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by Simon36
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: THRILLER (You’ve got to love it).
Replies: 23
Views: 2044

Re: THRILLER (You’ve got to love it).

Does anyone know of ATV’s original paperwork for the series would have survived and if so, where? The DVD release includes studio floor plans so I wonder where they came from?

Also I know Clemens had all his scripts still, does anyone know if his archive has been deposited somewhere?
by Simon36
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:26 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Inside no 9 live.
Replies: 8
Views: 670

Re: Inside no 9 live.

I was hugely disappointed actually, I thought it was tedious and meandering. The first breakdown threw me but after that, it became too hammy; as usual, tv unable to convincingly imitate itself. I really wanted to like it but the best bits just felt to me like a blander version of Ghostwatch. I know...
by Simon36
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Detective S4
Replies: 2
Views: 317

Detective S4

I’m thrilled to see that the final series of Radio 2’s superb 80s drama DETECTIVE, which was missing from the archives, is finally recovered now on 4Extra. Tomorrow’s episode is the excellent The Interrogation, starring a young Tim Roth, and well worth a listen!
by Simon36
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Drama She Wrote' season: BFI September-October 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 1036

Re: 'Drama She Wrote' season: BFI September-October 2018

Preview of Seven Faces of Woman: Choice - https://forgottentelevisiondrama.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/drama-she-wrote-at-bfi-southbank-seven-faces-of-woman-choice-lwt-itv-1974/ Andrea Newman speaking her mind in 1974, there! As well as Andrea Newman, Gail Renard and Billy Smart, Friday's panel will a...
by Simon36
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Thames TV
Replies: 64
Views: 5015

Re: Thames TV

Capital City is probably a rather cosy picture of the post-Big Bang era but it’s fascinating as a time capsule. I was disappointing the intriguing and surprising louise Lombard storyline petered out though.
by Simon36
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Thames TV
Replies: 64
Views: 5015

Re: Thames TV

Thames was so wonderfully Londony, which it could easily not have been. It had a great run of in-vision announcers, a superb drama output, excellent news coverage and a tragic demise. The Sweeney, Couples, Rumpole, Rumour... a brilliant and varied output. In their twilight years, I remember turning ...
by Simon36
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: THRILLER (You’ve got to love it).
Replies: 23
Views: 2044

Re: THRILLER (You’ve got to love it).

He always came up with clever scenarios, (even if he reused some of them) This reminds me of a quote from Clemens' hero Hitchcock who, when asked about his reuse of various plot beats, scenarios and filming techniques, said " self plagerism is 'style' ". Of course if you are a prolific screenwriter...
by Simon36
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: THRILLER (You’ve got to love it).
Replies: 23
Views: 2044

Re: THRILLER (You’ve got to love it).

Yes, I’ve been enjoying reading the posts on there today. Superb work by all concerned for finding those locations.
by Simon36
Sun Jul 22, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: THRILLER (You’ve got to love it).
Replies: 23
Views: 2044

Re: THRILLER (You’ve got to love it).

Very curious to know where A PLACE TO DIE and SOMEONE AT THE TOP OF THR STAIRS were filmed: I guess that’s never going to be discovered now. Which makes me wonder: has anyone enquired about Clemens’s archive? Have his papers been donated to the BFI? The village in 'A Place to Die' is Westmill in He...
by Simon36
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: THRILLER (You’ve got to love it).
Replies: 23
Views: 2044

Re: THRILLER (You’ve got to love it).

I never said all the female roles are helpless victims. I said the use of females is incredibly patronising, even by the standards of the time. (That joke about rape in Screamer, the ending of File It Under Fear and lines like "oooh, it's that lovely Mr Burton!" You're quite right though to call me ...
by Simon36
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: THRILLER (You’ve got to love it).
Replies: 23
Views: 2044

THRILLER (You’ve got to love it).

I’ve finally managed to pick up the Australian Box set of Brian Clemens’s THRILLER. It’s quite a thing, beautifully put together, with some good and some exasperating extras. Clemens Introduces each episode (for the final three series they are audio only, as apparently he got bored), and there are a...
by Simon36
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Television now.
Replies: 15
Views: 1059

Re: Television now.

I am utterly mystified as to why anyone objects to post-watershed swearing.
by Simon36
Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: It's the cops wot dunnit! Crime drama spoilers
Replies: 30
Views: 2396

Re: It's the cops wot dunnit!

Law and Order (1978) of course. When The Sweeney tackled corruption head on it wasn’t within the Flying Squad but rogue officers in a provincial force - the episode was Bad Apple. Victims also had a bent copper sub-plot. Prime Suspect touched on corruption in the first story and also in the remarkab...
by Simon36
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The weird world of dubbing
Replies: 35
Views: 2821

Re: The weird world of dubbing

This is interesting. There was a thread some time back entitled “who was that voice?”, when we were all trying to identify the ubiquitous voice from the Seventies, a very forced and over-enthusiastic posh accent that was usually wildly at odds with the on-screen expression. We never managed to ident...
by Simon36
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Gentle Touch on Talking Pictures TV.
Replies: 9
Views: 1033

Re: The Gentle Touch on Talking Pictures TV.

