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by Brock
Mon Sep 20, 2021 2:54 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 133
Views: 35503

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Mark wrote:
Mon Sep 20, 2021 2:24 am
Only one more show, and that's it until new year!
Yes, another very good show - I was sorry to hear that next week's will be the last. I suppose Andy Marriott now has more commitments since the launch of Boom Radio.
by Brock
Sun Sep 19, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Challis(1942-2021)
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: John Challis(1942-2021)

So strongly associated with Boycie in my mind that it's hard to imagine him in any other part - but a television CV going all the way back to The Newcomers in 1967. RIP.
by Brock
Mon Sep 06, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Tony Selby 1938-2021
Replies: 5
Views: 525

Re: Tony Selby 1938-2021

That's very sad - I was a big fan of Get Some In! when I was a kid. I also remember him in an episode of Bless This House when he played an intruder. In 2017, Dave Homewood made this post pointing out that the entire cast of Get Some In! were, remarkably, all still alive. Is Tony Selby the first to ...
by Brock
Sat Sep 04, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Patrick Lunt (1948-2021)
Replies: 0
Views: 142

Patrick Lunt (1948-2021)

The former Radio 2 announcer and late-night presenter has died aged 73. Until his death he was working as an announcer on Serenade Radio, which is how I learned the news.

https://en.memesrandom.com/death-patric ... er-artist/
by Brock
Mon Aug 30, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Sunshine and Laughter by Louis Barfe
Replies: 1
Views: 399

Sunshine and Laughter by Louis Barfe

Radio 4's Book of the Week is the story of Morecambe and Wise, written by a former forum member and read by Penelope Keith. Starts 9.45am today.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000z5vg
by Brock
Sat Aug 28, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Austin Mitchell (1934-2021)
Replies: 5
Views: 531

Re: Austin Mitchell (1934-2021)

Never heard of Austin Mitchell, eh? He was never off the airwaves when he was an MP. I particularly remember Neil Kinnock sacking him from the Labour front bench when he joined Sky TV to present a programme with Norman Tebbit (Murdoch at the time being complete anathema in the Labour party).
by Brock
Wed Aug 18, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Austin Mitchell (1934-2021)
Replies: 5
Views: 531

Austin Mitchell (1934-2021)

Best known as a Labour MP, of course, but of relevance to this forum as a former Yorkshire TV presenter:

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/po ... 86-3350781
by Brock
Wed Aug 18, 2021 10:05 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sean Lock (1963-2021)
Replies: 0
Views: 172

Sean Lock (1963-2021)

I'm just hearing it reported that Sean Lock has died of cancer at the age of 58.

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-58254859
by Brock
Sun Aug 08, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Lost Balls: When British comedy went golf mad
Replies: 5
Views: 571

Re: Lost Balls: When British comedy went golf mad

Mark wrote:
Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:48 am
Doesn't sound like a Golf fan though.
Seems to be more of a cricket fan, if his latest article is anything to go by:

https://www.comedy.co.uk/features/comed ... of-choice/
by Brock
Tue Aug 03, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Still With Us
Replies: 173
Views: 66534

Re: Still With Us

Happy 95th birthday to Tony Bennett. Earlier this year, it was revealed that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2016 (article in Variety).
by Brock
Mon Jul 26, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Lost Balls: When British comedy went golf mad
Replies: 5
Views: 571

Lost Balls: When British comedy went golf mad

I always enjoy reading Graham McCann's fortnightly "Comedy Chronicles", and I'm grateful to members of this forum for drawing my attention to them. Here's the latest one: https://www.comedy.co.uk/features/comedy_chronicles/when-british-comedy-went-golf-mad/ The introduction's a bit over the top mayb...
by Brock
Sat Jul 24, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 133
Views: 35503

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Another great programme - hearing Farmhouse Kitchen again was an absolute delight! But I think there was an error on this week's show - Andy himself didn't seem sure that he'd got it right. A listener requested the theme to Whodunnit , the 1970s panel show chaired first by Edward Woodward and then b...
by Brock
Fri Jul 23, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Still With Us
Replies: 173
Views: 66534

Re: Still With Us

Having just heard the Beverley Sisters on the radio, I'm reminded that Teddie is still with us at the age of 94.
by Brock
Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: United! (BBC 1965-67)
Replies: 10
Views: 999

Re: United! (BBC 1965-67)

Although I liked the BBC's early attempts at soaps, I never really understood why they wanted to do them, The BBC always seemed above that sort of thing, I think there were plenty at The BBC who thought that too!. They seemed to be more than happy with "Eastenders" success, despite another failed a...
by Brock
Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Tom O'Connor (1939-2021)
Replies: 1
Views: 386

Tom O'Connor (1939-2021)

Comedian, compere, quiz show host and one of my favourite TV personalities when I was growing up - I would watch anything with him in it! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-57879765 Incidentally the BBC article mentions Name That Tune but not Wednesday at Eight/London Night Out , where th...
by Brock
Sat Jul 17, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 133
Views: 35503

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

After a run of fairly predictable programmes I thought today's show was excellent, with themes like Play For Today which aren't often featured. The music from the ITV emergency service was particularly interesting!
by Brock
Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Still With Us
Replies: 173
Views: 66534

Re: Still With Us

An ad came up on my browser a couple of weeks ago saying "You won't believe Petula Clarke at 90." She appears to actually be 88, but she's physically well and independent and still has all her faculties. The "i" newspaper informs me that today is the 75th anniversary of her TV debut, at the age of ...
by Brock
Mon Jun 28, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Stranger Things: When sitcoms strain to be different
Replies: 11
Views: 1770

Re: Stranger Things: When sitcoms strain to be different

It's basically Mrs Slocombe in space. And Donald Hewlett and Michael Knowles are almost reprising their roles from It Ain't Half Hot Mum. Plus, Ian Lavender fresh from a long stint in Dad's Army and the soon to be 'Allo 'Allo star Gorden Kaye. The first appearance of the "David Croft Repertory Comp...
by Brock
Sun Jun 27, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Stranger Things: When sitcoms strain to be different
Replies: 11
Views: 1770

Re: Stranger Things: When sitcoms strain to be different

Good article - thanks.

I rewatched the first episode of Come Back Mrs Noah recently and quite enjoyed it, but I'm not sure if I'd want to stick around for the entire series...
by Brock
Thu Jun 17, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC Programme Index
Replies: 5
Views: 981

Re: BBC Programme Index

On second thoughts, I think you may be right. There are programmes listed as "BBC Radio 4 FM" from as long ago as 1946! https://pi.bbcgenome.com/schedules/service_bbc_radio_fourfm/1946-01-21#at-21.15 If you go to the original Home Service listing, it's there as a "regional variation" with itself: ht...
by Brock
Thu Jun 17, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC Programme Index
Replies: 5
Views: 981

Re: BBC Programme Index

Not sure about a massive improvement. Well, for instance, if I want to look up all episodes of Desert Island Discs (1942-present) then I can do so with a single search. I couldn't do that before. The underlying software has changed, and that has meant the way the search works has also changed. Post...
by Brock
Thu Jun 17, 2021 3:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC Programme Index
Replies: 5
Views: 981

BBC Programme Index

(This probably belongs in "Current Television" and "Radio and Spoken Word" as well!) BBC Genome has now morphed into BBC Programme Index , containing post-2007 information from iPlayer and Sounds as well as the Radio Times listings up to the end of 2009, along with links to playable programmes. Ther...
by Brock
Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 133
Views: 35503

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: 2243

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: 733

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: 1476

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: 1476

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: 1476

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: 2672

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: 5866

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...