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by TonyCurrie
Fri May 20, 2016 12:53 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Belmont and the Beeb
Replies: 20
Views: 2112

Re: Belmont and the Beeb

I wonder what the situation was for receiving the eastern region VHF opts on the Home Service? I seem to have a recollection of reading somewhere that there was a medium wave relay transmitter for that part of the coast which actually took its feed from the opts, so carried the regional BBC East pr...
by TonyCurrie
Thu May 19, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Belmont and the Beeb
Replies: 20
Views: 2112

Re: Belmont and the Beeb

.....and when Manningtree was opened, it was already known that the lack of channels meant its service area would be very severely restricted by co-channel interference from both England and the Continent. Always a difficult area to serve on Band I.
by TonyCurrie
Wed May 18, 2016 11:34 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Belmont and the Beeb
Replies: 20
Views: 2112

Re: Belmont and the Beeb

Before Belmont opened, there was a relay at Skegness which was fed from Holme Moss and so was part of the BBC's North region. When Belmont came online, it got the same Leeds feed and Skegness was reattributed to Belmont before being closed early because it wasn't really needed any more. In 405 days,...
by TonyCurrie
Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:43 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Asa Briggs (1921-2016)
Replies: 2
Views: 571

Re: Asa Briggs (1921-2016)

Knowledge, perhaps but understanding less so. I have read (and re-read) his histories many times. There are some glaring errors (notably his swallowing without question the myth that when BBC-TV closed down before the war, it did so at the end of a cartoon. Which it didn't.) and like so many academi...
by TonyCurrie
Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:31 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Except for viewers in Scotland"
Replies: 11
Views: 1357

Re: "Except for viewers in Scotland"

After a recent OFCOM ruling that viewers must not be misled by network references to programmes that are time-shifted by the Nations, it's now apparently mandatory for presenters to point to them. But I do recall the use of the phrase on BBC-tv in the days before there was a local continuity presenc...
by TonyCurrie
Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:19 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Best Loved Sitcoms
Replies: 37
Views: 3548

Re: Best Loved Sitcoms

Interesting to note that the very excellent "Still Game" doesn't appear in the list.
by TonyCurrie
Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Leonard White (1916-2016) - producer and occasional director
Replies: 4
Views: 859

Re: Leonard White (1916-2016) - producer and occasional dire

This is very sad news. Leonard was a brilliant Director and left behind an astonishing legacy, but also a friend whose annual Christmas postcard was an anticipated event in the Currie household. Leonard was also a photographer and took some great pictures for his postcards. I introduced him to my pu...
by TonyCurrie
Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:16 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Why do I keep losing BBC4 HD and BBC News 24 HD?
Replies: 12
Views: 1311

Re: Why do I keep losing BBC4 HD and BBC News 24 HD?

There are now nine multiplexes coming from Black Hill, but some are much lower power than others. The main muxes are 100kW, but COM7 is 23kW (and the aerials lower on the mast). It's now officially necessary to use a Group W (Wideband) aerial to get all the BH channels adequately. Rain will affect t...
by TonyCurrie
Fri Oct 02, 2015 4:12 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Alexander Faris (1921-2015)
Replies: 2
Views: 379

Re: Alexander Faris (1921-2015)

Here's Sandy Faris at work..........

[BBvideo 560,340]https://youtu.be/ex5cwyzKFRs[/BBvideo]
by TonyCurrie
Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "ITV 60"
Replies: 42
Views: 3888

Re: "ITV 60"

I'm also very puzzled at no appearance at all of Ted Astley. I suspect the 'list' was drawn up with a view to programmes that could either throw up rights-cleared clips or readily available talking heads. The #1 is a total cop-out of course, since it wasn't really the programme theme, was it? And a ...
by TonyCurrie
Sun Jul 19, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Offshore Radio is back
Replies: 2
Views: 322

Re: Offshore Radio is back

Sorry - typed in a hurry - it's LV18.org
by TonyCurrie
Sat Jul 18, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Offshore Radio is back
Replies: 2
Views: 322

Offshore Radio is back

In celebration of 'Pirate Radio Week', RADIO MI AMIGO will once again operate from the lightship LV18 at anchor in Harwich from Saturday 25 July to Sunday 2 August. Many former offshore DJs from the 60s and 70s will be heard during the 9 day RSL including Tony Prince, Emperor Rosko, Roger 'Twiggy' D...
by TonyCurrie
Sun May 31, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Johnny Keating (1927-2015)
Replies: 3
Views: 629

Re: Johnny Keating (1927-2015)

It's rather sad that the Edinburgh Evening News perpetrates the myths that Johnny "was reponsible for" the themes for Z-Cars and The Onedin Line. In both cases, he arranged and conducted cover versions for single release, but they weren't his compositions and the TV versions didn't use his music. Jo...
by TonyCurrie
Fri May 29, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Talking Pictures TV - New Channel from Renown
Replies: 33
Views: 4230

Re: Talking Pictures TV - New Channel from Renown

Watched briefly yesterday. Far worse than VHS quality, too much chroma, poor audio ......Today I saw a few minutes - this time a blurred picture that pixillated frequently. I seriously question why they're bothering to pay for a transponder which won't be cheap in itself. It's a pity because the pro...
by TonyCurrie
Thu May 21, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Talking Pictures TV - New Channel from Renown
Replies: 33
Views: 4230

Re: Talking Pictures TV - New Channel from Renown

Thus far all I've seen is commercials for their overpriced DVDs with atrocious picture quality and a risible voiceover. Is that the best they can do?
by TonyCurrie
Sun May 17, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Paper Bag Players.
Replies: 8
Views: 687

Re: The Paper Bag Players.

