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by Mike S
Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:44 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Blackadder Goes Forth: how was it originally meant to end?
Replies: 35
Views: 2477

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

I don't doubt that they planned for the characters to die. I just can't picture how on earth it would have worked without the slow-motion effect. And John Lloyd (who worked on Spitting Image, and was nearly driven insane by its logistical complexity) must surely have known at the script stage that s...
by Mike S
Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Blackadder Goes Forth: how was it originally meant to end?
Replies: 35
Views: 2477

Blackadder Goes Forth: how was it originally meant to end?

I've been reading Tony Robinson's autobiography, and he backs up a story John Lloyd often tells about the ending of Blackadder Goes Forth. The original idea was to have the characters jump out of the trenches in real time and be shot down. However, the studio session on that day ran behind schedule,...
by Mike S
Thu Jul 28, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Who Dares Wins: missing believed wiped?
Replies: 9
Views: 1259

Re: Who Dares Wins: missing believed wiped?

Excellent - thanks, Dick. So these are held on the 1" C-format tapes Simon mentioned earlier, and are broadcast quality? Or at least good enough for a DVD?

'Who Dares Wins...The 1" C-Format Tapes' should have been one of the episode titles of course...
by Mike S
Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Who Dares Wins: missing believed wiped?
Replies: 9
Views: 1259

Re: Who Dares Wins: missing believed wiped?

That's what I thought, although C4's archive policy has always been a mystery to me. (To what extent have they ever had a tape library of their own?) WDW was mainly Hat Trick, although some shows were co-productions with Holmes Associates. Back in 1983-88, what would normally happen to the (physical...
by Mike S
Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Who Dares Wins: missing believed wiped?
Replies: 9
Views: 1259

Who Dares Wins: missing believed wiped?

Can anyone on here confirm whether the masters of the C4 comedy show Who Dares Wins still exist? There seems to be a widespread belief (also held by Jimmy Mulville) that 'C4 wiped them', but does anyone know if that's actually true or not? I find it hard to believe, but then again it's odd that you ...
by Mike S
Sun Mar 06, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Tim and Pru Do a Canal: missing episode?
Replies: 6
Views: 926

Re: Tim and Pru Do a Canal: missing episode?

No, and yes.

Thanks for additional info, Simon.
by Mike S
Sun Mar 06, 2016 1:14 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Tim and Pru Do a Canal: missing episode?
Replies: 6
Views: 926

Tim and Pru Do a Canal: missing episode?

The official title of this is Great Canal Journeys, but in our house it's been crowned Tim and Pru Do a Canal... Anyway, there appears to be a phantom edition. At the end of the third show in series three (8/11/15), they do a 'Next time...' trail for the following programme set in Stratford and Swed...
by Mike S
Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Callan: This Man Alone (Network)
Replies: 4
Views: 760

Re: Callan: This Man Alone (Network)

It's certainly worth it for the PDFs alone.

That and the mute rushes of James Mitchell wandering about in the rain.
by Mike S
Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:50 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The VT look has arrived on iPlayer
Replies: 48
Views: 3210

Re: The VT look has arrived on iPlayer

The Black Nun wrote:Dr Who The Face Of Evil is now on Iplayer with the video look.
Not at my end. Just looks like a YouTube upload, really, albeit a high quality one.
by Mike S
Tue Dec 29, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Grange Hill
Replies: 101
Views: 6569

Re: Grange Hill

All that reminds me of the continual choosing in years gone by of The Girl who was Death episode to show an example of The Prisoner when it came to ITV anniversaries and things. An entertaining episode but again not typical. For a while, wasn't TGWWD the only episode that had been cleared for a rep...
by Mike S
Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Grange Hill
Replies: 101
Views: 6569

Re: Grange Hill

I remember both of them, but you'd think they'd go for a classic Cant episode.
by Mike S
Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:43 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Grange Hill
Replies: 101
Views: 6569

Re: Grange Hill

Yeah, although you probably wouldn't pick Adam Ant's Vive Le Rock. It was atypical, but then so was the Play School edition they picked: no toys, no window, two (relatively) forgotten presenters. You know more about this, Gareth, but do you think that was because loads of the shows are tricky to cle...
by Mike S
Sat Dec 26, 2015 11:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Grange Hill
Replies: 101
Views: 6569

Re: Grange Hill

Worth it for Laura's 'I can lip-read!' swing from the Routemaster though.

Mausoleum Clubbers should adore said moment: it's textbook 'You couldn't do that these days'.
by Mike S
Wed Dec 23, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The VT look has arrived on iPlayer
Replies: 48
Views: 3210

Re: The VT look has arrived on iPlayer

I tried an episode of The One Show...still has that 'distancing' look to it. Sort of video, but not quite.
by Mike S
Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The VT look has arrived on iPlayer
Replies: 48
Views: 3210

Re: The VT look has arrived on iPlayer

I don't really know what I'm doing wrong here: I'm watching the documentary in HD, but the video stuff still has a film look. I can obviously still see that it is video, but it doesn't have the 'in the same room as you' look that video footage has when I watch it on a TV. All the technical distincti...
by Mike S
Tue Dec 22, 2015 1:39 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: From Andy Pandy To Zebedee: The Golden Age of Children’s TV
Replies: 30
Views: 2664

