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by Nigel Stapley
Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Abandoned theme tunes
Replies: 12
Views: 2275

Re: Abandoned theme tunes

Kaleidoscope had one in its early couple of years, too. A Radiophonic piece by Paddy Kingsland.
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Oct 30, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Many A Slip
Replies: 41
Views: 5641

Re: Many A Slip

Brock wrote:Can't find any reference to an American TV series, but it might be this film.
It may also be for the short-lived TV version of MAS, which ran for just one series in '65.
This is annoying me now - I really want to know what the theme tune sounded like!
I've PM'd you.
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Oct 30, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Many A Slip
Replies: 41
Views: 5641

Re: Many A Slip

Well, I distinctly remember that when one episode was repeated on Radio 4 Extra (or its predecessor) as part of a three-hour compilation of game shows, there was no theme tune. Of course it might have been cut for rights or timing purposes. This is quite likely the case; I never heard any episode d...
by Nigel Stapley
Sat Oct 29, 2016 7:28 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Many A Slip
Replies: 41
Views: 5641

Re: Many A Slip

It had a theme tune? Yes, indeed it did. I only remember it towards the end of its run but my recollection is that Roy Plomley came straight in without any introductory music at all. Your memory plays you false, Sirrah! I can sympathise. I have (but am currently unable to play) an off-air of the 1s...
by Nigel Stapley
Sat Oct 29, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Dave Lanning (1938 - 2015)
Replies: 0
Views: 433

Dave Lanning (1938 - 2015)

Speedway and darts commentator.

Daily Mirror
by Nigel Stapley
Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Songs on TV shows
Replies: 11
Views: 1808

Re: Songs on TV shows

Several Goodies songs were commercially released. I don't think any of them - with the exception of the two versions of the theme song - were actually used in the programmes, though. I think we need to differentiate between songs/tunes used in the programmes and those which are 'spin-offs', as 't w...
by Nigel Stapley
Thu Oct 20, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Many A Slip
Replies: 41
Views: 5641

Re: Many A Slip

Thanks Simon, I thought it was one of Baker's. [Edit] I've now heard the version you refer to, but it's truncated (Johnny Trunkated? Ho-ho!) and - compared to the broadcast version - a lot faster and the 'wrong' way round. Pity that... [Edit Edit] Just realised I'd been listening to a sample rather ...
by Nigel Stapley
Thu Oct 20, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Many A Slip
Replies: 41
Views: 5641

Many A Slip

Does anyone know who composed the theme for that? I'd assumed for years that it was Steve Race (who was the 'Musical Mistakes Man' for, I think, the show's entire run), but given that it was a Radiophonic Workshop piece, perhaps one of the stalwarts there did it (perhaps John Baker?)? There were two...
by Nigel Stapley
Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Boss Cat
Replies: 39
Views: 6060

Re: Boss Cat

I remember Brian Johnston once complaining that it was ridiculous that he had to present a whole edition of Down Your Way without uttering the word 'Ford', when the entire programme came from what he was obloged to refer to throughout as "a car factory in Dagenham".
by Nigel Stapley
Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:11 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Numbers stations.
Replies: 8
Views: 1662

Re: Numbers stations.

On SW, there was/is also Radioteletype (RTTY) . On MW, depending on where you were, there were the identifications for air traffic control broadcast in 'slow Morse' right at the bottom end of the MW broadcast band. Our nearest one was Lichfield. which identified as 'LIC' (.-.. .. -.-.). In the 70's,...
by Nigel Stapley
Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:03 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Dr. John Davies (1938 - 2015)
Replies: 1
Views: 748

Re: Dr. John Davies (1938 - 2015)

Just for the sake of completeness, I've now remembered that the TV show was called Fel 'Na Mae ("That's The Way It Is").
by Nigel Stapley
Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The Burkiss Way (With Burkiss Spelt Wrong)
Replies: 5
Views: 1130

Re: The Burkiss Way (With Burkiss Spelt Wrong)

Ah, thank you!

(Although I now find to my embarrassment that someone had given that answer in the comments to Mike Brown's piece on the show for Transdiffusion)
by Nigel Stapley
Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:37 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The Burkiss Way (With Burkiss Spelt Wrong)
Replies: 5
Views: 1130

The Burkiss Way (With Burkiss Spelt Wrong)

I've not been able to find anything in any source that I have access to, so I'll ask here and be damned:

What was the theme music to The Burkiss Way? I don't think I've ever come across the tune anywhere else. Was it a more recognisable piece speeded up?

TIA
by Nigel Stapley
Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV: Channel 9?
Replies: 26
Views: 3648

Re: ITV: Channel 9?