The thing is, Simon, they never really appealed to me on telly either. But the stage show had this daft little song - "Dandelion, dandelion, same old story every time" which my kids continued to sing sporadically for about five years afterwards!
by TonyCurrie
Sun May 17, 2015 7:03 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Paper Bag Players.
Replies: 8
Views: 687

Re: The Paper Bag Players.

It certainly was. I have a vague memory of taking my kids to see them performing live and they were wonderful. But it's a very long time ago!
by TonyCurrie
Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing
Replies: 110
Views: 9387

Re: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing

I tuned in* on Saturday. Having been optimistic at the countdown sequence, the first bars of the theme in a minor key sounded dirge-like and then morphed into yet another anthemic doom-laden Royal Philharmonic (or Prague Phil?) breadwinner. How can Grandma still be cooking if Jeff's dead? It was all...
by TonyCurrie
Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Longer versions of signature tunes
Replies: 52
Views: 4469

Re: Longer versions of signature tunes

Yes, I have all of them. Steven Wills did a superb job in releasing some of the most obscure bits of library music!
by TonyCurrie
Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing
Replies: 110
Views: 9387

Re: Thunderbirds (2015) First viewing

My seven year old grandson Luca loved the original series and I ended up having to buy him the complete box set which we then watched together several times. He didn't notice the padding in early episodes but I was well aware of scenes that consisted solely of car chases to loops of Barry Grey!! I'm...
by TonyCurrie
Sun Feb 15, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TV On TV (The Kaleidoscope Event)
Replies: 9
Views: 1513

Re: TV On TV (The Kaleidoscope Event)

For those of you who don't know Peter, he was Founding Media Editor of the Guardian, later he was the final editor of The Listener and the journals of the Royal Television Society and the Market Research Society. And he is exceptionally good company. He, Roger and I will bring you an hour of chat th...
by TonyCurrie
Sun Feb 15, 2015 7:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dave Clark 5 Documentary
Replies: 5
Views: 725

Re: Dave Clark 5 Documentary

Ross wrote:It was a very entertaining if uncritical portrait of the band ..............
Directed and Produced by Dave Clark for Dave Clark Productions........
by TonyCurrie
Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:43 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Recommendations for a good series?
Replies: 50
Views: 3769

Re: Recommendations for a good series?

I'd second the recommendations of "The Plane Makers" and "The Power Game". Although B/W they were brilliant telly, and haven't aged at all badly thanks to great writing and a wonderful cast. The first title was a drama series about a company that manufactured aeroplanes, and all the financial, polit...
by TonyCurrie
Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:38 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Stephen Doran, TMC member (1956-2015)
Replies: 4
Views: 1068

Re: Stephen Doran, TMC member (1956-2015)

This is very sad news. I knew Stephen for many years - he had a difficult life, and a lot of problems to deal with. But he was always generous and shared many books and tapes with me over the years. He phoned me very regularly and we would discuss some of the finer points of vintage television. I wi...
by TonyCurrie
Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Hogan's Heroes
Replies: 8
Views: 865

Re: Hogan's Heroes

Back in the 70s on STV, HOGAN'S HEROES was the film series of choice when it came to filling a vacant half hour. It popped up everywhere imaginable on the schedule, often dark and fuzzy 16mm prints and for a long time shown in monochrome long after STV "went colour" in 1969. But always a very funny ...
by TonyCurrie
Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:13 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Arthur Montford (? - 2014)
Replies: 2
Views: 392

Re: Arthur Montford (? - 2014)

Arthur joined STV in 1957 as a Continuity Announcer, and part of his duties included presenting "Sports Desk" on saturday afternoons. The popularity of this led STV to add a midweek programme - "Scotsport" - on wednesdays which began a few weeks later. Arthur presented "Scotsport" continuously until...
by TonyCurrie
Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Have Channel 4 ever done regional opts?
Replies: 15
Views: 1853

Re: Have Channel 4 ever done regional opts?

Going back to the OP's question - I recall Scottish schools programmes being shown on C4 but I can't recall whether they were opt-outs or just part of the general schedule.
by TonyCurrie
Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Have Channel 4 ever done regional opts?
Replies: 15
Views: 1853

Re: Have Channel 4 ever done regional opts?

There was always an unease about doing regional cross-promotions on C4. Few companies actually had facilities to do this anyway, but I certainly recall Yorkshire TV doing them. On the first night of C4, STV hadn't actually got its C4 TX Suite built. All that existed was an empty room with a (working...
by TonyCurrie
Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crossroads - 50 years on
Replies: 67
Views: 5281

Re: Crossroads - 50 years on

IF you could get Jane Rossington & Tony Adams back as Jill & Adam Chance, and maybe get in Sue Hanson as Diane's twin sister....(why not ?, not impossible) - maybe even tempt the still lovely Diane Keen back too ? (most of the still acting women from the older show still look very nice even now !) ...
by TonyCurrie
Sat Nov 08, 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV Daytime Drama Series 1972-82
Replies: 59
Views: 4045

Re: ITV Daytime Drama Series 1972-82

Yes, Maddy was scheduled just before Houseparty, but no mood change was required of the announcer because once you'd had 3' 40" of commercials, the mood was utterly lost anyway!!!