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by Brock
Tue Nov 03, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Sessions (1953 - 2020)
Replies: 6
Views: 1454

Re: John Sessions (1953 - 2020)

That's very sad news. I think he first came to my attention on the original radio version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Very sharp-witted, imaginative and erudite.
by Brock
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22894

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Mark wrote:
Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:05 pm
A mistake with "The Herbs" though...it was actually "The Adventures Of Parsley", the five minute length spin-off!
Corrected.
by Brock
Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22894

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

I loved “Torchy the battery boy’ at the time of it’s original tx. Just to clarify, I'd never seen the programme or even heard of it until yesterday. My comments related purely to the theme tune, which I thought was awful. It's very rarely that Andy plays a piece of music that I actively dislike.
by Brock
Sat Oct 31, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22894

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

And so to the programme itself, which once again started with an Avengers theme - this time the early one by Johnny Dankworth, which was utterly different from any of the others. It was good to hear Strange Report in full, rather than just the snatch of it that normally opens and closes the programm...
by Brock
Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22894

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Just waiting for the programme to start and the previous presenter is finishing with "There's a Whole Lot of Loving" by Guys and Dolls, which was written for a TV commercial for McVitie's biscuits. Don't know if this is deliberate!
by Brock
Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Bobby Ball (1944-2020)
Replies: 1
Views: 575

Bobby Ball (1944-2020)

Half of Cannon and Ball, of course.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54731384
by Brock
Thu Oct 29, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Name this tune? Some kind of library track?
Replies: 17
Views: 2987

Re: Name this tune? Some kind of library track?

To confuse things further, Andy Marriott introduced it as the theme to The David Frost Show , which as far as I know was shown exclusively in the US. This may have been an error though. I announced it as such to avoid confusion! As it had been used on so many DF projects... Ah, thanks for that! I'm...
by Brock
Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: The "cod dry" - does it still exist?
Replies: 8
Views: 1653

Re: The "cod dry" - does it still exist?

Is it the term has gone out of use, or the actual cod dry? That's a good question. The practice of fake corpsing is certainly alive and well - for instance, here's a 2018 quote from Mark Gatiss from "An Audience with the League of Gentlemen" at the BFI Southbank: "We’re very disciplined (audience l...
by Brock
Wed Oct 28, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: The "cod dry" - does it still exist?
Replies: 8
Views: 1653

Re: The "cod dry" - does it still exist?

I did find it referred to as a "cod dry up" here : "The actress Molly Weir also refers to the ubiquitous 'cod dry up' - a device sometimes utilised by comic performers to ensure audience laughter as 'a desperate ruse where the performer pretends he's convulsed with laughter and can't go on with his ...
by Brock
Wed Oct 28, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: The "cod dry" - does it still exist?
Replies: 8
Views: 1653

Re: The "cod dry" - does it still exist?

(In another thread:) I've always thought it common courtesy to do as much as you can yourself, then ask if you can't get further and let people know exactly what lengths you have gone to to find an answer so they don't duplicate. So far I've found a few references to "fake corpsing", "cod corpsing" ...
by Brock
Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: The "cod dry" - does it still exist?
Replies: 8
Views: 1653

The "cod dry" - does it still exist?

We've all seen, or even experienced, "corpsing" - when an actor or other performer accidentally breaks into uncontrollable laughter at the wrong moment. When I was a kid I had a book called The A-Z of Television by Willis Hall and Bob Monkhouse, which revealed amongst many other things that when cor...
by Brock
Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The News Quiz
Replies: 9
Views: 2814

Re: The News Quiz

Yes, I miss the cuttings as well. I like some of the innovations (such as audience questions) but I'm worried that it may be turning into a bit of a vanity project for Andy Zaltzman - the show should really be focused on the panellists, not the chairman. He does come up with some good gags though. I...
by Brock
Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Frank Bough (1933 - 2020)
Replies: 3
Views: 988

Re: Frank Bough (1933 - 2020)

He was a very accomplished and versatile presenter, and it's sad that his career had to end in such a way. I first heard the revelations about Frank Bough's private life in a corner shop in Manchester, on a local radio station. I rushed back to where I was living at the time and switched on Radio 4'...
by Brock
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The News Quiz
Replies: 9
Views: 2814

Re: The News Quiz

Andy Zaltzman has been confirmed as permanent host of the News Quiz from next year, after completing a series as guest host where he pretty much ripped up the old format and brought in a brand new one. Although I quite enjoyed the series, it bore so little resemblance to the "old" News Quiz that it ...
by Brock
Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Children of the Stones
Replies: 1
Views: 711

