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by Mothy
Tue May 21, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows that changed stations
Replies: 25
Views: 2949

Re: Shows that changed stations

'Morecambe And Wise' moved from the BBC to ITV after 1977. 'It Takes A Worried Man' - early 80s sitcom by and starring Peter Tilbury - had its first two series on ITV, produced by Thames Television, its third series was on Channel 4. Similar to 'Is It Legal', 90s sitcom about solicitors, which also ...
by Mothy
Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 660
Views: 82859

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

But given that it's basically illustrating a soundtrack, it's not as if it could go that far off from what's already there, and as there isn't a teleplay available where we could compare camera moves and cuts and the like, any recreation is always going to be a partial compromise. Really? I thought...
by Mothy
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 660
Views: 82859

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

It's being released in both black and white and colour, as I understand it, much like Power of the Daleks was, the only difference being you had to get the Blu-ray to get a colour version of the latter, whereas apparently both are intended to be available on each format. My understanding of The Macr...
by Mothy
Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Official Hi-de-Hi! Episode Times
Replies: 19
Views: 2272

Re: Official Hi-de-Hi! Episode Times

My understanding is that only two episodes of Hi-De-Hi on DVD were edited. Desire In The Mickey Mouse Grotto, Series 1 Episode 1, is, so I'm informed, missing about two and a half minutes' worth of Marty Storm singing a song. On With The Motley, Series 2 Episode 4, is missing about 34 seconds. The o...
by Mothy
Sat Feb 14, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 205958

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

Doctor Who was created as a Science Fiction Programme for the BBC Drama Department in 1963. All the paperwork, and notes from Sydney Newman speak of how it must be kept Science Fiction. The average person at the time may not have been able to go into great detail about it, but everyone knew the ess...
by Mothy
Sat Feb 14, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing
Replies: 110
Views: 11578

Re: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing

Is there a broadcast date known for this yet?
by Mothy
Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:22 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: What was the first television sitcom?
Replies: 4
Views: 882

Re: What was the first television sitcom?

'Pinwright's Progress' was first broadcast fortnightly from 29 November 1946 to 16 May 1947. The Radio Times Comedy Guide describes it as "British television's first authentic half-hour comedy series". Don't know whether any other country got there before though.
by Mothy
Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:02 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 205958

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

ISTR that the primary reason for so many of the "Earthbound" stories in the 70's was budget-led. It was much easier to set stories on present day Earth, which pleased the bean-counters. I suppose the same argument can be used for the modern era, which might help explain why there are more periphera...
by Mothy
Tue Oct 21, 2014 6:29 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 205958

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

These would be the Earth-bound/orientated stories based mostly in the UNIT era and eventually abandoned as being ultimately quite dull... But which lasted in one form or another for several years. Didn't entirely fade out until the mid 1970s, and even after that most companions joined the Doctor vo...
by Mothy
Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:48 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 205958

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

For start the part-time companion thing just doesn't interest me... Contrast Clara with Ian and Barbara. Ian and Barbara's first encounter with the Doctor and their subsequent travels had the real feeling of people uprooted from their lives and being exposed to something new and almost impossibly d...
by Mothy
Tue Sep 16, 2014 1:09 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 205958

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

I was referring to the original Ninth Doctor. Cornell was the big cheese for the Shalka Doctor, and his planned arcs etc. The webcasts, novels and the comics would all have had to follow his ideas. Had the television show with Davies not emerged when it did, Doctor Who would have been Paul Cornell'...
by Mothy
Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:56 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 205958

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

And this man was very nearly the showrunner? No, not as far as I'm aware. Don't think he was ever in the running. Without any prior experience of running a programme, there's no evidence that he would have been a likely candidate. However, Doctor Who's ratings appear to be steadily falling. Of cour...
by Mothy
Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:59 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 205958

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

As stated earlier, many people merely go along with what the media tells them, and the media said that this was a major hit, whereas the reality in 2005 was somewhat different. The hype machine and gushing and fawning went into overdrive, and today it's taken as gospel that Davies' relaunch in 2005...
by Mothy
Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:20 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 205958

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

There was nothing wrong with the ratings for the old series, Sci-Fi TV was never a massive audience puller, but the ratings for the old series were very good considering, and according to Phillip Hinchcliffe, in a recent interview, the bosses were more than happy with it's performance, as Hinchclif...
by Mothy
Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:09 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 205958

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

The so-called deeper and more emotional aspect of Nu-Who, seems to consist of The Doctor's loneliness and the companion having family problems or the loss of a family member, not much else really, Only if you concentrate solely on the material that was recorded about nine or ten years ago, and even...
by Mothy
Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: It Ain't Half Un-PC Mum...
Replies: 98
Views: 10534

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

It's being denied a repeat because the BBC don't think it's good enough - that seems to be the truth of it As was revealed on Facebook it was planned for a repeat in 1999, after having had some judicious editing done. So 15 years ago it was considered good enough, the more awkwardly of-their-time m...
by Mothy
Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:55 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Happy birthday to Olaf Pooley! 100 today!
Replies: 6
Views: 991

Re: Happy birthday to Olaf Pooley! 100 today!

