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by Simon Coward
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 15
Views: 476

Re: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)

Oh well, usual inaccurate Wikipedia stuff then. I'll edit the entry when I get round to it. To be fair to whoever updated that bit of Wikipedia, they've accurately summarised the info contained on the web-page they've cited (i.e. https://www.britishclassiccomedy.co.uk/my-wife-next-door-1972 ) - it'...
by Simon Coward
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 15
Views: 476

Re: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)

Indeed. I remember it as having been rather successful. Wikipedia says "One episode of the series won a British Academy Television Award for Best Situation Comedy in 1973. When the series was repeated in 1979 it gained more viewers than during its original run, and topped the BBC1 weekly ratings se...
by Simon Coward
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Most in need of a reissue.....
Replies: 16
Views: 636

Re: Most in need of a reissue.....

At the moment, someone's asking for £107.24 for a second-hand copy of the Karaoke / Cold Lazarus DVD set on what I would imagine is the same site.
by Simon Coward
Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Look-In/Piccolo Books releases
Replies: 8
Views: 488

Re: Look-In/Piccolo Books releases

I'm intrigued by this. I have a few of the books listed here, mostly earlier titles, and not one of them is branded with the Look-in logo. They all have the TVTimes logo (less a logo, more a typeface) on the front and most carry it on the spine, but no "Look-in". The only reference to Look-in that I...
by Simon Coward
Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two untraceable tv plays
Replies: 8
Views: 473

Re: Two untraceable tv plays

A play entitled “The Crib”, which is not listed in Kaleidoscope, but was broadcast on 26/12/71 as “A Play for Sunday”. The BFI collections catalogue has no record of it either. It was made by ATV. Is there any way of ascertaining whether it exists and where it would be held if so? EDIT: seems this ...
by Simon Coward
Thu Aug 27, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two untraceable tv plays
Replies: 8
Views: 473

Re: Two untraceable tv plays

The second is called The Web. This was made by Granada and shown on 3/12/72 as a Sunday Night Theatre. Kal lists it as existing on PAL, but the BFI have no holdings for it. Can someone remind me where the Granada archive is held these days? Granada's archive is part of ITV's archive which is [mostl...
by Simon Coward
Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crown Court: The Medium
Replies: 8
Views: 441

Re: Crown Court: The Medium

I suppose any of them could fall foul of the old problem of being too close to a real case that was in the news at the time.
by Simon Coward
Tue Aug 25, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crown Court: The Medium
Replies: 8
Views: 441

Re: Crown Court: The Medium

An interesting question. TVTimes lists "R. v Bolton" aka "A Genial Man" during that week but ITV's data says that "R. v Purbeck" aka "The Medium" was shown. Trying to find detail on any daytime broadcast in any daily newspaper (which would be more up-to-date than TVTimes ) is tricky, but here's an i...
by Simon Coward
Thu Jul 16, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: live drama: edited after transmission or not?
Replies: 25
Views: 1689

Re: live drama: edited after transmission or not?

Performing a play live twice or, very occasionally, more than twice was very common in pre-war television in the UK and fairly common post-war up to 1954. Here are some figures, by year, of post-war second performances: 1946: 64 1947: 91 1948: 76 1949: 62 1950: 63 1951: 78 1952: 88 1953: 89 1954: 7...
by Simon Coward
Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: live drama: edited after transmission or not?
Replies: 25
Views: 1689

Re: live drama: edited after transmission or not?

Performing a play live twice or, very occasionally, more than twice was very common in pre-war television in the UK and fairly common post-war up to 1954. Here are some figures, by year, of post-war second performances: 1946: 64 1947: 91 1948: 76 1949: 62 1950: 63 1951: 78 1952: 88 1953: 89 1954: 76...
by Simon Coward
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Talking Pictures - I wonder why?
Replies: 6
Views: 1008

Re: Talking Pictures - I wonder why?

I've lost count of the number of times the Jack Warner film Jigsaw has been on - it's on again this week - perhaps the copyright has expired? Not that it's a bad film, but Smokescreen, with Peter Vaughan, of the same era and also partly set in Brighton, I think has only been on once, and it's just ...
by Simon Coward
Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 6071

Re: He never said that...

I can't find any evidence for Band Waggon appearing on Television prior to the Stage version, although Arthur Askey certainly had, more than once. Just to clarify: I didn't mean to suggest that Band Waggon had appeared on television. I mentioned it in response to a separate point about radio shows ...
by Simon Coward
Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 6071

Re: He never said that...

But had they? Yes. Various troupes even called themselves Black and White Minstrels. Plenty of seaside towns seem to have had troupes associated with them. There are a number of listings in the late 1800s, though actual reviews are harder to find. I found this in The Stage , 4 March 1954, in refere...
by Simon Coward
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 6071

Re: He never said that...

Brock, I wasn't disputing the stage was based on, and cashed in on the name of, the TV series, but Minstrel shows had been around for some considerable time so my point was they were not anything new. Python was a TV show first, then a stage show afterwards, so I was trying to think of others in a ...
by Simon Coward
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Thoughts on Van Der Valk
Replies: 44
Views: 5569

Re: Thoughts on Van Der Valk

..thanks, but that's not it - it still only has 2 breaks! Where the breaks used to be you get an almost subliminal caption and/or tiny snatch of the theme, but no ads! I have no idea whether this is the reason, but here's a suggestion: Talking Pictures in particular show many of their programmes at...
by Simon Coward
Tue May 26, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: The old Mausoleum Club. Is it no more?
Replies: 12
Views: 1839

Re: The old Mausoleum Club. Is it no more?

