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by stearn
Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)
Replies: 16
Views: 2969

Re: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)

It would be scheduling suicide, and televised suicide, whilst certainly an event, is not the sort of publicity any channel would want to be associated with. The parliament channel get the closest to these events repeating past elections or having themed evenings, but the channel is extremely niche, ...
by stearn
Tue Dec 08, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)
Replies: 16
Views: 2969

Re: This Is Music Hall (BBC 1955)

You know how to sell it, Ian! Having watched an edition of Billy Smart's circus earlier this year (my son was covering the circus at school and I thought, why not), the animals were the most professional performers on the show. It's an hour of my life I'll never get back, and trying to explain to a ...
by stearn
Sat Dec 05, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22897

Re: Andy Marriott's Television Show

I'd go with straight from the horsey persons mouth. I'm not sure when a theme tune would be commissioned, but I suspect it would be after casting and filming had started, especially as working titles do change. Soaps aren't my thing, but I don't recall a soap about Sloane ranger types being mentione...
by stearn
Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Andy Marriott's Television Show
Replies: 122
Views: 22897

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/
by stearn
Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Magic, our Maurice"
Replies: 3
Views: 1100

Re: "Magic, our Maurice"

Being whacked rounds the ears as 'you've been tangoed' is my memory.

Resulting in 'I heard that, pardon!'
by stearn
Mon Nov 30, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Magic, our Maurice"
Replies: 3
Views: 1100

Re: "Magic, our Maurice"

Not one of the series I plumped for in any of the Network sales (I think Granada+ rebroadcast it, and that was enough to last me), but I am pretty sure, as you say, they were two separate catchphrases within the show. This is a google result from a search of the thread title, and that seems to be of...
by stearn
Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Thames TV
Replies: 69
Views: 17277

Re: Thames TV

An interesting article. The regional ITV set-up was not one thing or another. Yes there was limited 'competition', but it wasn't the all out survival of the fittest competition that the States was based on, and there were safeguards in the form of Public Service commitments enshrined in law. It was ...
by stearn
Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Misremembered titles
Replies: 35
Views: 6169

Re: Misremembered titles

ian b wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 6:40 pm
Miss Marples.
The daughter of Ernest gets to the bottom of missing and undelivered post in the first series, and then works out why the buses weren't running on time in the second, and last, series.

Obviously one for the teenagers there.
by stearn
Tue Nov 10, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Fraser (18 March 1931 – 7 November 2020)
Replies: 2
Views: 906

John Fraser (18 March 1931 – 7 November 2020)

Just stumbled on this and recognised the face from various TV shows.

https://uk.yahoo.com/news/john-fraser-p ... 21290.html
by stearn
Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Geoffrey Palmer (1927-2020)
Replies: 4
Views: 1084

Re: Geoffrey Palmer (1927-2020)

Bit of a cock-up on the living front.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainmen ... iLOIXouUFg
by stearn
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "A Binge Of Goodies" Network
Replies: 34
Views: 8772

Re: "A Binge Of Goodies" Network

The restrictions about workplaces have made production a lot harder this year - more reliance on digital photo libraries, working from home etc. I suspect that if things had panned out differently and there had been full access to the picture library and Don, a bookazine might have appeared.
by stearn
Tue Nov 03, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Sessions (1953 - 2020)
Replies: 6
Views: 1454

Re: John Sessions (1953 - 2020)

Bugger. That's a shock.
by stearn
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "A Binge Of Goodies" Network
Replies: 34
Views: 8772

Re: "A Binge Of Goodies" Network

Speaking to Don Smith on Saturday, there is an article in the Radio Times published this Tuesday. The online article ties up with that. I heard the trandem story earlier this year when I interviewed Don, but hadn't seen the photo of the bike with the buckled wheel before (or. at least, not noticed i...
by stearn
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Oldest TV advert still running?
Replies: 12
Views: 2850

Re: Oldest TV advert still running?

