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by Simon Coward
Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Jackanory: The Hobbit (1979)
Replies: 29
Views: 4183

Re: Jackanory: The Hobbit (1979)

Part of The Hobbit was dramatised by Rediffusion for their schools' programme Story Box in 1964. Among the cast were Peter Sallis as Bilbo and Ronald Radd as Gandalf. Is there any place to get more information about that one? Where did you read it, for example? I came across it when doing research ...
by Simon Coward
Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:44 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Market in Honey Lane
Replies: 11
Views: 2015

Re: PR: Market in Honey Lane

ian b wrote:Anna Wing is listed on IMDb for some reason - wonder if that's because some else in the past has muddled her up with Pat Nye?
Unless it's a recent addition as a result of the name-check in her obituary. If only there was a visible update history for IMDb as there is for Wikipedia.
by Simon Coward
Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:32 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Market in Honey Lane
Replies: 11
Views: 2015

Re: PR: Market in Honey Lane

Bodie wrote:Is that John Bennett I spy I on the cover? And wasn't Anita Wing, who has just passed away, in this?
Yes to John Bennett but no to Anna Wing, despite what Stuart Jeffries wrote in her Guardian obituary. Pat Nye (top right on the cover image) may be who he - and perhaps you - were thinking of.
by Simon Coward
Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Raise the Titanic
Replies: 9
Views: 1635

Re: Raise the Titanic

I have a cutting from a magazine, which looks like its the TV Times. The article is written by Tom Bedford, and it makes reference to the dives by Jack Grimm to find the wreck, which was in the summer of 1983; the article say that the dives happened "this year." The article has at the top "Thursday...
by Simon Coward
Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:45 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Ladies in Charge - The Complete Series [Network]
Replies: 4
Views: 860

Re: PR: Ladies in Charge - The Complete Series [Network]

Simon36 wrote:Hmmm. It was definitely the one that ends with them at a funeral. Isn't that the first?
I can't remember enough about the individual stories to answer that, I'm afraid.
by Simon Coward
Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Ladies in Charge - The Complete Series [Network]
Replies: 4
Views: 860

Re: PR: Ladies in Charge - The Complete Series [Network]

Oh good, I've been hoping for this one. I remember the first episode very clearly, watching it with my parents on a half term break in the Cotswolds and us all enjoying it. Pedantry alert: Wouldn't be the first, would it? Surely the half-term break was at the end of the month, around the time of ep...
by Simon Coward
Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:51 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: News Flash
Replies: 90
Views: 11513

Re: News Flash

Simon36 wrote:Did ITV ever show Towering Inferno? BBC1 showed it in 82/83 and I thought that was their second screening of it.
Not back then anyway. The first outing was on 26/12/1980, the second on 02/01/1983 and the third on 29/12/1984, all on BBC 1.
by Simon Coward
Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Rice Expedition
Replies: 2
Views: 599

Re: The Rice Expedition

I suspect the programme you're thinking of is an edition of the series Travellers in Time, shown 11/02/1981. According to The Times the edition was entitled "Up The Amazon", while the BFI lists it as "Amazon Explored". The Rice expedition was also one of a handful of expeditions featured in an editi...
by Simon Coward
Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Incredible Vanishing Chigley
Replies: 15
Views: 2971

Re: The Incredible Vanishing Chigley

While I'm on the subject of longstanding Watch With Mother mysteries, does anybody have any idea of why Chigley disappeared from the schedules for a couple of years, roughly 1977-81, while Trumpton and Camberwick Green continued to be shown? This is what I remember happening at the time and I was l...
by Simon Coward
Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:53 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Future of the BBC
Replies: 5
Views: 1135

Re: The Future of the BBC

Overall the BBC has lost about 14% of the entire audience share, which certainly seems to give lie to the vocal minority who claim "not watching the BBC" as a reason to abolish the licence fee. And, of course, the lumping together of everything other than those formerly broadcast as free-to-air ana...
by Simon Coward
Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: It Takes a Worried Man - The Complete Series 3 [Network]
Replies: 1
Views: 430

Re: PR: It Takes a Worried Man - The Complete Series 3 [Netw

Lovely. And that's another few off-air Betamax tapes that can be safely chucked away.
by Simon Coward
Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: LWT overseas sales
Replies: 22
Views: 3518

Re: LWT overseas sales

Two series not mentioned thus far, and whose survival is almost exclusively down to the existence of telerecordings, are Company of Five where five out of the six - including, of course, Dennis Potter's Shaggy Dog - are T/Rs, and all twelve of episodes of The Inside Man . The only two surviving epis...
by Simon Coward
Sat Jun 22, 2013 9:18 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Gardners Question Time Broadcast Dates?
Replies: 10
Views: 1826

Re: Gardners Question Time Broadcast Dates?

