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by Ian Wegg
Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Misremembered titles
Replies: 27
Views: 858

Re: Misremembered titles

I seem to recall the late Charlie Chester making a subtle change and referring to Till Death Do Us Part. Of course, Charlie was correct. Till Death Us Do Part is an example of a title that is itself a misquote. A more recent, and very similar, example is Peter Jackson's war documentary that should ...
by Ian Wegg
Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Misremembered titles
Replies: 27
Views: 858

Re: Misremembered titles

My dear old grandmother, God bless her, loved her telly but would never know the correct name of any show she watched. She would often use a descriptive term or the name of one of its stars, which in turn she would not remember properly. A particularly difficult decryption was "Crowler" for Stars In...
by Ian Wegg
Sat Nov 14, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Misremembered titles
Replies: 27
Views: 858

Re: Misremembered titles

I never heard anyone refer to The Phil Silvers Show as anything but "Bilko".
by Ian Wegg
Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Worst-remembered line in TV?
Replies: 12
Views: 677

Re: Worst-remembered line in TV?

For anyone like me who can't recall the exact wording, the line (from the script book) is:

Basil ...I think we're just out of Waldorfs.

It's interesting that several of those misquotes (e.g. "fresh out", "all out", "clean out") are Americanisms, which negates the point a bit.
by Ian Wegg
Thu Nov 05, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Sessions (1953 - 2020)
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: John Sessions (1953 - 2020)

There was a tribute on the BBC South news this lunchtime which includes archive footage of his first TV appearances. It will probably be included in South Today this evening and be available on iPlayer for 24 hours.
by Ian Wegg
Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 34
Views: 2753

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

Internet suggests they were in Poynton. That seems a bizarrely long distance from TVC... http://www.poyntonforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=3589 It does seem a long way but then the exteriors for (Still) Open All Hours are shot in Doncaster. The post on the Poynton forum reads... Is it the cottages set ...
by Ian Wegg
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Other One" other ones!
Replies: 11
Views: 795

Re: "The Other One" other ones!

Mention of Brian Murphy has reminded me of another contender, Mrs Merton and Malcolm. Well received by the public (including me) but according to Wikipedia not by the critics.
by Ian Wegg
Tue Sep 29, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Other One" other ones!
Replies: 11
Views: 795

Re: "The Other One" other ones!

At least with Fawlty Towers it was a case of stop when the ideas the writers were passionate about ran out and not prolonging it with new episodes just written to keep it going and people saying "it's not as good as it used to be". Cleese himself has commented that that was the general opinion abou...
by Ian Wegg
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops "recording over old film" article in the Daily Mail
Replies: 6
Views: 1178

Re: Top of the Pops "recording over old film" article in the Daily Mail

Matty wrote:
Wed Aug 26, 2020 6:22 am
Very glad this was not possible as we'd have lost a lot more than we have otherwise!
But film stock was destroyed to recover the silver.
by Ian Wegg
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Other One (1970s sitcom)
Replies: 9
Views: 1034

Re: The Other One

I had no recollection of this until I read those articles and the title meant nothing to me at all (I nearly bypassed this post thinking it was about the recent Holly Walsh penned sitcom of the same name). I can just recall watching the first episode and disliking the Richard Briers character to the...
by Ian Wegg
Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Look-In/Piccolo Books releases
Replies: 8
Views: 1242

Re: Look-In/Piccolo Books releases

A very minor correction to your list, it's just "Freewheelers" without the definite article (Freewheelers was the name of the programme not the people in it).
by Ian Wegg
Mon Aug 31, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Rodney Bewes (1937-2017)
Replies: 28
Views: 4331

Re: Rodney Bewes (1937-2017)

I can attest to the fact that James Bolam is a completely different character. A very good article, thanks for posting.
by Ian Wegg
Thu Aug 13, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Fictitious search engines in TV shows
Replies: 6
Views: 1104

Fictitious search engines in TV shows

Watching Queens Of Mystery last night (a story involving an old Rock Band reforming but I won't go into that) got me wondering about why characters in TV shows never use Google. My initial thought was that perhaps it constituted product placement but a quick WebSeek found an article from TV Insider ...
by Ian Wegg
Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "ITC Entertained the World" - podcast
Replies: 38
Views: 5865

Re: "ITC Entertained the World" - podcast

... I'm sure that any avid fan of The Zoo Gang (if there are any) would be pleased to discover that people were discussing one of their favourite series knowledgeably and thoughtfully, rather than be outraged that you'd got it wrong. Absolutely. I'm always interested to hear other people's informed...
by Ian Wegg
Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 86
Views: 10662

Re: Is it all over....?

