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by TonyCurrie
Tue Nov 04, 2014 2:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crossroads - 50 years on
Replies: 67
Views: 5270

Re: Crossroads - 50 years on

"Crossroads" was of course initially a local programme in the Midlands, created to satisfy an ITA requirement that ATV made more programmes in Birmingham for the local audience. Slowly, it started to be part-networked, and I vividly recall the first episode to be shown on STV. In order to lead us in...
by TonyCurrie
Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:40 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV Daytime Drama Series 1972-82
Replies: 59
Views: 4006

Re: ITV Daytime Drama Series 1972-82

There was also ATV's black & white serial "Driveway". For a while, some regions - including STV - ran RTE's rural soap "Glenroe" in the daytime. "Crossroads" was shown around 3.50pm in some regions for a time, and at 4.20 in many regions. STV made 'High Living' for peak time local consumption but th...
by TonyCurrie
Thu Oct 23, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Old TV Listings
Replies: 80
Views: 6757

Re: Old TV Listings

The Radio Times DID list the experimental Television programmes that were carried by BBC transmitters. However, the listings were part of the radio schedules of course, and because the early experiments used two medium wavelengths,the listings will appear under London National and Midland Regional s...
by TonyCurrie
Thu Oct 23, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Hancock
Replies: 22
Views: 2179

Re: Hancock

Interesting that the album was made for Decca. Previous re-makes of 'Hancock's Half-Hour' for discs were done by Pye, with Tony Hatch as producer.
by TonyCurrie
Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:54 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: What was Network Three?
Replies: 8
Views: 971

Re: What was Network Three?

(Following on from the discussion on the "Old TV Listings" thread in Archive Television.) There seems to be some confusion about the nature of the service called "Network Three" launched by the BBC in 1957 on the Third Programme's frequencies. As far as I can gather, broadcasting on those frequenci...
by TonyCurrie
Sat Oct 04, 2014 5:46 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Sunday Night At The (London) Palladium
Replies: 22
Views: 2608

Re: Sunday Night At The (London) Palladium

Somewhat off-topic but I can't resist retelling my favourite ITV pres story from way back in the 70s. Sunday Night at the London palladium was in full flow, and the act was performing against a black background. Suddenly a white square appears in the top right corner of the shot. A bit of the curtai...
by TonyCurrie
Sat Oct 04, 2014 5:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Longer versions of signature tunes
Replies: 52
Views: 4465

Re: Longer versions of signature tunes

Bob Richardson wrote:I seem to recall that there were plans to re-record the Tyne-Tees start-up music is stereo a few years ago. Does anyone know if it ever happened? I think I remember hearing a short snatch of the recording on another site but never heard any further news about it.
Yes, it did.
by TonyCurrie
Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Longer versions of signature tunes
Replies: 52
Views: 4465

Re: Longer versions of signature tunes

Often disappointing to find the majority of TV themes issued on record are re-recorded versions. The most bizarre one I have is Eric Coates "South West And Wales Television March" single which is a shortened inferior to these ears re-recording to the version used to open up TWW, (original ITV contr...
by TonyCurrie
Fri Oct 03, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Lynsey de Paul (1950—2014) RIP
Replies: 10
Views: 1149

Re: Lynsey de Paul (1950—2014) RIP

Hi! Summer was sung by Carl Wayne.

Lynsey was a fantastic lady and will be missed by many.
by TonyCurrie
Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Sunday Night At The (London) Palladium
Replies: 22
Views: 2608

Re: Sunday Night At The (London) Palladium

They have a very cheap watered-down synthesiser arrangement of the theme music.
by TonyCurrie
Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:38 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Ken Thorne (1924-2014)
Replies: 2
Views: 493

Re: Ken Thorne (1924-2014)

Ken's theme for R3 has always been my favourite. A wonderfully emotive piece. (And who on here even remembers R3? (Ministry of Research centre No.3, wasn't it?) Another obscure fact - he also arranged for a number of Scottish performers including Robert Wilson and Andy Stewart. He was a really great...
by TonyCurrie
Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:22 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: We're going to miss the junction - what do we do?
Replies: 30
Views: 3695

Re: We're going to miss the junction - what do we do?

End credits were usually a contractual obligation, so couldn't be faded early. Commercial film reels were made up a day in advance so it wasn't always possible to drop a filler. It's always very easy to second guess the TX Controller's job from an armchair several decades later.
by TonyCurrie
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: We're going to miss the junction - what do we do?
Replies: 30
Views: 3695

Re: We're going to miss the junction - what do we do?

The thing is, we're talking commercial TV here, and often there were no promos. Commercials are the lifeblood of the system, so their transmission was always of more importance than that of the programmes. Back in the day, I can remember most ITV junctions had a break, a continuity link (often less ...
by TonyCurrie
Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Did Bill Cotton *really* recommission Blake's 7 on a whim?
Replies: 40
Views: 2965

Re: Did Bill Cotton *really* recommission Blake's 7 on a whi

I'm pretty sure that phone numbers for Con 1 and Con 2 weren't generally published as they might be called by nutters during a live link. (The phone didn't ring - a red indicator panel flashed alongside the clock). Just to digress for a moment, as well as the usual complement of internal phones, we...
by TonyCurrie
Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:56 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Francis Matthews (1927-2014) RIP
Replies: 5
Views: 848

Re: Francis Matthews (1927-2014) RIP

A very talented actor, terrific company and a thoroughly nice man with a keen sense of humour. We were both guests at Cult TV some years ago and there was a session involving Carol Cleveland, who Francis knew well. The plan was for her to simply walk on to the stage unlauded, but Francis was having ...
by TonyCurrie
Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Taggart + Take the High Road - on STV Glasgow
Replies: 6
Views: 847

