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by Simon Coward
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 15185

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

"Loving care from Clairol" shampoo I think it might have been from 1984 featuring Justine Lord, perhaps best known for playing Death in the Prisoner episode, "The Girl Who Was Death". I'd have thought it was a bit earlier than 1984, but you're quite right that she did appear in a commercial for "Lo...
by Simon Coward
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: A piece of Rediffusion ephemera
Replies: 7
Views: 1884

Re: A piece of Rediffusion ephemera

brigham wrote:What a b***dy mess!
They may have made good television, but their magazine department definitely lacked a graphic designer!
I rather like them, though I'll concede that the cover for Issue 31 is a bit shit. There's a few nice ones still to come, too.
by Simon Coward
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 15185

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

Brian F wrote:Also recently Sally Geeson in the Everest Windows ads.
She did a 'Head and Shoulders' commercial in the 1960s.
by Simon Coward
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Audio of missing TV, or TV with audio missing
Replies: 72
Views: 6583

Re: Missing TV Audio

With The Adventures of Floris it's the English soundtrack that's lost, of course. As far as I know, the original Dutch version survives intact and complete.
by Simon Coward
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Closedown, Late Call, Reflections and all that sort of thing
Replies: 30
Views: 3461

Re: Closedown, Late Call, Reflections and all that sort of t

Mark wrote:Surprised not to find any mention of the Spike Milligan ones, with him having such a fan base, I would guess they still survive.
I believe so, in fact I think the majority of the series survives, but I'm not quite sure if all of it does.
by Simon Coward
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 15185

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

I seem to recall that we're not supposed to link here, but if you search a well-known video sharing site for the words Savacentre Washington you get a nice Sainsbury's logo at the start, a style which I well recall. I can't find any contemporary branded goods which use it, so if it wasn't for shops...
by Simon Coward
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Closedown, Late Call, Reflections and all that sort of thing
Replies: 30
Views: 3461

Re: Closedown, Late Call, Reflections and all that sort of t

Granada tried a similar thing with music in 1978. A Little Night Music featured performances of varying durations by a cornucopia of artistes from a string quartet to The Kinks via a harpist, Robin & Barry Dransfield, Don McLean and The Chieftains to name a few. Some of those were collected in a 50-...
by Simon Coward
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 15185

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

I think the store signage and whatnot has been Sainsbury's for decades - certainly back to the 1960s - but the name of the company which owned the shops was "J. Sainsbury Ltd". So in that sense, back in time, "Sainsbury's" was effectively a brand name. No, it was "J Sainsbury" up to 1998, then they...
by Simon Coward
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Closedown, Late Call, Reflections and all that sort of thing
Replies: 30
Views: 3461

Re: Closedown, Late Call, Reflections and all that sort of t

I have still not found any more info on the short pieces I mentioned further up the thread, especially the Spike Milligan ones! Ah, you mean... I remember other little five minute pieces that were done before Closedown, in the 70's, there was one with Spike Milligan as McGonagall. Others featured B...
by Simon Coward
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 15185

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

Although virtually everyone remembers that as the slogan, it was actually "That's the wonder of Woolworth ". For some reason the company insisted on referring to itself without the "s" in its advertising, although it also promoted the nickname "Woolies" - "that's the wonder of Woolworth, that's the...
by Simon Coward
Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 15185

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

Another pair using their TV roles/personas, though some time after Hancock, were Warren Mitchell and Una Stubbs. They advertised Findus Fish Fingers together, late 60s? early 70s? Perhaps in the long gap between series three and four of Till Death Us Do Part . There's no mention of any names, but th...
by Simon Coward
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 15185

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

Interesting, not seen that one, that's has to be the earliest so far then, by a coincidence I was looking at a picture of Mick and Montmorency, just recently, in the book 'Eye On TV'. I meant to say, but forgot, that that commercial can be dated precisely because it is part of a commercial break pr...
by Simon Coward
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 15185

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

Trying to work out the earliest ads based on a TV character/TV show, it's still with Hancock at the moment though. Jack Edwardes and partner (could be Felix Bowness but it looks more like Dickie Arnold, it's hard to tell - it could be someone else altogether) did an advert for Hoover in 1958. I'm n...
by Simon Coward
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Actors appearances in commercials
Replies: 161
Views: 15185

Re: Actors appearances in commercials

Eric Idle did a commercial for Rowntree Mackintosh's Breakaway chocolate biscuit bar in his "nudge-nudge" persona didn't he? It had "the suggestive biscuit" as the strapline at the end. Must have been quite early 1970s as the mickey is taken in Monty Python's Live at Drury Lane album: "Oh! Breakaway...
by Simon Coward
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington
Replies: 27
Views: 2763

Re: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington

Harry Towers possible last flirt with Armchair Theatre was Young David circa 1959. The presence of Sherwin Greene indicates that this was a film shoot rather than a traditional AT studio production. As we know AT was a quick turnaround show and subject to the forces of the day (religious groups etc...
by Simon Coward
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington
Replies: 27
Views: 2763

