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Title: Talking Pictures
Post by: Captain Crunch on May 13, 2018, 10:37:34 PM
Hot new freeview channel showing loads of old stuff.  For example there was a short film on last week called ‘The Three of Us’ from 1974 about three boys going out to play.  Two of them try to suffocate the youngest boy with canvas and just when he’s recovered from that he ends up face down in a bloody river!  Horrific. 

They also have short films of things like the Festival of Britain or industry from the 60’s.  All too short but makes a change. 
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Sgt. Duckie on May 14, 2018, 09:34:20 AM
Best film channel for me! Been around since about christmas and shows the occasional Laurel and Hardy film.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Isnt Anything on May 14, 2018, 12:42:23 PM
Theres a fascinating thread on Digital Spy about it. As the link says ....

https://forums.digitalspy.com/discussion/2277808/talking-pictures-run-by-a-father-and-daughter-from-his-detached-house-and-shed

.... apparently he bought a whole load of old films from the Beeb for £200k the lot after pestering them for three years about it.

It seems other broadcasters have suddenly sat up and taken notice of their huge success as a copycat channel on Sky has already launched. :(
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: gilbertharding on May 14, 2018, 12:59:58 PM
There was a feature on the radio 4 cinema show (is it called Back Row? It's on a Sunday night... if you wanted to find that on the iPlayer).

The bloke was saying they do terrific numbers in the very early mornings, when pensioners are up but all the other channels are showing shopping.

I myself watched about 15 minutes of Way Out West this morning while eating my muesli, which was a welcome change from Everybody Loves Raymond.

#edit# apparently Digital Spy's research was basically listening to the same Radio 4 show I heard.

When I first came across it about a year ago I assumed it was a BFI project. I like the 'Glimpses' slots - amateur films, old corporate training films, promotional material for long defunct companies... stuff like that
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Isnt Anything on May 14, 2018, 01:08:05 PM
Still available via the Film Programmes podcast page, apparently.

I might even listen to it eventually.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: FredNurke on May 14, 2018, 01:19:31 PM
It's been around for a while, I think - loads of great stuff on there. They've had a run of Laurel and Hardy shorts and features since the beginning of the year. There were also some feature-length versions of the Dick Tracy film serials, which had been cut down so much that they made no sense whatsoever, and were therefore amazing.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Sexton Brackets Drugbust on May 14, 2018, 01:46:15 PM
My dad’s been obsessed with this channel for months - it’s on whenever I go round and to be fair, some of the old stuff on there is pretty funny.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Wet Blanket on May 14, 2018, 02:13:46 PM
Really interesting channel; considering the wealth of archive material out there it's surprising there aren't more channels like this and Challenge; I hope more will emerge.

I find a lot of the quota quickies to be more interesting because they're so old, rather than of much merit in their own right, but there's genuine classics amongst the catalogue as well, which they certainly make the most of, even if there are only so many times you can watch A Taste of Honey or Bigger Than Life.

I like the old shorts and TV shows the best, especially that series where old-school comedians discuss life on the circuit
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Isnt Anything on May 14, 2018, 02:15:15 PM
I like the 'Glimpses' slots - amateur films, old corporate training films, promotional material for long defunct companies... stuff like that

Oh wow that sounds amazing !

(not sarcasm btw)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Captain Crunch on May 14, 2018, 10:37:22 PM
The R4 interview is still up:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09yfqsr#play

And tomorrow there are three highlights:

09:20 Wool To Clothing in 1947- Glimpses
Life on The Range in 1947 as a Sheep farmer living in his covered wagon with 'Boots' the sheepdog. Then follow the interesting process from sheep to cardigan (10 min).

17:30 Air Enterprises: The Flying Boats - Glimpses
Glimpses: An Insightful 1930s documentary on the history of Empire Air Services and the flying Boat situated at Croydon Airfield. 32 of these great flying boats were ordered to service the Empire. (25 min)

19:35 BFI: Night Mail 1936.
Directors: Harry Watt & Basil Wright. Narrated by Pat Jackson. A critically acclaimed British documentary film about the operation of the 30s Royal Mail train delivery service (25 min).
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Isnt Anything on May 14, 2018, 11:01:50 PM
19:35 BFI: Night Mail 1936.
Directors: Harry Watt & Basil Wright. Narrated by Pat Jackson. A critically acclaimed British documentary film about the operation of the 30s Royal Mail train delivery service (25 min).

Wow. Saw this once as a small child and have always wanted to see it again. Thanks !
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Pranet on May 15, 2018, 07:37:19 AM
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It seems other broadcasters have suddenly sat up and taken notice of their huge success as a copycat channel on Sky has already launched. :(

I can't wait for them to improve things by pushing up the price of all the good old shit, putting Talking Pictures out of business leaving their own channel only available to people with a pay tv subscription. Is there nothing those cunts won't fuck up?
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Isnt Anything on May 23, 2018, 09:27:20 PM
Straw Dogs on tomorrow ( Thursday 24th May 2018 ) at 10.45pm followed by alternative reality caper Quest for Love at 1.15 am.

Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: purlieu on May 23, 2018, 09:38:36 PM
The Night Mail is on somewhat regularly, I've caught it briefly a couple of times.
All my life I've known my dad to have the radio on in the house during the day, only really watching the odd programme in the evening, but since he discovered Talking Pictures shortly after retiring he's had it on almost every day, and he's really enjoying getting into it, it's really heart warming.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Mister Six on May 24, 2018, 05:02:51 AM
Is there any way to get this online? I'm not in the UK but it sounds amazing.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: steveh on May 24, 2018, 10:16:28 AM
Only Freeview / Sky / Virgin currently and not through the Sky Go / Virgin Go Internet viewing apps either. Probably cheaper for the rights that way.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ignatius_S on May 24, 2018, 01:18:41 PM
Nice to see more mention about Talking Pictures.

It’s been going for about three years now and during that time, its reach has been growing. For example, it’s been on Virgin for about a year but has been on Sky for longer – bit of info about one of the distribution expansions here: https://www.arqiva.com/news/press-releases/talking-pictures-tv-moves-to-sd-multiplex-expands-nationwide-uk-viewership/

Something that the linked article above doesn’t mention is that the channel is an offshoot of Renown Films. Renown was started to try and preserve old British films, particularly B pictures, but its catalogue is more wide-ranging.

More info here: https://www.renownfilms.co.uk/about_us.html

Renown also does some film events – such as an cast reunion for an anniversary of The Boys ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boys_(1962_British_film) ). Recently, Talking Pictures showed footage from that event – haven’t seen it yet, but a friend has saved it for me and says there’s some lovely information about the filming. Dudley Sutton said in his scene where he’s being cross-examined in court by Richard Todd, the latter had shot his lines and went back to his dressing room; so he had no one to work to. However, Robert Morley – who all the cast said, was an absolute dream to work with – remained out of shot and gestured to Sutton so he had something to work off.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: gilbertharding on May 24, 2018, 02:34:51 PM
It would be good to see more 60s surrealist stuff on there (which you used to be able to see on BBC late nights) - like My Life as a Bedsitting Room, How I Won the War, Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment. Occasionally seen Entertaining Mr Sloane, which was another staple back in the early 90s.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ignatius_S on May 24, 2018, 02:56:11 PM
It would be good to see more 60s surrealist stuff on there (which you used to be able to see on BBC late nights) - like My Life as a Bedsitting Room, How I Won the War, Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment. Occasionally seen Entertaining Mr Sloane, which was another staple back in the early 90s.

I’m guessing that those are more problematic/expensive to be able to show. Also, as Renown is principally concerned with films that are more likely to be ‘lost’, which might play a part.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on May 24, 2018, 05:08:51 PM
Just browsing their schedule (http://talkingpicturestv.co.uk/schedule/), always interesting stuff:

Straw Dogs on tonight, as mentioned. Very surprised a) they'd considered it, and b) they could get it, thought it'd be on the expensive side.

Hell in the Pacific on Sat 1300h

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is in rotation currently (Sat night/Sun morning 0120h)



Previously, some gems I'd never seen before include; Carry On film in all but name, The Big Job, and Peter Vaughan crime drama Smokescreen. My wife really liked Diana Dors in Yield to the Night, which surprised me as she's not usually into those grim type of films.

