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by Juswuh
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Threads (DVD Release) - A Few Thoughts
Replies: 21
Views: 655

Re: Threads (DVD Release) - A Few Thoughts

The fact that Threads made such an impression on people is in itself evidence that the world hadn’t “moved on” by 1984. Nuclear anxiety was very much a theme of the early Eighties, literally from the beginning of the decade when Russia invaded Afghanistan.* Other nuclear war films of the time were T...
by Juswuh
Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 125756

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

Someone made an interesting point on something I read. The reason the current show is in such a mess is because the same people have effectively been running it since it returned... I think there's a good deal of truth in this. Especially after Davies*, so much of it has had the feeling of playing ...
by Juswuh
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)
Replies: 75
Views: 4458

Re: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)

If Joe Orton was still alive he’d be Sir John Orton and would have been officially pardoned for defacing the library books.
by Juswuh
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Out of the unknown--The Uninvited
Replies: 36
Views: 2992

Re: Out of the unknown--The Uninvited

"The Uninvited" was remade in the 80s, as an episode of Hammer House Of Mystery And Suspense.
by Juswuh
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 234
Views: 21790

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

By 1956 the Code was on the way to breaking down. More likely the alternative ending for 1984 was political, in case they got into trouble for making a movie where the Communists won.
by Juswuh
Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3870

Re: More popular outside their region of production

Russell Harty was on LWT before he was networked, I think. Certainly I remember reading in the NME about musicians (maybe the Who?) being on his show and having no idea who he was. And let’s not forget that Bill Grundy’s interview with the Sex Pistols was only broadcast in the London area. If it had...
by Juswuh
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3870

Re: More popular outside their region of production

Crossroads was on for years before it was shown all across ITV.
by Juswuh
Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 125756

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

I watched again, and thought how unnecessary the whole "timeless child" business is, a pointless complication of a simple setup. If the Doctor's dying, he can survive by changing into a new body: that's all you need, and it's an idea that has served the show well. (If they'd just replaced William Ha...
by Juswuh
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 125756

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

Moffat clearly couldn't resist a regeneration scene (despite making a hash of every one he wrote) and it seems that Chibnall has a similar thing for alternate Doctors.
by Juswuh
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 125756

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

I thought it contained long passages of tedium. I think Gallifrey is a dull setting - the Doctor left there a long time ago, and that's all the "origin" he, or indeed she, needs. "Everything you know is a lie" is a boring, irritating premise, and it wasn't improved by the Master either intoning it p...
by Juswuh
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 125756

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

I notice that weeks pass and episodes get almost no discussion, here and at a couple of other places. I'm not surprised, because most of them feel very uninspired - and even stunts like the mystery is-she-isn't-she Doctor are uninspired. Chibnall simply doesn't have original ideas.
by Juswuh
Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows ruined by revival/comeback
Replies: 80
Views: 6343

Re: Shows ruined by revival/comeback

I've been watching Special Branch on Talking Pictures, and looking at this thread again has been illuminating. I was puzzled by the revamp at the tail-end of series one, and in series two it's definitely lost its way. It started out with an air of Callan about it, but some of the episodes in series ...
by Juswuh
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 125756

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

I thought Skyfall was Chibnall doing an RTD-style story, and last night’s episode felt like him doing Moffat - not a good thing at all.
by Juswuh
Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 125756

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

I watched last night’s and thought it wasn’t bad to begin with, but after they left the dome it became convoluted and repetitive - the silly bit about those two characters being mother and daughter (it would have helped if they’d borne the slightest similarity to each other), one character after ano...
by Juswuh
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Programmes that kept going for no real reason
Replies: 22
Views: 2887

Re: Programmes that kept going for no real reason

Brock wrote: And why did the BBC continue to broadcast the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony on radio until 1994?
I suppose it was always possible that someone else might try to shoot the Queen.
by Juswuh
Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Programmes that kept going for no real reason
Replies: 22
Views: 2887

Re: Programmes that kept going for no real reason

I don't know if they still do it any more, but it was a sure sign that a programme had run out of ideas when the new series came from a different part of the country every week.
by Juswuh
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 234
Views: 21790

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

Just turned on TPTV and they’re showing The Day After again. Good timing!?
by Juswuh
Thu Jan 02, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Elizabeth Sellars (1921-2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 386

Elizabeth Sellars (1921-2019)

A leading lady in Fifties British movies, she had a later career on TV - including the unforgettable Beasts episode “During Barty’s Party”. RIP.
by Juswuh
Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Andrea Newman (1938-2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 303

Andrea Newman (1938-2019)

Destined to be remembered for Bouquet Of Barbed Wire. RIP
by Juswuh
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Gay Byrne (1934-2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 429

Gay Byrne (1934-2019)

Longtime presenter of Ireland's The Late Late Show. RIP
by Juswuh
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Almost cast' actors
Replies: 76
Views: 6417

Re: 'Almost cast' actors

John Cleese has said that at first he didn’t intend to play Basil Fawlty, and one person he had in mind for the part was Denholm Elliott.
by Juswuh
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Banned documentary
Replies: 9
Views: 993

Re: Banned documentary

By the way, they might have been talking about Susan George in Straw Dogs. Even a few years ago that was still a controversial film to get an 18 certificate uncut.
by Juswuh
Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Banned documentary
Replies: 9
Views: 993

Re: Banned documentary

Pretty sure that was a documentary about the BBFC shown at the time of the Banned season. As well as Death Wish 2 there was a section about Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer, showing how a home invasion scene that was un-passable in its original form had been re-edited to compromise as best they co...
by Juswuh
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Paul Darrow (1941-2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 524

Paul Darrow (1941-2019)

Sad news for Blake's 7 fans. RIP
by Juswuh
Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops no show
Replies: 6
Views: 803

Re: Top of the Pops no show

Brock wrote:
Although Mike Read presented TOTP on many occasions, I don't think Mike Reid ever appeared - were you thinking of Runaround?
Mike Reid had a hit with "The Ugly Duckling" in 1975, so he probably did appear as a performer. Pretty sure he never presented it, though.
by Juswuh
Thu May 23, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows that changed stations
Replies: 25
Views: 1742

Re: Shows that changed stations

What The Papers Say went from ITV to C4 to BBC2 to Radio 4. The most-travelled show?
by Juswuh
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sandy Ratcliff (1948-2019)
Replies: 0
Views: 278

Sandy Ratcliff (1948-2019)

Sue Osman from the early years of Eastenders, but she deserves to be remembered for other things too - in particular as the schizophrenic girl in Family Life. RIP
by Juswuh
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Nadja Regin (1931-2019)
Replies: 0
Views: 238

Nadja Regin (1931-2019)

A regular in Edgar Wallace Mysteries as a high-maintenence wife/mistress. RIP
by Juswuh
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: No Film 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 877

Re: No Film 2019

It's surprising that it ran so long after Barry Norman left.
by Juswuh
Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 125756

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

I think sometime in the 80s American shows developed "producer bloat", with people who in the old days would have been called something else and possibly not named onscreen demanding producer titles and separate credits. Getting on topic, I quite like Jodie Whittaker in herself, but I still think yo...