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by Brock
Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)
Replies: 75
Views: 16591

Re: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)

Is this just an excuse for the Daily Mail to attack the BBC? There may be an element of that. But the bottom line is the episode was cut regardless of whether it was reported by The Daily Mail or The Mirror. It seems academic to me. We should be talking about the BBC making the cut in the first pla...
by Brock
Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)
Replies: 75
Views: 16591

Re: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)

The point was made that if the BBC had broadcast the episode uncut, the Mail would probably have complained about that as well.
by Brock
Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)
Replies: 75
Views: 16591

Re: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)

I'm currently listening to a discussion on Radio 5 Live about this (where they're carefully avoiding racist language). Is this just an excuse for the Daily Mail to attack the BBC?
by Brock
Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Psst.... (Fawlty Towers edited)
Replies: 75
Views: 16591

Re: Psst....

I'm not with you. Unless I'm very much mistaken, there were no references to Jimmy Savile in Fawlty Towers...
by Brock
Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Nineteen Eight Four on the radio
Replies: 9
Views: 2590

Re: Nineteen Eight Four on the radio

The Independent article also describes the 1986 sitcom Nineteen Ninety-Four as a parody of Orwell's work. While clearly taking its inspiration from Orwell, I'd have called it a satire on Thatcherism. Incidentally, Nineteen Eighty-Four was read as A Book at Bedtime in (appropriately) 1984 - in fact I...
by Brock
Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Write A Play (1967)
Replies: 13
Views: 3129

Re: Write A Play (1967)

Didn't the BBC do something similar in the 70s, entitled "It's Child's Play"? It was hosted, rather unusually, by Morecambe and Wise.
by Brock
Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The erasing of Savile: They missed one!
Replies: 32
Views: 6413

Re: The erasing of Savile: They missed one!

boblet wrote:Don't expect to see any Grumbleweeds repeats any time soon...
At last! Something good has come out of the whole affair.
by Brock
Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:05 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Parky hosting Desert Island Discs
Replies: 4
Views: 1621

Parky hosting Desert Island Discs

Just switched on today's edition of Desert Island Discs Revisited on Radio 4 Extra and was momentarily taken aback to hear Michael Parkinson introducing the castaway (Sue Ryder). I thought he'd been more or less airbrushed out of DID history. Is this the first time that R4 Extra has broadcast a Park...
by Brock
Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:47 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 30th anniversary of Breakfast Time
Replies: 14
Views: 3293

30th anniversary of Breakfast Time

Radio 4's Today programme is running an item on this at the moment, with an interview with Russell Grant. Perhaps the BBC's most successful spoiler operation?
by Brock
Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Theme tune/titles change and subsequent revision
Replies: 15
Views: 3694

Re: Theme tune/titles change and subsequent revision

ian b wrote:Today of all days, dare I mention that JIM'LL FIX IT had a completely different theme originally.
For most of its run Jim'll Fix It had two separate themes, an opening one and a closing one. Was the original theme different from both?
by Brock
Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:23 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Robert Kee (1919-2013)
Replies: 1
Views: 855

Robert Kee (1919-2013)

The death of Robert Kee is being reported:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-20965586

In addition to all his work mentioned in the obituary I remember him as pioneering the lunchtime ITN news bulletin.
by Brock
Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Minder Series One question
Replies: 12
Views: 3016

Re: Minder Series One question

Different genre, but Carol Vorderman's role in the early series of Countdown was restricted to the checking the calculations in the numbers game, and I don't think she was even introduced on most episodes. Cathy Hytner was far more prominent. Some people would argue that Brian Murphy and Yootha Joyc...
by Brock
Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:37 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Mistaken identity
Replies: 1
Views: 974

Re: Mistaken identity

There's an account of the incident here. I presume from the lack of response that the answer is "no"?
by Brock
Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Compline service - Radio 4
Replies: 4
Views: 1594

Re: Compline service - Radio 4

Actually I think you're right - "Before the Ending of the Day" was the title given to the Compline service, broadcast as you suggest on Sunday evenings. I think "Lighten Our Darkness" was a more conventional religious meditation for Saturdays.
by Brock
Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:49 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Compline service - Radio 4
Replies: 4
Views: 1594

Re: Compline service - Radio 4

Was it called "Lighten Our Darkness"? My recollection is that it was on a Saturday rather than a Sunday night, as borne out by the listings for April 9th 1983 , where it's shown at 11pm. I don't remember exactly how long it ran for but I do remember that there was a revamp of the Saturday morning sc...
by Brock
Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:40 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Mistaken identity
Replies: 1
Views: 974