In short, the best TV channel around currently.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: studpuppet on May 24, 2018, 05:10:15 PM
They'e been going for a while - they purchased (some of?) Southern TV's archive which is why there are episodes of Runaround occasionally on. The last Christmas one is a joy (a non-skating Mike Reid on ice skates trying to present).
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: studpuppet on May 24, 2018, 05:11:54 PM
They'e been going for a while...

Since 2015 in fact - the Wikipedia page is surprisingly informative:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talking_Pictures_TV (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talking_Pictures_TV)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: gilbertharding on May 24, 2018, 05:25:25 PM
I guess it was the Southern TV rights which allowed them to show the 1979 tv series of Dick Barton which I thought I'd never see again. It was almost comically cheap.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Isnt Anything on May 24, 2018, 05:49:16 PM
Straw Dogs on tonight, as mentioned. Very surprised a) they'd considered it, and b) they could get it, thought it'd be on the expensive side.

Likewise. Tonight is actually at least the second showing as it was on over the weekend ( Sat 10.25pm ). i just missed it then so was very relieved to discover tonights repeat as its a film that somehow ive never seen.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: steveh on May 24, 2018, 07:29:43 PM
They'e been going for a while - they purchased (some of?) Southern TV's archive which is why there are episodes of Runaround occasionally on.

I believe Renown have all the entertainment side of the archive - the news and current affairs archive was bought by their successors Meridian and is now with ITV.

There's also a selection of some movies from the company on Amazon Prime Video (https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dprime-instant-video&field-keywords=renown+pictures&rh=i%3Aprime-instant-video%2Ck%3Arenown+pictures).
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Pranet on May 24, 2018, 09:59:35 PM
A lot of the stuff they show on the TV channel they also sell as fairly cheap DVDs- I am tempted by this science fiction box set https://www.renownfilms.co.uk/box-sets-c-15/vintage-scifi-collection-volume-1-p-945.html?zenid=8c8847525a0055b0d915208623dfe3a1
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Shit Good Nose on May 24, 2018, 11:30:38 PM
It IS a great channel (I've bigged it up on CaB several times in other threads over the last couple of years), but it is a shame that some of the films they show are REALLY shitty pan and scan prints.  I know that's down to how the stuff was procured, but even so...

But yeah, it's achieved a big fanbase in a relatively short space of time, with several celebs being interviewed for films in which they appeared before they're shown (a la Film4), and the occasional "takeover" day, where a star decides on the day's schedule and talks about their choices in between - Vic Reeves and Danny Baker have done it relatively recently.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on May 25, 2018, 02:12:01 PM
White Cargo and Legend of the Witches will be on in June.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Captain Crunch on May 29, 2018, 02:04:15 PM
My favourite thing so far has been the demolition of the Bedford Theatre in Camden.  Only a short little film but so refreshing to just let the footage speak for itself without cutting away to some gurning halfwit every two minutes to laugh at the clothes or make patronising comments. 
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Brundle-Fly on May 29, 2018, 02:18:12 PM
Ooo, on tomorrow afternoon. Never seen this version before.

(https://imageshack.com/a/img924/2024/Y68ciR.jpg)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on June 02, 2018, 10:21:24 PM
Tomorrow (Sun. 3rd) at 2210h - The Birthday Party (1968)

Written by Harold Pinter
Starring: Robert Shaw, Patrick Magee, Sydney Tafler, and Dandy Nichols

If that doesn't get your interest, nothing will.

(https://scopophiliamovieblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/the-birthday-party-1.png)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Birthday_Party_(film)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Famous Mortimer on June 03, 2018, 01:52:27 PM
Green For Danger too. A cracker of an old film.

Looking at their DVDs, I imagine some of them are used to stir memories from the extremely old, but they actually sound interesting. I'd give that box set of "Glimpses" a go.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Isnt Anything on June 16, 2018, 10:59:00 PM
Next Friday, 22 June at 9.10pm, theyre showing the USAs glossy remake of Threads called The Day After (1983). The film that allegedly convinced Reagan to make peace with the USSR.

( its actually on now but already an hour in, so i looked for the next screening )
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: manticore on June 17, 2018, 12:38:11 AM
Only just discovered this is on ordinary Freeview now, not just Freeview HD, so I can watch it. Laughter in Paradise is on Tuesday morning, featuring the wonderful performance by my favourite actor, Alastair Sim, who I badly wanted to be my uncle when I was a child.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Isnt Anything on June 22, 2018, 09:14:35 PM
Next Friday, 22 June at 9.10pm, theyre showing the USAs glossy remake of Threads called The Day After (1983). The film that allegedly convinced Reagan to make peace with the USSR.

( its actually on now but already an hour in, so i looked for the next screening )

Just a reminder this has just started.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Shit Good Nose on June 22, 2018, 09:20:47 PM
Just a reminder this has just started.

It'll be on again - they've repeated it several times over the last year or so.

Mind you, for anyone who hasn't seen it, you're really better off watching Threads to be honest.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Isnt Anything on June 22, 2018, 09:33:47 PM
Oh agreed. Threads is much the better film but if youve already seen that and want to scoff at the Amerisanitised version and or indulge in its historical curiosity, there it is.

Not seen it since it was first shown mind, could be total shite instead of just slightly shite.

I wouldnt have even posted again except that i had TP on in the background and suddenly noticed it come on.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Shit Good Nose on June 22, 2018, 09:45:40 PM
Not seen it since it was first shown mind, could be total shite instead of just slightly shite.

To be fair, the last act is suitably grim and depressing, especially for a made for TV movie.  But it's still not worth sitting through the rest of it, which suffers from just about every made for TV technical trope you can think of.  Even Jason Robards can't save it.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Isnt Anything on June 24, 2018, 09:17:33 PM
Tonight at 00:15 is The Shout (1978), an avant-garde low-key psychological / supernatural British horror film starring Alan Bates, Susannah York, John Hurt and, in a minor role, Tim Curry.

Ive written much more about it here -
https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,67734.0.html

Recommended.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Isnt Anything on June 30, 2018, 10:28:43 PM
'The Final Programme (1973)' is on in just under an hour, 23:20 to 01:10. Never seen it but is supposed to be good.

Mind you BBC2 has Ian Dury biopic 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)' opposite it from 23:05 to 00:55, so thank God for DVRs, eh ?
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Shit Good Nose on June 30, 2018, 10:41:10 PM
'The Final Programme (1973)' is on in just under an hour, 23:20 to 01:10. Never seen it but is supposed to be good.

Mind you BBC2 has Ian Dury biopic 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)' opposite it from 23:05 to 00:55, so thank God for DVRs, eh ?

Stick with the latter - The Final Programme is absolute toss.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Isnt Anything on June 30, 2018, 10:46:40 PM
Noted, ty.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: studpuppet on June 30, 2018, 10:50:28 PM
By any definition, The Final Programme is the way to go (http://www.tvcream.co.uk/films/films-a-z/a-m-a-z-films/f-is-for-films-a-z-films/the-final-programme/).
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Shit Good Nose on June 30, 2018, 10:57:19 PM
By any definition, The Final Programme is the way to go (http://www.tvcream.co.uk/films/films-a-z/a-m-a-z-films/f-is-for-films-a-z-films/the-final-programme/).

That makes it sound a whole lot better than it is.  It's like a REALLY bad episode of the Avengers, but worse, mixed with a REALLY bad Bond film, which is trying far too hard to be trippy and irreverent (also cf. The Magic Christian, which is actually much better).

I also recommend you steer well clear if you have any fondness for the book.


But, y'know, your mileage may vary and that.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Isnt Anything on June 30, 2018, 11:21:41 PM
well im recording both of them anyway so it doesnt really matter too much, but thanks for the extra input. :)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Isnt Anything on July 13, 2018, 09:57:59 PM
Bugger, just missing Bedazzled (the original, natch).

Good job its on again next Thursday at 23:50 then.


Also theres The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) on Monday at 23:45.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on August 13, 2018, 11:36:28 PM
Just watched The Reckoning (1970). Quiet a nice character study of a striving bastard at a business machines company getting revenge for his fathers death. Obvious comparisons with Get Carter but I think it stands on it's own, with Nicol Williamson portraying a convincing anti-hero. Great ending.

http://www.british60scinema.net/unsung-films/the-reckoning/

(http://www.british60scinema.net/s/cc_images/cache_2470768745.jpg?t=1485891956)

Doesn't appear to be scheduled again this month, but keep an eye out.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Phil_A on March 07, 2019, 08:17:59 PM
Ahh, just found out Talking Pictures has started running Callan at 9pm on weekday evenings. Currently four episodes in (the two surviving episodes from Series 1, and the first two from Series 2).