Jazz Record Requests on Radio 3 had a very long run on Saturdays at 5pm, and is still in that slot now, but I've a feeling it may have moved away and back again. Wikipedia says it started on the Third Programme in 1964 but it can't have been at 5pm then since it would have clashed with Sports Repor...
by Simon Coward
Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC London News
Replies: 33
Views: 4935

Re: BBC London News

For the techies amongst us - Since last Monday, and for the next 9 months or so, BBC London News is coming from a virtual reality studio. Only the presenter and the desk are real (and I sometimes have doubts about the presenter). The monitor shots here show the effect. What's the source of the "bus...
by Simon Coward
Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:31 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15
Replies: 79
Views: 9915

Re: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15

Except that broadcasting is a service, not a product/thing in itself. Why does a broadcast have to keep reminding people which channel they're watching, when they're invariably already aware of the fact in the first place? Indeed. It's curious that the one time where it's next to impossible to dist...
by Simon Coward
Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15
Replies: 79
Views: 9915

Re: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15

And if this kind of recap is so important, why restrict it to a certain kind of factual show? Why not put similar "catch-ups" after every ad-break be it in drama, sitcom, film or what-have-you?
by Simon Coward
Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:25 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15
Replies: 79
Views: 9915

Re: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15

It's hardly modern. "Filming" long ago became a generic term for capturing moving pictures regardless of the actual format; it's been used in that way ever since the invention of video tape. I'd very interested if you could find any recorded examples to back that up - written or spoken - from, say,...
by Simon Coward
Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:37 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15
Replies: 79
Views: 9915

Re: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15

Filming can be forgiven as it's such a longstanding term. It may be incorrect in the digital age but it is at least quaint. But it's not as though it's only in the digital age that they've had an alternative to film, is it? Video's existed - in one form or another - for the whole life of the studio...
by Simon Coward
Sat Jun 15, 2013 9:39 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15
Replies: 79
Views: 9915

Re: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15

Roll ACR wrote:They've just referred to "episodes" of "World in Action"
They also mentioned "filming" something, which was shot on tape.
It's the modern way... unfortunately.
by Simon Coward
Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:52 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15
Replies: 79
Views: 9915

Re: "Goodbye Granadaland" Jun 15

Hmmmm......they've just trotted out the rainfall story as fact. I'm quite sure that story is apocryphal and that the reason for going after a Northern ITA contract was to avoid direct internal competition for their cinemas which were predominantly in London and the South East. According to this pag...
by Simon Coward
Fri Jun 14, 2013 5:19 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Gardners Question Time Broadcast Dates?
Replies: 10
Views: 1826

Re: Gardners Question Time Broadcast Dates?

DavidT wrote:Broadcast on my birthday too!
And you didn't remember? :-)
by Simon Coward
Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Gardners Question Time Broadcast Dates?
Replies: 10
Views: 1826

Re: Gardners Question Time Broadcast Dates?

Members of The Hartland Garden Society took part in the edition broadcast on Sunday, 23rd March 1975 (and repeated two days later on Tuesday 25th).
by Simon Coward
Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops
Replies: 60
Views: 9537

Re: Top of the Pops

Of course, records in a line of descent established in the mass consciousness by "Pump Up the Volume" were recreated for TOTP - not at that time, but a few years later, during the 1991/92 era when a load of rave hits had to be performed with samples being sung live and sounded nothing like the reco...
by Simon Coward
Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:24 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops
Replies: 60
Views: 9537

Re: Top of the Pops

famously XTC recorded an entire B-side during such a session, I cannot remember which It was "The Somnambulist" - a B-side to "Ten Feet Tall" in the US, and on the 'bonus single' that came with early editions of the "Generals and Majors" 7" in the UK. It was recorded when the band were supposed to ...
by Simon Coward
Fri Jun 07, 2013 4:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Female ventriloquists
Replies: 14
Views: 2686

Re: Female ventriloquists

As mentioned in my original post! Incidentally, Nina Conti did a show on Radio 4 last week, which was billed as the first appearance of a ventriloquist (of either sex) on British radio since Peter Brough and Archie Andrews over 50 years ago. It's not true, though: Ray Alan had his own radio series ...
by Simon Coward
Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:16 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Soupturreenian passage
Replies: 2
Views: 564

Re: Soupturreenian passage

Reading a post (Seventies Memories) reminded me of another awful pun. What is the film where a subterranean passage is somehow heard as a souptureenian passage? I was sure this was Will Hay and Claude Hulbert in The Ghost of St Michaels while exploring such a passage but it's not there. It's worrie...
by Simon Coward
Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Looking for Pat Hooker
Replies: 13
Views: 3377

Re: Looking for Pat Hooker

Short piece in TVTimes (w/c 03/11/1973), doesn't add much: How to keep out of court You might think that court stenographer Pat Hooker drew from personal experience when she wrote Monday's Six Days of justice presentation, A Question of Discipline. But it isn't strictly true. For the play is set in ...
by Simon Coward
Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:54 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Thursday's Child (BBC 1973) - Found it!
Replies: 6
Views: 1219

Re: Thursday's Child (BBC 1973) - Found it!

andrew baker wrote:Curious about "The Doll." Most Durbridge serials were remade in Germany, but not this one. It must have been sold as a dubbed version.
Yes, I think it was just the last few - "The Passenger", "The Doll" and the two "Breakaway" serials - where the BBC adaptations were shown in Germany.
by Simon Coward
Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:40 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ronnie Barker/Gerald Wiley
Replies: 20
Views: 3115

Re: Ronnie Barker/Gerald Wiley

I think the story - in relation to the Frost shows - sounds perfectly plausible, as does the reason given. It's less clear why he continued with the use of the pen-name once it had been revealed. I found this: RONALD BARKER, Esq., currently masquerading as Lord Rustless of Chrome Hall, turns his ari...
by Simon Coward
Fri May 31, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: It's Dark Outside [Network]
Replies: 17
Views: 3463

Re: PR: It's Dark Outside [Network]

One other thing, which I originally posted on Roobarb's. It's tempting, now, to consider the programme as an obscure and quirky curio, but I think this is really only down to its age. It was quite popular at the time, with every episode making the national top 20. Here are some viewing figures as re...