Author Topic: Portrayals of British TV/radio in esp. foreign media - when characters watch UK  (Read 11756 times)

Brookside had The Magic Rabbits, the rushes for which still exist. There was a soap opera they watched too, but I can't remember what it was called and searching for "soap opera brookside" is unsurprisingly unhelpful.

I shall ask on Digital Spy. Someone there will remember. I have 'Manor Park' in my mind, but I think that might be wrong.

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Michael Barratt in The Goodies.
Michael Aspel in The Goodies and Doomwatch.
James Burke in Doomwatch.

Brookside answer is 'Meadowcroft', the original intended name for the parent show. Instead, it was used as the name of the soap within a soap.

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I shall ask on Digital Spy. Someone there will remember. I have 'Manor Park' in my mind, but I think that might be wrong.

Yeah, that could well be right. I was thinking of Meadowcroft Park, but I think that was just the name of the estate that the close was on. It could be similar though, that would be a Brookside thing to do.


Cat and Mouse, the game show Arthur Fowler was a contestant on in Eastenders. That I think was on at 7.30 on Tuesday and Thursday, when Eastenders was on in real life.

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Brookside answer is 'Meadowcroft', the original intended name for the parent show. Instead, it was used as the name of the soap within a soap.

Ah! It was definitely the name of the estate - I remember someone once ordering a taxi to "Brookside Close on the Meadowcroft Park estate".

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Brookside had The Magic Rabbits, the rushes for which still exist. There was a soap opera they watched too, but I can't remember what it was called and searching for "soap opera brookside" is unsurprisingly unhelpful.

Aw, I was just about to mention The Magic Rabbits. But I've been beaten.

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I thought the fictional show was Springhill? Was that a real show by Mersey TV?

The Outer Hebrides Broadcasting Corporation on Naked Video - hullo hullo hullo!

Roland Rat pretended to run BBC3.

EBC, Emu's Broadcasting Corporation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1dG-211Nhg

Good stuff, before he went full on Pink Windmill.

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The Outer Hebrides Broadcasting Corporation on Naked Video - hullo hullo hullo!

*accordion pull*

Thomas

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In one episode of Holby Casualty a character watches Doctor Who, but the theme doesn't match the title sequence. Boycotted the licence fee after that by leaving the country.

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Only Fools and Horses wanted to have Del on Who Wants To Be a Millionaire for a Christmas special, which would have been a giggle. But when they weren't allowed to for whatever reason, they invented their own show called Goldrush, hosted by Jonathan Ross.

Irish, but the COmmitments - imaginary Wogan and the Van - RTE's Where in the World hosted by property tax dodging Theresa Lowe. Ironically, Brendan O'Carroll who is in the Van would host Where in the World's replacement, Brendan O'Carroll's Hot Milk and Pepper.

Reminds me - Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie has Eamonn Holmes, a UTV/ITV lifer hostingRTE News (YES, I know he hosted Open Air onBBC in the 80s).

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Do the Irish think Eamonn Holmes is a cunt as well?

My mam likes him, but I remember his dreadful UTV "celebrity" game show All Mixed Up, celebrities being the likes of the cast of Give My Head Peace

Trumpton features  in Twisted Nerve and The Parole Officer.
Of all things, the 1980 Robert Redford prison flick Brubaker features an Orinoco Womble cameo.
The Clangers turns up in the first Lara Croft film, East is East and Fever Pitch.
In Sliders, Rembrandt reveals  his 70s Stylistics/Drifters/FourTops-type group the Spinning Tops appeared on TOTP.
Confessions of A Pop Performer's Star Knockers (Smashing Time also has an Op Knocks spoof)
Porridge the Movie refs Basil Brush.
Reservoir Dogs - "I don't follow that Top of the Pops shit."
The BBC feature in Velvet Goldmine - a Film4/Miramax coproduction


Millennium, the X-Files spinoff/companion piece had a storyline featuring people driven mad by Paul Mauriat's cover of 1967 Luxembourgish Eurovision entry L'Amour Est Bleu.

See also Volare cropping up in Columbo, Lemon Popsicle, The A Team, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Jekyll and Hyde - Together Again, The Hollywood Knights, A-Team, Absolute Beginners, Moonlighting, Quantum Leap, 29th Street,  Growing Pains, Casino, Last Days of Frankie the Fly, Father of the Bride,   Vegas Vacation, Anita and Me
The theme to otherwise forgotten BBC Children's serial Stranger on the Shore by Acker Bilk features in the Wanderers, Mr. Holland's Opus, There's Something About Mary, Red Heat, The Majestic, The Irishman, Sweet Dreams, the Flamingo Kid, Heartbeat...


