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by Simon36
Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Most expensive British TV drama series?
Replies: 61
Views: 3944

Re: Most expensive British TV drama series?

Interesting how many of these massively expensive series have turned out to be flops, though perhaps sometimes the pre-publicity promising the earth to justify the expense dooms it to be a disappointment.
by Simon36
Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Colin Welland at the BBC
Replies: 11
Views: 979

Re: Colin Welland at the BBC

Such is life, I recall a time when Colin Welland was THE writer where everyone hung onto his every word and wanted his opinions on this and that. Perhaps not his greatest moment was when he said 'The British are Coming' to an American audience, which was easily misconstrued to what he actually mean...
by Simon36
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Colin Welland at the BBC
Replies: 11
Views: 979

Re: Colin Welland at the BBC

It was decided to shoot in black and white, giving it the feel of some Eisenstein epic as a result. It's a remarkable piece of film making (the opening sequence following the lady to the bus stop is astounding) but as a play I think it's Welland's least interesting because it is so "black and white"...
by Simon36
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Colin Welland at the BBC
Replies: 11
Views: 979

Re: Colin Welland at the BBC

Really! That's probably my favourite, such a wonderful piece! Any memories to share?
by Simon36
Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Colin Welland at the BBC
Replies: 11
Views: 979

Colin Welland at the BBC

A wonderful crop of Plays for Today written by one of television's finest storytellers, all now available for the first time (although Hallelujah Handshake is on the Alan Clarke box set, I know). Also, as a bonus, the marvellous A Passage to England, in which he plays the lead. Enjoy: https://store....
by Simon36
Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 2786

Re: Race Through The Decades

Thanks, John. I often wondered what Black Lion was all about. Very interesting.
by Simon36
Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 2786

Re: Race Through The Decades

Very interesting, thanks for that. I'm intrigued to see it because I'd never ever heard of it, and it seems like a project Euston Films would have been more at home with than ATV. Bearing in mind though that at this time ATV also did Bloody Kids (which I think is a duffer) and commissioned, then bot...
by Simon36
Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 2786

Re: Race Through The Decades

brigham wrote:
Simon36 wrote:Or maybe it just wasn't that funny!
There can't be many people who seriously think the BBC would trawl through past works looking for possibly-offensive foodstuffs, surely?
No?
Daily Mail readers probably do, and that was what it read like.
by Simon36
Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 2786

Re: Race Through The Decades

Or maybe it just wasn't that funny!
by Simon36
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 2786

Re: Race Through The Decades

A heads-up if you bought last year's Katherine Jenkins Christmas Special. That'll disappear in 10 years. That's why I think the "Buy, Download, and Keep" slogan they use is rather misleading. Al Why will it? And anyway, If you've downloaded it, it won't be going anywhere. They only have the rights ...
by Simon36
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 2786

Re: Race Through The Decades

Well as I previously said, having programmes such as It Ain't Half Hot Mum available hardly suggests the BBC only releases historical things "it currently still approves of". With a back catalogue so vast, it is impossible not be selective, unless you are going to release every single item in it. So...
by Simon36
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 2786

Re: Race Through The Decades

It does do so openly and honestly. I honestly can't see where it isn't honest and open. And sas for the "political correctness" thing, I was trying to guess at what you meant by this: "Let's face it, if it had been up to the BBC to release LWT's excellent 'Upstairs, Downstairs', you can bet that all...
by Simon36
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 2786

Re: Race Through The Decades

What does "control what you are allowed to watch" mean? It means exactly what it says. The 'Mrs. Bridges' joke should clarify, if you are still uncertain. If you are suggesting some sort of "it's political correctness gone mad" thing here, I can't see how it holds water considering BBC Store has It...
by Simon36
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 2786

Re: Race Through The Decades

Al Dupres wrote:A heads-up if you bought last year's Katherine Jenkins Christmas Special. That'll disappear in 10 years. That's why I think the "Buy, Download, and Keep" slogan they use is rather misleading.

