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by Brock
Mon Apr 13, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Tim Brooke-Taylor (1940-2020)
Replies: 18
Views: 2222

Re: Tim Brooke-Taylor (1940-2020)

A few credits apart from the obvious ones: for seven series he chaired a Radio 4 panel game called Hoax! , a sort of forerunner to Would I Lie to You? . Three celebrity guests told anecdotes, one of which was a lie, but the catch was that the panellists had to question each other about whose story w...
by Brock
Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Tim Brooke-Taylor (1940-2020)
Replies: 18
Views: 2222

Tim Brooke-Taylor (1940-2020)

Another Covid-19 victim, sadly: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52262490 Best known of course for The Goodies and as one of the regular panellists on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue , which he appeared in from 1972 right up to the end of last year (missing only one series). He never stopped making me laugh.
by Brock
Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two Ronnies sketch
Replies: 26
Views: 2177

Re: Two Ronnies sketch

Coming back to this, does anyone remember the Ronnie Barker monologue where he posed as a spokesman for an independent Ruislip?
by Brock
Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Honor Blackman 1925 - 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 572

Re: Honor Blackman 1925 - 2020

Surprised by the lack of comments on this one. I didn't comment originally because I'm a little too young to remember her in The Avengers - in fact I remember first seeing her in an edition of Call My Bluff in 1971 and wondering who she was. But there's no doubt about her huge influence on British f...
by Brock
Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Original Jackanory props
Replies: 13
Views: 1186

Re: Original Jackanory props

Jules63 wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:30 am
There was no "crown" coin by 1972, only half-crown anyway
There was no half-crown either, because Britain adopted decimal currency in 1971! (The half-crown was actually withdrawn at the start of 1970.)
by Brock
Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Documentaries ( Radio Shows)
Replies: 15
Views: 1005

Re: Documentaries ( Radio Shows)

Brock wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 6:25 am
There's a particularly good one called "Horne of Plenty", on Beyond Our Ken and Round the Horne, which comes round from time to time (it was last broadcast in December 2017).
It came round again today:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b007k2b6
by Brock
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Eddie Large (1941-2020)
Replies: 1
Views: 364

Eddie Large (1941-2020)

It gives me no pleasure to report the first Covid-19 death on this forum:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52136768
https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radi ... s-son-says
by Brock
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Shipping forecast changes
Replies: 0
Views: 586

Shipping forecast changes

It seems that not even that most venerable radio institution, the shipping forecast on Radio 4, is immune to the effects of Covid-19. As of yesterday the number of broadcasts per day was reduced from four to three: The early morning bulletin, previously at 0520, has been moved to 0533 ( News Briefin...
by Brock
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The nodding correspondents
Replies: 6
Views: 766

Re: The nodding correspondents

Brian F wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:37 am
He was probably doing it out of habit in case they cut to him during the introduction.
The original observation was about reporters in general, not an individual one. I've noticed it too.
by Brock
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Things I can't find on the internet
Replies: 7
Views: 935

Re: Things I can't find on the internet

Well, I've finally found a reference to the song online - though still with no indication of the title, first line, date, performer or composer. From The Times on December 4th 1998 (OCR errors uncorrected): THERE are few popular songs dealing with taxation, for ob¬ vious reasons. So the Inland Reven...
by Brock
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Things I can't find on the internet
Replies: 7
Views: 935

Re: Things I can't find on the internet

"Humorous Sketch by Clapham & Dwyer" according to the original 78 . I'd forgotten about Clapham and Dwyer and their "Surrealist Alphabet" - the full thing is transcribed here . Funnily enough, my grandfather also used to sing a version of that as well: "A for 'orses, B for honey, C for sailors, D fo...
by Brock
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Things I can't find on the internet
Replies: 7
Views: 935

Re: Things I can't find on the internet

I asked around and haven't identified the song (yet) but got these suggestions. Thanks for those. I assume the song dates from the time when income tax stopped being a tax only paid by the very wealthy and started to be levied on large sections of the population. This site suggests it was around 19...
by Brock
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?
Replies: 27
Views: 2843

Re: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?

The scene on the bus from Alternative Roots , when Tim, Bill and Graeme's ancestors all meet for the first time and are trying to learn each other's languages by repeating what they say. Then a sheep bleats and they all repeat "Baaaaa!" From the same episode, the sign in the Scottish Highlands for a...
by Brock
Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: I'll just pop this link to the BBC Archive Twitter page here
Replies: 4
Views: 792

Re: I'll just pop this link to the BBC Archive Twitter page here

Is this the first time in the history of the BBC when the audience has demanded more repeats? :-)
by Brock
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?
Replies: 27
Views: 2843

Re: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?

Was it Rolf? For some reason, I keep thinking that it was Alan Whicker who had reached epidemic proportions. You weren't thinking of the Monty Python Whicker Island sketch, were you? The plague of Rolf Harrises was in Scatty Safari , where they eventually all follow the Goodies over to the "other s...
by Brock
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?
Replies: 27
Views: 2843

Re: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?

