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by Simon36
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Bill
Replies: 1
Views: 299

The Bill

Just a heads up, for those who haven't seen the publicity, but the Drama channel begin a complete run of The Bill tomorrow at noon. As well as potential timing reasons, I suspect the first three series will see extensive cuts due to their post-watershed nature, but still, a great chance to capture a...
by Simon36
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tom Stoppard's pseudonymous telly work
Replies: 6
Views: 640

Re: Tom Stoppard's pseudonymous telly work

Stoppard was also rumoured to be behind the Gerald Wiley pseudonym for The Two Ronnies, until Barker revealed it was him. Wasn't aware of Stoppard genuinely being suspected of anything else. I don't see why he'd have needed to; he was an excellent tv playwright who could have done plenty more of tha...
by Simon36
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sue Jay - ATV Presenter?
Replies: 0
Views: 287

Sue Jay - ATV Presenter?

Wonder if anyone can assist on this. I'm trying to contact Sue Jay, who was an ATV presenter many moons ago. It seems she was interviewed for a documentary referred to here but all the links are dead and there is no way to contact that site owner. https://macearchive.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/the-his...
by Simon36
Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shoestring Series 2
Replies: 44
Views: 5176

Re: Shoestring Series 2

Yes, meant to mention that pub. The Orpheus was of course once owned by Pete Walker.

I've mentioned previously on here BBC Bristol's first filmed play, FOR LOVING from 1972, shot mostly in Clifton, a stunning little work.
by Simon36
Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shoestring Series 2
Replies: 44
Views: 5176

Re: Shoestring Series 2

Agree about Bristol. It's been used a good time in the last few years, Skins, Murder in Mind and Mistresses spring to mind. Clifton especially makes a great location. Being Human was the one most popular here, and we're still angry at losing Casualty to Cardiff..... Oh yes, I forgot about BH. Also ...
by Simon36
Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shoestring Series 2
Replies: 44
Views: 5176

Re: Shoestring Series 2

Agree about Bristol. It's been used a good time in the last few years, Skins, Murder in Mind and Mistresses spring to mind. Clifton especially makes a great location.
by Simon36
Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Deborah Watling (1948-2017)
Replies: 6
Views: 779

Re: Deborah Watling (1948-2017)

On the passing of Deborah Watling: Way back in the early 1990s my Grandfather was the most important person in my whole world. A perfect gentleman. When he fell ill with cancer of the oesophegus in 1992 my world fell to bits. I remember the last time we took the 79 into Liverpool was so he could bu...
by Simon36
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Thriller: the Lost Scenes
Replies: 17
Views: 1723

Re: Thriller: the Lost Scenes

Fascinating to see these. Regarding the US titles, they weren't created until after the original US run of the series, so I'm assuming the original US run had the fish eye titles, albeit with the title MENACE rather than THRILLER? Can anyone elaborate on the extras contained on the Australian box se...
by Simon36
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Thames Television Paperwork
Replies: 1
Views: 612

Thames Television Paperwork

There was a discussion on Kaleidoscope's Facebook page about how CATS Eyes can't be repeated because all the TVS paperwork has been lost, so clearances would be far too laborious to work out. Does this mean therefore that paperwork for a company like Thames, who Network release a lot of, all exists ...
by Simon36
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Network Summer Sale (June 2017)
Replies: 4
Views: 998

Re: Network Summer Sale (June 2017)

Every time I try and use it the basket only registers my first selection, strangely. Hmmm, hopefully it will get fixed.
by Simon36
Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: New Blog Post: Play for Today: The Other Woman
Replies: 5
Views: 510

Re: New Blog Post: Play for Today: The Other Woman

A great reminder of a time when we use to take writing like that for granted because of the ubiquitous single play strand, and another confirmation that the writers of these plays were often wilder and eccentric than the plays they wrote ie alive and breathing heavily. Then of course there were the...
by Simon36
Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: New Blog Post: Play for Today: The Other Woman
Replies: 5
Views: 510

Re: New Blog Post: Play for Today: The Other Woman

Thank you so much for that. Yes,Gould's displeasure with it is a confusing issue. She wrote quite specifically about what she hated about it at the time, saying the BBC had precisely demonstrated the patriarchal society at work but taking out crucial bits that softened Kim and undermined her journey...
by Simon36
Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: New Blog Post: Play for Today: The Other Woman
Replies: 5
Views: 510

New Blog Post: Play for Today: The Other Woman

I thought I'd rescue a piece I wrote for BBC Store on this and put an unabridged version on my blog for those who are interested. It's a long read, but probably the only place this research will ever find a home, so for those who read it, enjoy! https://dreamsgatheringdust.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/t...
by Simon36
Fri May 19, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Frighteners (LWT 1972) on Network DVD
Replies: 15
Views: 1668

Re: The Frighteners (LWT 1972) on Network DVD

I am sure I was told by that LWT source that TF was definitely LWT's first filmed series and so far Is don't think she's been proved wrong..::
by Simon36
Wed May 17, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Frighteners (LWT 1972) on Network DVD
Replies: 15
Views: 1668