Al

Why will it? And anyway, If you've downloaded it, it won't be going anywhere.
by Simon36
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 2786

Re: Race Through The Decades

What does "control what you are allowed to watch" mean?
by Simon36
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 2786

Re: Race Through The Decades

It would have to be exceptional circumstances for it to be removed from My Programmes after purchase. If the rights expire and it is removed from Store, it will still be in your locker.
by Simon36
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 2786

Re: Race Through The Decades

I'm really interested to know what you make of Walcott. In researching that collection I found that it was absolutely hated by much of its cast who considered it to be racist. It was voted the worst black TV drama by Black Film Bulletin!
by Simon36
Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 2786

Re: Race Through The Decades

Brock wrote:Sorry, I was simply trying to be funny. There was no other point to my post.

The Chinese Detective is a show I remember with a certain amount of fondness. But would they have called a programme "The Black Detective"?
I have no idea what this is about.
by Simon36
Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 2786

Re: Race Through The Decades

Yes, I'm just always a bit baffled at the deafening bursts of indifference BBC Store gets for making previously unreleased material available!
by Simon36
Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 2786

Re: Race Through The Decades

Yes, how disappointing to find a load of previously unreleased drama and comedy suddenly made available.
by Simon36
Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 2786

Race Through The Decades

The latest collection on BBC Store is a collection of drama and comedy from the last fifty years telling stories from the black and Asian communities. The glorious trailer is worth checking this out for by itself.
https://store.bbc.com/collections/race- ... he-decades
by Simon36
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Ann Beach, 1938-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 496

Re: Ann Beach, 1938-2017

Wonderful actress, so versatile. Wonderfully sexy in A Bit of a Lift, and starchy as hell in Bouquet of Barbed Wire. I always had a soft spot for Fresh Fields too, it was so charming.
by Simon36
Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Irish Drama at the BBC
Replies: 0
Views: 223

Irish Drama at the BBC

In time for St Patrick's Day, BBC Store have added more titles to their collection of Irish dramas from the archives, including two Play for Today: Catchpenny Twist and Shadows On Our Skin. There's also Playhouse: How Many Miles To Babylon? and Summer Season: Joyce in June. https://store.bbc.com/col...
by Simon36
Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Outside Edge (1994-96)
Replies: 5
Views: 560

Re: Outside Edge (1994-96)

I haven't dipped into he DVD yet but I do remember when the original play was on telly, I don't think I'd ever seen my parents laugh so much.
by Simon36
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Forgeham (1941 - 2017)
Replies: 7
Views: 809

Re: John Forgeham (1941 - 2017)

A notoriously difficult actor who could be unpleasant as well as arrogant, but he could certainly give it some welly when he was required to. He never quite got to stretch himself on telly, I thought. He could have had a career like Ray Winstone in a parallel world. Two anecdotes about him spring to...
by Simon36
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Conceptions Of Murder: The Dreams of Tim Evans (1970, LWT)
Replies: 4
Views: 532

Re: Conceptions Of Murder: The Dreams of Tim Evans (1970, LW

Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. Yes, that footage is remarkable isn't it? The Welsh doc footage is amazingly lavish, they go into every corner of that house, with a real eye on posterity. I think there is a little bit missing actually, because the ITV 1988 documentary The Black Museum seems to show ...
by Simon36
Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Conceptions Of Murder: The Dreams of Tim Evans (1970, LWT)
Replies: 4
Views: 532

Conceptions Of Murder: The Dreams of Tim Evans (1970, LWT)

This would appear to have been television's first drama about the Christie/ Evans case, the second being BBC's recent Rillington Place with Tim Roth. This 1970 late-night half-hour was a sort of acorn from which grew the 1971 Richard Attenborough film, and as I've recently seen it, some may be inter...
by Simon36
Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 47
Views: 4165

Re: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD

And 36 Play for Todays on BBC Store now, Still Waters and Back of Beyond just added, and with more to come!

https://store.bbc.com/play-for-today