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by Bob Richardson
Fri May 13, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Invaders on Horror
Replies: 2
Views: 1451

Re: The Invaders on Horror

Nice surprise to catch up with this of an evening. Nothing particularly ground-breaking plot wise but some rather nice cinematography on display with interesting frame compositions and camera work. This isn't the first run of The Invaders on Horror. It was transmitted on weekdays last year but ther...
by Bob Richardson
Sun May 08, 2016 2:33 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The BBC's Biggest Seller
Replies: 8
Views: 2642

The BBC's Biggest Seller

The Telegraph reported recently that Keeping Up Appearances is the BBC's biggest seller of the past 40 years, with over 1,000 separate sales through Enterprises/Worldwide, trouncing even the Attenborough juggernauts Life on Earth and Living Planet (and Dr Who of course). My partner is Norwegian and ...
by Bob Richardson
Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:38 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "BBC:The Secret Files"
Replies: 23
Views: 5896

Re: "BBC:The Secret Files"

I hope it becomes a regular series. I was always rather intrigued by the newspaper cuttings collection which used to be held in the basement library at Television Centre. There was row upon row of cabinets containing plump folders of cuttings, filed under the name of each celebrity. When Jimmy Hill ...
by Bob Richardson
Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Ronnie Corbett (1930-2016)
Replies: 5
Views: 2007

Re: Ronnie Corbett (1930-2016)

When I joined the BBC I was a regular in the Two Ronnies studio audience. (The audience supervisors were part of my unit in Central Services Group). While RB was in make-up, having his next character wig fitted, RC would effectively do a little stand-up routine in front of the audience, even when a ...
by Bob Richardson
Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:33 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Rising Damp
Replies: 16
Views: 4216

Re: Rising Damp

It painted a less than pleasant picture of Rossiter who (I've heard) could be an absolute shit at times. Vernon Larence told of him getting an actress sacked because he didn't think she was good enough and there were other tales of difficult relationships with professional colleagues. Jo Tewson (Ros...
by Bob Richardson
Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:18 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Unfeasibly large flatscreen TVs in 1980s news studios
Replies: 3
Views: 1737

Re: Unfeasibly large flatscreen TVs in 1980s news studios

Probably an overlay using Charisma (which is mentioned in gallery talkback). Charisma was "downstream" of everything else on the mixer (apart from the capgen, which was usually downstream of all vision sources). Charisma coukd be adjusted to create perpective effects, so an angled "monitor" would ha...
by Bob Richardson
Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:47 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Newreaders hang to the left?
Replies: 10
Views: 3579

Re: Newreaders hang to the left?

Beaker wrote:
The new bloke, though, is almost entirely devoid of personality.
He'll only be working Mon-Sat. As a practising Christian there's apparently a clause in his contract which says he does not have to work on the Sabbath. That was also the case during his stint with BBC Sport.
by Bob Richardson
Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:51 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: 2" editing... Child's Play!
Replies: 2
Views: 1632

Re: 2" editing... Child's Play!

All that whining and clonking from an Ampex 2000 is the sound of my young life as an assistant producer, spending many hours editing trails and wishing the things could spool faster. B It brings back memories of late Saturday night edits for Rugby Special when I was stuck in the machine room next t...
by Bob Richardson
Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
Replies: 10
Views: 3717

Re: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

I thought it was awful. Juvenile, slapstick humour. Could have been much better, but it was infinitely more entertaining than the Peter-Crouch-in-a-frock sketch which I watched from between my fingers. Execrable. And Gary Lineker in a dress, delivering the "I'm a lay-dee" line was just embarrassing....
by Bob Richardson
Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Except for viewers in Scotland"
Replies: 11
Views: 3637

Re: "Except for viewers in Scotland"

There's a lot of mythology about the phrase "except for viewers in Scotland" and I'm trying to establish exactly how it was used. I don't recollect that it was ever used on BBC1 - it certainly wouldn't have been heard by BBC1 viewers in Scotland. Have I got this right? It was occasionally heard on ...
by Bob Richardson
Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:34 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Paul Daniels (1938-2016)
Replies: 23
Views: 6022