That does sound odd.

Was the backup process you used to perform on the old system one which accessed the database directly? Or was it accomplished via the forum software itself?
by Simon Coward
Mon May 25, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: The old Mausoleum Club. Is it no more?
Replies: 12
Views: 1839

Re: The old Mausoleum Club. Is it no more?

There was a point where things were locked down a bit more and it was impossible to register new accounts, though I don't think this necessarily prevented anyone from reading the forum. The non-registration period certainly included 2011 but I don't know how long it lasted nor how far it stretched f...
by Simon Coward
Mon May 25, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Sapphire and Steel - ITV strike 1979
Replies: 16
Views: 1892

Re: Sapphire and Steel - ITV strike 1979

stearn wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 9:28 am
Sorry about the forum. The data has all been retained and I'll see about finding the relevant thread and manually posting it here.
You did what you had to do, the forum's still going and you saved the data.
by Simon Coward
Mon May 25, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Sapphire and Steel - ITV strike 1979
Replies: 16
Views: 1892

Re: Sapphire and Steel - ITV strike 1979

Interesting to note that ‘How’ was a local transmission, I always thought it was a networked show so perhaps it was a repeat? Not a repeat, just a series that wasn't simultaneously networked. As shown in that document, Tyne Tees also took How on that day, but the remainder of the network had showed...
by Simon Coward
Sun May 24, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Sapphire and Steel - ITV strike 1979
Replies: 16
Views: 1892

Re: Sapphire and Steel - ITV strike 1979

And to add a bit more, answering an earlier question. Yes, at least some of the ITV companies had internal documents that contained the kind of info the stearn asks about. But the only ones I've seen tended to be quite structured, so more like a PasC than a PasB, really. Rediffusion's were called Pa...
by Simon Coward
Sun May 24, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Sapphire and Steel - ITV strike 1979
Replies: 16
Views: 1892

Re: Sapphire and Steel - ITV strike 1979

I'm pretty sure it was on the old forum, Mark, which disappeared a few months ago following a software upgrade. It's perfectly understandable why it had to go, but I must confess that if some warning had been given I'd have certainly saved some of that thread simply because it's the only place I've ...
by Simon Coward
Thu May 21, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Sapphire and Steel - ITV strike 1979
Replies: 16
Views: 1892

Re: Sapphire and Steel - ITV strike 1979

While some might say that it's a barmy thing to have done without additional info being present, do note that Kaleidoscope's dates are for the HTV region, who only broadcast up to episode 3 before the strike. ATV may well have shown more (their own paperwork suggests that this is so). This may well ...
by Simon Coward
Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 5138

Re: More popular outside their region of production

Although I don't think Russell Harty Plus was ever *fully* networked, I believe some other ITV regions apart from LWT did take the programme at various stages of its existence. I remember being quite surprised when I discovered that Saturday Night People (with Harty, Janet Street-Porter and Clive J...
by Simon Coward
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two Ronnies sketch
Replies: 26
Views: 3223

Re: Two Ronnies sketch

For vague rudery, see also The Dardanelles and The Trossachs.
by Simon Coward
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: New format
Replies: 36
Views: 4107

Re: New format

One thing I've noticed about the new set-up is that URLs now come with an 'sid' element. This seems to present an issue with regard to pasting forum links within posts. I presume the sid is a session ID unique to whoever is logged in. Links without the sid portion seem to take you immediately to a l...
by Simon Coward
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: New format
Replies: 36
Views: 4107

Re: New format

stearn wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:17 pm
Thanks Simon. No, I hadn't spotted that. I will look into it, as it may be a glitch or something is no-longer supported.
There's still a button to insert the table tag itself when you're inputting / editing a post, but I'm not sure what you're supposed to do after that.
by Simon Coward
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: New format
Replies: 36
Views: 4107

Re: New format

I realise you may already be aware of this as you've said there's still plenty to do here, but it might have slipped under the radar as they're not that common ... I just wanted to note that on the new board, tables seem to be broken. It seems to process the table tag itself (i.e. it hides it) but a...
by Simon Coward
Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: SF/Fantasy/Cult/General TV Podcast Recommendations
Replies: 14
Views: 2153

Re: SF/Fantasy/Cult/General TV Podcast Recommendations

As a whole it's not specifically about TV, but there are some good editions of Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris's podcast "Rule of Three". The subject matter is comedy and each edition features a guest "who makes comedy" who talks about something comedic that they love, which could be a film, a radio o...
by Simon Coward
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Can anyone identify this memory?
Replies: 11
Views: 1865

Re: Can anyone identify this memory?

In case it was something in First Frame , here's a list of those. First Frame – Series 1 1x01: 23/04/1992 23:25-23:45 The Oil Gobblers A documentary film crew go to northern Bohemia in search of the legendary petromole, a form of mutant rabbit.In Czech with English subtitles. Writer/Director Jan Sve...
by Simon Coward
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Can anyone identify this memory?
Replies: 11
Views: 1865

Re: Can anyone identify this memory?

I don't know whether or not this might help. Some research I did a few years ago. Plenty of synopses still missing, unfortunately. Short and Curlies – Series 1 26/12/1989 Unusual Ground Floor Conversion [Picturegame] A young author moves into a ground floor flat, hoping for peace and quiety and look...