I'm ashamed to say that the line I remember best is from the episode Punky Business:

Bill: I'm going to go punk.
Tim: Ugh! Open a window, someone...
by Brock
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Replies: 43
Views: 3723

Re: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

It's about time there was a really decent Radio doc about the whole kit and Kaboodle! Like this one , you mean? (It was repeated in the Archive on 4 slot last month.) Ooh Ta!...missed that first time around, look forward to that! Well you can't say you weren't told! (See this post earlier in the th...
by Brock
Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Replies: 43
Views: 3723

Re: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Mark wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:55 pm
It's about time there was a really decent Radio doc about the whole kit and Kaboodle!
Like this one, you mean? (It was repeated in the Archive on 4 slot last month.)
by Brock
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Roy Hudd 1936 - 2020
Replies: 8
Views: 769

Re: Roy Hudd 1936 - 2020

He did a lot of other stuff on Radio 2 which perhaps isn't as well known as Huddlines , although some of it comes round on R4 Extra from time to time. There was Huddwinks , a series of parodies of various film genres by Laurie Rowley with David Gooderson, Denise Coffey, Chris Emmett and Fred Harris ...
by Brock
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Roy Hudd 1936 - 2020
Replies: 8
Views: 769

Re: Roy Hudd 1936 - 2020

Oh, what a shame. I grew up with The News Huddlines, and loved it.

I had something in common with Roy Hudd - we were both brought up by our grandparents. I sometimes wonder how far that influenced his style of comedy.
by Brock
Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Always wondered where he'd got to...
Replies: 11
Views: 1377

Re: Always wondered where he'd got to...

Zeke - sorry, Ezekiel - was interviewed on Radio 4's Today programme at about 6.50am today about the health crisis in the US. I wonder how many listeners were aware of his earlier brief career on British TV?
by Brock
Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Twenty Years On
Replies: 0
Views: 645

Twenty Years On

Does anyone remember this series of late-night discussion programmes fronted by David Frost in the 1980s? I've found a billing here: https://issuu.com/radiosoundsfamiliar/docs/aug_3rd_1985/41 I don't think they were ever networked - it was a TVS production, also shown in the LWT region and maybe a c...
by Brock
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Michel Roux (1941-2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 575

Michel Roux (1941-2020)

A distinguished chef who made a number of TV appearances, including his own series The Roux Brothers (with his brother Albert) in 1988:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-b ... e-51856312
by Brock
Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Happy Birthday to You on TV.
Replies: 16
Views: 1129

Re: Happy Birthday to You pretty much out of copyright.

JWG wrote:
Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:55 pm
The Guardian states:
"Without the court judgement, it would not have been freely available in the public domain in the US until 2030, and in the EU until 31 December 2016".
Thank goodness for that. The Government is now telling us to sing it twice every time we wash our hands :-)
by Brock
Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: 13 Minutes to the Moon
Replies: 5
Views: 811

Re: 13 Minutes to the Moon

A new series has started this week, telling the story of the doomed Apollo 13 mission:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w13xttx2

I didn't get round to listening to the first series until last Christmas, when I binge-listened the whole thing in a couple of days. A truly excellent programme.
by Brock
Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3371

Re: More popular outside their region of production

Richardr1 wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:39 pm
Eamonn Andrews did the regional Thames 6pm programme for a number of years.
Sorry, I stand corrected. And I remember that this sort of thing happened on the BBC as well, with Sally Magnusson among the presenters of BBC1's London Plus in the mid-80s. So probably commoner than I first thought.
by Brock
Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3371

Re: More popular outside their region of production

Eamonn Andrews, Terry Wogan, Larry Grayson are others that spring to mind when Harty was mentioned. When a broadcaster is good at their job, does it matter where they come from? Of course not, but none of them presented programmes in London only as far as I'm aware. It just seems slightly perverse ...
by Brock
Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3371

Re: More popular outside their region of production

Perhaps he was chosen on his personal merit? I'm quite sure he was! But it's difficult to imagine the reverse - Granada getting someone in from London to present a north-west regional programme. (This is what I meant about "London-centricity" earlier in the thread - the London companies treating th...
by Brock
Tue Mar 10, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3371

Re: More popular outside their region of production

Although I don't think Russell Harty Plus was ever *fully* networked, I believe some other ITV regions apart from LWT did take the programme at various stages of its existence. I certainly don't remember seeing it in the HTV West region (where I lived until 1978), although that might simply have be...
by Brock
Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: More popular outside their region of production
Replies: 47
Views: 3371

Re: More popular outside their region of production

Juswuh wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:53 pm
Russell Harty was on LWT before he was networked, I think.
Was he ever networked on ITV? I thought he only became nationally known when he moved to the BBC.