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by Brock
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 2290

Re: He never said that...

But I bet that goes back even further into music hall comedy acts. I'm sure it does. I've been doing a bit of rummaging around on the internet and found an unverified claim that it was used in a 1947 Abbott and Costello film. Its origins are probably lost in the mists of time. Should Perry and Crof...
by Brock
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 2290

Re: He never said that...

Bob Holness was credited with playing the sax on Baker Street This is such a well-known urban myth that there are even urban myths about the urban myth! I was about to make a post stating confidently that the said urban myth was invented by Stuart Maconie in the New Musical Express - but, according...
by Brock
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)
Replies: 75
Views: 3642

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

Reviving this thread because the offending episode has now been taken off UKTV:

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/ ... -from-uktv
by Brock
Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 2290

Re: He never said that...

I have just seen this on another forum: My grandfather bought down 3 Messerschmitts and 2 Heinkels in the Battle of Britain .... ....... He was undoubtedly the worst mechanic in the Luftwaffe - Spike Milligan Not a bad joke but an obvious misattribution. But who did say it? I'm guessing Ken Dodd.
by Brock
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 2290

Re: He never said that...

Few research properly even when they really need to, and the requirement of at least two independent citations for something to be accurate goes out the window. The problem is that it's almost impossible to know what "independent citations" are nowadays, because it's so easy for two different peopl...
by Brock
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 2290

He never said that...

This is probably the most rambling post I've ever made to this forum, and it's hopelessly off-topic, but nonetheless I feel it may be of interest... The owner of my local launderette is a bit of a character. A little while ago, he decided to stencil a selection of famous quotations on the washing-ma...
by Brock
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: 4 extra slimmed down schedule
Replies: 3
Views: 311

Re: 4 extra slimmed down schedule

The other thing I've noticed is that there are no longer announcements for individual programmes - there are just generic ones for "an hour of comedy" or whatever. Which don't always work: I've just heard an announcement for "an hour of the very best vintage comedy from the 50s, 60s and 70s" - foll...
by Brock
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: 4 extra slimmed down schedule
Replies: 3
Views: 311

Re: 4 extra slimmed down schedule

I don't know exactly - I think they're calling it a "simplified" schedule. They've changed the timings of some programmes, but it doesn't seem any simpler than the old one to me. I may investigate. The other thing I've noticed is that there are no longer announcements for individual programmes - the...
by Brock
Sun May 31, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Michael Angelis (1952-2020)
Replies: 3
Views: 378

Re: Michael Angelis (1952-2020)

Mark wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 10:44 pm
Very sad news, great Actor...and to another generation...Lucien and his Rabbits in "The Liver Birds".
That's how I remember him. I was actually quite thrown when I originally heard the announcement that the Thomas the Tank Engine narrator had died, as I'm sure Ringo Starr is still alive...
by Brock
Fri May 29, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Langdon (1948-2020)
Replies: 1
Views: 265

John Langdon (1948-2020)

Just discovered via Radio 4's Last Word that John Langdon died in March. Writer on many of the radio comedy programmes I grew up with, like Week Ending and The News Quiz (which he wrote single-handedly for years) as well as TV programmes like Bremner, Bird and Fortune . Guardian article by Rory Brem...
by Brock
Mon May 18, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Rewinder
Replies: 2
Views: 418

Re: Rewinder

Fascinating. Lots of recordings 'pre-date the BBC', so I assume this one has some broadcasting relevance. Is it Peter Eckersley's famous Station Identification for Two Emma Toc? No, it's a recording of Florence Nightingale from 1890. It was chosen because it was her 200th anniversary this week.
by Brock
Sat May 16, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Rewinder
Replies: 2
Views: 418

Rewinder

Don't think I've mentioned Rewinder here before. It's a series that comes round from time to time on Radio 4 on Saturday mornings, delving into the BBC Sound Archives and coming up with some surprising discoveries. Some of you may remember a similar Monday-morning series many years ago, presented by...
by Brock
Mon May 11, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: What's Funny About...?
Replies: 0
Views: 521

What's Funny About...?

Here's a rarity - a brand new series for Radio 4 Extra, and one that may be of particular interest to this forum. It's about the making of Britain's biggest TV comedy hits, starting with The Vicar of Dibley this Wednesday at 10.30pm:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000j35w
by Brock
Tue May 05, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sunday Night At The London Palladium - First showing on TV
Replies: 19
Views: 1738

Re: Sunday Night At The London Palladium - First showing on TV

Oh I see - were there two separate bomb scares then, one on 23rd Dec and one on 6th Jan?
by Brock
Mon May 04, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sunday Night At The London Palladium - First showing on TV
Replies: 19
Views: 1738

Re: Sunday Night At The London Palladium - First showing on TV

I remember that incident - I thought transmission was stopped in the middle of the programme Indeed it was. Thanks for that. It seems unlikely that they would have continued recording the programme in the middle of a bomb scare but not transmitted it! I was not quite eight at the time but it was on...
by Brock
Mon May 04, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sunday Night At The London Palladium - First showing on TV
Replies: 19
Views: 1738

