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by Cole
Sat May 04, 2013 10:12 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Corrie - Barlow goes bonkers
Replies: 17
Views: 3820

Re: Corrie - Barlow goes bonkers

It's certainly going to be one hell of a Christmas prison panto this year. Much as I try to resist getting involved in threads like these, especially since they always end up getting closed, that comment really did make me laugh. I said myself last night somewhere soon there will be a wing of a pri...
by Cole
Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:42 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2159
Views: 242881

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

I must be in the minority then, give me old Who any day! Arguably, Journey to the Centre of the Tardis was very old Who, if one takes into account the amount of running down corridors. I'm happy to watch both old and new; it's particular stories that I can or can't return to. For me, an episode, or...
by Cole
Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:28 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Liberty Global and Virgin Media
Replies: 7
Views: 1008

Re: Liberty Global and Virgin Media

Is Sky's particularly good? I remember at one point it had a reputation for long phone waiting times. It seems they have a two-tier customer service. A friend of mine recently went from being in household with a staff account and then need to phone them as a normal customer and noticed how much bet...
by Cole
Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:02 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Liberty Global and Virgin Media
Replies: 7
Views: 1008

Re: Liberty Global and Virgin Media

I'm on the same broadband speed and it is rarely what it's meant to be. In fact, when I first got my speed doubled from 30mb/s to 60 last year, it seemed to run something like my old dial-up days for the first few weeks and I definitely hadn't got myself 'throttled'. This is what I referred to when ...
by Cole
Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:35 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Liberty Global and Virgin Media
Replies: 7
Views: 1008

Re: Liberty Global and Virgin Media

Thank you, I appreciate the explanation. It's interesting that Virgin Media use the Union Flag in their logo. Virgin Media did have/does have a poor customer service reputation. Although I've never had any problems, quite the opposite, but it's got a lot of catching up to do with Sky's customer serv...
by Cole
Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:56 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Liberty Global and Virgin Media
Replies: 7
Views: 1008

Liberty Global and Virgin Media

I am a Virgin Media customer, TiVO/broadband/landline, and I have to admit to feeling a bit disappointed about Branson selling the company (or 98% of it) to Liberty Global in the US. Especially at a time when there is a lot of ill-feeling about British companies being bought-up, in swathes, by forei...
by Cole
Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:32 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Death of Thatcher
Replies: 25
Views: 3445

Re: Death of Thatcher

Another one tonight where Suranne Jones is advertising her new play where she plays a mother "living in Thamesmead, in the East End of London". Bearing in mind that the GF lived in Thamesmead, in South-East London, for twenty-years, she stared yelling at the telly, "why isn't anyone correcting her?"...
by Cole
Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:51 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2159
Views: 242881

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

I don't usually join in with the Who bashing as I am usually more forgiving (or easier to please); it is very hard for any series to keep a high standard, especially a long running one, and I will always realise that not every Doctor Who story can be a Waters of Mars, Forest of the Dead or a Seeds o...
by Cole
Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2159
Views: 242881

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

I'm just hoping that Cara doesn't become the stereotypical 'feisty' assistant because that usually means, in the modern sense, that they're obnoxious and rude. Amy, who fell foul of this, was largely unlikable and I would often ask myself why Rory would put up with all this abuse? I also wondered if...
by Cole
Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:15 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]
Replies: 73
Views: 9313

Re: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]

David Mitchell has done far more for the Beeb than Channel Four, four series of his sketch show, umpteen series of Would I Lie To You and numerous other shows, as opposed to just Peep Show and Ten O'Clock Live (which was filmed at TV Centre anyway) for Channel Four. And if you read his autobiograph...
by Cole
Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:35 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]
Replies: 73
Views: 9313

Re: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]

The closest I got to working at TV Centre was when I worked for M&S, Marble Arch. In 1985, I spent a week in the the Arch's massive warehouse, Westway, in the computer/ordering room. The entrance was, if I remember correctly, directly opposite the car park entrance to TV Centre. However, as for the ...
by Cole
Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Corrie - Barlow goes bonkers
Replies: 17
Views: 3820

Re: Corrie - Barlow goes bonkers

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't what both Roache and Hoddle have intimated based on Hinduism? Just not the victim bit.
by Cole
Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: probably a stupid ??
Replies: 6
Views: 1270

Re: probably a stupid ??

Thanks, JezR, I'll pass that back and see what friend says.
by Cole
Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:38 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: probably a stupid ??
Replies: 6
Views: 1270

Re: probably a stupid ??

I was talking about the closure of TV Centre last week, to a friend. He was grumbling about the BBC having had White City stadium demolished for TV Centre expansion. He was a bit miffed that White City got destroyed and that the BBC are abandoning the site only ten years later. Is this correct or wa...
by Cole
Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:35 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: TV Heck
Replies: 81
Views: 8689

Re: TV Heck

Isn't it still the case that, in a comedy, an average gag would get a rapturous cheer - and have that left in - because the cast got it right after several fluffed takes?
by Cole
Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Eldorado' - was it really all that bad?
Replies: 20
Views: 2742

Re: 'Eldorado' - was it really all that bad?

