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by Brock
Wed Feb 03, 2021 8:56 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Worst-remembered line in TV?
Replies: 16
Views: 3848

Re: Worst-remembered line in TV?

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." Thanks for that! As an addendum, I ought to confess that I once thought the line was "The knobs are on your ...
by Brock
Tue Feb 02, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Worst-remembered line in TV?
Replies: 16
Views: 3848

Re: Worst-remembered line in TV?

I think I may have found another candidate for this category - the "Divided We Stand" episode of Steptoe and Son , where there's the argument over which channel to watch: Harold: "I have the law of contract on my side" Albert: "Yeah but I have the knobs on mine" (IMDb) "I've got the knobs on my side...
by Brock
Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Still With Us
Replies: 166
Views: 51485

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. Petula Clark will be presenting a special musicals-themed edition of Sounds of the Sixties on R...
by Brock
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Are We Living In A Golden Age Of Archive Television?"
Replies: 8
Views: 2222

Re: "Are We Living In A Golden Age Of Archive Television?"

stearn wrote:
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:43 pm
I wonder if this was just picking up from someone else's incorrect statement or relying on memory.
Well of course the Goodies themselves did spend rather a long time complaining that the show hadn't been repeated, to the extent that it became a running joke on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue...
by Brock
Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Are We Living In A Golden Age Of Archive Television?"
Replies: 8
Views: 2222

Re: "Are We Living In A Golden Age Of Archive Television?"

If only there was a database of Radio Times listings going up to a decade ago when the BBC started publishing their schedules online In fact the cut-off date for Genome makes it look as though there have been no repeats since 1986, with the single exception of "Winter Olympics" in March 2006. The w...
by Brock
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Are We Living In A Golden Age Of Archive Television?"
Replies: 8
Views: 2222

Re: "Are We Living In A Golden Age Of Archive Television?"

"This desire for a full view of the shows is reflected in Network’s treatment of The Goodies. A comedy series as popular and experimental as Python, the show has never been repeated on television."

Not actually true...
by Brock
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Michael Apted (1941 - 2021)
Replies: 15
Views: 3443

Re: Michael Apted (1941 - 2021)

This is getting a little repetitive... What's amazing is that it was never planned as a series - the original "Seven Up" documentary was intended as a one-off. Remarkable for Michael Apted to have stuck with the project for such a long time. As I said above, it was never planned as a long-term serie...
by Brock
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Michael Apted (1941 - 2021)
Replies: 15
Views: 3443

Re: Michael Apted (1941 - 2021)

a big flaw in the "Up" series is that it needed more girls. And non-whites. I assume the gender/race balance was different when the series started. No it wasn't. They followed the same fourteen people throughout the entire series (though some of them declined to take part in future programmes, and ...
by Brock
Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22895

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

You may not have to wait too long to hear Andy's Television Show again. According to the provisional schedule, the programme will be returning on Boom Radio, which launches on February 14th online and on DAB in some parts of the country, this time at 5pm on Sundays. Obviously, that may change betwe...
by Brock
Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Michael Apted (1941 - 2021)
Replies: 15
Views: 3443

Re: Michael Apted (1941 - 2021)

What's amazing is that it was never planned as a series - the original "Seven Up" documentary was intended as a one-off. Remarkable for Michael Apted to have stuck with the project for such a long time.
by Brock
Thu Jan 07, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Basil Moss (1935-2020)
Replies: 2
Views: 1019

Re: Basil Moss (1935-2020)

rosalyn wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 11:57 pm
the Radio 4 soap Waggoners Walk
It was on Radio 2.
by Brock
Thu Dec 31, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22895

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

On air he said the show would be back in "late spring when the weather's improved". Don't know exactly when that is, but "late spring" suggests May to me. Most of this week's themes (and ads) have already been played in the last six months or so since this thread started, so I've little to say excep...
by Brock
Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Misremembered titles
Replies: 35
Views: 6167

Re: Misremembered titles

When did Coronation Street become commonly known as "Corrie" anyway? I'm sure I never heard it when I was growing up in the 70s - not in my part of the country anyway (HTV West region). Other soap operas don't seem to have nicknames - "Emmie" might have taken off, though "Eastie" seems highly inappr...
by Brock
Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Martin Lambie-Nairn (1945-2020)
Replies: 3
Views: 1044

Re: Martin Lambie-Nairn (1945-2020)

Those BBC2 idents were brilliant. I think it was the first time anyone had designed multiple versions of an ident for regular use on one station. Sometimes I'd look forward to the ident almost as much as the programme! I even heard it said that BBC2's viewing figures went up as a result, even though...
by Brock
Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22895

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Good news - there's a bumper double edition of the Television Show on New Year's Eve from 1-3pm.

