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by Ian Fryer
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: How were TV series' albums made back in the sixties?
Replies: 7
Views: 1487

Re: How were TV series' albums made back in the sixties?

IIRC The Goon Shows that EMI released were edited from the master BBC Recordings. The negotiated rights made it more difficult for the BBC to re-use them, but they were among the first Ted Kendall restored for re-broadcast specifically because BBC Records couldn't release them in full. Music was ex...
by Ian Fryer
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: How were TV series' albums made back in the sixties?
Replies: 7
Views: 1487

Re: How were TV series' albums made back in the sixties?

When an LP was made with tracks from a TV series back in the 1960s, how was this done when it wasn't rerecorded? I mean mostly: how was it done physically? I assume there'd still be a master tape, not just a telerecording. Would it be produced in the TV studio (in some ways that might be easiest)? ...
by Ian Fryer
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Censorship
Replies: 8
Views: 1680

Re: Censorship

Amazing isn't it! modern tv can be littered with the F word which old tv would never use and old tv could have a few B words but now that is outlawed. Maybe somebody is trying to justify their job now that the F word has gone mainstream LOL? I wonder if the problem is that channels want to have a v...
by Ian Fryer
Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Almost cast' actors
Replies: 76
Views: 9477

Re: 'Almost cast' actors

Some bizarre ones include: Famously apocryphal: Charles Manson as one of The Monkees (Manson was actually in jail at the time of the auditions) That one was started by Mickey Dolenz, in an interview in which he stated at the outset that all his answers were lies. Still the Manson story hung around ...
by Ian Fryer
Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: "The Prisoner" - Ace paperbacks
Replies: 3
Views: 931

Re: "The Prisoner" - Ace paperbacks

I'm listening to the first of these now and it's a fascinating listen. Thanks for the recommendation.
by Ian Fryer
Mon May 20, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Randall & Hopkirk
Replies: 4
Views: 860

Re: Randall & Hopkirk

There was certainly a thing in the eighties for retrofitting older shows with a uniform set of titles, thus The Professionals' season one titles with the Rolls Royce and assault course was largely lost to public view for a long time. I've never seen the original Randall and Hopkirk opening titles - ...
by Ian Fryer
Mon May 20, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Ronane (1933-2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 602

Re: John Ronane (1933-2019)

I always liked him, too. From memory I recall that he left acting at a relatively young age for academia - I imagine to teach acting.
by Ian Fryer
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Star Trek - Original NBC transmissions
Replies: 5
Views: 1191

Re: Star Trek - Original NBC transmissions

I recall from somewhere that the producers hated the Friday night slot as much of the show's college-age audience would have been out enjoying themselves.
by Ian Fryer
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Dangerous Knowledge - Southern TV
Replies: 6
Views: 1132

Re: Dangerous Knowledge - Southern TV

Yes must have been his last work "Gideon's Way" is getting another screening as well at the moment, one episode I watched recently had incidentals from "The Saint, hadn't noticed that before ( and an episode of "Randall And Hopkirk" had some from "The Champions"). TPTV should consider screening som...
by Ian Fryer
Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Gunsmoke/Gun Law
Replies: 15
Views: 1862

Re: Gunsmoke/Gun Law

Now Gunsmoke was, as far I as I know, known in the UK as Gun Law throughout its original 1960s run, a minor point in itself, but it did set me wondering why this might have been. Quite simply, it wasn't, you're memory is playing tricks. If not earlier, the title Gunsmoke was certainly used here fro...
by Ian Fryer
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Gunsmoke/Gun Law
Replies: 15
Views: 1862

Re: Gunsmoke/Gun Law

Managed to dig my notes out from my database in case anyone's interested. Not 100% checked and with gaps. [?] indicates I've guessed which episode aired, and I've noted where the title given in UK listings differs from the accepted US titles. I've also appended the series/episode number from the US...
by Ian Fryer
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Gunsmoke/Gun Law
Replies: 15
Views: 1862

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 G...
by Ian Fryer
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Gunsmoke/Gun Law
Replies: 15
Views: 1862

Re: Gunsmoke/Gun Law

What an interesting question! I wondered if perhaps the change was to avoid confusion with the unrelated movie of the same name, but I see there was also a film called Gun Law so it can't be that. Whilst searching the internet I've also turned up the unexpected fact that prolific gag writer Dick Vo...
by Ian Fryer
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Gunsmoke/Gun Law
Replies: 15
Views: 1862

Re: Gunsmoke/Gun Law

Interestingly, I just checked on Genome and the Light Programme Gunsmoke series was the original radio series that the TV version was based on. This starred William Conrad as Marshall Dillon and was rather more tough and hard-bitten than the TV version. BBC One picked up the TV series for a run of e...
by Ian Fryer
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Gunsmoke/Gun Law
Replies: 15
Views: 1862

Re: Gunsmoke/Gun Law

The A-R screenings began somewhat earlier. The earliest episode listing I have is for the story Night Incident on January 11th 1956. It's still an interesting possibility that there was a now-forgotten Gunsmoke producion of some kind.

