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by RobinCarmody
Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3841

More popular outside their region of production

Two sorts of programmes fit this description: 1.) The prestige Granada productions (Brideshead, Jewel in Crown, the Jeremy Brett Holmes, Jeeves & Wooster) which played on a very Home Counties and shire-orientated conception of Englishness - which obviously helped them massively abroad - but worked a...
by RobinCarmody
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Moxey (1925-2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 351

Re: John Moxey (1925-2019)

Amazingly enough, I was watching his 1966 Armchair Theatre Dead Silence today.
by RobinCarmody
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 6903

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

Speaking of tributes, there was a DIXON episode shown in 1981 as a tribute to Jack Warner. BBC4 took over a lot of tribute duties when they were in their early years, showing, for instance, the RUMPOLE play for Leo McKern. When John McGrath died, however, they decided against a repeat of THE CHEVIO...
by RobinCarmody
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John McCririck (1940-2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 532

Re: John McCririck (1940-2019)

I was going to start such a thread, but you got in while I was writing at considerable length about someone far less associated with television ;-)

Nonetheless, it doesn't seem all that long since I started Julian Wilson's obituary thread (in which he was an inevitable presence ...)
by RobinCarmody
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Christopher Booker (1937-2019)
Replies: 0
Views: 254

Christopher Booker (1937-2019)

Suddenly, I remember the discussion about him on the old board and the idea that he might have appeared with Rod Hull & Emu (he didn't, although he is still listed as such on Genome, as he mistakenly was in Radio Times at the time) ... I can't say I admired him: he was the embodiment of the whole id...
by RobinCarmody
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 6903

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

Post- NaT on 25th July, Yorkshire had something called Images of Yorkshire which I assume was some sort of retrospective - alas, there are no local papers available from that period with YTV as the main listings, only the Newcastle Evening Chronicle which has brief variations. That being said, the B...
by RobinCarmody
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 6903

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

Few things: LWT's summer 1989 repeats also included an episode of The Adventures of Black Beauty - on Saturday 29th July, oddly enough just as the Flambards episode was on Yorkshire. I can understand that not being remembered in the same way, though, because they'd only just shown the whole run thro...
by RobinCarmody
Fri May 10, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Network's 'Forgotten TV Drama' range
Replies: 58
Views: 6707

Re: Network's 'Forgotten TV Drama' range

Not that I know, but it would be possible. If there are going to be seven volumes, I do hope you can pull some strings and put the one I mentioned on one of them - it seems like a conscious comment through analogy and metaphor on the condition of post-Suez, pre-Beatles Britain, and I'm always inter...
by RobinCarmody
Wed May 08, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Network's 'Forgotten TV Drama' range
Replies: 58
Views: 6707

Re: Network's 'Forgotten TV Drama' range

My first post to this thread: are there any plans to include "I'll Have You to Remember" on a future Armchair Theatre Archive set?
by RobinCarmody
Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Counterintuitive regional variations
Replies: 2
Views: 497

Counterintuitive regional variations

The two best examples of this syndrome that I've ever come across are both from 1960 - a Henry Williamson interview on ABC's 'The Book Man' was broadcast in all the then-existing regions (Westward didn't, yet) except Southern & Anglia, so the viewers most likely to culturally "get" Williamson's rura...
by RobinCarmody
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Pamela Lonsdale (1924-2018)
Replies: 3
Views: 520

Pamela Lonsdale (1924-2018)

How was this one missed?

Grauniad send-off here: http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio ... e-obituary
by RobinCarmody
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dennis Potter's Sunday Times reviews
Replies: 2
Views: 357

Dennis Potter's Sunday Times reviews

I have eight in total; here are two. The sceptre at the harvest feast 19th June 1977 When you are sprawled at your ease at a flickering hearth the regular swing of a pendulum or the throaty tick-h, tock-h of an old clock can be almost hypnotically lulling in the gentle insistence. Time is ebbing, fo...
by RobinCarmody
Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: tvlife (magazine 1974)
Replies: 11
Views: 1061

Re: tvlife (magazine 1974)

There was also 'Radio Guide' in the early ILR years, which became the more generally music-based 'Tune In'. Sometimes these include listings you can't find anywhere online, although the British Newspaper Archive is getting better on this front (i.e. expanding more into contemporary history with sele...
by RobinCarmody
Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Closedown, Late Call, Reflections and all that sort of thing
Replies: 30
Views: 2122

Re: Closedown, Late Call, Reflections and all that sort of t

The Momus song to which I referred in this thread actually gets in references to two of these - "death will be unlike the night thoughts of Late Call when ministers stop being cosy", Night Thoughts of course being the manifestation (although, as I said, less overwhelmingly Christian in later years, ...
by RobinCarmody
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: David Cobham (1930-2018)
Replies: 1
Views: 403

David Cobham (1930-2018)

I feel that in this forum's heyday there certainly would have been a thread when someone as prolific and notable as this died in March this year. Anyway (and I know his most famous work wasn't for television so I'm sticking to those that were), The Vanishing Hedgerows with Henry Williamson, Brendon ...
by RobinCarmody
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Thames TV
Replies: 64
Views: 5589

