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by Mark Dowding
Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC sports archive
Replies: 39
Views: 12439

Re: BBC sports archive

I wonder if the broadcasters kept the full recordings of football matches or reused the tapes once they'd edited the matches down to compile Match of the Day, The Big Match, and the other regional ITV football programmes. Were all the programmes kept on tape in the archive or just a selection of pro...
by Mark Dowding
Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Glyn Houston (23 October 1925 – 30 June 2019)
Replies: 2
Views: 1240

Glyn Houston (23 October 1925 – 30 June 2019)

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radi ... n-obituary

A versatile actor who appeared in many films and TV programmes over the years.
by Mark Dowding
Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Except for viewers in Scotland"
Replies: 11
Views: 3285

Re: "Except for viewers in Scotland"

There was a sketch on Not The Nine O'Clock News which went something along the lines of:
"And now on BBC1 following the outbreak of Nuclear War, we will be broadcasting the emergency programmes - that's except for viewers in Scotland who will have their own programmes"
by Mark Dowding
Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Let's Go Round Again - The Story Of The Magic Roundabout
Replies: 8
Views: 2701

Re: Let's Go Round Again - The Story Of The Magic Roundabout

I enjoyed listening to this especially the clips from the early episodes and the French theme music/song. For years I remembered the slower music that was used in those episodes but when the theme changed to the more familiar faster version I wondered if I'd imagined the slower version because it wa...
by Mark Dowding
Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Did Mark Lamarr invent a new joke format?
Replies: 14
Views: 3347

Re: Did Mark Lamarr invent a new joke format?

In the introduction to a track called "By Air" on the 1963 recording of "At The Drop Of Another Hat", Michael Flanders says "We're often asked...sometimes asked...someone asked me once..."
by Mark Dowding
Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:45 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Clearing copyrighted images on TV shows - a new(ish) thing?
Replies: 34
Views: 6204

Re: Clearing copyrighted images on TV shows - a new(ish) thi

I recently appeared on "The Real Mill with Tony Robinson" which was a documentary about life and times in the 1830s based on the drama series "The Mill". The producer wanted a piece that dealt with the Chartist movement and the ballads and songs that were around at the time. I took a load of books w...
by Mark Dowding
Sun Sep 14, 2014 4:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Comedy Sketch Parodying Kilroy
Replies: 5
Views: 1871

Re: Comedy Sketch Parodying Kilroy

Rory Bremner in one of his shows is coming to my mind.
by Mark Dowding
Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:52 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Film/TV clichés
Replies: 120
Views: 24141

Re: Film/TV clichés

Yes - I stand corrected - Thank you!
by Mark Dowding
Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Film/TV clichés
Replies: 120
Views: 24141

Re: Film/TV clichés

All door locks are rubbish and are easily picked. We had a Neighbourhood Watch talk many years ago when the scheme was starting up. The chap from the police brought a few locks with him and showed us how easy it was to open the three lever locks with a bent nail - the sort of lock that you got on a...
by Mark Dowding
Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Film/TV clichés
Replies: 120
Views: 24141

Re: Film/TV clichés

Hitting someone over the head with a glass bottle always causes the bottle to break. This would never happen in real life. On a similar note, a single stab wound or gun shot wound is always not only fatal but INSTANTANEOUSLY so (unless a few poetic or noble final words are required in which case de...
by Mark Dowding
Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:33 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Film/TV clichés
Replies: 120
Views: 24141

Re: Film/TV clichés

A single match will illuminate every corner of a room the size of a warehouse. Switching the bedroom light off will cause a blue light to come on and make the room brighter - how they get to sleep is anyone's guess but they spend the night talking anyway. If you live in sitcomville then your lounge ...
by Mark Dowding
Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:11 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Film/TV clichés
Replies: 120
Views: 24141

Re: Film/TV clichés

There's always somewhere to park outside the building that our hero wants to go to with plenty of space just to pull up and get out without any Reginald Molehusband style reverse parking or going round the block a couple of times until someone vacates a space.
by Mark Dowding
Fri Nov 29, 2013 12:36 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Who on the MC was the last to get colour television?
Replies: 32
Views: 7728

Re: Who on the MC was the last to get colour television?

My mum was vehemently opposed to getting a colour TV because of the price and it wasn't until 1986 when my dad went to work in Zimbabwe and took my mum with him that my sister who was still living at home went down to Visionhire and changed the BW rented set to a colour rented set. I'd left home by ...
by Mark Dowding
Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Worst Variety Act on Television.
Replies: 41
Views: 8301

Re: The Worst Variety Act on Television.

Yes, all judging panels have their panto villain to be booed and hissed on cue. Mickie Most was almost as mean as Tony Hatch on New Faces . He never quite had Hatch's reputation though. At least they were/are honest with what they watched and commented accordingly! Craig Revel Horwood is the best j...
by Mark Dowding
Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Worst Variety Act on Television.
Replies: 41
Views: 8301

Re: The Worst Variety Act on Television.

DavidAbsalom wrote:I never got the point of that bloke who used to flex his muscles to some cha-cha-cha music.
That was Tony Holland on Opportunity Knocks in 1964. He won it six weeks on the trot - there must have been some barrel scrapings on as the other acts those weeks! The music was "Wheels Cha Cha"
by Mark Dowding
Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Tony Gubba 1943-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 1185

Re: Tony Gubba 1943-2013

Tony Gubba was rather unkindly described in one of those spin-off books from a comedy programme as the man who would get the job if the BBC had the final of the LDV vans trophy final. In truth he was Jack of a lot of commentary jobs and master of most if not all of them. If John Motson was football,...
by Mark Dowding
Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:03 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Network Sale 3rd to 16th of December
Replies: 48
Views: 11587

Re: Network Sale 3rd to 16th of December

Brilliant releases that Network gives us all the customer service bit rather lets them down, so I'll just have to be buying the DVD's 2nd hand through some other site. Piss poor like. I have to say that a problem I had with a non delivery of a DVD was dealt with very efficiently after sending an em...