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by Nigel Stapley
Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Meic Povey (1950? - 2017)
Replies: 1
Views: 816

Meic Povey (1950? - 2017)

Dramatist, scriptwriter, actor.

BBC
by Nigel Stapley
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Iola Gregory
Replies: 0
Views: 484

Iola Gregory

Mrs McGurk in Pobol Y Cwm and a lot more besides:

BBC
by Nigel Stapley
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Sir Ken Dodd: What a Beautiful Day!
Replies: 3
Views: 998

Re: Sir Ken Dodd: What a Beautiful Day!

I had no problem with the interviewing; it was the linking narration which sounded wooden.
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Sir Ken Dodd: What a Beautiful Day!
Replies: 3
Views: 998

Re: Sir Ken Dodd: What a Beautiful Day!

Nice content and a good interview, but Garry Richardson's linking pieces sounded like a blind man trying to read Braille for the first time.
by Nigel Stapley
Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Robert Guillaume (1927-2017)
Replies: 2
Views: 767

Re: Robert Guillaume (1927-2017)

"You want me to get that?"
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The Network That Never Was
Replies: 25
Views: 4044

Re: The Network That Never Was

None of the rest of England had similar programmes, though there were five-minute regional news bulletins on VHF at certain times of day. One of them was at 17:55, as opt-outs from PM . I could get two of the regions here, Midlands (from SC?) and North (from Holme Moss). So many times I heard, "And...
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Adam West (1928-2017)
Replies: 3
Views: 853

Re: Adam West (1928-2017)

Memories of watching him via a slightly ropey Band III signal from Lichfield...

The genius was in his recognising that the part had to be played absolutely deadpan. As a result, it was far funnier than it would have been had he made any attempt overtly to play it for laughs.
by Nigel Stapley
Mon May 29, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Noakes (1934-2017)
Replies: 5
Views: 1192

Re: John Noakes (1934-2017)

One of the true legends. And his own man, too; few managed to get in Biddy Baxter's face and survive. Never forget Go With Noakes . Two things stand out: when he was playing rugby league for Castleford 'A' in a 'friendly', his voiceover late on in the game went something like, "With ten minutes to g...
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Jane Freeman (1935-2017)
Replies: 2
Views: 891

Jane Freeman (1935-2017)

Ivy from the café in LOTSW.

Guardian
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: David Parry-Jones (1933 - 2017)
Replies: 0
Views: 523

David Parry-Jones (1933 - 2017)

Announcer, reporter, presenter and commentator.

BBC
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Darcus Howe (1943-2017)
Replies: 0
Views: 443

Darcus Howe (1943-2017)

Broadcaster, journalist & activist.

Indy
by Nigel Stapley
Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Man That Got Away" tune
Replies: 6
Views: 1132

Re: "The Man That Got Away" tune

I'm fairly sure that this was Larry Grayson's play-on music at one time.

Edit: Blast! Just beaten to it! :-)
by Nigel Stapley
Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Find The Fanfare
Replies: 12
Views: 2197

Re: Find The Fanfare

Absolutely brilliant! Thank you very much indeed, Al.
by Nigel Stapley
Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Find The Fanfare
Replies: 12
Views: 2197

Re: Find The Fanfare

That's exactly the problem I had, Brock. Trouble with that site is that its output is only as good as its input, and if no-one has uploaded the example, you're stuffed.
by Nigel Stapley
Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Find The Fanfare
Replies: 12
Views: 2197

Find The Fanfare

In S05 E03 of The Former Radio Show The Burkiss Way, in the 'Lady Marquis-Melville' sketch, there is a fanfare. I also remember the same one appearing in a Trade Test Colour Film about Cyprus (was it Crossroads Of Civilisation?). Anyone know where the fanfare is from?
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Dec 26, 2016 5:58 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: A Few Others We've Lost in 2016
Replies: 2
Views: 854

Re: A Few Others We've Lost in 2016

Two more (and with a connection between them): Alan Young (November 19 1919 - May 19 2016); Mister Edd's sidekick and animation voice actor ( Scrooge McDuck amongst others) Washington Post obit Janet Waldo (February 2 1920 - June 12 2016); actress and voice actor ( The Jetsons , Josie & The Pussycat...
by Nigel Stapley
Sat Dec 17, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Michael Nicholson (1937 - 2016)
Replies: 2
Views: 666

Michael Nicholson (1937 - 2016)

Doyen of TV war reporters.