(https://i2.wp.com/bigother.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/callan-lonely.jpg?ssl=1)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on March 07, 2019, 08:36:21 PM
Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment is on tomorrow. And Robin's Nest starts this month too!
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on March 08, 2019, 11:30:38 AM
This: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_X:_The_Name_of_the_Game

was on last night.

A faux film noir thriller starring, errr, Norman Wisdom. It had all the tropes of some hard boiled 1950s detective film, voice over, sultry women, men in suits being tough but the image on the screen?

(https://permanentplastichelmet.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/screen-shot-2011-07-06-at-08-05-191.png?w=625)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Crabwalk on March 08, 2019, 11:44:32 AM
Just a heads up that here's now a monthly Talking Pictures Podcast which is hosted by the brilliant Adam Roche, who's responsible for 'The Secret History of Hollywood' and 'Attaboy Clarence' podcasts.

https://www.attaboyclarence.com/the-talking-pictures-tv-podcast
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Phil_A on March 08, 2019, 12:07:37 PM
This: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_X:_The_Name_of_the_Game

was on last night.

A faux film noir thriller starring, errr, Norman Wisdom. It had all the tropes of some hard boiled 1950s detective film, voice over, sultry women, men in suits being tough but the image on the screen?

(https://permanentplastichelmet.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/screen-shot-2011-07-06-at-08-05-191.png?w=625)

I'm picturing a kind of prototype for Blue Ruin with Pipkin in the lead role, there's no way it can possibly live up to that mental image, is there?
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on April 16, 2019, 09:00:00 AM
Thrilled to see everyone's enjoying this channel as much as I have been the last few months.

Just thought I'd flag up that from this Thursday (2019/04/18) onwards they're going to start showing Van der Valk every weeknight at 9pm, Wednesdays seemingly excepted.

For those who don't know it, it's set in Amsterdam and stars Barry Foster as a somewhat-Morse-ish detective.  It also has a cracking theme tune that was a number 1 hit in 1973.

I have very fond memories of watching the first couple of series with my Dad on Mum's nights out... I'd've only been around eight years old at the time (12 by the time Series 3 rolled round; I never saw the 90s series), but found it engaging even then.

Heh, reading Wikipedia (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_der_Valk) it seems that the Morse comparison is even more apt than I thought:

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The stories are mostly based in and around Amsterdam, where Commissaris van der Valk is a cynical yet intuitive detective. Drugs, sex and murder are among the gritty themes of the casework, contrasted against picturesque Amsterdam locations.

Van der Valk also contrasts with his naïve assistant, Inspecteur Johnny Kroon, played by Michael Latimer, and his superior, Hoofd-commissaris Samson, who deals with the political fallout of the cases.

Although to be fair I suppose that's not THAT unusual a setup, the location aside.  And I don't recall any Jaguars or pints of bitter.

Anyway, I shall be watching, hope you will be too.  Such a shame that my Dad isn't around any more to join in.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on April 16, 2019, 11:29:47 AM
Heh, Shoestring must be next.

They've been showing Edward Woodward's Callan at the same time Forces TV shows The Equalizer. Too much Woodward!

Caught Fear Is the Key (1972) the other night. Really nice car chase at the start, then the rest is okay. Followed by Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) which we all know and love.

The Anderson Tapes (1971) is on this Sunday, quiet like it.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Shit Good Nose on April 16, 2019, 11:33:10 AM
I'm picturing a kind of prototype for Blue Ruin with Pipkin in the lead role, there's no way it can possibly live up to that mental image, is there?

No - it's TERRIBLE.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on April 16, 2019, 12:30:24 PM
Heh, Shoestring must be next.

I really wish it would be, as I loved it and was absolutely gutted when they replaced it with Bergerac (sorry Blodwyn), but sadly it's unlikely as it's a BBC Production not ITV, and Beeb stuff has proven much harder for TP to get hold of.

They both have Network DVD boxsets though, so you never know...

If not, the Shoestring one is about £25 at the moment from the looks of things.


Caught Fear Is the Key (1972) the other night. Really nice car chase at the start, then the rest is okay.

I came in halfway through that and left again, cross that I'd missed what seemed to be a good film.  Will look out for it next time.


Just seen that there's lots of interesting stuff on today in fact:

Lunch Hour (1962) -- a lovely little B-movie that I caught earlier this year.  A somewhat-black comedy drama about a couple trying to have an affair in their lunch hour.  As it progresses it starts to get increasingly surreal, I suspect a bit avant-garde for the time.  Quite a racy theme for the time, too.  It's on at 15:10-16:25 today, followed by a 25-minute interview with Shirley Anne Field who plays the starring role alongside Robert Stephens.  Written by John "Rumpole" Mortimer and directed by James Hill.

Impulse (1984) -- caught a few minutes of the middle of this horror movie a few months ago and thought it looked interesting in a rather schlocky way, dunno if it is but will be checking it out.  23:40-01:30

Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973) -- no question about it, this is pure schlock.  Caught the second half of it (again) a few months ago (wonder if it was on a double bill with Impulse back then too?) and laughed my socks off.  The summary says it all:

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A cosmic force is turning earth girls into queen bees who 'love' their men to death.

On at 01:30-03:10 tonight.

Oh and A Kind of Loving is on again tomorrow...
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on April 16, 2019, 12:46:13 PM
I came in halfway through that and left again, cross that I'd missed what seemed to be a good film.  Will look out for it next time.

I'll emphasise the 'okay', it's just okay. Certainly, most the people involved have been in better.


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Lunch Hour (1962) -- a lovely little B-movie that I caught earlier this year.  A somewhat-black comedy drama about a couple trying to have an affair in their lunch hour.  As it progresses it starts to get increasingly surreal, I suspect a bit avant-garde for the time.  Quite a racy theme for the time, too

That's one of the interesting things you see on this channel. You start off with 30s/40s films, with a bunch of stiffs standing around in a drawing room, worrying about the miniature of social niceties, then you end up in the 70s with the likes of The Killing of Sister George and Entertaining Mr Sloane. There really was a massive change in just over a generation, and stuff like Lunch Hour fills in the gaps.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Norton Canes on April 16, 2019, 12:54:37 PM
Not so keen on the old movies but the TV stuff is amazing. Callan, of course; and before that the excellent Public Eye (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Eye_(TV_series)), which will hopefully come round again on rotation before too long. And Armchair Theatre on Sundays! Saw a great one by P.J. 'Sapphire and Steel' Hammond last week.

I can't see any of these 'Glimpses' things in the schedules, does it say when they're on?
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on April 18, 2019, 08:53:29 PM
Bump for Van der Valk in a few minutes.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on June 02, 2019, 06:19:01 PM
A couple of interesting series starting this week:

Firstly, running from 5pm to 5.30pm every weekday we have Shadows, which Wikipedia describes (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadows_(TV_series)) as:

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a British Supernatural television anthology series produced by Thames Television for ITV between 1975 and 1978. Extending over three seasons, it featured ghost and horror dramas for children.

Guest actors included John Nettleton, Gareth Thomas, Jenny Agutter, Pauline Quirke, Brian Glover, June Brown, Rachel Herbert, Jacqueline Pearce and Gwyneth Strong.

Notable writers for the series included J. B. Priestley, Fay Weldon and PJ Hammond.

Also it seems that Series 2 was produced by Ruth Boswell, who not only had a major hand in both Timeslip and The Tomorrow People, but was also responsible for the fantastically scary Escape Into Night (A TV adaptation of the book Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr, later remade into the less scary film Paperhouse) -- the only thing that ever gave me nightmares as a child, apart from Quatermass and the Pit

I have vague memories of watching this series as a child, and seeing the recent trailers on TPTV certainly brought back feelings of familarity and dread.  I can't say for sure how good it will be but definitely one for the hauntological crowd if nothing else.


