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by Brock
Fri Aug 19, 2022 5:41 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Josephine Tewson (26 February 1931 - 18 August 2022)
Replies: 1
Views: 33

Re: Josephine Tewson (26 February 1931 - 18 August 2022)

An excellent actress, so familiar in so many different roles. She was probably best known as Elizabeth in Keeping Up Appearances, but to be honest I don't think the character made the best use of her talents. RIP.
by Brock
Wed Aug 17, 2022 6:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)
Replies: 21
Views: 521

Re: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)

Simon Coward wrote: Wed Aug 17, 2022 5:54 pm though note, that is Dee Time, which I didn't mention, not The Simon Dee Show
My apologies. I am slightly too young to remember Simon Dee on television, on either channel. I gather that LWT's The Simon Dee Show was a ratings disaster.
by Brock
Tue Aug 16, 2022 7:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)
Replies: 21
Views: 521

Re: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)

[publicizing chat-show guests in Radio Times ] Just like The Simon Dee Show. As luck would have it, Mark Gibbings-Jones has posted an RT clipping from 16 December 1967 in his latest instalment (under the entry for Tom and Jerry): "Simon Dee introduces his guests including Des O'Connor, Dick Sha...
by Brock
Tue Aug 16, 2022 7:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC100: The 100 Most-Broadcast BBC Programmes Of All Time
Replies: 17
Views: 781

Re: BBC100: The 100 Most-Broadcast BBC Programmes Of All Time

The next instalment has arrived in a very timely fashion - one of the listed programmes is in the news today!

Part 6: 75-71 - https://brokentv.uk/2022/08/16/bbc100-t ... ime-75-71/
by Brock
Tue Aug 16, 2022 3:08 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Frank Williams (Dad's Army) 2 Jul 1931 - 26 Jun 2022
Replies: 15
Views: 842

Re: Frank Williams (Dad's Army) 2 Jul 1931 - 26 Jun 2022

Up until the death of Tony Selby last year, Get Some In! would have qualified (although there's some uncertainty about Gerard Ryder) - see this thread.
by Brock
Tue Aug 16, 2022 3:02 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Duggie Brown (7 August 1940 – 16 August 2022)
Replies: 1
Views: 59

Re: Duggie Brown (7 August 1940 – 16 August 2022)

A very funny man. He was in so many different shows that it's difficult to know what to associate him with. On TV, I particularly remember him as one of the resident cast of comedy performers in 3-2-1 (the earlier series, anyway). But the main thing I remember him for is as one of the team captains ...
by Brock
Tue Aug 16, 2022 12:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)
Replies: 21
Views: 521

Re: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)

In Harty's case, this means the shows Eleven Plus and Russell Harty Plus , neither of which listed who the guests were going to be despite him being far less well known than Tim Rice was at the start of his chat show. It makes me wonder how shows like that ever got off the ground. Why would anyone ...
by Brock
Mon Aug 15, 2022 8:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)
Replies: 21
Views: 521

Re: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)

Simon Coward wrote: Mon Aug 15, 2022 9:24 am 23.03.1983 Dave Edmunds, Selina Scott
It appears that Michael (Micky) Dolenz was the other guest on that occasion:

http://www.tvpopdiaries.co.uk/1983.html
by Brock
Mon Aug 15, 2022 11:25 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)
Replies: 21
Views: 521

Re: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)

This is what the papers say: 16.02.1983 Katia and Marielle Labeque, Michael Palin, Bonnie Tyler 23.02.1983 Joan Armatrading, James Mason, Alan Parker, Tracey Ullman 02.03.1983 William Boyd, Bonnie Langford, Simon Le Bon 09.03.1983 David Gower, David Hare, Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook 16.03.19...
by Brock
Mon Aug 15, 2022 7:54 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)
Replies: 21
Views: 521

Re: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)

As Simon says, unless it was a really big, confirmed name special where all the stops were pulled out and there wasn't the remotest chance of a change, it wasn't worth the risk of guests becoming unavailable at short notice. That's true I suppose - you wouldn't want to advertise a big name on the s...
by Brock
Sun Aug 14, 2022 5:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)
Replies: 21
Views: 521

Re: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)

It's just the way things are (or at least were) done. Why? Was it some sort of contractual thing? Was it to do with production deadlines? Was it an attempt to surprise the audience? I genuinely hadn't noticed before. I think I tended to assume that if there weren't details in the Radio or TV Times,...
by Brock
Sun Aug 14, 2022 3:43 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: For Fanderson completists maybe?
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Re: For Fanderson completists maybe?

fatcat wrote: Sun Aug 14, 2022 3:30 pm I recall LWT had a past eleven talk show called 'Eleven Plus' (hence the title) basically IIRC it was unofficially an audition for a new chat show host for which Russell Harty eventually got the job.
Is that why the show became known as "Russell Harty Plus"?
by Brock
Sun Aug 14, 2022 3:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)
Replies: 21
Views: 521

Re: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)

If you were to take a look at Radio Times listings for Parkinson , Harty and Wogan , I think you might find that failing the publicize the guests on Tim Rice's show was not quite so bizarre after all. But they were known quantities. Apart from a few episodes of Friday Night...Saturday Morning , I d...
by Brock
Sun Aug 14, 2022 9:18 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The Reunion (Radio 4)
Replies: 0
Views: 64

The Reunion (Radio 4)

A new series of The Reunion begins at 11.15am today on Radio 4. The first programme reunites some of the cast of Grange Hill:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001b3tw
by Brock
Sun Aug 14, 2022 9:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)
Replies: 21
Views: 521

Re: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)

