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by stearn
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

Thanks Mark, I'd missed that, but I was looking for a B&WMS not something under another name. Genome doesn't suggest a recent repeat but there was a Black and White Minstrel Show revisited in 2004. I vaguely remember watching that, but don't remember too much about it and didn't record it. Was Lenny...
by stearn
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

Interestingly, having looked at RT now, it appears that they did take the blackface off before the Music, Music, Music series but wore masks (wearing masks won't catch on!). Although there are detailed breakdowns of what was going to appear in each show, there is no mention of masks in the September...
by stearn
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: Members past and present
Replies: 15
Views: 5278

Re: Members past and present

He also wrote an excellent biography of Ken Dodd last year and is working on his next book.
by stearn
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

I was aware of that - the show and the fact it was a one off - but by then they'd been on air for 10 years and it was nearly 15 years since the troupe at Douglas had switched over. There must have been something in the audience research that suggested it wouldn't have a(n immediate) future if they d...
by stearn
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

Perhaps. It is interesting to note the reference to 1951 and Hastings as I am sure they found the same entry via the British Newspaper Archive. Whilst there was some controversy about Uncle Mack's Minstrels use of the jetty at Broadstairs (as they had done for many years) in 1937, when the chair's c...
by stearn
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

"Stage presentations from TV shows are now becoming a regular part of variety..." - The Scotsman , May 17th 1960 That suggests that they were rather commoner around that time than has been suggested so far? I saw that and wondered what they were referring to. If I get time I might go through The Sc...
by stearn
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

There are references to 'Black and White Minstrels' in the period between the war and the late 50s when the TV series started. This one from the Liverpool Echo (22 Dec 55) is reminiscing about Christmas concerts: The affair began with a concert in the billiard hall. where there was a stage. Among ma...
by stearn
Tue Jun 16, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

Link corrected
by stearn
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

http://www.sarnold.co.uk/mc/B&WMStour60.jpg The above is from The Stage 11 Aug 1960 and is a collection of press cuttings - it is a link rather than a displayed image as it is a full page and rather large. The centre one is dated 29 April 1960 and is from the Bristol Evening World. So that confirms...
by stearn
Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

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by stearn
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

Harry Pepper and his Gay White Coons, was on TV when it first launched in 1936. The TV Supplements are available on my website www.radiotimesarchive.com or via the BBC (who host the same material, that I digitised and supplied), but Genome has some search results for them. I can't remember if there ...
by stearn
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

Excellent. I think that tops the lot. Googling, I'm pretty sure I have the theatre programme lurking somewhere, but I was amused to see that there was a stage version of Sykes with Eric, Hattie and Derek Guyler from 1977. Mike and Bernie Winters were in Big Night out in Aug 66, obviously cashing in ...
by stearn
Sun Jun 14, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

It wasn't an issue. I was merely observing that minstrels went back ages, in the same way that The Good Old Days was a hark back to music hall. It is, in all probability, the first TV show to transfer back to the stage and cash in on popularity, but a much easier transfer than something that was cre...
by stearn
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

The Avengers was made into a stage play in 1971 with Simon Oates as Steed. I knew it would eventually come back to me, but I was stuck on it being a comedy. This pre-date both Dad's Army and The Carry On franchise, but not the B&WMS, but is a definite created for TV series that had a stage version r...
by stearn
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

No, I don't actually, but I found him to be fine when he had time to script something, or use someone else's scripts, but don't recall him being known for off-the-cuff stuff. [corrections and clarifications: What I meant above was I never listened to The News Quiz until Simon Hoggart was in the chai...
by stearn
Sat Jun 13, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

Brock, I wasn't disputing the stage was based on, and cashed in on the name of, the TV series, but Minstrel shows had been around for some considerable time so my point was they were not anything new. Python was a TV show first, then a stage show afterwards, so I was trying to think of others in a s...
by stearn
Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

[first TV show to transfer to the stage] I couldn't tell you. Only that it wasn't Python. I'm going to go with The Black and White Minstrel Show , which transferred to the Victoria Palace Theatre in 1962. Any advance on that? Minstrel stage shows were nothing new though, the TV show name would have...
by stearn
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

Are they actually credited with creating it, or is it just one of those phrases that is easily identifiable? I've always assumed the latter, and was rather surprised when it was misquoted on glass in TC, the home of BBC television. Balham, Gateway to the South, is another that is identified with Sel...
by stearn
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

But I bet that goes back even further into music hall comedy acts.
by stearn
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 7881

Re: He never said that...

