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by Billy Smart
Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Worst-remembered line in TV?
Replies: 9
Views: 582

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: 68
Views: 9719

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: 218

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: 2691

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: 2691

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: 66
Views: 9648

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: 66
Views: 9648

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: 66
Views: 9648

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: 66
Views: 9648

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: 66
Views: 9648

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: 2691

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: 66
Views: 9648

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: 66
Views: 9648

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: 66
Views: 9648

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: 66
Views: 9648

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: 34
Views: 2691

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: 34
Views: 2691

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: 1018

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: 66
Views: 9648

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: 66
Views: 9648

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: 1696

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: 1696

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: 66
Views: 9648

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: 66
Views: 9648

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: 1190

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: 66
Views: 9648

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: 66
Views: 9648

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: 66
Views: 9648

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: 66
Views: 9648

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: 5836

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...