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by Billy Smart
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 69
Views: 20342

Re: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD

A new Forgotten Television Drama post by Simon Farquhar about one of the missing plays: Play for Today: Edward G – Like the Film Star - https://forgottentelevisiondrama.wordpr ... film-star/
by Billy Smart
Sat Jul 17, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries
Replies: 26
Views: 8747

Re: Ten recent ITV Archive drama recoveries

This is an exciting find for ITV drama historians. I see that an episode of (19th Century Raj series) Frontier (The Last Of The Line, 31 July 1968) has turned up in the BFI Archive - the very first transmitted Thames drama! We also now have the middle reel of a further episode (Duel Of Honour).
by Billy Smart
Wed Jul 14, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 69
Views: 20342

Re: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD

Details have now been announced of the ' Play for Today at 50' online anniversary event on the 14th and 15th of October. Now available online! : Play for Today at 50: Interviews and Presentations - https://forgottentelevisiondrama.wordpress.com/2021/07/14/play-for-today-at-50-interviews-and-present...
by Billy Smart
Mon Jul 12, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: United! (BBC 1965-67)
Replies: 10
Views: 569

United! (BBC 1965-67)

Of all of the BBC's occasional attempts at soap operas pre-EastEnders, United! is just about the least known today (largely thanks to its total non-survival). John Williams tweeted a link to this article today, which I hadn't come across before: Paul McParlan for Football Pink: Football on the small...
by Billy Smart
Sun Jul 04, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Maigret the original series blue ray
Replies: 6
Views: 972

Re: Maigret the original series blue ray

Andrew Pixley for CSTOnline: MAIGRET ET LE PROGRAMME EN DIFFUSION - https://cstonline.net/maigret-et-le-pro ... ew-pixley/
by Billy Smart
Sun Jun 27, 2021 2:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Stranger Things: When sitcoms strain to be different
Replies: 11
Views: 1146

Stranger Things: When sitcoms strain to be different

Graham McCann's latest Comedy Chronicles article tells the unfortunate stories of The Gnomes Of Dulwich, Come Back Mrs Noah and Cows: https://www.comedy.co.uk/features/comed ... e-sitcoms/
by Billy Smart
Fri Jun 25, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Out On Tuesday/ Out (Channel 4 1989-94)
Replies: 0
Views: 565

Out On Tuesday/ Out (Channel 4 1989-94)

Something interesting that I hadn't noticed before - a two day event at Birkbeck in 2019 to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the groundbreaking Channel 4 gay and lesbian programme. There are videos of five panels and keynotes, perhaps the most engaging of which is from Mandy Merck, series editor 19...
by Billy Smart
Mon Jun 14, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Looking for Pat Hooker
Replies: 14
Views: 5246

Re: Looking for Pat Hooker

Stephen Vagg's 'Forgotten Australian TV Plays' blog for Filmlink has just published a post about Pat Hooker's 1964 play (which survives), A Season in Hell -
https://www.filmink.com.au/forgotten-au ... n-in-hell/
by Billy Smart
Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Philip Martin (1938-2020)
Replies: 5
Views: 2112

Re: Philip Martin (1938-2020)

The second half of the interview - Philip Martin (1938-2020) Part Two: Philip Martin on The Remainder Man (BBC Play for Today , 1982) and The Unborn (1980): https://forgottentelevisiondrama.wordpress.com/2021/04/22/philip-martin-1938-2020-part-two-philip-martin-on-the-remainder-man-bbc-play-for-toda...
by Billy Smart
Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister
Replies: 18
Views: 4834

Re: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister

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/
by Billy Smart
Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dick Turpin
Replies: 6
Views: 1230

Re: Dick Turpin

James Chapman's Swashbucklers: The costume adventure series has a lot about Kip Carpenter's serials and is well worth reading.
by Billy Smart
Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Philip Martin (1938-2020)
Replies: 5
Views: 2112

Re: Philip Martin (1938-2020)

The first installment of a three part interview and tribute on Forgotten Television Drama: Philip Martin (1938-2020) Part One: Philip Martin on Gangsters (BBC Play for Today , 1975, and series, 1976-78) - https://forgottentelevisiondrama.wordpress.com/2021/04/08/philip-martin-1938-2020-part-one-phil...
by Billy Smart
Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Getting Started as a TV Director, 1964-65'
Replies: 1
Views: 1024

'Getting Started as a TV Director, 1964-65'

Stuck in lockdown last year, the veteran television drama director Brian Parker occupied himself by starting to write his memoirs. Unfortunately he had only got up to the first chapter when he died in December, but the Forgotten Television Drama blog can publish what he had written: Brian Parker – G...
by Billy Smart
Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Brian Parker (1929-2020)
Replies: 2
Views: 1396

Re: Brian Parker (1929-2020)

Stuck in lockdown last year, Brian Parker occupied himself by starting to write his memoirs. Unfortunately he had only got up to the first chapter when he died in December, but the Forgotten Television Drama blog can publish what he had written: Brian Parker – Getting Started as a TV Director, 1964-...
by Billy Smart
Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'Royal Family' leaked
Replies: 15
Views: 3922

Re: 'Royal Family' leaked

An overlooked detail: The 90m cut that is now circulating isn't the original broadcast version, which runs to 105m.
by Billy Smart
Fri Jan 29, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD
Replies: 69
Views: 20342

Re: 'The Wednesday Play'/'Play For Today' on DVD

Play For Today: Volume 2 has been announced. The plays included are: Stocker’s Copper (Written by Tom Clarke | Dir. Jack Gold, 1972) The Elephant’s Graveyard (Written by Peter McDougall | Dir. John Mackenzie, 1976) Gotcha/ Campion’s Interview (Written by Barrie Keeffe / Brian Clark | Directed by Ba...
by Billy Smart
Wed Jan 27, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.
Replies: 57
Views: 16612

Re: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.

