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by Brock
Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3371

Re: More popular outside their region of production

Getting back to the plot, it would appear that there were actually very few regional programmes (made by a region with their own audience primarily in mind) that then filtered out, as we have only come up with a handful. Oh, I think there were quite a few others (sorry, I got distracted onto other ...
by Brock
Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3371

Re: More popular outside their region of production

Well I've never met Robin in person, so I can't comment on that aspect. I do remember the old forum when he sometimes used to go off on political rants (which didn't especially bother me), but as far as I can see he's never done so on this forum, and in fact posts relatively rarely nowadays. I thoug...
by Brock
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3371

Re: More popular outside their region of production

Regretfully, I have in the past been guilty of ignoring him. No you haven't. You did exactly the same thing here - responding to a perfectly reasonable post by RobinCarmody with a completely unhelpful heckle. I for one did not appreciate it. If you have some sort of personal issue with Robin then I...
by Brock
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3371

Re: More popular outside their region of production

Sorry, what bigotry? I don't believe I've said anything bigoted in this thread, nor has anyone else's contribution struck me as bigoted. Sorry if I've inadvertently offended. The bigotry I was referring to lies entirely within the original post, and is wholly typical of that poster's narrow and lim...
by Brock
Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Things I can't find on the internet
Replies: 7
Views: 935

Things I can't find on the internet

Following on from this post , it occurs to me that this forum might be a good place for such queries. My grandfather used to sing this and it's bothered me for ages. I assume it was an old music-hall song, but I've no idea who performed or wrote it, and I've forgotten the first line: "[Something-som...
by Brock
Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3371

Re: More popular outside their region of production

stearn wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:08 pm
There were catch up editions with narration over someone knitting to bring the transmission into line.
Wasn't that a mysterious character called "Mrs Jones", whose face was never seen? I'd completely forgotten about her.
by Brock
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3371

Re: More popular outside their region of production

In a nutshell, 'It's amazing how many Regional ITV programmes became popular across the whole Network'. Simple, and without the bigotry. Sorry, what bigotry? I don't believe I've said anything bigoted in this thread, nor has anyone else's contribution struck me as bigoted. And subtly wrong. Just be...
by Brock
Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3371

Re: More popular outside their region of production

if a regional programme was made with a regional dialect it would reduce the potential audience to those who could understand and relate to it. That never stopped Fred Trueman on the Indoor League ! (But that's an isolated case.) Perhaps I should have used 'Cor blimey, guv, strike a light' having a...
by Brock
Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Found, thanks to the internet
Replies: 2
Views: 448

Re: Found, thanks to the internet

Have you re-discovered something with the help of the internet? Yes, probably thousands of times - including a lot of stuff that I've posted here! Far more remarkable are those rare occasions when I can't find something with the help of the internet. I'm so used to the idea that "everything is onli...
by Brock
Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3371

Re: More popular outside their region of production

Even if the viewing figures do bear out his assertions, I'm not sure what his argument actually is when they were made for the network and not for their franchise audience. If it was a regional programme, a sort of "eh, up, where's me whippet" that had a huge following at Channel, but no-one in Gra...
by Brock
Sat Mar 07, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3371

Re: More popular outside their region of production

I don't think Robin was suggesting that no one in the north of England liked Jeeves & Wooster or Brideshead Revisited, merely that they got better viewing figures in the south. I haven't seen the research myself but I'm quite prepared to take his word for it.
by Brock
Sat Mar 07, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The News Quiz
Replies: 5
Views: 527

Re: The News Quiz

Now that the News Quiz has finished its run, maybe I could point people in the direction of Breaking the News , BBC Radio Scotland's own news-based panel show, which has recently returned for its 15th series and is frequently funnier than its London counterpart. I thought this week's edition was abs...
by Brock
Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3371

Re: More popular outside their region of production

The perfect example would be Buckfast Tonic Wine - made at Buckfast Abbey in Devon but largely consumed in the west of Scotland. Unfortunately it's not a TV programme.
by Brock
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3371

Re: More popular outside their region of production

I don't see a problem here. RobinCarmody wrote: Central, which was the region for Oxford but which largely wasn't like that "Like that" presumably means "like the version of Oxford portrayed in Inspector Morse ". It's true to say that most of the former Central region (including large parts of Oxfor...
by Brock
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two Ronnies sketch
Replies: 26
Views: 2177

Re: Two Ronnies sketch

Yup. The entire text of the sketch is transcribed here:

https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2019/1 ... ube-train/
by Brock
Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two Ronnies sketch
Replies: 26
Views: 2177