Secondly, on Tuesday, replacing Van der Valk which finishes its run on Monday, we have the return of the highly-regarded Public Eye, every weekday from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

I caught a couple of these on their previous run and was very impressed.  There's been high praise for it on both this thread and the Digital Spy one (https://forums.digitalspy.com/discussion/2277808/talking-pictures-run-by-a-father-and-daughter-from-his-detached-house-and-shed), and presumably the feedback the channel's got has prompted them to rerun it so quickly.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on June 03, 2019, 10:20:32 AM
There is also a Thames series called The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes that is starting on Sunday I think.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Attila on June 03, 2019, 10:59:20 AM
This is a really fun channel for me and for Mr Attila -- for him, it's stumbling across films and TV shows that bring forth a 'fuck me, I'd forgot all about this!' bit of pleasure from childhood (for the older films, it's reminders of spending time with his granmother).

For me, it's all the mad Britishness of some of the shows/films, which would have never shown in the US or whatever. It's also way of sharing in and gaining some clues/views into Mr Attila's childhood/youth. Also, the never-gets-old pleasure of spotting 1960s and 1970s actors from Doctor Who and Blakes' 7.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on June 09, 2019, 03:30:25 AM
Following on from my post here (https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,66946.msg3853931.html#msg3853931), I've just finished the first four episodes of Public Eye's fourth series (the first unwiped one).

I'm absolutely hooked, although it's difficult to say why.  Just brilliant, understated, writing plus the sheer charisma of Alfred Burke in the lead role, I think. 

It's been a long time since a series made such an impression on me.


Two personal points:

1. Marker is the spitting image of the head of the Test Department where I used to work, even down to the same mannerisms, voice, and wry grin; I liked him a lot too.

2. Many years ago I used to hangout in a chatroom that had a regular user in it called Marker.  I once asked him where he got the name from.  You can guess his answer; I was clueless; he was disappointed I'd never heard of it.  I wish I could find him again to tell him.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on June 09, 2019, 03:37:53 AM
I've also watched the first two episodes of Shadows.  Not at all bad, quite engaging, a bit slighter than I'd imagined, but hopefully it will pick up a bit. 

I still recommend it, I'd have liked to have watched the other three by now but that hasn't been possible yet for boring reasons.  Ruth "Timeslip" Boswell is the Script Editor at this point, by the way, so still has a big hand in it even though she's not Producer yet.

And sure enough, Attila, Gareth "Blake" Thomas turned up in the second one. :-)

(https://i.postimg.cc/62VGhDX8/20190608-184002.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/62VGhDX8)


As did someone else.  A Welsh kid, incredibly familiar looking, by the name of Rhys Powys, but the internet says (https://m.imdb.com/name/nm0694695/filmotype/actor) that he only ever appeared in this, and How Green Was My Valley?, which I never watched.  At first I thought "Public Information Film?" but now I'm thinking "Advert?".

(https://i.postimg.cc/zBc8xdtQ/20190608-184030.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/dkrb19KR)

That face is as much part of my early TV childhood as Ike Eisenmann or the kids from The Double Deckers.  Any ideas?  It's on the tip of my eyeball...
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on June 09, 2019, 03:48:15 AM
It's an advert isn't it?  For Persil or Bisto or Fish Fingers or something.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Attila on June 09, 2019, 08:20:29 AM

And sure enough, Attila, Gareth "Blake" Thomas turned up in the second one. :-)

(https://i.postimg.cc/62VGhDX8/20190608-184002.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/62VGhDX8)



We wound out way through old Danger Man episodes a few years back (in a run up to a re-watch of The Prisoner), and were delighted to see Jacqueline Pearce show up as a beatnik in one episode :)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: the science eel on June 09, 2019, 10:38:38 AM
The quality of a lot of the stuff is poor, you notice it after seeing anything HD. I'm not just saying it's not pin-sharp, but that it looks like VHS that your dog half-ate.

Some great stuff tho'. A couple of nights ago I watched Machine Gun McCain with Cassavetes and Falk - I'd never even heard of it before.

Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Shit Good Nose on June 09, 2019, 02:25:15 PM
The quality of a lot of the stuff is poor, you notice it after seeing anything HD. I'm not just saying it's not pin-sharp, but that it looks like VHS that your dog half-ate.

Some great stuff tho'. A couple of nights ago I watched Machine Gun McCain with Cassavetes and Falk - I'd never even heard of it before.

It's cos they use transfers of old video and film reels from old TV station archives and defunct cinemas instead of anything remastered, which is why a lot of the films are in pan and scan.  The lion's share of it appears to come from Sony/Columbia.


The best thing about Machine Gun Mccain is that it paired Cassavettes up with Falk and Gina Rowlands.  Otherwise it's a really mediocre entry into the polizioteschi genre.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: the science eel on June 09, 2019, 02:44:08 PM
polizioteschi, eh? crikes
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Shit Good Nose on June 09, 2019, 04:23:18 PM
polizioteschi, eh? crikes

Yep.  Check out some Fernando di Leo, Carlo Lizanni, Damiano Damiani and Umberto Lenzi films from the late 60s and early 70s.  MGM (roar) is pissweak in comparison.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: the science eel on June 09, 2019, 06:31:57 PM
I will do! thanks nosey
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Captain Crunch on June 14, 2019, 09:23:36 PM
Showing Saturday 15 June

23:35 AND SOON THE DARKNESS (1970) horror

Jane and Cathy, two English women in their early twenties, are on a cycling tour. While travelling in rural France, they begin to disagree about the route. Cathy would prefer to take things in at a leisurely pace, while Jane is trying to stick to strict schedule. After arguing, they part ways. When her friend fails to rejoin her, Jane begins to worry and returns to the last place she saw her. Cathy has vanished…

The film came about after the TV series, The Avengers, had finished and the crew were at a loose end. Enter director Robert Fuest with a minimal cast and the expanse of the French countryside, teaming up with Avengers writers Brian Clemens and Terry Nation, Avengers producers Clemens and Albert Fennell, along with Avengers soundtrack man Laurie Johnson for a creepy Brit flick – a balance between a horror and a suspense thriller. The result is a film that, despite a little bit of padding here and there, offers a fascinating exercise in how to create and sustain jeopardy and even a sense of claustrophobia despite the story all taking place in wide open spaces.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Absorb the anus burn on June 14, 2019, 09:28:33 PM
Following on from my post here (https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,66946.msg3853931.html#msg3853931), I've just finished the first four episodes of Public Eye's fourth series (the first unwiped one).

I'm absolutely hooked, although it's difficult to say why.  Just brilliant, understated, writing plus the sheer charisma of Alfred Burke in the lead role, I think. 

It's been a long time since a series made such an impression on me.


Two personal points:

1. Marker is the spitting image of the head of the Test Department where I used to work, even down to the same mannerisms, voice, and wry grin; I liked him a lot too.

2. Many years ago I used to hangout in a chatroom that had a regular user in it called Marker.  I once asked him where he got the name from.  You can guess his answer; I was clueless; he was disappointed I'd never heard of it.  I wish I could find him again to tell him.

Best British TV series ever made....?

Yep.... Utterly compelling.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Lordofthefiles on June 14, 2019, 10:04:06 PM
"The Day After" 21/06/19 @  00:00
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on June 14, 2019, 11:22:51 PM
Showing Saturday 15 June

23:35 AND SOON THE DARKNESS (1970) horror

Yup, already set to record, and it's followed by a repeat of Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (which I've still yet to see) at 01:40.

Lots of good films on last week and next.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: studpuppet on June 17, 2019, 10:37:10 PM
Armchair Thriller (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJoZsQkFDtM) is on at 11.30pm tonight and I've missed four episodes already...

Used to truly shit me up as a kid - in fact watch The Limbo Connection to discover what shat me up so much that I dived under my duvet and wouldn't let anyone into the caravan we were staying in at the time (my dad had to crowbar the door open in the end). Hint: my mum drove a Mini at the time and had to go out to collect my sister, leaving me home alone.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on June 18, 2019, 09:04:46 PM
The Reckoning (1970) is on 2130h tonight.

Well worth it for a character study of a complete bastard.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Captain Crunch on July 04, 2019, 10:17:41 PM
They’ve just starting showing Get Some In! this week.  Feels more like a stage show than a sitcom but an interesting watch and lots of jaffa gags which seem to have fallen out of favour since, well 1975. 

Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on July 11, 2019, 07:11:36 AM
Rooms starts today at 14:00, sorry for short notice.

A 1970s anthology series that covers various inhabitants of a short-term bedsit.  Seems to cover them in two half-hour episode chunks per couple/person.

