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by RobinCarmody
Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:12 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ghostwatch Documentary
Replies: 25
Views: 2725

Re: Ghostwatch Documentary

I think it worked on many levels and layers, as stated here. It wouldn't work now - indeed it wouldn't be made now. Like The Day Today , it ran significantly ahead of the general drift of the style of programme it was attacking towards what the Old Left would have called "false consciousness". Both ...
by RobinCarmody
Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Country Ways - Portland in June (TVS 1984?)
Replies: 8
Views: 1201

Country Ways - Portland in June (TVS 1984?)

Members of this forum from Chesil Beach to the Thames Estuary will no doubt be familiar with the exceedingly long-running TVS/Meridian series Country Ways , the one Greg Dyke thought was exactly the sort of thing TVS should be doing as it was the sort of thing his elderly relatives in the region wou...
by RobinCarmody
Mon May 06, 2013 3:08 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 8568

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

The problem with anything like this is how to say it while still sounding reasonable. Hitchens Minor's piece on this subject managed to make the line "and then, sooner or later, there are going to be some metres" sound like he was describing the Holocaust. But at the same time I do think a lot of th...
by RobinCarmody
Wed May 01, 2013 9:03 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Link [Network]
Replies: 7
Views: 836

Re: PR: Link [Network]

So I was the only one here who genuinely thought this might be a release of the Sunday morning ATV/Central disability programme? I wonder if anyone else did but is too embarrassed to admit it yet ...
by RobinCarmody
Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:11 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: On the Move
Replies: 22
Views: 2002

Re: On the Move

Indeed. The uploader is a sometime contributor to this forum (assuming it's the one I think you mean).
by RobinCarmody
Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:46 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: No Maggie obit
Replies: 30
Views: 2892

Re: No Maggie obit

Not seen this thread until today, now that the dust has settled a bit. To keep it strictly on topic, where broadcasting is concerned I do not think she remotely understood the full implications of what she was doing, or how much the broadcasters she was waving through would eat away at her own provi...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Six Centuries of Verse - The Complete Series [Network]
Replies: 5
Views: 581

Re: PR: Six Centuries of Verse - The Complete Series [Networ

Ha, I was just about to make the same point about its being on Channel 4 myself ... but the general point about both channels holds, of course.

It did eventually get rerun on ITV in 1985 and 86, though at lunchtime and late at night.
by RobinCarmody
Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tv Times
Replies: 82
Views: 6613

Re: Tv Times

Given that the figures quoted earlier in this thread indicate that there wasn't a huge gap in the sales figures of the two magazines by 1980, it would be interesting to know what proportion of people who bought one magazine also bought the other. And whether people who did take both were more likel...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tv Times
Replies: 82
Views: 6613

Re: Tv Times

TV Times gave you a single TV channel and nothing else until Channel 4 came along. (Although I do recall once seeing Capital Radio listings in the London edition, but it seemed to be a one-off.) Yes, the London TV Times briefly did this in 1983. I don't have any such editions myself but can remembe...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tv Times
Replies: 82
Views: 6613

Re: Tv Times

Out of interest,was there anything about the TVT that made it more disposable such as competitions? It did run them at a time when Radio Times basically never did, yes, and maybe more pages that readers might have cut out for non-broadcasting-related reasons. But see the class thing I've mentioned ...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:12 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tv Times
Replies: 82
Views: 6613

Re: Tv Times

Thanks for your thoughts on circulation figures and hoarding, Nick. I suppose you also have to weigh in the factor that many people used to be quite snobbish about ITV and, by extension, TV Times. Indeed. ITV was widely, and wrongly, perceived to be what it actually has become since. Now we have hu...
by RobinCarmody
Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tv Times
Replies: 82
Views: 6613

Re: Tv Times

I think there was an element of "good tabloid journalism" in the old TV Times of the sort I would also associate with the 1950s & 60s Daily Mirror, which rather got squeezed out of the market later on (parallels with ITV itself entirely intentional).
by RobinCarmody
Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tv Times
Replies: 82
Views: 6613

Re: Tv Times

I do appreciate the subsequent posts in this thread (not so keen on the vaguely "working-class Tory" inverted snobbery in one of them, but David makes some good points). I suppose that my point about TV Times no longer inspiring any affection for what it was in itself, as opposed to the affection fo...
by RobinCarmody
Sat Apr 13, 2013 9:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tv Times
Replies: 82
Views: 6613

Re: Tv Times

Is it still going now? Who the hell buys it? It's still going, but its circulation is miniscule compared to the likes of 'What's on TV' (which have cornered the tabloid-reading audience) and RT (which has found a niche, the one that enjoyed it most before listings deregulation). It couldn't thrive ...
by RobinCarmody
Sat Apr 13, 2013 9:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Archive TV you dreamt
Replies: 30
Views: 2945

Archive TV you dreamt

I dreamt last night that two SWP members (one of whom actually existed, but I'm not going to name him) appeared on a May Day 1975 special edition of Play Away about jazz, which resulted in a court case and they were banned from appearing on any BBC programme ever again. Which seems, like all the bes...
by RobinCarmody
Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:37 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Living at Thamesmead - with Spencer Banks
Replies: 1
Views: 417

Re: Living at Thamesmead - with Spencer Banks

Indeed. The very fact that the same person is in Penda's Fen and this is too 1974-carmodic for even me to want to write about it.
by RobinCarmody
Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:07 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: I'll give you the money meself...
Replies: 84
Views: 6208

Re: I'll give you the money meself...

