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by Simon Coward
Mon May 06, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 13801

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

Out of interest, do the people who complain about perceived anachronisms in turns of phrase in programmes about recent history get equally wound up when Shakespeare is performed using modern pronunciation (and I do mean pronunciation and not language)? An Elizabethan hearing Shakespeare's original ...
by Simon Coward
Mon May 06, 2013 12:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 13801

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

90s? Hardly. We were using "there you go" in that sense when I was at primary school in the 70s, and I'm sure the usage was far from freshly-minted then. You may be right about it hardly being new, but I do recall it gained popularity/currency in the 1970s once it became familiar as Sam McCloud's "...
by Simon Coward
Mon May 06, 2013 9:53 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 13801

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

One thing that struck me was the Master of the College's use of the verb "refute" to mean "to deny (strongly)", when in 1965 it would surely only be used with its more traditional meaning of "to disprove".
by Simon Coward
Mon May 06, 2013 9:12 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 13801

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

Mind you I didn't mention the notice on the wall that said "authorized" rather than "authorised"! Perfectly correct. I don't know whether it's changed more recently, but until at least the 1980s, the 'z' spelling of this and similar words used to be given as the primary spelling by the Oxford Engli...
by Simon Coward
Mon May 06, 2013 7:54 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 13801

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

"gifted" in the legal sense mentioned by JWG is certainly a term I'm familiar with and not just one that I've seen become more common in recent years. And as that was the sense used in the programme I can't argue with it at all. "loaned" is (or at least was) undoubtedly less common than "lent" aroun...
by Simon Coward
Fri May 03, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Possibility of Coronation repeat?
Replies: 16
Views: 2468

Re: Possibility of Coronation repeat?

It may not sell as many TV sets as the original showing. The idea that the Coronation had such an effect in the first place is something of a myth. If you graph the number of TV licences on issue between 1947 and 1960, there is no spike for 1954, which we would expect if there had been a unusual in...
by Simon Coward
Fri May 03, 2013 11:56 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Corrie - Barlow goes bonkers
Replies: 17
Views: 3730

Re: Corrie - Barlow goes bonkers

SgtPepper wrote:It's certainly going to be one hell of Christmas prison panto this year.
Oh no it isn't!
by Simon Coward
Thu May 02, 2013 4:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Professionals from Network???
Replies: 44
Views: 5676

Re: The Professionals from Network???

Is this a wind-up? There is nothing whatsoever about the Profs on the network site. I see this thread started on April 23rd, I expected it to say April 1st when I checked! For a week or so when you went onto the network site a window popped up. When you clicked on it you got this: http://networkona...
by Simon Coward
Thu May 02, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Missing Believed Wiped 20th Anniversary Special
Replies: 27
Views: 3707

Re: Missing Believed Wiped 20th Anniversary Special

Nothing, in full, that's had a commercial release in the meantime please. But it wouldn't be a bad idea to include this kind of thing in some way - it's always good to show that material which has been rediscovered doesn't just disappear into an archive after a single airing at a Kaleidoscope event...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 01, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Dave Allen Doc
Replies: 21
Views: 2776

Re: Dave Allen Doc

I've amended the list of documentaries again according to Simon's suggestions. Not quite, but nearly... The programmes and synopses are grand, but you've still got the last of the USA series on 22/03/78 instead of 29/03/1978. OK - hopefully done now. I really am sorry, John. Now you've done that, a...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 01, 2013 12:14 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Dave Allen Doc
Replies: 21
Views: 2776

Re: Dave Allen Doc

John Williams wrote:I've amended the list of documentaries again according to Simon's suggestions.
Not quite, but nearly...

The programmes and synopses are grand, but you've still got the last of the USA series on 22/03/78 instead of 29/03/1978.
by Simon Coward
Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:32 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Dave Allen Doc
Replies: 21
Views: 2776

Re: Dave Allen Doc

I've made some changes to the list in light of Simon's very helpful comments. Simon - does it look right now? It would do but for one thing. I've just discovered that the final edition wasn't shown on 22/03/78 because of a change in the ITV schedules to accommodate the highlights of the Football Le...
by Simon Coward
Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:47 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Dave Allen Doc
Replies: 21
Views: 2776

Re: Dave Allen Doc

These certainly do look like they could be quite entertaining. Dave Allen and Friends "Dave Allen tours Britain in search of unusual people, customs and stories, following on from the documentaries IN SEARCH OF THE GREAT BRITISH ECCENTRIC and ECCENTRICS AT PLAY. GB, ATV, c1977. Tx GB, ITV, 04/01/197...
by Simon Coward
Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Biggles - The Complete Series [Network]
Replies: 21
Views: 2740

Re: PR: Biggles - The Complete Series [Network]

Phew.Thanks for that Simon.The fullest listing I've managed to find is on IMDB,where they have the right number of episodes,identify each mini-serial,and name the stars. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0161131/episodes?year=1960&ref_=tt_eps_yr_1960 I find it fascinating that there are still whole chunk...
by Simon Coward
Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:29 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Plays for Britain - The Complete Series [Network]
Replies: 28
Views: 3222

Re: PR: Plays for Britain - The Complete Series [Network]

One episode of 'Rock Follies of 77' made it into the top 20 with 6.3 million homes. Don't have the exact date to hand. First episode was 18= with 6.25m. I got the 6.3 from 'Television's Greatest Hits' - I'll check which episode tonight - presumably the same one. Just checked and it is - the book ro...
by Simon Coward
Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Plays for Britain - The Complete Series [Network]
Replies: 28
Views: 3222

Re: PR: Plays for Britain - The Complete Series [Network]

