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by Roll ACR
Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:07 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: An Audience With Les Dawson that never was!
Replies: 36
Views: 4276

Re: An Audience With Les Dawson that never was!

Doesn't look like a body double, just looks like CGI. Good for what it is but not even slightly convincing. The clips and reminiscences are ok but the "new" hologram bits are a bit crap IMHO and the audience would laugh to see a pudding crawl. Robert Lindsay, doubling up with extravagant laughter, h...
by Roll ACR
Sun May 26, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: What A Tragic Waste !
Replies: 18
Views: 2129

Re: What A Tragic Waste !

The BBC is the corporate equivalent of "The Blunders" in some ways. You have to wonder how they keep on making these faux pas. TBH a frozen income is a good idea. They've still got fingers in too many pies, doing more and more, less and less well and they've increasingly forgotten why they're suppos...
by Roll ACR
Sun May 26, 2013 7:08 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: An Audience With Les Dawson that never was!
Replies: 36
Views: 4276

Re: An Audience With Les Dawson that never was!

I saw the trail for this yesterday. They showed the hologram which I thought looked nothing special, then cut to a shot of Lionel Blair's jaw dropping. Needless to say, my eyes rolled as I said: "Jesus, pass the sick bag." It sounds like it might be interesting in parts, but I've never been a partic...
by Roll ACR
Sat May 25, 2013 8:59 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: DMI dumped
Replies: 16
Views: 1860

Re: DMI dumped

It's also quite temperamental, the number of times I've seen all the whizz-bang animations on Sky Sports staggering frame by frame presumably (guessing here) because the VIZ has a "just in time" rendering system which seems to periodically throw a wobbly. But then sport coverage has become such a pi...
by Roll ACR
Wed May 22, 2013 9:29 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Richard Thorp (1932-2013) RIP
Replies: 3
Views: 600

Re: Richard Thorp (1932-2013) RIP

Yeah he was into his American cars and bikes. Sad news but not unexpected. Bless him, a really, really nice chap. I know he was disappointed not to be well enough to appear in the live ep. He'd been in fairly poor health for a very long time. I worked on "Emmerdale" a lot (until the soaps finally ha...
by Roll ACR
Mon May 13, 2013 7:10 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 8442

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

There is a saying in the business, when an on-set pedant points out an "error". "Christ! If they notice that, we've really lost them anyway!" I speak from experience ;-)
by Roll ACR
Mon May 13, 2013 7:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: It'll be Bad on the Night.
Replies: 63
Views: 5091

Re: It'll be Bad on the Night.

Pop fact: before devising NTNOCN, John Lloyd seriously considered auditioning to be one of the 'We spoke to the gas board' men sitting behind St Esther. Which you can absolutely imagine him doing can't you? Thankfully, however, somebody said to him 'Um, why don't you do something good instead?'. Th...
by Roll ACR
Mon May 13, 2013 6:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: It'll be Bad on the Night.
Replies: 63
Views: 5091

Re: It'll be Bad on the Night.

That's why "TV Burp" had the occasional gem. It could also be quite barbed on occasion but was unusual in that. There's a bitch in all of us and I think barbed humour is something to be savoured occasionally.
by Roll ACR
Mon May 13, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: It'll be Bad on the Night.
Replies: 63
Views: 5091

Re: It'll be Bad on the Night.

Oh yeah absolutely, wasn't there some rather puerile "Kinda lingers" "Cunnilingus" play on words song I vaguely remember. I'm sure NTNOCN was far from "exemplary" and was guilty of some of the crimes it decried in others. Those piss-takes are still fucking funny though ;-)
by Roll ACR
Mon May 13, 2013 6:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: It'll be Bad on the Night.
Replies: 63
Views: 5091

Re: It'll be Bad on the Night.

I enjoyed 'That's Life' though it was open to parody,not least on 'Not the Nine O'Clock News'.Still,it was only this week that someone of TV was wittering on about the skill needed to segue neatly from an item on the dangers of flammable furniture to the possibilities of unusually-shaped vegetables...
by Roll ACR
Mon May 13, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Schools programmes: why did they have to 'follow shortly'?
Replies: 36
Views: 3385

Re: Schools programmes: why did they have to 'follow shortly

We only really watched School's television programmes at Primary. It featured regularly in the timetable and there was a massive ITV preference amongst the teachers. The overwhelming majority of our School telly was ITV. Basic Maths, Good Health, Stop Look Listen, Starting Science, A Place To Live, ...
by Roll ACR
Sun May 12, 2013 1:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Schools programmes: why did they have to 'follow shortly'?
Replies: 36
Views: 3385

Re: Schools programmes: why did they have to 'follow shortly

This thread prompted me to search on the YouTube for some ITV schools programmes junctions and it's amazing how hearing the various slide and clock music from the various years/terms, within a few seconds I'm humming along and can actually remember every flourish of the pieces concerned. It's like "...
by Roll ACR
Sun May 12, 2013 9:19 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV to Channel 4 transfers
Replies: 21
Views: 1584

Re: ITV to Channel 4 transfers

Granada's "Brass" made the switch from ITV to C4 didn't it?
by Roll ACR
Sat May 11, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Knightmare" on Challenge
Replies: 9
Views: 1291

Re: "Knightmare" on Challenge

Disappointed but not surprised to see a new ITV Studios global entertainment caption inserted to cover the mix to the Anglia knight production caption. I did a sad face when that happened.

