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by Cooper S
Sun Nov 01, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: "Thunderbirds" Special.
Replies: 6
Views: 837

Re: "Thunderbirds" Special.

Very much enjoyed reading this. Some fresh new material, nice interviews, great photos and some brilliant material about the original 25 minute versions of some of the early episodes. :) All the best Andrew Frustratingly though, the material about the lengthening of the 25 minute versions doesn't i...
by Cooper S
Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing
Replies: 110
Views: 11039

Re: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing

It was all showoff clever ("See what amazing things we can do with CGI!!") Well, what exactly did you expect them to do? Make it look deliberately low-tech? What would be the point? Although that's exactly what they've done through the use of model sets, many of which look far less convincing than ...
by Cooper S
Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: "Carry On Forever"
Replies: 9
Views: 1380

Re: "Carry On Forever"

Trying to work out which street (in Leeds possibly ?) that Connor and Butterworth were seen walking down. :) Otherwise this was at times incredibly irritating with its mawkish music, over egged luviness and Robert Ross's inability to pronounce 'Carry On'. (I kept waiting for a mention of Caron Gard...
by Cooper S
Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing
Replies: 110
Views: 11039

Re: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing

Just checked it out and it's solid fare for kids / young teenagers (at a push) but there's no way this is anywhere near family viewing - I remember the Ben 10 stuff when my kids were at school and it has that feel. Hopefully it will find an audience in the Saturday morning slot. I've got to say tha...
by Cooper S
Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing
Replies: 110
Views: 11039

Re: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing

...Thunderbirds was on-air somewhere in the UK every year from its first broadcast until 1977. Come 1980/81 it had barely been away, so for that reason alone, the 80/81 outing wasn't really a revival. The same would not necessarily be true for the other Anderson shows, some of which had been off-ai...
by Cooper S
Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing
Replies: 110
Views: 11039

Re: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing

Space:1999 was never "promised" a network sale, but Grade knew that he had to have star names for the leads if he wanted to get a network to buy it. As I understand it - from an interview given by Sylvia Anderson - Lew Grade did have interest from one of the American networks when he originally com...
by Cooper S
Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:20 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: "Carry On Forever"
Replies: 9
Views: 1380

Re: "Carry On Forever"

Trying to work out which street (in Leeds possibly ?) that Connor and Butterworth were seen walking down. :) Otherwise this was at times incredibly irritating with its mawkish music, over egged luviness and Robert Ross's inability to pronounce 'Carry On'. (I kept waiting for a mention of Caron Gardn...
by Cooper S
Fri Mar 27, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing
Replies: 110
Views: 11039

Re: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing

Anthony McKay wrote:Woohoo! We just got a trailer on TV2 in the middle of 'Big Bang Theory'. 'Coming Soon' mostly animated action.
I think that's probably because the action is mostly animated ! They're using 3D model sets, but as I understand it the characters and vehicles are largely created with CG animation.
by Cooper S
Wed Mar 04, 2015 12:16 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: 'Smashing Time' screening London, March 7th
Replies: 1
Views: 428

Re: 'Smashing Time' screening London, March 7th

Thanks for the information AJ - a rare opportunity to see a swinging 60s classic. I now have to decide whether to cancel my previous plans for the evening !
by Cooper S
Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:48 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing
Replies: 110
Views: 11039

Re: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing

Wasn't this because they were originally written as the usual half hour programmes (Stingray etc) then Anderson was told ATV wanted 50 minutes shows so they were padded out to fit? Only the first 9 episodes or so had been completed, or were in production, when that order came down. The majority of ...
by Cooper S
Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:50 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing
Replies: 110
Views: 11039

Re: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing

I did the Weta Cave tour in Wellington last week and the only Thunderbirds items on display were some minor bits of landscape dressing for a Japanese and Alpine villages. In the gift shop all there were some Thunderbirds TV21 reprint books. Did they have this one Tony ? http://lewstringer.blogspot....
by Cooper S
Sun Oct 26, 2014 6:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Filmed in Supermarionation / This is Supermarionation
Replies: 40
Views: 4358

Re: PR: Filmed in Supermarionation / This is Supermarionatio

I received a complimentary copy of the limited edition set a few days ago, having negotiated a deal with Network due to a copyright issue with material reproduced in the accompanying book, and as this was resolved very quickly and with minimum fuss I feel rather churlish in posting any negative comm...
by Cooper S
Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Vincent Tilsley
Replies: 5
Views: 1218

Re: Vincent Tilsley

Thanks for that lovely post Colin, which echoes my experience of meeting Vincent a few years ago. I entirely agree - we have lost a very talented and perceptive writer who was always willing to give time to share his thoughts about the work he did.
by Cooper S
Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Vincent Tilsley
Replies: 5
Views: 1218

