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by RobinCarmody
Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:26 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Good Morning Britain, mark 2
Replies: 17
Views: 1240

Re: Good Morning Britain, mark 2

Roll ACR wrote:Surely it should be "Good Morning UK".
That was the name of Brian Hayes' unsuccessful Radio 2 breakfast show in 1992. You don't want to reawaken those ghosts ...
by RobinCarmody
Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:25 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Good Morning Britain, mark 2
Replies: 17
Views: 1240

Re: Good Morning Britain, mark 2

Not for their main programme no, although their 'Lorraine' slot was called something like "Top o' the morning" for a while from launch, again an awful name. No actual Irish people use that phrase. Only House of Pain. I did like the title for their short lived breakfast strand a few years ago: 'Morn...
by RobinCarmody
Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Bergerac
Replies: 10
Views: 1310

Re: Bergerac

It's just as well he didn't come from Manchester or they would have to relocate again. Oh come on - surely you don't really believe that? Savile committed despicable crimes. The personal fondness of a lot of people on here for the world he represented (and yes, yes, I know the New Left wasn't perfe...
by RobinCarmody
Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:33 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Product placement in Chocky
Replies: 15
Views: 1442

Re: Product placement in Chocky

Presumably the whole running joke in the Christmas edition of Knowing Me Knowing You was an allusion to such things happening within the BBC - maybe to specific instances which were known about within the industry but not by the mass public.
by RobinCarmody
Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Childrens Television Advertising Regulation
Replies: 13
Views: 1282

Re: Childrens Television Advertising Regulation

There's some odd exceptions such as The Krypton Factor, which somehow ran without an ad-break until 1993. This Is Your Life also didn't have a break when it was on ITV. I think that by the 1980s there was indeed an IBA rule forbidding ad breaks within half-hour children's dramas, hence why none of ...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Feb 11, 2014 8:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: A Salute to Thames - 1st March 2014
Replies: 16
Views: 2111

A Salute to Thames - 1st March 2014

Details of the next Kaleidoscope event here:

http://www.kaleidoscopearchive.co.uk/a- ... march-1st/
by RobinCarmody
Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:06 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Alan Bridges (1927-2014)
Replies: 5
Views: 608

Re: Alan Bridges (1927-2014)

I interviewed Bridges some years back and was absolutely in awe of him. The Lie is an absolute masterpiece to my mind, and his direction of it should really have led to a whole Bergman-esque realm of British film making. Alas that wasn't to be Indeed; one of those fantasies of the Britain I would h...
by RobinCarmody
Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: DO IT! (Children's ITV)
Replies: 18
Views: 1749

Re: DO IT! (Children's ITV)

Of the editions of Dramarama produced by TVS, the following have appeared on YouTube: A Young Person's Guide to Getting Their Ball Back (31.10.1983 - very obviously getting at Thatcher which is subversive in itself considering the general politics of the region and the whole economic wave the compan...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: DO IT! (Children's ITV)
Replies: 18
Views: 1749

Re: DO IT! (Children's ITV)

What a shame if that is the case.

Lost Shows has it down as existing complete, but that might be because they are still using the info put together in the 1990s for the Children's Guide.
by RobinCarmody
Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Things that were on TV on the day I was born
Replies: 51
Views: 3567

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

I don't think I have anything on DVD from 23rd August 1980, but then I don't think all that much has been released (at least in terms of UK stuff). Tales of the Unexpected was shown that day, but I don't have that series. I have a pres/ads offair from LWT, the region where my parents lived, the day ...
by RobinCarmody
Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:33 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: DO IT! (Children's ITV)
Replies: 18
Views: 1749

Re: DO IT! (Children's ITV)

I still have two of the magazines telling you how to, er, do it (the Belstow Weekly or Belstow Monthly, I think) you could send off for. Why I sent off for them I'm not quite sure now - I was never much of a maker or a do-er as a child, but I liked the *idea* of being one. In that respect I've never...
by RobinCarmody
Sun Jan 12, 2014 5:45 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Play it Cool [Network]
Replies: 3
Views: 533

Re: PR: Play it Cool [Network]

I'm inclined to agree with Marcello Carlin's words re. Billy Fury's film career: "where were Tony Richardson or Lindsay Anderson when they were needed?"
by RobinCarmody
Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Minor error in Kal guide
Replies: 0
Views: 294

Minor error in Kal guide

The Christmas Day 1980 edition of This is Your Life featured a housewife from Chester called Joan Wells, not John Wells. Clips of this are now on YouTube. An easy mistake to make because they didn't normally have non-famous people on, even at Christmas.
by RobinCarmody
Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff
Replies: 73
Views: 7211

Re: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff

I think that it was standard practice to offer more modest cash alternatives for elaborate prizes after recording. It was for the cars on the nineties Celebrity Squares , at least. Possibly. I just found it very interesting that the IBA wouldn't have intervened to stop such a now unacceptable prize...
by RobinCarmody
Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff
Replies: 73
Views: 7211

Re: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff

And let's not forget that "a St Bernard and a year's supply of whisky" was among the prizes offered in the first show, though it wasn't won. Extraordinary to think of how much more tightly regulated ITV in other respects was at the time (I'm tempted to wonder whether the IBA might not have wanted th...
by RobinCarmody
Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:50 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Your regular Radio listening
Replies: 14
Views: 1507

Re: Your regular Radio listening

It always seems to me that the programmes I make a point of always listening to get dropped so as to appease the Cameronites - DJ Q, Charlie Sloth's Monday night show, you know the deal.
by RobinCarmody
Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:35 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: "Old" Radio 5 programmes still running?
Replies: 11
Views: 1100

Re: "Old" Radio 5 programmes still running?