Re: Taggart + Take the High Road - on STV Glasgow

STV Glasgow will also be screening Rebus and Dr Finlay on a weekly basis.
by TonyCurrie
Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:44 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Oldest surviving episodes of UK-made TV drama
Replies: 27
Views: 2663

Re: Oldest surviving episodes of UK-made TV drama

[quote="Simon Coward] And of course like the US broadcasters, ATV sometimes had a reason to time-shift if programme was being shown by ATV London in the capital and ATV midlands in the, errrm, midlands. [/quote] By that I presume you mean time-shift from one day to another, since ATV London only tra...
by TonyCurrie
Fri May 16, 2014 7:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Longer versions of signature tunes
Replies: 52
Views: 4465

Re: Longer versions of signature tunes

The Full length Z Cars theme by Johnny Keating which was a minor hit in the early 60s has a jazzy interlude which is completely different from the bit used in the show. Louis Benjamin at Pye Records has a passion for exploiting popular TV themes, and would regularly require his producers to come up...
by TonyCurrie
Mon May 12, 2014 4:42 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Eli Woods (1923? - 2014)
Replies: 2
Views: 518

Re: Eli Woods (1923? - 2014)

Eli appeared with Jimmy James in Tyne Tees Television's Opening Night Show in 1959. He was an unforgettable performer, whose accidental career was hugely successful. RIP
by TonyCurrie
Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:10 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: What was broadcast on BBC-2 before the opening?
Replies: 9
Views: 1171

Re: What was broadcast on BBC-2 before the opening?

.... I don't know where this was transmitted, would be strange if this also aired on C4 as that would imply you had already tuned in your telly. There was a major advertising campaign to get viewers tuned in well beforehand, which is one of a number of reasons why the test transmissions went on for...
by TonyCurrie
Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: What was broadcast on BBC-2 before the opening?
Replies: 9
Views: 1171

Re: What was broadcast on BBC-2 before the opening?

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This was mostly what was on screen, along with a series of test films, some from commercial companies and some full-length Feature Films, all of which latterly were billed in the London & South east Edition of "Radio Times"
by TonyCurrie
Mon Mar 31, 2014 7:46 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: We're going to miss the junction - what do we do?
Replies: 30
Views: 3695

Re: We're going to miss the junction - what do we do?

You want horror stories, eh? Nightmare #1: Many years ago I was directing BBC-1 Scotland (in the days when it was a number rather than a word) and we were due to opt-out with our own copy of THE LOVE BOAT. Same episode as network. I duly opted and ran my programme (as fortune would have it, off a ve...
by TonyCurrie
Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Bonanza Bonanza
Replies: 12
Views: 1745

Re: Bonanza Bonanza

It's a placeholder on the local MUX, and is only a temporary channel, so make the most of your daily diet of Bonanza, Dragnet, The Lone Ranger, The Lucy Show, The Beverly Hillbillies and Sherlock Holmes; some without their recognisable theme music to avoid paying copyright!! It's available in Glasgo...
by TonyCurrie
Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:55 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1959 Sleeping Beauty to be broadcast.
Replies: 10
Views: 1161

Re: 1959 Sleeping Beauty to be broadcast.

The Times' article on this contains this 'interesting' description of telerecording: "Television cameras at the time could not broadcast and record simultaneously, so the recording was made by pointing a second camera at the monitor of the one responsible for the live broadcast". So that explains e...
by TonyCurrie
Thu Feb 06, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Samantha Juste 1944 - 2014
Replies: 1
Views: 515

Samantha Juste 1944 - 2014

Sad news via Tony Blackburn - the Top of the Pops 'disc girl' Samantha Juste (real name Sandra Slater) who married Monkee Mickey Dolenz, suffered a stroke in her sleep and died yesterday. Although viewers well knew that her pantomime of putting the needle on the records was fairly pointless, she rem...
by TonyCurrie
Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Things that were on TV on the day I was born
Replies: 51
Views: 3525

Re: Things that were on TV on the day I was born

Television didn't come to Scotland until three months after I was born.....

But at the moment I was born, the Scottish Home Service had a talk on "How to make a Curry"......:)
by TonyCurrie
Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:54 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: When did promotion of 625-line TV start?
Replies: 83
Views: 5572

Re: When did promotion of 625-line TV start?

In recent times, televisions have been sold as "HD Ready" when they didn't have a Freeview HD tuner, so plus ca change, eh? 625 line sets were being advertised from about 1962 onwards, and since the general public knew/know practically nothing about technology, the magic number was punted as somethi...
by TonyCurrie
Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:56 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Holiday Startime (LWT 1970)
Replies: 7
Views: 1229

Re: Holiday Startime (LWT 1970)

Maggie was an Australian actress who took the leading role in BBC-1's twice-weekly soap "The Newcomers".
by TonyCurrie
Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:09 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: An Adventure in Space and Time
Replies: 118
Views: 7943

Re: An Adventure in Space and Time

But that's just what happens when TV programmes (and movies) get made, we all know that. Just because scenes were shot that ultimately didn't make it to the final cut doesn't mean that the production didn't have to compromise on locations and scenes for budgetary and schedule reasons before shootin...
by TonyCurrie
Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:42 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: An Adventure in Space and Time
Replies: 118
Views: 7943

Re: An Adventure in Space and Time

There are two types of drama - total fantasy and expanded reality. This was the latter - a true story given dramatic form. Of course, in making a TV drama, liberties are always taken, but the risk in taking them is that the 'true' story then passes into history as a genuine and unadulterated represe...