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by Colin Robertson
Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:48 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Black Adder: how should it have started?
Replies: 26
Views: 1465

Re: The Black Adder: how should it have started?

Brock, which comedy shows do you really like?
by Colin Robertson
Wed May 04, 2016 5:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TV stories set in Scotland
Replies: 30
Views: 1537

Re: TV stories set in Scotland

Also The Omega Factor, of course.
by Colin Robertson
Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:06 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TV stories set in Scotland
Replies: 30
Views: 1537

Re: TV stories set in Scotland

There's an episode of Upstairs Downstairs, but I can't remember the title.
by Colin Robertson
Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:30 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Gareth Thomas
Replies: 8
Views: 1053

Re: Gareth Thomas

A real loss. RIP.
by Colin Robertson
Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:59 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: New agreement between Network and the BBC
Replies: 55
Views: 7431

Re: New agreement between Network and the BBC

My BBC requests:

Morgan's Boy (1984)
Troublemakers (1990)
by Colin Robertson
Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:53 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Hunting "communists" at the BBC
Replies: 7
Views: 887

Re: Hunting "communists" at the BBC

fatcat wrote:an alternative to the traditional family unit,which was the status quo at the time but of course we have seen in great decline ever since.
Yes, "progress"...
by Colin Robertson
Sun Jan 31, 2016 3:24 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Frank Finlay; actor
Replies: 6
Views: 762

Re: Frank Finlay; actor

RIP. An incredible performance in The Death of Adolf Hitler, and an eerie performance (which haunted my childhood) as the Witchsmeller Pursuivant in Blackadder.
by Colin Robertson
Sun Oct 04, 2015 11:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Network ITV %60 sale
Replies: 6
Views: 1064

Re: Network ITV %60 sale

Well, I just tried to make a purchase and their website basically ground to a halt. In the end I had to just give up. What a disaster. They definitely weren't ready for this.
by Colin Robertson
Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:02 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: What was the first television sitcom?
Replies: 4
Views: 616

Re: What was the first television sitcom?

Isn't it hilarious that such a conversation could turn nasty?
by Colin Robertson
Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Anderson in the 70's
Replies: 65
Views: 3529

Re: Anderson in the 70's

What on Earth did the BBC censor in Joe 90?! I can't imagine what could be deemed offensive in that series.
by Colin Robertson
Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:19 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: New Scotland Yard - Series 4
Replies: 15
Views: 1685

Re: New Scotland Yard - Series 4

Thanks, Billy. I am also a huge fan of early LWT. Manhunt, UpDown and The Guardians are all terrific fun - technical slip-ups being part of it!
by Colin Robertson
Sat Aug 23, 2014 4:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: New Scotland Yard - Series 4
Replies: 15
Views: 1685

Re: New Scotland Yard - Series 4

I don't want to hijack the thread (hopefully the OP will get his answers) but can anyone tell me whether series 2 and 3 of this programme carry on in the style of series 1? I love the VT studio feel of series 1 and don't know whether to buy the other two.
by Colin Robertson
Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:29 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Margery Mason (1913-2014)
Replies: 6
Views: 704

Re: Margery Mason (1913-2014)

I am very sorry to learn of this woman's death. Somehow the news eluded me in January. Having seen her excellent performance in the Shadows of Fear play The Lesser of Two two years ago, I was very glad to read that she was still alive, aged 98 - and surprised to read that she had earned her scuba-di...
by Colin Robertson
Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:26 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Network.
Replies: 160
Views: 11904

Re: Network?

As an alternative to specific adapter cables, you can use hubs that feature both USB and Firewire ports. Like this one for £10.99 . That demonstrates the problem: it won't work unless your motherboard already supports Firewire - and modern ones rarely do. What you need to do is get an actual PCI ex...
by Colin Robertson
Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:45 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Network.
Replies: 160
Views: 11904

Re: Network?

GarethR wrote:You'll be able to buy Firewire-to-USB adapters for a while yet, though.
I had cause to look for one of these a few months ago, and apparently they don't exist.
by Colin Robertson
Sat Mar 15, 2014 3:20 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Happy birthday to Olaf Pooley! 100 today!
Replies: 6
Views: 682

Re: Happy birthday to Olaf Pooley! 100 today!