John Williams wrote:One episode of 'Rock Follies of 77' made it into the top 20 with 6.3 million homes. Don't have the exact date to hand.
First episode was 18= with 6.25m.
by Simon Coward
Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Biggles - The Complete Series [Network]
Replies: 21
Views: 2740

Re: PR: Biggles - The Complete Series [Network]

How much information is there about this series? The BFI believes that there were 35 episodes,IMDB lists only the lead actors.Is it really the case that we'll only know who the guest-stars were when we buy the DVDs,or were they listed in the TV Times? ATV in the midlands stopped taking the series a...
by Simon Coward
Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Plays for Britain - The Complete Series [Network]
Replies: 28
Views: 3222

Re: PR: Plays for Britain - The Complete Series [Network]

Howard Schuman refers to an audience "between 12 and 15 million",which is quite a wide spread. http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2002/jun/16/features.review47 During the six weeks that Rock Follies was on, the bottom show(s) in the Jictar Top 20 were watched in between 6.3m and 6.55m homes. I d...
by Simon Coward
Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Plays for Britain - The Complete Series [Network]
Replies: 28
Views: 3222

Re: PR: Plays for Britain - The Complete Series [Network]

With the exception of the BBC's Nine O'Clock News, none of the series mentioned in this thread made the national top 20, which is all I've got access to. Nor did Thames' Shades of Greene or Granada's The Nearly Man (another drama series about an MP) which preceded Rock Follies in the Tuesday at 9.0...
by Simon Coward
Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Plays for Britain - The Complete Series [Network]
Replies: 28
Views: 3222

Re: PR: Plays for Britain - The Complete Series [Network]

Yes that's right. It's worth mentioning that the first of the Plays for Britain (The Paradise Run) was opposite Dennis Potter's 'Double Dare', although if circumstances had been different it would have been up against 'Brimstone and Treacle'. So that's why I didn't see it. How successful Plays for ...
by Simon Coward
Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sherlock Holmes
Replies: 231
Views: 28541

Re: Sherlock Holmes

Thanks Mike. Just had a look at some second-hand sites online for the Michael Cox book, and it seems to be going for extortionate rates! Will have to see if I can borrow a copy from the library It's been re-printed in the US: http://www.wessexpress.com/html/studyincelluloid.html . It's not cheap as...
by Simon Coward
Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dial M for Murder BBC 1974
Replies: 22
Views: 2885

Re: Dial M for Murder BBC 1974

'A BBC TV PRODUCTION in association with WARNER BROS. TELEVISION'. I've never heard of any other BBC show being produced like this. Might it be some kind of "vanity credit" in relation to Warners owning film or television rights to the other "Dial M for Murder" as a result of the Hitchcock film of ...
by Simon Coward
Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Knight Errant [Network]
Replies: 9
Views: 1633

Re: PR: Knight Errant [Network]

Richard Bignell wrote:Which episode of Knight Errant Limited is still in existence?
"The Joker" from 12/01/1961.
by Simon Coward
Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:52 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Bob Dylan and Catch the Wind
Replies: 4
Views: 666

Re: Bob Dylan and Catch the Wind

I have a memory of Bob Dylan singing this Donovan song at some time but I cannot find any record of it. I thought it was in a movie maybe. I could of course be wrong and mistook Donovan for Dylan but listening to Donovan singing it I still think there is a possibility that Dylan did cover it. Does ...
by Simon Coward
Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Indoor League - Volume Two [Network]
Replies: 13
Views: 1915

Re: PR: Indoor League - Volume Two [Network]

After all, darts began its television life on Indoor League… Did it heck! Indoor League started in 1973? I don't think the first was long before, but World of Sport carried some of the 1972 News of the World Darts Championship in April of that year. IL might have had the first regular darts coverag...
by Simon Coward
Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:18 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Crown Court - Volume Seven [Network]
Replies: 15
Views: 2275

Re: PR: Crown Court - Volume Seven [Network]

So glad these are still coming. Anyone know which episode this takes us up to? I'm guessing, but I imagine the new release will contain these stories: The Woman Least Likely (20/02/1974 - 22/02/1974) A Case Of Murder (27/02/1974 - 01/03/1974) The Assault On Choga Sar (06/03/1974 - 08/03/1974) Dures...
by Simon Coward
Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Crown Court - Volume Seven [Network]
Replies: 15
Views: 2275

Re: PR: Crown Court - Volume Seven [Network]

Ross wrote:That's Mike Pratt from Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased). He's already been in it, so I suspect this cover is a mock up and not the finished article.
Yes, apart from saying "Volume Seven" where appropriate, it's a straight lift of the cover for Volume 6. I'm sure it'll change in the fullness of time.
by Simon Coward
Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:07 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Derek Nimmo (Documentaries? ) show query
Replies: 3
Views: 699

Re: Derek Nimmo (Documentaries? ) show query

Good Morning all, now this is a big stab in the dark, I have recently been in touch with an 'old flame', sadly only on emails and phone :-( but during the conversations, she mentioned that she had been in ads for the Sun, that went out on Friday's after 6pm, some Head and Shoulder ads from the late...
by Simon Coward
Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Bakewell at the BBC (BBC4)
Replies: 8
Views: 1553

Re: Bakewell at the BBC (BBC4)

The BBC's webpage said this show featured Arthur Askey and Bing Crosby but I never saw them - did I fall asleep and miss them??! I remember seeing Askey - b/w footage in a studio somewhere. He was standing at a microphone, I think there was a piano and pianist nearby, so maybe he was singing. Don't...
by Simon Coward
Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:49 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tv Times
Replies: 82
Views: 9434

Re: Tv Times

Speculation: might it be that many core ITV viewers and TV Times readers back then simply had less time, space and money to keep things? Collecting has always been essentially a middle-class pastime, a luxury for those who don't have to keep the wolf from the door, which would naturally have favour...