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by stearn
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 15
Views: 476

Re: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)

Obviously thought of as sufficiently successful to be released on DVD 5 years ago. I remember watching some episodes then and it must have been 'OK, but nothing special' as I have no real recollections of it.
by stearn
Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Other One (1970s sitcom)
Replies: 9
Views: 389

Re: The Other One (1970s sitcom)

In the London region, at least, half the 1977 series was up against Hawaii Five-O and the remainder General Hospital. Of course, those had already been on for 30 minutes before The Other One Started.

The 1979 series was up against Flambards, again, starting 30 minutes before.
by stearn
Sat Sep 05, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Look-In/Piccolo Books releases
Replies: 8
Views: 488

Re: Look-In/Piccolo Books releases

There was a 'The NEW Mr & Mrs Quiz Book' published in 1982 by 'ITV Books & Arrow'. Abebooks list the first one, "The Mr And Mrs Quiz Book" as being published by ITV Books & Arrow in 1978. The Whodunnit book listed on Amazon is dated 1978 and also has ITV Books/Arrow as the publisher on the front cov...
by stearn
Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Look-In/Piccolo Books releases
Replies: 8
Views: 488

Re: Look-In/Piccolo Books releases

A quick google for the titles does suggest a change at the start of 1977 - before is Piccolo/TVTimes (and it is the masthead font that was current at the time) and after it is Look-in Books. Like Simon, I can't see any Look-In prior to 1977 Piccolo seemed to be an imprint of PAN, which was owned by ...
by stearn
Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crown Court: The Medium
Replies: 8
Views: 441

Re: Crown Court: The Medium

Liverpool Echo has evening listings for R. v. Purbeck 5, 6, 7 Dec 1972 (Granada), but being essentially an evening paper, the 'next morning' schedules are less informative, so there is nothing to suggest what the previous weeks lunchtime editions were other than R. v. Bolton (starring Edward Jewesbu...
by stearn
Thu Aug 13, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Fictitious search engines in TV shows
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Re: Fictitious search engines in TV shows

I wonder if it is easier to create a fictional engine rather than have problems with misrepresentation i.e. type in query and the top response tells you whodunnit, where to find them, and what the motives were. A similar thing to the almost standard disclaimer that 'Any resemblance to actual persons...
by stearn
Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 86
Views: 6172

Re: Is it all over....?

I do wonder if this is rights driven rather than a decision to go streaming for the hell of it. The two week window to watch was what immediately puts me off. I have DVDs still in the shrink wrap from 5 or 10 years ago. I knew I wanted to watch the series, but just not then. Lockdown should, in theo...
by stearn
Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Epic that never was - in colour (??)
Replies: 4
Views: 555

Re: Epic that never was - in colour (??)

Steve Rogers works in the BBC archives, so it is a definitive answer!
by stearn
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Epic that never was - in colour (??)
Replies: 4
Views: 555

Re: Epic that never was - in colour (??)

One of the IMDB user reviews says:

Those involved in the production still alive by 1964 are interviewed with their slightly divergent points of view, and they are a colorful lot

Perhaps that's was what confused the viewers memories? :)
by stearn
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: live drama: edited after transmission or not?
Replies: 25
Views: 1689

Re: live drama: edited after transmission or not?

Spiny Norman wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:34 pm
You don't normally find home recorded audio from the mid '50s.
In the rare cases that you do, it is more often than not where it has been cut to disc.
by stearn
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: live drama: edited after transmission or not?
Replies: 25
Views: 1689

Re: live drama: edited after transmission or not?

You mean the kind of short term repeats, just a few days later? I hadn't really got a specific gap in mind. If it was known it was definitely going to be repeated, so in the provisional schedule, I would guess that there would be some mechanism in place to avoid it eating up production budget. Wher...
by stearn
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: live drama: edited after transmission or not?
Replies: 25
Views: 1689

Re: live drama: edited after transmission or not?

At a guess, I would say yes. What numbers, I haven't a clue, but video would offer a useful tool for repeats where the tape could be re-used keeping expenses to a minimum. Film, once struck, is relatively permanent, so unless there was a specific will to keep it for sales or continued re-use, it wou...
by stearn
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: live drama: edited after transmission or not?
Replies: 25
Views: 1689

Re: live drama: edited after transmission or not?

I don't know about specific examples, but I was always under the impression that video tape editing was a very cumbersome affair early on, and we know that video tape was a costly process and there needed to be a good justification for the expense. This meant the norm was shows were broadcast live (...
by stearn
Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 86
Views: 6172

Re: Is it all over....?

