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by Simon Coward
Fri May 31, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: It's Dark Outside [Network]
Replies: 17
Views: 3463

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

I don't recall how it ended, I'd have been much too young to have watched this at the time, but having read, recently, various newspaper reviews and reports, I've learnt a few things. Spoilers aplenty, so read no further if you're waiting for the missing episodes to turn up... There are three charac...
by Simon Coward
Fri May 31, 2013 5:10 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ronnie Barker/Gerald Wiley
Replies: 20
Views: 3115

Re: Ronnie Barker/Gerald Wiley

TVTimes knew even earlier than 1971. This from the Frost on Sunday listing for 04/01/1970: "Messrs. Frost, Barker and the rest of the production team trooped into a Chinese restaurant at the end of the last series of Frost on Sunday to meet the mystery man who had been supplying them with such good ...
by Simon Coward
Mon May 27, 2013 9:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: It's Dark Outside [Network]
Replies: 17
Views: 3463

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

I was lucky enough to be able to watch series one last year, but the series two episodes were completely new to me, and yesterday and today I watched the pair of them. It's such an engaging programme and I've rarely felt the loss of a number of episodes from a series as keenly as I do here. It reall...
by Simon Coward
Sun May 26, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Mick McManus 1920-2013
Replies: 1
Views: 686

Re: Mick McManus 1920-2013

Today is the 66th anniversary of McManus' first appearance on British television.

He faced Al Lipman in a bout shown on BBC television between 21:30 and 22:00 on 26/05/1947.

RIP Mick.
by Simon Coward
Fri May 24, 2013 12:00 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Truth or Dare (BBC 1996)
Replies: 4
Views: 913

Re: Truth or Dare (BBC 1996)

stearn wrote:RT listing
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It seems to have been extensively repeated on UK Arena in 1999.
Thanks for the info. I didn't know about the repeats. I'm sure I used to have an off-air of this, I must have a hunt for it.
by Simon Coward
Thu May 23, 2013 7:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Truth or Dare (BBC 1996)
Replies: 4
Views: 913

Re: Truth or Dare (BBC 1996)

According to our database there were three writers: the two mentioned on IMDb (Mike/MIchael Barnes and Russell Lewis) and another named James Richards. I believe this information was sourced from paperwork at the BBC Written Archives Centre in Caversham. Mike/Michael Barnes seemed to work mostly as ...
by Simon Coward
Thu May 23, 2013 11:53 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Speak Like A Child (BBC 1998)
Replies: 9
Views: 1481

Re: Speak Like A Child (BBC 1998)

Here are the details Simon: 12.20 AM Speak like a Child Poignant drama in which three troubled teens form a unique friendship. Sammy (aged 14) Fraser Ayres Sammy (aged 30) Richard Mytan Billy (aged 14) Daniel Newman Ruby (aged 30) Rachel Fielding Ruby (aged 14) Alison Mac Dorothy Carla Henry Billy ...
by Simon Coward
Thu May 23, 2013 11:01 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Speak Like A Child (BBC 1998)
Replies: 9
Views: 1481

Re: Speak Like A Child (BBC 1998)

According to The Times, there's a tx of something with that title on 04/11/2004 (well, early hours of 05/11, it's a slightly worse slot than the original broadcast). It's got the right duration 1:20 (the BFI's listing is wrong in saying that it runs for 2 hours) but The Times carries no details so I...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 22, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Garbologist - Channel 4
Replies: 7
Views: 1400

Re: The Garbologist - Channel 4

How peculiar. Hmmm...

Richard Kell's another name that isn't in our database. There is a Richard Kelly who did a bit of directing, but almost exclusively on Blue Peter, I think.

Where did you source the "Channel 4" bit from? It's not mentioned on the page I linked to.
by Simon Coward
Wed May 22, 2013 12:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Garbologist - Channel 4
Replies: 7
Views: 1400

Re: The Garbologist - Channel 4

There's nothing in our database either.

This page here gives an alternative spelling for the director's surname (Schernick) and two variations on the title spelling (Garbologist / Garboligist) as well as a production company (Access Productions) but none of these seem to help a great deal.
by Simon Coward
Fri May 17, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tv Times
Replies: 82
Views: 11165

Re: Tv Times

Different weights of Univers work quite well in, to use stearn's example, both VALERIE PITTS and Old MacDonald... Bold for the former and Black for the latter. Plantin is very close as the main body type. When italicised it has the peculiar 'J' off to a tee, if you'll pardon the pun (or even if you ...
by Simon Coward
Fri May 17, 2013 10:17 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: VT codes
Replies: 12
Views: 2567

Re: VT codes

Here's another example for you:

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by Simon Coward
Thu May 16, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Help needed - ITV Yearbooks 1965, 1966
Replies: 4
Views: 1055

Re: Help needed - ITV Yearbooks 1965, 1966

I was wondering if a kind individual who has access to the ITV Yearbooks for 1965 and 1966 would enlighten me as to who was the listed as the programme controller for Ulster Television in those volumes and what page numbers the station's listing appears on? In the 1966 edition, no-one's listed as p...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 15, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 16797

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

In other words they'd want a depiction of the 1940s that rang true for them, even though it would be an inaccurate depiction. No, not at all. When you're dealing with how people behaved or the language they used, unless it's a portrayal of specific real people, then quite a variety of depictions wi...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 15, 2013 1:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 16797