Another couple of questions after reading Tony Currie's post: 1. Some of the pictures of rotary dials on that VRAT thread show either channels 6 & 7 or channels 12 & 13 combined at the same 'spot' on the dial. What was that about? 2. Some of the pictures show a position labelled 'U'. Was that what y...
by Nigel Stapley
Fri Aug 26, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV: Channel 9?
Replies: 26
Views: 3648

Re: ITV: Channel 9?

' Does anyone know why the dials on a lot of those sets didn't have the channel numbers in sequence, and so '1' might be next to, say, '7'? Presumably because BBC1 was usually always on CH1 and it was a bit of a drag clicking all the way around the turret to get to ITV if it was in sequence..the pr...
by Nigel Stapley
Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV: Channel 9?
Replies: 26
Views: 3648

Re: ITV: Channel 9?

'Channel 9' was also a convenient shorthand description for dual-franchise areas like London. The same thing applied to the western side of the old pan-North region, where Granada and ABC operated. The pan-North service was always called 'Channel 9' in our house as a result. (FWIW, as we lived in an...
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Aug 22, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Lord Rix
Replies: 5
Views: 1229

Re: Lord Rix

As a mark of respect, all trousers should be flown at half-mast until further notice...
by Nigel Stapley
Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Harry Rabinowitz (1916-2016)
Replies: 3
Views: 915

Harry Rabinowitz (1916-2016)

Composer, conductor & arranger at BBC and LWT.

BBC
by Nigel Stapley
Wed May 18, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Belmont and the Beeb
Replies: 20
Views: 3483

Re: Belmont and the Beeb

Ah! Dear, sweet Emily Moor! How's she getting on these days? ;-)
by Nigel Stapley
Wed Apr 20, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Victoria Wood, comedian (1953-2016)
Replies: 5
Views: 1377

Re: Victoria Wood, comedian (1953-2016)

Truly shocking news. She was without doubt one of the most outstanding comedic talents of the last fifty years, irrespective of gender. Not just as a stand-up, but as a writer and actress as well. The care she took with her material was well pointed out early on in her career by Clive James, when he...
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:36 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Phil Sayer (1953-2016)
Replies: 0
Views: 386

Phil Sayer (1953-2016)

Piccadilly Radio, GMR, BBC North West...and the Jubilee Line.

Telegraph obit
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:34 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: David Swift (1931-2016)
Replies: 4
Views: 1057

David Swift (1931-2016)

Henry Davenport and more.

Graun obit
by Nigel Stapley
Sat Mar 19, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Except for viewers in Scotland"
Replies: 11
Views: 2216

Re: "Except for viewers in Scotland"

oscar the kerry blue wrote:"...while viewers in Wales ( ..beat.. ) get the programmes they deserve ..."

Was that NTNON ? Smith and Jones ?
The line was certainly used in the NTNOCN book.
by Nigel Stapley
Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: George Martin, the Beatles' record producer (1926-2016)
Replies: 7
Views: 1311

Re: George Martin, the Beatles' record producer (1926-2016)

And anyway, he had a radio connection in that he composed Theme One which was the first piece of music played on Radio 1 in 1967 (looks around nervously, sure that he'll be contradicted), and which featured regularly on the station in various rôles - both his own version and the cover by Van De Graf...
by Nigel Stapley
Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Hunting "communists" at the BBC
Replies: 7
Views: 1514

Re: Hunting "communists" at the BBC

Perhaps not such a coincidence then that the demise of the USSR and the fall of the wall coincided with the decline and dispersal of the great union barons in the UK? Yes, it was a coincidence. Most union 'barons' of the 70s & 80s were on the right of the labour movement. But that didn't suit the p...
by Nigel Stapley
Thu Dec 31, 2015 7:47 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: I Write the Gags - Barry Cryer
Replies: 3
Views: 872

Re: I Write the Gags - Barry Cryer

Thanks for the lead on that, Brock. A good programme.
by Nigel Stapley
Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:35 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: I Write the Gags - Barry Cryer
Replies: 3
Views: 872

Re: I Write the Gags - Barry Cryer

I have to admit that my heart sank when I saw who Barry was 'in conversation with', but Wright managed for once to dial his ego down into single digits and it was an entertaining programme. Looking forward to Part 2.
by Nigel Stapley
Thu Nov 05, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Let's Go Round Again - The Story Of The Magic Roundabout
Replies: 8
Views: 1899

Re: Let's Go Round Again - The Story Of The Magic Roundabout

Zokko! wrote:[T]here was a section on the 'rave' records that sampled the show/theme that had to be cut for timing, for example.
I remember dear old Peely playing a couple: Magic Roundabout by Planet Cook, and Summers Magic by Mark Summers (which also sampled I.T.M.A.).
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Oct 18, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Ruth Boswell (1930-2015)
Replies: 7
Views: 1718

Re: Ruth Boswell (1930-2015)

As she produced the classic early series of The Tomorrow People, then I too was that child. RIP.