Vincent Tilsley

It's recently been reported on The Unmutual website and in other places that writer Vincent Tilsley has passed away. A prolific Television writer, but possibly best known for his work on The Prisoner. His 'Whole world as The Village' scene between Number Six and Number Two in 'The Chimes of Big Ben'...
by Cooper S
Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Pointless speculation about Dr Who recoveries thread
Replies: 370
Views: 35462

Re: Radio Times.com says LOST Who available Wednesday

Ultimately, despite the claimed fan credentials of the writer, this comes across as the PR industry self-justifying itself. "It worked, because we wanted it to work, even though we can't show what effect it has has." Other than just annoying a large percentage of the customer base, of course. Absol...
by Cooper S
Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:27 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: London to Brighton in four minutes
Replies: 28
Views: 2476

Re: London to Brighton in four minutes

Parts of the 1953 film can also be seen in the 1961 Supercar episode 'The Runaway Train', an early example of a Gerry and Sylvia Anderson show mixing live action sequences, model effects and puppets.
by Cooper S
Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: That Puppet Game Show
Replies: 11
Views: 1739

Re: That Puppet Game Show

Didn't work for me I'm afraid. The puppets just looked bland and the guests embarrassed. They really should have made an effort to make it look less like an obvious Muppet Show clone.
by Cooper S
Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Old Nestle ads on TV now!
Replies: 125
Views: 8349

Re: Old Nestle ads on TV now!

Spelling rather than pronunciation and a bit off topic: I always found cyclist Bernard Hinault's surname rather wasteful. All those letters for something pronouced Eno (or maybe Ino). Let's call the whole thing off ! On the other hand ... I met someone a while ago who calls the place in the New For...
by Cooper S
Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: News Flash
Replies: 90
Views: 8007

Re: News Flash

Ross wrote:
ian b wrote:Was there a CLAPPERBOARD on 12th December 1977? If there was, then ITV either interrupted it, or bookended it at top or boittom, with a newsflash of her death.
Whose death?
Lady Clementine Churchill's ?
by Cooper S
Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: CATS Eyes
Replies: 12
Views: 1454

Re: CATS Eyes

andrew baker wrote:I believe they are all on ancient VHS tapes at the back of a cupboard at my mother's but I have never been keen enough to drag them out.
Cool - that's the next Kal event sorted !
by Cooper S
Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: News Flash
Replies: 90
Views: 8007

Re: News Flash

Pretty sure scheduled programmes were interrupted to show the SAS storming of the Iranian embassy in 1980. Would have been during Coronation Street on ITV I think.
by Cooper S
Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "I find concussion quite invigorating."
Replies: 14
Views: 1788

Re: "I find concussion quite invigorating."

Possibly he learnt his lesson in the second series, but there's less of that one around to check. You never know, if the rumours about the missing Dr.Who episodes are true, may be the rest of Adam Adamant might turn up ! Personally, I love the series. It's obviously trying hard to be as slick as Th...
by Cooper S
Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: CATS Eyes
Replies: 12
Views: 1454

Re: CATS Eyes

Would like the chance to see this again - I believe it is in rights hell at the moment - and haven't checked out the Youtube episodes mentioned, but my memory is of a series that started out rather uncertainly but did deliver some good shows in a kind of Avengers/female Professionals style. One with...
by Cooper S
Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Patrick McGoohan: A BFI Celebration - August
Replies: 6
Views: 1073

Re: Patrick McGoohan: A BFI Celebration - August

'John Drake' was as famous a small screen spy (k/a 'Secret Agent' in the USA) as Sean Connery's James Bond was on the big screen - indeed episodes like; ' Not So Jolly Roger' (filmed out at Red Sands Fort), 'Colony Three' (re a English style 'village' training Soviet 'sleeper' agents , a 'village' ...
by Cooper S
Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:29 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: No Maggie obit
Replies: 30
Views: 3340

Re: No Maggie obit

I think I'd agree that New Labour encouraged the 'free market' approach to broadcasting, much as they supported free market economics in other sectors of industry (I don't think a Tory government would have let Austin Rover collapse with quite the 'not bothered' attitude that Labour showed, for exam...
by Cooper S
Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: No Maggie obit
Replies: 30
Views: 3340

Re: No Maggie obit

I suppose that there could be a legitimate discussion on her effect on the broadcasting industry. Personally, I feel that the introduction of the indie quota was the beginning of the end for Television Centre. I'm surprised there's been no mention of one of the major broadcasting decisions made und...
by Cooper S
Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:55 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: World War 2 Dramas
Replies: 9
Views: 1193

Re: World War 2 Dramas

If you'd like a WW2 UK flying based series, there's Pathfinders from 1972. Not seen it myself, but I believe it's fairly accurate.
by Cooper S
Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:15 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Saint
Replies: 34
Views: 4098

Re: The Saint

Rayner looks a bit weak, the photography looks very flat, and there's too much emphasis on gunplay for my liking, but it appears to have a certain amount of style, and Moore and Ogilvy (who looks like he could be excellent) are great to see. Not sure what Charteris would make of it though !