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by ian b
Fri Jun 11, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Holby City Cancellation
Replies: 15
Views: 1520

Re: Holby City Cancellation

Pretty sure I lasted just the first episode and some of the second of the police spin-off. It lives on in my memory as being on the very dull side and peopled with unlikeable characters, shaky-cam direction and a blue colour palette. HOLBY BLUE just seemed like a very cynical, and unnecessary, attem...
by ian b
Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Holby City Cancellation
Replies: 15
Views: 1520

Re: Holby City Cancellation

Cole wrote:
Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:26 pm
Must have a mention for the police drama Holby Blue, Casualty's other spin-off which only lasted one series (occasional cross-overs with Holby/Casualty characters).
Two series.
by ian b
Sat Jun 05, 2021 7:10 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: R3 The Sound Of TV
Replies: 2
Views: 523

R3 The Sound Of TV

Friday’s AFTERNOON CONCERT included THE SOUND OF TV, where Matthew Sweet took an enjoyable look at some tv themes... https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000wm72 John Dankworth & Laurie Johnson: The Avengers medley Leonard Salzedo: Divertimento Denis King: Black Beauty Edward Williams: Life on Earth: o...
by ian b
Wed May 26, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Overseas (Archives and Schedules)
Replies: 22
Views: 4497

Re: Overseas (Archives and Schedules)

Apparently Jack Warner claims in his autobiography that it didn't sell abroad, but New Zealand at least screened the 1964/5 series a couple of years later, (rather coincidentally that's the only series that had an extensive repeat run in the UK).
by ian b
Tue May 11, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early Armchair theatre on videotape
Replies: 34
Views: 3383

Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

"|n" meant held in the National Film [and Television] Archive rather than in the broadcaster's own archive. Surely there was a list of codes and their meanings in there somewhere. There is - and I did look, but didn’t really scrutinise it that closely for physical reasons: I had to move a pile of s...
by ian b
Mon May 10, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early Armchair theatre on videotape
Replies: 34
Views: 3383

Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

I was going by the last printed ITV drama guide from Kaleidoscope - which has it as existing as 2”|n.


Whatever that means! 2” tape, but the “n” suggests a negative - some sort of mistake? As you say, TVBrain says it’s missing.
by ian b
Sun May 09, 2021 4:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early Armchair theatre on videotape
Replies: 34
Views: 3383

Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

In the IMDB 'unknown season' section it contains a few of the plays that were never transmitted in the first place, obviously not the mid 50s ones but a few of the later ones rather curiously still survive on tape apparently including The Blood Knot which may have strayed too far into S.African pol...
by ian b
Sun May 09, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early Armchair theatre on videotape
Replies: 34
Views: 3383

Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

I haven't bought the armchair theatre archive releases yet but it would appear judging by the clips on youtu.be that network accessed the original telerecording negatives for much of the plays as they are very good quality Not all are great quality, being returned sales prints - THE IMPORTANCE OF B...
by ian b
Sun May 09, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early Armchair theatre on videotape
Replies: 34
Views: 3383

Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

I'm glad we have the Magnum for schneider "Callan" pilot but a shame the pilot of "never mind the quality feel the width" is missing. Thames kept all plays from 1970-74 but wiped all of their 1969 plays. Only the play "Edward the confessor" has been recovered on a 16mm telerecording. Which Studio C...
by ian b
Sun May 09, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 4289

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

I clarified that I meant weekends, and five of the nine series did indeed premier at weekends. All the same, it’s a surprise fo find that none premiered on a Saturday night... Five? Even if Friday evenings are included as part of “the weekend” that only makes four. I’m not being overly picky here, ...
by ian b
Sat May 08, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 4289

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

Well, weekend shows. Looking at Genome, only a couple of the series originated on a weekday, and quite a few were Saturday nights... All the series premiered on days other than a Saturday - you can’t be discounting repeats. 1) 1968: Mondays 2) 1969: Sundays 3) 1970: Wednesdays 4) 1970: Wednesdays 5...
by ian b
Sat May 08, 2021 7:38 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 4289

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

That’s an interesting thought. The traditional narrative is that it was all down to Eddie Brabin not being with them for the first two years, but I remember at the time feeling that the most striking difference was that while the BBC shows were big Saturday night or Christmas events full of occasio...
by ian b
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dick Turpin
Replies: 6
Views: 1207

Re: Dick Turpin

Network were usually pretty good with sleeve information regarding transmission dates etc. and I am sure they did get around to releasing all of the series at some point. ...all the right episodes, but not necessarily in the right order IIRC. This thread at Roobarb’s should be of some help, (though...
by ian b
Sun Apr 04, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that had different titles in UK
Replies: 17
Views: 3350

Re: US TV shows that had different titles in UK

ITV screened GUNSMOKE as GUN LAW, although selected episodes of the original radio series aired on the BBC Light Programme under the original title.

