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by Simon Coward
Tue Sep 21, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Footage Detectives"
Replies: 13
Views: 615

Re: "The Footage Detectives"

"Smokescreen" was a regular on ITV up until around 2001 then seemed to disappear - though it may have been on satellite channels that I'm not familiar with. By the mid-2010s it was appearing on Movies4Men quite frequently and then, more recently, on TPTV.
by Simon Coward
Tue Sep 21, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Footage Detectives"
Replies: 13
Views: 615

Re: "The Footage Detectives"

I think that's right, the opening titles must have been pulled from another episode and the episode caption appears to be of modern digital origin. Probably the whole of the first 20 minutes are missing. "Smokescreen" is a cracking film although I don't think TPTV do it any favours by showing it wid...
by Simon Coward
Mon Sep 20, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Footage Detectives"
Replies: 13
Views: 615

Re: "The Footage Detectives"

David Boothroyd wrote:
Sun Sep 19, 2021 10:57 pm
According to IMDB the car crash sequence was reused in a film in 1964 so presumably the footage was taken from that, but could only be edited in without context.
Yes, it's from the opening of "Smokescreen", a regular on TPTV - they've shown it more than 30 times.
by Simon Coward
Fri Sep 10, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Ace Of Wands" series 2 50th
Replies: 45
Views: 1715

Re: "Ace Of Wands" series 2 50th

Talking of audios, I was wondering if the audio of "Seven Serpents" might actually be from the 73 repeat, might explain why "Joker" wasn't done, perhaps it started with "Nightmare Gas". To the best of my knowledge, all three tapers were different people but, if I'm wrong about that, there were defi...
by Simon Coward
Sat Aug 14, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: Kevin Eldon
Replies: 2
Views: 768

Re: Kevin Eldon

For the only Holly Berk listed on FreeBMD, the mother's surname is given as 'Stott' - does that help at all?
by Simon Coward
Tue Aug 10, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Can I improve my memory - channel 4
Replies: 4
Views: 476

Re: Can I improve my memory - channel 4

That really is extraordinary. Looking back via Digiguide, that shows the times as 21:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00 and 00:30, but whether that picked-up the final times I couldn't say. They do seem to match the final times in the main XML schedule feed which is used by quite a variety of TV schedule appli...
by Simon Coward
Sat Aug 07, 2021 8:19 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Can I improve my memory - channel 4
Replies: 4
Views: 476

Re: Can I improve my memory - channel 4

It was, I believe, shown at 10pm on Thursday rather than at 8pm. I have no idea why.
by Simon Coward
Mon Jul 26, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Earliest overseas filming for BBC/ITV shows.
Replies: 19
Views: 1220

Re: Earliest overseas filming for BBC/ITV shows.

Mark wrote:
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:44 am
Children's again, although A-R seemed keen on overseas filming, with shows like "Riviera Police" in 65.
Also both Crane and The Rat Catchers - especially the former - went abroad.
by Simon Coward
Sat Jul 24, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Earliest overseas filming for BBC/ITV shows.
Replies: 19
Views: 1220

Re: Earliest overseas filming for BBC/ITV shows.

It can't beat Interpol Calling, but there was some genuine overseas filming (with actors) for Associated-Rediffusion's children's series Romano aka Romano the Peasant, which was broadcast in May and June 1960. The filming mostly took place in Cetara in southern Italy.
by Simon Coward
Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: United! (BBC 1965-67)
Replies: 10
Views: 999

Re: United! (BBC 1965-67)

brigham wrote:
Thu Jul 22, 2021 7:28 am
I suppose 199 Park Lane was a home-grown 77 Sunset Strip?
As a fancy address, possibly, but whereas 199 was the address of a fashionable block of apartments, 77 was a stylish office block.
by Simon Coward
Mon Jul 19, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: United! (BBC 1965-67)
Replies: 10
Views: 999

Re: United! (BBC 1965-67)

Brian F wrote:
Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:05 am
I also forgot (and I assume many have) 199 Park Lane which I seem to remember was about the same time as United.
Yes, 199 Park Lane finished the week before United! started.
by Simon Coward
Wed Jun 16, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1980's Comedy Set in a Movie Theatre
Replies: 4
Views: 914

Re: 1980's Comedy Set in a Movie Theatre

There was something called The Popcorn Kid which would fit your initial description to a degree, but it only ran for six episodes not a couple of seasons.
by Simon Coward
Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Adventures of Robin Hood TPTV
Replies: 9
Views: 1484

Re: Adventures of Robin Hood TPTV

Talking Pictures have shown all 39 episodes of Series 1 - with the exception of Episode 7 ( The Challenge) which was skipped for some reason. So that definitely was missed, then? I knew they hadn't listed it but I did wonder whether the extra listings for "The Knight Who Came To Dinner" were reflec...
by Simon Coward
Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Can anyone identify these memories?
Replies: 2
Views: 738

Re: Can anyone identify these memories?

The first one sounds like a scene from The Avengers episode "Game" where Antony Newlands' Brigadier Wishforth-Brown is done-in in that kind of way.

Alternatively, it might be the opening of The Persuaders! episode "A Death in the Family".
by Simon Coward
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Adventures of Robin Hood TPTV
Replies: 9
Views: 1484

Re: Adventures of Robin Hood TPTV

Not sure what you mean by 'given up'. The last 'new' episode was "The Prisoner" shown just four days ago (06/06/2021 at 17:30). There was a repeat of another only two days ago (08/06/2021 at 09:30) and three more repeats are currently scheduled at weekly intervals from that one and there may be more...
by Simon Coward
Tue Jun 08, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: World In Action episode help.
Replies: 3
Views: 725

Re: World In Action episode help.