Re: The Frighteners (LWT 1972) on Network DVD

Just watched the "zoo" episode. Wow. Although it seems an odd fit for a series boasting the fear factor, (like James Andrew hall's incest drama being placed within LWT's Saturday Night Thriller ten years later) it was a good little piece, and Gillian Bailey's cold character and cold performance remi...
by Simon36
Wed May 17, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Frighteners (LWT 1972) on Network DVD
Replies: 15
Views: 1668

Re: The Frighteners (LWT 1972) on Network DVD

Am I right in saying that this was apparently the first All film series made by either LWT, ITV as a whole or British television as a whole? If you exclude ITC and the assorted film companies who contributed strands to ITV, the earliest filmed drama series made by an ITV company that I know of is G...
by Simon36
Wed May 17, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Frighteners (LWT 1972) on Network DVD
Replies: 15
Views: 1668

Re: The Frighteners (LWT 1972) on Network DVD

Am I right in saying that this was apparently the first All film series made by either LWT, ITV as a whole or British television as a whole?
by Simon36
Mon May 08, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Car Share"
Replies: 9
Views: 872

Re: "Car Share"

Mark wrote:Well they did snog in the dream scene at the end, so the deed is already done.
Blimey, so they did!
by Simon36
Sun May 07, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Car Share"
Replies: 9
Views: 872

Re: "Car Share"

I think it would just be too weird to actually see them snog. And maybe the fact that in real life they have been friends for twenty odd years might be another reason why playing that might feel odd.
by Simon36
Thu May 04, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Car Share"
Replies: 9
Views: 872

Re: "Car Share"

I actually loved the fancy dress episode, the Irish smurf especially.

I suspect the desire to pull the plug on it is because there is only so long it can go on before the couple finally get together, and I think that takes away the essential magic of the show.
by Simon36
Wed May 03, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actor/Writers
Replies: 35
Views: 2047

Re: Actor/Writers

Colin Welland, of course.
by Simon36
Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tales of Unease: The Old Banger
Replies: 13
Views: 1015

Re: Tales of Unease: The Old Banger

Ian Wegg wrote:FWIW, the discrepancy had been pointed out in a response to the blog the day before it was mentioned here.

Thanks Ian, and Richard. I don't know why that other guy seems so angry with me; he's certainly done his best to suck the joy out of that piece. Glad he hasn't succeeded.
by Simon36
Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tales of Unease: The Old Banger
Replies: 13
Views: 1015

Re: Tales of Unease: The Old Banger

Isn't the use of 'impish' in the title just riffing on memories of the Hillman marque? The original blog specified the car as a "Hillman Imp" but the word Imp has since been expunged. ...Since this very morning. Which suggests that someone connected with the 'blog' (is that right?) also reads this ...
by Simon36
Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tales of Unease: The Old Banger
Replies: 13
Views: 1015

Re: Tales of Unease: The Old Banger

brigham wrote:Funny looking Hillman Imp!
Still, what do you expect from someone who can come out with a line like:-
"...as strange a story as anything allowed on television in those less-accountable days of old." ?

Calm down.
by Simon36
Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tales of Unease: The Old Banger
Replies: 13
Views: 1015

Re: Tales of Unease: The Old Banger

Yes, I believe it's actually a Hillman Minx.

They do actually visit a scrapyard but are put off by the price, though the car never makes it there itself. It's a great little play; I'll be doing a post on another episode of Tales of Unease at some point.
by Simon36
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tales of Unease: The Old Banger
Replies: 13
Views: 1015

Tales of Unease: The Old Banger

A very obscure piece of old telly that a lot of people seem to remember. Here's a blog post on it... with SPOILERS!

https://dreamsgatheringdust.wordpress.c ... -hillmans/
by Simon36
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shadow of the Noose DVD
Replies: 10
Views: 829

Re: Shadow of the Noose DVD

One of the things I'm glad I recorded and kept at the time, as it was beginning to look like it would never get an official release, apart from a couple of episodes on BBC Video World tapes. Richard Cooper's tie-in novel is a very strange and huge elaboration of the story of Marshall Hall's first m...
by Simon36
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Non actors appearing as themselves.
Replies: 66
Views: 3643

Re: Non actors appearing as themselves.

Paula Yates in Brookside. Graeme Souness in Boys From The Blackstuff. And oh dear... Morecambe and Wise in The Sweeney! Why do they do it, it never works! I seem to recall Eamonn Holmes in Brookside once too. Morrissey in Due South, the Brookside spin-off. (Blimey, it really was a Liverpool thing!) ...
by Simon36
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shadow of the Noose DVD
Replies: 10
Views: 829

Shadow of the Noose DVD

This has coming out without me noticing: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/DVD-Blu-ray/Shadow-of-the-Noose-DVD/B01J69KSK2/ref=pd_sim_74_5?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=69Z0XS8W7Y4WQ80AR0J3 My mum will be delighted! It wasn't well received at the time but it is an interesting series. Jonathan Hyde is wildly o...
by Simon36
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Most expensive British TV drama series?
Replies: 61
Views: 3962

Re: Most expensive British TV drama series?

Wasn't 'Rhodes' hyped up as being one of the most 'ambitious' (code for expensive) productions ever? That was a complete flop as well, of course. Yes, I mentioned that earlier in the thread. It got quite a press savaging at the time. I remember at Christmas of that year, watching a comic poem monol...