Author Topic: Portrayals of British TV/radio in esp. foreign media - when characters watch UK  (Read 11755 times)

Exorcist III - the cinema has pictures of Bette Davis (Brit TV credentials - a Helen Hayes Marple), Anthony Perkins in Psycho (star of ITV's Glory Boys), A Clockwork Orange (which featured the Magical mystery Tour album), Bond, and Thomas Mitchell in It's A Wonderful Life (who had his own ITV comedy, Glencannon).   

Claude Zidi's The Wing and the Thigh features a French cooking show, and Louis De Funes' book in a shop alongside some book by Norah who wrote the books on which Jassy and Hammer's the Witches were based on, plus books by Mary Stewart. Also Louis De Funes plays essentially the editor of the Michelin guide.
On the subject of Louis De Funes, The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob has a Sleuth poster.

Eagles Over London and From Hell to Victory (which reuses footage from the former) feature a fake Churchill speech broadcast from the BBC.
As does Mrs. Miniver.
Battle Force/The Biggest Battle, also from Umberto Lenzi, like Victory has John Huston as a BBC war correspondent and Giuliano Gemma's family in their massive mansion in suburban Plymouth (!) listening to a BBC broadcast with aEuropean-accented commentator. The theme, fittingly considering Europudding accents is by Eurovision favourite Maggie MacNeal of Mouth and MacNeal fame.

The Deadly Bees features a TOTP-type pop show.

Norman Shelley does the voice for Churchill in Sink the Bismarck, which also  features the BBC (more so in the Book), which means that depending on what you believe, Shelley is playing himself.
Bismarck also features Edward R Murrow as himself (who also appeared as himself in Around the World in 80 Days).
Murrow appears as a character in Good Night and Good Luck, but also in Goliath Awaits, Goodnight Sweeheart, the Nightmare Years and Lifetime's Take My Advice.
The Man Who Never Was' lead character, Ewen Montagu played by Clifton Webb later became a TV and radio personality, including the Brains Trust and narrating the BBC radio play Fakes, Frauds and Forgeries alongside Hugh Burden and Woman's Hour.

John Snagge played himself in the Great Rock and Roll Swindle, Dad's Army and the Magic Christian.

THE BBC is mentioned in Irma le Douce.

A tenuous one, but Dark Shadows - David Collins has a Cream poster. Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker were in Gonks Go Beat, with the Graham Bond Organisation.
Hence Kenneth Connor and Terry Scott exist in the Dark Shadows verse.

Fantomas Strikes Back has a televised kidnapping interrupted by the ORTF Interlude. Another De Funes movie, the Gendarmes exterestresses features massive Kelloggs' product placement.
Jean Paul Belmondo's Hold-Up features CTV affiliate CFCF.
Twin Peaks featured a ref to Fred Astaire. Who was in Purple Taxi, which features Philippe Noiret reading a Punch that as far I can tell is the one with the Maggie Thatcher as Captain Mainwaring cover.

George Hamilton appeared as himself in Bulworth, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, JVC/Trimark Rodney Dangerfield vehicle Meet Wally Sparks, Baywatch, Joey, ABC/NBC's the Naked Truth, CBS' Cybill, CBS' Hearts Afire and Birds of a Feather.  He also appeared on Dame Edna's Hollywood, like Cher, Bea Arthur, Mel Gibson, Larry Hagman, Jack Planace, Kim Basinger, Chevy Chase, Rue McClanahan, Barry Manilow, Burt Reynolds, Cesar Romero AND Burgess Meredith, Sean Young, Robin Williams.

The 1953 War of the Worlds features Angela Lansbury's and George Sanders' names on a poster for Samson and Delilah. Ironically, Gene Barry is in Murder She Wrote.
HG Wells himself criticised the BBC as being controlled by the Catholic Church in Crux Ansata. HG Wells himself is played by Rod Taylor in the Time Machine, Malcolm McDowell in TIme After Time, Terry Kiser in Lois and Clark, and Jeremy Irons in Eurodisney's From Time to Time.

