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by Focus II
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Last-minute replacements
Replies: 46
Views: 2502

Re: Last-minute replacements

The Times archive suggests it did indeed have a showing, across the network at 7.15 on Saturday, Jan 10, 1981. What caused it to come to grief in Tyne Tees I couldn't say - unless someone at LWT pulled the plug and local companies had to scramble for an alternative programme? I think it was either ...
by Focus II
Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Last-minute replacements
Replies: 46
Views: 2502

Re: Last-minute replacements

I recall in the '80s Tyne Tees showed the film Holiday On The Buses one early evening. Memories are hazy but only a couple of minutes into the film the screens went blank, then the still Tyne Tees caption appeared with an announcement which remained on screen. I don't recall if this was down to a st...
by Focus II
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 3910

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

What was unusual about the 1983 CH4 showings of The Prisoner was, apart from the first episode, they had their break bumpers intact. Unless I've missed it, I'm surprised there was no mention of Gerry Anderson shows being revamped by popular demand following a campaign from NME readers' I recall. The...
by Focus II
Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Inheritance- Granada TV 1967
Replies: 2
Views: 327

Re: Inheritance- Granada TV 1967

Thanks very much. I'm surprised it hasn't had a Network release.
by Focus II
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Inheritance- Granada TV 1967
Replies: 2
Views: 327

Inheritance- Granada TV 1967

A friend of mine alerted me to this series that starred John Thaw, Michael Goodlife and James Bolam. It ran for 10 episodes. I see it doesn't have a Network DVD release, nor have I found information as to whether the series still exists or not. Being from Granada, I would like to think it will exist...
by Focus II
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: How were TV series' albums made back in the sixties?
Replies: 7
Views: 668

Re: How were TV series' albums made back in the sixties?

I used to have the Pye Steptoe and Son LP, 'The Bird' from 1962.

Side 2 had extracts from three other episodes, one of which is surrounded with 405-line whistle, which would appear to suggest the audio came directly from the 2" master VT while it still existed.
by Focus II
Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Old habits die hard...
Replies: 4
Views: 518

Re: Old habits die hard...

It's 50 years today since the start of colour broadcasting on BBC1 and ITV. But there are still 6,586 homes in Britain with black and white licences, according to the Guardian (which doesn't seem to be aware that BBC2 had colour first!). They seldom get it right. I had a B&W license between 1984-19...
by Focus II
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Strikes!
Replies: 26
Views: 1263

Re: Strikes!

Of course during the colour strike, programmes made in colour would have been transmitted in B&W, Timeslip's 'Burn Up' story for example. It would have received its full colour debut during the 1974 repeat run when the original transmission tapes still existed. It looked great in colour I recall. I'...
by Focus II
Wed May 15, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Dads Army" (and other TV production changes)
Replies: 30
Views: 2080

Re: "Dads Army" (and other TV production changes)

ian b wrote:
Focus II wrote:Don't know if this is relevant but I remember the Lady Caroline actor Isla Blair being replaced by Louis Baxter in 'When The Boat Comes In'.
Blimey, that would have been a bit of a shock for the viewers...
Well spotted typo! Now corrected.
by Focus II
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Dads Army" (and other TV production changes)
Replies: 30
Views: 2080

Re: "Dads Army" (and other TV production changes)

Don't know if this is relevant but I remember the Lady Caroline actor Isla Blair being replaced by Lois Baxter in 'When The Boat Comes In'. Series 2 started with a reprise of the Series 1 ending with the very different Lady Caroline as played by the dark haired Baxter in place of the red haired Blai...
by Focus II
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:58 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows ruined by revival/comeback
Replies: 80
Views: 4178

Re: Shows ruined by revival/comeback

Opinions certainly differ. As much as I like Public Eye and the B&W Callan episodes I thought the first series of Special Branch was something very special. I was up well into the early hours watching episodes back to back I enjoyed it that much. We got to know the characters and the storylines were...
by Focus II
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows ruined by revival/comeback
Replies: 80
Views: 4178

Re: Shows ruined by revival/comeback

To be fair on Special Branch the Euston series featured different characters, so a very different programme to the one that started in 1969. Bit of deja vu as well as I absolutely love the first 1969 series but thought the 1970 one was dreadful. I felt much the same about the first and second Euston...
by Focus II
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:41 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: tvlife (magazine 1974)
Replies: 11
Views: 717

Re: tvlife (magazine 1974)

There was also 'Radio Guide' in the early ILR years, which became the more generally music-based 'Tune In'. Sometimes these include listings you can't find anywhere online, although the British Newspaper Archive is getting better on this front (i.e. expanding more into contemporary history with sel...
by Focus II
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows ruined by revival/comeback
Replies: 80
Views: 4178

Re: Shows ruined by revival/comeback

Some programmes that were made in B&W that continued into the colour era could also be mentioned. Personally speaking, I believe Steptoe and Son , Callan and The Saint had well past their peak by the time colour episodes were made. Unfortunately with the general "Colour only" policy from most broadc...
by Focus II
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 4824

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

I mentioned earlier about Richard Briers voicing many commercials yet very seldom appearing in person.