Happy birthday, Mr Pooley!
by Colin Robertson
Sun Feb 09, 2014 3:11 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: The Cedar Tree: The Complete Series 3 [Network]
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

Re: PR: The Cedar Tree: The Complete Series 3 [Network]

I know this is a bit of an uncouth question to ask, but... is The Cedar Tree as good as Upstairs Downstairs? The latter is one of my favourite programmes, and I haven't seen any of The Cedar Tree.
by Colin Robertson
Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:49 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Network - TV wish list
Replies: 72
Views: 6424

Re: Network - TV wish list

I've asked for these before and, yes, I was scolded then because all three are BBC programmes. Nevertheless, I shall ask for them again: Morgan's Boy (1984) - apparently Gareth Thomas's greatest performance Troublemakers (1990) - something I vaguely remember from my childhood and would dearly love t...
by Colin Robertson
Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Random clips you clearly recall but have never seen since
Replies: 71
Views: 4397

Re: Random clips you clearly recall but have never seen sinc

Rory Bremner doing a great version of Keep Those Wagons Rolling in the guise of Trevor McDonald.

A hilarious Spitting Image sketch of Sean Connery and Roger Moore talking about their approaches to playing Bond. I'd love to see that again!
by Colin Robertson
Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Random clips you clearly recall but have never seen since
Replies: 71
Views: 4397

Re: Random clips you clearly recall but have never seen sinc

Good thread. I've had two memories of TV that I've always wondered about. Odds are I will never find out where either came from. The first must have been around about 1987, possibly 1988, when I was 4 or 5. It was a man and a young woman arguing in a room, that I remember being industrial/sci-fi in ...
by Colin Robertson
Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:29 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Vincent Tilsley
Replies: 5
Views: 893

Re: Vincent Tilsley

I have made a "tribute" video to Vincent Tilsley, which can be found by typing his name into a popular video-sharing site.
by Colin Robertson
Fri Nov 08, 2013 9:15 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC Scotland cameras (late 1970s)
Replies: 13
Views: 1262

Re: BBC Scotland cameras (late 1970s)

I'd guess that the reviewer probably knew absolutely nothing about television technology (no, Graham, cameras don't produce video tape) and strongly suspect that it might have been the 16mm film inserts that incurred his disdain. The only thing is, The Omega Factor barely has any film inserts. The ...
by Colin Robertson
Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:23 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dramarama - Spooky
Replies: 15
Views: 855

Re: Dramarama - Spooky

Shadows would be the top recommendation for something similar to Spooky . Get series 1, avoid series 2 like the plague ... I'd dispute this strange advice and say series 2 has three memorable episodes and another decent one (out of six) and much strangeness; 'The Eye' is about as weird as children'...
by Colin Robertson
Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:48 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Vincent Tilsley
Replies: 5
Views: 893

Re: Vincent Tilsley

I am very saddened by this news. Two years ago, after discovering The Guardians and Manhunt , I was delighted to find that the man who wrote some of the best episodes of those programmes, Vincent Tilsley, was on Facebook. I got in touch and he graciously responded. I wanted very much to learn from h...
by Colin Robertson
Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:16 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dramarama - Spooky
Replies: 15
Views: 855

Re: Dramarama - Spooky

Shadows would be the top recommendation for something similar to Spooky . Get series 1, avoid series 2 like the plague, and series 3 is all right. Elsewhere, there's Children of the Stones (excellent) and Raven (pretty good). Some people like King of the Castle , though I didn't. I have yet to see ...
by Colin Robertson
Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dramarama - Spooky
Replies: 15
Views: 855

Re: Dramarama - Spooky

I thought it was a real mixed bag, but The Keeper was excellent. Here is my more lengthy review of the set. I might have gone a bit overboard with my praise of The Keeper but, at the time, I was just bowled over by it.
by Colin Robertson
Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Survivors 35 years on: Opinions?
Replies: 30
Views: 2154

Re: Survivors 35 years on: Opinions?

I'd agree with all of that post, CTraynor.
by Colin Robertson
Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:42 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Survivors 35 years on: Opinions?
Replies: 30
Views: 2154

Re: Survivors 35 years on: Opinions?

It's the ending that annoys me. Obviously we're meant to think, "Jeez, the death penalty is really a bad idea..." when, in the situation that the group find themselves in, it was the right choice to execute Barney. The only thing I would fault them for is that they should have done more investigatin...
by Colin Robertson
Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:37 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC Scotland cameras (late 1970s)
Replies: 13
Views: 1262

Re: BBC Scotland cameras (late 1970s)

It would be very good of you if you could find out, Bernie. I agree it is a strange claim that Nelson made.
by Colin Robertson
Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC Scotland cameras (late 1970s)
Replies: 13
Views: 1262

BBC Scotland cameras (late 1970s)

In this review of The Omega Factor , the writer Graham Nelson says that: the Glasgow cameras produced video tape at a quality only just meeting 1979 broadcast standards Can anyone elaborate on this? What cameras were BBC Scotland using in 1978/79? I'd expect it would be EMI 2001s or maybe Link 110s,...