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by murphy1961
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Jacqueline Scott (1932-2020)
Replies: 2
Views: 183

Re: Jacqueline Scott (1932-2020)

I was only thinking of her when I was watching a (1966) Gunsmoke episode a couple of weeks ago when her and John Saxon played husband and wife. It’s incredible that they passed away only a couple of days apart, over 53 years later. But that aside, she was a favourite of mine, one of those actors or ...
by murphy1961
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: live drama: edited after transmission or not?
Replies: 25
Views: 658

Re: live drama: edited after transmission or not?

This is probably well known, but there were a few mistakes left in Hancock’s Half Hour (thankfully – as it makes it even funnier) but I don’t think that was broadcast live. But in principle it was probably similar in that they would have to do the whole scene over again, so didn’t bother, they just ...
by murphy1961
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 81
Views: 3008

Re: Is it all over....?

The bottom line is we have been incredibly lucky and spoilt with what has already been released. When I first started getting into archive TV in the early 90s, part of the fun (?) was the waiting for scheduled releases, even queuing up with other like-minded souls to get it at it came out of the de...
by murphy1961
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 81
Views: 3008

Re: Is it all over....?

I didn't realise you had to chose to pigeonhole yourself as interested in contemporary or archive TV as the dividing line is always blurred and moving! I suppose the premise of the thread was covering programmes that you can't just record yourself now. ‘Archive’ or not, my line in the sand never mo...
by murphy1961
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 81
Views: 3008

Re: Is it all over....?

When you consider how long DVDs have been commercially available now, about 20 years, you do get the feeling that just about everything that’s worthy of release has been released. There will always be things that haven’t been released (and probably won’t be) but there will probably still be the odd ...
by murphy1961
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)
Replies: 75
Views: 4405

Re: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)

These cuts they take out of programmes are ridiculous, and far be it from me to tell people how to spend their ‘hard earned’ money, but just buy the DVDs. I assume they’re not cut and still available. I think we pretty much all know we live in a different world now and unfortunately we just have to ...
by murphy1961
Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: Members past and present
Replies: 15
Views: 2062

Re: Members past and present

I’m on Facebook, although I’m not overly keen on it, you do have to wade through a lot of muck to find the good stuff, and often there is no good stuff to be found. Even in specialised Facebook pages dedicated to television subjects it can be very trying. Facebook (and Twitter I guess – I’m not on t...
by murphy1961
Thu May 07, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Recycled titles
Replies: 24
Views: 2462

Re: Recycled titles

Hunter, a 60s Australian spy drama, and Hunter, an American cop show (?) in the 80s starring Fred Dryer. I think that was his name. Matlock Police, a 70s Australian cop drama (1971-75) and Matlock, the 80s American lawyer/courtroom show starring Andy Griffith. Confusing because most people dropped t...
by murphy1961
Thu Apr 23, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Time Tunnel vs. Dr.Who
Replies: 17
Views: 1620

Re: The Time Tunnel vs. Dr.Who

It's funny how it works. In Hogan's Heroes for example, when the Germans are speaking to each other I think you're meant to assume they're speaking German, even though it's in English for the viewers benefit. But when the POWs are speaking to the Germans, it's meant to be English. I don't think anyo...
by murphy1961
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:53 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Still Open All Hours
Replies: 5
Views: 765

Re: Still Open All Hours

From the little I've seen of it, it's OK (ie. watchable) for a modern show. I'm amazed they've made so many, I've only seen a couple. Now there's more episodes than the original I hope we don't hear the somewhat predictable remarks about it being better than the original simply because there's been ...
by murphy1961
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Last-minute replacements
Replies: 46
Views: 4004

Re: Last-minute replacements

Details fuzzy ...I seem to recall an incident on After Dark CH4's risky late-night live chat show...Don't think it was the Ollie Reed one but....suddenly a voice said they were unable to continue with the programme and it just switched to a 1940s documentary about coal mining LOL It reminds me of t...
by murphy1961
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Programmes that kept going for no real reason
Replies: 22
Views: 2875

Re: Programmes that kept going for no real reason

I was amazed, astounded even, by the longevity of Last Of The Summer Wine too, but it must have been rating well enough to keep going. I doubt the BBC (or any TV production organisation) would continue with a programme purely for sentimental reasons, but I could be wrong. I did hear or read a story ...
by murphy1961
Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Acknowledging the other channel
Replies: 17
Views: 1414

Re: Acknowledging the other channel

Coming from Australia I only have a basic knowledge of British TV channels and/or networks, or at least the way it was, but that Channel 4 must of had some kind of reputation. I'm sure there was an episode of Keeping Up Appearances [BBC show] where Hyacinth brought in a TV repairman to get rid of Ch...
by murphy1961
Tue May 21, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows that changed stations
Replies: 25
Views: 1731

Re: Shows that changed stations

Two Australian examples, both involving the same two stations or networks. The most infamous/famous one being Neighbours , it started on Channel 7 in 1985 and they cancelled it because of low ratings and it was picked up by Channel 10 the following year, and they rest, as they say, is history. Chann...
by murphy1961
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Outtakes
Replies: 16
Views: 1537

Re: Outtakes

I recall someone (from America) talking about old TV shows, from the 50s and 60s mainly, and saying that the reason there weren't too many outtakes around from back then was that that kind of thing was considered 'unprofessional'. In other words people didn't want their stuff-ups highlighted. They s...
by murphy1961
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Gunsmoke/Gun Law
Replies: 15
Views: 1046

Re: Gunsmoke/Gun Law

In the Hancock's Half Hour episode, The Economy Drive, Hancock refers to Gun Law. When Sid leaves the TV on when they go on holidays, they return home to find nearly everything in the house left on and smoke apparently coming from the TV it's that hot and Tony says: " That smoke's not coming from Gu...
by murphy1961
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: THRILLER (You’ve got to love it).
Replies: 23
Views: 2260

Re: THRILLER (You’ve got to love it).

