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by Nigel Stapley
Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Lost Balls: When British comedy went golf mad
Replies: 4
Views: 227

Re: Lost Balls: When British comedy went golf mad

"Golf is the only sport where a white man can dress like a black pimp and not look bad" (Robin Williams) For myself, I used to love watching Around With Alliss and his Pro-Celebrity Golf (Wogan's then-record long putt, anyone?), and nowadays will watch those short highlight clips on YT from the lat...
by Nigel Stapley
Tue Mar 16, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Euryn Ogwen Williams (1942? - 2021)
Replies: 0
Views: 706

Euryn Ogwen Williams (1942? - 2021)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cymrufyw/55963624 Translation of opening paragraphs: "Former S4C program director Euryn Ogwen Williams died at the age of 78. "He was an experienced broadcaster and a pioneering figure in the media world in Wales. "He started his broadcasting career straight from university as...
by Nigel Stapley
Sat Mar 13, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Murray Walker (10 October 1923 – 13 March 2021)
Replies: 3
Views: 1235

Re: Murray Walker (10 October 1923 – 13 March 2021)

The man of whom the late Clive James said,
"Even in moments of tranquility, he sounds like a man whose trousers are on fire"
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Feb 15, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Iain Pattinson (1951 - 2021)
Replies: 1
Views: 1009

Iain Pattinson (1951 - 2021)

The purveyor of blue-chip filth to the purveyor of blue-chip filth.

https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/02/ ... dies_at_68
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Clive Roberts (1944?-2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 1134

Clive Roberts (1944?-2020)

Translation from the report at BBC Cymru ( https://www.bbc.co.uk/cymrufyw/55423886 ) (as I haven't been able to find a report in English yet): "The actor Clive Roberts has died, aged 76. He was best known for playing the part of George in the popular comedy series 'Fo A Fe'. In 1990, he was convicte...
by Nigel Stapley
Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Teleri Bevan (1931-2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 1009

Teleri Bevan (1931-2020)

Presenter, editor, producer and founding editor of BBC Radio Wales in 1978:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-52495668
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Frank Bough (1933 - 2020)
Replies: 3
Views: 1286

Frank Bough (1933 - 2020)

Grandstand, Breakfast Time, Holiday...and various...erm... saucy activities.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54684374
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Paul Knight (1944-2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 1125

Paul Knight (1944-2020)

TV producer (The Adventures Of Black Beauty, Dick Turpin, Robin Of Sherwood)

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radi ... t-obituary
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Burke Special"
Replies: 24
Views: 6767

Re: "The Burke Special"

I would love to see the one again when the whole audience suddenly jumped up in the middle of the programme and started singing - except for one poor man, who'd been deliberately left out of the rehearsal. They replayed his reactions in slow motion as he gradually rose to his feet and tried to join...
by Nigel Stapley
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: He never said that...
Replies: 82
Views: 22006

Re: He never said that...

Brock wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:50 pm
Simon Coward wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:54 am

Of course, other people had done minstrel shows on the stage before then
But had they?
Anecdotal evidence: when my old man lived briefly in Letchworth, Herts. at the end of the 30s, he was a member of one such minstrel troupe.
by Nigel Stapley
Sat Jun 06, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: Members past and present
Replies: 19
Views: 10585

Re: Members past and present

I think it's just that internet habits have changed down the years. I remember the heyday of Usenet and how, for instance, alt.fan.pratchett used to have so many posts in a day that it was often difficult to keep up. Now, there may be no more than twenty or thirty 'legit' posts in a whole year . Wit...
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Tim Brooke-Taylor (1940-2020)
Replies: 19
Views: 8053

Re: Tim Brooke-Taylor (1940-2020)

Another part of my childhood/teen years falls away. Interesting what you say Mr_Wolf ( and why are you in red, by the way? Mods' privilege? ) about The Goodies' attitude to the 'South Africa' episode. I know I've related this elsewhere here, but anyway... That episode was first broadcast when I was ...
by Nigel Stapley
Wed Mar 18, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Roy Hudd 1936 - 2020
Replies: 8
Views: 3324

Re: Roy Hudd 1936 - 2020

Absolute Legend! So many wonderful shows and appearances, strangely one thing I always think of him for, was that 'Keep Britain Tidy' PIF, where he joins the youngsters against Litter! Also a lovely early appearance in one of the surviving episodes of "Our House", inadvertently on the receiving end...
by Nigel Stapley
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?
Replies: 27
Views: 8934

Re: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?

