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by Bob Richardson
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Logistics of Set Design
Replies: 19
Views: 3051

Re: The Logistics of Set design

The Radio West set in "Shoestring" used the water tank at Ealing (Television Films Studios) to accommodate a spiral staircase which connected two levels of the set.
by Bob Richardson
Tue May 29, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: The Right Hand Corner White Square.
Replies: 10
Views: 2238

Re: The Right Hand Corner White Square.

In BBC sport we would occasionally generate “fake” cue dots on a capgen to identify vision circuits, long after regular use of dots had been dropped by BBC networks. They were useful to check when network were taking an OB directly through their mixer, allowing the Sport studio to rehearse other ite...
by Bob Richardson
Tue May 29, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How Match of the Day was made - 1974
Replies: 5
Views: 1200

Re: How Match of the Day was made - 1974

Frank Bough used to smoke the occasional cigar in between his Grandstand links. I remember floor manager Peter Hussey frantically flapping his running order to clear the smog before an OB handed back to Lime Grove. I wasn’t involved with Match of the Day graphics until about 1981 as BBC Sport used a...
by Bob Richardson
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Junior Choice Back On Christmas Day
Replies: 1
Views: 494

Re: Junior Choice Back On Christmas Day

It won’t be right without Stewpot. Anneka Rice is a poor choice of presenter. The late Cheggers would have done a better job.
by Bob Richardson
Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: 50 years of Radios 1/2/3/4
Replies: 27
Views: 2664

Re: 50 years of Radios 1/2/3/4

Well, I've just had to leave the room after a few minutes of the fashion one which was as bad as ever. Humphrys only ever seems to have one mode - harrying people along, uninterested in nuance - and it's been tedious for years. I'll write in and ask if he can retire on the anniversary date. I only ...
by Bob Richardson
Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Mike Neville 1936-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 520

Mike Neville 1936-2017

Legendary presenter of BBC Look North and all-round nice guy has died. I met him a couple of times on visits to BBC Newcastle and he joined me and my old pal the late John Kyle for a beer once or twice in the BBC Club. He was exactly the same off-screen as his TV persona. RIP Mike.
by Bob Richardson
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Jerry Lewis (1926 - 2017)
Replies: 12
Views: 1471

Re: Jerry Lewis (1926 - 2017)

His humour polarises the audience. While his passing is sad, I found his routines puerile in the extreme. His cross-eyed mugging had me reaching for the off button at record speed.
by Bob Richardson
Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Hywel Bennett (1944-2017)
Replies: 5
Views: 1167

Re: Hywel Bennett (1944-2017)

About time Malice Aforethought was released on DVD. Hywel was brilliant as Dr Bickleigh.
by Bob Richardson
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Brian Cant (1933-2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 1249

Brian Cant (1933-2017)

BBC News are reporting the death of Brian Cant at the age of 83. No further details at present.
by Bob Richardson
Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Roy Barraclough (1935-2017)
Replies: 3
Views: 731

Re: Roy Barraclough (1935-2017)

His "This Is Your Life" was reputedly one of the funniest every recorded. He'd said on many occasions that he never wanted to be featured, so when family and friends conspired to hatch a plot for Eamonn Andrews to snare him while dressed as an AA patrolman they should have had an inkling what his re...
by Bob Richardson
Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 196449

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

So Bill thinks of her mother for 10 minutes and the aliens all run away in their pyramid. Really? The ending smacks of lazy plotting. Might as well just give her a magic word. I've enjoyed many of this season's episodes but this one was a stinker. Why were the monks made to look like decayed mummies...
by Bob Richardson
Fri May 26, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC Store to close
Replies: 13
Views: 2693

Re: BBC Store to close

The refunds they're offering (in Amazon vouchers) are larger than the prices paid for the programme material, by way of compensation. I've been offered roughly double what I actually spent.
by Bob Richardson
Sat May 13, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Geoffrey Bayldon (1924-2017)
Replies: 7
Views: 1252

Re: Geoffrey Bayldon (1924-2017)

I loved Catweazle. Every episode in that first season is a little gem. The sun always shines and despite the quirky premise the whole thing was utterly believable to my 16-year-old self. Maybe I was a little too old for the target audience, but I watched it unfailingly, every Sunday teatime. There's...
by Bob Richardson
Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:20 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 196449

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

I don't much like "Nu-Who" but watch it to see if it improves. It has. I've very much enjoyed the first two episodes and the new companion is a breath of fresh air. She is utterly believable and her responses to her surroundings, the Tardis and the Doctor are spot-on. I like her very much. Shame she...
by Bob Richardson
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Tony Haygarth (1945 – 2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 1058

Re: Tony Haygarth (1945 – 2017)

Tony Haygarth was the unnamed actor I referred to in my contribution to the thread about the death of Andrew Sachs back in December. He was sitting in an armchair in the entrance lobby at Denville Hall, smoking a cigarette (January 2016). A pal nudged me and said "Tony has dementia". He looked very ...
by Bob Richardson
Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Charlie Drake, that bookcase incident.
Replies: 23
Views: 3593

Re: Charlie Drake, that bookcase incident.