From the old ITN Source site: Production ID: 1/0568/0669 Programme ID: 1/0568 Programme title: WORLD IN ACTION (AFTER DOOMSDAY) Production title: WORLD IN ACTION (AFTER DOOMSDAY) Synopsis: Looks at the likely effects of a nuclear war in Britain and the discrepencies between official casualty figures...
by Simon Coward
Fri May 21, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 5866

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

It ended on that Friday, 22nd, I remember I kept checking that week to see if it was off, as I was audio taping "Who" on the 23rd, Part One of "The Power Of Kroll". I believe it ended on the Saturday but my info could be wrong: it says that BBC 1 was back on air from 14:57 on Saturday 23rd with BBC...
by Simon Coward
Thu May 20, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 5866

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

That’s really interesting. So the Gen Game still did well but Yarwood was nowhere to be seen... The Generation Game and the first couple of hours of The Sound of Music had much lesser opposition, I suppose. It's interesting that the Muppet Show and Diamonds are Forever did so well despite the forme...
by Simon Coward
Thu May 20, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 5866

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

ITV won in the sense of having the single highest-rated programme but spread across Christmas Day and Boxing Day honours were much more even. Here's an excerpt from the National Top 20, showing just the programmes on 25 and 26 December. I don't think I can make tables on this forum so excuse the odd...
by Simon Coward
Fri May 14, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early Armchair theatre on videotape
Replies: 34
Views: 4513

Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

Their website says that they do, which is all I have to go on.
by Simon Coward
Fri May 14, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early Armchair theatre on videotape
Replies: 34
Views: 4513

Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

Not AT but Granada's Mary Broome play from 1958 survives on videotape I believe. (Harry H Corbett) It does indeed, and the tape even has some interviews beforehand - Bill Grundy interviewing Dame Sybil Thorndike (who had played the role of Mary Broome many years earlier) and both Olive McFarland an...
by Simon Coward
Fri May 14, 2021 12:17 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 5866

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

Mid year it looks like a sub-heading 'Groomed' could relate to who groomed the defection, but a name is missing for what I can access, or it could just be Bennett and Stevens being groomed to fill M&W shoes. It's the latter, sadly. The former sounds as though it would be more interesting. The 'defe...
by Simon Coward
Fri May 14, 2021 12:12 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early Armchair theatre on videotape
Replies: 34
Views: 4513

Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

Not AT but Granada's Mary Broome play from 1958 survives on videotape I believe. (Harry H Corbett) It does indeed, and the tape even has some interviews beforehand - Bill Grundy interviewing Dame Sybil Thorndike (who had played the role of Mary Broome many years earlier) and both Olive McFarland an...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 12, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early Armchair theatre on videotape
Replies: 34
Views: 4513

Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

Wasn't the play recommended to be destroyed due to its controversial theme about abortion? I don't think I've heard that but then, back in the 60s, TV companies didn't really need a reason / excuse to wipe a play, or any other kind of TV programme. Wiping seems to have been the default operation in...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 12, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early Armchair theatre on videotape
Replies: 34
Views: 4513

Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

You might be right about that, Ian. Earlier in the year I checked and it wasn't listed among the BFI's holdings in A for Andromeda to Zoo Time: Television Holdings of the National Film and Television Archive, 1936-1979 (1994).
by Simon Coward
Tue May 11, 2021 12:50 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early Armchair theatre on videotape
Replies: 34
Views: 4513

Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

"|n" meant held in the National Film [and Television] Archive rather than in the broadcaster's own archive. Surely there was a list of codes and their meanings in there somewhere. The BFI currently claim that they don't anything for this production, but we must have got that information from somewhe...
by Simon Coward
Mon May 10, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 5866

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

It was unfortunate for Thames that the three year period 1981 to 1983 was the only time that they lost three consecutive Christmas Day evenings to LWT - leap years were positioned to reduce it to two every other time*. Given that the hand-over time was still 7pm in 1981, I wonder whether the idea of...
by Simon Coward
Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Local News Takes a Holiday
Replies: 8
Views: 1805

Re: Local News Takes a Holiday

I maybe wrong but I think Smith was also repeated during a later summer break ..maybe 76. I don't remember that and a quick search hasn't turned anything obvious up, but then searching for 'smith' you do get an awful lot of chaff with the wheat. If you find out dates / details I'd be fascinated to ...
by Simon Coward
Sun Apr 18, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Local News Takes a Holiday
Replies: 8
Views: 1805

Re: Local News Takes a Holiday

I had either forgotten, or never knew in the first place, that the "August" bank holiday fell in September in 1969 (and also 1968, it seems). Yes, I'd forgotten that too, although I suppose for two reasons it may not have seemed particularly significant at the time. One being that either way it sti...
by Simon Coward
Sun Apr 18, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Local News Takes a Holiday
Replies: 8
Views: 1805

Local News Takes a Holiday

In the 1960s and early 1970s our home was a London-region home, receiving the output of Rediffusion and ATV, and then Thames and LWT. Thames, in particular, did a thing each summer for its first few whole years as a weekday broadcaster. Their daily local news programme Today was given a break and th...