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by Simon Coward
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Talking Pictures - I wonder why?
Replies: 4
Views: 285

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: 1998

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: 1998

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: 1998

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: 3354

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: 1143

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: 1143

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: 940

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: 940

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: 940

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: 940

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: 940

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: 3348

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: 2161

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: 2435

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: 2435

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: 2435

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: 1329

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: 1241

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: 1241

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...
by Simon Coward
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Cousin Oliver syndrome"
Replies: 20
Views: 1086

Re: "Cousin Oliver syndrome"

ian b wrote:The original post didn't provide an explanation of "Cousin Oliver Syndrome", and the replies seemed to focus on recasting.
Not only the replies, the original post referred to an existing character being recast - albeit with a younger actor - rather than a new young character appearing.
by Simon Coward
Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Cousin Oliver syndrome"
Replies: 20
Views: 1086

Re: "Cousin Oliver syndrome"

The earliest UK example I can recall was Sue Nicholls being replaced as Marilyn Gates in Crossroads (by Nadine Hanwell in 1968, Wikipedia tells me). There was an announcement at the start of the episode and Nadine, I seem to remember, didn't look much like Sue Nicholls although was about the same a...
by Simon Coward
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Play for Today: The Cheviot, The Stag and the B.B. Oil
Replies: 2
Views: 383

Re: Play for Today: The Cheviot, The Stag and the B.B. Oil

Now available on DVD and Blu-Ray: https://www.panamint.co.uk/the-cheviot-the-stag-and-the-black-black-oil-blu-ray I just received a marketing email from the company mentioning it; I think it’s been out a while but don’t remember it being mentioned here before. It's mentioned in the thread Billy Sma...
by Simon Coward
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dixon of Dock Green - surviving episodes from series 9-11
Replies: 7
Views: 779

Re: Dixon of Dock Green - surviving episodes from series 9-1

The four episodes are:

24/11/1962 A Home of One's Own
05/01/1963 Green Wedding
16/03/1963 Before the Ball

24/10/1964 A Scrap of Paint

Anne Ridler is in the 1962 and 1963 episodes from series 9 but isn't in series 11's "A Scrap of Paint".
by Simon Coward
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Strikes!
Replies: 26
Views: 1709

Re: Strikes!

Looks like the Upstairs Downstairs DVD set, then. I'll have to dig it out. In 'as broadcast' terms, then, this series has a missing episode? No, the b/w episode one was never broadcast. Bear in mind that the series wasn't aired during the strike, in fact the first episode wasn't shown until October...
by Simon Coward
Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 5699

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

They also repeated a couple of episodes of The Lenny Henry Show at the time, but they weren't billed as part of the season proper. The first one was, in Radio Times, anyway. I don't know whether that extended to on-screen presentation/continuity. The season also included a broadcast of Spike Lee's ...
by Simon Coward
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Strikes!
Replies: 26
Views: 1709

Re: Strikes!

Did this lead to Man of the World and Ghost Squad not being completed as presumably they were aiming for a 26 episode season? Also did this cause Rank to withdraw from financing TV and leave ITC holding the baby ( Ghost Squad ? Man of the World 's production was certainly curtailed, they were defin...
by Simon Coward
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Strikes!
Replies: 26
Views: 1709

Re: Strikes!

The Equity strike in 1961/62 is quite fascinating. By early 1962 only 28 actors were still working on ITV productions. As well as Mess Mates , Bootsie and Snudge and Coronation Street were still in production at Granada with just a core cast. ABC's Our House was the only other series with actors tha...
by Simon Coward
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 5699

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

The Telly Savalas episode of GRINDL, (no, me either), was one of the comedie. Granada had taken the series in the 1960s (as had Rediffusion), so I suppose it would have still been vaguely familiar there by the mid-1970s. In the 1960s, Granada seemed to specialise in showing imported sitcoms that we...
by Simon Coward
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crossovers?
Replies: 47
Views: 3133

Re: Crossovers?

Patrick Cargill appears in the No Hiding Place episode "The Most Beautiful Room in the World" as Miguel Garetta, the character he played in A-R's series Top Secret.