22/maurice-roeves-obituary I interviewed Maurice Roëves on a couple of occasions, talking mainly about being directed by...
by Billy Smart
Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 58
Views: 6119

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

The BFI have announced the plays to be included on Play For Today: Volume One : The Lie (Written by Ingmar Bergman / Dir. Alan Bridges, 1970) Shakespeare or Bust (Written by Peter Terson / Dir. Brian Parker, 1973) Back of Beyond (Written by Julia Jones, Dir. Desmond Davis, 1974) Passage to England (...
by Billy Smart
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 86
Views: 6098

Re: Is it all over....?

I would imagine that the reason why we haven't seen a third volume of Jokers Wild would be because sales of the first two were insufficient to make continuing the range commercially viable in a dwindling market. Rather than Network cravenly kowtowing to the edicts of "those people" who "don't HAVE t...
by Billy Smart
Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:42 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.
Replies: 51
Views: 5071

Re: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.

The Time Of Your Life was co-written by Andrew Davies. TV Brain states that six episodes are now known to survive, but which ones they are exactly is currently unknown.
by Billy Smart
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries
Replies: 24
Views: 3799

Re: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries

Two missing 1974 ATV plays have turned up (on the original 2" tape!) and are now available to view at the BFI Mediatheque. They are They Disappear When You Lie Down (11 June 1974 w. Tony Perrin d. Graham Evans - sisterly rivalries at a table tennis tournament) and The Person Responsible (17 Septembe...
by Billy Smart
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.
Replies: 51
Views: 5071

Re: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.

From 1981, the three plays from the series Job Hunt are missing, but I'm not totally sure that these were made by the drama department as they were illustrating the problems young people can face when searching for jobs. I am pleased to see that these have now been located. The third episode of Job...
by Billy Smart
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries
Replies: 24
Views: 3799

Re: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries

Here's a surprising thing to have turned up - the half-hour nativity play No Star On The Way Back (29 Dec 1963). Primarily of interest because it was the only drama production that we know of from Border Television (until about 1979).
by Billy Smart
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries
Replies: 24
Views: 3799

Re: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries

An Associated-Rediffusion production that was previously down as lost now listed as existing: Play Of The Week: The Last Hours (w. Robert Westerby d. Cyril Butcher) (22 Sep 1959).
by Billy Smart
Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Was there racism in Hancock's Half Hour?
Replies: 17
Views: 1688

Re: Was there racism in Hancock's Half Hour?

There's a dismal moment in one episode when 'Budgie' Bird greets a black girl "Awlright, chocolate drop?" in an aside. It seems like a truthful moment of character revelation - I never feel like I'm responding appropriately to Adam Faith's supposed urchin harlequin charm.
by Billy Smart
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries
Replies: 24
Views: 3799

Re: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries

There's a useful article by John Wyver about the (15!) Edwardian and Georgian 'Manchester plays' revived by Granada in their early years - https://screenplaystv.wordpress.com/201 ... ter-plays/