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by David Smith
Mon Aug 24, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Fictitious search engines in TV shows
Replies: 6
Views: 861

Re: Fictitious search engines in TV shows

Ian Wegg wrote:
Thu Aug 13, 2020 2:30 pm
Does anyone else have a fictitious TV Seach Engine to add to the list?

WebSeek - Doctors
SirCheesy - Queens of Mystery
Voggle, as I recall, turns up in Corrie quite a lot.
by David Smith
Sat May 27, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: "Metal Mickey" TV For Radio cast album
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Re: "Metal Mickey" TV For Radio cast album

The album is on Spotify too! I've just downloaded it.
by David Smith
Fri May 05, 2017 5:21 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actor/Writers
Replies: 35
Views: 3511

Re: Actor/Writers

In the world of soaps, Ian Smith who was Harold Bishop on Neighbours also wrote for the show, and Bob Mason who played Renee Roberts' brother Terry Bradshaw for a while in Corrie in the 1970s, also later wrote some episodes.
by David Smith
Tue May 02, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Non actors appearing as themselves.
Replies: 66
Views: 6292

Re: Non actors appearing as themselves.

Apparently Parfitt and Rossi from Status Quo were in Coronation Street. It's a world gone mad. :-) They certainly were - they ultimately brought about the exit storyline for Sarah's mate Candice, who departed to go on the road as the Quo's hairdresser! And there can't be many examples of fictional ...
by David Smith
Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Non actors appearing as themselves.
Replies: 66
Views: 6292

Re: Non actors appearing as themselves.

Scraping the barrel here but didn't Hunter from Gladiators (I think he was Hunter - Ulrika's fella) turn up in Emmerdale once, through some contrivance or other?
by David Smith
Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:05 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Promised Programmes that were never made
Replies: 81
Views: 8522

Re: Promised Programmes that were never made

Dr Who 2000 - RTD's plan for a low budget Sunday evening revival with the Doctor as an old man living in suburbs, exiled on Earth who is rediscovered by some kids. Basically SJA. Apparently, Philip Madoc was considered. Hi George. Not that I'm doubting you but have you got a source for this, as it ...
by David Smith
Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Non actors appearing as themselves.
Replies: 66
Views: 6292

Re: Non actors appearing as themselves.

The Queen in Coronation Street Not strictly true if you're referring to when they shoehorned her Christmas broadcast into the episode on Christmas Day 1991 - all that happened was that Alf Roberts announced he was about to watch it, whereupon the episode cut away to the broadcast. She didn't techni...
by David Smith
Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Elusive public information film - anybody remember it?
Replies: 5
Views: 1248

Re: Elusive public information film - anybody remember it?

fatcat wrote:Oh yes that was the one with Sheila Steafel as the nice but dim housewife.
Ooh, thanks, I think you're right. That'll narrow down my search a bit.

It's odd how this one seems to have slipped the net of all the other vintage PIFs that have been unearthed in recent years.
by David Smith
Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Elusive public information film - anybody remember it?
Replies: 5
Views: 1248

Elusive public information film - anybody remember it?

There's a PIF I have a vague memory of which I've never seen turn up on YouTube or any of the National Archives or BFI websites, or indeed the Charley Says DVDs... It's a "bogus callers one", and as I remember it involves a hapless housewife letting in a string of dodgy types into her house, culmina...
by David Smith
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Brian Matthew
Replies: 9
Views: 1586

Re: Brian Matthew

Gary C wrote:Shame. I always associate him with The Beatles
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39500773
Actually, in a bizarre twist... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39500773
by David Smith
Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The staggeringly conceited nowism of the 'Radio Times'
Replies: 5
Views: 1184

Re: The staggeringly conceited nowism of the 'Radio Times'

Nick Cooper 625 wrote:BBC News: Are these the best 21st Century TV dramas?

Well, let's just write off the next 83 years before they've even happened, eh?
Maybe the RT as a publication are thinking they won't see many more years of the century... :(
by David Smith
Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Tony Haygarth (1945 – 2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 1085

Re: Tony Haygarth (1945 – 2017)

Tony Haygarth was the unnamed actor I referred to in my contribution to the thread about the death of Andrew Sachs back in December. He was sitting in an armchair in the entrance lobby at Denville Hall, smoking a cigarette (January 2016). A pal nudged me and said "Tony has dementia". He looked very...
by David Smith
Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tales of the Unexpected - the John Houseman episodes
Replies: 2
Views: 662

Re: Tales of the Unexpected - the John Houseman episodes

That's odd, did somebody reply? Got an e-mail saying somebody had, but it seems to have vanished (Tales of the Unexpected music)...
by David Smith
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tales of the Unexpected - the John Houseman episodes
Replies: 2
Views: 662

Tales of the Unexpected - the John Houseman episodes

Hi there I know we've had some threads about Tales of the Unexpected in the past, and the US-produced episodes, but I'm intrigued as to what the John Houseman-fronted episodes, screened on American TV, constituted exactly. I've read that Houseman filled Roald Dahl's role as the intro host, but does ...
by David Smith
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Tony Haygarth (1945 – 2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 1085

Re: Tony Haygarth (1945 – 2017)

One of those "thought he already was dead" ones - but yes, RIP... :(
by David Smith
Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 203576

