Search found 259 matches

by JezR
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TSW's "alternative" schedule
Replies: 46
Views: 6571

Re: TSW's "alternative" schedule

It was "That's my Dog" that first came to mind for me.
by JezR
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TSW's "alternative" schedule
Replies: 46
Views: 6571

Re: TSW's "alternative" schedule

TSW replaced The Nineteenth Hole mid-series with 'special' showings of things like On the Buses. They had started with aspirations of producing networked programmes, but never managed to really get anything taken up apart from cheap daytime stuff. The most notable example was 'Where there's a Will' ...
by JezR
Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences
Replies: 23
Views: 3962

Re: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences

It had to carry local party coverage though - as well as deal with 4 separate legislatures. The network shows took a while to gain any traction; the local shows could get an 80% share but they couldn't afford to make many of them (although by the early 70s this was up to 4 hours a week and 5 by the ...
by JezR
Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences
Replies: 23
Views: 3962

Re: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences

What I can't work out, given Tony Currie's comments above, is why the Channel Islands were ever created as a separate franchise at all. Essentially they were just operating as an opt-out of Westward, so why couldn't Westward have run the operation? There was a local business group that had been cam...
by JezR
Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences
Replies: 23
Views: 3962

Re: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences

Here is a sample Channel schedule from 1 October 1979 13:20 Channel News and Weather 13:30 Closedown 17:00 Puffin's Birthday Greatings 17:05 Clue Club 17:30 Lost Islands 18:00 Report at Six Extra 19:00 Fishing with Bernard 19:30 Living Land 20:30 TV Movie 21:50 Channel News and Weather 21:55 Jericho...
by JezR
Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV afternoon drama repeats of the 1970s (and early 80s)
Replies: 34
Views: 5273

Re: ITV afternoon drama repeats of the 1970s

There were two sub-committees of the Network Programme Committee that a regional could take its general programme ideas to. The main one was the almost self explanatory "Regional Proposals Sub-Committee" chaired through much of the 1970s by Paul Fox. The other was the "Inter-Company Production Commi...
by JezR
Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV afternoon drama repeats of the 1970s (and early 80s)
Replies: 34
Views: 5273

Re: ITV afternoon drama repeats of the 1970s

The guide to writers for The Sweeney explicitly mentioned the intention of afternoon repeats for the series, and hence limitations on what might be acceptable content. Of course they never were.
by JezR
Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The 1974 10.30pm closedown
Replies: 49
Views: 7795

Re: The 1974 10.30pm closedown

One oddity was that on 23 January 1974 ITV was down for the 10:20pm closedown, but to accommodate a Labour Party Political Broadcast News at Ten would have to be reduced to a 10 minute bulletin. Journalists voted to strike in protest over this decision. In the end Harold Wilson waived his right for ...
by JezR
Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences
Replies: 23
Views: 3962

Re: 1979 ITV strike and its consequences

IMDb has an even more garbled version in its trivia where ITV is on strike, the 1977 storm has taken off BBC2 so only BBC1 was on air.

There was a winter storm on 1 Nov 1977; nothing exceptional for the time of year.
by JezR
Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coronation Street - the old set
Replies: 13
Views: 2701

Re: Coronation Street - the old set

That was why he was so grumpy - as that was also the toilet door for The Rovers. How all of the inside fitted into the outside especially upstairs has always been one of life's mysteries.
by JezR
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coronation Street - the old set
Replies: 13
Views: 2701

Re: Coronation Street - the old set

Yes the writer of this article seems unaware that this what is left of the later second outdoor set, not the first which is long since gone.
by JezR
Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Genome listings for VHF-only programmes
Replies: 20
Views: 3546

Re: Genome listings for VHF-only programmes

An informal account of the Geneva Plan discussions I've seen (ie take with as much salt as desired) claimed that the original BBC aim was to get agreement for low-ish power interstitial LW stations, knowing that the effective coverage area of Droitwich be reduced by others being allocated 200kHz. Ge...
by JezR
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Live action series you thought were for kids, but weren't...
Replies: 14
Views: 2852

Re: Live action series you thought were for kids, but weren'

ABC had Batman in the Midlands and North and showed the episode pairs at roughly 7:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.
by JezR
Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TV episodes you thought were in different shows.
Replies: 18
Views: 3575

Re: TV episodes you thought were in different shows.