Another reactionary sneer at young people and black pop. Another arrogant assumption that you have to feel the same way to be intelligent. Another emoticon to gloss it all up.

The inherent flaws of a forum like this come further and further towards the surface ...
by RobinCarmody
Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:14 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: I'll give you the money meself...
Replies: 84
Views: 6208

Re: I'll give you the money meself...

Agreed (on all points). It has a lot of the virtues of old-style British TV, but at the same time I don't think it could have been made in the same way back then because within it high and low exist on the same plain and on equal terms with each other, which wouldn't really have been possible in tho...
by RobinCarmody
Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:43 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: I'll give you the money meself...
Replies: 84
Views: 6208

Re: I'll give you the money meself...

I always wondered whether "Funky Music" was James Brown - £10,000 or more for knowing that "Funk On Ah Roll" made number 40 in 1999 ... but I can well imagine that "Acid Jazz" is the same thing and so you're probably right. Just like how "Spanish pop" was sometimes "European pop music", and the one ...
by RobinCarmody
Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Eldorado' - was it really all that bad?
Replies: 20
Views: 1859

Re: 'Eldorado' - was it really all that bad?

Yes. It was rushed into production with hurriedly written scripts and the production difficulties not yet ironed out; the critics put the boot in; it got the reputation of being crap; the BBC rushed to cancel it just as things were starting to improve. They should have stuck with it a little longer...
by RobinCarmody
Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Eldorado' - was it really all that bad?
Replies: 20
Views: 1859

Re: 'Eldorado' - was it really all that bad?

Cole wrote:A VHS tape was released just after it ended, "Adios Eldorado".
I know it was. I was thinking more in terms of people not being likely to keep individual episodes recorded offair.
by RobinCarmody
Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Eldorado' - was it really all that bad?
Replies: 20
Views: 1859

Re: 'Eldorado' - was it really all that bad?

I don't think that's odd, really. It's not the sort of thing all that many people would have kept VHS recordings of.
by RobinCarmody
Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: TV Heck
Replies: 81
Views: 5679

Re: TV Heck

It isn't really news that programmes of the recent past no longer look prehistoric in the way they did in 1992; all that shows is that the 1980s were a revolutionary period in British culture and society, television very much not excepted, in a way the two subsequent completed decades have not been....
by RobinCarmody
Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:40 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC Pres behind-the-scenes stuff, c. 1993
Replies: 38
Views: 2904

Re: BBC Pres behind-the-scenes stuff, c. 1993

Excellent stuff.

The NC1 clip and the material being played out during it (the 'Bronco Billy' trailer etc.) are from 30th December 1992, and the David Allan OU startup has to be 5th or 12th June 1992.
by RobinCarmody
Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:19 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The best place to order DVD's...
Replies: 30
Views: 2946

Re: The best place to order DVD's...

And not everyone can take advantage either, because not everyone has access to or is comfortable using electronic means of payment - lots of people still prefer going to a real shop and handing over cash. Indeed, but if your tastes (in whichever field) are non-mainstream, not everyone has the equal...
by RobinCarmody
Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:35 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Kevin Ayers
Replies: 8
Views: 831

Re: Kevin Ayers

Sadly missed. His line "today the town seems like a tomb" comes to mind.
by RobinCarmody
Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Richard Briers
Replies: 18
Views: 1785

Re: Richard Briers

A far better actor than he was widely given credit for during his years of greatest success. And don't forget If You See God, Tell Him.
by RobinCarmody
Sun Feb 17, 2013 8:48 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Goodbye Granadaland
Replies: 11
Views: 1431

Re: Goodbye Granadaland

I do find it fascinating that Broadcasting House, which for quite a lot of recent history was neglected and came close to being abandoned altogether, has outlived pretty much all the first-gen TV studios and has had a massive new lease of life. Very much "the first shall be last and the last shall b...
by RobinCarmody
Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Jackanory: The Hobbit (1979)
Replies: 29
Views: 2568

Re: Jackanory: The Hobbit (1979)

Thanks, Toolz. I kind of knew that the print guide must have made a mistake, but good to have it confirmed. The BFI website merely refers to the instalment being shown as "the first episode", so it looks like they've realised their error too.
by RobinCarmody
Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:10 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Jackanory: The Hobbit (1979)
Replies: 29
Views: 2568

Re: Jackanory: The Hobbit (1979)

Saw some of it at the time, and remember it ran over a few instalments, with Maurice Denham as Gandalf and Bernard Cribbins as Bilbo. I would have thought it had more of a chance of survival from that late a period but obviously not. The thing is, as I said, all ten instalments were digitised even ...