Apart from that I know nothing about it except that it seems well thought of.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Bad Ambassador on July 11, 2019, 10:59:36 AM
They’ve just starting showing Get Some In! this week.  Feels more like a stage show than a sitcom but an interesting watch and lots of jaffa gags which seem to have fallen out of favour since, well 1975.

Watched the first two episodes, and it's amazing it was written by the same team at the same time as The Good Life. It's just a cheap knock-off of The Army Game and Dad's Army, without any of the class or chemistry.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on July 16, 2019, 07:49:24 AM
Hell Drivers on last night. Who knew road haulage could be so gripping?
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on July 16, 2019, 09:56:36 AM
Hell Drivers on last night. Who knew road haulage could be so gripping?

Never got the business model, seems like they're permanently set up to deliver gravel from the quarry just to one building site, but surely that'll end sooner than later, and when it does the timings and everything would have to change for another set delivery, or they do miscellaneous single deliveries. Either way, it throws off the competition (and scam)

Anyway, 6 old pence for a bath is about 67 new pence in today's money. Ma West was firm but fair.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on July 27, 2019, 12:34:46 PM
They’ve just starting showing Get Some In! this week.  Feels more like a stage show than a sitcom but an interesting watch and lots of jaffa gags which seem to have fallen out of favour since, well 1975.

was off work this week so caught a fair bit of it.

Not awful, there's some - shall we say - genuinely old fashioned language in it.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on August 01, 2019, 08:42:20 PM
Some more Thames TV series starting in August: Lytton's Diary, Shadows of Fear, Special Branch and Widows.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on September 21, 2019, 06:30:10 AM
I'd like to recommend this afternoon's sci-fi B-movie Unearthly Stranger (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057623/) (1964), which for some reason TP prefix with a "The".

I saw it earlier this year and was highly impressed; a really good little film that deserves to be better known.

It also stars somebody whom I only knew from a famous role MUCH later in his life, and when I realised who it was, I squeeeed.  So I'm not going to name him in case you want the same experience (mind you first time round I missed the opening credits which might well give the game away).


It seems I wasn't alone in being impressed; according to Wikipedia (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unearthly_Stranger):

Quote
Unearthly Stranger was selected by the film historians Steve Chibnall and Brian McFarlane as one of the 15 most meritorious British B films made between World War II and 1970. [...] describing it as "a highly effective fable" and praising its "unsettling atmosphere of dislocation and tension which disturbs our taken-for-granted assumptions about the worlds of office and home".


It's on this afternoon (Saturday 2019/09/21) at 16:10 to 17:45.  No repeat visible as yet.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on September 21, 2019, 09:17:11 PM
Also, I forgot to mention, they're showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) at 01:05 tonight.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Bently Sheds on September 23, 2019, 01:45:32 PM
I retuned the telly in the communal lounge at my mum's care home and made the carers aware of the Talking Pictures channel. Apparently it's a big hit with the dementia crowd there as they recognise and remember the old faces they used to watch.

I've been catching episodes of Bless This House and I'm reminded of the old pub carpet smell of stale fag smoke and spilled Red Barrel whenever Sid James slithers across the screen in his corduroy trousers and brown cardigan.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Shit Good Nose on September 23, 2019, 02:26:53 PM
I retuned the telly in the communal lounge at my mum's care home and made the carers aware of the Talking Pictures channel. Apparently it's a big hit with the dementia crowd there as they recognise and remember the old faces they used to watch.

Let's hope they don't get cosy and settle down to a double bill of The Boston Strangler and Looking For Mr Goodbar.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on September 23, 2019, 03:06:24 PM
I retuned the telly in the communal lounge at my mum's care home and made the carers aware of the Talking Pictures channel. Apparently it's a big hit with the dementia crowd there as they recognise and remember the old faces they used to watch.

Bless you (no sarcasm).


I've been catching episodes of Bless This House and I'm reminded of the old pub carpet smell of stale fag smoke and spilled Red Barrel whenever Sid James slithers across the screen in his corduroy trousers and brown cardigan.

For me that smell also has cricket whites/pads mixed in with it, from my Dad's old cricket club he used to go to when I was under 5; the same one that also had Alfred E. Neuman on their fruit machines.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Rich Uncle Skeleton on September 25, 2019, 01:14:23 AM
I retuned the telly in the communal lounge at my mum's care home and made the carers aware of the Talking Pictures channel. Apparently it's a big hit with the dementia crowd there as they recognise and remember the old faces they used to watch.

Nice one!
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Famous Mortimer on September 26, 2019, 05:50:50 PM
:(
Your entries in this thread sound like you've got a competing TV station and are trying to bad-mouth this one as much as possible. You may not be wrong, of course, but optics mate.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on October 12, 2019, 10:44:46 AM
On this morning, Fathom (1967)

Only caught about half an hour due to other commitments but

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Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: purlieu on October 12, 2019, 12:29:45 PM
Starring Richard Briers as a low-cost James Bond, no less.

Just off to watch 1967 sci-fi adventure Terrornauts now!
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on October 12, 2019, 03:40:24 PM
Just off to watch 1967 sci-fi adventure Terrornauts now!

Oh bugger, I meant to watch that myself.  Any good?

I see it's repeated next Sunday (20th October) at 09:55.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: purlieu on October 12, 2019, 05:29:29 PM
It's noted for being the worst Amicus film. I'd probably agree.

It has a certain silly b-movie charm though.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on October 14, 2019, 01:53:54 AM
The Naked Civil Servant (1975) is on Sunday 2200h

Not actually seen it, but I think it's well regarded.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on October 14, 2019, 05:53:49 AM
Yes, I'm looking forward to that.  I well remember my father's discomfort at it being on the front of the TV Times that week.


Also, they're going to be showing Catweazle, starting on Saturday 2nd November at 15:30, continuing on Sunday at the same time, and then subsequent weekends likewise.

Was never a fan myself (possibly because it always seemed to be replacing something else in the schedules that I'd really been enjoying) but I know many people are, and I guess it might also be interesting for me to rewatch it through adult eyes to see if I appreciate it more.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Sin Agog on October 14, 2019, 08:33:01 AM
The Naked Civil Servant (1975) is on Sunday 2200h

Not actually seen it, but I think it's well regarded.

'On the day war was declared I went out and bought two pounds of henna and a freeview box.'
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on October 22, 2019, 05:04:17 AM
I retuned the telly in the communal lounge at my mum's care home and made the carers aware of the Talking Pictures channel. Apparently it's a big hit with the dementia crowd there as they recognise and remember the old faces they used to watch.

It seems you're not the only one.  From a recent Variety article (https://variety.com/2019/film/festivals/talking-pictures-tv-bringing-past-back-life-uk-1203376347/) that includes an interview with channel owner Noel Cronin:

Quote
The channel has also had positive effects on many older viewers, including some in senior care centers who have withdrawn into themselves, Cronin says.

“One of the most interesting things we found is that we get a lot of mail from rest homes, care homes, and the stories are always the same. The people that sat there, didn’t talk, didn’t move, didn’t do anything – they put the channel on and they start talking to each other, and the staff say it’s fantastic. They’re happy again. It jolts the memories. Maybe it was a car or a hair style – I think a time when they were happy.”
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on October 26, 2019, 03:28:52 PM
Just seen that at 16:20-17:25 this afternoon (Sat 2019/10/26) they're showing Memories of Lindsay Anderson: "A personal, intimate and affectionate look at the life and work of Lindsay Anderson, legendary film and theatre director."

It seems to be its first airing and there's no repeat apparently visible in the next two weeks.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on November 01, 2019, 09:32:13 PM
Just a reminder about tomorrow...

...they're going to be showing Catweazle, starting on Saturday 2nd November at 15:30, continuing on Sunday at the same time, and then subsequent weekends likewise.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on November 18, 2019, 09:53:06 AM
was off work this week so caught a fair bit of it.

Not awful, there's some - shall we say - genuinely old fashioned language in it.

caught an early episode yesterday evening, with the vicar's son getting nailed to the floor.

Tony Marsh does do a good bastard, has to be said.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Attila on November 18, 2019, 03:20:40 PM
Catch Us if You Can is on the 24th -- I haven't seen that in maybe 15 years, and even then it was a one-off lucky chance. I'm a DC5 fan, so  this makes me happy.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on November 19, 2019, 09:04:47 AM
Remembering Stanley Baker, with Glyn Baker

I really enjoyed this.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: studpuppet on November 19, 2019, 10:14:24 AM
Catch Us if You Can is on the 24th -- I haven't seen that in maybe 15 years, and even then it was a one-off lucky chance.

