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by Simon36
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 7Up question
Replies: 11
Views: 797

7Up question

Watching the current 63 Up series, I’m struck by how remarkable the clips of previous editions look. The footage from the 70s and 80s editions is breathtaking. Does anyone know what they were shot on? I’m wondering if it was 35mm rather than the usual 16mm? Or has it simply been through a more subst...
by Simon36
Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Banned documentary
Replies: 9
Views: 866

Re: Banned documentary

I can remember the staggeringly ill-judged comment about Susan George vividly. It came straight after a clip from Straw Dogs was shown and the host asked one of the participants if he found that sequence disturbing. I think this was much later than the 1991 banned season, but can’t remember what the...
by Simon36
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Banned documentary
Replies: 9
Views: 866

Re: Banned documentary

Fascinating stuff, thanks everyone. I'm very surprised that Google throws up virtually nothing. I did however find this in an archived edition of Gay Left online: In 1976, Thames Television (sophisticated, metropolitan London's other independent company) pulled its seven-part documentary Sex In Our ...
by Simon36
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Banned documentary
Replies: 9
Views: 866

Banned documentary

Can anyone help with a memory here. I recall in the late 80s, Channel 4 screening a run of previously banned programmes. The only one I have any recollection of was a mid-70s ITV documentary about female sexuality, which was basically a group of women sitting in someone's living room talking. Every ...
by Simon36
Sun May 12, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Avengers: Cybernauts Trilogy
Replies: 7
Views: 846

Re: The Avengers: Cybernauts Trilogy

Interesting. I actually find the look of the New Avengers varies considerably. The high summer glorious countryside filming of To catch a Rat and House of cards varies with the very summery but somewhat flatter look of Tale of the Big Why, and the rather muddy look of much of season two.
by Simon36
Fri May 10, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Avengers: Cybernauts Trilogy
Replies: 7
Views: 846

The Avengers: Cybernauts Trilogy

Wow... https://networkonair.com/coming-soon/3044-the-avengers-the-cybernauts-trilogy-blu-ray-?goal=0_154f425df9-cdfa242aa5-13155153&mc_cid=cdfa242aa5&mc_eid=d6aab4e879 And with original advert breaks, which is a wonderfully crazy idea. But does this mean that the New Avengers prints have been found ...
by Simon36
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Murder of Jill Dando
Replies: 17
Views: 1296

Re: The Murder of Jill Dando

Very disappointing "new" documentary shown on the BBC on April 2nd. Told us very little we didn't know already, and the detective inspector made himself look very stupid. He should have stayed away. Oh yes thoroughly agree. My concerns were confirmed when the first name on the credits was 'the comp...
by Simon36
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: A House in Regent Place
Replies: 2
Views: 278

Re: A House in Regent Place

I though the Agutter one was the weakest actually. But now I’ve watched them all, I’m very glad I found it.
by Simon36
Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: A House in Regent Place
Replies: 2
Views: 278

A House in Regent Place

I came across a DVD today in a second-hand shop, of this series, which Id never heard of before. Four half hour plays from southern television in 1974, all set in the same house at different periods in history. It’s actually rather good. A quick look suggests it was only shown in a few regions and e...
by Simon36
Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Bill (1984-1987)
Replies: 8
Views: 527

Re: The Bill (1984-1987)

Incidentally, I notice the rule of every scene having to feature a police officer doesn’t apply in series 1, and it makes a vast difference to the nature of the storyline: in Death of a Cracksman we witness a murder take place and know all along who did it and how, unlike the police. Burning the Boo...
by Simon36
Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Bill (1984-1987)
Replies: 8
Views: 527

Re: The Bill (1984-1987)

Indeed. Barry Appleton was an ex-copper, and I think doubled as the advisor in those early series.

The episode WITH FRIENDS LIKE THAT I remember vividly from the time: a superb performance by Sara Moore, who seemed to vanish again immediately after.
by Simon36
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Bill (1984-1987)
Replies: 8
Views: 527

Re: The Bill (1984-1987)

The whole feel of those early series is very distinctive. There's a particular sense of contained chaos, with episodes structured so that several things are going on at once, accurately reflecting the competing calls upon a policeman's attention. Each of those three series is better than the one be...
by Simon36
Fri Feb 01, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Bill (1984-1987)
Replies: 8
Views: 527

The Bill (1984-1987)

I’ve been laid up for the last week and it’s been a great opportunity to watch some of the things I thought I’d never ever find time for. The first series of New Scotland Yard (interesting) and now the early series of The Bill. Although from the episodes I watched at the time, I knew its first incar...
by Simon36
Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 109272

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

That’s the first series of Doctor Who I’ve enjoyed since 1984. I could never get on with the new series until now. Loved Jodie, loved the simplicity and decency of it all, the lack of constant music, the lack of pompous, maddening story arcs. There were only a couple of things that didn’t quite work...
by Simon36
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Dame June Whitfield (1925 - 2018)
Replies: 10
Views: 824