I do remember reading somewhere recently, that a book on Thriller could possibly be either planned or already in the works, do you think this is something we can maybe look forward to? It would be well-deserved if it gets made. When I walk around libraries and bookshops and see some of the books th...
by murphy1961
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 8563

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

One of my favourites was the Xmas 'Wonder Of Woolworths' ads Although virtually everyone remembers that as the slogan, it was actually "That's the wonder of Woolworth ". For some reason the company insisted on referring to itself without the "s" in its advertising, although it also promoted the nic...
by murphy1961
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 8563

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

Eric Idle tells the story of how John Cleese told him off for doing that advert, saying it was wrong to cash in like that. Eric was so chastened he turned down an offer from Australia to do a similar advert there. He then discovered they'd asked Cleese instead and Cleese had agreed to do it! Yes, J...
by murphy1961
Sun Jun 17, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Absent Credits
Replies: 6
Views: 767

Re: Absent Credits

It's probably has something to do with the era in which it was made, but there's a lot of uncredited actors, that have quite substantial speaking parts, in The Phil Silvers Show (Sgt Bilko). I think Eric Fleming, later of Rawhide fame, was in it three times and was only credited (either verbally or ...
by murphy1961
Fri May 11, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Unseen Recurring Characters
Replies: 46
Views: 3467

Re: Unseen Recurring Characters

It always fascinates me when tv programmes refer to characters who forever remain offscreen, yet are mentioned often during a series. A couple of examples are Miss Cathcart and Joe Maplin from Hi-deHi! Elizabeth, Mainwaring's wife. There must be quite a number of these type of characters? Also can ...
by murphy1961
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain
Replies: 44
Views: 2706

Re: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain

When you think about it, it's quite remarkable that any black-and-white programme was still being shown such a long time into the colour era. There can't be many other examples. In regards to Bilko, it is amazing considering it's in the "dreaded" black-and-white. Although in colour, this sounds a l...
by murphy1961
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain
Replies: 44
Views: 2706

Re: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain

I'm reminded of another sci-fi show from a couple of decades later, "V", after various incarnations, it too was left up in the air!...and The Robinsons never got home, or the crew of the Spindrift... Gilligan & co never got off the island either, it was cancelled before they were rescued, although ...
by murphy1961
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Successful TV Drama careers
Replies: 31
Views: 1647

Re: Successful TV Drama careers

Three actors synonymous with one role and then another: Windsor Davies, in It Ain't Half Hot Mum and then Never The Twain. Buddy Ebsen, in The Beverly Hillbillies and then Barnaby Jones. Jack Klugman, in The Odd Couple and then Quincy. You could say Ron Howard, in The Andy Griffith Show and then Hap...
by murphy1961
Fri Dec 22, 2017 4:03 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: First feature-length sitcom episode
Replies: 22
Views: 1596

Re: First feature-length sitcom episode

Dad's Army's Battle of the Giants!, Christmas special of 1971 was 60 minutes long. Not quite as long as some of the other examples mentioned, but pretty long.
by murphy1961
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Rodney Bewes (1937-2017)
Replies: 21
Views: 1913

Re: Rodney Bewes (1937-2017)

It's similar to the Steptoe and Son business - we as viewers see them on screen together so often, for so many years. And their acting is so good, their on screen bond so great, they look like the closest and bestest of friends. We forget that they are actors working together for a brief period (lo...
by murphy1961
Tue May 02, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Non actors appearing as themselves.
Replies: 66
Views: 3503

Re: Non actors appearing as themselves.

In the Lucille Ball shows, particularly The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy this happened regularly. But then it often depends on who is considered an actor or a non-actor, it's a bit of a grey area. Are people like George Burns, Ethel Merman, Bob Hope, Paul Winchell, Jack Benny, Johnny Carson and Milton ...
by murphy1961
Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Outside Edge (1994-96)
Replies: 5
Views: 534

Re: Outside Edge (1994-96)

I bought the complete set of this in 2010 from Amazon UK because I was a bit of a cricket fan too, but mainly because I saw a thumbnail of the front cover and thought it was Peter Bowles, I didn't even bother checking. When I got it a week or two later I realised that's not Peter Bowles , but I watc...
by murphy1961
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:02 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV during the 1970-71 Colour Strike.
Replies: 24
Views: 1956

Re: ITV during the 1970-71 Colour Strike.

What else has been out on DVD that was affected by the colour strike? Hadleigh Upstairs Downstairs ...I'm sure there's more (Bless This House?). Doctor at Large and On The Buses (Series 4), both released by Network some time ago. The strike (industrial action) is mentioned on the DVD covers as the ...