Well thanks for that. I was clearly mistaken - there was a feature article in the RT. It looks as though the show may have been a victim of poor scheduling, if the above comments are anything to go by. And not publicizing the guests in advance seems a bizarre decision. I can see why it never returne...
by Brock
Sat Aug 13, 2022 8:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)
Replies: 21
Views: 521

Tim Rice (BBC1 chat show)

This is perhaps one of the more esoteric queries I've submitted to the forum. In February and March 1983 there was a late-night midweek chat show on BBC1 presented by Tim Rice and called, simply, Tim Rice . Here are the listings: https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/search/0/20?filt=bbc_one%2Cis_tv&q=tim...
by Brock
Sat Aug 13, 2022 1:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC100: The 100 Most-Broadcast BBC Programmes Of All Time
Replies: 17
Views: 781

Re: BBC100: The 100 Most-Broadcast BBC Programmes Of All Time

I'm not sure if anyone quite knows the answer. The topic was discussed on this forum a few years ago:

http://the-mausoleum-club.org.uk/phpBB3 ... 231#p34231
by Brock
Fri Aug 12, 2022 7:26 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC100: The 100 Most-Broadcast BBC Programmes Of All Time
Replies: 17
Views: 781

Re: BBC100: The 100 Most-Broadcast BBC Programmes Of All Time

Learning that Phil Silvers has been on nearly as much as Dr.Who is a fact that I am having difficulty digesting. Oh that doesn't surprise me in the slightest. It was the classic "filler" programme - there was a period when it always seemed to be the last programme on before closedown. It ...
by Brock
Thu Aug 11, 2022 7:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC100: The 100 Most-Broadcast BBC Programmes Of All Time
Replies: 17
Views: 781

Re: BBC100: The 100 Most-Broadcast BBC Programmes Of All Time

This series has got to be one of the funniest things I've read online for years (on any topic, not just archive TV), as well as being hugely informative. It deserves a much wider audience! Part 5: 80-76 - https://brokentv.uk/2022/08/07/bbc100-the-100-most-broadcast-bbc-programmes-of-all-time-80-76/
by Brock
Mon Aug 08, 2022 3:21 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The Frost Tapes
Replies: 3
Views: 2354

Re: The Frost Tapes

A new series of The Frost Tapes started this morning on Radio 4, featuring archive material from interviews with some of the greatest entertainers, starting with Elton John. Extended versions are available on BBC Sounds:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08td1 ... des/player
by Brock
Sun Aug 07, 2022 5:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Isn't Dick Fiddy of the BFI brilliant?
Replies: 3
Views: 271

Re: Isn't Dick Fiddy of the BFI brilliant?

I can't comment, sorry. I don't know anything about him beyond the occasional references to him that I see on this forum. Should I?
by Brock
Sun Aug 07, 2022 8:33 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Orbit (BBC2 teletext service)
Replies: 2
Views: 146

Re: Orbit (BBC2 teletext service)

Thanks. I've found another screenshot which confirms that it had reverted to "Ceefax" by November 1981:

https://twitter.com/grim_fandango/statu ... 8967508993
by Brock
Sun Aug 07, 2022 7:32 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Orbit (BBC2 teletext service)
Replies: 2
Views: 146

Orbit (BBC2 teletext service)

(I assume that teletext belongs in this section.) There was a brief period in the early 80s, I think from May 1980 to some time late in 1981, when the Ceefax service on BBC2 was rebranded to "Orbit". Here's a rare sighting from February 1981 - note that the header line still says "Cee...
by Brock
Tue Aug 02, 2022 7:50 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC100: The 100 Most-Broadcast BBC Programmes Of All Time
Replies: 17
Views: 781

Re: BBC100: The 100 Most-Broadcast BBC Programmes Of All Time

Brilliant! I eagerly await the rest.
by Brock
Thu Jul 28, 2022 2:02 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Bernard Cribbins (1928-2022)
Replies: 1
Views: 205

Bernard Cribbins (1928-2022)

A man of many parts and a great favourite of mine when I was a child.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainmen ... 330478.amp
by Brock
Mon Jul 11, 2022 3:51 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Michael Barratt (1928-2022)
Replies: 0
Views: 119

Michael Barratt (1928-2022)

Former presenter of Nationwide, and almost certainly my favourite:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radi ... t-obituary
by Brock
Tue Jun 28, 2022 11:58 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'King and Castle' and Euston Films (or not!)
Replies: 15
Views: 777

Re: 'King and Castle' and Euston Films (or not!)

Nick Cooper 625 wrote: Tue Jun 28, 2022 11:41 am Yes, but it's easier said than done when there are so many sources that have repeated the myth!
It was removed by Ian Wegg on 16 June, and no one's put it back yet...
by Brock
Mon Jun 27, 2022 6:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The ITV Job: The day when the BBC almost lost British comedy
Replies: 3
Views: 352

Re: The ITV Job: The day when the BBC almost lost British comedy

You'd probably have ended up with a lot of writers getting no work and switching back to dealing with the BBC individually or going to other agencies. They may have been the second tier and quality suffered, but it may have opened up avenues that were previously locked out. Possibly, but it would h...
by Brock
Mon Jun 27, 2022 7:13 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Graham Skidmore (1931-2021)
Replies: 0
Views: 136

Graham Skidmore (1931-2021)

The voice of Blind Date. His death was six months ago but has only just been announced.

https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/26/blind-da ... -16894848/
by Brock
Sun Jun 26, 2022 8:13 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Frank Williams (Dad's Army) 2 Jul 1931 - 26 Jun 2022
Replies: 15
Views: 842

Re: Frank Williams (Dad's Army) 2 Jul 1931 - 26 Jun 2022

Very sorry to hear that. I think Ian Lavender is now the only surviving regular cast member.