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by paul.austin
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Benny Hill recovery
Replies: 25
Views: 3438

Re: Benny Hill recovery

Most people don't have an encypediac knolwedge of missing TV. The "average person" might not even be well aware that there ^is* stuff missing!
(I wish educated people would remember that they are not the common person (or average voter!)
by paul.austin
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)
Replies: 75
Views: 8119

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

The sad reality is that if Joe Orton doesn't become Hammer Head he instead likely dies in the 1980s as one of the first celebrity victims of the AIDS virus.
by paul.austin
Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)
Replies: 75
Views: 8119

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

Every comedy writer who uses dementia as a topic for cheap laughs should be forced to go through what i did and see a loved one destroyed by that horrible disease.
by paul.austin
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)
Replies: 75
Views: 8119

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

On the same issue, speaking as someone who is unable to straighten their left arm properly because of spasticity, I would shed no tears if ableist "jokes" and lines in archive shows are cut out on repeats. And many civil rights groups have made sure that bigoted lines are even cut from some DVD rele...
by paul.austin
Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)
Replies: 75
Views: 8119

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

Mark Gatiss, or as i call him, "it's pronounced Gaytis because I'm gay", got a lot of flak from feminist Whovians who know history and what Georgian society was like when he had Rose barge into 19th century Wales and immediately start 21st century consciousness raising with no regard for Gwyneth and...
by paul.austin
Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 200978

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

Richard Charles Skryngestone wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:01 pm
Didn't some of the 'Wilderness Years' books do something like that, where it was revealed that the National Socialists were being controlled by aliens?

Actually that sounds very Nu Who, doesn't it?
Timewyrm: Exodus by Terrance Dicks, one of the earliest New Adventures.
by paul.austin
Mon Jun 08, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 200978

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

You have to wonder when DW in any form will cross the line into an entry in the Holocaust genre and just how bad will it be Take this possibility: If Young Amelia Pond was captured by the Nazis, I think the Doctor would refuse the offer of a Swiss passport and accompany Young Amelia on the train to ...
by paul.austin
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Coming Up Next" - continuity announcers programme
Replies: 13
Views: 2305

Re: "Coming Up Next" - continuity announcers programme

Mark Lipscomb must be a significant figure as did the final Thames startup on 31/12/92, continuity across the network on the night of 9/11, the final junction for Carlton London on 25/10/02...
by paul.austin
Fri May 22, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 200978

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

Terrance Dicks also wouldn't have tolerated getting back Michael "i now look like a sumo wrestler" Kilgariff for Attack of the Cybermen just because he had been in Tomb of the Cybermen. Terrance was right that the audience should not be expected to remember a story that was over two years old.
by paul.austin
Thu May 21, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 200978

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

To be fair, Chibnall's shopping-list episode was a set-up for the destruction of humanity and the Time Lords and a revelation about thousands if not millions of hitherto-unsuspected Doctors and you just didn't get that sort of thing in the '80s.
by paul.austin
Fri May 01, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Cora Sue Collins
Replies: 0
Views: 859

Cora Sue Collins

One of the most beautiful and charming child actresses of the 1930s. I've always preferred her to Saint Shirley. And of course Cora Sue has achieved the ultimate revenge over her old rival... she's substantially outlived her. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cora_Sue_Collins https://www.imdb.com/name/n...
by paul.austin
Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 200978

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

[With apologies for stealing - erm, borrowing, this from Australian children’s’ author Paul Jennings] [at an Australian shopping mall one Christmas in the alternate universe where the Eleventh Doctor travels with seven-year-old Amelia Pond] Young Amelia [in pink t-shirt and white shorts]: “You promi...
by paul.austin
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 237
Views: 33875

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

Doug and Tony always end up in the same outfit. Maybe they are more "cologne" men than "bath" men...
by paul.austin
Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:54 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 237
Views: 33875

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

The Hays Code is why that happened, surely?
by paul.austin
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 660
Views: 81246

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

The American Revolutionary War is one of the zones on the map in "The War Games" but they don't show the brave boys whom the traitor George Washington was being traitorous against!
by paul.austin
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 660
Views: 81246