Re: Thames TV

When Peter Hitchens writes, as he very frequently does, about how he felt a much greater sense of loss when Churchill died and the Empire was clearly, finally over than you would have expected for someone who was only 13 at the time - most of his contemporaries were lost in the emerging pop culture ...
by RobinCarmody
Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Victor Lewis-Smith's Evening Standard reviews
Replies: 5
Views: 662

Re: Victor Lewis-Smith's Evening Standard reviews

I think Shulman wrote a general "Inside TV" column (1964-1973, I believe, after he'd stopped working in the medium - from 1958 to 1962 he combined his journalism with producing at Granada's London end, and when that closed he had an administrative post at A-R from 1962-4) rather than reviews in the ...
by RobinCarmody
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Victor Lewis-Smith's Evening Standard reviews
Replies: 5
Views: 662

Re: Victor Lewis-Smith's Evening Standard reviews

Well, Milton Shulman was certainly notable (whatever you thought of him and his views), although it is said that he saw very little television when pontificating about the medium because, of course, he was also their theatre critic, and most TV output was then broadcast in the evening when he'd have...
by RobinCarmody
Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Victor Lewis-Smith's Evening Standard reviews
Replies: 5
Views: 662

Victor Lewis-Smith's Evening Standard reviews

An extension of a thread from the old board: here is a list of VLS reviews from his first few years in the job, before he'd blatantly got tired of it. I'd be prepared to post any reviews which were requested, as I doubt the ones not featured in his book have surfaced anywhere beyond the microfilms I...
by RobinCarmody
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Southern's Late Late Show
Replies: 1
Views: 443

Southern's Late Late Show

A list of the (mostly non-Anglosphere) films shown by Southern Television late on Friday nights in its last three years on the air: http://www.mediafire.com/file/0n8vvjffajd1rfh/Southern%27s+Late+Late+Show.odt (I think these were what was being referred to on the old board when someone mentioned Bri...
by RobinCarmody
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: (Seemingly) Amber McWilliams (1975-2018)
Replies: 1
Views: 495

(Seemingly) Amber McWilliams (1975-2018)

Although there's no further information online as yet, and nothing's on the Wikipedia page (I've put it up on the talk page, but if there's no response I'll probably add it anyway), I think this - http://notices.nzherald.co.nz/obituaries/nzherald-nz/obituary.aspx?pid=188030196 - must be an obituary ...
by RobinCarmody
Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Julian Wilson (1940-2014)
Replies: 3
Views: 515

Julian Wilson (1940-2014)

Quite an important figure in the culture wars (to a considerable extent, and obviously entirely so in this case, internecine ones within the Right) which characterised the period I grew up in: an exact contemporary of John McCririck at Harrow, he was the Old Tory opponent of McCririck's pseudo-prole...
by RobinCarmody
Sun Apr 20, 2014 1:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: What was broadcast on BBC-2 before the opening?
Replies: 9
Views: 953

Re: What was broadcast on BBC-2 before the opening?

(xpost) Some of the test films were billed in the London edition of Radio Times ... Saturday 4th January 1964 9.00 am Test Card and Music 9.15 am Film: The Way to Wimbledon 9.32 am Test Card and Tone 10.05 am Films: Severn Westward and The Wallace Collection 11.00 am Test Card and Tone 12.00 noon Fi...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:38 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: DO IT! (Children's ITV)
Replies: 18
Views: 1313

Re: DO IT! (Children's ITV)

The first ten minutes of The Young Person's Guide to Going Backwards in the World have now appeared on YouTube; that was all that was on the tape.

I hope this is not the only surviving copy ...
by RobinCarmody
Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:31 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sue Townsend (1946-2014)
Replies: 3
Views: 434

Re: Sue Townsend (1946-2014)

Sue Townsend effectively wrote the literary backdrop to my 11-year-old life, a decade after the fact, and the legacy is still cast deep in my mind. Although my main exposure to newspapers at the time (and for some time after) was to the Mail and Telegraph , she gave me a basic understanding of a par...
by RobinCarmody
Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:31 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Marco Polo House (1987-2014)
Replies: 3
Views: 583

Marco Polo House (1987-2014)

No great fan of postmodern architecture or the general outlook of the era it symbolises, but considering its origins, there should be a thread to commemorate the removal of this edifice of the last stand of public commercial broadcasting. Indeed, the grandiose nature of the building, especially when...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Rowe Townsend (1922-2014)
Replies: 1
Views: 310

John Rowe Townsend (1922-2014)

Author of the original books of Noah's Castle (Southern 1980) and The Intruder (Granada 1972), and also of Gumble's Yard (read on Jackanory by Colin Welland in 1969).

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/a ... e-townsend
by RobinCarmody
Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: It Ain't Half Un-PC Mum...
Replies: 98
Views: 7088

Re: It Ain't Half Un-PC Mum...

As has already been stated more than once in this thread, It Ain't Half Hot Mum has by no stretch of the imagination been "banned" - because the whole series is available commercially, it is by definition easier to see for most people than many of the programmes made in the same era which reflect ra...
by RobinCarmody
Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:36 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: BBC4 to be axed this month?
Replies: 77
Views: 3997

Re: BBC4 to be axed this month?

BBC Four in its current form has rather settled back into the false dichotomy that characterised the BBC during the Savile era; it's at least as good as it's ever been when it comes to the traditional high-cultural subjects and the particular strengths of old-school public broadcasting, but when it ...