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by Simon36
Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Canned Laughter
Replies: 60
Views: 2820

Re: Canned Laughter

Thanks for this, I had no idea about screens and reveals. The moment I always think of is in the Yes Minister episode Party Games where Jim and Humphrey are sitting talking and H goes into a long diatribe about the usual answers to such things and it cuts to a wide shot of Jim who has been scribblin...
by Simon36
Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:50 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Canned Laughter
Replies: 60
Views: 2820

Canned Laughter

Curious about this. In the old days there were often producers in GB saying that no show used canned laughter, unlike the Americans. Was this statement true? I wonder because quite often in old sitcoms there are scenes which rely on a camera cutting to another shot which the audience must have alrea...
by Simon36
Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:05 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Little Big Time
Replies: 42
Views: 2673

Re: Little Big Time

Its a show i barely recall, it obviously held no interest for me as achild, but ti does make me wonder just who shows like this were meant to appeal to beyond the parents of the kids involved?
by Simon36
Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Font time again!
Replies: 6
Views: 666

Re: Font time again!

Amazing, so glad this one's been nailed!
by Simon36
Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:38 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Perfect Friday [Network]
Replies: 4
Views: 465

Re: PR: Perfect Friday [Network]

Oh blimey! This one has been on my wish list for ages as I love Hall and I've never ever seen it! Glorious times!
by Simon36
Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Micro Men
Replies: 2
Views: 363

Re: Micro Men

Interesting. It looks like the shots of the actors were done in front of a still photo backdrop of a corner of the set possibly. It's very impressive. Also there is a seamless sequence in WHSmiths which cuts from very well blended in stock footage of an 80s shop front to Martin Freeman in a corner o...
by Simon36
Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Font time again!
Replies: 6
Views: 666

Font time again!

The brilliant Bob Richardson nailed the Radio Times cover fonts before on the old site, but any takers for the RT listings fonts from the 70s and the TVTimes ones too?
by Simon36
Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Micro Men
Replies: 2
Views: 363

Micro Men

This play passed me by on its first broadcast but its become a real favourite since I first saw it a couple of years ago. It makes a complicated and quite dull story very lively and funny and I think it evokes the time very very well. What really impressed me was the fusing of doco footage of the ti...
by Simon36
Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Bernard Horsfall (1930-2013)
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Bernard Horsfall (1930-2013)

A name familiar to Dr Who fans of course. A good innings, and came across as a very nice chap on the Deadly Assassin DVD. RIP.
by Simon36
Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:22 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Moon Landing Conspiracy and 1960's TV technology
Replies: 73
Views: 3892

Re: Moon Landing Conspiracy and 1960's TV technology

I said this before - I was a cameraman in BBC Presentation during the later Apollos. Sometimes we'd get free afternoons and have nowhere to go, so I'd get CAR to connect us up to the incoming NASA feed. It would be on for hours, as the astronauts did their thing. As the man says in the video, that'...
by Simon36
Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:13 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Write A Play (1967)
Replies: 13
Views: 1014

Re: Write A Play (1967)

Very unlikely. The BBC held grown up tv play competitions in the late 60s/ early 70s and the winners of those got Jack Shit for posterity.
by Simon36
Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:11 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Guess who?
Replies: 13
Views: 1112

Re: Guess who?

"Neither use nor ornament"... that is priceless.
by Simon36
Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: The Squirrels [Network]
Replies: 20
Views: 2150

Re: PR: The Squirrels [Network]

Never heard of this one, but always a pleasure to see something with Bernard Hepton in.
by Simon36
Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:05 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is this story about 70s product placement genuine?
Replies: 11
Views: 1154

Re: Is this story about 70s product placement genuine?

I find the Sweeney story hard to believe since Regan always smoked Piccadilly!
by Simon36
Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:09 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Michael Winner
Replies: 12
Views: 1080

Re: Michael Winner

Thames TV have posted a fab edition of Daytime from 1985 with him and Whitehouse:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSf2kfpkKMg
by Simon36
Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:00 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Write A Play (1967)
Replies: 13
Views: 1014

Write A Play (1967)

A new one on me:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1849699/

I wonder if any of the writers went on to illustrious careers....
by Simon36
Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV play series
Replies: 9
Views: 712