There was an odd mash-up of R Whites and Mr Benn on YouTube, but it didn't appear to be a complete advert. Perhaps someone had tried to recreate it. It's funny, although I could remember Ronnie C, I pictured Ronnie B as the alternative. Presumably I was conflating their appearance in The Worm That T...
by stearn
Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sean Connery (1930 - 2020)
Replies: 2
Views: 743

Re: Sean Connery (1930 - 2020)

Shaken, but didn't stir.
by stearn
Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Oldest TV advert still running?
Replies: 12
Views: 2850

Re: Oldest TV advert still running?

Harrods. Not an exciting ad, but used year in year out at Christmas to flag up their New Year sale.
by stearn
Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Oldest TV advert still running?
Replies: 12
Views: 2850

Re: Oldest TV advert still running?

I don't watch much TV nowadays have a stock of DVDs still to wade through, but two spring to mind. Jif Lemon juice - 'Don't forget the pancakes on Jif Lemon day'. That was running when I was a kid, and I am sure was being wheeled out in the last decade. The other is a bit of a cheat as it was slight...
by stearn
Fri Oct 30, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: TERMS OF USE UPDATED NOV 2020 - PLEASE READ THEM
Replies: 0
Views: 4649

TERMS OF USE UPDATED NOV 2020 - PLEASE READ THEM

Many of you will be long standing members and will have forgotten that on registering you signed up to the terms of use of the board. I have moved the post detailing these to an easily accessible spot and would urge everyone to refresh their memories. Believe it or not, we do operate a light touch m...
by stearn
Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 279
Views: 70955

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

I retuned last night to get SkyArts and noticed that TalkingPictures had moved which meant I had to edit the timer recordings. TPTV was 97 on my setup and moved to 99. 97 seemed to be Dave Ja Vu for me.
by stearn
Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: The "cod dry" - does it still exist?
Replies: 8
Views: 1653

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

Funnily enough, I removed the paragraph I wrote suggesting that the only place it might still appear on television was Mrs Browns Boys as I don't watch is and didn't want to speculate on something I didn't watch!
by stearn
Wed Oct 28, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: The "cod dry" - does it still exist?
Replies: 8
Views: 1653

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

That looks to be a fascinating, but not cheap, book. Is it the term has gone out of use, or the actual cod dry? The book certainly suggests that even seasoned performers frowned on the cheap ways of getting laughs. Whereas it might still be a necessary course for what is left of live variety with a ...
by stearn
Wed Oct 28, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: The "cod dry" - does it still exist?
Replies: 8
Views: 1653

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

But you demonstrated that you had looked and it was a difficult term, and even provided links to the book. I have to confess I hadn't heard the term cod dry, but there have been many others when I have been researching that were just as frustrating. The mention of scripted corpsing reminded me of Fr...
by stearn
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:56 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?

You can sell rights, and Frost would have been savvier than most, so may well have bought them.
by stearn
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:37 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?

I have no idea, but I would say it probably became so associated with him that it was worthless to anyone else - see also Parkinson and Whicker.
by stearn
Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:05 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?

My bad, I misquoted it when skimming through last night but I thought providing the link was better than just cutting and pasting the entire text. I'll do that now for those who don't wish to follow a link: This song was written by George Martin in 1966. It was used as the theme to the TV show The F...
by stearn
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:59 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?

The link I gave says it was used on all the Frost On.. programmes which started in 1966. I thought it was like the Whicker theme - something everyone had heard, and those with a small amount of interest in telly could place almost immediately from those TVTheme LPs that were the closest we ever thou...
by stearn
Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:40 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?

It was the Frost on Saturday theme and was most definitely used and a quick google finds a video of the Frankie Howerd edition from 1969 opening with it, so it was used later that 1968. It would appear that it was written by George Martin and played by George Martin and his Orchestra. The Beatles pl...
by stearn
Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The British Army and the British Soldier - BBC R4
Replies: 4
Views: 1032

Re: The British Army and the British Soldier - BBC R4

Off-hand, I don't know. There may be something on the 4extra website. They may consider a repeat run of what is held. I don't know if it was picked up by Transcription Services either. If I get time, I'll do more digging about.
by stearn
Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The British Army and the British Soldier - BBC R4
Replies: 4
Views: 1032

Re: The British Army and the British Soldier - BBC R4

IIRC there were two series and not all were retained in archives, but that particular episode, I think, was. Might be worth contacting R4X.