Does the Team Think was on radio into the early 70s, with both Ray and Askey on the teams. Between that and Jokers Wild they wouldn't ever be far from the public conscious. Ray died in 77 and Askey in 82, so neither had long, lingering retirements.
by stearn
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Burke Special"
Replies: 24
Views: 1867

Re: "The Burke Special"

There are two theories of relativity, Special Relativity and General Relativity. I'll lift the descriptions from Wikipedia. It took my whole first year as an undergraduate to get my head around Special Relativity. One TV programme would be pushing it somewhat! General relativity (GR), also known as ...
by stearn
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 86
Views: 6172

Re: Is it all over....?

Comedians in their sixties/seventies...
by stearn
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 86
Views: 6172

Re: Is it all over....?

To an extent Network have shot themselves in the foot in the past with the way they release things. The Morecambe and Wise Two of a Kind, and the Whicker releases are those that spring to mind. Early buyers and supporters were rewarded with the series only being completed in different formats requir...
by stearn
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 86
Views: 6172

Re: Is it all over....?

Radio, granddad? R4X has certainly opened up the archive to a newer generation, but those listening to radio, I would think, are a different mindset to those who only consume via their phones and are more likely to be looking at TikTok. It may just be me, but I have felt that there was more discussi...
by stearn
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Burke Special"
Replies: 24
Views: 1867

Re: "The Burke Special"

This is the entry in the Radio Times for the Genome link above.
As you can see, the caption for the picture asks the question, "Is the Earth a giant recording?"

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by stearn
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1975 EEC referendum
Replies: 1
Views: 400

Re: 1975 EEC referendum

I think I'm correct in saying that the referendum results programme was repeated on BBC Parliament. If so, you might find some snippets on the web. I don't remember recording it otherwise I'd take a look.
by stearn
Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 86
Views: 6172

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. It is interesting though, that most of the cont...
by stearn
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 86
Views: 6172

Re: Is it all over....?

On a per series basis, unless it is a real biggie and you can offer something new that people will spend money on and double or even, perhaps, triple dip on, it isn't going to be worth the effort. Didn't Network have a blanket deal with ITV meaning that they could release pretty much anything they c...
by stearn
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Was there racism in Hancock's Half Hour?
Replies: 17
Views: 1709

Re: Was there racism in Hancock's Half Hour?

The race issue doesn't seem to be something that was ever addressed in Galton and Simpson's scripts. I don't know whether they deliberately avoided it, or it was just something they weren't interested in. It's quite remarkable in a way. It might well have been totally unconscious, and they never ne...
by stearn
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: Members past and present
Replies: 15
Views: 4013

Re: Members past and present

Not quite the same as what I meant. I have experienced people suck gbs of data from a torrent site and suddenly pitch themselves as a researcher (and wanting to swap material, compare notes etc.) In fact, the reason I am involved with this forum is because my site had been cut and paste onto another...
by stearn
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: Members past and present
Replies: 15
Views: 4013

Re: Members past and present

So true. I gave up researching for my own site for two reasons. The first was the content was just ripped off and passed off by others as theirs, and the second was review copies of things like DVDs, books, and audio dried up overnight, with the emphasis on promotion through social media. Without th...
by stearn
Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 6075

Re: He never said that...

I suspect the web page was written after the initial broadcast and to promote the repeat a year later. There is no date on the page and nothing to suggest that is the case, but let's be generous.
by stearn
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 6075

Re: He never said that...

That was the last tx date. Genome has 3: 6 Jun 2004, 14 Aug 2004 and then 8 Aug 2005.
by stearn
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 6075

Re: He never said that...

Thanks Mark, I'd missed that, but I was looking for a B&WMS not something under another name. Genome doesn't suggest a recent repeat but there was a Black and White Minstrel Show revisited in 2004. I vaguely remember watching that, but don't remember too much about it and didn't record it. Was Lenny...
by stearn
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 6075

Re: He never said that...

Interestingly, having looked at RT now, it appears that they did take the blackface off before the Music, Music, Music series but wore masks (wearing masks won't catch on!). Although there are detailed breakdowns of what was going to appear in each show, there is no mention of masks in the September...
by stearn
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: Members past and present
Replies: 15
Views: 4013

Re: Members past and present

He also wrote an excellent biography of Ken Dodd last year and is working on his next book.