Re: Sunday Night At The London Palladium - First showing on TV

Tonight's "Sunday Night At The London Palladium" (Sunday 3rd May 2020) on TPtv gets its first showing. It was due to go out on 6th January 1974 but was never broadcast due to a bomb scare. I remember that incident - I thought transmission was stopped in the middle of the programme, but maybe my mem...
by Brock
Sat May 02, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Everyone at Home broadcasting
Replies: 5
Views: 660

Re: Everyone at Home broadcasting

I follow a travelog on You Tube called Itchyboots, this woman travels all around the world on a motorbike Not any more! "I decided that I had to grab the opportunity to fly back to the Netherlands on one of the last repatriate flights from Peru." https://www.itchyboots.com/motorcycle-stories-blog/m...
by Brock
Tue Apr 28, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Recycled titles
Replies: 24
Views: 2150

Re: Recycled titles

Fair enough then! One of the more confusing examples comes from Radio 4. In 1988 Stephen Fry starred in a brilliantly funny sketch show called Saturday Night Fry , which sadly only ran for one series. Ten years later he popped up again hosting a chat show called Saturday Night Fry , which also only ...
by Brock
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Tim Brooke-Taylor (1940-2020)
Replies: 18
Views: 2224

Re: Tim Brooke-Taylor (1940-2020)

It seems not - an archive episode from 2005 is scheduled for 4th May: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000hvbk Another schedule change - the above episode will be broadcast on 11th May. On 4th May, next Monday, there will be a special tribute programme presented by Graeme Garden: https://www.bbc.c...
by Brock
Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Recycled titles
Replies: 24
Views: 2150

Re: Recycled titles

Not quite the same, but there was an episode of Citizen Smith entitled Only Fools and Horses. They were both written by John Sullivan, though - you can hardly blame him for re-using his own title! If we're going down that road, every single episode of Birds of a Feather series 7 was named after a s...
by Brock
Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Recycled titles
Replies: 24
Views: 2150

Re: Recycled titles

Usually there's substantial gap when a title is re-used, but The New Statesman , a 1985 BBC2 sitcom starring Windsor Davies as a man who unexpectedly inherits an aristocratic title, was followed only a couple of years later by the much better-known YTV sitcom starring Rik Mayall as a ruthless Tory M...
by Brock
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Recycled titles
Replies: 24
Views: 2150

Re: Recycled titles

particularly when you cross genres (e.g. a documentary strand and a drama) That reminds me of when I first joined this forum and wondered why so many people were talking about Public Eye , the BBC2 investigative series from the 90s. At the time I had no idea of the earlier ITV drama of the same name.
by Brock
Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Recycled titles
Replies: 24
Views: 2150

Recycled titles

I saw a reference to In For a Penny today and thought they were talking about the 1972 Bob Todd sitcom set in a public convenience. It's actually a current show where Stephen Mulhern invites members of the public to take part in silly games.

Any similar examples?
by Brock
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Ronan O'Rahilly
Replies: 5
Views: 620

Re: Ronan O'Rahilly

When you think about it, what a concept! "let's broadcast from a boat outside territorial waters" It ought to be said that O'Rahilly didn't come up with the idea himself. The Dutch station Radio Veronica had been broadcasting since 1960. (Wikipedia says that the first stations in the North Sea appe...
by Brock
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Looking for Oil Drum Lane
Replies: 1
Views: 444

Looking for Oil Drum Lane

I missed this when it was first broadcast in 2018 - a dramatization of the story of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's comedy writing partnership, on Radio 4 at 11.30am today. Looks as though it could be good.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001mv2
by Brock
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Time Tunnel vs. Dr.Who
Replies: 17
Views: 1368

Re: The Time Tunnel vs. Dr.Who

You mean they weren't really speaking French in 'Allo 'Allo?
by Brock
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Ronan O'Rahilly
Replies: 5
Views: 620

Re: Ronan O'Rahilly

"Ronan O'Rahilly comes 2nd after only Reith in UK Radio History" according to one poster on a forum I'm involved in. I wouldn't go quite that far, but he was certainly very influential over the development of radio broadcasting in the UK. Radio Caroline was the first of the pirate radio stations and...
by Brock
Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Tim Brooke-Taylor (1940-2020)
Replies: 18
Views: 2224

Re: Tim Brooke-Taylor (1940-2020)

It seems not - an archive episode from 2005 is scheduled for 4th May:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000hvbk

Could be a bit of a tear-jerker with Humph, TBT and Jeremy Hardy all involved.
by Brock
Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: 13 Minutes to the Moon
Replies: 5
Views: 811

Re: 13 Minutes to the Moon

Covid-19 has intervened in this series in quite a dramatic way. The presenter of the series, Kevin Fong, is also a consultant anaesthetist in the NHS, and anaesthetic lead for Major Incident Planning. Consequently the final episode has had to be postponed to later in the year - with the crew about t...
by Brock
Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Tim Brooke-Taylor (1940-2020)
Replies: 18
Views: 2224

Re: Tim Brooke-Taylor (1940-2020)

We may not quite have heard the last of TBT. The recording of Clue in Huddersfield on 15th March went ahead and it appears that he was on the panel (though the other two recordings were cancelled). The two programmes are scheduled for 4th and 11th May, so I'm hoping that they can go ahead as planned.