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by Simon Coward
Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Misremembered titles
Replies: 27
Views: 840

Re: Misremembered titles

I never heard anyone refer to The Phil Silvers Show as anything but "Bilko". I suppose because we've never really used that style in this country, referring to a situation comedy as "The such and such Show" still seems quite odd to me. We used it a lot for shiny-floor variety-type shows where such ...
by Simon Coward
Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: What program is this from...? Stephen Fry 2007...
Replies: 2
Views: 338

Re: What program is this from...? Stephen Fry 2007...

I don't know for certain, but could it be from The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive documentary that he did? A revised version was shown in 2007.

Later the same year he also did the documentary series HIV and Me and there was the one off Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out.
by Simon Coward
Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 34
Views: 2691

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

I'm sure a good deal of the viewers in the exceptionally high-rated editions are down to some quirk of scheduling, be it Christmas or being shown opposite something that was especially unpopular.
by Simon Coward
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 34
Views: 2691

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

The JICTAR figure for the episode broadcast on Fri 18 January 1980 is an impressive 19.3m (the second most watched programme that week), so its not a wholly fallacious claim. Only two episodes of the repeat run got into the Top 20, though. ...but one of the ones that did got into the Top 20 most wa...
by Simon Coward
Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Getting the answer first
Replies: 9
Views: 1129

Re: Getting the answer first

Brock wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:48 am
I thought it was "anecdote".
It was, wasn't "miniquip" Steed's suggestion?
by Simon Coward
Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Getting the answer first
Replies: 9
Views: 1129

Re: Getting the answer first

Private Frazer wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:22 am
"12 Down. An Abbreviated story usually of an amusing nature; 8 letters" is another, this time said by Emma Peel to Steed in the Forget-Me-Knot episode of The Avengers. Steed didn't get it either!
Miniquip?
by Simon Coward
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 34
Views: 2691

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

I took a look at some Man About the House and The Sweeney repeats and at the game show Winner Takes All . It's the summer, so not too many big guns are being shown. Their individuals to homes ratios are certainly higher - respectively 1.98, 2.14 and 1.94. I tried looking at News at Ten too, but its ...
by Simon Coward
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 34
Views: 2691

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

That's quite possible. I may try it again with some different shows. I can't make a nice table here anymore, but the one 1967 TAM Rating report I have access to lists the number of ITA Homes (homes which can receive ITV transmissions) and the regional populations - but the latter seems to be the ove...
by Simon Coward
Sat Sep 26, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 34
Views: 2691

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

The one thing I haven't checked is the claim that the viewing figures were better in 1979 than in 1972, that could conceivably be the case even if the chart positions were worse. Between the two airings, JICTAR switched from reporting on Homes Viewing to reporting on Individuals Viewing which makes...
by Simon Coward
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 34
Views: 2691

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: 34
Views: 2691

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: 1696

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: 1228

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: 1259

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: 1259

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: 1190

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: 1190

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: 3008

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: 3008

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: 1585

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: 10009

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: 10009

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: 10009

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: 7690

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: 2628

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: 2628

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: 2813

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: 2813

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: 2813

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: 2813

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 ...