Here's a short feature and interview with him from American television. Posted by the copyright holder, I think, so there shouldn't be any problems putting a link in here for it. I'll leave it to the mods anyway.

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=9467049
by Mothy
Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:45 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Blake's 7 to return on Syfy Channel
Replies: 28
Views: 3182

Re: Blake's 7 to return on Syfy Channel

Kate Barnes, the Executive Producer at Microsoft's EMEA TV, denied it was happening about a month ago, and said they had no plans to do any Blake's 7.

http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/blakes-7/27 ... ox-rumours
by Mothy
Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dad's Army turns 45 years old today
Replies: 58
Views: 5599

Re: Dad's Army turns 45 years old today

I think that may be being a little unfair. I know Robin can sometimes get somewhat enthusiastic on some of the political issues exemplified in popular culture, but I wouldn't dismiss all of his analysis of it out of hand. If nothing else, it's at least interesting, to me anyway. There probably is a ...
by Mothy
Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:33 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: BBC set to end credit squeezing
Replies: 25
Views: 2756

BBC set to end credit squeezing

The BBC has announced it's going to stop credit-squeezing its programmes after viewer complaints, and try other systems.

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-07- ... r-backlash
by Mothy
Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:02 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Enchanted Castle BBC 1979 DVD Release
Replies: 9
Views: 1374

Re: The Enchanted Castle BBC 1979 DVD Release

It was definitely shown around the teatime slot on a weekday, both on its original broadcast in 1979 and on its repeat, which I think was in 1981.
by Mothy
Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Timeslip in colour??
Replies: 42
Views: 5055

Re: Timeslip in colour??

The three Troughton episodes that exist as 35mm film recordings of 625 video are probably the best-quality 60s DW we've got, and after cleanup and VidFIRE get us as close to the original VT look as it's ever likely to be possible to get. There are more than three, I think. Wheel in Space 6, Dominat...
by Mothy
Fri May 31, 2013 7:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ronnie Barker/Gerald Wiley
Replies: 20
Views: 2332

Re: Ronnie Barker/Gerald Wiley

As well as The Two Ninnies, is it true that NTNOCN did another sketch savaging The Two Ronnies that included the line "I write material under a well-publicized pseudonym"? That was from a deleted section of the same sketch. Although they did also do another Two Ronnies parody, The Three Ronnies, wi...
by Mothy
Thu May 30, 2013 5:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 660
Views: 82859

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

Here's a review which has some comparison screen grabs.

http://www.tellytechblog.com/2013/05/do ... n-dvd.html
by Mothy
Thu May 09, 2013 6:19 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 11506

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

The OED 's first example is from the FidoNews bulletin board in 1989. Not sure where Mike's getting his information from. I can't remember where I heard it, but here's a similar/better example: 1917 letter to Winston Churchill uses 'OMG' If you'd used 'OMG' in any drama set before the 1990s, the de...
by Mothy
Wed May 08, 2013 1:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 11506

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

Indeed, because the characters in 'I, Claudius' wouldn't even have been speaking in English historically, so giving them dialogue in that language inevitably means it's effectively a translation, which can allow any kind of expression or figure of speech, as long as it conveys the intended meaning. ...
by Mothy
Tue May 07, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 11506

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

That doesn't alter the fact that they were written to be spoken with the pronunciation of the time, which is why some of Shakespeare's rhymes don't seem to work very well (or at all) to our ears. Pronounced as per Early Modern English, the words *do* rhyme. If it matters that a character in a TV dr...
by Mothy
Tue May 07, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 11506

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

Shakespeare's plays weren't intended to be written or staged as naturalistic recreations of their settings, so the parallels with most TV programmes aren't very strong there.
by Mothy
Mon May 06, 2013 7:40 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 11506

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

Shouldn't this be in the Current Television section, as it seems to be more about dramas written now?

I've heard, although don't watch it so couldn't confirm, that Downton Abbey has some very jarring anachronisms in its dialogue, whether terms or figures of speech.
by Mothy
Wed May 01, 2013 9:40 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 660
Views: 82859

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

Bit of news about further releases. The Moonbase, with animated episodes, is due out on 21 October and The Tenth Planet on 18 November.