Re: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington

I hope I have not derailed the thread?..as I just wanted to bring to attention that some of those Harry Tower films may have turned up in AT or ITV Playhouse etc slots in the early days of ITV. I think a recently discovered 16mm print of the ITV television Playhouse Quay South was one of those film...
by Simon Coward
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington
Replies: 27
Views: 2763

Re: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington

You may know this? but Harry Towers started film production by looking for an economical quick way to make movies..in front of him was the answer - television multi camera studio shoots- he got involved with television engineering sage Norman Collins who found him some high resolution (800-1000 lin...
by Simon Coward
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington
Replies: 27
Views: 2763

Re: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington

Thanks for the further replies. I'd never realised Armchair Theatre did filmed plays. Fascinating stuff. In the instances I mentioned, I think it was more that the Armchair Theatre slot was used to show those films than they were specifically made for AT. In its early days Armchair Theatre sometime...
by Simon Coward
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington
Replies: 27
Views: 2763

Re: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington

Found this in Television Today (01/10/1959) with regard to the Armchair Theatre production "Worm in the Bud" (tx 27/09/1959). The designs by Voytek managed to get a great number of sets into the Manchester studio and still make them look large and expansive. Unlike other comments I've pulled out of ...
by Simon Coward
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington
Replies: 27
Views: 2763

Re: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington

Wouldn't have happened in August would it? Only "Invitation To Murder" 30/8/59, was made at Elstree, could that have been some sort of crossover? Both that and "You'll Never See Me Again" (tx 16/08/1959) were made on film, and I assume both were made at Elstree. They were pilots for a possible seri...
by Simon Coward
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington
Replies: 27
Views: 2763

Re: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington

Wakey wrote:By the way, what's the title of Thomas' autobiography? For other reasons I'd like to read it but googling is struggling to help me due to the common name.
Oh hell, now I've thought of it I'll be humming the bugger all evening. The book is called "With An Independent Air."
by Simon Coward
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington
Replies: 27
Views: 2763

Re: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington

Do we know of any programmes being videotaped at Didsbury, or any Armchair Theatres definitely made in Didsbury after mid-September 1959, as that would contradict the theory? I don't think taping at (or at least from) Didsbury was an issue. Television Today (16/04/1959) notes the following about th...
by Simon Coward
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington
Replies: 27
Views: 2763

Re: Armchair Theatre query - re Didsbury to Teddington

There's not necessarily one answer to the question. It seems as though Armchair Theatre productions were based and rehearsed at Teddington from April 1959, the first probably being "Parole", broadcast 19/04/1959. In a feature about Teddington in Television Today (23/04/1959) there are various refere...
by Simon Coward
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Killed Off!
Replies: 47
Views: 5411

Re: Killed Off!

rosalyn wrote:
Simon Coward wrote:As he was killed near the start of the opening episode of the series which bears his name, Captain Scarlet must surely take some beating.
Runner up prize must go to Marty Hopkirk then. :-)
:-)
by Simon Coward
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Killed Off!
Replies: 47
Views: 5411

Re: Killed Off!

As he was killed near the start of the opening episode of the series which bears his name, Captain Scarlet must surely take some beating.
by Simon Coward
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Killed Off!
Replies: 47
Views: 5411

Re: Killed Off!

There was the Euston Films series Fox from the late '70s. The main character, played by the brilliant Peter Vaughan died in the second episode I think. Not quite that early, but he was gone before we'd got half-way through the series. Edit: I was thinking the funeral was in episode seven, but it's ...
by Simon Coward
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Unseen Recurring Characters
Replies: 46
Views: 5481

Re: Unseen Recurring Characters

Did Mrs CJ in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin appear in the TV show? I'm not sure about the later seasons, but she's in the first series twice, played by Dorothy Frere. If I remember rightly, she accompanies C.J. to the dinner party Reggie gives in episode three, and I think she she also makes...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 30, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: HTV one off filmed dramas c.1974
Replies: 15
Views: 2468

Re: HTV one off filmed dramas c.1974

I'm sure when I posted before, this thread was looking for filmed dramas c. 1980. If we're back in the 1970s, then no-one has yet mentioned Baker & Martin's Machinegunner (24/07/1976) which starred Leonard Rossiter. There was also a run of short films, shown internationally as Classics Dark and Dang...
by Simon Coward
Tue May 29, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: HTV one off filmed dramas c.1974
Replies: 15
Views: 2468

Re: HTV one off filmed dramas c.1974

This was Silhouettes , which was given a cinematic release under the title Deadly Strangers . I think it was shown on the ITV network as a film rather than a television production. I think it was difficult enough for the medium-sized ITV companies to get a network slot for any feature-length dramas,...
by Simon Coward
Sun May 27, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Slot changes
Replies: 35
Views: 3681

Re: Slot changes

Surprised no ones mentioned Granadas "Big breadwinner hog", which i think was dropped by a couple of regions altogether and screened later by the rest, Friday nights were my favorite times, i could stay up late, no school next day, and Granadas hard hitting drama series i thought were just great. R...