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by Simon Coward
Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Adventures of Robin Hood TPTV
Replies: 9
Views: 315

Re: Adventures of Robin Hood TPTV

Talking Pictures have shown all 39 episodes of Series 1 - with the exception of Episode 7 ( The Challenge) which was skipped for some reason. So that definitely was missed, then? I knew they hadn't listed it but I did wonder whether the extra listings for "The Knight Who Came To Dinner" were reflec...
by Simon Coward
Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Can anyone identify these memories?
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: Can anyone identify these memories?

The first one sounds like a scene from The Avengers episode "Game" where Antony Newlands' Brigadier Wishforth-Brown is done-in in that kind of way.

Alternatively, it might be the opening of The Persuaders! episode "A Death in the Family".
by Simon Coward
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Adventures of Robin Hood TPTV
Replies: 9
Views: 315

Re: Adventures of Robin Hood TPTV

Not sure what you mean by 'given up'. The last 'new' episode was "The Prisoner" shown just four days ago (06/06/2021 at 17:30). There was a repeat of another only two days ago (08/06/2021 at 09:30) and three more repeats are currently scheduled at weekly intervals from that one and there may be more...
by Simon Coward
Tue Jun 08, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: World In Action episode help.
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Re: World In Action episode help.

From the old ITN Source site: Production ID: 1/0568/0669 Programme ID: 1/0568 Programme title: WORLD IN ACTION (AFTER DOOMSDAY) Production title: WORLD IN ACTION (AFTER DOOMSDAY) Synopsis: Looks at the likely effects of a nuclear war in Britain and the discrepencies between official casualty figures...
by Simon Coward
Fri May 21, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 2404

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

It ended on that Friday, 22nd, I remember I kept checking that week to see if it was off, as I was audio taping "Who" on the 23rd, Part One of "The Power Of Kroll". I believe it ended on the Saturday but my info could be wrong: it says that BBC 1 was back on air from 14:57 on Saturday 23rd with BBC...
by Simon Coward
Thu May 20, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 2404

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

That’s really interesting. So the Gen Game still did well but Yarwood was nowhere to be seen... The Generation Game and the first couple of hours of The Sound of Music had much lesser opposition, I suppose. It's interesting that the Muppet Show and Diamonds are Forever did so well despite the forme...
by Simon Coward
Thu May 20, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 2404

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

ITV won in the sense of having the single highest-rated programme but spread across Christmas Day and Boxing Day honours were much more even. Here's an excerpt from the National Top 20, showing just the programmes on 25 and 26 December. I don't think I can make tables on this forum so excuse the odd...
by Simon Coward
Fri May 14, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early Armchair theatre on videotape
Replies: 34
Views: 1965

Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

Their website says that they do, which is all I have to go on.
by Simon Coward
Fri May 14, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early Armchair theatre on videotape
Replies: 34
Views: 1965

Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

Not AT but Granada's Mary Broome play from 1958 survives on videotape I believe. (Harry H Corbett) It does indeed, and the tape even has some interviews beforehand - Bill Grundy interviewing Dame Sybil Thorndike (who had played the role of Mary Broome many years earlier) and both Olive McFarland an...
by Simon Coward
Fri May 14, 2021 12:17 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 2404

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

Mid year it looks like a sub-heading 'Groomed' could relate to who groomed the defection, but a name is missing for what I can access, or it could just be Bennett and Stevens being groomed to fill M&W shoes. It's the latter, sadly. The former sounds as though it would be more interesting. The 'defe...
by Simon Coward
Fri May 14, 2021 12:12 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early Armchair theatre on videotape
Replies: 34
Views: 1965

Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

Not AT but Granada's Mary Broome play from 1958 survives on videotape I believe. (Harry H Corbett) It does indeed, and the tape even has some interviews beforehand - Bill Grundy interviewing Dame Sybil Thorndike (who had played the role of Mary Broome many years earlier) and both Olive McFarland an...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 12, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early Armchair theatre on videotape
Replies: 34
Views: 1965

Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

Wasn't the play recommended to be destroyed due to its controversial theme about abortion? I don't think I've heard that but then, back in the 60s, TV companies didn't really need a reason / excuse to wipe a play, or any other kind of TV programme. Wiping seems to have been the default operation in...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 12, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early Armchair theatre on videotape
Replies: 34
Views: 1965

Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

You might be right about that, Ian. Earlier in the year I checked and it wasn't listed among the BFI's holdings in A for Andromeda to Zoo Time: Television Holdings of the National Film and Television Archive, 1936-1979 (1994).
by Simon Coward
Tue May 11, 2021 12:50 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Early Armchair theatre on videotape
Replies: 34
Views: 1965

Re: Early Armchair theatre on videotape

"|n" meant held in the National Film [and Television] Archive rather than in the broadcaster's own archive. Surely there was a list of codes and their meanings in there somewhere. The BFI currently claim that they don't anything for this production, but we must have got that information from somewhe...
by Simon Coward
Mon May 10, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship
Replies: 45
Views: 2404

Re: Morecambe and Wise jumping ship

It was unfortunate for Thames that the three year period 1981 to 1983 was the only time that they lost three consecutive Christmas Day evenings to LWT - leap years were positioned to reduce it to two every other time*. Given that the hand-over time was still 7pm in 1981, I wonder whether the idea of...
by Simon Coward
Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Local News Takes a Holiday
Replies: 8
Views: 1046