I hope Network don't start getting supplied with doctored source material.....
by Roll ACR
Fri May 10, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Schools programmes: why did they have to 'follow shortly'?
Replies: 36
Views: 3385

Re: Schools programmes: why did they have to 'follow shortly

I don't remember the children in a playground titles. I only remember the animated versions. One had the words against black, flying forward with a trail effect - individually and then all together. Then there was the one with the cartoon face featuring an ear and an eye looking about and then the s...
by Roll ACR
Thu May 09, 2013 5:43 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: 'Vicious...' and 'The Job Lot'.
Replies: 28
Views: 2533

Re: 'Vicious...' and 'The Job Lot'.

I made a point of tuning in for the launch night. Of the two, I preferred "The Job Lot" and thought it had more about it than "Vicious". Which was, I agree, a very generic scenario and extremely badly made technically. What is it with multi-cam sit-com these days? The same Directors and Cameramen ch...
by Roll ACR
Thu May 09, 2013 12:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 8442

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

Though pronouncing H "Haitch" seems as awkward to me as pronouncing M: "Mem" or N: "Nen." Haitch-MV, V-Haitch-S, N-Haitch-S or Haitch-from-Steps sound so wrong! Hearing "Haitch" always makes me look sideways at whoever just uttered it.... And then mouth, Les Dawson style, "riffraff" if I have a lik...
by Roll ACR
Wed May 08, 2013 9:11 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Ian Hendry Biography
Replies: 18
Views: 1804

Re: Ian Hendry Biography

He's one of my favourites. I'll be interested to read it.
by Roll ACR
Wed May 08, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 8442

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

I must confess that when I hear British people on TV or radio saying "either" or "neither" with the first syllable as "ee" rather than the proper "aye" I do repeat the word very loudly with the correct British pronunciation I've just checked with the ultimate authority, the full version of the OED ...
by Roll ACR
Wed May 08, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 8442

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

I'm all for languages evolving. However, English really does seem to be evolving to suit idiots. The meanings of words change over time, syntax changes and languages evolve. I just object to the extent to which it seems to be evolving to accommodate fools. Why exactly is it foolish to pronounce eit...
by Roll ACR
Mon May 06, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 8442

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

There were certainly some howlers in "Downton Abbey".... But then anyone with any intellect realises that's just scripts from "Acorn Antiques" re-made with feature film production values. "Drama" for half-wits. On the occasions when I'm forced to sit through it by family or friends, I regard it as s...
by Roll ACR
Fri May 03, 2013 7:53 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Psycho in schools/ Film certificates
Replies: 13
Views: 1112

Re: Psycho in schools/ Film certificates

Firstly, Mr Moran was a thoroughly "good bloke". One of those inspirational and genuinely heart warming teachers who, even now, I remember with fondness and respect. He was ex-Navy, and much the better for it. Not one of those nit-wit teachers who'd lived their entire, sorry, little life in academia...
by Roll ACR
Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The University Challenge 'Trotsky' incident
Replies: 12
Views: 1266

Re: The University Challenge 'Trotsky' incident

I don't agree that something has necessarily been lost in the current selection process. We've just finished RXing the next series and the quarters, semis and final were fantastic matches. Very exciting. I think it's a very good show and I'd rather see a genuine contest between the sharpest minds a ...
by Roll ACR
Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:04 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Wright Way
Replies: 12
Views: 1389

Re: The Wright Way

It seems to have been given a fair old bashing by some of the critics....quite rightly IMHO
by Roll ACR
Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Professionals from Network???
Replies: 44
Views: 4155

Re: The Professionals from Network???

Yeah I agree Simon, the closing shots do work. The closing music and the shots work well together but it's spoiled by the stupid Toblerone effect. IMHO it just doesn't work. It looks silly! As an optical effect, done in post, so that you were seeing the frame reflected like a kaleidoscope it would h...
by Roll ACR
Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Psycho in schools/ Film certificates
Replies: 13
Views: 1112

Re: Psycho in schools/ Film certificates

I remember at School one Xmas just before we broke up for the holidays our Technical Drawing master, Mr Moran, used a double period to show us "The Abominable Dr. Phibes" as a seasonal treat. I can't remember exactly but we were in the 4th or 5th form, so about 15 or 16 years of age. One, miserable,...
by Roll ACR
Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Professionals from Network???
Replies: 44
Views: 4155

Re: The Professionals from Network???

I couldn't disagree more. I think the original titles - although charming for their own sake and their novelty value - are rather limp. The later titles are smashing! ;-) They are dynamic and perfectly demonstrate what the show is. They're also extremely well shot. Indeed, the shot you mention with ...
by Roll ACR
Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:59 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: The Cutting Edge
Replies: 4
Views: 672

Re: The Cutting Edge

Very funny, and typical of "new build" TV facilities. Most of the sensible old guard have gone now and these shiny new workspaces are planned by grinning half-wits and lunatic architects. A certain other recently built TV production facility was proudly "tapeless". When sensible, operational people ...
by Roll ACR
Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:40 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: No Maggie obit
Replies: 30
Views: 2876

Re: No Maggie obit

Besides which if you are working overnight it has various social and indeed health implications, therefore a proper enhancement for the employee/penalty for the employer is perfectly fair. Only the other day I walked into a studio that had been turned around overnight. I said to my mate the scenic ...
by Roll ACR
Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:19 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: No Maggie obit
Replies: 30
Views: 2876

Re: No Maggie obit

I like to think that in those days, when ITV was making massive amounts of money, it was just a fair distribution of the wealth - rather like the John Lewis Partnership ;-) Besides which if you are working overnight it has various social and indeed health implications, therefore a proper enhancement...