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by Rory Clark
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Was there racism in Hancock's Half Hour?
Replies: 17
Views: 528

Re: Was there racism in Hancock's Half Hour?

Yes, and that's what made me wonder - I don't recall ever hearing such a warning before HHH . I do remember hearing them before Steptoe , but that's been for homophobic or sexist references rather than racism, as far as I know. The race issue doesn't seem to be something that was ever addressed in ...
by Rory Clark
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Recycled titles
Replies: 24
Views: 2101

Re: Recycled titles

SgtPepper wrote:
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:54 am
Not quite the same, but there was an episode of Citizen Smith entitled Only Fools and Horses.
Similarly there was an episode of Till Death Us Do Part titled In Sickness and in Health ...
by Rory Clark
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Original Jackanory props
Replies: 13
Views: 1153

Re: Original Jackanory props

I have often thought that as the coins are marked One Crown and Half Crown, it was something to do with a royal fortune or similar. I guess my only hope is finding a Jackanory fan. Going through Kaleidoscope's TV Brain database the only thing I can find that comes near is episode four of 'The Otter...
by Rory Clark
Wed May 16, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Slot changes
Replies: 35
Views: 1951

Re: Slot changes

Back in the mists of time, a comedian called Joe Baker was rising through the TV comedy ranks and was given his own TV show in 1967 called ' Baker's Half Dozen' five eps were shown in 1967.. ...the last one didn't get transmitted until late night sometime in 1976. In the intervening period Joe had ...
by Rory Clark
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain
Replies: 44
Views: 2195

Re: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain

Oh yes, I don’t deny that it was used as an opt-out filler but those were a drop in the ocean compared to the number of networked screenings. Fifty years of (admittedly on and off) repeats in the UK is a pretty remarkable achievement and presumably accounts for the fact that while it’s still a fondl...
by Rory Clark
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain
Replies: 44
Views: 2195

Re: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain

Don’t think that being in “the margins of the schedules” makes Bilko disallowable in terms of this thread though. I’m not aware that it was ever used as a London and South East filler on a regular basis. It was almost always networked – otherwise I wouldn’t have grown up watching it in Wales in the ...
by Rory Clark
Thu Aug 20, 2015 6:56 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tell me Another
Replies: 34
Views: 3812

Re: Tell me Another

Hmm, just watching this now. Interesting show but the technical quality is appalling. Looks like VT but pic is massively compressed and deinterlaced. Hope they haven't been digitally remastered like this.
by Rory Clark
Tue Oct 21, 2014 6:32 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Hancock
Replies: 22
Views: 1402

Re: Hancock

BobDylan'sGrandmother wrote:I've not played it yet and feel I *have* to. I can't say I was very hopeful for it in the first place, in all honesty.
It's worth a listen as it's a significant chapter in the Hancock story - his last professional engagement with Sid - but it reveals a sadly diminished Hancock.
by Rory Clark
Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:10 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Hancock
Replies: 22
Views: 1402

Re: Hancock

BobDylan'sGrandmother wrote: Pity they chose that picture; never seen him look quite so awful. :(
When you hear the 1965 remake you’ll never have heard him sound so awful.
by Rory Clark
Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TV on TV
Replies: 78
Views: 3580

Re: TV on TV

In the On the Buses episode "The New Telly", the TV sets are apparently tuned perpetually to a channel that shows only Public Information Films. Lucky buggers. In the George and Mildred episode "The Last Straw", they visit friends whose TV is showing the 1961 Tony Hancock film "The Rebel". Always wo...
by Rory Clark
Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: And finally Cyril?
Replies: 35
Views: 2360

Re: And finally Cyril?

It may also have been an veiled attempt to circumvent the internal rule that no individual should have two credits on the same roller/crawler. I’ve had my name twice on the same BBC roller a few times – first as one of the story people and then as the actual writer of the episode, though in the few...
by Rory Clark
Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:06 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Steinbeck for 9.5mm near Weston Super Mare, anyone?
Replies: 13
Views: 798

Re: Steinbeck for 9.5mm near Weston Super Mare, anyone?

There's a possible lead for missing stuff. I'm trying to help out someone who says he found some film, that I think is 9.5mm. Does anyone know a place near Weston-Super-Mare where he could take a look? (No it's NOT John Cleese. He's moved.) Perhaps a local archive or film society that has a steinbe...
by Rory Clark
Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The (In)Complete And Utter History of Britain
Replies: 68
Views: 3439

Re: The (In)Complete And Utter History of Britain

If I understood correctly, then episode 1 is technically not a telerecording or else it wouldn't have a clock after the break? The telerecordings have been telecined to video and had new clocks added during the transfer. On both telerecordings the title sequences indicate that they are "Episode 1" ...
by Rory Clark
Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The (In)Complete And Utter History of Britain
Replies: 68
Views: 3439

Re: The (In)Complete And Utter History of Britain

There are actually two episodes extant as telerecordings – 1 and 2 as transmitted. The copy of episode 1 (Stonehenge / Battle of Hastings) doesn't have a transfer date on the clock (at least on the version I have) but episode 2 (Robin Hood) does - 03/11/1998. Episode 2 supposedly only existed as a d...
by Rory Clark
Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff
Replies: 73
Views: 5231

