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by Brock
Tue Mar 12, 2013 2:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Thames programme at a weekend
Replies: 37
Views: 2755

Re: Thames programme at a weekend

I remember as a child being fascinated by the idea of a "weekend" television company. I often used to wonder what they did from Monday to Friday? It's quite obvious now as a 'grown-up' that they were very busy during the week making programmes just like everyone else. Indeed, but I'd always assumed...
by Brock
Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:53 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Thames programme at a weekend
Replies: 37
Views: 2755

Thames programme at a weekend

This is an anomaly that sticks in my memory for some reason - a Thames programme on a Sunday. It wasn't shown in all regions, but I distinctly remember that one of the series of George and Mildred was repeated in the 7.15pm slot. Can anyone confirm this? I remember seeing it in the HTV region and no...
by Brock
Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:37 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Norman Ormal - A Very Political Turtle
Replies: 2
Views: 315

Re: Norman Ormal - A Very Political Turtle

Dame Shirley Mess too, of course. Not to mention Alan Swagg, Marcus Flatcapp, Edwina Slaggy, John Selwyn Swott and Terry Major-Ormal (who somehow became Norman Ormal's brother for the purposes of the programme). And a brief appearance as Tony Blair at the end. I thought it was OK, but I have my mis...
by Brock
Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Norman Ormal - A Very Political Turtle
Replies: 2
Views: 315

Norman Ormal - A Very Political Turtle

I think this was an absolute tour de force, combining the brilliant writing of Craig Brown and the superb mimicry of Harry Enfield. It managed to satirize the whole period in UK politics from 1974 to 1998 in a single 50-minute programme, using a character who was an ingenious composite of various To...
by Brock
Sat Mar 09, 2013 11:10 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Alternative 3 is available on Clubcard TV
Replies: 13
Views: 1349

Re: Alternative 3 is available on Clubcard TV

"Science Report" was a fictional programme created for the solely for the purposes of the Alternative 3 spoof itself. That's what I'd always suspected, and yet the "fact" that it was broadcast as part of an existing series seems to have got into not just Wikipedia but pretty much every other websit...
by Brock
Sat Mar 09, 2013 8:21 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Alternative 3 is available on Clubcard TV
Replies: 13
Views: 1349

Re: Alternative 3 is available on Clubcard TV

The whole "Science Report" thing is still a mystery to me, though. Although I remember the original broadcast I have absolutely no recollection of the series of which it supposedly formed part. It's possible, of course, that the series wasn't networked and that Anglia somehow found a way of giving t...
by Brock
Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:55 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: ISIRTA on 4Extra this Saturday morning
Replies: 10
Views: 887

Re: ISIRTA on 4Extra this Saturday morning

Looking forward to this. I've just read that it will include the 25th anniversary edition, which I don't think I've heard since its original broadcast. The cast all played parodies of the characters they'd actually become, with David Hatch as a high-flying BBC executive, John Cleese as a reclusive f...
by Brock
Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Alternative 3 is available on Clubcard TV
Replies: 13
Views: 1349

Re: Alternative 3 is available on Clubcard TV

I have a question about "Alternative Three". It was advertised as being an episode in an Anglia TV series called "Science Report". I have never seen any evidence that this series actually existed. Was it simply a one-off?
by Brock
Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Don't Drink the Water
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Re: Don't Drink the Water

Clearly it was, if no one on this forum has responded! Here's the entry at the British Comedy Guide: http://www.comedy.co.uk/guide/tv/dont_drink_the_water/ "Considered by many to be in the top 5 worst sitcoms of all time, this sequel to On the Buses tried to eke out the last vestige of comedy from a...
by Brock
Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:43 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Don't Drink the Water
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Don't Drink the Water

Radio 4 Extra is currently running repeats of the Radio Wales quiz about comedy, "Jest a Minute". One round involves guessing the plots of supposedly obscure sitcoms, given only the title. Points are awarded for ingenuity rather than actually knowing the answer. Today "Don't Drink the Water" came up...
by Brock
Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Still With Us
Replies: 148
Views: 16822

Re: Still With Us

Nicholas Parsons - still presenting Just a Minute at 89. Hard to believe he's that old.

As far as I know, Stanley Baxter is still working at 86.
by Brock
Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Fake start on "Wood and Walters"
Replies: 3
Views: 513

Re: Fake start on "Wood and Walters"

Ah, thanks for clearing that up. Regarding End of Part One, there was one occasion when the LWT announcer (who may have been Peter Lewis) simply continued talking over the opening ident, saying something like "well I'm supposed to stop talking here, but it's only End of Part One and they're always m...
by Brock
Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Fake start on "Wood and Walters"
Replies: 3
Views: 513

Fake start on "Wood and Walters"

A small curiosity. I'm fairly certain there was an episode of the 1982 Granada sketch show Wood and Walters which did not start with the usual Granada ident. The opening sketch was a spoof of an advertisement for painkillers that was running at the time. As I recall, the programme was played in stra...
by Brock
Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:35 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Love Thy Neighbour on DVD
Replies: 26
Views: 2262

Re: Love Thy Neighbour on DVD

...I have seen a few of these over the years and without wanting to be branded a 70s racist bigot, I really have enjoyed them... Bring on the day when the white man can forget he's white, and talk about such subjects without the need to excuse himself. Can anyone explain to me why Love Thy Neighbou...
by Brock
Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:13 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Programmes on iPlayer before broadcast - good idea?
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: Programmes on iPlayer before broadcast - good idea?