Re: Two Ronnies sketch

Mornington Crescent has been a source of comedy since well before ISIHAC . The 1922 music-hall song "The Night I Appeared as Macbeth" includes the lines "I acted so tragic, the house rose like magic/The audience yelled 'You're sublime'/They made me a present of Mornington Crescent/They threw it a br...
by Brock
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Andrée Melly (1932-2020)
Replies: 4
Views: 536

Re: Andrée Melly (1932-2020)

As far as I know, Peter Goodwright was only in the final radio episode ("The Impersonator"), but good to know that he's still around.
by Brock
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Andrée Melly (1932-2020)
Replies: 4
Views: 536

Andrée Melly (1932-2020)

The last surviving cast member of Hancock's Half Hour has died at her home in Ibiza. Her death at the end of January has only recently been reported: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8062137/Last-surviving-cast-member-Hancocks-Half-Hour-Andree-Melly-dies-Ibiza-home-aged-87.html She was also ...
by Brock
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two Ronnies sketch
Replies: 26
Views: 2177

Re: Two Ronnies sketch

Apart from the Dagenham dialogues (With Dud from Dagenham) I associate Pete and Dud with Neasden. Whether either lived there, or just thought the rhythm of the name funny, I don't know. Neasden was (and as far as I know still is) the standard comedy location in Private Eye , which Peter Cook backed...
by Brock
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two Ronnies sketch
Replies: 26
Views: 2177

Re: Comedy placenames

Oh yes, good spot! And I don't think David Renwick was secretly writing for the Barron Knights as well, although you never know. And it doesn't end there. This from Andy McSmith in the Telegraph in 2002: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/advice/propertymarket/3299282/Make-yourself-at-home...
by Brock
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two Ronnies sketch
Replies: 26
Views: 2177

Comedy place-names

(I've changed the subject line rather than start a brand new thread.) Swindon springs to mind as a town that always gets a laugh when mentioned! I was once at a stand-up comedy night where the compere signed off with "Where would we all be without laughter?" (Long pause...) "Swindon." Going back to ...
by Brock
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two Ronnies sketch
Replies: 26
Views: 2177

Re: Two Ronnies sketch

...out of the window, right into Catford sewage works. Going OT again, but why are some place-names so much funnier than others? I'm reminded of the episode of LWT's End of Part One where some sort of cataclysm is being reported on in the style of the election results. The final caption on screen w...
by Brock
Sun Mar 01, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Bob Preedy
Replies: 3
Views: 534

Re: Bob Preedy

Appears to be very much alive and still presenting a country music show on Channel One Radio:

https://www.channelradio.co.uk/one/shows/country-show/
by Brock
Sun Mar 01, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: New format
Replies: 36
Views: 2482

Re: New format

Oops, Sod's Law! I must have moved the above post from the "We've moved" thread at the precise moment when stearn was replying to it.
by Brock
Sun Mar 01, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: New format
Replies: 36
Views: 2482

Re: New format

Thanks for all your hard work. I was really beginning to worry - for the last few days I've been getting "the above URL is not available" messages and thought the forum might have disappeared completely. I only found the forum again by following a link on another page! I've now bookmarked this one s...
by Brock
Sun Mar 01, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: An Enid Blyton thread
Replies: 7
Views: 636

Re: An Enid Blyton thread

Why do fairies have to be female? Wasn't Oberon King of the Fairies? EDIT: Completely OT, but this thread from the Lonely Planet forum is quite interesting on the topic. According to one poster, "the notion that fairies are exclusively, or even usually, female is by and large a 20th century creation...
by Brock
Sun Mar 01, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Last-minute replacements
Replies: 46
Views: 3426

Re: Last-minute replacements

The answer to you first question is surely self evident - self promotion. I can’t quite see where we’re going with this. I used to be closely involved with the C4 presentation suite at LWT and I’m telling you that we did very occasional local promotions. ‘Meanwhile over on ITV’ sort of things etc. ...
by Brock
Thu Feb 27, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Last-minute replacements
Replies: 46
Views: 3426

Re: Last-minute replacements

Yes, there was local continuity - certainly in London at the weekends. But the opportunity to do it was obviously determined by the C4 presentation facility at each individual ITV company, and crucially, the slots made available in the C4 schedule to do it. It was very limited, and those companies ...
by Brock
Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Last-minute replacements
Replies: 46
Views: 3426

Re: Last-minute replacements

The programme was being produced by an independent production company using the technical facilities at LWT. I think it was in Studio 3. Ah, thanks for that - as I suspected. Some ITV companies had simple facilities to just insert local commercials and others had somewhat grander facilities to prod...
by Brock
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Last-minute replacements
Replies: 46
Views: 3426

Re: Last-minute replacements

Why not just wait for yellowtriumph to respond?