The Last Seduction has Linda Fiorentino watch William Tell.
Absolute Beginners features the Adventures Of Robin Hood.

Patriot Games - TV in Ireland = the video of the theme from Harry's Game.
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The Clangers turns up in the first Lara Croft film, East is East and Fever Pitch.

And of course in Episode 1 of Doctor Who - The Sea Devils where The Master thinks he's watching a genuine broadcast of extraterrestrial lifeforms...

https://youtu.be/dOK1YdWalOw

RTE's Anne Doyle is in The General.
Stephen Nolan and Christine Bleakley in Divorcing Jack
RTE's Charles Mitchel in The Outsider
Jimmy Greeley in Veronica Guerin
Dave Fanning in Ordinary Decent Criminal

All Irish examples

This apparently is set at the BBC https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035150/fullcredits

Champions - John Hurt plays Bob Champion,later a face on Countdown, Crackerjack, 3-2-1, You Bet...

Noel Edmonds - Second City Firsts.    Les Diaboliques features Radio Luxembourg and Zappy Max.   Blind Corner has Come Dancing's Barry Alldis. Stuart Henry appears as himself/a DJ in 1970 Olivia Newton John space-Monkees nonsense Toomorrow.

Canada
Lloyd Robertson in ENG
Harvye Kirck of CTV in Buried on Sunday, Night Heat and From The Hip
CBC's Knowlton Nash in Trudeau and 32 Short Films about Glenn Gould

CBC's Dieppe had Celia Johnson and Noel Coward as characters.
CBC's Max Glick had a CBC news reader character.


https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1520404/companycredits?ref_=tt_ql_dt_4

CBC's Adrienne Arsenault's played newsreaders in Cinepix/AWP Lysette Anthony thriller Misbegotten and early Lionsgate actioner Exception to the Rule, with Kim Cattrall.

CTV Vancouver's Mi-Jung Lee has played newsreaders in Doctor Who, X2, The 6th Day, Snakes on a Plane, Tron, Hot Rod, Watchmen, Supernatural, Stargate, Twilight Zone, Medusa's Child

Daisy Torme, daughter of Mel Torme and Janette Scott and granddaughter of Thora Hird has done these kind of roles. Syriana,

Peter Sissons in Spice World
Armagedon has a fictional UK TV news show.
Anna Ford in Who Dares Wins
Dermot Murnaghan in 2004's Trauma
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Columbo - Dagger of the Mind, the RSC's London Assurance is seen playing at the New Theatre, as was. Starring Donald Sinden, Michael Williams and Judi Dench.
Ironic as Sinden would have been a better choice than Richard Basehart as Nicholas Frame.
Also, is the London Evening Echo a real paper? Has a story about Bertie Mee's Arsenal and Jeff Blockley

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petrilTanaka

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Life On Mars Camberwick Green

the nonce doing a little wave is such a fantastic little touch

Lover's Leap - the BBC play mentioned in Witness for the Prosecution.

Jockice

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Life On Mars Camberwick Green

I am probably the last person on earth to get into Life On Mars. For reasons I can't explain (or even remember) I never really watched it first time round, apart from a couple of episodes. Although I did watch all of Ashes To Ashes. However, due to someone I mention too much having the Drama Channel on all the time, I've discovered it recently (it's on late on Saturday nights). And it's absolutely brilliant.

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No you're not, I haven't even watched an episode of either yet.  I do hope to one day though, although having had the ending spoilered here (randomly, in a completely unrelated thread), I don't suppose it will be half as intriguing.

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Has anyone mentioned Scarlett Johnannson watching Tommy Cooper in Under the Skin yet?

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Ah! It was definitely the name of the estate - I remember someone once ordering a taxi to "Brookside Close on the Meadowcroft Park estate".
Manor Park was the fictional name of the estate Brookside was on - it was an anonymisation of it's real location, on the Croxteth Hall Park Estate. The addresses of the houses in the close were usually shown onscreen on letters as Brookside Close, Manor Park, Liverpool L43 6xx. L43 was a Birkenhead postcode for most of the time the show was being broadcast, but no longer exists since The Wirral changed over to Cheshire 'CH' postcodes in 1999. The area code shown for the close was 051 259 xxxx which would be hosted from Stoneycroft exchange in Old Swan and is correct for the area of the Croxteth Park Estate where the close was built.