EDIT: Sorry Jez, our postings crossed over.
by Ian Fryer
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Gunsmoke/Gun Law
Replies: 15
Views: 1862

Gunsmoke/Gun Law

Watching Endeavour last night my (well developed) pedantic side was struck by a minor error, when Fred Thursday arrived home and asked his wife if she was watching Gunsmoke. Now Gunsmoke was, as far I as I know, known in the UK as Gun Law throughout its original 1960s run, a minor point in itself, b...
by Ian Fryer
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Jeremy Hardy (1961 -2019)
Replies: 3
Views: 723

Re: Jeremy Hardy

What a terrible shame. I always enjoyed his work and 57 is no age at all.
by Ian Fryer
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Richard "Dick"Miller (1928-2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 442

Re: Richard "Dick"Miller (1928-2019)

I was only watching him the other week in the excellent little 1958 Roger Corman cheapy War of the Satellites. RIP Dick.
by Ian Fryer
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows ruined by revival/comeback
Replies: 80
Views: 9653

Re: Shows ruined by revival/comeback

I certainly rate the VT series very highly, but enjoyed both of them, series 2 continued some of the storylines and characters from the first with the return of Sandra Bryant's character. I'd say series 2 was very much the continuation of the latter colour episodes of series 1. The b/w stories unti...
by Ian Fryer
Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: "The Lives of Harry Towers" (Radio 4extra)
Replies: 1
Views: 421

Re: "The Lives of Harry Towers" (Radio 4extra)

Looking forward to to hearing this myself. Adam Roche, who is responsible for the show, also produces two marvellous film podcasts, Attaboy Clarence and The Secret History of Hollywood.
by Ian Fryer
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows ruined by revival/comeback
Replies: 80
Views: 9653

Re: Shows ruined by revival/comeback

I've been working through Special Branch and to be honest have found both its iterations to be something of a disappointment. The VT series isn't in the same league as Callan or Public Eye, while the Euston version takes forever to get going. The Euston episodes that work best are the ones that go i...
by Ian Fryer
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The (New) Phil Silvers Show
Replies: 3
Views: 655

Re: The (New) Phil Silvers Show

Thank you so much for these. Would it be OK if I passed them on to the guys at the Phil silvers Museum?
by Ian Fryer
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The (New) Phil Silvers Show
Replies: 3
Views: 655

The (New) Phil Silvers Show

I've been doing some research into Phil Silvers and UK screenings of The Phil Silvers Show (aka Sergeant Bilko, aka You'll Never Get Rich) and have come across an interesting anomaly. The Wikipedia entry for the series states that the show began inthe UK on BBC Television, but also had screenings on...
by Ian Fryer
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows ruined by revival/comeback
Replies: 80
Views: 9653

Re: Shows ruined by revival/comeback

Yes, spot on with shows like "Gentle Touch" and "Juliet Bravo", and in reverse, you can't imagine "The Sweeney" done on tape, wouldn't have worked at all! "The Sandbaggers" is another one that would not have suited film. The Sandbaggers had the best of both worlds, with location filming on film (al...
by Ian Fryer
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: No Film 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 1596

Re: No Film 2019

Earlier in the year I was researching some old Times film reviews and came across some of Barry Norman's work for the paper. He was a really entertaining writer, his prose having the same flow as his spoken film reviews, mixing good humour and a clearly vast knowledge of his subject. Funnily enough ...
by Ian Fryer
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: No Film 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 1596

Re: No Film 2019

I think they tried to get Mark Kermode at one stage but he wasn't interested - that might have given it a lift and brought along the 5 Live audience. He could well have been good, he's done some interesting shows on BBC Four. He'd have been great, and his BBC News Channel Film Review slot serves th...
by Ian Fryer
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: TV Series Novelisations
Replies: 3
Views: 762

TV Series Novelisations

I found out yesterday that the 1974 Public Eye novelisation Cross That Palm When I Come To It by Audley Southcott, which essentially translates the 1969 Brighton series and the end of the previous series into book form, is being offered online for around £140 by various booksellers. Book valuation a...
by Ian Fryer
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 196432

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

Do they even have a script editor now, or is it all down to the Producer? That is a good point. In J-NT's day the direction the series took was to a large extent decided by the Script Editor, inadvertently presaging the way series often work today. Chris Chibnall is the Executive Producer/Head Writ...
by Ian Fryer
Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Library Music"
Replies: 37
Views: 4537

Re: "Library Music"

I've released a few compilations of Library music on CD over the years on the Recur label and more recently as downloads/Spotify on the Lounge Music label; and my friend Steven Wills has compiled a plethora of excellent releases in aid of both Winchester Hospital Radio and more recently Chichester ...
by Ian Fryer
Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Library Music"
Replies: 37
Views: 4537

Re: "Library Music"

The "Woobinda" theme was specially composed I think, from Sven Libaek, on the album, 'This Day Tonight and other Australian Themes', did the theme for "Boney" as well. Thank you Mark, that's incredibly helpful. Although the This Day Tonight album has never had a CD release, original release vinyl c...