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

How many years before dramas set in the mid-1990s routinely show houses having flat-panel TVs, I wonder. 2010's 'When Harvey Met Bob' - set in 1984/85 - has a scene of 'Bob Geldof' watching the BBC News footage from Ethiopia on a fairly contemporary widescreen television. In 1984. Somebody in the p...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 15, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 16797

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

I remember some complaints about The Camomile Lawn from people insisting that its depiction of sexual frankness was anachronistic for the 1940s. But this is, of course, bollocks - they just didn't like the sexual frankness, that was their problem. They wanted a sanitised version of the 1940s, but t...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 15, 2013 12:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 16797

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

Alright, how many people in WW2 barracks used expletives like 'blast'? Not an anachronism, I know, but still unrealistic. Obviously with older dramas that's a censorship issue, but not any more. I suspect the Spitfire enthusiasts wouldn't complain about this, though - they'd accept that it was a de...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 15, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 16797

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

That's, of course, an extreme example. Artistic decisions can be much more subtle, which is where the 1937 wristwatch comes in. What's actually wrong with an anachronism if it tells the story better, creatives a better artistic effect, or simply makes for a more entertaining show? But does it reall...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 15, 2013 8:23 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 16797

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

GarethR wrote:For someone who's involved with television, you appear to have very little understanding of how it works, indeed how it's *always* worked. I find that strange.
Just because something sometimes - or even always - works in a particular way doesn't mean that way is the best one, or the right one.
by Simon Coward
Wed May 15, 2013 8:11 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: VT codes
Replies: 12
Views: 2567

Re: VT codes

I've seen this occasionally too, but I've no idea what it means. Most, but definitely not all, of the times I've come across it, the code's been used on an insert within something else - e.g. a VT clip played out within a news programme, or a clip played on Points of View. So I'd wondered if it mean...
by Simon Coward
Tue May 14, 2013 11:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 16797

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

Can you draw a line yourself? I can't, but I honestly don't see the problem with featuring, for example, a 1937 wristwatch in a play set in 1932. What if the 1937 wristwatch fits the character better? What if it just looks nicer? TV's about aesthetics, after all - it's not a scientific paper or a c...
by Simon Coward
Tue May 14, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 16797

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

Seriously, what is the obsession people have with accuracy in fiction? It depends on the type of fiction you're dealing with, but often people just want their fiction to be believable and not take them out of the drama by featuring something needlessly incorrect. So where would you draw the line? I...
by Simon Coward
Tue May 14, 2013 10:47 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 16797

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

But if you're doing that kind of thing deliberately where, if anywhere, does the line get drawn? Or are we one day going to get some fuck-witted director saying, "Yeah, I know in 1957 he should really be outside Number 10 with Harold Macmillan, but I just preferred the look of Winston Churchill." A...
by Simon Coward
Tue May 14, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 16797

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

However, we do see instances where production teams, even when offered the right hardware, chose something else - sometimes even from the same source - because they "think" it looks more "appropriate," even when it isn't. Absolutely, and it's their prerogative to do that - Bob mentioned consulting ...
by Simon Coward
Tue May 14, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: You're On?
Replies: 2
Views: 856

Re: You're On?

There was something with this title on BBC 1 Northern Ireland in the summer of 1975. There only look to have been a handful of them - fortnightly from 17/06/1975 till the end of July or thereabouts.

What was being compared unfavourably with it?
by Simon Coward
Mon May 13, 2013 9:53 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Adobe's head in the cloud
Replies: 21
Views: 3122

Re: Adobe's head in the cloud

If you need to hunting down ancient hardware on which you could install an ancient OS in order to access an obsolete file format, you didn't think far enough ahead! If you're that certain that in 20 years you're going to need the option to open files you're creating in current versions of apps that...
by Simon Coward
Sun May 12, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Adobe's head in the cloud
Replies: 21
Views: 3122

Re: Adobe's head in the cloud

That's not a fair comparison, though. A 2" tape contains the finished product of a TV production project and the only way to access it is to play it on a 2" VTR, whereas the finished product of a Photoshop project is a still graphic image, and there's no problem displaying still graphic images of a...
by Simon Coward
Sun May 12, 2013 8:59 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV to Channel 4 transfers
Replies: 21
Views: 2852

Re: ITV to Channel 4 transfers

'Looks Familiar' also transfered and became a 45 minute programme. UK archive programmes included 'Armchair Theatre', 'The Human Jungle', 'The Avengers',' The Prisoner', 'Family at War', 'Edgar Wallace Mysteries','Scales of Justice'. To be picky, do the last two film series count in this context? H...
by Simon Coward
Sat May 11, 2013 9:53 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Adobe's head in the cloud
Replies: 21
Views: 3122

Re: Adobe's head in the cloud

As overused as the Downfall meme is, that one managed to be funny. But when it comes to the line "What happens in 20 years when I try to open a project I did yesterday" - are people really making that sort of argument? They really think that in 20 years they will have an urgent business need to be ...
by Simon Coward
Thu May 09, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 16797

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

Simon36 wrote:Exactly, so surely it's optional.
It's not what they taught me at shool, though :-)