The Notorious Landlady features the Evening News, the Daily Mail and a BBC anchorman character.

Various Tom Clancy books, The Sum of All Fears, Patriot Games feature BBC figures.

Harry's Law actor Scot Butler plays a BBC man in Distribber's Parallax.

Alliance Atlantis/CBC's The Sue Rodriguez Story with Wendy Crewson has a CBC commentator character. CBC folk also appear in CBC's Unfinished Business, CBC/Lifetime's the Marlene Moore Story and CBC's Trudeau.

Paula Barrett appears as a CBC reporter in Millennium 1989, Forever Knight, War of the Worlds - the Series, Overdrawn at the Memory Bank 
 Lorne Greene was a character in Quantum Leap.  He was a CBC reporter.

The AUSSIE miniseries The Last Bastion featured scenes at the ABC in Australia. 

Enemy at the Door featured BBC radio announcements.

Ladies in Lavender has Peter Cellier as a BBC man.

Brian Perkins plays a radio announcer in Hilary and Jackie, Rise of the Footsoldier, and alongside Alan Deadicoat, the videogame Titanic -Adventure out of Time.

Helter Skelter (1949) is set at the BBC.

Covert Affairs and the Illeana Douglas drama from 2009 April Showers featured BBC characters.

The Jerry Orbach-Zero Mostel Troma comedy Foreplay features BBC men.

Behind Enemy Lines II featured a BBC reporter.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes features a BBC reporter.

Rambo (2008) has ex-Family Affairs/Grange Hill actor Matthew Wolf as a BBC reporter.
First Blood features an Esso station, because it was shot in Canada, even though Esso had long gone in the US. And the TV station used in it is KVOS, which was a peculiar cross-national station for Washington and BC, and it was both an affiliate for CBS and later CityTV in Canada. Because of the Canadian audience, KVOS ran On the Buses, Dad's Army, The Benny Hill Show, Dave Allen At Large and The Two Ronnies. It was also the only non-PBS station to air Doctor Who from 1983 to 1993

Screen Door Jesus, an indie for Indican features a BBC reporter played by Devin Crowley.

Israeli SF A Message from the Future features BBC reporter Barbara Synnott.

The Blacklist features a BBC reporter character.
There are BBC reporters in  Ad Astra and World War Z.

Niall Buggy plays a BBC reporter in The Pope Must Die.
Now, Niall Buggy also played Henry Sellers in Father Ted, the manwho made the BBC. So, are they the same character? Ah, go on.

"Xander" Armstrong (yes, that's how he's credited, and yes, I know that's his nickname) plays a BBC announcer in Mojo (Film4/BBC thing with Harold pinter and Ian Hart).
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In the Jonathan Hemlock novel The Loo Sanction by Trevanian (the same character played by Clint in The Eiger Sanction),  BBC2 has a yearlong series of the viola de gamba interrupted by a special broadcast where three university dons outlined the use of torture in the Westrn world, alongside a lady labour MP.

The Tomb of Ligeia in Mean Streets (1973).  A British film, but still.
 Frequent BBC guest/star of Brit horror The Comeback, Jack Jones appears as himself in Airplane 2, and he is featured in Goodfellas (Like Sid Vicious).
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In the Jonathan Hemlock novel The Loo Sanction
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Brookside featured a Stars in their Eyes knock-off called Sing Like a Star. Claire Sweeney's character appeared on it as Cher and that's on "gritty" VHS release Brookside: The Lost Weekend.

Strange Bedfellows (1965) - Generic romcom with Rock Hudson and Gina Lollobrigida, a sequel-kinda to Come September (1961). Set in London, and with Edward Judd, Terry-Thomas and Arthur Haynes, but shot mostly at Universal Studios. They try very hard to make the European streets look like London. They clearly had a budget, so ads for Adam Faith, the Swinging Blue Jeans and the Hollies are placed about, and footage of cinemas showing Tom Jones and a Boots' help but it still looks fake, and there's a lot of Cockernee mugging. There's a car chase about the backlot, where every little nook is used. Features a tabloid called the Daily Gazette, plus the Daily Echo,  London Press, London Clarion.

