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by Simon Coward
Wed May 16, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Slot changes
Replies: 35
Views: 3772

Re: Slot changes

That sounds typical of how ATV treated LWT material wherever possible. Lew Grade famously loathed LWT and David Frost personally after the channel won ATV's former London franchise. You're not wrong about ATV and LWT's relationship, though by 1973 LWT had at least proven themselves as capable of pr...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 16, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Slot changes
Replies: 35
Views: 3772

Re: Slot changes

That sounds typical of how ATV treated LWT material wherever possible. Lew Grade famously loathed LWT and David Frost personally after the channel won ATV's former London franchise. You're not wrong about ATV and LWT's relationship, though by 1973 LWT had at least proven themselves as capable of pr...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 16, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Slot changes
Replies: 35
Views: 3772

Re: Slot changes

One spectacular example is the jimmy Edward's period piece sitcom Sir Yellow (Yorkshire 1973). The first two episodes went out at 7pm on a Sunday but it was so badly received that by the third episode it was relegated to a post-midnight slot. That's a very good one. It was Friday night to begin wit...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 16, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Slot changes
Replies: 35
Views: 3772

Re: Slot changes

I think this is just one of those things that Mark's got completely wrong. Yes, it was the case that the same episode was billed in TV Times on consecutive weeks but all that seems to have happened is that, for reasons lost in the mists of time, two episodes were swapped around in the tx order, and ...
by Simon Coward
Tue May 15, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Slot changes
Replies: 35
Views: 3772

Re: Slot changes

In something of an about-face compared to the usual goings on, LWT's sitcom The Many Wives of Patrick started life on LWT at 10pm (on a Saturday, so it didn't displace News at Ten ) but after six weeks of this, the final episode of the first series was shown at 7pm. The second series was given a mor...
by Simon Coward
Fri May 11, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Slot changes
Replies: 35
Views: 3772

Re: Slot changes

Am I right in thinking "Ultimate Force" got moved (and as a result, its storylines became watered down)? It switched from weekdays to weekends, I don't know whether that had an effect, but from a timeslot point of view nothing much changed. The later episodes were longer - usually a 70-minute episo...
by Simon Coward
Thu May 10, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Slot changes
Replies: 35
Views: 3772

Re: Slot changes

While ATV initially didn't take Catweazle which was lapped up and virtually networked to everywhere else and chose to show their old ITC kid's show 'The Forest Rangers' instead. I think that's putting an unfair slant on it. ATV had been showing The Forest Rangers in that slot for some months before...
by Simon Coward
Thu May 10, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Slot changes
Replies: 35
Views: 3772

Re: Slot changes

With mention of the distinct lack of faith in "The Law Centre", before it was even screened, I was thinking about TV series that were networked but moved after a while because of poor ratings. There was the excellent "Virgin Of The Secret Service", which was shifted about, and "The Adventures Of Do...
by Simon Coward
Sun May 06, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.
Replies: 51
Views: 6415

Re: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.

Does anyone know anything about The Law Centre ? Because it wasn't fully networked, there's nothing about it in the TV Times that I have access to. In particular, was it a series or a serial? i.e. would the missing episode affect the viewer's comprehension of what survives? I don't recall there bei...
by Simon Coward
Thu May 03, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Vegetable Village Children's TV Series
Replies: 7
Views: 883

Re: Vegetable Village Children's TV Series

Vivian Milroy's connection (it would now appear as presenter rather than director) Ah, no, don't fall for that one. It's really Radio Times' fault rather than Genome's, but around this time "presenter" means exactly what you'd expect, but "presented by" is really a contraction of "presented for tel...
by Simon Coward
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The 'Rivers of Blood' speech
Replies: 4
Views: 938

Re: The 'Rivers of Blood' speech

There was no local news broadcast at the weekend in the midlands, but then although Powell was a local MP and speaking locally, he was also a national political figure who had been in the cabinet and was, at that point, in the shadow cabinet. So although his speech may have had particular resonance ...
by Simon Coward
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Succubus - HTV 1987
Replies: 5
Views: 868

Re: Succubus - HTV 1987

stearn wrote:Carlton Select broadcast Night Voices in the late 90s, but there are no details in The Times as to what episodes.
So they did.

I've only been able to tie-in one title with a date ("The Trains" on 28 June 1997) but at least it does show that it's the right Night Voices, in case there was another.
by Simon Coward
Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Wednesday ITV Regional Drama Series Slot
Replies: 8
Views: 1299

Re: The Wednesday ITV Regional Drama Series Slot

I don't think it was that rare, back then (replying to Malcyb, not stearn). Friday evenings between 7.30 and 8.30 (sometimes extended to either start at 7.00 or end at 9.00) was a free for all for quite a while too, and usually film series as well. There were long periods where Tuesday and Thursday,...
by Simon Coward
Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Different Start and End Themes
Replies: 35
Views: 3651

Re: Different Start and End Themes

The Wednesday Play tended to have a standard opening theme and title sequence, but the end theme - when there was one - varied.
by Simon Coward
Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Successful TV Drama careers
Replies: 31
Views: 3149

