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by Brock
Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 124
Views: 25260

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Finally back in its regular Saturday slot on Serenade Radio tomorrow at 5pm.
by Brock
Sun Jun 06, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Holby City Cancellation
Replies: 15
Views: 548

Re: Holby City Cancellation

Holby and Casualty were originally meant to be set around Bristol. The West Country doesn't get served all that much. Mind you, from both soaps, there is only one character that has got remotely a West Country accent. Yet placenames ending in "-by" normally only occur in areas of the country settle...
by Brock
Sun Jun 06, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: R3 The Sound Of TV
Replies: 2
Views: 220

Re: R3 The Sound Of TV

Thanks for that! Very enjoyable.
by Brock
Fri May 21, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The BBC Jack de Manio show
Replies: 8
Views: 613

Re: The BBC Jack de Manio show

I've been able to narrow it down a bit further. It apparently took place between August 1970 and December 1971, but with a newspaper article putting the first of the two editions covering this item closer to the second of these dates - and this edition was called a "morning show." Well as I've alre...
by Brock
Sat May 15, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The BBC Jack de Manio show
Replies: 8
Views: 613

Re: The BBC Jack de Manio show

Thanks Brock, this is a big help - would you happen to know if he fronted any other shows at that time? Yes, he was the presenter of Today , Radio 4's breakfast magazine show, for many years. According to Genome his last appearance on the weekday show was in July 1971 (co-presenting with John Timps...
by Brock
Sat May 15, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The BBC Jack de Manio show
Replies: 8
Views: 613

Re: The BBC Jack de Manio show

BBC Genome doesn't have much information except for a reference on the Thursday 6th January 1972 show write-up which talks about previous shows - but I don't know if this references the first or second trip to the base. I can't help you on the specific query, but I would point out that ...Jack De M...
by Brock
Sun May 09, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Sounds of the Sixties
Replies: 6
Views: 1950

Re: Sounds of the Sixties

Anybody else enjoying Tony Blackburn's third live programme of 2021? The jokes are from the 60's too! Haven't heard it yet but I've enjoyed the last two - I don't normally listen at 6am on a Saturday, so I use the BBC Sounds version to fill up odd gaps in my listening schedule. I don't think Tony B...
by Brock
Fri May 07, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 2351

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

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 and pizzaz, the Thames shows were midweek, humdrum and nothing like as showbizzy. Presumably M&W would have taken this into consideration before...
by Brock
Sat May 01, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 124
Views: 25260

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Returning to Serenade Radio for a two-hour special at 1pm on Bank Holiday Monday. The weekly shows will resume in June.
by Brock
Sun Apr 18, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Local News Takes a Holiday
Replies: 8
Views: 1023

Re: Local News Takes a Holiday

Sorry for going off-topic but the first thing that struck me was this: 01/09/1969 [Bank Holiday Monday programming] I had either forgotten, or never knew in the first place, that the "August" bank holiday fell in September in 1969 (and also 1968, it seems). I don't think HTV's regional news programm...
by Brock
Fri Apr 16, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister
Replies: 18
Views: 4083

Re: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister

Maybe. Without the changed punchline, I don't think the joke would have taken off in the way that it did.
by Brock
Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister
Replies: 18
Views: 4083

Re: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister

Updated twice since yesterday! It's getting more interesting as it goes on.

Maybe I'm being terribly dim, but I don't get the original "oldest gap in the world" punchline...
by Brock
Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister
Replies: 18
Views: 4083

Re: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister

Excellent - thanks! Glad to see I was right about Dave Allen.
by Brock
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: A podcast dedicated to Tony Hancock
Replies: 6
Views: 1084

Re: A podcast dedicated to Tony Hancock

The first episode has now gone up: "Join Martin, Tim, Jon & James during their watch along of arguably the most famous Hancock's Half Hour episodes - 'The Blood Donor' Originally released in 1961..." Link: https://anchor.fm/verynearlyanarmful/episodes/S1-E1---Very-Nearly-an-armful---The-Blood-donor...
by Brock
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that had different titles in UK
Replies: 17
Views: 2561

Re: US TV shows that had different titles in UK

Reversing the thread - US Britbox has 'The Good Life' listed as 'Good Neighbors' I believe it was known as Good Neighbors in the US because NBC had an unrelated one-season series called The Good Life a couple of years previously. The NBC series had been run on BBC1 just the year before but no one c...
by Brock
Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that had different titles in UK
Replies: 17
Views: 2561

Re: US TV shows that had different titles in UK

ozsat wrote:
Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:50 am
Reversing the thread - US Britbox has 'The Good Life' listed as 'Good Neighbors'
I believe it was known as Good Neighbors in the US because NBC had an unrelated one-season series called The Good Life a couple of years previously.
by Brock
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: US TV shows that had different titles in UK
Replies: 17
Views: 2561

