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by JezR
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: High & Dry
Replies: 8
Views: 1561

Re: High & Dry

I think there were references to Dad's Army in the publicity to High and Dry, but the show was rather staid and nondescript as I remember it despite the quality of the cast. Being studio-bound didn't help.
by JezR
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The 'Rivers of Blood' speech
Replies: 4
Views: 1320

Re: The 'Rivers of Blood' speech

ABC's forte was more of a topical magazine show than straight news which might have been ideal for coverage of this issue, but they had already decamped the team behind such programmes down to London to prepare for making Today for Thames.
by JezR
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain
Replies: 44
Views: 7162

Re: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain

Alan Hale was possibly better known in the UK as a whole not so much for Gilligan's Island but for Casey Jones, regularly shown by the BBC over roughly a ten year period mid 60s to mid 70s although 6 episodes were left out. Not sure though that in itself it qualifies as a US TV show more popular in ...
by JezR
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain
Replies: 44
Views: 7162

Re: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain

There is a while new subject in there maybe - the different levels that ITV companies showed American comedies. Granada was certainly amongst the most prominent in the 60s and early 70s. One theory I have seen advanced for the greater (re-)showing of Bilko compared with the USA is that the latter te...
by JezR
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Olympics on ITV
Replies: 3
Views: 1055

Re: Olympics on ITV

Bit odd that the article doesn't mention the 1964 Summer Olympics at all, where in a number of respects the ITV coverage was more extensive - as well as expensive - than the BBC coverage. ATV and the ITA were heavily involved with the EBU in the planning of the various methods used to get pictures a...
by JezR
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain
Replies: 44
Views: 7162

Re: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain

Ratings data may shatter this, but my memory says that the tv series of PLANET OF THE APES which ran on Sunday nights on ITV was pretty big in the UK - it was the certainly the first time I came across newspaper reports about a series being curtailed without resolution. It doesn't appear in the nat...
by JezR
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain
Replies: 44
Views: 7162

Re: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain

Bilko. Not so much when in production, but the amount and frequency for repeats over the decades. Mostly in the margins of the schedules, though, or used as "filler" material in London and the South-East while the regions were showing their own programmes. Was it ever really peak-time entertainment...
by JezR
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: The Right Hand Corner White Square.
Replies: 10
Views: 3261

Re: The Right Hand Corner White Square.

For a while sometime in the mid 1990s a small rectangle was visible in the bottom left or bottom right corner designating different sub-regions of Central, with West being the one having none.
by JezR
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain
Replies: 44
Views: 7162

Re: US TV shows that were more popular in Britain

Bilko. Not so much when in production, but the amount and frequency for repeats over the decades.
by JezR
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Many A Slip
Replies: 41
Views: 6389

Re: Many A Slip

Another pair of flippers:

To Tell The Truth was a panel game where the object was to identify the "real" person amongst two imposters whereas Cuckoo in the Nest was a panel game where the object was to identify the imposter amongst two "real" people.
by JezR
Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Wednesday ITV Regional Drama Series Slot
Replies: 8
Views: 1878

Re: The Wednesday ITV Regional Drama Series Slot

The order that the ITC shows were aired in some regions looks totally random. In some cases they even failed to start with what definitively needed to come first, ie the episode that sets the premise.
by JezR
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crossovers?
Replies: 51
Views: 10163

Re: Crossovers?

Endeavour Series 5 episode 3, sees the detective visit Crossroads Motel in Kings Oak. It's been mentioned elsewhere about Endeavour 's oblique, and sometimes less than oblique, references to other programmes. A character this week was Lady Creighton-Ward, while the next episode apparently has a Jeu...
by JezR
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Can't pay? We'll take it away (Channel 5)
Replies: 10
Views: 2875

Re: Can't pay? We'll take it away (Channel 5)

Latest privacy case arising from the programme reaches the High Court, resulting in a £20k award by the judge.