This came into my Facebook feed this morning!

I don't remember him and Felicity Kendall advertising Polaroid cameras!

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_ ... 3130966696
by Focus II
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Public Eye on Talking Pictures TV
Replies: 10
Views: 647

Public Eye on Talking Pictures TV

Surprised no one else has mentioned this.
Been showing all the Thames produced episodes, now currently showing the 1972 series.

Good news- original Thames branding present and correct. Break bumpers missing but otherwise two breaks per episode.
by Focus II
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Channel 4 and ITV
Replies: 4
Views: 470

Re: Channel 4 and ITV

Yes, I remember this. "Over on ITV now, News at Ten" was something else I remember.

In the early days of Channel 4 it certainly was, "ITV2" in all but name.
by Focus II
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "A Binge Of Goodies" Network
Replies: 22
Views: 2085

Re: "A Binge Of Goodies" Network

Speaking of edits I remember a 1990s VHS tape which included, "Scatty Safari". I remembered it well from its original transmission. Towards the end of that episode the RH characters disappeared into an ATV studio. We saw the ATV logo and the end of the ident tune. On the VHS release this had been ch...
by Focus II
Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Closedown, Late Call, Reflections and all that sort of thing
Replies: 30
Views: 1484

Re: Closedown, Late Call, Reflections and all that sort of t

Tyne Tees had their, "Epilogue" right from day 1 well into the 1980s. I think they only ended on becoming 24 hour. I remember Channel 4's, "Just For Openers" which celebrated 30 years of ITV. This included the first ever Epilogue and close down complete with National Anthem from Tyne Tees tv on 15th...
by Focus II
Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 4824

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

I'd have thought it was a bit earlier than 1984, but you're quite right that she did appear in a commercial for "Loving Care". It might have been. I have this commercial on a VHS recording at the end of a film from February 1984 which included it. Terry and June, sorry if someone's already mentione...
by Focus II
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 4824

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

"Loving care from Clairol" shampoo I think it might have been from 1984 featuring Justine Lord, perhaps best known for playing Death in the Prisoner episode, "The Girl Who Was Death".
by Focus II
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 4824

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

Mark wrote:
Not sure,wasn't the Wispa one was it, on the YT comments, it mentions it was filmed just a couple of months before Arthur Lowe died.
I certainly recall an advert for the blood transfusion service which included John Peel being abruptly taken off after he died.
by Focus II
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 4824

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

prisoner5 wrote:Didnt Leslie Crowther do a lager beer ad with the line "are you coming down to zee beer kellar" in a German accent, either Kronenberg, or Hoffmeister?
Don't remember that but he did appear in Stork SB commercials on a taste comparison test.

As did singer Joe Brown for Pepsi (The Pepsi challenge).
by Focus II
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 4824

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

If you're being coy about naming names because it was the unmentionable one...It wasn't! It was Alan Freeman who did Brentford Nylons. I stand corrected. I'm certain JS did appear in a similar department store advert though, clearly not Brentford Nylons. And another from memory: Tony Bastable adver...
by Focus II
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 4824

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

Kenny Everett- "WHSmith, very good news"....
by Focus II
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 4824

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

Must be hundreds more. The same TOTP presenter advertised Bisto gravy with his mother. Terry Wogan- Bovril cubes and Curry's. Lesley Judd Kit-E-Kat.
by Focus II
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:11 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 4824

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

Can TV personalities be included? I seem to recall a certain TOTP presenter advertising Brentford Nylons in the '70s. Did Jimmy Young appear and sing in, "Mothercare Goes Upto Ten"? I also remember Percy Thrower advertising a brand of fertilizer (?), which got him sacked as "Gardener's World" presen...
by Focus II
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 4824

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

Richard Briers of course voiced so many commercials over the years.

I don't recall seeing him in person on an advert though.
by Focus II
Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 4824

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

It was the early '70s. 1971? There's a still image of the commercial in the 1972 ITA guide to Independent Television book.

I remember seeing the actual commercial.
by Focus II
Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 4824

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

That's true about cigar advertising. They were no longer allowed to say, "From Benson and Hedges" anymore. Embassy changed the name of their rival to the initials, "ESP" around the same time. I remember Frank Windsor advertising Hamlet in a war setting with Frank saying, "Hard work fighting the Fren...