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by Billy Smart
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries
Replies: 20
Views: 2130

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: 20
Views: 2130

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: 528

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: 20
Views: 2130

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/
by Billy Smart
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries
Replies: 20
Views: 2130

Re: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries

Someone's been spring cleaning the Granada archive! Four Television Playhouse dramas have turned up: 11 October 1957 Thunder On Sycamore Street (w. Reginald Rose d. Silvio Narizzano) 14 August 1959 The Queen's Corporal (w. Graeme Kent d. James Ormerod) 06 November 1959 Ticket For Tomorrow (w. Elizab...
by Billy Smart
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries
Replies: 20
Views: 2130

Re: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries

There's a U-Matic copy of Ivanov that no-one has seen, so they don't know if its in colour or not. There's now also a 16mm b/w print listed as existing.
by Billy Smart
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries
Replies: 20
Views: 2130

Re: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries

A few ATV titles that are now listed as surviving that used not to be - Suspense (1960). All twelve episodes of an anthology series of thrillers. Mostly British remakes of American plays, but also includes a play by Giles Cooper starring Honor Blackman. Television Playhouse: A Stop On The Way (11 Ma...
by Billy Smart
Sat May 30, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crown Court
Replies: 25
Views: 1390

Re: Crown Court

Ivan Kirby's splendid Fulchester Crown Court blog provides a report for each case in the series, and is now up to it's 34th trial - https://fulchestercrowncourt.wordpress.com/
by Billy Smart
Fri Apr 03, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Roger Marshall (1934-2020)
Replies: 4
Views: 556

Re: Roger Marshall (1934-2020)

I interviewed Roger Marshall in 2011, discussing Public Eye, Douglas Camfield and Missing From Home in particular. It's in three parts, starting here - http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/spaces-of-te ... ublic-eye/
by Billy Smart
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: New format
Replies: 36
Views: 2342

Re: New format

What is the icon of a flame next to a topic supposed to indicate? I can't work it out.
by Billy Smart
Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 39
Views: 3123

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

Wouldn't it be good if some more Play For Today DVD titles were released as part of next year's fiftieth anniversary? And, indeed, they are coming... This BFI announcement - https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/announcements/programme-highlights-announced-2020 - includes the welcome news: D...
by Billy Smart
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Tony Garnett (1936-2020)
Replies: 2
Views: 449

Tony Garnett (1936-2020)

The producer, writer and director Tony Garnett died on 12 January. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/jan/13/tony-garnett-obituary It was life of many aspects and landmark productions, but here are a couple of short pieces about the start of Tony Garnett's career. My colleague Lez Cooke h...
by Billy Smart
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Programmes that kept going for no real reason
Replies: 22
Views: 2493

Re: Programmes that kept going for no real reason

The programme that immediately came to my mind was One Man and His Dog . The BBC made multiple attempts to put it out of its misery over the decades but each time they were inundated with far more protests than the viewing figures would seem to justify. It was a programme that people wanted to exis...
by Billy Smart
Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC Archive drama catalogue - recoveries and discoveries
Replies: 2
Views: 767

Re: BBC Archive drama catalogue - recoveries and discoveries

Here's one that came up the other day. The first two reels (i.e. 50 minutes of a 75 minute play) Sunday Night Play: The Long Memory (BBC 13 May 1962) survive in the BBC Archives. The programme had been listed by Kaleidoscope/ TV Brain as entirely missing.
by Billy Smart
Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC and ITV News from 23rd November 1963
Replies: 12
Views: 1323

Re: BBC and ITV News from 23rd November 1963

A tale about broadcasting from the BBC's Manchester Studios on the night that Kennedy died: When Harry Worth met Harold Wilson - https://www.comedy.co.uk/features/comed ... ld_wilson/
by Billy Smart
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Made in Yorkshire (2018)
Replies: 5
Views: 832

Re: Made in Yorkshire (2018)

Post Production will take place over the summer, aiming to complete the film for Autumn 2018.
Hmm... No updates ever. I wonder if I'll ever see anything for my £25...
by Billy Smart
Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 654
Views: 48487

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

Patrick (and Fraser) undid Wendy Padbury's skirt and pushed Deborah Watling into ice-cold sea foam. He was a sexist creep who delighted in humiliating young women who were only a couple of years past their schooldays. His own daughter Joanna never spoke to him for the rest of his life after the hor...
by Billy Smart
Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Charlie Drake, that bookcase incident.
Replies: 23
Views: 2196

Re: Charlie Drake, that bookcase incident.