This is truly brilliant - a better film (John Boorman!) than Hard Day's Night, but the band are shitter actors unfortunately. And who can forget Yootha Joyce in full MILF mode?

I'm a DC5 fan, so  this makes me happy.

You should be watching it as a double-bill with one of the most self-aggrandising documentaries of all time (or just scroll to the end credits for the real fun):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frTyyZjH5vE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frTyyZjH5vE)

Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Attila on November 19, 2019, 04:01:22 PM
Oh wow, yes! Cheers for that link. I think there's like only 1 or 2 official CDs of their work (one that came out about 15 or so years ago, and was listed in my divorce settlement so that my ex couldn't claim it). I've got all of their LPs floating around here somewhere.

I know ol' Dave is a bit of a weirdie, but if I had a time machine, I'd head straight back to see Time at the Dominion. From everything I've read it was completely mental.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Attila on November 19, 2019, 04:03:17 PM
Catch Us if You Can is on the 24th -- I haven't seen that in maybe 15 years, and even then it was a one-off lucky chance. I'm a DC5 fan, so  this makes me happy.

Gah, I missed a trick there -- should have said it makes me glad all over.

I'll see myself out.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on November 20, 2019, 08:03:34 AM
Hopefully worth noting that they're starting a re-run of Rumpole of the Bailey at 9pm tonight and then every Wednesday thereafter.

They did an afternoon weekdays run of them around six months ago (20th May onwards) and I managed to catch the first couple, until they started hurriedly dropping episodes when they realised they weren't suitable for their 2pm slot (a bit of a rookie mistake for such an accomplished channel -- and it WAS a mistake, given that the transmissions ended up being at odds with the published schedules).  At that point I got narked, and since they announced they'd be showing them all intact in an evening slot later in the year I decided to wait... and here we are!

If you don't know it, it's about the adventures of a middle-aged cigar-chomping defence barrister at the Old Bailey, superbly played by Leo McKern in what's probably his defining role (The Prisoner notwithstanding).  Written by John Mortimer QC, based on his own and his father's experience at the Bar.

Mortimer was an old-fashioned leftie (he carried out several obscenity defences, including one for Virgin Nottingham's manager having put "Never Mind the Bollocks" in his shop window display!), and it certainly showed in at least one, if not both, of the ones I saw.

Full of wry humour and sarcastic digs (especially at the expense of the judiciary) I enjoyed it as a teenager -- much to my own surprise back then -- and I also enjoyed the first couple I saw back in May.

Recommended.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on November 20, 2019, 10:14:19 AM
One of the other remote sky channels (drama? yesterday?) has a good number of Rumpoles.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on November 20, 2019, 10:16:29 AM
Frankenstein Created Woman was on late last night. I think its the best of the Cushing Frankensteins and has an ending that is up there with Witch-finder General in the British Horror Bleakness scale.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on November 20, 2019, 02:30:16 PM
Talking Pictures left out one episode per series of Rumpole, deliberately I believe. I checked the episode guide against their published schedules and found this to be the case. I'm not entirely sure why they chose the 2pm slot when the original transmissions were all at 9pm. The True Entertainment channel showed all the episodes of the fifth, sixth and seventh series and if you finished watching the Talking Pictures eps you could switch over and watch a completely different Rumpole episode!

The only real error I can remember was TPTV showing the same episode of Rooms on consecutive days ('Sarah' starring Susie Blake and Maureen Lipman) so you never knew how it finished!

I've been really getting into Special Branch recently. Derren Nesbitt and co having to operate while Moxon puts restraints on them. Great.

EDIT: Having looked at it a little closer the 'Sarah' episode of Rooms appears to have been one part only, maybe because it was a Christmas/New Year episode. Which means that the only real error TPTV have made is occasionally screening the odd programme in the wrong aspect ratio.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Bad Ambassador on November 20, 2019, 04:37:56 PM
I think they also omitted an episode of Shadows of Fear from their recent run, though it's possible it was a missing episode (one episode was in black and white, and I don't know if that was a consequence of the colour strike).
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Harry Badger on November 21, 2019, 12:30:33 AM
Frankenstein Created Woman was on late last night. I think its the best of the Cushing Frankensteins and has an ending that is up there with Witch-finder General in the British Horror Bleakness scale.

I watched that too. Hadn't seen it in years, and yes, that's probably Cushing's best performance for Hammer.

Another gem was 'Blue Pullman' a 30 minute, narration-free account of the titular train's first journey in 1960. A fascinating look at a bygone age with a beautiful, specially commissioned score by Clifton Parker.

Keep the recommendations coming Ambient Sheep, I had no idea Rumpole was being shown on there and would love to re-visit it. Also looking forward to the DC5 film. I had the pleasure of having John Boorman as a guest at a film thing I used to run and would have asked him about it had I done my homework!
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: studpuppet on November 21, 2019, 07:33:05 AM
It's worth noting (with Christmas approaching) that Talking Pictures' merchandising arm has all your Public Eye fanboi needs sewn up:

https://www.renownfilms.co.uk/product/the-frank-marker-fan-club-badge-collection/ (https://www.renownfilms.co.uk/product/the-frank-marker-fan-club-badge-collection/)

(https://www.renownfilms.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/RenownOctoberNewsletterFrank.jpg)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on November 21, 2019, 11:59:19 AM
Rumpole fans are covered too:

https://www.renownfilms.co.uk/product/she-who-must-be-obeyed-t-shirt/
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: studpuppet on November 21, 2019, 01:14:50 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EF-EpvqXoAAJnm6?format=jpg&name=900x900)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EF-EpvlWkAElxT9?format=jpg&name=900x900)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on December 20, 2019, 05:22:07 PM
Michael Powell (of Powell & Pressburger fame)'s infamous Peeping Tom (1960) is on tonight at 10pm.

Failing that, it's repeated Sat 28th at 9:40pm.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on December 20, 2019, 09:21:46 PM
Followed by The Night Strangler (1973) at midnight: the sequel to The Night Stalker (1972) that sparked the TV Series Kolchak: The Night Stalker which in turn inspired The X-Files.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on December 25, 2019, 10:34:37 PM
I'd like to recommend this afternoon's sci-fi B-movie Unearthly Stranger (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057623/) (1964), which for some reason TP prefix with a "The".

I saw it earlier this year and was highly impressed; a really good little film that deserves to be better known.

It also stars somebody whom I only knew from a famous role MUCH later in his life, and when I realised who it was, I squeeeed.  So I'm not going to name him in case you want the same experience (mind you first time round I missed the opening credits which might well give the game away).


It seems I wasn't alone in being impressed; according to Wikipedia (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unearthly_Stranger):

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Unearthly Stranger was selected by the film historians Steve Chibnall and Brian McFarlane as one of the 15 most meritorious British B films made between World War II and 1970. [...] describing it as "a highly effective fable" and praising its "unsettling atmosphere of dislocation and tension which disturbs our taken-for-granted assumptions about the worlds of office and home".

It's on this afternoon (Saturday 2019/09/21) at 16:10 to 17:45.  No repeat visible as yet.

Repeated tomorrow (Thu 26th December) morning at 9.25am.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on January 06, 2020, 05:19:16 PM
Last night on Talking Pictures

High Journey

Orson Welles narrates a series of flypast footage of European NATO countries. It's rather good, just the right mix of good aerial photography and Orson Welles being Orson Welles. A section can be found here: https://film.iwmcollections.org.uk/record/41348/media_id/6246.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on January 18, 2020, 12:52:53 AM
Personal Services (1987), Terry Jones' lovely film starring Julie Walters as a thinly-disguised version of real-life brothel-keeper Cynthia Payne, is being shown thus:

Sat 18/01/2020 21:30-23:40
Wed 22/01/2020 22:05-00:15

Not seen this since the early 90s, am keen to see it again.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: timebug on January 19, 2020, 09:31:23 AM
Gave 'Personal Services' a go, as I too had not seen it for ages. Found it slow and dull to be honest.
Loved it on its original release, I just thought it had not worn very well.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on January 19, 2020, 06:25:28 PM
Ditto.  I was quite shocked at how lame it all seemed, although I wasn't sure if that was just 'cos I wasn't in the best of moods last night.  Glad I'm not alone.