Re: US TV shows that had different titles in UK

OT: Some Australians complained that it was called A Country Practice with the American spelling of practise. "Practice" is the correct spelling of the noun in all varieties of English (British, Australian and American). It's the verb where there are differences - "practise" in Britain and Australi...
by Brock
Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: ISIRTA on 4Extra this Saturday morning
Replies: 14
Views: 3622

Re: ISIRTA on 4Extra this Saturday morning

It was a repeat of the 2013 one, wasn't it?
by Brock
Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Benny Green - "Big Band Hour"
Replies: 6
Views: 835

Re: Benny Green - "Big Band Hour"

Sorry Brock, I updated the entry as you posted. I've had it clarified that it was BRMB that broadcast them by someone that has a current subscription to the British Newspaper Archive. Thanks very much for looking into it! I guessed it must have been a BRMB programme - it came as a surprise to me be...
by Brock
Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Benny Green - "Big Band Hour"
Replies: 6
Views: 835

Re: Benny Green - "Big Band Hour"

The website says " I became a lowly station assistant at BBC Radio Birmingham, now Radio WM, and was then the first voice on BRMB, where I stayed for almost twenty-five years." about BRIAN SAVIN. Doing a quick search on the British Newspaper Archive there are entries for late 81 and mid 82 in Midla...
by Brock
Thu Mar 04, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Benny Green - "Big Band Hour"
Replies: 6
Views: 835

Re: Benny Green - "Big Band Hour"

That's almost certainly it - thanks. Unearthed by Brian Savin, these recordings have been unheard anywhere in the world since they first aired in the 80's to a local radio audience. In the eighties, Brian Savin produced a radio series called The Big Band Hour. It featured the Johnny Patrick Big Band...
by Brock
Thu Mar 04, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Benny Green - "Big Band Hour"
Replies: 6
Views: 835

Benny Green - "Big Band Hour"

This Saturday at 5pm (in the slot vacated by Andy Marriott's Television Show, as it happens), Serenade Radio is presenting an archive series presented by the late Benny Green, called The Big Band Hour . I thought I was pretty familiar with Benny Green's radio work, but I don't recall any such progra...
by Brock
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Johnny Briggs (1935-2021)
Replies: 0
Views: 532

Johnny Briggs (1935-2021)

Best known as Mike Baldwin in Coronation Street, of course.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56229247
by Brock
Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 124
Views: 25260

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

The difference in the age demographic may be reflected by the fact that he's just played the Keith Mansfield theme for Grandstand. On Serenade it was always "News Scoop".
by Brock
Tue Feb 16, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Basil Brush meets Chairman Mao ??
Replies: 17
Views: 2309

Re: Basil Brush meets Chairman Mao ??

Well, I do think it was mis-represented as satire on the Daily Mail website where the title "Brush with Basil that charmed Chairman Mao... the five greatest celebrity travel programmes of all time" immediately piqued my interest. Entering the article and seeing a picture of Michael Portillo, I genu...
by Brock
Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Basil Brush meets Chairman Mao ??
Replies: 17
Views: 2309

Re: Basil Brush meets Chairman Mao ??

Was it really satire? It seemed more like schoolboy humour to me. Clearly not a Private Eye reader then... Is the Mail renown for its satirical pieces? I have to admit, the printed daily press hasn't been on my radar for a number of years. Looking back through Craig Brown's recent columns for the M...
by Brock
Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Basil Brush meets Chairman Mao ??
Replies: 17
Views: 2309

Re: Basil Brush meets Chairman Mao ??

Whilst the article is obviously spoof, it seems odd timing as it would have worked so much better if it had been in April. But Craig Brown's a satirist. That's what he does - he writes satirical pieces for newspapers, all year round. There wouldn't be much work for him if he could only write them o...
by Brock
Tue Feb 16, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Basil Brush meets Chairman Mao ??
Replies: 17
Views: 2309

Re: Basil Brush meets Chairman Mao ??

Aha! My fault for not reading the rest of the article and realizing it was a parody... Did "Great British Railway Journeys: From Uxbridge To Hillingdon" really not give it away? Craig Brown is an extremely well-known satirist. He's written the "Diary" column in Private Eye for over thirty years, an...
by Brock
Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Iain Pattinson (1951 - 2021)
Replies: 1
Views: 794

Re: Iain Pattinson (1952? - 2021)

Just heard the news on Radio 4. I listened to the last series of Clue and thought that Jack Dee's script wasn't quite up to scratch - then I noticed that Iain Pattinson's name was missing from the credits.

How very, very sad. Perhaps it's now time for Clue to call it a day?
by Brock
Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 124
Views: 25260

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Ooops, forgot it was on! Mostly repeats again was it?...will try to listen in on the next one. Yes, and I imagine that since it's a brand new station, it'll be mostly stuff that we've heard before. It'll be interesting to see if the requests reflect a different age range though - Boom Radio is supp...