Re: ITV play series

Earlier in the same week, 00.00-00.25am Wednesday 13th June 1984, London ITV Region VICTIMS (1979) starring Angela Morant as the bored housewife whose designs on the milkman lead to a nasty conclusion. Also features Warren Clarke. I remember this well and have always wanted to see it again. Morant ...
by Simon36
Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV play series
Replies: 9
Views: 712

Re: ITV play series

I remember a series of plays on ITV on Saturday nights in about 1983/4. One of them I remember was followed by a repeat of the THRILLER episode Someone at the Top of the Stairs in the London region, and this is the only one I can recall. It was called Bingo! and it starred Gwen Taylor. IMDB lists i...
by Simon36
Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV play series
Replies: 9
Views: 712

ITV play series

I remember a series of plays on ITV on Saturday nights in about 1983/4. One of them I remember was followed by a repeat of the THRILLER episode Someone at the Top of the Stairs in the London region, and this is the only one I can recall. It was called Bingo! and it starred Gwen Taylor. IMDB lists it...
by Simon36
Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:47 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Keep It Up Downstairs [Network]
Replies: 4
Views: 533

Re: PR: Keep It Up Downstairs [Network]

Jesus H. Total shite but well, you know.... it's that era. I found it really weird seeing Neil Hallet in this and Virgin Witch, since he was so familiar as civil servants in shows like The New Avengers. Hazel Adair who was one half of Elton Hawke, told me she was actually at school with Hallet and s...
by Simon36
Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 30th anniversary of Breakfast Time
Replies: 14
Views: 1176

Re: 30th anniversary of Breakfast Time

Despite a seriously weird bunch presenting it, I adored Breakfast Time. Remember that snowscene outside the window in winter months.

It is a very strange world though when Frank Bough comes across as the most ordinary of the people on the show.
by Simon36
Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Tempo [Network]
Replies: 21
Views: 1530

Re: PR: Tempo [Network]

Honestly never heard of it but now can't wait to see it. It's absolutely wonderful that this kind of programme, which will contain doubtless some absolutely fascinating items, is getting a release. Who'd have thought it? Wonder if this means Aquarius will appear too...
by Simon36
Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:01 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Jon Finch (1941-2012)
Replies: 5
Views: 688

Re: Jon Finch (1941-2012)

I always wondered why he never quite became a star but it seems it was pretty much through choice. Also perhaps because despite his good looks he was never a very warm actor, not that that is a criticism.

He did some very fine work and really has to admire someone who turned down Bond!
by Simon36
Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:06 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Alasdair Milne (1930-2013)
Replies: 4
Views: 530

Re: Alasdair Milne (1930-2013)

Interesting words from Purser in The Guardian here: "And so to the director generalship. How this would have been viewed had he been allowed to run his full term, probably another four years, is hard to say. He wasted time and money on a premature attempt to take the BBC into satellite broadcasting....
by Simon36
Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:54 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Dub his dialogue with....Geoffrey Keen?
Replies: 14
Views: 1143

Re: Dub his dialogue with....Geoffrey Keen?

This issue has always bewildered me. Dubbing seemed to be rife amongst actresses of the early 70s and I am assuming on some occasions it was because they were cast for their looks and needed assistance with delivering the lines convincingly. However, why some dubbing happened baffles me: why was Le...
by Simon36
Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Minder Series One question
Replies: 12
Views: 976

Re: Minder Series One question

Cathy Hytner, I was crazy about her!
by Simon36
Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:51 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Alasdair Milne (1930-2013)
Replies: 4
Views: 530

Re: Alasdair Milne (1930-2013)

He was always someone I'd wanted to interview too. Halliwell said of him as DG that he had "his fair share of hot potatoes" which was certainly true. The Indy obit claims he will always be remembered for being destroyed by Thatcher, but to people with an interest in old tv he's probably just as much...
by Simon36
Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:33 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Minder Series One question
Replies: 12
Views: 976

Re: Minder Series One question

The Good Life was meant to be really a show about a couple with some back up from the neighbours and became a true fourpiece, and Penelope Keith turned out to be perhaps the most popular character, much to everyone's surprise. It's an interesting question, and though not quite the same thing, I siup...
by Simon36
Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Minder Series One question
Replies: 12
Views: 976

Re: Minder Series One question

It's odd, I was convinced that series one of Minder had a different theme. I COuld be So Good For you charted a year after the series began, and I could have sworn I saw a news item about it saying the piece would now be used for Waterman's new series, Minder. I assume it was because in its first ye...