I don't think that's odd, really. It's not the sort of thing all that many people would have kept VHS recordings of. A VHS tape was released just after it ended, "Adios Eldoado". I picked up a copy in a charity shop years ago; haven't watched it yet though. Mind you, over the years I've had a few p...
by Cole
Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: TV Heck
Replies: 81
Views: 8689

Re: TV Heck

I know we're not supposed to mention Simon Cowell's stuff but I was at the GF's Mum's house, a few weeks ago, and she was watching This Dog Can Dance. While it was on, I had this image of an ITV exec with his face in his hands, muttering "what are we doing?"
by Cole
Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:21 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: TV Heck
Replies: 81
Views: 8689

Re: TV Heck

Going back to drama and the perception that it can't be parodied; I was recently reminded of the French and Saunders/Dead Ringers micky-takes on Amanda Burton era Silent Witness. The Sam Ryan character was written and played so soullessly that it was ripe for a send-up. Forward a few years and the o...
by Cole
Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:36 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: TV Heck
Replies: 81
Views: 8689

Re: TV Heck

The likes of The Only Way is Essex and Made in Chelsea, I believe, won't stand up to scrutiny in a few years' time, even though they are successful now. For many of us these programmes are already toe-curlingly embarrassing to watch. The GF likes these shows and as a result I've been in the room whe...
by Cole
Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Still With Us
Replies: 162
Views: 31050

Re: Still With Us

Tom Baker
Bill Pertwee (contrary to recent reports)
David Warner
by Cole
Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: For BBC but (c) somebody else
Replies: 12
Views: 1856

Re: For BBC but (c) somebody else

It was probably equally harsh the other way around, on the indies, before 2004, though, when the BBC kept all the rights. Possibly, but would an indie stump up some of the production costs? Having said that, I've no idea how these things work although I have some distant memory of hearing that the ...
by Cole
Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:18 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: For BBC but (c) somebody else
Replies: 12
Views: 1856

Re: For BBC but (c) somebody else

It depends what you mean by "its own programming"... To the casual viewer I would have said that the BBC's own programming would be seen as everything that isn't a foreign import, sporting event, or movie. So, as I understand it, something like Call the Midwife would be pitched to the BBC by an ind...
by Cole
Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: For BBC but (c) somebody else
Replies: 12
Views: 1856

Re: For BBC but (c) somebody else

This casual viewer has just noticed that many BBC programmes, made by independent companies, are now having the independent company name on the copyright, at the end of a programme. Does this mean that the BBC is losing copyright for its own programming? I think indies have retained their own copyr...
by Cole
Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:00 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: For BBC but (c) somebody else
Replies: 12
Views: 1856

For BBC but (c) somebody else

This casual viewer has just noticed that many BBC programmes, made by independent companies, are now having the independent company name on the copyright, at the end of a programme.

Does this mean that the BBC is losing copyright for its own programming?
by Cole
Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Saint - Roger Moore series
Replies: 14
Views: 2153

Re: The Saint - Roger Moore series

ctraynor wrote:…But I love the outright fantastical colour ones with Nessie and the giant ants. Only in the 60s eh? I couldn't imagine those things in Bergerac in the sensible 80s.
I dunno about that; Bergerac had a couple of ghost story episodes.
by Cole
Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:27 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Bob Godfrey (1921-2013)
Replies: 6
Views: 1327

Re: Bob Godfrey (1921-2013)

Bob did some adult animation as well: Kama Sutra Rides Again (1972) http://www.downvids.net/kama-sutra-rides-again-197418.html I remember seeing 'Kama Sutra Rides Again' on Chris Tarrant's OTT in the early eighties. It caused a sustained giggle fit of the type I haven't had for years. Wasn't there ...
by Cole
Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: D.O.G. s**t all over the screen
Replies: 39
Views: 5138

Re: D.O.G. s**t all over the screen

I suppose the train of thought is that all the other ITV channels have DOGs so the main one joins the ranks. Doesn't make it right though.

Interestingly, BBC One HD has dropped theirs.
by Cole
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:17 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Ripper Street
Replies: 92
Views: 11743

Re: Ripper Street

Still enjoying this but a glaring error this week where the scratches on Inspector Ressler's face went from the left side of his face to the right and then back again.

I believe that a second series was commissioned before the first episode was broadcast (according to Den of Geek). Hope that's true.
by Cole
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:10 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Changing Face of Sunday Night Telly
Replies: 2
Views: 663

Re: The Changing Face of Sunday Night Telly

I think that there have been hard hitting dramas on Sunday nights for a few years now. Silent Witness and Waking the Dead have had their first parts on Sunday in the past and they've been pretty gory at times. But going back to my younger days, Shoestring was on Sunday nights (and up against The Pro...
by Cole
Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:28 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Goodies on Virgin On-Demand
Replies: 8
Views: 1692

The Goodies on Virgin On-Demand

Just a heads-up if anyone is interested; the first series of The Goodies is currently on Virgin On-Demand.
If it make a difference, I'm on XL TV on TiVo and it's listed under Virgin Central.

I don't know if this has already been flagged up before on here or the old MC but thought it worth a mention.