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by Simon36
Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Legendary documentaries
Replies: 31
Views: 2465

Re: Legendary documentaries

I remember a very good documentary from the late 80s set on a Scottish island, about how thoroughly bored and isolated the kids felt. There was no cinema etc, and it was quite a vivid and drank portrayal of boredom and futility. Anyone remember this? Around this time I saw a documentary of Scottish...
by Simon36
Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:47 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Programes about television
Replies: 33
Views: 1906

Re: Programes about television

1985, 13 eps, rather hampered by being a global look at "television" with a heavy emphasis on US tv. A major Granada project which didn't go down too well with the viewers IIRC. In Dick Fiddy's Television Yearbook, it's listed as one of the worst programmes of the year, because of how po-faced it w...
by Simon36
Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Legendary documentaries
Replies: 31
Views: 2465

Re: Legendary documentaries

Thanks John for that. I remember a very good documentary from the late 80s set on a Scottish island, about how thoroughly bored and isolated the kids felt. There was no cinema etc, and it was quite a vivid and drank portrayal of boredom and futility. Anyone remember this? I can't remember if it was ...
by Simon36
Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Programes about television
Replies: 33
Views: 1906

Programes about television

Following on from the Goodbye Television Centre thread, I was thinking of a surprisingly good doc a few years ago called "I'm Dreaming of a TV Christmas" which despite looking like just another clips and talking heads show, was well above average. It's unlikely to be shown again now due to the Savil...
by Simon36
Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ever Decreasing Circles
Replies: 28
Views: 2204

Re: Ever Decreasing Circles

It's a galaxy of gorgeous lines. Also a word for the episode where Martin thinks Ann is cheating on him. That, and his confession about Bruges are beautiful moments: there's a great love story inside EDC of a man who is utterly devoted to his wife and utterly loyal to her. "It's alright for me to be...
by Simon36
Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:52 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Legendary documentaries
Replies: 31
Views: 2465

Re: Legendary documentaries

Man Alive made an impact regularly in it's day but I suppose the one most likely to stand out from this distance is Gale is Dead, a remarkable film.
by Simon36
Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Legendary documentaries
Replies: 31
Views: 2465

Re: Legendary documentaries

Oooh another one that was off my radar, thanks for this Bernie!
by Simon36
Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:50 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Legendary documentaries
Replies: 31
Views: 2465

Re: Legendary documentaries

Original post amended now, thanks for pointing that slight omission out!
by Simon36
Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Legendary documentaries
Replies: 31
Views: 2465

Legendary documentaries

For those who you that aren't on Brit Film Forum I thought I'd just mention a fascinating thread that's on there at present about an ITV doc from 1975 called Johnny Go Home. I'd never heard of it before but whilst the programme itself sounds quite astounding, the stories that have come in on there f...
by Simon36
Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:42 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Denis Gifford, Peter Haining, all that lot
Replies: 18
Views: 1048

Re: Denis Gifford, Peter Haining, all that lot

I've now located the Horror Films by Alan Frank on Abebooks and got it for a steal at 65p. Not bad for a huge hardback! Glorious book, though remember even as a child thinking it odd he devoted all of the last few pages to the remake of King Kong when most films got a paragraph or two. Looking thoug...
by Simon36
Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ever Decreasing Circles
Replies: 28
Views: 2204

Re: Ever Decreasing Circles

I'm always fond of this exchange, too, not sure of the episode: 'Hilda, why do you call it The Polly Wolly Doodle Room?' [As if Martin's stupid] 'Because of the gramophone record.' Sorry to nit pick but it was Ann who asked the question and not Martin! It's in the "I have had carnal knowledge of a ...
by Simon36
Thu Feb 28, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dixon Of Dock Green
Replies: 57
Views: 4955

Re: Dixon Of Dock Green

I remember that tribute repeat very clearly. I can't for the life of me think which episode it was offhand. I do really enjoy those last few Dixons, it's interesting to have a teatime police series. There's an episode called Sounds which is a good fun jigsaw puzzle kind of story. Though the less sai...
by Simon36
Thu Feb 28, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Those illustrious writers who nearly wrote for tv series
Replies: 25
Views: 1306

Re: Those illustrious writers who nearly wrote for tv series

One of the lost/unmade stories I'd like to see the scripts for is ... David Fisher's Gamble with Time That was published somewhere, I remember reading it, and therefore is probably around on the internet - the core storyline was not a lot different from City of Death I remember. The City of Death D...
by Simon36
Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:36 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Those illustrious writers who nearly wrote for tv series
Replies: 25
Views: 1306

Re: Those illustrious writers who nearly wrote for tv series

According to the Guinness Book of Classic TV, Potter's script was about a man who thought he was a time traveller but wasn't or something. The mind boggles. Peter McDougall was courted by a few series in the 70s and I think he DID contribute to Adam Smith. His 30 Minute Theatre about housebreaking n...
by Simon36
Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ever Decreasing Circles
Replies: 28
Views: 2204