Re: Paul Daniels (1938-2016)

He didn't have a very warm personality but he was a surprisingly nice man. When I was the exhibitions assistant with BBC Enterprises we asked him to perform in a charity show at Motspur Park (BBC Summer Festival) to which he readily agreed.It was very much a family affair with Paul's mother, father ...
by Bob Richardson
Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:02 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Down Your Way June 1957
Replies: 3
Views: 1413

Re: Down Your Way June 1957

I expect that with the advent of home tape recorders a great many of the later ones were recorded by the subjects, but I doubt there were many "privately recorded 78's" from the 1950s knocking about. How was that even achieved? ~iw About three years ago I discovered a package of 78rpm discs at the ...
by Bob Richardson
Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Frank Kelly 1938-2016
Replies: 0
Views: 634

Frank Kelly 1938-2016

BBC News are reporting the death of Irish actor Frank Kelly, who played Father Jack in "Father Ted". He had been suffering from Parkinson's disease but continued working until quite recently.
by Bob Richardson
Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC Photo Library: worth joining for obscurer photos?
Replies: 4
Views: 1698

Re: BBC Photo Library: worth joining for obscurer photos?

Yes, looking costs nothing, and you might find something you want. If not, you could always ask. The BBC's internal "Elvis" (intranet) photo archive was used by BBC Sport (and most other TV departments) but I would not consider it exhaustive in terms of choice. It included a representative cross-se...
by Bob Richardson
Thu Feb 18, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Are You Being Served? 2016
Replies: 20
Views: 5445

Re: Are You Being Served? 2016

I am not sure how a modern AYBS would work these days, department stores like Gracebrother's don't really exist in that same format anymore. When I moved to London in the 1970s there were many Grace Brothers-esque department stores. I lived in Bayswater, 100 yards from William Whiteleys "Universal ...
by Bob Richardson
Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: British Comics
Topic: Your childhood comics.
Replies: 69
Views: 21105

Re: Your childhood comics.

Wow, this thread has been a trip down memory lane. I remember most of the comics mentioned by other members, even thought they have been forgotten in my mind for so many years. There was always such variety in terms of content, and also production quality. You'd have titles printed on high quality ...
by Bob Richardson
Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:15 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Gordon Murray
Replies: 0
Views: 788

Gordon Murray

I'm trying to contact former BBC producer Gordon Murray (Camberwick Green, Trumpton etc) in connection with his Silver Thimble books. Does anyone have contact details for him, or would be willing to forward an email for me?

EDIT: All sorted, thanks to Richard Bignell. Thanks R.
by Bob Richardson
Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sir Terry Wogan
Replies: 4
Views: 1974

Re: Sir Terry Wogan

A lovely, lovely man. Open, honest, good company. When "Points of View" was recorded in TC5 Terry would often come and take his tea break with the Sport Graphics team (there were only 3 of us) away from his PoV colleagues for 20 minutes. He signed all of his books for me, adding "I hope you didn't p...
by Bob Richardson
Sat Jan 30, 2016 6:42 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Pick Pockets (Tyne Tees, 1988)
Replies: 10
Views: 3268

Re: Pick Pockets (Tyne Tees, 1988)

The pilot show for Big Break has never been aired. It was presented by comedian Mike Read ("Frank Butcher") That would be Mike Reid, presumably. Mike Read is a radio DJ (and former presenter of Pop Quiz among others). Quite right. Duff spelling on my part (although "Frank Butcher" should have provi...
by Bob Richardson
Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:38 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Pick Pockets (Tyne Tees, 1988)
Replies: 10
Views: 3268

Re: Pick Pockets (Tyne Tees, 1988)

Many similarities with Big Break, including the removal of red balls as a result of giving correct answers to questions. The format of Big Break was the subject of a legal dispute at one stage and I recall credits having to be changed to acknowledge a different creator. I'd say BB, which started in ...
by Bob Richardson
Fri Jan 15, 2016 9:01 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITN Source
Replies: 5
Views: 1900