There's a bit of commotion in Sweden at the moment since the launch of Netflix and other services, less and less people are watching broadcast TV and so feel quite rightly that they should not need to pay the license fee. The license fee collector has responded by announcing that everyone with an i...
by Brock
Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:09 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Programmes on iPlayer before broadcast - good idea?
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: Programmes on iPlayer before broadcast - good idea?

You can already find people who boast that they don't need to have a licence any more because they only watch TV via their computer and then only ever catch-up services, never live channel streams. Indeed - I'm one of them. Whether there will eventually be enough of such people to have a measurable...
by Brock
Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Programmes on iPlayer before broadcast - good idea?
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Programmes on iPlayer before broadcast - good idea?

I'm a bit behind with the news here but I wondered what people thought of the BBC's decision to show programmes on iPlayer before broadcast: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/bbc/9855828/BBC-to-launch-programmes-online-first.html While it seems like a good idea in theory, I'm wondering w...
by Brock
Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Parky hosting Desert Island Discs
Replies: 4
Views: 507

Re: Parky hosting Desert Island Discs

Well, he did dismiss the programme as a "silly little parlour game", which probably didn't endear him to the production team too much. But his tenure on the programme was relatively short. Perhaps R4 Extra is going further back into the archives now - it was interesting to hear Roy Plomley interview...
by Brock
Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:54 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Derek Batey
Replies: 3
Views: 508

Re: Derek Batey

He probably made the tea as well! Derek Batey used to alternate with Alan Taylor as presenter of Mr and Mrs - there was a curious arrangement where one series was made by Border and the next by HTV West. At first I was a bit miffed by this as previously Mr and Mrs had been entirely an HTV West progr...
by Brock
Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:28 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Richard Briers
Replies: 18
Views: 1251

Re: Richard Briers

Very sad news. Obviously best remembered for The Good Life and Ever Decreasing Circles but who remembers his partnership with Michael Gambon in "The Other One"?
by Brock
Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: British Comics
Topic: The Harpoon
Replies: 2
Views: 362

Re: The Harpoon

Series 3 is starting a re-run on Radio 4 Extra tomorrow:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00bfqvf
by Brock
Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Spoofs that became real
Replies: 12
Views: 1153

Re: Spoofs that became real

Scary wrote: Mr Blobby too started off as a spoof of an annoying children's TV character.... and then ended up being an annoying children's TV character
And Spitting Image's "The Chicken Song" began as a spoof of irritating summer holiday disco songs like "Agadoo", then reached number one itself.
by Brock
Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Spoofs that became real
Replies: 12
Views: 1153

Re: Spoofs that became real

Does Moving Wallpaper/Echo Beach count? Moving Wallpaper being a spoof comedy about the making of a soap opera, and Echo Beach being the result of their ideas! The two were planned as a single whole, though. It's not as though someone watched Moving Wallpaper and thought "hey, I can make a soap ope...
by Brock
Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Spoofs that became real
Replies: 12
Views: 1153

Spoofs that became real

Before he ever invited anyone to win a million pounds, Chris Tarrant once presented a game show where the object was to do the exact opposite - Lose A Million . Contestants started with a million pounds' worth of (fictional) prizes, and had to lose them by getting the answers to questions wrong. I t...
by Brock
Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Canned Laughter
Replies: 60
Views: 2378

Re: Canned Laughter

This is a very enjoyable and informative thread! I recall hearing about a radio comedy like "Round the Horne" or somesuch that was running undertime, so they patched in three minutes of laughter that had just been snipped out of a Goon Show as it was running over time. That would be impossible - Ro...
by Brock
Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:13 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Eggheads
Replies: 12
Views: 972

Re: Eggheads

He has, and "Tremendous Knowledge" was brought in as his replacement. In previous years they had an "Are You an Egghead?" competition to find new panellists, but Dave Rainford just seems to have appeared from nowhere. His quiz show CV seems rather less impressive than some of the others: http://en.w...
by Brock
Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:47 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Eggheads
Replies: 12
Views: 972

Eggheads

Barry Simmons, one of the resident team on BBC2's "Eggheads", has just appeared on Radio 4's "Brain of Britain", winning his heat easily. Can this be right?

And how did "Tremendous Knowledge" Dave Rainford ever get picked for the team?
by Brock
Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:21 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Group 'n' Führer?
Replies: 3
Views: 398

Re: Group 'n' Führer?

I've heard that it was Diana Speed, but I'm not sure.
by Brock
Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)
Replies: 75
Views: 3642

Re: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)

Apart from anything else, there's probably a non-negotiable rule at the BBC regarding the broadcast of racist slurs before 9pm irrespective of their satirical intent - one that's no different from the 'no fucks before 9pm' rule. I would imagine so (or if there isn't, there probably should be). I pr...
by Brock
Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)
Replies: 75
Views: 3642

Re: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)

The BBC edits all sorts of things. Why are you bothered? This material wasn't deemed appropriate for that particular time slot, so it wasn't broadcast. Has the BBC said that it's never going to be broadcast again? This is an archive TV forum - of course we're interested in whether old TV programmes...