Children of the Stones

I haven't heard this myself but it appears to be an audio adaptation of the 1977 HTV series of the same name. It's been promoted on Radio 4 quite a bit although it only seems to exist online and as a podcast. I know the series has been discussed here so I thought I'd give you a pointer. https://www....
by Brock
Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22894

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Well, well, well! Just when I thought the programme was in danger of getting a bit samey, Mr Marriott comes up with an hour of absolutely cracking material. There were some themes I'd never heard before (e.g. Hunter's Walk ) which I thought were absolutely delightful, and one or two that I'd all but...
by Brock
Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Name this tune? Some kind of library track?
Replies: 17
Views: 2987

Re: Name this tune? Some kind of library track?

Mention of David Frost reminds me of some remarkable archive material that's recently been uncovered - see this thread.
by Brock
Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The Frost Tapes
Replies: 2
Views: 895

The Frost Tapes

When David Frost died in 2013, his son Wilfred inherited an archive of something like 10,000 interviews. He now presents a podcast series called "The Frost Tapes", mainly focusing on his father's US work in the 60s and 70s. Well over half of the footage has not been heard since its original broadcas...
by Brock
Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22894

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

It was the Skellern version of 'She' on the TV series, wasn't it? Ah, I may be getting confused about this. It was Aznavour's own version that got into the charts, but now you mention it I think it was Skellern's version on the TV series. Not sure about "The Liver Birds", but probably the lyrics on...
by Brock
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Name this tune? Some kind of library track?
Replies: 17
Views: 2987

Re: Name this tune? Some kind of library track?

If George Martin wrote it, then he owned the copyright - as far as I understand. He would presumably also have held the rights to his own recording.

The fact that he put his own name in the title may provide an additional clue!
by Brock
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Name this tune? Some kind of library track?
Replies: 17
Views: 2987

Re: Name this tune? Some kind of library track?

stearn wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:59 pm
The link I gave says it was used on all the Frost On.. programmes which started in 1966.
I don't think that can be right, can it? The Frost On... programmes were made by LWT, which didn't come on air until 1968.
by Brock
Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Name this tune? Some kind of library track?
Replies: 17
Views: 2987

Re: Name this tune? Some kind of library track?

It was played on Andy Marriott's radio show less than four weeks ago - I even commented on it in this post! (If that's not a good reason for listening, I don't know what is.) http://the-mausoleum-club.org.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?p=40384#p40384 The full title is "By George! – It’s The David Frost The...
by Brock
Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22894

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Some classics this week! It was fitting that he played "She", the theme to Seven Faces of Woman , with music by Charles Aznavour and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, who died this week. However the version he played was sung by Peter Skellern rather than Aznavour himself, who sang on the original recordi...
by Brock
Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Still With Us
Replies: 166
Views: 51484

Re: Still With Us

Angela Lansbury is 95 today.
by Brock
Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Fictitious search engines in TV shows
Replies: 6
Views: 2389

Re: Fictitious search engines in TV shows

Brock wrote:
Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:03 pm
Didn't John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme do a sketch based on this idea? (Radio 4.)
Yep - and it's on right now!
by Brock
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22894

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Murder Most Horrid (with Dawn French) was another one where the lyrics of the closing theme changed each week to fit the plot. The penultimate line always had to rhyme with "horrid", and as the series went on, the rhymes got more and more ridiculous, until one week they just gave up and sang "la-la...
by Brock
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22894

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

The theme played over the closing credits to Blackadder II had different lyrics for each episode.
by Brock
Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22894

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Yes, good to hear the "Z Cars" theme this week, you are probably right about the backwards thing, I was just 'Der Der' ing it, so the "Z Cars" bit was Der Der Derr, and "Bravo" was Derr Der Der ( babadaa), very technical I Know!...but maybe not! I've looked into both pieces and I genuinely don't th...
by Brock
Sat Oct 10, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22894

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

Funnily enough, we got the Z Cars theme this week (played forwards!), which may have been intended as a tribute to Frank Windsor, although he didn't say. We also got an entire episode of Hector's House , one that I actually remember watching as a kid (featuring the tuba). This is the third time sinc...
by Brock
Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: My Wife Next Door (1970s BBC sitcom)
Replies: 34
Views: 6715

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

Not quite making the list was 18.5 million for the 1985 World Snooker Championship final between Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor - BBC2's highest-ever audience, and the highest audience for a programme after midnight. As far as I know, both those records still stand.