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by Simon Coward
Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:20 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Archive TV you dreamt
Replies: 30
Views: 4062

Re: Archive TV you dreamt

I dreamt a few months back that the BBC were relaunching Stop the Week I rarely remember any dreams and those which I can recall on waking frequently don't "stick", at least not in any detail. It was only this post which reminded me... A few months back, I too dreamt about a return of Stop the Week...
by Simon Coward
Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:13 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Anyone identify this series?
Replies: 2
Views: 619

Re: Anyone identify this series?

I didn't see it because, as far as I know, it was only shown by BBC 1 Midlands in one of the regional programming slots and I didn't live here at the time, but the series you're thinking of was called Me and My Town . I know of five: 10/03/1982 Su Pollard / Nottingham 17/03/1982 Don Henderson / Stra...
by Simon Coward
Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Scenes From A Marriage - BBC 2 transmission 1975
Replies: 2
Views: 611

Re: Scenes From A Marriage - BBC 2 transmission 1975

Marianne and Johan were voiced by Annie Ross and John Carson. These are the tx dates along with the names of other British actors who voiced various additional characters in specific episodes. 07/02/1975 Innocence and Panic - Nicky McKenzie and Shaun Lynch 14/02/1975 The Art of Papering Over Cracks ...
by Simon Coward
Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Death of Thatcher
Replies: 25
Views: 3356

Re: Death of Thatcher

Steve Williams wrote:This is a strange direction for a thread on Thatcher's death to take
But it isn't really that though, is it? Bob's original post was primarily about research (or lack of it) on television. It's pretty much coincidental that what he saw as a blunder occurred during a piece on Thatcher.
by Simon Coward
Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:32 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Death of Thatcher
Replies: 25
Views: 3356

Re: Death of Thatcher

It is all down to the legal area of "Database Rights" where the copyright doesn't so much rest in the list of information but the work that has been put in to create it in the first place. As the previous poster says, it is similar to the copyright that exists in football fixtures and also as it ha...
by Simon Coward
Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:11 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Death of Thatcher
Replies: 25
Views: 3356

Re: Death of Thatcher

The TV Times and Radio Times had the exclusive rights to show the advance listings for ITV and BBC. This has always intrigued me, because surely TV listings are just facts/data and therefore uncopyrightable? If a paper had stuck to bare-bones titles and transmission times and nothing else, could an...
by Simon Coward
Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:17 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Death of Thatcher
Replies: 25
Views: 3356

Re: Death of Thatcher

One paradox about the "deregulation" was that while it forced the BBC to allow - for a fee - others to carry their listings, it also forced the ITV companies to do the same. And thus, in that particular aspect, they became not less regulated but more so.
by Simon Coward
Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:14 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Death of Thatcher
Replies: 25
Views: 3356

Re: Death of Thatcher

What were the limitations in regards to printing and distributing TV schedules ? Growing up the only paper our household received was the local Halifax Evening Courier which printed both Yorkshire and Granada schedules for the overlap in the area. They also had a short summary of the Irish RTE chan...
by Simon Coward
Tue Apr 09, 2013 9:38 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Death of Thatcher
Replies: 25
Views: 3356

Re: Death of Thatcher

It seems to get easier and easier to do research, but there are more and more errors. Or maybe it's just my age. You're right, and my quick bit of research quickly showed me that what Flanders actually said was "if you wanted to know what was on television tomorrow ... the newspapers weren't allowe...
by Simon Coward
Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:17 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Iain M Banks
Replies: 6
Views: 1001

Re: Iain M Banks

I've long been a fan of Banks' novels, though more the 'straight' novels than his SF tales. I'd discovered him just after "The Wasp Factory" came out in paperback - and what really drew me to buy it were the pages of review snippets, both enthusiastic and excoriating, at the front of the book. Once ...
by Simon Coward
Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:40 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: New season/series - new era. Series that span the times
Replies: 4
Views: 896