Re: Successful TV Drama careers

Focus II wrote:Richard Briers- '60s comedy about a newly wedded couple, can't recall name
Marriage Lines, with Prunella Scales (Marriage Lines, Mr. Big, Fawlty Towers, Mapp & Lucia, After Henry).
by Simon Coward
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Different Start and End Themes
Replies: 35
Views: 3651

Re: Different Start and End Themes

In the same tune but noticeably different arrangement pile you could add the filmed Special Branch episodes and The Ghosts of Motley Hall.
by Simon Coward
Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister
Replies: 11
Views: 1650

Re: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister

Nick Cooper 625 wrote:I'm pretty sure Jasper Carrott read it from the fabled "office photocopy" at some point. It certainly predates Yes, Prime Minister.
That rings a bell with me too, more so than Dave Allen. I'd certainly heard it somewhere else before Yes, Prime Minister.
by Simon Coward
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:09 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Elissa Derwent ate my hamster
Replies: 1
Views: 501

Re: Elissa Derwent ate my hamster

Can't say I think it looks like her either, but there's a slender volume on spiritualism credited to Elissa Derwent, which might be a step too far to be just a coincidence.

It's listed on Amazon, but there are a few more details here
by Simon Coward
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Network's 'Forgotten TV Drama' range
Replies: 58
Views: 9187

Re: Network's 'Forgotten TV Drama' range

Billy Smart wrote:It is... but neither of those suggestions would be within our remit, because the 'Forgotten' titles are taken from the ITV archive.
You mean apart from the ones made by ABC :-)
by Simon Coward
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The African Waltz - was it a TV theme?
Replies: 9
Views: 1207

Re: The African Waltz - was it a TV theme?

Comments on this site include: "It WAS a theme tune to a children's TV series, but I don't remember the name. It was a kind of Indiana Jones type serial, supposedly set in Egypt - hence the aptness of the name African Waltz" "It was briefly used as introduction music for a BBC early evening quiz ar...
by Simon Coward
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The African Waltz - was it a TV theme?
Replies: 9
Views: 1207

Re: The African Waltz - was it a TV theme?

It's not dissimilar in melody to the theme that Dankworth wrote for Telford's Change, although they're not identical.
by Simon Coward
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Successful TV Drama careers
Replies: 31
Views: 3149

Re: Successful TV Drama careers

I assume that was meant ironically... but yes, apart from certain soap stars, it's hard to think of any well-known TV actor or actress who isn't known for more than one role. Well quite... though drmih's suggestion of ignoring single series shows - and so restricting this to roles taken by the vari...
by Simon Coward
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Successful TV Drama careers
Replies: 31
Views: 3149

Re: Successful TV Drama careers

Perhaps... Amanda Burton in Peak Practice and Silent Witness. Siobhan Redmond in Bulman and Between the Lines. Don Henderson in Strangers/Bulman and The Paradise Club. Mark McManus in Sam, Strangers and Taggart. George Cole in Don't Forget to Write and Minder, as well as comedies like A Life of Blis...
by Simon Coward
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Long sitcom series
Replies: 9
Views: 1362

Re: Long sitcom series

I'm struggling to remember why, but I'm sure series 1 of "Doctor In Charge" was not meant to be so long, and the production team were asked to provide more episodes at short notice. It was being trailed as 27 episodes in the trade press before the series had started broadcasting but that still coul...
by Simon Coward
Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The 1974 10.30pm closedown
Replies: 49
Views: 5160

Re: The 1974 10.30pm closedown

I was looking at a very interesting news clipping recently from the Telegraph (15/2/72) on the subject of both BBC and ITV being worried that if episodes are missed due to the power cuts, serials may never recover their present audiences. There is mention of using a resume', before shows like "Doct...
by Simon Coward
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Long sitcom series
Replies: 9
Views: 1362

Re: Long sitcom series

27 episodes in the second series of Granada's Mess Mates and 26 in the contemporary ABC sitcom Our House . Both long runs occasioned by the Equity strike, and well before the end each featured the regular actors (who were contracted pre-strike) and no-one else. The first series of Bootsie and Snudge...
by Simon Coward
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TVseries not shows that never saw the light of day
Replies: 47
Views: 5978

Re: TVseries not shows that never saw the light of day

It never got to a full series, partially because it became clear that with the IBA wishing to abolish most weekend-only franchises in the upcoming ITV reorganisation, ABC wasn't going to exist for much longer. I don't really follow the logic of that bit. Why were weekends so important? As Leigh has...
by Simon Coward
Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC/ITV
Replies: 41
Views: 4314

Re: BBC/ITV

Not the BBC / ITV thing in quite the same way, but something I saw yesterday surprised me. Last night on ITV they several times ran a trail for a new mini-series Trauma , due to air in February. But what surprised me was a caption, I think, rather than part of the voice-over: "From the creator of Do...
by Simon Coward
Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Same Actor, Same Character, Different Show
Replies: 23
Views: 2599

Re: Same Actor, Same Character, Different Show

I'm sure I've posted this elsewhere, but John Barrie and William Gaunt also appeared as Sergeant Cork and Detective Constable Marriott in one of N. F. Simpson's Four Tall Tinkles on BBC 2 in 1967.