Few research properly even when they really need to, and the requirement of at least two independent citations for something to be accurate goes out the window. When someone posts it incorrectly to Wikipedia and everyone else takes it as fact (even if it is later amended/corrected). Bob Holness was ...
by stearn
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Britbox - UK version
Replies: 35
Views: 5963

Re: Britbox - UK version

As our Panasonic smart TV reached the grand old age of 2, we found that various services had gone. It was only when my wife couldn't catch up on something from C4 that we noticed there were lots of gaps where there were obviously logos when we first bought the TV. We went down the Firestick route, a...
by stearn
Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: shooting tv series on 35mm - historical technical detail
Replies: 10
Views: 1885

Re: shooting tv series on 35mm - historical technical detail

Probably me failing to convey what I meant. Having read the Avengers Forum thread, what I understood is best explained in the same way they did: The camera recorded a larger canvas than was going to be used on screen. Anything outside of the screen canvas size was the 'dead space' I was referring to...
by stearn
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: shooting tv series on 35mm - historical technical detail
Replies: 10
Views: 1885

Re: shooting tv series on 35mm - historical technical detail

Spiny Norman wrote:
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:40 pm
I think I have been answered elsewhere though. :)
Why not share that insight with us here.
by stearn
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: shooting tv series on 35mm - historical technical detail
Replies: 10
Views: 1885

Re: shooting tv series on 35mm - historical technical detail

I know nothing about film, per se, but do remember reading something in a magazine about a series being released in full for the first time (vague nagging doubt says Babylon 5). I got the impression the cameras in studios at the time were built for movies, so cinema screen size rather than 35mm, and...
by stearn
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: Members past and present
Replies: 15
Views: 5278

Re: Members past and present

The first three are all still active, but elsewhere, I don't know about Penfold. Twitter, Facebook etc. have all replaced a more static forum like this for the ease of general chat, but nothing quite matches a static forum for reference and research. Of course, the glory days of not being able to ke...
by stearn
Tue May 26, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: The old Mausoleum Club. Is it no more?
Replies: 12
Views: 2189

Re: The old Mausoleum Club. Is it no more?

I was backing up from the hosting side. Mirroring the directory structure of the site and backing up the available databases hosted on the site. I grabbed all I could. Until January I didn't have access to the backup facility within the software, and I only asked for that when I found I couldn't rep...
by stearn
Tue May 26, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: The old Mausoleum Club. Is it no more?
Replies: 12
Views: 2189

Re: The old Mausoleum Club. Is it no more?

A quick update. I have gone back through my most recent drive and have periodic backups for both the old and new forums going back 6 years. There may be more on older drives, but it is unlikely to help as the file size for the old forum SQL file stays constant over those 6 years, which is what I wou...
by stearn
Mon May 25, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: The old Mausoleum Club. Is it no more?
Replies: 12
Views: 2189

Re: The old Mausoleum Club. Is it no more?

OK, there is good news and bad news. The good news is I backed everything up that I had access to, both in 2017 and in January. I can look at the old forum data, but it stops dead sometime in 2009. The new forum picks up in December 2012. Threads from the old forum aren't indexed on WayBackMachine s...
by stearn
Mon May 25, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Sapphire and Steel - ITV strike 1979
Replies: 16
Views: 2325

Re: Sapphire and Steel - ITV strike 1979

Sorry about the forum. The data has all been retained and I'll see about finding the relevant thread and manually posting it here.
by stearn
Sat May 23, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Sapphire and Steel - ITV strike 1979
Replies: 16
Views: 2325

Re: Sapphire and Steel - ITV strike 1979

I'm sure this has been asked in various places before, but does anyone know if the IBA (or whatever it was called at the various times) kept a record of the Programmes as Broadcast (PasB) in the same way the BBC have. Was it down to the individual franchise holders, or the authority as the broadcast...