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by RobinCarmody
Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:31 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Jackanory: The Hobbit (1979)
Replies: 29
Views: 2568

Jackanory: The Hobbit (1979)

The BFI Southbank March guide suggests that on 6th March they are showing "the only surviving segment" from the 1979 Jackanory version of The Hobbit, originally shown in October of that year to mark the programme's 3000th edition. Which is odd - I believe that quite a few Jackanorys from the late 70...
by RobinCarmody
Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:26 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Barrie Edgar (1919-2012)
Replies: 0
Views: 389

Barrie Edgar (1919-2012)

A tribute to one of the medium's pioneers takes the form of a recently added Wikipedia article. Knew the name well from Radio Times and the like - also from Peter O'Sullevan's autobiography, where from memory he mentions his production of Cheltenham and some other racing coverage and says that he di...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is this story about 70s product placement genuine?
Replies: 11
Views: 1405

Re: Is this story about 70s product placement genuine?

Roll ACR wrote:Wasn't Jenny Clulow (actress and continuity announcer) in a booze commercial?
Yes, she was. The famous Cointreau one.
by RobinCarmody
Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:11 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Michael Winner
Replies: 12
Views: 1359

Re: Michael Winner

I'll say it before anyone else does: the Littlejohn encounter. A classic "broken clock" moment.

(I'll also say "a well-behaved Alsatian in a Kleenex box", because I fear nobody else round here will.)
by RobinCarmody
Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Write A Play (1967)
Replies: 13
Views: 1318

Re: Write A Play (1967)

One was written by a Janice Chegwin, who might now be better known as Janice Long. But obviously I have no way of knowing if they're one and the same. I wouldn't be surprised. She would have been 12 at the time, so certainly in the right age group. Indeed there are only two Janice Chegwins listed o...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Challenge - Bullseye news!
Replies: 3
Views: 636

Re: Challenge - Bullseye news!

The recent Kal guide claims that the whole of series 2 is missing - is this inaccurate? (There are also odd missing episodes from the later series which Challenge *have* shown in the past, and of course the unshowable 1989 episode where one of the contestants is a convicted murderer, and which was u...
by RobinCarmody
Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:36 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Compline service - Radio 4
Replies: 4
Views: 659

Re: Compline service - Radio 4

Last citation of Lighten Our Darkness in the Times is on 24th March 1984; before that it seems to have been on weekly. Later there was a similar Saturday night programme called Ten to Ten - at the time its name would suggest. Last citation of Before the Ending of the Day , which was indeed "the late...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Last Closedown?
Replies: 4
Views: 807

Re: The Last Closedown?

On BBC1, Saturday 8th November 1997 - News 24 was launched the following day and broadcast overnight from the start. They commissioned a closedown sequence with the BBC1 balloon set to GSTQ, which was only used for five weeks - I think the original plan had been to continue closing down after News 2...
by RobinCarmody
Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:56 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Whistle and I'll Come To You
Replies: 34
Views: 2808

Re: Whistle and I'll Come To You

Quite a few point-missing posts in this thread ( Abbot Thomas the best one? Really?). I've gone over this often enough already, but basically the further they get from their original author's cloistered insularity and fear, the more I like them. So Lost Hearts , The Ash Tree and the Miller Whistle y...
by RobinCarmody
Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:48 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: It's Slade
Replies: 20
Views: 2221

Re: It's Slade

How Does It Feel is surely the best song they ever did. Well, in the top five at any rate. Indeed. Eerily apt for its moment and lyrically predictive in all sorts of (unintentional) ways. "In for a Penny" is another rueful song - the best "remember/September" rhyme - as if they're almost apologisin...
by RobinCarmody
Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:43 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Christmas ratings
Replies: 22
Views: 1933

Re: Christmas ratings

'Christmas TV' does seem to be a strangely British thing. Yes, though you get all sorts of recurring Christmas TV rituals in Europe - like how the 1958 Disney special From All of Us to All of You is, to this day, an institution in Scandinavia. In non-Anglosphere cultures Christmas seems (although t...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:34 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Closedown, Late Call, Reflections and all that sort of thing
Replies: 30
Views: 2961

Re: Closedown, Late Call, Reflections and all that sort of t

I remember not "getting" a reference to 'Late Call' in a Momus song years ago - I mean, I worked out that it must have been some kind of epilogue but didn't instantly realise that it was a nod to his Edinburgh origins.
by RobinCarmody
Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Worst US TV and film depictions of Britain
Replies: 197
Views: 15881

Re: The Worst US TV and film depictions of Britain

It does very much depend on what a British person is into and what they relate to from their own country - indeed, what their idea of "Britain" (or "England", or "Scotland", or "Wales") is. Someone like me, for whom UK hip-hop and grime are very important, is going to be more defensive about a view ...
by RobinCarmody
Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:14 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: US late-night talk shows
Replies: 20
Views: 1906

Re: US late-night talk shows

I do need to say one thing here - "the British nation" as a whole does not "love" any one show. Even Dad's Army.