I am guessing if it were made now there would be warnings before and the standard 'if you have been affected by issues in this programme, please call..." at the end. Written by Brian Phelan. If the nightmares and trauma are anything like Article Five , Phelan's banned 1975 Centre Play about torture...
by Billy Smart
Tue Jan 26, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.
Replies: 57
Views: 16612

Re: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.

Aren't there some Blue Peters that are telerecordings into the 80s? There's one from 1981 and one from 1982 (there's also a missing episode from that week, thanks to a wiped 2" tape). Perhaps the latest black & white telerecording of all is some location footage of the 1989 Doctor Who story Surviva...
by Billy Smart
Tue Jan 26, 2021 6:01 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.
Replies: 57
Views: 16612

Re: ATV and the 1970-71 Colour Strike.

Excluding Crossroads , what are the latest ATV drama episodes to be missing? Not missing, but looking at the TVBrain listings, I am surprised to discover that a 1981 ATV ITV Playhouse drama, Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind only survives as a b/w 16mm telerecording. That's about five years later than when...
by Billy Smart
Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:17 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Blue Peter 29.12.69
Replies: 2
Views: 1372

Re: Blue Peter 29.12.69

Richard Marson's Blue Peter: Inside The Archives tells us:

Appeal target reached: Presenters drive old people's bus into studio
Equipment bought with appeal money
Review of the year
Birds' Christmas tree and winter bird food
James Bond's sledge + tk clip
by Billy Smart
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Brian Parker (1929-2020)
Replies: 2
Views: 1396

Brian Parker (1929-2020)

The television director Brian Parker died last month, shortly after the Blu-ray release of his 1973 Play For Today film, Shakespeare - Or Bust (he was delighted to receive a copy, but didn't have anything to play it on!). My old colleague Lez Cooke had been in correspondence with him last year, and ...
by Billy Smart
Thu Dec 24, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Sunday Night Play - "20 new plays presented by BBC Television" (1960-61)
Replies: 7
Views: 2242

Re: The Sunday Night Play - "20 new plays presented by BBC Television" (1960-61)

This series of articles hops out of chronological sequence to tell us about the BBC Television Christmas night drama for 1960. This one survives in the BBC Archives!:

Tuppence in the Gods by Michael Voysey - https://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk/20 ... gods-1960/
by Billy Smart
Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Sunday Night Play - "20 new plays presented by BBC Television" (1960-61)
Replies: 7
Views: 2242

Re: The Sunday Night Play - "20 new plays presented by BBC Television" (1960-61)

The next two plays in the season, both lost: The Ruffians by Alun Owen - https://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk/20-new-plays-the-ruffians-1960/ Pay Day by Roderick Barry - https://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk/20-new-plays-pay-day-1960/ An intriguing, sad, story behind the autobiographical Pay Day .
by Billy Smart
Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Christmas Day on BBC1 1946-2020
Replies: 16
Views: 3907

Christmas Day on BBC1 1946-2020

Interesting infographic from Mark Gibbings-Jones: The programmes shown on Christmas Day BBC1 on the most occasions, 1946-2020 https://twitter.com/BrokenTV/status/1338548250656301056 . (enlarged version here - https://postimg.cc/N2XvpB0z )
by Billy Smart
Sat Dec 12, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Sunday Night Play - "20 new plays presented by BBC Television" (1960-61)
Replies: 7
Views: 2242

Re: The Sunday Night Play - "20 new plays presented by BBC Television" (1960-61)

None of those sources tell you what his real name was or about his life after 1960, though.
by Billy Smart
Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Sunday Night Play - "20 new plays presented by BBC Television" (1960-61)
Replies: 7
Views: 2242

The Sunday Night Play - "20 new plays presented by BBC Television" (1960-61)

This is an impressive ongoing investigation that will be worth keeping track of over the coming weeks. John Wyver has hooked on to a forgotten, prestigious, 1960-61 season of twenty new original plays for BBC Television, and is blogging about each play in turn. Introduction: '20 new plays', BBC, 196...
by Billy Smart
Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)
Replies: 16
Views: 3838

This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)

John Wyver on a (surviving) BBC Television Gala entertainment, and competing Light Entertainment on the just-started ITV: This Is Music Hall (1955) - https://www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk/th ... hall-1955/
by Billy Smart
Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Worst-remembered line in TV?
Replies: 16
Views: 4921

Re: Worst-remembered line in TV?

John Hoare on tracing the source of a recent addition to the field of misremembered Fawlty Towers quotes - http://www.dirtyfeed.org/2020/11/faulty ... -with-him/
by Billy Smart
Sun Nov 29, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Thames TV
Replies: 69
Views: 20205

Re: Thames TV

For those interested in ITV history, David Elstein for openDemocracy is fascinating on the long-term fall-out of Thames Television’s Death on the Rock report in 1988: Thatcher’s poisonous television legacy is still being felt - https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/thatchers-poisonous-tel...
by Billy Smart
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "Drama Out of a Crisis" - BBC Four "Play for Today" documentary
Replies: 1
Views: 1167

Re: "Drama Out of a Crisis" - BBC Four "Play for Today" documentary

The key to the success of the documentary was the centrality of the archive. We were doubly fortunate; first that Illuminations were given the keys to the BBC Archive and were able to use anything, and then fortunate in the care with which they treated it and the imagination and 'deep archive' knowl...