Re: Local News Takes a Holiday

I maybe wrong but I think Smith was also repeated during a later summer break ..maybe 76. I don't remember that and a quick search hasn't turned anything obvious up, but then searching for 'smith' you do get an awful lot of chaff with the wheat. If you find out dates / details I'd be fascinated to ...
by Simon Coward
Sun Apr 18, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Local News Takes a Holiday
Replies: 8
Views: 1046

Re: Local News Takes a Holiday

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). Yes, I'd forgotten that too, although I suppose for two reasons it may not have seemed particularly significant at the time. One being that either way it sti...
by Simon Coward
Sun Apr 18, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Local News Takes a Holiday
Replies: 8
Views: 1046

Local News Takes a Holiday

In the 1960s and early 1970s our home was a London-region home, receiving the output of Rediffusion and ATV, and then Thames and LWT. Thames, in particular, did a thing each summer for its first few whole years as a weekday broadcaster. Their daily local news programme Today was given a break and th...
by Simon Coward
Sat Apr 03, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Talking Pictures - more 'No Hiding Place' episodes
Replies: 46
Views: 7685

Re: Talking Pictures - more 'No Hiding Place' episodes

I hadn't realised that they'd started putting the catalogue of all those boxes of paperwork online. How useful. Looks like they're maybe 2/3 of the way through. Many happy days were spent going through those boxes when they were still at the ITC Library. Almost 20 years ago now. If only we'd had mor...
by Simon Coward
Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Doctor in charge
Replies: 3
Views: 833

Re: Doctor in charge

There was a Doctor at Large entry in the 1971 Christmas All Star Comedy Carnival which, like the in Charge series that followed, was without Barry Evans.

Otherwise, I can't think of anything likely.
by Simon Coward
Tue Feb 02, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Worst-remembered line in TV?
Replies: 16
Views: 4245

Re: Worst-remembered line in TV?

Brock wrote:
Tue Feb 02, 2021 4:10 pm
I haven't rewatched the episode or seen a script, but I recall the line as "And I have the knobs on my side". Am I wrong?
You are. There's no "And", it's just "I have the knobs on my side."
by Simon Coward
Tue Feb 02, 2021 11:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Worst-remembered line in TV?
Replies: 16
Views: 4245

Re: Worst-remembered line in TV?

It's not quoted (or misquoted) especially widely, but Patrick McGoohan's line in The Prisoner episode "The Chimes of Big Ben", "The whole earth as The Village?" is always misquoted as "The whole world as The Village?" In its wrong form it's even made its way onto a T-Shirt and IMDb, of course, has i...
by Simon Coward
Fri Dec 25, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Sunday Night Play - "20 new plays presented by BBC Television" (1960-61)
Replies: 7
Views: 1933

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. No, Google does that, which is even worse, really. At that's not meant to knock the pieces themselves, just that that aspect seems to be the easiest bit to do and so the least worthy of praise for the enterp...
by Simon Coward
Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)
Replies: 16
Views: 3281

Re: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)

Thanks for that. In addition to the piece itself, John Wyver makes an interesting remark in the comments: "I’m very curious to know when is the earliest we might be able to have a decent go at showing the majority of an evening’s schedule – for the BBC at least my guess is that it would be the earl...
by Simon Coward
Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Misremembered titles
Replies: 35
Views: 6790

Re: Misremembered titles

I never heard anyone refer to The Phil Silvers Show as anything but "Bilko". I suppose because we've never really used that style in this country, referring to a situation comedy as "The such and such Show" still seems quite odd to me. We used it a lot for shiny-floor variety-type shows where such ...
by Simon Coward
Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: What program is this from...? Stephen Fry 2007...
Replies: 2
Views: 972

Re: What program is this from...? Stephen Fry 2007...

I don't know for certain, but could it be from The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive documentary that he did? A revised version was shown in 2007.

Later the same year he also did the documentary series HIV and Me and there was the one off Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out.
by Simon Coward
Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 34
Views: 7285

Re: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)

I'm sure a good deal of the viewers in the exceptionally high-rated editions are down to some quirk of scheduling, be it Christmas or being shown opposite something that was especially unpopular.
by Simon Coward
Wed Oct 07, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 34
Views: 7285

Re: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)

The JICTAR figure for the episode broadcast on Fri 18 January 1980 is an impressive 19.3m (the second most watched programme that week), so its not a wholly fallacious claim. Only two episodes of the repeat run got into the Top 20, though. ...but one of the ones that did got into the Top 20 most wa...
by Simon Coward
Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Getting the answer first
Replies: 9
Views: 2686

Re: Getting the answer first

Brock wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:48 am
I thought it was "anecdote".
It was, wasn't "miniquip" Steed's suggestion?
by Simon Coward
Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Getting the answer first
Replies: 9
Views: 2686

Re: Getting the answer first

Private Frazer wrote:
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:22 am
"12 Down. An Abbreviated story usually of an amusing nature; 8 letters" is another, this time said by Emma Peel to Steed in the Forget-Me-Knot episode of The Avengers. Steed didn't get it either!
Miniquip?