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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: 511

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: 387

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: 482

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: 2854

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: 5
Views: 375

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: 3674

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: 6109

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: 1294

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: 1840

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: 6109

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: 1840

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: 2115

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: 3789

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: 1840

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: 6109

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: 4974

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: 4974

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: 5969

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: 6319

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: 5969

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: 5969

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: 4974

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...
by Ian Wegg
Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: shooting tv series on 35mm - historical technical detail
Replies: 10
Views: 1392

Re: shooting tv series on 35mm - historical technical detail

On The Avengers International Fan Forum, this discussion: The Avengers in Widescreen suggests that the practise existed in the UK in the 1960s.
by Ian Wegg
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Forces tv
Replies: 12
Views: 1413

Re: Forces tv

McCloud and McMillan & Wife . They shared a generic opening and closing sequence featuring a man on a distant horizon with a torch and a very catchy theme tune by Henry Mancini. It always annoyed me that Southern normally cut it out. A less well-known strand that I remember was the man who would pe...
by Ian Wegg
Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: Members past and present
Replies: 15
Views: 3969

Re: Members past and present

Most of my online interaction these days is through Facebook Groups. The advantage of Facebook is that it is a "push" mechanism, everything from the subjects you follow is aggregated into your feed. I am currently a member of 62 Facebook groups and I get to see the posts from each one as they occur....
by Ian Wegg
Sun May 31, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Future of BBC Four
Replies: 9
Views: 1428

Re: Future of BBC Four

The attitude of the older viewers isn't the problem, they may be moaning about it but still pay their licence fee anyway. I have three children in their twenties (21, 25 and 28). None of them watches broadcast television or has a TV licence. Only one of them even has a TV. The Netflix generation is ...
by Ian Wegg
Sat May 30, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Future of BBC Four
Replies: 9
Views: 1428

Re: Future of BBC Four

... and more importantly now that you don't need a TV licence just to own a TV, no revenue.
by Ian Wegg
Tue May 12, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Recycled titles
Replies: 24
Views: 3114

Re: Recycled titles

Knowing that Talking Pictures TV is repeating the old Southern programme Together I used the TiVo EPG to set up a series link, and it found three upcoming programmes with that title all showing somewhere on Virgin Media. The others were a BBC3 sitcom from 2015 and an interesting looking play from 20...
by Ian Wegg
Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Everyone at Home broadcasting
Replies: 5
Views: 1032

Re: Everyone at Home broadcasting

I know little about the technicalities but I have to say I'm really enjoying this new cottage industry style of broadcasting, I find the lack of polish quite endearing. Down here on Meridian, I am particularly enjoying the Daily Dinenage that Fred does from his, very comfortable looking, living room...
by Ian Wegg
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:36 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC sports archive
Replies: 39
Views: 5756

Re: BBC sports archive

At least the BFI now lets you know what holdings they have, which wasn't the case when it first went online.