Graham McCann's welcome new blog is launched with the fullest account of the bookcase incident that I've yet read - https://comedybabylon.com/2019/10/01/1-charlie-drake/
by Billy Smart
Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Dispatches': "No, Prime Minister"
Replies: 1
Views: 339

Re: 'Dispatches': "No, Prime Minister"

I was convinced it was a Channel 4 production, but a quick check of both the Kaleidoscope Independent Television Drama Research Guide and IMDB drew a blank. Made by Commonwealth Films - I don't know anything about them - for Granada for Dispatches - https://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2b7a089...
by Billy Smart
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Terrance Dicks (1935–2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 481

Re: Terrance Dicks (1935–2019)

I've posted up the transcript of a 2015 interview that I did with him about the Classic Serials - https://forgottentelevisiondrama.wordpr ... the-1980s/
by Billy Smart
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Thames TV
Replies: 64
Views: 4856

Re: Thames TV

paul.austin wrote:Fortunately [...] Rik Mayall is dead.
That seems rather callous.
by Billy Smart
Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Thames TV
Replies: 64
Views: 4856

Re: Thames TV

Mark wrote:A release of his BBC work is well overdue.
There's a good R1 compilation from BBC America, Benny Hill: The Lost Years. Personally, I found it much better than what I've seen of his copious Thames material.
by Billy Smart
Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: “Back in Time for TV” Blog
Replies: 8
Views: 1215

Re: “Back in Time for TV” Blog

The emphasis on News programmes makes this particular post especially effective and interesting. Its the type of thing that usually gets overlooked in such blogs, being both hard to access and the antithesis of 'cult television'. Something that occurred to me when reading was that while the reliance...
by Billy Smart
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 39
Views: 3123

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

I've added last year's releases of The Fishing Party and The Imitation Game to the list at the top of this thread.

Wouldn't it be good if some more Play For Today DVD titles were released as part of next year's fiftieth anniversary?
by Billy Smart
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Thames TV
Replies: 64
Views: 4856

Re: Thames TV

The quality was so high during the Verity Lambert years that The Sweeney doesn't get a look in! I've been re-watching a few things from this specific period lately and, Cor, I wasn't wrong about this! I think that Thames' productions for Autumn 1975-Summer 1976 might be the single best 12 month str...
by Billy Smart
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries
Replies: 20
Views: 2130

Re: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries

Harry Lifters , an ATV play about a Yacht Club starring Roland Culver (17 November 1974 w. Alun Richards d. Harry Menzies), has been unearthed at the BFI. The BFI have also found the 2" colour videotape of another 1974 ATV play, Saturday Night Theatre: No Harm Done (24 February 1974 w. Roger Marsha...
by Billy Smart
Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries
Replies: 20
Views: 2130

Re: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries

A missing episode of Probation Officer has been unearthed at the BFI - Series 2 Episode 1 (12 September 1960, w. Peter Yeldham d. Antony Kearey), featuring Brian Murphy's first television acting role.
by Billy Smart
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC Archive drama catalogue - recoveries and discoveries
Replies: 2
Views: 767

BBC Archive drama catalogue - recoveries and discoveries

I thought that it might be useful to have a general thread for these matters when new information comes up. Here's a welcome correction. Willy Russell's BBC Birmingham Play For Today , The Death Of A Young Young Man (30 January 1975), which had been cataloged as incomplete (with only its first reel ...
by Billy Smart
Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 5505

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

Was this actually “a thing” though? I think it stems from a Jeremy Bentham penned piece in DWM around the time of THE FIVE FACES... repeat, but I’m not certain it was as restrictive as that. Though I’m struggling to find a year with that many “out of time” repeats anyway, (excepting the various fil...
by Billy Smart
Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries
Replies: 20
Views: 2130

Re: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries

An episode of Associated-Rediffusion's Murder Bag has been unearthed at the BFI and added to their catalogue - The Superintendent Finds the Angles (6 May 1959).