An epic story all round here.

I rather wish 'Le Top' and 'Euromix' were still going. My memories of the former are such that I can't quite bring myself to admit that Francois Feldman's "Joi" is really every bit as much meretricious muck as Shakespears Sister.
by RobinCarmody
Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:45 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Does anyone know the archive status of ...
Replies: 14
Views: 2165

Re: Does anyone know the archive status of ...

The Matthew Hopkins of children's television. I think the late 1970s being taken more and more seriously as modern history makes the possible wiping of editions of something like What Do You Watch , if indeed some of it was junked, even harder to justify. The children who appeared on that could be ...
by RobinCarmody
Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:32 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Does anyone know the archive status of ...
Replies: 14
Views: 2165

Re: Does anyone know the archive status of ...

The above suggests that the film inserts of Looking at Light obviously survive but that the studio sequences (the programme was billed to run 25 minutes) may be an Adam Lee casualty, as might be the second Broken Biscuit Company programme. Great that all the rest survives, though. Another BBC childr...
by RobinCarmody
Sun Oct 27, 2013 12:19 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Does anyone know the archive status of ...
Replies: 14
Views: 2165

Re: Does anyone know the archive status of ...

Excellent. Thanks!
by RobinCarmody
Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Does anyone know the archive status of ...
Replies: 14
Views: 2165

Re: Does anyone know the archive status of ...

Here's a list of the other programmes shown in the Play Away slot on Saturday afternoons (some of which suffered a similar archival fate): 6-20 November 1976: Take a Ticket To ... with Toni Arthur (exists in full) 19 March 1977: Hit the Note with Jonathan Cohen (not sure, but if this is what Lost Sh...
by RobinCarmody
Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Does anyone know the archive status of ...
Replies: 14
Views: 2165

Does anyone know the archive status of ...

... the following BBC children's programmes (mostly one-offs)? I Remember, I Remember ... (11 August 1977) Looking at Light (18 August 1977) A-Roaming (25 August 1977) The Broken Biscuit Company (1 and 8 September 1977; theme music on one of the Radiophonic Workshop albums I think) Now and Then (11 ...
by RobinCarmody
Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:15 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: GSTQ and the elephant in Andrew Rosindell's room
Replies: 10
Views: 923

GSTQ and the elephant in Andrew Rosindell's room

Some might have just heard (on Radio 4's The World Tonight) ultra-right Tory MP Andrew Rosindell discussing his Commons motion that BBC1 should play the British National Anthem every night. The thing that always gets me when Tory MPs go on in this way is this: they were largely responsible for the t...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sitcom jokes that no longer work
Replies: 86
Views: 7178

Re: Sitcom jokes that no longer work

There are an awful lot of jokes about inflexible trade unionists in sitcoms up to the 1980s which would be incomprehensible to audiences with no experience of working before 1990. Several entire series included. Even in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I think the last three and a half years has s...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sitcom jokes that no longer work
Replies: 86
Views: 7178

Re: Sitcom jokes that no longer work

ayrshireman wrote:Said ironically in the week that vinyl sales have been their biggest in years, and the first credible vinyl rebirth in years.
http://nobilliards.blogspot.co.uk/2013/ ... datta.html
by RobinCarmody
Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:46 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Oscar Puffin 1963-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1055

Re: Oscar Puffin 1963-2013

Yes, should have said longest childrens' tv programme still running on it's original terrestial tv channel, after BBC1 dropped Plue Peter. Blue Peter is still on a terrestrial channel, available to every home in the UK with a television. That the channel it appears on may not be on your radar does ...
by RobinCarmody
Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Oscar Puffin 1963-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1055

Re: Oscar Puffin 1963-2013

Simon Winters wrote:Yesterday was the final broadcast of the longest-running childrens' programme on British tv - Puffin's pla(i)ce.
Blue Peter has run five years longer.
by RobinCarmody
Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:19 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Joan Regan (1928-2013)
Replies: 0
Views: 293

Joan Regan (1928-2013)

Not the happiest or easiest of lives at all (how often do we say that about entertainers of that style and that generation?) but she was on one of the two surviving editions of Six-Five Special , probably not coincidentally an OB from a US Air Force base in Oxfordshire, and she is no more: http://ww...
by RobinCarmody
Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:08 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Time Flies By
Replies: 8
Views: 919

Time Flies By

Did anyone else on this forum have the song from Chigley (officially titled "The Little Steam Engine", but who would acknowledge that?) running through their heads on their first remembered train journeys? I did, and I clearly remember it rushing through my mind - specifically the "under bridges, ov...
by RobinCarmody
Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:02 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Country Ways - Portland in June (TVS 1984?)
Replies: 8
Views: 1201

Re: Country Ways - Portland in June (TVS 1984?)

A few more Weymouth & Portland-related programmes taken from the BFI database (yes, I know, this is my own private thread) ... Once Around the Bay (BBC South West tx 07.02.1986 with the excellent Ray Gosling, in the BBC2 Friday night regional slot; the first half of this is on YouTube though I suspe...