As did short BBC television runs in 1972 and 1993.
by ian b
Sat Apr 03, 2021 6:31 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Talking Pictures - more 'No Hiding Place' episodes
Replies: 46
Views: 9564

Re: Talking Pictures - more 'No Hiding Place' episodes

The BFI holds a lot of the AR/R paperwork.

For example...

http://collections-search.bfi.org.uk/we ... /110014130


It’s a great pity it didn’t take more of the actual programmes!
by ian b
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Talking Pictures - more 'No Hiding Place' episodes
Replies: 46
Views: 9564

Re: Talking Pictures - more 'No Hiding Place' episodes

Unless it’s one of the “new” episodes that Talking Pictures has unearthed, then it’s still AWOL. Annoyingly, like Hartnell’s appearance in SOFTLY, SOFTLY, the episode immediately before it does survive. However... NO HIDING PLACE 221: THE GAME by Anthony Marriot directed by David Boisseau produced b...
by ian b
Sat Feb 27, 2021 8:04 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ATV archive donated to the bfi
Replies: 9
Views: 2333

Re: ATV archive donated to the bfi

The first episode of REEDER was an ABC production, but was held by Thames (at the very least on a Philips viewing tape - which is where Kaleidoscope obtained a copy from). By the time the dvd release came round Kal’s copy seems to be the only one in existence. So probably Fremantle just doesn’t have...
by ian b
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ATV archive donated to the bfi
Replies: 9
Views: 2333

Re: ATV archive donated to the bfi

Aren’t these “new” discoveries actually the result of some proper cataloguing of tapes that were acquired back in the 70s and 80s?

Rather like when ITV bought the ATV archive and began a proper investigation of what was held and where, which threw up a fair few programmes thought lost.
by ian b
Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:50 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Royal Family' leaked
Replies: 15
Views: 3880

Re: 'Royal Family' leaked

It was this that couldn’t be cleared for the dvds...

https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/1b0478c5a0e ... 818432a557


The absence of DAD’S ARMY sequence from the 1975 Royal Variety Performance from the dvds is more down to that year’s show being an ITV production.
by ian b
Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:06 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.
Replies: 57
Views: 16389

Re: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.

Maybe made for internal use?
by ian b
Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Still With Us
Replies: 171
Views: 60657

Re: Still With Us

Ian Wegg wrote:
Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:29 am
Happy birthday Bernard Cribbins, 92 today.
Lionel Blair also reached 92 last month - a few days earlier on the 12th December.
by ian b
Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Are We Living In A Golden Age Of Archive Television?"
Replies: 8
Views: 2712

Re: "Are We Living In A Golden Age Of Archive Television?"

Most of these shows were only available in poor quality on DVD...

Uh?
by ian b
Sun Dec 20, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)
Replies: 16
Views: 3805

Re: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)

What could be possible, (and as seen last night, is done on a very limited basis), is to repeat programmes linked to Grace Dent’s occasional series WHAT WE WATCHED. BBC4’s evening schedule given over to full programmes from whatever theme her programme is focused on - the (very good) song and dance ...
by ian b
Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)
Replies: 16
Views: 3805

Re: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)

Repeating a circus show that involves animals maybe problematic, I’ll take a guess that the panto will contain a fair bit of non PC material though the CHRISTMAS NIGHT was recently repeated, (but with an edit), the Morecambe and Wise is a non-Braben edition and isn’t amongst their best, billed as th...
by ian b
Sat Nov 14, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Misremembered titles
Replies: 35
Views: 7911

Re: Misremembered titles

Miss Marples.
by ian b
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: "All Mouth And Trousers" R4
Replies: 4
Views: 1973

Re: "All Mouth And Trousers" R4

After several runs of the ten radio ALL GAS AND GAITERS episodes retained by the BBC Sound Archive, (plus the latter addition of the first episode strangely), R4X begins a complete outing for the first series of thirteen episodes this Sunday, 20th September. 8:30am, 12:30pm and 8:30pm. https://www.b...
by ian b
Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Look-In/Piccolo Books releases
Replies: 8
Views: 3303

Re: Look-In/Piccolo Books releases

The latter books were definitely branded under the Look-In title...

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/372602569151881058/
by ian b
Wed Aug 26, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crown Court: The Medium
Replies: 8
Views: 2841

Re: Crown Court: The Medium

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