Mark wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:46 pm
...the brilliant episode where they set up a pirate radio station and only had one record to play!'.
A Walk In The Black Forest it was, too!
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Clive James's Postcard from ...
Replies: 2
Views: 1687

Re: Clive James's Postcard from ...

"...in Paris he was a passenger in a speeding car..." Driven by the novelist Françoise Sagan, if I recall correctly, and it wasn't so much 'speeding' as 'being driven recklessly'. There was a shunt at some point, I think. There was an earlier series on a similar concept called "Clive James In..." ,...
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?
Replies: 27
Views: 8934

Re: Best quote or moment from "The Goodies"?

Not a line, nor a moment, but an entire episode. At the age of 13 or so, I was as full of irrational prejudices as any working-class boy of that age. I always watched The Goodies . So I settled in front of the family box one evening for the latest offering... ...to be met with the (in)famous 'South ...
by Nigel Stapley
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two Ronnies sketch
Replies: 26
Views: 8395

Re: Two Ronnies sketch

Is that the same sketch where 'Turnham Green' crops up as a punchline as well?
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two Ronnies sketch
Replies: 26
Views: 8395

Re: Two Ronnies sketch

Some place names are just intrinsically funny. 'Catford' is just an example (in one of Milligna's memoirs, a fellow-soldier says, "Christ, I must be bored. I just thought of Catford" . I remember a Mike & Bernie Winters sketch where Bernie is playing a suitably gormless British soldier in WW1 who is...
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Programmes that kept going for no real reason
Replies: 22
Views: 8146

Re: Programmes that kept going for no real reason

I agree about LOTSW which - to my tastes, at least - stopped being funny in about 1984. There's also the matter of institutional culture or just plain inertia to consider. I think it was the late Rob Buckman who said that if World War II had been under the control of one of the American networks it ...
by Nigel Stapley
Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Neil Innes (1944-2019)
Replies: 4
Views: 2099

Neil Innes (1944-2019)

Musician, songwriter, the Bonzos, Python, Rutland Weekend Television, The Rutles, etc., etc., etc.

BBC
by Nigel Stapley
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Clive James 1939 - 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 3116

Re: Clive James 1939 - 2019

A giant figure (at times literally). His television criticism for the Observer was not only pioneering but remains essential reading to this very day.

My own take, for what it's worth: http://www.thejudge.me.uk/Not_blog/Not_ ... 191127.htm
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Herbet Chappell (1934-2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 1153

Herbet Chappell (1934-2019)

Composer and arranger.

Indy obit
by Nigel Stapley
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Paul Turner (1945-2019)
Replies: 0
Views: 1336

Paul Turner (1945-2019)

Director of The Life And Times Of David Lloyd George and the Oscar-nominated film Hedd Wyn

BBC

(Let's see how long it takes the London luvvie press to notice).
by Nigel Stapley
Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sheila Steafel (1935-2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 1586

Sheila Steafel (1935-2019)

Actress, comedian: Grauniad obit
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Favourite tale from the days of regional ITV?
Replies: 5
Views: 2437

Re: Favourite tale from the days of regional ITV?

One of my favourites that I vaguely remember hearing somewhere was a story about ATV transmission. I think it was when ATV was at Aston Cross in Birmingham. The story goes that they were screening a late-night film when one of the transmission team noticed that they could see through the window int...
by Nigel Stapley
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Rod Richards (1947-2019)
Replies: 0
Views: 1038

Rod Richards (1947-2019)

Former BBC Cymru newsreader, later a 'combative' (euphemism) Tory & KIPper politician, MP and AM.

BBC Report
by Nigel Stapley
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Radio Cymru 'Post Prynhawn' music
Replies: 5
Views: 2416

Re: Radio Cymru 'Post Prynhawn' music

@David,

Many thanks for your efforts on this, it's much appreciated.

@stearn,

Yes, I think that's what they were using in the 90s. I'll see if I can follow up on your leads. Thanks for that.
by Nigel Stapley
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Radio Cymru 'Post Prynhawn' music
Replies: 5
Views: 2416

Re: Radio Cymru 'Post Prynhawn' music

David,

Did you ever manage to track this piece down?
by Nigel Stapley
Tue May 28, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Stephen Thorne (1935-2019)
Replies: 1
Views: 1133

Stephen Thorne (1935-2019)

Dr. Who. the animated The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, and much besides:

Obit
by Nigel Stapley
Mon May 13, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Brian Walden (1932-2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 2149

Re: Brian Walden (1932-2019)

This may be apocryphal, but I recall someone claiming that in the run-up to the 1980 US election, Walden topped the programme by saying that there was going to be an interview with, "Pwesident Carter's Wepublican Wival Wonald Weagan".