Re: New season/series - new era. Series that span the times

The Flaxton Boys did exactly this. The common point between each series was the family's ancestral home, Flaxton Hall. The 1969 series was set around 1850, the 1970 series around 1890. The third season took place between the wars - late 1920s, I think, and the final series from 1973 began in August ...
by Simon Coward
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:26 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: "A Little Night Exposure"
Replies: 4
Views: 699

Re: "A Little Night Exposure"

Thanks Simon. Interesting to think that I'd never heard of any of those people before...or since for that matter. The only one of those five names that was familiar to me was John Vine's, he worked pretty regularly in television for around 30 years from 1977 onwards. Martin Read was quite busy in t...
by Simon Coward
Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:07 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Jonathan Creek-the Clue of the Savant's Thumb
Replies: 3
Views: 883

Re: Jonathan Creek-the Clue of the Savant's Thumb

videoking wrote:Anyone see this? Is it any good?
For once, it's the motive(s) rather than the modus (or maybe modi) operandi that stretched the credibility this time, but I found it an enjoyable ride along the way. Definitely an improvement on the 2010 special.
by Simon Coward
Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: "A Little Night Exposure"
Replies: 4
Views: 699

Re: "A Little Night Exposure"

I've searched the old and new fora and all search engines are in chocolate fireguard mode on the subject (except for Anthony Smee's biog), so... Anyone else remember this series, which filled the ' "Week Ending" is on holiday' slot in the late 70s? I can remember parts of the theme song, and a runn...
by Simon Coward
Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Mr Rose: The Complete Series 3 [Network]
Replies: 8
Views: 1492

Re: PR: Mr Rose: The Complete Series 3 [Network]

There was not really a series three, series two production had been stalled and left in disarray by an industrial dispute at Granada TV. Which dispute was that? take your pick LOL -dunno- if it was the main ITV strike or a local dispute? Series two would have been the usual 13 episodes, but one or ...
by Simon Coward
Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Mr Rose: The Complete Series 3 [Network]
Replies: 8
Views: 1492

Re: PR: Mr Rose: The Complete Series 3 [Network]

Finished watching this last night, and to be honest it's been a disappointment - simply not up to the first two series, or It's Dark Outside. I wonder if there were significant problems in its original production? Only five episodes seems like a truncated series. And I really think that at least on...
by Simon Coward
Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Matinee
Replies: 5
Views: 900

Re: Matinee

The exact answer depends on what part of the country you lived in - the weekday matinee slots and title seems to have been peculiar to Yorkshire and Thames and different in each case. In Yorkshire it started in spring 1970, with a mixture of film repeats from both Saber of London and Douglas Fairban...
by Simon Coward
Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:16 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: I'll give you the money meself...
Replies: 84
Views: 9086

Re: I'll give you the money meself...

I'm not sure - I'd say the compartmentalised, only-watch-exactly-what-you-want age we live in has made it possible to bypass whole chunks of popular culture in a way that it wasn't before. Fogeyism has always been quite easy - whether intentionally sought or not. In the 1970s, 80s and 90s if you on...
by Simon Coward
Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Documentary - swingers / doggers - Thereoux-esque . 2000-ish
Replies: 6
Views: 1073

Re: Documentary - swingers / doggers - Thereoux-esque . 2000

"And it's a fantastic strike...against the bottom of the bar and back into the field of play but Simon Coward slots away the rebound in total confidence to complete his hat trick". Or, in other words, you have it on the second go, I think. Hypersex would be the one. I'm pretty certain of that. Than...
by Simon Coward
Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:01 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Thames programme at a weekend
Replies: 37
Views: 4930

Re: Thames programme at a weekend

A few regions showed George and Mildred at the weekend. Border did so in 1976, giving it a Sunday evening airing while most of the country was watching Two's Company. For anyone wondering, they had Lucky Feller in the slot in which most of the network took G&M. Granada, Anglia and Ulster all showed ...
by Simon Coward
Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:43 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Documentary - swingers / doggers - Thereoux-esque . 2000-ish
Replies: 6
Views: 1073

Re: Documentary - swingers / doggers - Thereoux-esque . 2000

Not sure about this one. There was a series called Pleasure Seekers that ran for around six episodes on ITV in June and July 2003. SIFT entry here. That might be worth investigating.