Bad news - it's billed as the "final edition". Really?
by Brock
Mon Dec 28, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Martin Lambie-Nairn (1945-2020)
Replies: 3
Views: 1044

Martin Lambie-Nairn (1945-2020)

The man behind some of the most memorable BBC and Channel 4 idents:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55465330
by Brock
Sat Dec 19, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22895

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Last show of the year, I think - he said he'd be back next week but a "Ray Conniff Christmas Special" is scheduled for Boxing Day at 5pm. The undoubted highlight for me this week was the ad break, which was from the era I remember best - the classic PG Tips ad ("Dad, do you know the piano's on my fo...
by Brock
Sat Dec 19, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Christmas Day on BBC1 1946-2020
Replies: 16
Views: 3015

Re: Christmas Day on BBC1 1946-2020

The biggest surprise for me was that Top Of the Pops is only eight behind The Queen. That means that they could overtake her during my lifetime!
by Brock
Sat Dec 12, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22895

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Could "unconscious plagiarism" have been a hidden theme in this week's show? We had the theme to H.R. Pufnstuf by Les Szarvas, for which Paul Simon had to be given a songwriting credit when he pointed out that it was too similar to "Feelin' Groovy". We had the theme to Blake's 7 by Dudley Simpson, w...
by Brock
Fri Dec 11, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The Missing Hancocks
Replies: 13
Views: 4435

Re: The Missing Hancocks

What's happened to the promised remake of "The Christmas Eve Party", due to be broadcast on Christmas Eve this year? In its place Radio 4 is listing "Department Store Santa", first broadcast in 2018. ("New Year Resolutions" - the only other remake not yet broadcast - is scheduled for New Year's Eve,...
by Brock
Wed Dec 09, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)
Replies: 16
Views: 2967

Re: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)

This isn't to say that 'a night in the 70s' wouldn't be viable as a scheduling event, a day might be pushing it somewhat, but a single night broadcast simply because all the programmes exist by some curious chance isn't the way to do it. It would undoubtedly fall back on the same few 'classics' to ...
by Brock
Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)
Replies: 16
Views: 2967

Re: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)

This isn't to say that 'a night in the 70s' wouldn't be viable as a scheduling event, a day might be pushing it somewhat, but a single night broadcast simply because all the programmes exist by some curious chance isn't the way to do it. But it was Christmas Day - it wasn't some random day in the y...
by Brock
Tue Dec 08, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)
Replies: 16
Views: 2967

Re: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)

The idea of recreating a whole evenings viewing may be an interesting one, but other than for academics that wish to see shows in their exact context, I am not sure what the benefit would be. It would be an "event", like the numerous other one-off "events" that the BBC stages in order to get public...
by Brock
Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)
Replies: 16
Views: 2967

Re: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)

Ignoring those, Christmas Day 1972 on BBC 1 does pretty well with everything else from 3pm to 11.50pm surviving. That includes The Queen , Billy Smart's Christmas Circus , Dick Whittington , Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game , Christmas Night with the Stars , The Morecambe and Wise Show , the f...
by Brock
Mon Dec 07, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22895

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

I don't believe that "copywritten" is an actual word. What do advertising copywriters do? They write copy; they don't "copywrite", any more than screenwriters "screenwrite". A copywriter would presumably say "I have written some copy", not "I have copywritten". Whether it's a word or not, it's clear...
by Brock
Sun Dec 06, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)
Replies: 16
Views: 2967

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 early...
by Brock
Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Peter Alliss 1931-2020
Replies: 2
Views: 816

Re: Peter Alliss 1931-2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/golf/55204070

Also host of the innovative chat show Around with Alliss, where he played golf and talked to various well-known people.
by Brock
Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22895

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Not sure of the intended use of the Sorry theme. Gaynor Colbourn and Hugh Wisdom are credited as composers. This may or may not be the same Gaynor Colbourn: https://www.dressagetomusicbygaynorcolbourn.com/ Yes, I believe that it is. I don't know where I first read the suggestion that the Sorry! the...
by Brock
Sat Dec 05, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22895

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Quite an inspired selection today. My favourite this week was Don Harper's theme for World of Sport - or would have been if he hadn't cut it off shortly before the end! The great thing about World of Sport was that it had a nice long closing credit sequence, so you always got the theme tune in full....
by Brock
Mon Nov 30, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Magic, our Maurice"
Replies: 3
Views: 1100

Re: "Magic, our Maurice"

Anyone volunteering for a marathon watch to check? I hope that won't be necessary! I think you have to be almost exactly my age (54) to fully appreciate the cultural significance of Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt . A few years to one side or the other, and you won't be aware of the phenomenon of peopl...