ITV
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Ian McCaskill (1938 - 2016)
Replies: 3
Views: 885

Ian McCaskill (1938 - 2016)

The man once memorably described by Michael O'Donnell as being like a "euphoric hamster"

Grauniad obit.
by Nigel Stapley
Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Harry Commentator"
Replies: 10
Views: 2013

Re: "Harry Commentator"

If anyone has it to hand, it might be worth checking through Bough's book Cue Frank! , because he may have mentioned it there. Being an inveterate josher, though, any tale in that book needs to be treated with a degree of kindly sceptism, like the one where he claimed to have narrowly avoided transp...
by Nigel Stapley
Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Abandoned theme tunes
Replies: 12
Views: 2275

Re: Abandoned theme tunes

I've done a fair bit of research down at the BBC Caversham Archive on Radio Themes, mainly the Light Programme and Radio 2 but hope the following helps a little: Week Ending. 1976. Smokey Joe. Van Phillips. Small Group. Thanks for this. It explains why I've never been able to track down that piece....
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Replies: 43
Views: 8223

Re: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Now, can anyone tell me who are Disaster Area on the "It's Only the End of the World Again" single? Rumour has it that Rusty Egan was involved, and DNA plays rhythm guitar. [...] I'm not even sure I know who wrote it. In a comment to the 'video' of this track posted on a site we're not allowed to m...
by Nigel Stapley
Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:21 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sir Jimmy Young (1921-2016)
Replies: 11
Views: 2026

Re: Sir Jimmy Young (1921-2016)

Brock wrote:I've just been listening to JY singing on Radio 2's Sounds of the 50s. I only really knew him as a DJ so it's easy to forget his other talents. Makes me wonder how many people grew up not realizing Cilla Black could sing.
Haven't you missed a 'not' out in that last sentence?
by Nigel Stapley
Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Odd misapprehensions
Replies: 125
Views: 15710

Re: Odd misapprehensions

Back in the 60s, I was convinced there was a BBC newsreader called Al Varley-Dell.
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Favourite show (one choice only)
Replies: 28
Views: 3787

Re: Favourite show (one choice only)

It's a matter of regret that I never got to go to Eindhoven to see the place in its pomp.
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Odd misapprehensions
Replies: 125
Views: 15710

Re: Odd misapprehensions

Michael Aspel used to joke, that people in the street, would call out 'Hello Ask', when he presented "Ask Aspel", ( at least I think he was joking!). The guy who used to run our office (and whose name appeared at the top of all the letters we sent out) got the OBE, which he had appended to his name...
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Favourite show (one choice only)
Replies: 28
Views: 3787

Re: Favourite show (one choice only)

Engineering Information announcements on BBC2. I'm being only slightly facetious about this, in that that not only led me to the Trade Test Colour Films (of which Philips' Evoluon and Pan-Tele-Tron were clear favourites), but also to those names which were like Chimborazo and Cotapaxi were to W.J. T...
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Odd misapprehensions
Replies: 125
Views: 15710

Re: Odd misapprehensions

In about 1972, our next-door neighbour Ada said, "We're getting a BBC2 aerial in time for Christmas so we can see The Queen in colour".
They only had a black-and-white set...
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sir Jimmy Young (1921-2016)
Replies: 11
Views: 2026

Sir Jimmy Young (1921-2016)

One of the last of the legends of British radio.

BBC
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Oct 31, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Abandoned theme tunes
Replies: 12
Views: 2275

Re: Abandoned theme tunes

Some misunderstanding here, perhaps.

The theme music from Kaleidoscope was jettisoned after a couple of years of the programme's run. The programme, as you say, continued for a long time thereafter.