Re: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff

I think that was Bernie Clifton who turned up with all sorts of tedious props and proceeded to dominate the show throughout They've now shown this episode, it was on last Friday. Clifton does indeed run "Bernie's Bistro", which is a gag he rather clunkily shoehorns in and then during one of the rou...
by Rory Clark
Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:26 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC Wales 50th Anniversary
Replies: 2
Views: 359

BBC Wales 50th Anniversary

Tonight BBC Wales celebrates its 50th birthday with a selection of archive programmes and an hour long retrospective, it starts on BBC2 Wales at 20:30. Of particular interest to a certain type of person is that some of the extant BBC symbols have been dusted off for further use and where none exist,...
by Rory Clark
Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff
Replies: 73
Views: 5231

Re: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff

Simon Mclean wrote:What an odd line-up S1 E03 has - I'm guessing Parky was top left, and Jack Douglas was bottom middle, though I can equally see it the other way round.
The latter, Parky front middle, Douglas top left - his usual seat.
by Rory Clark
Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Things that were on TV on the day I was born
Replies: 51
Views: 2216

Re: Things that were on TV on the day I was born

David Boothroyd wrote:There was also a repeat of The Mind of Mr J.G. Reeder but I don't know which episode.
"Death of an Angel", original transmission 10/05/1971. According to the TVT it was day 2 (out of 3) of the Crown Court case.
by Rory Clark
Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff
Replies: 73
Views: 5231

Re: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff

Are they showing these in any sort of order? The set seems to change virtually every edition! If the list on IMDB is correct then they’re being shown in the correct transmission order but S01E03 has been left out. Challenge say they didn’t get it as part of the package from the BBC, which is strang...
by Rory Clark
Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff
Replies: 73
Views: 5231

Re: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff

Jason's Callaghan (who the subtitles couldn't identify) and Brown's Thatcher would certainly have been topical, the election had just been called. The funniest thing about that was the look on Johnny More’s face – I think Callaghan was his signature impression and he’d been gazumped by Jason, causi...
by Rory Clark
Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff
Replies: 73
Views: 5231

Re: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff

One other thing I'm trying to work out is the panellist mentioned in this biography of Tel I had from the eighties as the person Tel asked them not to invite on again because they were a pain in the arse. I think that was Bernie Clifton who turned up with all sorts of tedious props and proceeded to...
by Rory Clark
Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC2 idents on classic comedies
Replies: 11
Views: 1175

Re: BBC2 idents on classic comedies

colourzoom wrote:BBC2 NI, if you can receive it, have made a lot more effort to get their retro pres looking authentic
That’s because the BBC NI examples were done by Dave Jeffery who, together with a little assistance from me and a lot of organizing by Gareth R, provided the graphics for the final day of LWT.
by Rory Clark
Thu May 16, 2013 5:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Help needed - ITV Yearbooks 1965, 1966
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Re: Help needed - ITV Yearbooks 1965, 1966

Simon Coward wrote: I don't have the 1965 edition.
1965 (PP 196-197) doesn't list a programme controller either, in fact the management section is almost identical to the 1966 edition.
by Rory Clark
Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:51 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: On the Move
Replies: 22
Views: 1336

Re: On the Move

What I never understood was how did Bob Hoskins get his HGV licence if he couldn't read or write. Did somebody sit the test for him?
by Rory Clark
Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:34 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]
Replies: 73
Views: 4125

Re: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]

The closest I got to working at TV Centre was when I worked for M&S, Marble Arch. I remember buying a jacket from there for one of my earliest meetings at TV Centre. Lousy jacket, good meeting - the only time I ate at the waitress service restaurant. Gammon steak I think. Which is strange, because ...
by Rory Clark
Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:58 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]
Replies: 73
Views: 4125

Re: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]

Bernie wrote:No - he's real.....

Professor Jonathan Powell
Good Lord. "Department of Media Arts."
by Rory Clark
Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:55 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]
Replies: 73
Views: 4125

Re: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]

Just watched this. Hmm, let's see now ... a contemporary programme about a highly topical subject - the closure of TV Centre, an electronic television factory, based around multi-camera video. So what better for its final, electronic production, to stick on a tacky "film" look for all those shot-as-...
by Rory Clark
Sat Mar 23, 2013 1:46 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]
Replies: 73
Views: 4125

Re: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]

One thing both this and Richard's excellent programme lacked to me was talk with the other people who worked there. It would just have been nice to have had a final word for a representation or too of all the 90% of the staff who weren't appearing in front of the cameras. Surely around 50% - possib...
by Rory Clark
Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Ammonds (1924-2013)
Replies: 10
Views: 947

Re: John Ammonds (1924-2013)

Cheeseford wrote:Is that in Barry Took's book Laughter in the Air?
That's the one.
by Rory Clark
Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Ammonds (1924-2013)
Replies: 10
Views: 947

Re: John Ammonds (1924-2013)

No, I was thinking the same. There is a great one of him doing the 'diver' sound effect on ITMA, which I actually mentioned in my obit, but they cut the line, presumably because they couldn't find the picture. Ha. Looking for something entirely different (a picture of Eric Maschwitz), guess what I ...