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by Simon36
Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:25 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: The Man Who Haunted Himself [BD+DVD] [Network]
Replies: 29
Views: 1907

Re: PR: The Man Who Haunted Himself [BD+DVD] [Network]

It was based on an Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode called "The Case of Mr Pelham" I believe. Lovely cast including Anton Rogers, John Carson and Hildegaard Neil (by Permission of the RSC according to the end credits). Interestingly enough on the commentary Moore had a different interpretation of t...
by Simon36
Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:22 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Denis Gifford, Peter Haining, all that lot
Replies: 18
Views: 1048

Re: Denis Gifford, Peter Haining, all that lot

The thing I always remember most about Gifford's book were the photo captions which included "Organ Gorgon" for Dr Phibes and "Roastie Ghosties" for a shot of the end of The Sorcerers. Also at the start he dedicated the book "For Pandora Jane: one day. Also for so and so, for whom the witching time ...
by Simon36
Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Denis Gifford, Peter Haining, all that lot
Replies: 18
Views: 1048

Denis Gifford, Peter Haining, all that lot

Watching Gatiss's horror docs a while back, I was amused by his reference to a book on horror films he had as a kid. I can well remember a time when the "cinema" section of a bookshop was pretty much a Halliwell, a couple of pictorial books on something like The Films of Clint Eastwood, the odd acto...
by Simon36
Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Dead Head - The Complete Series [Eureka]
Replies: 7
Views: 730

Re: PR: Dead Head - The Complete Series [Eureka]

Does anyone know why certain words are creating odd hyperlinks suddenly like my "wellies" one in the post above? Anyway, re Dead Head, I haven't seen it for years but remember all the fuss at the time, mainly over THAT scene, but it's interesting that Brenton was writing something like this. Everyon...
by Simon36
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:33 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 have watched the whole of the Secombe/ Phoenix one and it was a bit uncomfortable though not as much of a disaster as Parky interviewing Gould and Sutherland stoned out of their heads which is truly awful.
by Simon36
Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:57 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Film Restoration; Don't polish that turd, I like it that way
Replies: 8
Views: 841

Re: Film Restoration; Don't polish that turd, I like it that

Have to disagree on this. Seeing what Robbery, Blow Up and The Man Who Haunted Himself look like on those new versions, not to mention the best of the BFI Flipsides, to me makes them look more 60s/70s than ever! When I see rough versions of them it just makes me think they look like 80s EastEnders!
by Simon36
Tue Feb 12, 2013 4:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Dead Head - The Complete Series [Eureka]
Replies: 7
Views: 730

Re: PR: Dead Head - The Complete Series [Eureka]

Fabulous. I'll get me wellies on.
by Simon36
Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Alan Sharp (1934-2013)
Replies: 6
Views: 817

Re: Alan Sharp (1934-2013)

Shame, great writer. Another fine talent to come out of Greenock. Never thought much of TLDPP although considering the nightmarish journey it had to the screen it's hardly surprising it ended up a bit of a "so what?", but Night Moves is indeed excellent as are his novels.
by Simon36
Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:42 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Michael Winner
Replies: 12
Views: 1048

Re: Michael Winner

I've read with interest a lot of the writing about Winner in the press since he died. For a man who, for my money, made the most repulsive film I've ever seen (Death Wish 2) he certainly did himself a few favours by reinventing himself in later life. Watching that confrontation between him and Anna ...
by Simon36
Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:42 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: The Man Who Haunted Himself [BD+DVD] [Network]
Replies: 29
Views: 1907

Re: PR: The Man Who Haunted Himself [BD+DVD] [Network]

The commentary on the original release was indeed Sir Rog and Bryan Forbes, moderated by Jonathan thingey and very good it was too. Hopefully its that commentary on this disc too...
by Simon36
Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:35 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: The Man Who Haunted Himself [BD+DVD] [Network]
Replies: 29
Views: 1907

Re: PR: The Man Who Haunted Himself [BD+DVD] [Network]

Am I right in thinking that this film was one of the results of Bryan Forces's attempt at a film factory in the UK where he wanted to make something like ten films a year? I know And Soon The Darkness came out of that project...
by Simon36
Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Adrian Mole on TV
Replies: 9
Views: 774

Re: Adrian Mole on TV

I kind of agree on both counts. I have a problem more with the fact that often it sacrifices a character for a joke, especially in Adrian's case. And the plots become more and more ludicrous and childish while at the same time he is developing more into a sexually aware teenager which makes for a ve...
by Simon36
Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Rumpole
Replies: 2
Views: 328

Re: Rumpole

I've not heard them actually, keep meaning to, have a few on old fashioned cassette. It's frustrating when you see flashes of what the series could have been. Mortimer led a very charmed life, the coincidences of some of the plots are taking the p***. It surprises me actually just how bleak the firs...
by Simon36
Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:48 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Rumpole
Replies: 2
Views: 328

