Author Topic: Portrayals of British TV/radio in esp. foreign media - when characters watch UK  (Read 9183 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.

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Wrongfully Accused features one time BBC regulars Shari Lewis and Lambchop who also pop up in the Nanny. Similarly, Americathon has Paul Daniels guests Willie Tyler and Lester, regulars on US TV appearing in everything from the variety shows to The White Shadow.

La Prisonniere by 1968 features a lot of French TV.

Bobby Deerfield features Paul Daniels guest Norm Nielsen as himself

The Nanny featured Andrew Lloyd Webber as a character, played by various actors, with various uncredited soundtrack contributions from Richard Stilgoe.

Lance Burton, another Magic Show regular turned up  playing a magician in Knight Rider.

Norman Wisdom turns up in Charlie's Angels, as a prison pinup photo.
Billy McComb, another Paul Daniels face played magicians in Disneyland - Young Harry Houdini and Adam-12, AND a thinly disguised version of self in Lord of Illusions and Matlock.
Another US guest, Peter Pit played himself in Bill Bixby action show The Magician.

Sidewalks of London with Charles Laughton and Vivien Leigh features a theatre advertising  a show starring Fred Emney and Mr/ Pastry Richard Hearne.
The 1978 Winner-Mitchum Big Sleep has John Mills watching Miss World on his telly, plus Robert Mitchum reading the Mirror.

Army Archerd appeared as himself in Columbo, CBS' Valley of the Dolls, NBC's James at 15, Won Ton Ton, NBC's the Moneychangers,  Young Runaways, The Oscar, CBS' HoneyWest/Burke's Law, Clark Gable and Doris Day in Teacher's Pet, What A Way t Go,  Ellen, Diagnosis Murder, California Suite, HBO's Not Neccesarily the News, Hyper Sapien, Hotel, Devil and Max Devlin, ABC's Matt Houston, Happy Hooker goes Hollywood, ABC's the Love Boat...
Don Ho appeared as himself in Batman, Charlie's Angels, Life Goes On,One West Waiki, Brady Bunch, This is Tom Jones,  Fall Guy,  Fantasy Island and Sanford and Son and Michael Moore's BBC TV Nation.

The French Atlantic Affair features on a television, the chariot race off Ben-Hur but with Hugh Griffith and various closeups cut out to avoid payment, and a Muppets poster.

Goliath Awaits features characters putting on a version of BBC variety personality Lupino Lane's Me and My Girl, forever stuck singing the Lambeth Walk.
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The Tales from the Crypt ep Cold War has a shootout scene set in a newsagent full of Crunchies, Roses, Werther's, Tetley, Quality Street, Arena Magazine, the Mirror, the Daily Mail  Satellite TV Europe.
Also the short-lived Teletext-affiliated Lukcy (sic) charity lotto draw.

Miss Jean Brodie gives out about comics, especially Tiger Tim in the original novel.

In Kes, there's the shipping forecast.

Peter Greenaway's the Falls feature background copies of the Owl Service and the Midwich Cuckoos, plus a random subliminal cut-in of Lord Snooty.

The original Friday the 13th has a distractingly large pot of Carnation Milk in the dinner. Five years before Nestle bought the brand.

The Tristar Tom Hanks film Everytime We Say Goodbye has characters rattle on about Crosse and Blackwell to show they're Anglophiles.

Hands Across the Table 1935 aparently has Polos in it.
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Teheran-43 (1981) has a Buzby cameo And a cinema showing Quadrophenia

Brannigan (1975)  has Bass and Double Diamond ad placement.  And features schmaltzy Brit-pop library versions of And I Love You So and Let the Sunshine In It also shows the Piccadilly Theatre is showing A Streetcar Named Desire with Martin Shaw, Claire Bloom, Morag Hood and .Joss Ackland.

The Ipcress File features Caine passing by Heinz Spaghetti in a can.

Nestle's Crunch bars feature in Troma's Monster in the Closet

Until they Sail features Radio New Zealand.

The Edgar Wallace mystery Der Buclige von Soho features a sign for the Dulcie Gray-Michael Denison-Richard Todd stage show of An Ideal Husband

The films Joanna (1968) and Las Adolescences (featuring Koo Stark as a sexy schoolgirl in full uniform, chances are a certain Prince has seen it and *****) feature a Wimpy.

Tescoand Green Shield Stamps in the Saint.
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Richard Haydn's BBC radio character Professor Edwin Carp turned up in Dick Van Dyke Show.

Braindead - the Archers soundtracks a zombie attack.
The Archers also appears in a Rumpole, Chicken Run and Porridge the Movie.

International Velvet features a BBC TV reporter played by Susan Jameson.

Don't Lower the Bridge, Raise the River has Jerry Lewis outside the Eros cartoon cinema, Piccadilly.

Bovril and Schweppes appears in Royal Wedding (1951), Night and the City (1950),  Indiscreet (1958). the Deep Blue Sea (1955, with Vivien Leigh, for Fox), Schweppes in Otley, Bovril in Star (1968), Brighton Rock (1947)

Ben-Hur is seen in a London cinema in The Collector, also by William Wyler.

The Skol/Double Diamond Piccadilly sign features in A Taste of Blood.

Nighthawks features a red bus with a poster for Silver Dream Racer.
The Accidental Tourist has an Angus steakhouse in the London scenes.
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  • Dance like The Goverment is watching.

There's all sorts of TV in the background in that TV series Gogglebox.
Sometimes so much that it gets in the way of the plot too.

Nixon (1995), Hellraiser II, The English Patient, Entrapment, the Pianist, Schindler's List, Executive Decision, Gandhi, Stalag 17, the Planet of the Apes remake, the Assignment 1997, Kundun - the scripts all specify BBC as characters and programmes.   
EDTV, The Insider, You've Got Mail, Hudson Hawk, Clerks/Jay and Silent Bob, Death to Smoochy all feature PBS.

the sequels to Drac 2000 feature  the EBC, presumably home of such classic  series as Professor What, Southport and Sage, the 4 Rolands, Just Eejits and Foals, The Crooning Inspector, Corner of Gloom, Stairfinger and Nephew, Y-Vans, WestEnders, Chateau Flaud, Grandma's AirForce

The Local Stigmatic, that astounding Al Pacino vanity project set in London though filmed all over the place has Paul Guilfoyle and Mockney  Al go on about... well, the original play had the character played by Paul Guilfoyle mention Katie Boyle, Anna Massey, Jimmy Hill, but this is changed to Massey, David Frost and Lesley Anne Down.

Yes, that's right, Al Pacino talking about Jimmy Hill. It did happen off-Broadway in a 1968 production of the play.

One keeps expecting Mrs. Huggett to pop in.