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. Yes, I do too. The oldest unwatched TV show I have is The Ghosts of Oxford Street which I recorded in 1991. It got digitised with the rest of my VHS collection but I still haven't fo...
by Ian Wegg
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Star Treatment"
Replies: 9
Views: 1915

Re: "Star Treatment"

The first episode of Star Treatment, featuring Grace Kennedy, is getting another airing on TPTV on Sunday 16 August. Hopefully, other episodes will follow.
by Ian Wegg
Tue Jul 14, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Burke Special"
Replies: 24
Views: 3170

Re: "The Burke Special"

Brock wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 3:29 pm
From his point of view, it must have been a stroke of brilliance persuading the BBC to put his name in the title of the show. In those days that was reserved for mega-stars like Michael Parkinson!
..and John Craven :)
by Ian Wegg
Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 86
Views: 10662

Re: Is it all over....?

Yes, that description belongs to https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4020986/reference, a U.S. based show of the same name.

I'll submit a correction.
by Ian Wegg
Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Burke Special"
Replies: 24
Views: 3170

Re: "The Burke Report"

Hi Ian, Do you remember anything of the show, such as format, experiments, results etc.? Some say it had a studio audience, others that it was in the castle (though this doesn't negate an audience) and some suggest that it was only a small part of the programme? It was studio based with an audience...
by Ian Wegg
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The "ageing rock group reforms" plot.
Replies: 10
Views: 2802

Re: The "ageing rock group reforms" plot.

I got a Facebook ad for Acorn TV's Queens of Mystery . Here is the description of the second story of the series: " Death by Vinyl : '80s new wave band Volcanic Youth is in town to record a new album, but Kat feels troubled about the reunion after her contentious breakup with the band years ago. Mat...
by Ian Wegg
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: It's the cops wot dunnit! Crime drama spoilers
Replies: 30
Views: 5404

Re: It's the cops wot dunnit! Crime drama spoilers

Sky's Agatha Raisin has fallen - 3.4 "As The Pig Turns"

Whether the episode title was a clue I couldn't say.
by Ian Wegg
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Burke Special"
Replies: 24
Views: 3170

Re: "The Burke Report"

If that is the technique of extracting voices from inanimate objects then yes, I remember it well. It was exciting stuff at the time, although there doesn't seem to have been a lot of progress on it since.
by Ian Wegg
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 86
Views: 10662

Re: Is it all over....?

I thought it was a very gritty series for the BBC in its day, and I'm guessing it was made as an attempt to rival The Sweeney. My memory of Target (as far as it can be trusted after four decades) is that it was a poor imitation of Special Branch at a time when ITV had moved on to The Sweeney . I re...
by Ian Wegg
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Britbox - UK version
Replies: 35
Views: 6936

Re: Britbox - UK version

Just a head's up if you've got a iPad, in that you can cast from the iPad Britbox app to a smart TV on the same wi-fi network. I've removed my Fire stick and use this method for most streaming services and You Tube. TV is about four years old. Although, got to admit that ITV Hub and 4 OD can be a b...
by Ian Wegg
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Britbox - UK version
Replies: 35
Views: 6936

Re: Britbox - UK version

As a stop-gap, I've been using an HDMI cable from my laptop to the TV. The HD version of the Fire Stick is currently £19.99 so I have just ordered one.

I think I will stick with Britbox at least until we have finished watching all the episodes of Poirot. Thanks for the advice.
by Ian Wegg
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 10122

Re: He never said that...

One of my favourite misattributions is "Ringo Starr isn't the best drummer in the world. He's not even the best drummer in the Beatles" - commonly attributed to John Lennon. Some people will knowingly tell you that it didn't come from John Lennon but from Jasper Carrott, but they're wrong as well. ...
by Ian Wegg
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)
Replies: 75
Views: 9869

Re: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)

fatcat wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:27 pm
perhaps somebody could confirm or deny exactly what phrases were used
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by Ian Wegg
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 10122

Re: He never said that...

stearn wrote:
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:44 pm
Even the BBC had misquotes on expensive glass partitions in Television Centre. Don't tell him your name, Pike, being one.
I have seen "the world is your lobster" attributed to Del Trotter twice in BBC programmes.
by Ian Wegg
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 10122

Re: He never said that...

I have just seen this on another forum: My grandfather bought down 3 Messerschmitts and 2 Heinkels in the Battle of Britain .... ....... He was undoubtedly the worst mechanic in the Luftwaffe - Spike Milligan Not a bad joke but an obvious misattribution. It happens all the time, Tommy Cooper regular...
by Ian Wegg
Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Britbox - UK version
Replies: 35
Views: 6936

Re: Britbox - UK version

We've become hooked on the repeats of Poirot but ITVHub+ has twice frustrated us by only having an episode with signing, so yesterday I decided to sign-up for Britbox. Gets over the Poirot problem, they are all there. But a major issue is that there is no Britbox app either for my Sony Smart TV or t...