[Edited by moderator to remove off-topic material.]
by RobinCarmody
Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:52 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Worst US TV and film depictions of Britain
Replies: 197
Views: 15881

Re: The Worst US TV and film depictions of Britain

To be honest, I'm amazed it took 66 posts for someone to mention the episodes of Friends filmed here - probably says a lot about general MC preferences, because on forums full of the sort of people who did love that series it would have been cited almost immediately. I think most British people are ...
by RobinCarmody
Sat Dec 22, 2012 2:21 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Children's drama on the BBC
Replies: 30
Views: 2745

Re: Children's drama on the BBC

That may well be so but it isn't "the end of children's TV on the BBC", it's the end of children's programmes on BBC1 & BBC2. The BBC still has a major commitment to children's broadcasting across two dedicated channels, even if it's not exactly the same as most people here grew up with. I do wish s...
by RobinCarmody
Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Golden Balls and Challenge TV
Replies: 3
Views: 528

Re: Golden Balls and Challenge TV

Very little of the original Celebrity Squares exists in broadcast quality - though quite a lot has resurfaced in Bob Monkhouse's own collection.
by RobinCarmody
Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Closedown, Late Call, Reflections and all that sort of thing
Replies: 30
Views: 2961

Re: Closedown, Late Call, Reflections and all that sort of t

Roll ACR wrote:Although I expect some of the other ITV "small 5" probably did too.
Grampian also persisted with them well into the 1990s.
by RobinCarmody
Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Closedown, Late Call, Reflections and all that sort of thing
Replies: 30
Views: 2961

Re: Closedown, Late Call, Reflections and all that sort of t

I was curious to know if these programmes were at one time insisted on by the IBA Definitely not. Granada never had them, even in 1956 (they never played GSTQ either). Those in the London area (always produced by Thames, even those shown at the weekend) became a lot more secular in later years. I p...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Caterers and Middle Years at School
Replies: 5
Views: 778

The Caterers and Middle Years at School

Both educational series shown during daytime/early evening on BBC2 in early 1975. But does anyone know (newspaper listings and the BFI database are again seemingly no help) which episodes were shown on which dates, and specifically the Monday when an episode of 'Middle Years at School' about the use...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Late Night Line-Up "round the regions"
Replies: 2
Views: 519

Re: Late Night Line-Up "round the regions"

Thanks. I was assuming that it was the start of a full week of regionally-broadcast shows - sorry about that ;-)
by RobinCarmody
Tue Dec 18, 2012 2:38 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Late Night Line-Up "round the regions"
Replies: 2
Views: 519

Late Night Line-Up "round the regions"

Does anyone have the tx dates of a week of Late Night Line-Up specials (yes, I have tried the newspaper archives; no, none of them ever give any details of LNLU whatsoever) which came from Glasgow on the Monday, and later in the week from Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff? The BBC2 closedo...
by RobinCarmody
Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: 30 Years Of Citv
Replies: 29
Views: 3329

Re: 30 Years Of Citv

Having said that about Digital Spy, they are - according to that thread - showing two episodes of Dramarama , rather good ones too - Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night from 1988 (the de facto pilot for Children's Ward ) and Back to Front from 1989. The Press Gang episodes they're showing are the...
by RobinCarmody
Sat Dec 15, 2012 3:58 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Kenneth Kendall (1924-2012)
Replies: 13
Views: 1734

Re: Kenneth Kendall (1924-2012)

ctraynor wrote:I'd be interested to know his background re his appearances in TV and film dramas - 2001 etc. He must have had an equity card or something.
I think he was an actor first, like most BBC newsreaders for decades after ITN had first used journalists exclusively.
by RobinCarmody
Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:04 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Kenneth Kendall (1924-2012)
Replies: 13
Views: 1734

Re: Kenneth Kendall (1924-2012)

It's just occurred to me, reading the piece inThe Guardian, that Treasure Hunt never got repeated...or did it? He was excellent as the host... It was repeated very regularly indeed in the late 1990s/early 2000s on the original Challenge TV, but of course that had a much smaller potential audience b...
by RobinCarmody
Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:37 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: 30 Years Of Citv
Replies: 29
Views: 3329

Re: 30 Years Of Citv

The thread about this on Digital Spy makes incredibly depressing reading. People younger than me in some cases, and already they're waiting for death.
by RobinCarmody
Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:34 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: US late-night talk shows
Replies: 20
Views: 1906

Re: US late-night talk shows

And I think a disproportionate number of those will still be lines about sport, because that's the one area of popular culture where the Anglosphere doesn't exist and, in Britain, the Eurosphere is a much more powerful concept.
by RobinCarmody
Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:01 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: When are they EVER going to release...
Replies: 182
Views: 15745

Re: When are they EVER going to release...

Not necessarily the sort of thing I'd have easily talked about in the old place, but I have a strange longing to see the full series of The Flaxton Boys.