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by RobinCarmody
Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dad's Army turns 45 years old today
Replies: 58
Views: 4424

Re: Dad's Army turns 45 years old today

Thinking back to the previous stuff discussed here, I do find it interesting how bleak the conclusions of Dad's Army episodes can be sometimes, dressed up in clothing of slapstick and the best-laid plans going wrong (something it shares with quite a lot of Ealing comedies, etc). As is inevitable for...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Country Ways - Portland in June (TVS 1984?)
Replies: 8
Views: 1182

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

Just found out that there was a series about Portland's borstal (now a Young Offenders' Institution, as you'd expect, and separate from the prison) called Putting Them on the Bill and shown by TSW from 6th to 20th May 1982, though billed in newspapers as a Scene South-West special. Tyne Tees showed ...
by RobinCarmody
Sat Sep 07, 2013 7:52 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Wilfred Proudfoot (1921-2013)
Replies: 0
Views: 349

Wilfred Proudfoot (1921-2013)

Definite connections to broadcasting, and one of those people who invented and shaped modern Britain without really knowing they were doing it.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituar ... dfoot.html
by RobinCarmody
Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TV listings for 24th October 1971?
Replies: 28
Views: 2111

Re: TV listings for 24th October 1971?

I wish all of the Daily Worker/Morning Star was available - one day perhaps. The former has certainly proved a good resource for a book I'm working on at the moment, which luckily is restricted to the War years (well, it's the whole point, really). With a slight gap for the year or so that it was b...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TV listings for 24th October 1971?
Replies: 28
Views: 2111

Re: TV listings for 24th October 1971?

The Daily Mail archive was openly available to everyone for a month when it was launched and, regardless of what you think of the newspaper, it's a very useful resource. Indeed. I found a lot of Capital Radio - and other London-area commercial radio - details in there which I could never have found...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:31 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TV listings for 24th October 1971?
Replies: 28
Views: 2111

Re: TV listings for 24th October 1971?

I see! All interesting stuff. Checking the listings more generally, it's interesting that London Weekend alone showed one of the obligatory adult education programmes before Morning Worship - the only region to open up before the service - and showed cartoons and Captain Scarlet at lunchtime, which ...
by RobinCarmody
Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TV listings for 24th October 1971?
Replies: 28
Views: 2111

Re: TV listings for 24th October 1971?

Interestingly, this conflicts with the info given for that episode in the Kal guide, which has Sarah Miles appearing five weeks later but doesn't list Chief Red Fox that I can see. Kal lists Robert Morley, Arthur Mullard and the then-semi-regular Marian Montgomery.
by RobinCarmody
Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TV listings for 24th October 1971?
Replies: 28
Views: 2111

Re: TV listings for 24th October 1971?

Because I can, and because I've got time, here they are: BBC1 9.00 am Nai Zindagi Naya Jeevan 9.30 am Wie Bitte? (German) 10.00-10.25 am Zarabanda (Spanish) 11.00-11.30 am Seeing and Believing 11.35 am Fact and Fiction, Part 4 12.00 noon Windows on the World 12.25-12.50 pm Conflict at Work, Part 4 1...
by RobinCarmody
Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:28 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: David Jacobs (1926-2013)
Replies: 1
Views: 480

David Jacobs (1926-2013)

by RobinCarmody
Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Grange Hill
Replies: 101
Views: 8130

Re: Grange Hill

On the site now stands one of the new "academy" schools. Same social make up as in the 80's, but with a different mindset. Indeed. But doesn't that "different mindset" show that it is possible to turn around failing inner-city schools without corporal punishment? Many such schools have been changed...
by RobinCarmody
Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Grange Hill
Replies: 101
Views: 8130

Re: Grange Hill

Exactly. The school I was at in London (which is famed for being "The worst school in England" at one point) had abolished CP long before the national ban. I could tell you tales of rioting, violence, crime and total unruliness. Contrast that to the school I moved to in Hampshire over the course of...
by RobinCarmody
Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:58 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Cliff Morgan 1930-2013
Replies: 5
Views: 563

Re: Cliff Morgan 1930-2013

The theme music to Sport on 4, "The Shuffle" by Van McCoy, was apparently the first piece of music I ever recognised (and definitely one of the first I can remember).
by RobinCarmody
Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: London to Brighton in four minutes
Replies: 28
Views: 2070

Re: London to Brighton in four minutes

Was the original broadcast as a programme in its own right? How often was it shown since - was it wheeled out regularly as a sort of filler? I remember my dad said he 'liked watching it' as a child, which suggests it popped up on TV fairly often. I think it was one of the interval (or "interlude") ...
by RobinCarmody
Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Swap Shop query
Replies: 2
Views: 526

Re: Swap Shop query

Thanks!
by RobinCarmody
Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Swap Shop query
Replies: 2
Views: 526

Swap Shop query

Does anyone know which edition of the Multi-Coloured Swap Shop began with Noel Edmonds talking to the BBC1 duty announcer, Richard Straker? There are only two possibilities: Saturday 5th November 1977 and Saturday 8th March 1980.