Re: ITN Source

Cheers. Unfortunately too steep for me, I was hoping it might be more reasonable. It's been around the same rate when I've made enquiries with the BBC and RTE. Shame that more of these companies don't have a service like INA in France where the public can order archive material at reasonable prices...
by Bob Richardson
Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:24 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: David Bowie (1947-2016)
Replies: 4
Views: 1948

Re: David Bowie (1947-2016)

Sad, but do we really need four separate feature reports back-to-back, taking up more than half the running time of the Six O'Clock News? BBC Breakfast also went into Bowie overdrive. Enough already.
by Bob Richardson
Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:02 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Why do I keep losing BBC4 HD and BBC News 24 HD?
Replies: 12
Views: 3710

Re: Why do I keep losing BBC4 HD and BBC News 24 HD?

I had intermittent reception problems on Freeview because of a huge tree in my neighbour's garden which didn't cause problems except when there was very heavy rain, when some channels suffered from digital break-up with random blocks of colour and image freezing. The tree was cut down to accommodate...
by Bob Richardson
Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Dad's Army Story (BBC2)
Replies: 3
Views: 1340

The Dad's Army Story (BBC2)

Why do these biopics have to look so cheap? I realise that the budgets are tight, but some of the scenes in tonight's adaptation took place at "Television Centre" with narrow, STRAIGHT corridors everywhere and office walls which looked like sheets of hardboard with timber battens nailed to them. The...
by Bob Richardson
Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: From Andy Pandy To Zebedee: The Golden Age of Children’s TV
Replies: 30
Views: 7898

Re: From Andy Pandy To Zebedee: The Golden Age of Children’s

The Lone Ranger was a bad American import to pick on because that was shown by the BBC on Saturdays in the 50s and early 60s. It moved later to ITV. Yes, I picked up on that too. The first edition of "Grandstand" (11 October 1958) was famously refused an overrun by BBC Presentation because they wan...
by Bob Richardson
Tue Dec 22, 2015 9:36 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: From Andy Pandy To Zebedee: The Golden Age of Children’s TV
Replies: 30
Views: 7898

Re: From Andy Pandy To Zebedee: The Golden Age of Children’s

An enjoyable clip-fest, but there were many omissions. Dear old Freda Lingstrom wasn't mentioned at all, nor her removal when ITV gained a foothold and trounced much of her output. Nice to see my hands, or maybe those of a colleague (we had many film crews visiting us over the years) printing the Ma...
by Bob Richardson
Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sixty Minutes
Replies: 21
Views: 5357

Re: Sixty Minutes

The "clock" in the opening titles of Sixty Minutes has only 10 digits - a shortcoming I mentioned to the graphic designer responsible, only to be told that it wasn't a clock, but a shorthand way of indicating the passage of time. Bollocks.
by Bob Richardson
Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Star Cops
Replies: 26
Views: 7052

Re: Star Cops

I was the graphic assistant on "Star Cops" and did all of the live graphic displays in the studio. We weren't given any guidance and I was left to invent "data streams" for video displays. I recall using the internal BBC programme number, as shown on the script cover, for Earth-Moon "telephone numbe...
by Bob Richardson
Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:15 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Blankety Blank theme
Replies: 21
Views: 5807

Re: Blankety Blank theme

So many elements like that have been lost that it'd be more surprising to me if it *was* still around. Look at all the music Dudley Simpson composed for all those Doctor Who and Blake's 7 stories, and virtually none of the original tapes still exist. And that's relatively expensive specially-commis...
by Bob Richardson
Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:15 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Dean Jones 1931-2015
Replies: 1
Views: 765

Dean Jones 1931-2015

Watching an episode of "Murder She Wrote" prompted me to check an online biography of guest star Dean Jones (The Love Bug, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo) only to discover that he died last month of Parkinson's Disease complications. The death does not seem to have been widely reported. He was 84.