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by smorodina
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 8783

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

Slightly off topic as he wasn't an actor, but the talk of posthumous appearances reminded me of the 'elephant.co.uk' adverts a few years back. Stephen Vickerstaff, who presented them, died of a diabetic related illness at 28 and the adverts continued for some time after his death. Apparently his par...
by smorodina
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 8783

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

Yes, hear it all the time. Much like Dr Spock instead of Mr Spock...lol. The first time I heard that was on 'Joker's Wild', Harry Fowler making fun of Ray Martine's haircut - 'I thought it was Dr Spock off Star Trek!' Funny how some things stick in your memory. On topic, I recorded an advert for Ge...
by smorodina
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Killed Off!
Replies: 47
Views: 3417

Re: Killed Off!

Patrick Mower as Cross in Callan was one that came as a surprise to me, but the character death that really shocked me as a young reader was Tina in the Agent 21 series in TV21.
by smorodina
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Endeavour
Replies: 12
Views: 1002

Re: Endeavour

Just been watching the one with 'Jeux sans frontieres' which was being filmed by Southern Television. Apart from this being, I seem to recall, a BBC show, I would have though Oxford was well outside of Southern's area?
by smorodina
Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: In Character
Replies: 20
Views: 1411

Re: In Character

Russell Harty also interviewed Kevin Turvey. Very funny as I recall. Love to see it again!
by smorodina
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: British Comics
Topic: Your childhood comics.
Replies: 65
Views: 4907

Re: Your childhood comics.

Yes, you're right there were two! The second did merge with Wizzer and Chips: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knockout_(UK_comics). There were, in effect, two Smashes as well. The original was published by Odhams and was part of the Power comics series. When these finished they were merged together on...
by smorodina
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: British Comics
Topic: Your childhood comics.
Replies: 65
Views: 4907

Re: Your childhood comics.

Coming in late to this whole subject, but I can think of my comic-reading period (roughly 1966-75) featuring at various times the Beano , the Dandy , Beezer , Whizzer & Chips , Knockout (which was later incorporated into W&C , IIRC), Cor!! (Front-page character Gus The Gorilla, with the regular pun...
by smorodina
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Hard Sun
Replies: 4
Views: 749

Re: Hard Sun

I think it would have been better to focus on ordinary people and how they dealt with it (as in the song) rather than yet another government cover up plot. Jim Sturgess really is an appallingly bad actor isn't he? Once I remembered where I'd seen him before - 'Close to the Enemy' which I also gave u...
by smorodina
Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: A Few Others We've Lost in 2016
Replies: 2
Views: 454

Re: A Few Others We've Lost in 2016

Colin Vearncombe aka 'Black' died in January. Seems to have been completely overlooked in all lists of celebrity deaths this year. A wonderful and witty songwriter and massively underrated. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jan/26/colin-vearncombe-dies-the-voice-of-black-aged-53 edit: same age ...
by smorodina
Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Odd misapprehensions
Replies: 125
Views: 6887

Re: Odd misapprehensions

Ian Wegg wrote:You need to read Brock's post in isolation. The 'joke' comment was in reference to his own post, not your Blue Peter recollection that was quoted.

Don't worry, I made the same mistake.
Thanks, I can see that now! Slow brain day today!
by smorodina
Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Odd misapprehensions
Replies: 125
Views: 6887

Re: Odd misapprehensions

This isn't a genuine misapprehension - it was a joke - but when those interludes came up with the caption "The next programme follows shortly", my grandmother would sometimes say "well, this must be Shortly, then". Not quite sure why you don't think that's a misapprehension? Because it was a joke, ...
by smorodina
Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Odd misapprehensions
Replies: 125
Views: 6887

Re: Odd misapprehensions

When Blue Peter was shown in my childhood in the 60s, it began with a couple of minutes of film of a sailing ship. I always thought that this film was 'Blue Peter' - like a sort of interlude (which were still being shown occasionally back then) - and that the magazine programme that followed was so...
by smorodina
Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Odd misapprehensions
Replies: 125
Views: 6887

Re: Odd misapprehensions

When Blue Peter was shown in my childhood in the 60s, it began with a couple of minutes of film of a sailing ship. I always thought that this film was 'Blue Peter' - like a sort of interlude (which were still being shown occasionally back then) - and that the magazine programme that followed was som...
by smorodina
Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:17 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Dave Swarbrick 1941 - 2016
Replies: 3
Views: 543

Re: Dave Swarbrick 1941 - 2016

The whole of Fairport Convention's and Mathews Southern Comfort's sets were filmed (actually they were shot on video I believe). There were four large video cameras shooting the whole performances and I was hugely disappointed when I saw the film a couple of years later and it was so short. I imagin...
by smorodina
Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:09 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Dave Swarbrick 1941 - 2016
Replies: 3
Views: 543

Dave Swarbrick 1941 - 2016

Dave Swarbrick died on 3rd June from emphysema. Big part of my youth, as Fairport Convention were the first band I followed after seeing them at a live outdoor show at Maidstone Fiesta 1970. Swarbrick was behind the 'Babbacome Lee' album and this was recreated for the Melvyn Bragg hosted '2nd House'...
by smorodina
Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 127067

New Dr Who Special: The Two Doctors

AKA - 'Misery Loves Company' or 'I Wish I'd Stuck With Music'

In which Clara returns to find the doctor has a new companion.