It does seem to have aged pretty badly.  I guess it was seen as very daring at the time, but far less so now, since we've all learnt about these things from the internet.  Once you remove all the "oh gosh how weird/funny/sexy is that unusual practice?!" moments from it, it's surprising how little seems to be left.  It really dragged.  Also the whole thing about how they're all top members of the establishment feels very worn down now.

Aside from all that, the other thing that struck me was the awful film grain on it.  Was it made in 16mm?  Looks like it... but no, IMDb says 35mm.  I guess they just went for a fast film with more natural lighting.

A real disappointment.  I'll be recording it on Wednesday though (had no space last night) and might give it another go when I'm in a better mood.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on January 20, 2020, 01:25:33 AM
We enjoyed it, but I can see the points raised, it is very slight on CynthiaChristine's character and everyone elses. But I can't help but love a bit of English smut being celebrated.

Better treatment of trans issues than The Crying Game though, right? Just in that one scene at the wedding, nobody puked.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on January 20, 2020, 04:19:27 AM
Oh absolutely.  Nor did they kick the shit out of them.

I was in a very jaded and rather pissed-off mood on Saturday night though.  I'll definitely give it another go some time to be fair to it, but probably not this week (although I'll record it for the purpose).


On a similar note, I must get hold of Preaching to the Perverted sometime.  Saw it round a friend's house around six years ago and loved it.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on January 20, 2020, 12:53:00 PM
caught an early episode yesterday evening, with the vicar's son getting nailed to the floor.

Tony Marsh does do a good bastard, has to be said.

I think, between Talking Pictures and Forces TV, I've watched all of the first four series of Get Some In! now.

They consciously expand the cast and Marsh repeatedly gets his comeuppances.

So far, my pick of episodes is penultimate one of the second series, with a fine cameo by Roy Kinnear.
(There's another good one with a 'nice' Corporal played by Alfred Marks)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on January 23, 2020, 08:08:37 PM
I rewatched Personal Services last night.

I was, of course, completely wrong the other day.  It's actually rather good.  Great fun in places even if it does drag for five minutes here and there, and overall a moving and, er, satisfying story.  I really enjoyed it and would now recommend it.

I couldn't even see the film grain I was talking about (my best guess is that on Saturday I watched it straight after a nice shiny HD video episode of Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams and so maybe it was the contrast with that). 

I'm not saying this just because poor Terry's dead, either.  As I said, I was clearly in a shit mood the other night.


For anyone who missed it in another thread (https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,77614.msg4076972.html#msg4076972), here, courtesy of Blumf, is the U-certificate trailer for the film, presented by Terry (with some help from Julie) in classic Python-meta mode:
https://youtu.be/QNzRHYL218U
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Pranet on April 23, 2020, 10:27:56 AM
They are in trouble. Not surprisingly, the advertisers have dried up.

https://talkingpicturestv.co.uk/about-talking-pictures-tv/

On twitter they have suggested perhaps buying a dvd or some merch from their website.

Be a shame if Sky bought it to shut it down.

Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on April 23, 2020, 01:54:43 PM
Aw shit! I think they've made a big impact on TV, as there are a few other channels now showing old films, so there's obviously a market (and thus, worthy of ad spend)

Looking at their DVD sales site, they carry the BFI British Documentary collections, which are well worth the money:
https://www.renownfilms.co.uk/product/land-of-promise-4-dvd-set/
https://www.renownfilms.co.uk/product/shadows-of-progress-4-dvd-set/
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Phil_A on April 23, 2020, 02:03:04 PM
They are in trouble. Not surprisingly, the advertisers have dried up.

https://talkingpicturestv.co.uk/about-talking-pictures-tv/

On twitter they have suggested perhaps buying a dvd or some merch from their website.

Be a shame if Sky bought it to shut it down.

That's a right fucker, I've pretty much watched nothing else on live TV since being sequestered at home.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Captain Crunch on April 23, 2020, 02:16:14 PM
WHAT?!  I’ll not link it for obvious reasons but they’ve just had a spread in The Mail to celebrate hitting 3.5 million viewers.  Bah. 
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on April 23, 2020, 11:27:31 PM
Horrible news.  Especially as if it does vanish, the lovely library of films I've built up on my TiVo will all evaporate a year later.

I've pretty much watched nothing else on live TV since being sequestered at home.

It's my default channel these days, ever since Vintage TV died a couple of years back.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: studpuppet on April 24, 2020, 10:17:51 AM
Horrible news.  Especially as if it does vanish, the lovely library of films I've built up on my TiVo will all evaporate a year later.

It's my default channel these days, ever since Vintage TV died a couple of years back.

I'm also reverting to childhood and watching The Dukes Of Hazzard and Quantum Leap on Forces TV late at night.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Jockice on April 24, 2020, 12:17:52 PM
They showed The Naked Civil Servant a few weeks ago.  Now there's one TV drama I'll never tire of seeing.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on April 25, 2020, 08:22:43 PM
Those of you who like this might like the internet tv app pluto tv.

Their app is shit though and their schedule doesn't seem to let you scroll so you can only see now/next.

Their scifi channel had The Philadelphia experiment on and now they're showing Time Runnners and Dead Space.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on May 08, 2020, 09:31:08 PM
Just a heads-up that there's some rather good stuff (IMHO) coming up over the next few days.

Firstly, Personal Services (1987) again, at 10pm tonight (Friday 8th May 2020), repeated this Sunday (10th), also at 10pm.

Then Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) with Christopher Lee at ten past midnight tonight.  Not seen it but seems well thought of.

Then on Saturday (9th) at 9.50pm we have the TP premiere of The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976).  Repeated this Thursday (14th) at 10pm.

Finally, starting Tuesday week (19th) at 9pm, they're showing the four-part ITV Quatermass (1979), one per week... I'm really looking forward to watching this, not having seen it since it went out when I was 14.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on May 08, 2020, 09:40:34 PM
They showed The Naked Civil Servant a few weeks ago.  Now there's one TV drama I'll never tire of seeing.

Just seen that it's being repeated on Monday 25th May at 10pm. :-)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on May 09, 2020, 04:19:47 AM
Finally, starting Tuesday week (19th) at 9pm, they're showing the four-part ITV Quatermass (1979), one per week... I'm really looking forward to watching this, not having seen it since it went out when I was 14.

It was on ITV4 (I think) a few years back. Terrible sound quality, like the mic was in a tupperware box, so I hope they have a better copy as it's a good watch.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Jockice on May 09, 2020, 08:45:28 AM
Just seen that it's being repeated on Monday 25th May at 10pm. :-)

Ta. I'll probably watch it again then too.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Attila on May 09, 2020, 12:33:33 PM
It was on ITV4 (I think) a few years back. Terrible sound quality, like the mic was in a tupperware box, so I hope they have a better copy as it's a good watch.

I'm betting that they will -- Mr Attila and I like to tune into some of the films they've had (Magic Christian the other week!), and the quality of the prints have been astonishing.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on May 10, 2020, 02:44:43 AM
Then on Saturday (9th) at 9.50pm we have the TP premiere of The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976).  Repeated this Thursday (14th) at 10pm.

I watched it this evening.  Every time I see that film it's like I'm watching a totally different film to the previous time I saw it, with me seeing things I didn't notice on the previous viewing and realising that my previous interpretations of the film were wrong, causing me to have to form new interpretations.  This time my interpretation of it was that he's not an alien at all, just a delusional genius: Why would an alien have a ring given to him by his his alien wife with his initials engraved on it in Earth script?  How would he have gotten to Earth in a spaceship that's like a furry shed travelling on a rail.  The people who capture him cut into him but fail to remove his 'false nipples', and likewise he can't remove his eye things with tweezers, and finding no evidence that he's an alien his captors just abandon him.  Plus is this a different edit because in previous viewings I never realised we get to see Bowie's cock.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Egyptian Feast on May 10, 2020, 02:17:32 PM
Interesting interpretation, but how do you explain Candy Clark weeing herself in terror at his true appearance and getting grossed out while attempting make-up sex?
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on May 10, 2020, 06:16:19 PM
Also flagging up that at ten past midnight tonight (Sunday 10th) is Nothing But the Night (1973).

