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by Simon36
Sat Jun 12, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Can anyone identify these memories?
Replies: 2
Views: 224

Re: Can anyone identify these memories?

Thank you for this. I thought it sounded Avengersy but knew if it was it was probably a Tara K episode since I’ve still not seen any of those.
by Simon36
Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Can anyone identify these memories?
Replies: 2
Views: 224

Can anyone identify these memories?

I’ve been asked about these and can’t place them. The person reckons they are from late Sixties/ early 70s. The first involves what looks like a model/ toy tank which fires real bullets and kills someone who may be called The Colonel, or something like that. The other is set in a country house where...
by Simon36
Fri May 21, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 2643

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

I’m guessing that was Yarwood’s last show for the BBC? At least they had him while there were male PMs to impersonate! (One of the stranger pieces of mythology, surely, fhat his career was sabotaged by Thatcher becoming PM...)
by Simon36
Thu May 20, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 2643

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

That’s really interesting. So the Gen Game still did well but Yarwood was nowhere to be seen...
by Simon36
Thu May 20, 2021 8:58 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 2643

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

Interesting that for the 1978 Christmas, with Yarwood all that remained from the previous year’s line-up, the Gen Game was relegated to a 3.20pm slot, despite Larry Grayson having proved popular from the off. The evening line up was Some Mother’s, Yarwood and a movie, True Grit. So no The Two Ronnie...
by Simon36
Tue May 18, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 2643

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

[align=left][/alignleft] The Beeb did fight back a little, poaching Kenny Everett from Thames, although in the first "M&W" Thames show they were dumped by the BBC at Thames, for Kenny's first Beeb show, he was buried by Thames and dug up by the BBC!...I quite like the way the stars seemed to be trea...
by Simon36
Mon May 17, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 2643

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: 45
Views: 2643

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: 45
Views: 2643

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: 45
Views: 2643

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: 45
Views: 2643

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: 45
Views: 2643

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: 45
Views: 2643

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: 45
Views: 2643

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: 4425

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: 45
Views: 2643

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: 45
Views: 2643

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: 965

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: 4189

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: 4189

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: 965

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: 965

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: 1485

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: 45
Views: 9282

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: 45
Views: 9282

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: 929

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: 1220

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: 1220

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: 45
Views: 9282

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: 3247

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.