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

Mister Fibuli and the Pirate Captain are complicit in a serious of genocides and planetary destruction's that would make the Daleks gasp. Would the Captain really have an "out" with the universe's justice authorities by saying "It's not really my fault! The Queen controlled part of my body like it w...
by paul.austin
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?
Replies: 27
Views: 4551

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

the episode where they find religion and Bill Oddie declares he's a Muslim after putting on blackface... that will stay in the vault... in a pretty permanent sort of way.
by paul.austin
Wed Mar 04, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 660
Views: 81246

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

when I was in high school, Big Finish had just announced their first ever DW audio and stupid teenage me decided it would be "funny" to call Nicholas Briggs, "Nicholas Pricks" on rec.arts.drwho. Gary Russell did not take it well...
by paul.austin
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2157
Views: 200978

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

Everyone loves K9 but the last time anyone tried to foist a dog on the TARDIS it was for the TVM, when the Doctor almost ended up travelling around with a plucky bulldog called Winston. Apparently this was a touch added by the writers to demonstrate how they'd be staying true to the Britishness of t...
by paul.austin
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: An Enid Blyton thread
Replies: 7
Views: 1317

Re: An Enid Blyton thread

Of course. Jasmine Pierce being turned into a *male* fairy in Torchwood would have caused quite the Mary Whitehouse. Maybe we should thank Disney ;)
by paul.austin
Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: An Enid Blyton thread
Replies: 7
Views: 1317

Re: An Enid Blyton thread

It was a clumsy disambiguation from the hate slur against gay men. Sorry.
by paul.austin
Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Bob Preedy
Replies: 3
Views: 963

Re: Bob Preedy

I don't know if he's dead. I just wanted to write about him.
by paul.austin
Thu Feb 27, 2020 6:45 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Bob Preedy
Replies: 3
Views: 963

Bob Preedy

Bob did the best with what he had. It wasn't his fault that Border, Tyne Tees and Granada no longer had their own locally based announcers and that everything was now done by YTV announcers.
by paul.austin
Thu Feb 27, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Last-minute replacements
Replies: 46
Views: 6456

Re: Last-minute replacements

I think that the people pining for the "return" of Granada, Thames, LWT et al are relying on their own sadness and nostalgia... which makes for bad business practices.
by paul.austin
Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:17 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: A question for the TV experts
Replies: 3
Views: 847

A question for the TV experts

When should a TV writer refer to a show as being by ITV, rather than a regional company (Granada, Yorkshire, Thames and etc.). I'd be tempted to draw the dividing line at 1993 when Carlton and Meridian, the first "publisher-broadcasters" became contractors. Another possibility is 1999 when "Carlton ...
by paul.austin
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: An Enid Blyton thread
Replies: 7
Views: 1317

Re: An Enid Blyton thread

I'm writing a fanfiction where the Malory Towers girls fall victim to the magic that common in Blyton's fantasy tales. Imagine Darrell Rivers or Sally Hope turned into a fairy (the real ones - the ones that are female with wings and wear a dress). I can imagine Alicia Johns or her cousin June making...
by paul.austin
Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: An Enid Blyton thread
Replies: 7
Views: 1317

An Enid Blyton thread

When i was a kid, students at Monash University put on an amateur production of Blyton's "The Faraway Tree". The books... the concept of a Land that visits and never stays for long is interesting. Bit formulaic though - even if they get stuck in a Land, they always manage to find a way back to the t...
by paul.austin
Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:05 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs
Replies: 660
Views: 81246

Re: Doctor Who Classic Series and DVDs

In "The Curse of Fenric", Ace insulting Kathleen by assuming she's an Eighties-style post-second wave feminism unmarried single mum - in the mooted Season 27's tripe to the fifties, Ace would no doubt have said to a single, unmarried man "Oh, i thought that you were gay!"
by paul.austin
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Last-minute replacements
Replies: 46
Views: 6456

Re: Last-minute replacements

OT: ITV having multiple on-air identities. branding. idents, continuity etc. was never going to be viable long term once times had changed. Sentimentality and nostalgia make for bad business practices.