(And, yes, a YT upload has brought this to my mind.)
by RobinCarmody
Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Incredible Vanishing Chigley
Replies: 15
Views: 1874

Re: The Incredible Vanishing Chigley

One of the things that strikes me about Chigley in retrospect is that, despite featuring a stately home etc., it also acknowledges trade, industry and mass production (and 1960s architecture!) in a way the two previous series don't. I suspect that was entirely Gordon Murray's own decision, though pr...
by RobinCarmody
Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:55 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 22/06/1978
Replies: 8
Views: 1389

Re: Top of the Pops 22/06/1978

Indeed, over and above what we now know about him he seemed very wrong for TOTP by that point - no awareness or understanding at all of the music on the show.
by RobinCarmody
Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "A sense of optimism in British television..."
Replies: 7
Views: 1011

Re: "A sense of optimism in British television..."

Deputy DG to be precise, but I can understand why so many make that mistake, because it always seemed that he had more real power and certainly better indicated the way things were heading than the mere placeholder who was nominally above him. The comment quoted in the thread title has always seemed...
by RobinCarmody
Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:56 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Gardners Question Time Broadcast Dates?
Replies: 10
Views: 983

Re: Gardners Question Time Broadcast Dates?

Quite possibly. In the Light Programme era Friday Night is Music Night used to be later on Friday evenings than now, so not quite the same slot. I don't have an absolute encyclopaedic mental knowledge, but considering the way pop music radio used to be regarded, I find it interesting that the Radio ...
by RobinCarmody
Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Slim Whitman (1923-2013)
Replies: 0
Views: 286

Slim Whitman (1923-2013)

Much reported in various media already.

From a very interesting blog indeed, a piece on his heavily TV-advertised 1976 best-of: http://nobilliards.blogspot.co.uk/2012/ ... itman.html
by RobinCarmody
Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:11 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 22/06/1978
Replies: 8
Views: 1389

Re: Top of the Pops 22/06/1978

Agreed, it was a cracking episode - great to see Bob Marley live in the TOTP studio too. One thing I've noticed when watching in the last year or so is that when David Jensen presents the show it seems more likely that the lineup is going to be very good indeed. Jensen definitely had better taste, ...
by RobinCarmody
Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The "God slot"
Replies: 14
Views: 1589

Re: The "God slot"

Until Songs of Praise began, the BBC had generally closed down from 6.15-7.00 pm on Sundays, but that wasn't quite as unthinkable because both channels closed down from 6-7 pm until February 1957 (the so-called "Toddlers' Truce"). Tonight and Six-Five Special initially filled that gap on the other d...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops
Replies: 60
Views: 6214

Re: Top of the Pops

In Guy Pratt's excellent "My Bass and Other Animals" he talks about the system that existed by 1982, whereby bands were required to book a studio session ostensibly in order to re-record their song specifically for use as their TOTP playback tape. A Musician's Union rep would turn up to check that ...
by RobinCarmody
Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:23 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Penney (1926-2013)
Replies: 0
Views: 383

John Penney (1926-2013)

Not noted here at the time, but one of the main voices behind the 1970s ITV Seven died in April: http://www1.skysports.com/horse-racing/news/12426/8612069/Tributes-flow-for-John-Penney The 95-year-old Peter O'Sullevan, happily, is still not yet in a position to be the subject of an 'Ashes to Ashes' ...
by RobinCarmody
Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:34 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Beeching Night
Replies: 12
Views: 1333

Re: Beeching Night

So I have the ultimate lost weekend, and I had no idea this was being shown at all. Typical me, typical me, etc.
by RobinCarmody
Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:28 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15
Replies: 79
Views: 5559

Re: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15

Always a certain melancholy about something like this. But, as with the BBC, that melancholy now has a new edge to it, which complicates longing and reminds us of how double-edged a sword the old broadcasting model actually was. I wonder if the edit that actually goes out will be slightly different ...
by RobinCarmody
Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:20 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Country Ways - Portland in June (TVS 1984?)
Replies: 8
Views: 1182

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

Thanks for the link. And, though they're not really my thing, good to see that they're wholly separate from the legal mire of so much TVS output. The site confirmed it was from Series 1, shown in autumn 1984: if the programmes are listed in their original tx order, then it would have been shown on F...
by RobinCarmody
Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:32 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Schools programmes: why did they have to 'follow shortly'?
Replies: 36
Views: 3379

Re: Schools programmes: why did they have to 'follow shortly

Looking it up online it appears the final day of schools programmes on BBC Two was the 26th March 2010, which seems to have quietly happened without much publicity - unlike the end of Ceefax last year. You'd think they could have had a retrospective day of schools programmes through the ages or som...
by RobinCarmody
Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:18 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Beeching Night - BBC Parliament 9-06-13
Replies: 8
Views: 910

Re: Beeching Night - BBC Parliament 9-06-13

If they thought it was a brand new show they'd probably have thought people in 1963 said "upcoming" as well ... The Betjeman programme - which has an incredible melancholy about it, knowing that you were in the last days of a particular world and not yet knowing what was going to replace it - was re...
by RobinCarmody
Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:15 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1953 Coronation Repeat on BBC Parliament, Sunday 2 June
Replies: 29
Views: 2221

Re: 1953 Coronation Repeat on BBC Parliament, Sunday 2 June

The Daily Mirror for the day after the coronation was the biggest-selling edition of any daily newspaper in British history, selling out a print of over seven million copies - though the News of the World beat that quite often at its peak.