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

It looks like with the new series it will be a trio including The Doctor. Do we really need that bald guy for comic relief?? "That bald guy"? :( I think Matt Lucas has been really good in his couple of appearances so far, and I think it'll be nice to have a male companion (if he is indeed going to ...
by David Smith
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Man That Got Away" tune
Replies: 6
Views: 820

Re: "The Man That Got Away" tune

Brock wrote:Oh brilliant - thanks! I love this forum.
Who needs Shazam when you've got us lot? We don't even need to hear the tune! :D
by David Smith
Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Man That Got Away" tune
Replies: 6
Views: 820

Re: "The Man That Got Away" tune

You get these "long-shot" posts on the forum sometimes, so here's mine. In fact I think it might be a bit less of a long-shot than most, because it was a repeated theme. Remember the tune from "The Man That Got Away", as featured by Judy Garland in A Star is Born , music by Harold Arlen? Well, an i...
by David Smith
Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Scot Squad
Replies: 4
Views: 1055

Re: Scot Squad

Has anyone else been following this brilliant BBC1 Scotland (mostly improvised) spoof documentary series about the unified Scottish Police Force? It's into its third series and yet I never knew about it until a friend introduced me to it earlier today on iPlayer. Sometimes you don't hear about the ...
by David Smith
Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:10 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The News Quiz, 30 August 1997
Replies: 7
Views: 1199

Re: The News Quiz, 30 August 1997

If there's one archive radio programme I'd be fascinated to hear again, it's the edition of The News Quiz broadcast on Radio 4 on Saturday 30 August 1997 - the day before the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. I seem to remember it had several minutes of really scathing material about the Princess....
by David Smith
Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Unforgotten referencing a possible forgotten
Replies: 38
Views: 4270

Re: Unforgotten referencing a possible forgotten

Huge reference to Steptoe And Son during Call The Midwife this evening. Although, I suspect Steptoe would be well known to a large percentage of Midwife's viewers. That's just a period reference in a period show though, surely (regardless of its present-day audience)? Nothing particularly odd or in...
by David Smith
Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: A Modern Major General
Replies: 3
Views: 675

Re: A Modern Major General

If you watch the trail with subtitles on, you'll see it's credited to Tom Lehrer. Although I think a certain Mr. A Sullivan ought to perhaps have come in for honourable mention. Hi Tony, As the writer of said subtitles, I took the decision to go with the Lehrer credit rather than the Sullivan one t...
by David Smith
Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Unforgotten referencing a possible forgotten
Replies: 38
Views: 4270

Re: Unforgotten referencing a possible forgotten

Just thought of another: the BBC Three comedy, Two Pints of Lager... had an episode where Janet was making advances on Johnnie where she wanted to "ride bare back". She illustrated the point by gyrating on his lap while dur-durring(?) the theme to Black Beauty. Bearing in mind, BBC Three's aimed au...
by David Smith
Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Unforgotten referencing a possible forgotten
Replies: 38
Views: 4270

Re: Unforgotten referencing a possible forgotten

Kind of related to this theme in a slightly tangential say, I bet there are also examples of TV programmes whose titles have lost their "joke" somewhat over the years... BBC Scotland has an annual comedy show every Hogmanay called Only An Excuse?, but I do often wonder how many people - even Scottis...
by David Smith
Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Unforgotten referencing a possible forgotten
Replies: 38
Views: 4270

Re: Unforgotten referencing a possible forgotten

I was watching an episode of Breaking Bad yesterday that referenced Ironside; mind you, the recognition is probably stronger for US viewers...
by David Smith
Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Re-formatted shows
Replies: 71
Views: 6587

Re: Re-formatted shows

Speaking of game shows, it was noted in one (and doubtless more) of the recent interviews around the 1000th episode celebrations that Pointless originally had five pairs of contestants, but - evidently at Armstrong's suggestion - cut it down to four so as to be able to include more of the chat and ...
by David Smith
Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Re-formatted shows
Replies: 71
Views: 6587

Re: Re-formatted shows

Simon36 wrote:
On a seperate note, does anyone know who the original host of Bullseye was meant to be? I know ATV offered it to someone else who I think wanted too much money.
Norman Vaughan, maybe? I know he had a co-creator credit.
by David Smith
Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Re-formatted shows
Replies: 71
Views: 6587

Re: Re-formatted shows

It might have been an idea to re-title Taggart, after it no longer featured a character of that name. I think it was continued out of respect, which is a nice gesture. I always thought they should have renamed it "No Mean City" - not that anybody asked me obviously :-) But I guess the Taggart brand...
by David Smith
Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Re-formatted shows
Replies: 71
Views: 6587

Re: Re-formatted shows

Hadn't thought about that, was it perhaps because, as he was the new boss...it was now his 'Day'. Another one for the list would be "The KIt Curran Radio Show", renamed "Kit Curran" for series 2, as he was sacked and tried to set up a pirate station in a new town. In the same vein, there's the Clee...
by David Smith
Mon Jan 23, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Re-formatted shows
Replies: 71
Views: 6587

Re: Re-formatted shows

Trippers Day (1984) starring Leonard Rossiter, turned in to Slingers Day with Bruce Forsyth after Rossiter's death. I never understood the new title. The old one was obviously a pun on "day tripper" What's a "day slinger"? Well, there's a thing - until I read your post now, I hadn't twigged the fir...