Drake was a hero of Jim Davidson and guested on "Big Break". During rehearsals one afternoon there was some banter between JD and CD about the latter's "shags" including a young female presenter (still working) who was bedded because she wanted a leg-up in the world of television. Drake smirked and ...
by Bob Richardson
Thu Dec 29, 2016 5:58 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Debbie Reynolds 1932-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 530

Debbie Reynolds 1932-2016

Just one day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, a stroke has taken the life of Debbie Reynolds.
by Bob Richardson
Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Carrie Fisher 1956-2016
Replies: 2
Views: 549

Carrie Fisher 1956-2016

Carrie Fisher has died following a heart attack on 23rd December. This really has been the worst of years for unexpected celebrity deaths.
by Bob Richardson
Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: George Michael (Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou) 1963-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 817

George Michael (Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou) 1963-2016

Christmas Day 11pm
BBC News are reporting the death of the 53-year-old singer. Police say there are no suspicious circumstances. The report says that he died peacefully this afternoon at his home in Goring near Oxford.
by Bob Richardson
Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:38 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Zsa zsa Gabor (1916 - 2016)
Replies: 1
Views: 468

Re: Zsa zsa Gabor (1916 - 2016)

"Darlink, I'm the perfect housekeeper. Ven I get divorced, I keep the house!"

RIP Zsa Zsa.
by Bob Richardson
Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Harry Commentator"
Replies: 10
Views: 1487

Re: "Harry Commentator"

I worked alongside Tim Gudgin (and the late Len Martin, as pictured on my avatar) for almost 30 years on "Grandstand", and asked Tim about this story some years ago. I think it may have even been discussed on the old forum. The version I heard was "Your carpentator is Harry Common" but there are oth...
by Bob Richardson
Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Andrew Sachs, 1930-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 863

Re: Andrew Sachs, 1930-2016

I was at Denville Hall (where Andrew Sachs died) back in January for the funeral of a friend (the costume designer Ray Hughes) and was struck by the number of resident actors I recognised from 70s and 80s TV. Sadly, a number of them have dementia. The staff are very protective of the residents' priv...
by Bob Richardson
Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Robert Vaughn 1932-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1077

Robert Vaughn 1932-2016

The BBC Six O'Clock News have just announced the death of American actor Robert Vaughn at the age of 83. He had been suffering from leukaemia.
by Bob Richardson
Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sir Jimmy Young (1921-2016)
Replies: 11
Views: 1460

Re: Sir Jimmy Young (1921-2016)

I see that BBC reports tactfully refer to Sir Jimmy's "retirement" in 2002, conveniently ignoring JY's newspaper comments about the "brutality" of his sacking. Most contributors to this site will know that Jimmy's contract was not renewed and he was effectively booted out when he turned down the con...
by Bob Richardson
Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Odd misapprehensions
Replies: 125
Views: 11051

Re: Odd misapprehensions

Not TV-related, but when I registered for the British Gas share offer I was asked during the telephone conversation for my surname and first initial. To the latter question I replied "R-for-Robert". Two days later I received the information pack, addressed to "Arthur Robert Richardson". "Arthur" hau...
by Bob Richardson
Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Judging by first impressions
Replies: 5
Views: 1011

Re: Judging by first impressions

I find the early Simpsons cartoons unwatchable. The characters were still finding their feet and the animation is far inferior. It improved considerably in subsequent series and the humour became sharper and much more adult. Blackadder got better with each new series, but I still find the first seas...
by Bob Richardson
Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:07 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The 1980s and classic theme tunes
Replies: 28
Views: 3104

Re: The 1980s and classic theme tunes

A treat in store for lovers of BBC TV themes: "Friday Night Is Music Night" on Friday at 8pm (28 October) is a special edition, celebrating the 80th anniversary of the BBC Television Service with a programme of memorable theme music.
by Bob Richardson
Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Jimmy Perry, 1923-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 809

Jimmy Perry, 1923-2016

The British Music Hall Society are reporting the death of Dad's Army, co-creator Jimmy Perry.
by Bob Richardson
Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Blackadder Goes Forth: how was it originally meant to end?
Replies: 35
Views: 3818

Re: Blackadder Goes Forth: how was it originally meant to en

On a documentary, it said it was the cast who refused to do it as they felt it dangerous. I think one of them (Laurie or McInnerney) got cut on barbed wire and Atkinson (?) wasn't happy about the proximity of the explosions. Odd that they used real barbed wire on a TV show. Most prop suppliers woul...
by Bob Richardson
Sat Oct 15, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Curious Accoustics
Replies: 3
Views: 981

Curious Accoustics

I re-watched "The Chase" (Dr Who) this week and was puzzled by the completely different acoustics of the "robot" Doctor's dialogue. The same thing has struck me with other episodes, such as "The Time Meddler" and "Celestial Toymaker", where characters (away on holiday) have pre-recorded a few lines ...