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by Simon36
Mon May 17, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 30
Views: 811

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

It’s interesting just how much of a watershed their move to Thames was. Since the BBC lost Yarwood and Bruce too, with only The Two Ronnies left (a show I just can’t imagine looking at home on ITV at all, though I can’t quite suss out why), there was no one noticeably swimming up behind them all. Th...
by Simon36
Sun May 16, 2021 10:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 30
Views: 811

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

It is dreadful. It says something when it’s not the funniest episode despite M and W being in it.
by Simon36
Sat May 15, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 30
Views: 811

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

[align=left][/alignleft] Thaw and Watermen's guesting on the 76 Xmas show may have been the initial trigger that opened the door with Thames. I wonder if they were on a golden handcuffs contract with the BBC and so would have been unable to do that Sweeney episode if they’d still be with them in 197...
by Simon36
Thu May 13, 2021 12:17 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 30
Views: 811

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

Do we know who it was at Thames who signed them? I wonder if Bryan Cowgill was instrumental in it; he left the BBC for Thames in 77, and while there notably got into hot water for breaking the gentleman’s agreement and poaching Dallas off the BBC... only for them to then get it back.
by Simon36
Sun May 09, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 30
Views: 811

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 Simon36
Sat May 08, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 30
Views: 811

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 Simon36
Sat May 08, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 30
Views: 811

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

ian b wrote:
Sat May 08, 2021 7:38 am
Simon36 wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 10:59 pm

Except the BBC shows, (1971 and 1972 Christmas shows aside), weren’t Saturday night shows.
Well, weekend shows. Looking at Genome, only a couple of the series originated on a weekday, and quite a few were Saturday nights...
by Simon36
Fri May 07, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 30
Views: 811

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

Indeed, I think it was simply the lure of huge money and the chance to graduate to movies. The whole thing is a bit bewildering, since the first Bill Cotton knew about it was being told they had gone by his secretary. Prior to that he had told them he would match Thames’s offer if they’d sign for tw...
by Simon36
Thu May 06, 2021 11:06 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Future of BBC Four
Replies: 12
Views: 3970

Re: Future of BBC Four

Reducing it to being an archive channel feels like the beginning of a gradual process towards closing it down completely.
by Simon36
Thu May 06, 2021 10:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 30
Views: 811

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 occasion...
by Simon36
Thu May 06, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 30
Views: 811

Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

This article: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/bbc-wanted-itv-penalised-when-comedy-duo-switched-sides-432897.html?amp Sheds a little more info on an event that has always interested me: when ITV tempted away Bruce, Eric and Ernie and Yarwood after the Christmas 1977 ratings triumph. What’s ...
by Simon36
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Play for Today: The First Year 1970-1971
Replies: 3
Views: 719

Re: Play for Today: The First Year 1970-1971

Just to let you know, there’s a 15% discount on this until tomorrow using code SELL15. Enjoy! X
by Simon36
Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister
Replies: 18
Views: 3598

Re: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister

Billy Smart wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:44 pm
John Hoare of Dirty Feed searches for the source of the "I know exactly who reads the papers" routine: What the Papers Say http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2021/04/what-the-papers-say/
Superb piece.
by Simon36
Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister
Replies: 18
Views: 3598

Re: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister

I first came across it in a textbook when I was doing my Politics A Level in about 1989. There it again attributed it to the TUC boss in 1976. I remember being stunned not only at YPM pinching it but also by how badly it was done, it feels completely out of character and a propos of nothing in parti...
by Simon36
Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:22 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Play for Today: The First Year 1970-1971
Replies: 3
Views: 719

Re: Play for Today: The First Year 1970-1971

Mr_Wolf wrote:
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:30 pm
Sold! (literally and figuratively)

Very much looking forward to this - I'm sure it will be excellent! Thanks for persevering with it Simon.
Thank you, much appreciated!
by Simon36
Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Play for Today: The First Year 1970-1971
Replies: 3
Views: 719

Play for Today: The First Year 1970-1971

Hello everyone, Happy to announce that my book looking at the beginnings of Play for Today is now available here: https://www.lulu.com/en/gb/shop/simon-farquhar/play-for-today-the-first-year/paperback/product-n646jg.html?page=1&pageSize=4 The book was actually researched and written quite a few year...
by Simon36
Thu Feb 11, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Harry "Aitch" Fielder
Replies: 5
Views: 1268

Re: Harry "Aitch" Fielder

I remember even Tom Baker spotting him on a commentary to an old story and saying “that’s H! He was always with Pat Gorman!”