Another possibility is a programme called Hypersex shown on BBC 2 on 03/12/2002. SIFT entry here.
by Simon Coward
Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:34 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Program about. Mr Theremin
Replies: 8
Views: 1319

Re: Program about. Mr Theremin

A quick search on the BFI's SIFT database brings up this:

Theremin - An Electronic Odyssey from the Without Walls strand, shown originally on 02/11/1993.

Could that be the one?
by Simon Coward
Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:31 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Periodic Table. Channel 4. Circa 1990.
Replies: 2
Views: 528

Re: Periodic Table. Channel 4. Circa 1990.

Hello there, the program I'm attempting to identify was a documentary with an interesting angle, about the periodic table. I can't remember more than that! It was probably an hour or ninety minutes, Channel 4 - I think. The date I am also not too clear on, but sometime in the early nineties feels a...
by Simon Coward
Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Professor Branestawn (Thames, 1969) - anyone remember it?
Replies: 10
Views: 1555

Re: Professor Branestawn (Thames, 1969) - anyone remember it

I can remember liking the series, but recall very little about it now. I do remember being disappointed by the books though - I tried a couple of them after the series had been on and didn't get along with them at all, no idea why. http://i1049.photobucket.com/albums/s389/GerryHlasgow/ProfessorBrane...
by Simon Coward
Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:40 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: TV Heck
Replies: 81
Views: 8408

Re: TV Heck

Recently? The sheer contempt for the audience that the SURVIVORS remake had for it's audience, (billions dead, but seemingly all quietly indoors at home, etc) Not fair, because that wasn't a product of any contempt for the audience. Budgets only go so far, you can't always afford to strew corpses a...
by Simon Coward
Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ever Decreasing Circles
Replies: 28
Views: 3668

Re: Ever Decreasing Circles

All four series were repeated in primetime, not too long after their original transmission. The first two seasons were combined in a single repeat season, the others and the special, within six months to a year after their first run. There was a run of daily repeats in early 2000, as Mothy says, and...
by Simon Coward
Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:03 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sir Denis Forman (1917-2013)
Replies: 4
Views: 902

Re: Sir Denis Forman (1917-2013)

He sounded quite ill in that Guardian interview - seven weeks in hospital at that point!

So few still around who were involved in ITV so early on.

RIP Sir Denis.

P.S. Could someone change the years in the thread title?
by Simon Coward
Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:31 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Kevin Ayers
Replies: 8
Views: 1244

Re: Kevin Ayers

Were the later Soft Machine never on OGWT? Not as far as I'm aware. Kevin Ayers did, on 04/04/1972 and 12/06/1973. Soft Machine appeared on one edition of Anatomy of Pop (tx 10/01/1971) and one Full House (tx 17/02/1973) and on The Lively Arts - In Performance programme for a (first?) stereo jazz s...
by Simon Coward
Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Kevin Ayers
Replies: 8
Views: 1244

Re: Kevin Ayers

I think the Soft Machine's earliest two BBC appearances related to their performance at the Proms in August 1980. That was featured, live I think, on BBC radio and a day or so later they appeared on the 14/08/70 edition of Line Up. There were handful of editions of "Omnibus at the Proms" in 1970 and...
by Simon Coward
Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Ammonds (1924-2013)
Replies: 10
Views: 1775

Re: John Ammonds (1924-2013)

It can't just be me thinking, "surely there's at least one other photo of John Ammonds" can it?

Some good obituaries there.