Re: Dame June Whitfield (1925 - 2018)

Her characterisation on The News Huddlines of the dreaded queen mum as a spoonerism- and malapropism-prone old Cockney bint was superb. She also voiced Mrs Beaver in the UK-soundtracked version of the animated The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe in the late 70s (Arthur Lowe was Mr Beaver). I love ...
by Simon36
Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "The London Studios:Home Of The Stars"
Replies: 21
Views: 1287

Re: "The London Studios:Home Of The Stars"

I’m sure a huge amount of the audience were oblivious as to the building’s significance (it’s not the symbol that TVC was) Probably not if you lived outside London, but if you were an LWT viewer in the 70s/80s then you'd see a picture of the tower sticking up behind the continuity announcer at ever...
by Simon36
Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "The London Studios:Home Of The Stars"
Replies: 21
Views: 1287

Re: "The London Studios:Home Of The Stars"

What a strange programme. I’m sure a huge amount of the audience were oblivious as to the building’s significance (it’s not the symbol that TVC was) and also, since LWT went, it has become even less significant. People were mourning that it’s closing, though of course no one told us why! The fact th...
by Simon36
Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: No Film 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 729

Re: No Film 2019

Brock wrote:
Simon36 wrote: I do agree on the music; i always found it dreary.
Have you heard the vocal version by Nina Simone? I think it's wonderful.
Absolutely. But the version used on the show I thought was so boring, as, to me, was Barry Norman.
by Simon36
Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: No Film 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 729

Re: No Film 2019

I don’t think Kermode would have worked, he is far too much of a sourpuss for a mainstream show like that. My money would have been on Antonia Quirke.

I do agree on the music; i always found it dreary.
by Simon36
Mon Dec 24, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Christmas tapes
Replies: 17
Views: 1356

Re: Christmas tapes

A nice little programme which could easily have been an hour. They did rather pass over the fact that the BBC ones are just as sexist and pervy as the ITV ones though!
by Simon36
Mon Dec 24, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "What We Were Watching"
Replies: 3
Views: 428

Re: "What We Were Watching"

What a terrible programme! It reminded me of sneering, ill-informed list shows of twenty years ago. Grace Dent seemed to be drunk.
by Simon36
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows ruined by revival/comeback
Replies: 80
Views: 5462

Re: Shows ruined by revival/comeback

Mind you, I’m always a bit baffled by this idea that by only doing 12 episodes of Fawlty Towers it meant it never slipped in quality. Within that 12 there are, in my opinion, more duds than seems to ever be acknowledged.. The Wedding Party is awful, 80% of The Germans isn’t very good, and I don’t t...
by Simon36
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shows ruined by revival/comeback
Replies: 80
Views: 5462

Re: Shows ruined by revival/comeback

Mind you, I’m always a bit baffled by this idea that by only doing 12 episodes of Fawlty Towers it meant it never slipped in quality. Within that 12 there are, in my opinion, more duds than seems to ever be acknowledged.. The Wedding Party is awful, 80% of The Germans isn’t very good, and I don’t th...
by Simon36
Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Public Eye on Talking Pictures TV
Replies: 10
Views: 827

Re: Public Eye on Talking Pictures TV

I actually think a move to all-film could have been really interesting, just to shake things up a bit. Euston were doing amazing work so I am sure they’d have produced excelllent episodes.
by Simon36
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Gentle Touch: Tough, Mrs Rudge
Replies: 3
Views: 422

The Gentle Touch: Tough, Mrs Rudge

I’ve been piecing together the remarkable story behind this affecting episode, which Talking Pictutes are showing tonight. Spoilers included, be warned.

https://dreamsgatheringdust.wordpress.c ... ow-morale/
by Simon36
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Blog: Walk a Crooked Path
Replies: 1
Views: 183

Blog: Walk a Crooked Path

A new blog by me, which looks at a little-known but interesting British film of the 60s:

https://dreamsgatheringdust.wordpress.c ... f-thought/
by Simon36
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: THRILLER (You’ve got to love it).
Replies: 23
Views: 2045

Re: THRILLER (You’ve got to love it).

Anyone amy knowledge about ATV paperwork or Clemens’ papers?
by Simon36
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Channel 4 and ITV
Replies: 4
Views: 578

Re: Channel 4 and ITV

Many thanks for this!
by Simon36
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Channel 4 and ITV
Replies: 4
Views: 578

Channel 4 and ITV

Something I’ve always wondered. When Channel 4 started ITV programmes were often repeated there, and ITV often said in junctions “starting now over on Channel4...”

Does anyone know when this sort of thing stopped and why?
by Simon36
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Channel 4 and ITV
Replies: 0
Views: 181

Channel 4 and ITV

Something I’ve always wondered. When Channel 4 started ITV programmes were often repeated there, and ITV often said in junctions “starting now over on Channel4...”

Does anyone know when this sort of thing stopped and why?