He couldn’t act for toffee but he certainly looked the part in some of the more streetwise dramas of the day, and his reminiscences were always enjoyable. RIP.
by Simon36
Fri Feb 05, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Just published - 'A THRILLER in Every Corner'
Replies: 40
Views: 7631

Re: Just published - 'A THRILLER in Every Corner'

Thanks for this. It is neither in my rent items or my outbox... how odd. And in not full up either. DoubleM, will email you.
by Simon36
Fri Feb 05, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Just published - 'A THRILLER in Every Corner'
Replies: 40
Views: 7631

Re: Just published - 'A THRILLER in Every Corner'

In flagging up another lulu 10% discount code now in operation ... INSPIRE10 I'd also like to highlight the following review of 'A THRILLER in Every Corner' which highlights some additional areas not yet mentioned. https://dobermann.wymark.org.uk/2021/01/18/a-thriller-in-every-corner/ Fill in those...
by Simon36
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Spotlight 1969/70
Replies: 0
Views: 790

Spotlight 1969/70

Hello, an urgent query here which I’m hoping someone can help with since all reference libraries are currently closed. Does anyone have an old edition of Spotlight from 1969-1970? If so, can you PM me?
by Simon36
Wed Jan 20, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Blue Peter 29.12.69
Replies: 2
Views: 1081

Re: Blue Peter 29.12.69

Brilliant, thanks Billy!
by Simon36
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:15 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Blue Peter 29.12.69
Replies: 2
Views: 1081

Blue Peter 29.12.69

Obscure one, this, but any help would be much appreciated. It is for a thing.

I’m trying to find out what the items were on this edition. Can anyone help? Huge appreciation if you can!
by Simon36
Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Just published - 'A THRILLER in Every Corner'
Replies: 40
Views: 7631

Re: Just published - 'A THRILLER in Every Corner'

“Marvellous!”

Just received my copy. That will see me through lockdown!
by Simon36
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Oldest TV advert still running?
Replies: 12
Views: 2850

Re: Oldest TV advert still running?

I remember one of the old Fry’s Turkish Delight ads suddenly reappearing, bizarrely, in the 90s, and looking in pretty poor shape and totally out of place.
by Simon36
Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Frank Windsor (1927-2020)
Replies: 5
Views: 1478

Re: Frank Windsor (1927-2020)

I'll always see him as a great police officer and also in A for Andromeda. The name Watt might hint at the well-known Conan Doyle supporting character. RIP. Which Barlow acknowledges on Jack the Ripper, when he calls him “my dear Watt.” I’ll also put in a word for his role in a shocking Crown Court...
by Simon36
Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 34
Views: 6715

Re: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)

Internet suggests they were in Poynton. That seems a bizarrely long distance from TVC...

http://www.poyntonforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=3589
by Simon36
Wed Sep 30, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: The BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Four Albums 1968-1978
Replies: 1
Views: 1109

Re: The BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Four Albums 1968-1978

Thanks for the heads up on this. Through a GD is wonderful!
by Simon36
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Other One" other ones!
Replies: 11
Views: 2289

Re: "The Other One" other ones!

Perhaps Colin’s Sandwich had run its course, but I’d certainly have watched another series. A curious one that never gets a mention is Goodbye Mr Kent. It’s an odd one, I think that like The Other One, the premise is a little too bewildering at first glance, and we aren’t quite sure where our sympat...
by Simon36
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Other One" other ones!
Replies: 11
Views: 2289

Re: "The Other One" other ones!

At least with Fawlty Towers it was a case of stop when the ideas the writers were passionate about ran out and not prolonging it with new episodes just written to keep it going and people saying "it's not as good as it used to be". Considering that FT only has 12 episodes, there is a rather high pr...
by Simon36
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The box that says “the adverts are coming”
Replies: 9
Views: 2987

The box that says “the adverts are coming”

Can anyone shed any light on that mysterious box in the top right hand corner of the screen with the scrolling lines, the one that used to forewarn us that the commercials were approaching?. I’d always assumed that they were added to the programme By the presentation department live, but I notice th...