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by murphy1961
Thu May 07, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Recycled titles
Replies: 24
Views: 1375

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: 848

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: 465

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: 2502

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: 2086

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: 963

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: 1101

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: 1123

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: 603

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: 1673

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: 4823

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: 4823

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: 580

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: 2323

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: 1702

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: 1702

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: 924

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: 1089

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: 1422

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: 2080

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: 326

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: 1405

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 ...
by murphy1961
Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: One-joke comedy
Replies: 23
Views: 1162

Re: One-joke comedy

The Late Show was brilliant viewing. I hadn't realised that after they disappeared from our screens that they were doing radio in Melbourne. I was a huge fan of the D-Generation and to suddenly have them back on the TV was wonderful; certainly compulsory viewing as you say. They had so many good th...
by murphy1961
Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: One-joke comedy
Replies: 23
Views: 1162

Re: One-joke comedy

Do you or did you come from Australia then, Bodie? Hi murphy1961, yes I'm Australian too. I agree "Fast Forward" was much better. They certainly did well with their parody versions of Get Smart and so on. (I also agree about Col'n Carpenter and his sitcom, which I was going to mention, but I go on ...
by murphy1961
Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: One-joke comedy
Replies: 23
Views: 1162

Re: One-joke comedy

We had an appalling sketch comedy show in the late 80s called "The Comedy Company". It was excruciatingly bad but terrible popular. The characters included a stupid school girl, a Greek(?) greengrocer, and a David Attenborough-like observer of human behaviour. They had jokes for them in the first e...
by murphy1961
Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:28 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Unforgotten referencing a possible forgotten
Replies: 38
Views: 1569

Re: Unforgotten referencing a possible forgotten

This probably wouldn't mean much to British people, but in 2010 in Australia there was a new panel-type sporting program on in the evening, one of those where every participant think they're a comedian and have to say a "funny" (usually ridiculing somebody) every second line, if not every line. But ...
by murphy1961
Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:20 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Still With Us
Replies: 144
Views: 14133

Re: Still With Us

I hope I haven't jinxed him, but Kirk Douglas turns 100 next Friday (9 December).
by murphy1961
Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Odd misapprehensions
Replies: 125
Views: 4365

Re: Odd misapprehensions

Another childhood one. In the early years I used to think that Davy Jones sang all the Monkees songs, because obviously he was the singer and drummers don't sing, although I can't believe I didn't see Mickey Dolenz singing in one of the clips, maybe I thought he was just singing along with the other...
by murphy1961
Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Odd misapprehensions
Replies: 125
Views: 4365

Re: Odd misapprehensions

It’s funny how when you are a toddler you get people confused with each other to the extent that seems ridiculous when you are an adult, for instance when I was a tot I thought that Val Doonican and Andy Williams were one in the same person. There's lots of those. I used to think that Phil Silvers ...