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by smorodina
Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1954 Carol Concert on BBC4
Replies: 4
Views: 742

Re: 1954 Carol Concert on BBC4

I have finally been blessed with a son relatively late in life and found myself in the odd position of watching the Carol Concert from HIS first Christmas this year and the one from MY first Christmas on the same evening. It's difficult to express what a strangely moving experience that was.
by smorodina
Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:24 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: COSMOS original format now airing
Replies: 5
Views: 801

Re: COSMOS original format now airing

This page SEEMS to suggest there is more to come:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04l60q8/episodes/guide
by smorodina
Sun Oct 26, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 127067

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

They needed Mr Pink to take a bigger role in this one, so I suppose putting in a bunch of kids who can't act was an attempt to make Mr Pink look good next to them. It didn't work. And putting him in the middle of a forest? I thought Maebh was cute, but was a bit puzzled by what 'the forts' were. The...
by smorodina
Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:38 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 127067

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

What a relief that Clara, the strong, independant, modern woman, can continue to travel with the Doctor because her boyfriend says it's ok. I think she was using him as an excuse rather than it being the actual reason. I was thinking more of the earlier conversation: 'A train in space. Sounds prett...
by smorodina
Sun Oct 12, 2014 9:20 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 127067

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

What a relief that Clara, the strong, independant, modern woman, can continue to travel with the Doctor because her boyfriend says it's ok. Danny Pink has been my biggest problem with this season, played by - judged on the strength of this role - one of the worst actors to have been in the series fo...
by smorodina
Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: And finally Cyril?
Replies: 35
Views: 2752

Re: And finally Cyril?

Some things just stick in the mind, don't they. I always think of the campaign to ban Skoal Bandits when That's Life is mentioned. I'd forgotten about that. It was a less-harmful alternative to smoking, wasn't it? Someone on the BBC board must have had shares in the cigarette industry! You put it i...
by smorodina
Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:10 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: And finally Cyril?
Replies: 35
Views: 2752

Re: And finally Cyril?

To this day, whenever I see guar gum as an ingredient, I recall Esther's sometimes manic pursuit of Samantha Fox's then boyfriend, who was desperately trying to sell it (falsely) to the general public as a miracle slimming aid. I suppose "Watchdog" superceded them in the end, but they were a lot mo...
by smorodina
Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:39 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Nothing But the Best [Network]
Replies: 2
Views: 290

Re: PR: Nothing But the Best [Network]

That's weird - I've literally just dug my old off-air VHS out of the attic to copy. Now I don't have to! Looking forward to seeing this again, there's some great dialogue in it.

Edit: Except I've noticed it's not out until July!
by smorodina
Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Film/TV clichés
Replies: 115
Views: 5965

Re: Film/TV clichés

A character has discovered a fact or item that is crucial to the case and shows it to his boss. Boss says 'You haven't told anybody else have you?' and promptly destroys the evidence (or sometimes the character). Last saw this one in 'The Hour'. Bolt cutters - which never fail to cut the most stubbo...
by smorodina
Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:04 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Things you're not allowed to do on television
Replies: 125
Views: 6492

Re: Things you're not allowed to do on television

I didn't know until after I'd stopped working in radio that you can't play a full album on the air from beginning to end. Obviously this is rarely (if ever) an issue, but the rule exists. How long has that been a rule? Both John Peel and Alan Freeman played Mike Oldfield's Ommadawn in full in 1975....
by smorodina
Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:29 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Things you're not allowed to do on television
Replies: 125
Views: 6492

Re: Things you're not allowed to do on television

Actually Peel was going to play Ommadawn in full, and Virgin even advertised it in the music press as the album's public premiere, but on the night he couldn't and had to apologise. I don't remember the explanation why - very possibly because of the ads. Remember the BBC could only play songs that ...
by smorodina
Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Things you're not allowed to do on television
Replies: 125
Views: 6492

Re: Things you're not allowed to do on television

GarethR wrote:I didn't know until after I'd stopped working in radio that you can't play a full album on the air from beginning to end. Obviously this is rarely (if ever) an issue, but the rule exists.
How long has that been a rule? Both John Peel and Alan Freeman played Mike Oldfield's Ommadawn in full in 1975.
by smorodina
Tue Dec 31, 2013 2:36 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Fortune (1934-2013)
Replies: 5
Views: 425

Re: John Fortune (1934-2013)

That's a great shame. I still live in hope that we may one day see 'In the Looking Glass' again. A clever and highly innovative show he did with John Wells, Carl Davis and Madeline Smith. RIP.
by smorodina
Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:58 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: An Adventure in Space and Time
Replies: 118
Views: 6422

Re: An Adventure in Space and Time

As for me, I found the dialogue mostly abysmal, Some of it laughably bad, like 'Kill it, Sydney. Kill Doctor Who' simply joining the dots on a load of legendary quotes. And not even in a logical way. I find it very hard to believe that Bill Hartnell was obsessing about which buttons and switches to...