Re: Ever Decreasing Circles

I love EDC but I always feel the series went too far OTT at times. Episodes like Cricket are absolutely beautiful, but in the last season especially, the Public Footpath one is just too ridiculous for words. The character just goes too far to the extreme and is wearisome. It has some marvellous mome...
by Simon36
Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Those illustrious writers who nearly wrote for tv series
Replies: 25
Views: 1306

Re: Those illustrious writers who nearly wrote for tv series

Douglas Camfield wanted to write a story for Who about the Foreign Legion too didn't he, ended with Sarah getting a state funeral. Funny how, like Grimwade with Time Slight, directors on the show seemed to have no idea about the budgetary restrictions when they took to writing! The brilliant Upstair...
by Simon36
Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:10 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Those illustrious writers who nearly wrote for tv series
Replies: 25
Views: 1306

Re: Those illustrious writers who nearly wrote for tv series

That wouldn't surprise me seeing as what a diverse and surprising roster of writers they DID have. Others that spring to mind: Robert Holmes submitted an idea for The Wednesday Play. I saw the documentation of this once. It had a bonkers title and was a kind of Doomwatch tale about farming. Pete Bro...
by Simon36
Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:43 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Sweeney Season One Blu-ray
Replies: 5
Views: 566

Re: The Sweeney Season One Blu-ray

I'm just holding out as I assume they will do a complete series box which will include the movies too!
by Simon36
Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:22 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Those illustrious writers who nearly wrote for tv series
Replies: 25
Views: 1306

Those illustrious writers who nearly wrote for tv series

I've just watched the Dr Who "Trials and Tribulations" doc, and was gobsmacked to see that David Halliwell attended a script meeting for Dr Who for the godawful Trial season. What with him, and in the early Davison years a couple of prestigious sci-fi novelists (apparently their temperament buggered...
by Simon36
Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:33 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]
Replies: 73
Views: 5005

Re: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]

I echo that Richard, I adored your doc.
by Simon36
Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Prospects: The Complete Series [Network]
Replies: 6
Views: 795

Re: PR: Prospects: The Complete Series [Network]

Be interested to see this again, from Channel 4's tough days. I remember it was always on the same evening as another doley drama, What Now? Always thought it was odd to schedule them so close together.
by Simon36
Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sue Upton in "Play for Today"?
Replies: 6
Views: 893

Re: Sue Upton in "Play for Today"?

That's interesting, soft porn actor and Derek Jacobi lookalike John Hammill had a cough and a spit in that too. I always wondered if that was coincidence or, considering the subject of the play, a very cheeky piece of casting.
by Simon36
Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Richard Briers
Replies: 18
Views: 1403

Re: Richard Briers

Wow, someone who remembers it. As a child I lived two doors down from a man who had actually been involved in that incident. Play was written by Roger Milner. Briers did another Play for Today, Our Flesh and Blood, written by Esmonde and Marbey too. Another LOVELY performance he gave was in my favou...
by Simon36
Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Derek Batey
Replies: 3
Views: 567

Re: Derek Batey

A presenter from gentler times, and of course Asst Controller of Border too. I bet it was nice to work for him, he seemed endlessly patient.
by Simon36
Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:31 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Richard Briers
Replies: 18
Views: 1403

Re: Richard Briers

I loved Briers. He had a voice as sweet as a bag of dolly mixtures and incredible timing. So many great performances. I loved him in Oneupmanship, and he was a remarkably evil villain in Inspector Morse. Always wanted to see the Play for Today called PQ17 that he did. RIP.
by Simon36
Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]
Replies: 73
Views: 5005

Re: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]

Hang on, what was wrong with Richard Marson's doc last year?
by Simon36
Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Harold Wilson Night (BBC Parliament, Thu 14th Feb)
Replies: 31
Views: 2336

Re: Harold Wilson Night (BBC Parliament, Thu 14th Feb)

I thought Mrs Wilson's poem was rather good.
by Simon36
Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:28 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Denis Gifford, Peter Haining, all that lot
Replies: 18
Views: 1048

Re: Denis Gifford, Peter Haining, all that lot

That sounds familiar, could well be!

The book above I can't quite recall the title of above was this one, with incredibly naff words on the cover but was actually a very good book:

http://www.amazon.com/Horror-Films-Alan ... 0600385418
by Simon36
Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:30 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Harold Wilson Night (BBC Parliament, Thu 14th Feb)
Replies: 31
Views: 2336

Re: Harold Wilson Night (BBC Parliament, Thu 14th Feb)

Enjoyable little spread that. The Yesterday's Men doc was interesting though shame they didn't play the tape of the Wilson argument. Nice interview with Angela Pope. The interview with the former Head of BBC Political Programming was old school interviewing, long and concentrated. And that ep of Fri...
by Simon36
Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:35 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Denis Gifford, Peter Haining, all that lot
Replies: 18
Views: 1048

Re: Denis Gifford, Peter Haining, all that lot

Jesus, Elkan Allan. I could tell a few stories about him.