Maybe there will be some Enforcement Agents sent round to C5 and its production company in due course.
by JezR
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: My own take on Orwell's 1984
Replies: 5
Views: 1422

Re: My own take on Orwell's 1984

In the USA it doesn't enter the public domain until 2044, 95 years after the publication date. It is out of copyright where this it is still set at 50 years after death, or where extensions to 70 etc were not retrospective or after a cut-off date.
by JezR
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Long sitcom series
Replies: 9
Views: 1940

Re: Long sitcom series

All of The Army Game series were long, up to 39 episodes.
by JezR
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TVseries not shows that never saw the light of day
Replies: 47
Views: 8624

Re: TVseries not shows that never saw the light of day

In the film of Quatermass and the Pit ABC is portrayed as the London ITV contractor for the weekend. The film came out after the franchise round was settled, but in early 1967 this looked a very likely outcome.
by JezR
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Same Actor, Same Character, Different Show
Replies: 23
Views: 3913

Re: Same Actor, Same Character, Different Show

stearn wrote:Didn't Matlock turn up in Murder She Wrote or some similar series?
Magnum crossed with Murder She Wrote - maybe that is what you are thinking of?
by JezR
Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC/ITV
Replies: 41
Views: 6489

Re: BBC/ITV

Opportunity Knocks. Started on the Light Programme in 1949 Although it was ditched by the BBC after one series and went to Radio Luxembourg before arriving on ITV. Indeed so - I didn't mention that step as it wasn't BBC / ITV. The single BBC radio series also had a lunch time repeat on the Home Ser...
by JezR
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: A Family At War DVD
Replies: 29
Views: 4982

Re: A Family At War DVD

Talking Pictures responded on social media (can't remember now which one) to a question referring to missing production captions etc that they are showing all of what they are being supplied with. The B&W episodes in particular seemed to have the end missing, finishing just with the "Family at War" ...
by JezR
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC/ITV
Replies: 41
Views: 6489

Re: BBC/ITV

Opportunity Knocks. Started on the Light Programme in 1949, passed briefly through Associated Rediffusion, then a long run from ABC to Thames without a break, then back to the BBC.
by JezR
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.
Replies: 57
Views: 10580

Re: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.

Also some coverage of the August 1967 Wimbledon Pro tournament has gone through colour restoration, including the preceding presentation. Was shown at some BFI event.
by JezR
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV regions question
Replies: 39
Views: 5918

Re: ITV regions question

Regarding the 405-line situation in Berks and Oxon, there are still to be seen in the likes of the older parts of Didcot and Oxford hefty Band III aerials pointed at Croydon, probably because they are too difficult to get down. The alternative in the first days of ITV was Lichfield, but that was fai...
by JezR
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV regions question
Replies: 39
Views: 5918

Re: ITV regions question

Bilsdale was originally allocated to YTV. However, TTT was in poor financial health in 1970 and the chairman informed the ITA that he couldn't see Tyne-Tees escaping bankruptcy if most of the viewers in Teeside and South Durham were to be captured by YTV. There were various discussion that proceeded...
by JezR
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Ed Doolan (1941-2018)
Replies: 5
Views: 1303

Re: Ed Doolan (1941-2018)

Brock wrote: ... and he did a few stints standing in for Brian Hayes on Radio 2 as I recall
And Jimmy Young.
by JezR
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Can't pay? We'll take it away (Channel 5)
Replies: 10
Views: 2875

Re: Can't pay? We'll take it away (Channel 5)

Indeed the counterpart 'Sheriffs' programme on the BBC was greatly diminished when everyone realised that they could decline the camera crew entry and it became a report on what went on, sometimes with sound. The body-cameras were a wheeze designed to get round this - under previous cases the actual...
by JezR
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Can't pay? We'll take it away (Channel 5)
Replies: 10
Views: 2875

Re: Can't pay? We'll take it away (Channel 5)

Ofcom finally upheld a privacy complaint against "Can't Pay' at the end of October. Details in Bulletin 340. As can be seen this has been a long investigation.
by JezR
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:02 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Another significant anniversary...
Replies: 3
Views: 1033

Re: Another significant anniversary...

Yes I had expected as much from the description. Radio Leicester made much more of its 40th as I recall.
by JezR
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Another significant anniversary...
Replies: 3
Views: 1033

Re: Another significant anniversary...

Radio Leicester had a special programme on at 12:00 today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05k2nng (not listened to it myself yet).
by JezR
Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TSW's "alternative" schedule
Replies: 46
Views: 6574

Re: TSW's "alternative" schedule

There was a more or less fixed allocation of prime time for the majors at least in the early 1970s - any imbalance was supposed to be corrected the following year, although there was some kind of dispute about this in one year, the details I can't recall without refreshing my memory after which it s...
by JezR
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TSW's "alternative" schedule
Replies: 46
Views: 6574

Re: TSW's "alternative" schedule

If we are talking 1970s, very little was mandated to be networked. Those that were included the ITN national news, the main weekday play and documentary (usually Tuesday), the two main current affairs programmes World in Action and This Week, the Sunday play, and World of Sport. The likes of Coronat...