Mistaken identity

I've just been reading the story of how, in the days of Roy Plomley, Desert Island Discs once accidentally booked Alistair MacLean of the Ontario Tourist Board instead of the writer Alistair MacLean. Plomley discovered the error at the usual pre-recording lunch at his club, and graciously decided to...
by Brock
Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:01 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Daphne Oxenford (31 October 1919 – 21 December 2012)
Replies: 4
Views: 1590

Re: Daphne Oxenford (31 October 1919 – 21 December 2012)

And a very funny supporting player on Radio 2's "Listen with Les" - particularly when she was spoofing her own Listen With Mother role.
by Brock
Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Tony Greig 1946 - 2012
Replies: 2
Views: 1175

Re: Tony Greig 1946 - 2012

I mainly remember him for the 1976 "grovel" controversy, described here : After England were humiliated by the West Indies (and Greig famously grovelled himself) I remember a performance of a song on Nationwide called "Who's Grovelling Now?", based on "Who's Sorry Now?" - a Google search suggests th...
by Brock
Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Christmas ratings
Replies: 22
Views: 4661

Re: Christmas ratings

Is there really a "Christmas ratings battle"? I was surprised to learn recently that US broadcasters don't make a big thing of Christmas at all. I'm pretty sure that's because they make more of an effort with Thanksgiving, which seems to be the more important holiday there, at least in TV terms. An...
by Brock
Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:52 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Christmas ratings
Replies: 22
Views: 4661

Re: Christmas ratings

They have Christmas specials in Germany: big family serials like Silas, Jack Holborn and Patrik Pacard, although these were cut for budgetary reasons in 1996. They still have big musical spectaculars, both popular and classical, as well as the annual ritual of the Freddie Frinton sketch. That's New...
by Brock
Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:55 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Christmas ratings
Replies: 22
Views: 4661

Re: Christmas ratings

BARB has provided the broadcast ratings for decades, but I don't know their methodology.

I'm just listening to Radio 4's "The Media Show" and the representative from ITV has confirmed that there's no money in Christmas. The only reason for competing with the BBC is for publicity purposes.
by Brock
Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:35 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012)
Replies: 5
Views: 1759

Richard Rodney Bennett (1936-2012)

Surely the death of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett deserves a mention here? He wrote scores for film and television alongside his more "serious" concert works - in fact I was surprised to learn that he wrote the score for the Doctor Who story "The Aztecs". I shall always associate him with his marvellou...
by Brock
Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Christmas ratings
Replies: 22
Views: 4661

Christmas ratings

Is there really a "Christmas ratings battle"? I was surprised to learn recently that US broadcasters don't make a big thing of Christmas at all. I suppose from a commercial point of view, there's very little in it; advertising time is obviously much more valuable in the run-up to Christmas than on C...
by Brock
Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:01 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Kenneth Kendall (1924-2012)
Replies: 13
Views: 3756

Re: Kenneth Kendall (1924-2012)

BBC news report here. He was the first to appear in vision on the BBC. Did ITN get in there first, or did the BBC pre-empt them?
by Brock
Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:46 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Kenneth Kendall (1924-2012)
Replies: 13
Views: 3756

Kenneth Kendall (1924-2012)

The death of the former BBC newsreader Kenneth Kendall has just been reported by BBC Radio 4. The first newsreader to appear in vision (according to Wikipedia).
by Brock
Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sir Patrick Moore (1923-2012)
Replies: 25
Views: 5794

Re: Sir Patrick Moore (1923-2012)

Sir Patrick's record-breaking stint as presenter is well known, but has the programme also had the same theme tune for 55 years? That must be some sort of record as well.
by Brock
Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: Hello again
Replies: 58
Views: 13537

Re: Hello again

Yes, thanks to the committee for all their work on this. I was lurking on the old forum and wasn't able to register for some reason, so it's nice to be able to participate at last!
by Brock
Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Good Old Days closing theme
Replies: 2
Views: 1285

Re: Good Old Days closing theme

Excellent! I don't know where you found the lyrics, but this page has them as well as a facsimile of the sheet music and a sound file. (I'm pretty sure it's out of copyright now, being a First World War song.) I had a vague idea that those were the words but was confused by a different song beginnin...
by Brock
Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Good Old Days closing theme
Replies: 2
Views: 1285

Good Old Days closing theme

A question I have been unable to find the answer to elsewhere. What was the title of the closing theme tune to "The Good Old Days"? Everyone remembers that the show closed with "Down at the Old Bull and Bush", but this was immediately followed by another piece, played by the orchestra as the credits...
by Brock
Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:01 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sir Patrick Moore (1923-2012)
Replies: 25
Views: 5794

Re: Sir Patrick Moore (1923-2012)

I'd hope The Sky at Night continued without him. They won't be able to do it from his home any more. I'm sure Chris Lintott will take over very effectively, but I imagine the format may change. In particular I can't see it continuing as a 20-minute programme (which must be pretty much unique in the...