The 1989 Star Trek novel Spock's World, by Diane Duane has Uhura watch old BBC dramas as part of her studies.
Duane herself, American-born but Irish-based since the 80s has written for the BBC, 1990s BBC Schools series Science Challenge.

The Matt Helm novel the Ambushers has characters listening to BBC radio.

The Postman Always Rings Twice features copies of Doc Savage and Photoplay.

RE:The Thin Lizzy ad in The Boys from Brazil (the band themselves a ref to the Dandy strip Tin Lizzie, and Philo was a keen Dennis the Menace cosplayer), Casino features the Boys from Brazil.
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War of the Colossal Beast features KTLA, the station in LA that was part of Tribune media and hence carried 'Allo 'Allo during that weird attempt to get it onto non-PBS stations in the US.
 It is also seen in a Popeye short made by Paramount, who owned the station.

Rowntree's and Jacob's ads feature in Young Cassidy.

The Lucy in London special has a theatre marquee with Michael Craig's name on it.

Critic's Choice (1963) - This Bob Hope/Lucille Ball (again) vehicle has a sign for WABC, which showed the Dalek films.
Carnation milk features heavily in Hope's Bachelor in Paradise.

The Third Secret - Stephen Boyd plays a newsreader for the BBC.

Gypsy (1962) - June Havoc of course is a character, and June Havoc was the star of a backdoor pilot in Murder, She Wrote as a British Agatha Christie Captain Ersatz named Lady Abigail Austin. The pilot was set on the Queen Mary.
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In the Fall & Rise of Reginald Perrin, Reggie was interviewed on three TV shows: by Colin Pillock on Pillock Talk, by Sheridan Honeydew on The World Tomorrow Today and by Peregrine Trembleby on Hi Finance.

To Sir with Love has Sidney Potter outside a massive sign for Wall's.
The Susan Hayward weepie Stolen Hours has a scene in a Spar with Lyon's Maid and Fyffe's prominent elsewhere.
French TV pops up in A New Kind of Love with Paul Newman.


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I'll be honest. I'm just using this thread as a repository for when I've noticed odd bits of media and nostalgic-related stuff in films that I don't expect.

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It's odd that GW is Irish (although he apparently attended a Protestant school) -- I still cringe at the childhood memory of a horrible Great Aunt of mine, who was a nun, repeatedly informing me "ye are evil, ye are hateful" because of my fascination with telly, and saying in all seriousness that my books based on TV shows should be locked in a cupboard, but looking at GW's meaningless load of lists, perhaps he would have benefited from something similar.

It's my autistic tendencies.
Making insanely complicated lists.

The 20 Qurstions Murder Mystery, The Voice of Merrill, Bond of Fear - all 50s cheapies set at the BBC.
News bulletins in The Night Caller (1965).

Inspector Clouseau has a scene where you see a Beano and various British comics on sale.
A Look and Learn and a Billy Fury fanzine appear in Girl with Green Eyes.

Tim Rice plays a TV reporter in the Survivor (1981). Other James Herbert novels, notably Sepulchre ref the BBC.
An Englishman's Castle (1978) is set in a BBC in a world where the Nazis won the war.

The Funeral in Berlin/Ipcress File novels also details how the Daily Express said that a "girl featured weekly in a badly made TV series was likely to have a child" and a TV quiz watched while eating Rowntree's Black Magic. There's also a Boomph with Becker-type show about tummy reflexes.

Tintin and the Picaros features the "BBB".

The Danger Man story Not So Jolly Roger is set on a pirate radio station, and tracks by Patsy Ann Noble (who as Trisha Noble is in the episode, as a character) and Drake is mistaken as a Third Programme man, but is undercover as a sheep farmers' DJ for RNZ. Edwin Astley (known as Ted Astley here), the series' composer is used as one of the artists of choice, and his stock tracks are played.

The BBC feature throughout the oevure of Dick Francis.

There's A Girl in my Soup has the fictitious ITV region "Lion Television".
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