Bob Block reused situations and chunks of script quite often through his various children's comedy shows; maybe a different generation saw them each time and didn't see the repetition.
by JezR
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The 1974 10.30pm closedown
Replies: 49
Views: 7795

Re: The 1974 10.30pm closedown

In both cases I can remember maps being put in the local paper showing sectors and a key saying between what times each sector would be switched off for. It wasn't 100% reliable, but allowed for a degree of preparation. I can recall some editions of Nationwide being hosted by Tom Coyne at short noti...
by JezR
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The 1974 10.30pm closedown
Replies: 49
Views: 7795

Re: The 1974 10.30pm closedown

Some BBC local radio stations put out special programmes after 10:30pm during this period when normally they would have been relaying national stations. An example of this was BBC Radio Leicester who ran "Tranny by Gaslight" until midnight with Ron Coles during the week and Adrian Juste and Dave Jam...
by JezR
Wed May 17, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Vic Wakeling (1943-2017)
Replies: 0
Views: 532

Vic Wakeling (1943-2017)

Former Sky Sports managing director etc.

http://www.skysports.com/football/news/ ... es-aged-73
by JezR
Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Avengers Hendry/Rollason/Blackman/Stevens
Replies: 15
Views: 3282

Re: Avengers Hendry/Rollason/Blackman/Stevens

There weren't any on The Avengers yesterday.
by JezR
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 7268

Re: Race Through The Decades

What Amazon's current policy is that they will only do this in future if required to do so by a court etc, rather than as the result f a request. They did at least refund the price paid, although there were issues with people who had used the annotation feature. Although it seems with many things co...
by JezR
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Race Through The Decades
Replies: 51
Views: 7268

Re: Race Through The Decades

It was an interesting case, mainly because it wasn't Amazon itself that had sold/licensed 1984 and Animal Farm directly, but a third party that did not hold the rights to do so, at least in the territories where it is not already public domain.
by JezR
Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Modern language in period drama
Replies: 16
Views: 2925

Re: Modern language in period drama

The 60s is when train station starts to register in 'formal literature', ie books. It may well have been in more informal use earlier - especially in speech when it may have been used to qualify what earlier might have just been referred to as 'the station', maybe as the railway became less ubiquito...
by JezR
Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Modern language in period drama
Replies: 16
Views: 2925

Re: Modern language in period drama

Many early to mid-20th century period dramas are often heard to use the phrase "train station" instead of what would be said at the set period, "railway station". Train station entered British English usage in the 1960s but didn't really start to take off until the 1980s; in this respect it was abo...
by JezR
Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Modern language in period drama
Replies: 16
Views: 2925

Re: Modern language in period drama

Pronunciation and accents are almost invariably out of period, but this rarely seems to be a concern. Indeed often this is justified on 'accessibility' grounds, even for dramas set in the 20th century.
by JezR
Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV during the 1970-71 Colour Strike.
Replies: 24
Views: 4141

Re: ITV during the 1970-71 Colour Strike.

Some recordings just had the colour burst suppressed. It may be possible to restore colour to some degree with modern processing.
by JezR
Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV during the 1970-71 Colour Strike.
Replies: 24
Views: 4141

Re: ITV during the 1970-71 Colour Strike.

Shows made for the international market were exempted from the strike according to contemporary newspaper reports. That didn't extend to shows that may have sold abroad but primarily made for the UK.
by JezR
Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV during the 1970-71 Colour Strike.
Replies: 24
Views: 4141

Re: ITV during the 1970-71 Colour Strike.

Everything between 13 Nov 1970 and 8 February 1971 was transmitted in black and white. Production was in black and white also. There are some programmes where a portion was made before the end of the dispute in black and white and portion in colour afterwards, often if not entirely where part was ma...
by JezR
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Studios at transmitter sites...?
Replies: 19
Views: 4175

Re: Studios at transmitter sites...?

The 1950 BBC Yearbook indicates that there was an 'East Anglia Week' to coincide with the opening of Postwick. I guess on the Midland Home Service.
by JezR
Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: One-joke comedy
Replies: 23
Views: 3864

Re: One-joke comedy

The mention of ITMA reminds me that Ted Kavanagh is sometimes credited with the concept that if you have a reasonable size of cast (or ones that can play more than one character - easy on radio) then if you have a lot of comings and goings with the characters' catchphrases, you don't need a lot of p...
by JezR
Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Re-formatted shows
Replies: 71
Views: 10073

Re: Re-formatted shows

Fresh Fields into French Fields.

They managed to have a silver wedding anniversary in each version.
by JezR
Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Planned competition within ITV
Replies: 8
Views: 1614

Re: Planned competition within ITV

It was the closeness of the potential legal ending of the ITA and BBC that in part led to the Pilkington Committee.

The ITA came into existence on 30 June 1954 - hence the reason why the franchises were tied to that somewhat arbitrary date of the year for a number of rounds.