Re: From Andy Pandy To Zebedee: The Golden Age of Children’s

Some nice clip research, but it did seem to give the extraordinary impression that kids' TV sort of fizzled out in about 1983. They blamed it on the arrival of satellite TV, ignoring the fact that most people were terrestrial-only for most of the 90s. It wasn't really a documentary anyway - just an ...
by Mike S
Tue Dec 22, 2015 1:28 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The VT look has arrived on iPlayer
Replies: 48
Views: 3210

Re: The VT look has arrived on iPlayer

Other people have told me this, but I can't see it myself. I've got pretty decent broadband, but the VT clips in the BBC4 doc still don't have a video look. I tried an episode of EastEnders as well - I suppose it looks more videoey than I've seen before, but it still doesn't look quite right. It was...
by Mike S
Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC Archive for sale
Replies: 39
Views: 3636

Re: BBC Archive for sale

The BBC hasn't repeated an episode of Python for 16 years.

I thought The Goodies themselves blocked complete-series sets (back when Network still had the rights), preferring to put out best ofs because they were embarrassed by some of the early shows?
by Mike S
Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:10 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: After Henry
Replies: 5
Views: 567

Re: After Henry

I'd love to know where the original Young Ones house was - not the one in Bristol used for the series, but the one in the 'Demolition' pilot. Somewhere in Islington according to Paul Jackson on the DVD commentary.
by Mike S
Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Radio 4 Extra - Victor Lewis-Smith (1990)
Replies: 7
Views: 896

Re: Radio 4 Extra - Victor Lewis-Smith (1990)

For the record, here's a list of the 4 Extra repeats and what was/wasn't cut: SHOW 1 (31 March 1990; 8 May 2015) Richard Stilgoe sketch/phone call cut Post-credits ending to Process Music ('Bet you thought we'd finished, well we have now') missing SHOW 2 (7 April 1990; 15 May 2015) Uncut, including ...
by Mike S
Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:45 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 10461

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

I don't see the problem with this "slitty eyes" things at all. Orientals do tend to have the slitty eye appearance so why is it so bad to do things that highlight the differences between races. Oh Jesus. 'Orientals'? Brown was attempting to mimic Lee so she put a brown stocking over her face - I fa...
by Mike S
Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 10461

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

Also, there were loads of hypocrisies and inconsistencies back in the old days. When the Barron Knights doing slitty eye faces was perfectly fine but saying fuck wasn't.
by Mike S
Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 10461

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

"Tweak the show so it's suitable for a mainstream audience at 7:30."? You mean 1980s Top of the Pops isn't suitable for a mainstream audience at 7:30? My God, Thatcher's Victorian Values really have taken hold, haven't they? Bit disinigenuous of you there. There's all sorts of material which went o...
by Mike S
Mon Jul 06, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 10461

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

Whilst I decline to get too animated over the excising of an off the cuff line that would hardly be missed if people weren't aware of its presence in the first place, I do agree with you that as a general matter of principle it is the thin end of what is rapidly becoming a rather large wedge of rew...
by Mike S
Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:09 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Radio 4 Extra - Victor Lewis-Smith (1990)
Replies: 7
Views: 896

Re: Radio 4 Extra - Victor Lewis-Smith (1990)

Wasn't it the edition with the Record Breakers phone call? It might have been because the accompanying sketch was cut out (later to get a release on Nusiance Calls). There were all sorts of libel/censorship-worries with the show, though - show 5 of series 1 only runs at 25 minutes as well. I think i...
by Mike S
Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Genome Project v Infax
Replies: 25
Views: 2344

Re: Genome Project v Infax

Did we ever find out why Infax was pulled from public use? Had people complained that there was too much 'sensitive'/hitherto confidential info on there?

The thing I really miss with Genome is the recording dates. And all the other oddities you'd find - eg, alternate/working titles for pilots.
by Mike S
Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: So what happened to BBC Store?
Replies: 13
Views: 1740

Re: So what happened to BBC Store?

Didn't they say it was launching in the autumn?

Apparently trials have been running for a while, but I haven't heard any feedback about what's in the 'collections' and what isn't.
by Mike S
Mon May 25, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is this right? I'm not sure...
Replies: 20
Views: 1836

Re: Is this right? I'm not sure...

That Monchengladbach cut's bizarre. There must have been a reason, though - any idea?
by Mike S
Mon May 25, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Radio 4 Extra - Victor Lewis-Smith (1990)
Replies: 7
Views: 896

Re: Radio 4 Extra - Victor Lewis-Smith (1990)

A few inevitable snips in these: the Richard Stilgoe parody/phone call from show 1, and a couple of Savile namechecks in show 3. Show 2 was uncut. The fake ending during the Nyman/Glass spoof ('Bet you thought we'd finished, well we have now') was also missing. Maybe Dr Dreyfuss cut it off. Shame ab...
by Mike S
Mon May 25, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is this right? I'm not sure...
Replies: 20
Views: 1836

Re: Is this right? I'm not sure...

Incidentally, 'Jimmy Savile asked me to give you a ring' was cut from the Adrian Mills prank phone call during 4 Extra's repeat of Victor Lewis Smith's 1990 Radio 1 show.