Rumpole

I don't think we've ever had a Rumpole thread before unless I've missed it so I thought I'd start one. It's a funny series in both senses of the word to me. I adore it but at the same time think it''s a bit of a chance throw away. Mortimer's idea of celebrating a barrister who believes everyone dese...
by Simon36
Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:51 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Spoofs that became real
Replies: 12
Views: 1318

Re: Spoofs that became real

Ghostwatch and Most Haunted surely!
by Simon36
Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:42 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Peter Gilmore (1931-2013)
Replies: 7
Views: 845

Re: Peter Gilmore (1931-2013)

A bit of a bugger when he was doing the Onedin Line, but RIP.
by Simon36
Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Adrian Mole on TV
Replies: 9
Views: 774

Re: Adrian Mole on TV

Beryl Reid does indeed have some lines that are almost on the Alan Bennett level. I actually thought Gian Sammarco was pretty good at the part, thankless as it is!
by Simon36
Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:21 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: The Man Who Haunted Himself [BD+DVD] [Network]
Replies: 29
Views: 1907

Re: PR: The Man Who Haunted Himself [BD+DVD] [Network]

fabulous! I had the original release of this and lost it in a burglary and it's now very pricey and hard to find. Is the commentary the same one as was on the original release, Moore moderated by Jonathan thingey? If so it was a splendid commentary.
by Simon36
Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Canned Laughter
Replies: 60
Views: 2780

Re: Canned Laughter

That's a point. it must have been canned in The Muppet Show!
by Simon36
Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Adrian Mole on TV
Replies: 9
Views: 774

Adrian Mole on TV

I suddenly felt curious to watch the TV serialisation from the 80s again. i don't think I ever actually watched Growning Pains at the time actually. What a weird thing to revisit I must say... I remember when the first book came out it seemed to me to start like a very lightweight farce and then try...
by Simon36
Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Canned Laughter
Replies: 60
Views: 2780

Re: Canned Laughter

I've probably told this story before, but Neil Shand was (among other things) a writer for Dee Time and he used to do the warm-up for that. His routine was so predictable that one week the gram-op recorded it onto 1/4" tape and the following week payed all the punchlines as he walked out to start. ...
by Simon36
Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Canned Laughter
Replies: 60
Views: 2780

Re: Canned Laughter

Just listened to the Lamarr stuff on that podcast. Doesn't surprise me at all. I remember him looking out at the audience once and saying "look at minimum wage over there. I remember people like you at school thinking I wanna be rich and famous. What happened. Oh, I forgot." He also used to rant on ...
by Simon36
Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:45 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Canned Laughter
Replies: 60
Views: 2780

Re: Canned Laughter

Do explain? Amazed any audience got there, tubes were done that evening. I assume this is a reference to the 9/11 Buzzcocks, which is actually explained further up the page. It can sometimes be hard to realise there's a second page to the threads. I don't think the tubes were down on 9/11 anyway, t...
by Simon36
Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Canned Laughter
Replies: 60
Views: 2780

Re: Canned Laughter

Do explain? Amazed any audience got there, tubes were done that evening.
by Simon36
Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:26 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Menace (1970-1973) and Dead of Night (1972)
Replies: 9
Views: 1538

Re: Menace (1970-1973) and Dead of Night (1972)

Menace was produced by the very camp and uver-enthustiastic Bill Jordan Lawrence, always credited without the "Bill", who looked a little like Benny Hill. The episode Killing Time is stunning and surprisingly got about a minute devoted to it in a documentary about George Cole a while back. It also f...
by Simon36
Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Here's Valentine's Day sorted
Replies: 3
Views: 494

Re: Here's Valentine's Day sorted

A repeat of Yesterday's Men? Wow!
by Simon36
Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Intimate Contact (1987)
Replies: 4
Views: 404

Intimate Contact (1987)

I suddenly remembered this (I think) Channel 4 play today which was one of TV's first dramas about HIV. My memories of it are vague and even then it struck me as being a bit "issue of the week" on paper but I seem to remember watching it it was much more of a character piece than it sounded and surp...
by Simon36
Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:24 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Canned Laughter
Replies: 60
Views: 2780

Re: Canned Laughter

Just to broaden this thread out a bit, (since I started it I feel I can get away with this), I'm sure many of us have had memorably bad experiences at the recording of shows? I remember a pilot for a quiz hosted by Charlie Higson called IQ which never got seen. It was as flat as a pancake and at way...
by Simon36
Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: The Cedar Tree: The Complete Series 1 Volume 1 [Network]
Replies: 9
Views: 861

Re: PR: The Cedar Tree: The Complete Series 1 Volume 1 [Netw

Yes it was. My Mum's favourite. I'll buy it for her.

Always thought it seemed like a bit of a comedown for Shaughnessy to go from UpDown to an afternoon serial...
by Simon36
Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Canned Laughter
Replies: 60
Views: 2780

Re: Canned Laughter

The midweek lottery always had applause dubbed on, but not sure if they ever need laughter too...