I’m actually still missing one series of The Gentle Touch so I’m pleased about this, but was wondering what Talking Pictures’ track record is like with archive repeats... do they cut and put in extra adverts? The short answer is no. I've not seen any of their TV output that I'm aware was cut (their...
by Simon36
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Gentle Touch on Talking Pictures TV.
Replies: 9
Views: 1033

Re: The Gentle Touch on Talking Pictures TV.

I’m actually still missing one series of The Gentle Touch so I’m pleased about this, but was wondering what Talking Pictures’ track record is like with archive repeats... do they cut and put in extra adverts?
by Simon36
Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Unseen Recurring Characters
Replies: 46
Views: 3051

Re: Unseen Recurring Characters

Dolly Mountshaft in The Good Life too. In the early days of EastEnders, there was often talk of Fat Harry, who ran a pub nearby, but I don’t think he was ever seen.
by Simon36
Mon May 28, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Question about BFI Alan Clarke releases
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Re: Question about BFI Alan Clarke releases

Excellent, I’m very grateful to you.
by Simon36
Thu May 24, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Question about BFI Alan Clarke releases
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Question about BFI Alan Clarke releases

I've been a bit slow off the mark here and about to buy the big blu-ray boxset of all the Clarke stuff. Can anyone clarify something for me: the extras on the Penda's Fen blu-ray and DVD: are they also included in the box set? They aren't listed as being on the boxset on the BFI website, but it woul...
by Simon36
Sun May 20, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Play for Today on Amazon Prime
Replies: 7
Views: 1357

Re: Play for Today on Amazon Prime

Marks, of course, silly me. It was on BBC Store and is now on Amazon Prime under the Playhouse banner.
by Simon36
Wed May 16, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Slot changes
Replies: 35
Views: 2039

Re: Slot changes

There was a brief period in about 2003 when ITV became seriously brutal about this. An absolutely charming six part drama serial called SINGLE starring Michelle Collins had its last episode shown at about half past eleven in a midweek slot with absolutely no warning, so those of us sitting down to c...
by Simon36
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Play for Today on Amazon Prime
Replies: 7
Views: 1357

Re: Play for Today on Amazon Prime

I have a memory of a TV play (I think a Play For Today) that focusses on a person coming to terms with his homosexuality, having a rift with his mother about it and (crucially, as its the only part I can really recall) ends with the scene of his naked back and a lover commenting on his 'lovely tatt...
by Simon36
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: In Character
Replies: 20
Views: 1172

Re: In Character

It works occasionally. Tom Baker was wonderful on Jim’ll Fix It in character as the Doctor in 1975. In isolation it’s a lovely clip, let’s say no more than that.
by Simon36
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Shadow of the Noose DVD
Replies: 10
Views: 682

Re: Shadow of the Noose DVD

Nick Cooper 625 wrote:Admirers of this series may be interested that today's episode of Murder, Mystery and My Family (BBC1 09:15 - should be on iPlayer now) is about the Bennett case, which formed the basis of Beside the Seaside.
Yes, noticed this!
by Simon36
Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Play for Today on Amazon Prime
Replies: 7
Views: 1357

Re: Play for Today on Amazon Prime

All of those were on BBC Store, along with quite a few others that don’t seem to have survived the journey to Prime.
by Simon36
Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Price (1985) DVD
Replies: 0
Views: 203

The Price (1985) DVD

Great news from Simpky Media: https://www.simplyhe.com/products/the-price-dvd?variant=659556696080&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgbzS7u3K2QIVBIftCh06OwotEAEYASAEEgKpzfD_BwE This one is long overdue. A major success for C4 in its early days, and terrifically acted. I found it extremely disturbing watching it at ...
by Simon36
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early episodes of long-running shows looking strange in retr
Replies: 19
Views: 1202

Re: Early episodes of long-running shows looking strange in

I've been re-visiting Inspector Morse recently, and Thaw's early interpretation is distinctly 'out of character' compared to the Morse we came to know. In the first Upstairs Downstairs, the strait-laced Mrs. Bridges is a closet drinker, a trait which soon disappeared. Yes indeed, I much preferred t...
by Simon36
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crown Court
Replies: 25
Views: 1458

Re: Crown Court

It was less obvious than the RT letters page because it tended to float around the issue, and was quite low key; the letters were brief, headlines small, and often of the “never mind Peter Wyngarde, it’s Oliver Tobias who I have to take the phone off the hook for...” type.
by Simon36
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crown Court
Replies: 25
Views: 1458

Re: Crown Court

That’s wonderful. I bet those files hold hours of joy.
by Simon36
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV regions question
Replies: 39
Views: 1639

Re: ITV regions question

Excellent. Does anyone know where the Southern news archive is held by the way? Officially, it wasn't sold to TVS when Southern's franchise ended, and then seemed to mysteriously disappear into a black hole. However, some of it (mostly 16mm pix and track) turned up at the Northam studios (the most ...