Meadowcroft was the show's original working title, and went on to be used as the name the 'soap within a soap'. It's mentioned in the 'Total Brookside' book, published by Channel 4 in 1998:
Quote from: Geoff Tibballs - Total Brookside
When it comes to Television, the residents of Brookside Close are very particular about what they view. It used to be their favourite soap, Meadowcroft Park, but lately it seems that the only programme anyone sits down to watch is a children's romp with musical rabbits. This has not been missed by the audience at large and hardly a week goes by without Mersey Television receiving at least one enquiry about the Magic Rabbits.

Phil Redmond reveals their origins: "One of the biggest problems we have is copyright. Any music or soundtrack in the background is too expensive because you have to buy it off the rights holders. Years ago, I said why don't we make some of our own programmes for use on screen and Nick Prosser, one of our directors, went off and made these rabbit glove puppets and did this kiddies' show. The clip just sits in the library until every now and again a director gets out the magic bunnies and puts them on screen. It's almost like a bit of folklore for ourselves. We get letters from people saying the rabbits should have their own show!"

The reason why they changed the title is reportedly because Channel 4 thought it was too close to their proposed Meadowlark series (which was commissioned as a spin-off of the 1979 ITV play about West Indian immigrants Gloo Joo) but that series never got further than an untransmitted pilot. However, Meadowcroft Park is a real private housing estate on the other side of West Derby to Brookside that was built about 10 years before the Croxteth Park estate. The original intention was to shoot the exteriors of the close on location before Redmond realised it would be far cheaper to just buy a close of new-build houses to use as a studio, so that secluded cul-de-sac may have been where he orginally scouted for it's location. Coincidentally it's just the other side of Prescot Road from Brookside Avenue....

The NBC version of Roman Holiday has a BBC TV reporter character.

Shallow Grave - Chris Tarrant as himself.

UPN's Deadly Games, Diagnosis Murder, BAPS, Dream On, Kenan and Kel all featured Crackerjack's Downtown Julie Brown.

Robin Leach's various appearances in things don't count, because I don't think he ever had a proper role on UK TV, bar on Dame Edna's show once or twice.

David Frost was in  CBS' Here's Lucy (post-I love project for Lucille ball) and MGM all-star superproduction The VIPs.


The File of the Golden Goose has Yul Brynner read the Liverpool Echo and a van selling Nuttall's Mintoes.
The Internecine Project has a Weekend World-type program in it.

Joan Bakewell in Rumpole, the Adventures of Barry McKenzie, Iris, Fox's the Touchables,  Mother Love,  Screen One..

Rumpole featured Emlyn Williams, upon the film/his play the Corn is Green is based on.
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Hogan's Heroes listen regularly to the BBC.

Lou Grant, Lois and Clark, Miami Vice, Family Ties, Mr. Belvedere all mention Masterpiece Theatre.
The 1988 Bourne Identity features Radio Luxembourg.
Brides of Fu Manchu - Fu hijacks the BBC.
The Vivien Leigh-Rex Harrison com Storm in a Teacup mentions the BBC.
A UFo episode mockingly mentions Dan Dare.
Blood Diamond, MeanMachine, The Pianist, Ronin, Beyond Rangoon and Inspector Morse all feature the BBC World Service.
Dallas had Ian McShane's character a writer whose credits included a Play for Today, as well as directing low-budget Italian films (like his character in Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You). More pandering to the British audience.
Factory Girl has a fictional BBC journalist, Andrea Romando.
Criminal Minds had Simon Kassianides, a British-Greek as another of his British-Asian characters, BBC reporter Jeffrey Khan.
7th Heaven - Stephen Collins'character dated an ex-BBC journalist.

Norman Warren's Terror features the fictional TV soap the Villagers.


60s Mission Impossible featured something called the English Television Network.

In Inspector Morse, Lewis reveals he wasn't allowed to read the Beano or the Dandy, only Rainbow.

The 1989 the Firm features the Beano, Kes has the Dandy.
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Speaking of Bourne, can you imagine how much the cunt Guardian journos spunked their pants at being portrayed in one of those films? Can't remember which one. The one with Waterloo station.

Can't Buy Me Love, To Die For all have PBS entries.
Hangmen also Die features the BBC.
Hideous Kinky refs Billy Bunter.
Korda's Old Bill and Son features the BBC

Gilbert Harding had several cameos, most notably Expresso Bongo

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0362315/

Tony Blackburn is a background DJ in loads of stuff, such as an episode of The Liver Birds

Tony Bilbow in Rutland Weekend Television and Comic Strip Presents

Willie Rushton in Consuming Passions as Big Teddy

Angela Rippon - House of Cards, Wire In The Blood

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