Not seen it, and reviews seem a tad mixed, but with a cast of Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Diana Dors, Keith Barron, Fulton Mackay, Michael Gambon, Morris Perry, Shelagh Fraser and Gwyneth "Cassandra" Strong in her first ever role, it definitely seems worth a look.
   

I watched it this evening.  Every time I see that film it's like I'm watching a totally different film to the previous time I saw it, with me seeing things I didn't notice on the previous viewing and realising that my previous interpretations of the film were wrong...

Glad you enjoyed.  I haven't watched it yet -- was watching a live stream of another film last night, and didn't have the TiVo space to record it -- so I'll be grabbing it on Thursday.  Since I don't think I've seen it since my late teens (although possibly once in my late 20s) I'll be interested to watch it and make my own interpretation, and then unspoiler your post! :-)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Norton Canes on May 10, 2020, 07:19:50 PM
Finally, starting Tuesday week (19th) at 9pm, they're showing the four-part ITV Quatermass (1979), one per week... I'm really looking forward to watching this, not having seen it since it went out when I was 14

One of the most brilliant and disturbing TV dramas ever. Love it.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on May 10, 2020, 07:44:31 PM
Interesting interpretation, but how do you explain Candy Clark weeing herself in terror at his true appearance and getting grossed out while attempting make-up sex?

Yeah with that film there's always holes in my theories.  She was under the influence and hallucinating maybe?  And I had more than one theory on the go at the same time, like, was the (flashback/memory?) showing people in old fashioned clothes meant to suggest that as an alien he'd been on Earth a very long time?  Perhaps having to wait until technology was advanced enough for him to carry out his plan?  And in the same scene (I think) the memory of meeting a bunch of hillbilles (still in the past but not as long ago as the other memory) seemed to perturb him suggesting something bad had happened, but that wasn't explored.

And after reading Wikipedia last night after watching, I think the version that was shown was a "directors cut" version with 5 mins of extra footage.

Since I don't think I've seen it since my late teens (although possibly once in my late 20s) I'll be interested to watch it and make my own interpretation, and then unspoiler your post! :-)

Before the other night I'd seen it several times over the years, the first time somewhere around the mid 80's, again in the 90's, and a couple of times after 2000, so around once every ten years then.  Every time I see it I realise any theories I formed in the past seemed wrong, plus it was long enough between viewings that I'd always forgotten large chunks of it apart from the most memorable scenes, so it's like watching a new film each time.  I'll probably watch it again on Thursday if I'm not watching something else.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Egyptian Feast on May 11, 2020, 12:31:52 PM
Every time I see it I realise any theories I formed in the past seemed wrong, plus it was long enough between viewings that I'd always forgotten large chunks of it apart from the most memorable scenes, so it's like watching a new film each time.  I'll probably watch it again on Thursday if I'm not watching something else.

That's one of the things I most enjoy about it. I've seen it x number of times and it's still as confounding as ever. I doubt I'll ever get fed up with it or Performance.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on May 15, 2020, 01:27:16 AM
Saw Personal Services the other day.   I'd not seen it before and found it very funny.

Just watched The Man Who Fell To Earth Again.  Ignore what I said before regarding theories, I'm back to not having a clue again!

Sometimes you can over-analyse something.  I bet half the time if you asked a producer about the significance of some small detail they'd just shrug and say "Oh it was already there before we set up."
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on May 15, 2020, 05:15:37 PM
Not sure quite where to put this, but Talking Pictures seems the most appropriate. Forces TV is showing many older TV, but typically late70s and 80s rather than the older material favoured by Talking Pictures.

This week I have watched The Equaliser. One particular episode featured Ad Rock, from the Beastie Boys, Bill, from Bill and Ted and Jim Dale playing Ad Rock's dad. We've also had Paulie and Dr No in one and Adam Ant in another. It's all really rather mental.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on May 15, 2020, 10:33:05 PM
This week I have watched The Equaliser. One particular episode featured Ad Rock, from the Beastie Boys, Bill, from Bill and Ted and Jim Dale playing Ad Rock's dad. We've also had Paulie and Dr No in one and Adam Ant in another. It's all really rather mental.

Pretty sure I saw Meat Loaf in one.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on May 16, 2020, 10:02:17 AM
That was on this week. Recorded and ready to go.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on May 19, 2020, 08:25:55 PM
Finally, starting Tuesday week (19th) at 9pm, they're showing the four-part ITV Quatermass (1979), one per week... I'm really looking forward to watching this, not having seen it since it went out when I was 14.

Reminder about this, and I've made a dedicated discussion thread here (https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,80304.0.html) in case anybody wants to chat about it without cluttering up this thread.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on May 22, 2020, 08:06:20 PM
Can't stop to add details now but tonight's a cracker:

9pm - the second series of the original Van der Valk starts with Patrick Allen as a wonderfully crooked banker.  A bit more about this here (https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,80377.0.html).

10pm - To the Devil a Daughter (1976) --  Christopher Lee, Nastassja Kinski, Denholm Elliott, Honor Blackman, Anthony Valentine, Richard Widmark

11.50pm - Christopher Lee again in Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Lordofthefiles on May 26, 2020, 08:01:19 PM
Sammy's Super T-Shirt 7th June 07:15am
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on May 28, 2020, 08:22:19 PM
Somewhere along the line over the last week, I recorded a italian language documentary on the history of the Lambretta off of Talking Pictures. Its wonderful, but somewhat niche, even for that channel.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on May 29, 2020, 12:33:44 PM
Smashing Time and the LWT series Budgie are coming up but tonight, after Van Der Valk, is The Hand of Night.

On Monday night/Tuesday morning there is a short film called Vengeance (1986). It was directed by Shani Grewal who also made Double X: The Name of the Game and Guru in Seven, both of which have been on the channel before and will be on again. The film itself was supposedly a dry run for Double X but its history is interesting. It apparently supported the Schwarzenegger hit Commando in the UK and was later bundled along with two other shorts onto a VHS titled Frightmares, with John Hurt providing the linking material between the films. Noel Cronin was apparently the producer. The director's online profile claims that the film was considered for the live-action short Oscar but it was never nominated in the main category.

There was a thread on here a few months ago about Cry Wolf, which played as support to Airplane! That was a Paramount title and with the channel recently showing some of the Paramount back catalogue (Smashing Time included), who knows, it might turn up.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: the science eel on May 29, 2020, 12:58:43 PM
Smashing Time

YES! thanks
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on May 31, 2020, 03:44:30 AM
Three upcoming things I'd like to flag up:

Tonight (Sunday 31st May) at 10pm is the film to counteract all those who say Roger Moore can't act: the supernatural thriller The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970).

Then, on Wednesday (3rd June) at 9.15am there's 70s-childhood Saturday-morning-at-the-pictures film The Land That Time Forgot (1975), starring Troy Doug McClure and Susan Penhaligon.  Not seen it since childhood, so don't know how it will stand up now.

Finally, at 5pm the same day (Wednesday), famous 1970-1 children's TV series Catweazle starts a second run, this time one every weekday.  I've watched a few of these now from last year's weekend showings (https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,66946.msg3980394.html#msg3980394) and they've been reasonably enjoyable, if not spectacular.

One of the things that did enthrall me about Catweazle though, was seeing rural England as it looked when I was a small child, before Dutch Elm disease ran rampant through the land.  In particular, the countryside that surrounds the abandoned water tower (including the tower itself) is hugely reminiscent of those long school holidays spent out exploring all day with friends, only having to be back home "by about five".  Gave me a nostalgia hit I didn't know I was even needing.  I forgot how it looked.

Anyway, I've since found a nice old thread about it here (https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=34730.0), although beware, the OP is dreadfully spoilery.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on May 31, 2020, 03:46:15 PM
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Then, on Wednesday (3rd June) at 9.15am there's 70s-childhood Saturday-morning-at-the-pictures film The Land That Time Forgot (1975), starring Troy Doug McClure and Susan Penhaligon.  Not seen it since childhood, so don't know how it will stand up now.

It was on a few weeks ago - one of my earlier lockdown watches. I like it and rather hope they dig out the sequel.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on May 31, 2020, 08:19:03 PM
It was on a few weeks ago - one of my earlier lockdown watches...

Yes, it's been on a few times in fact.  I saw it go past last summer (which I think was its debut), but I missed it.  According to my notes I've recorded it twice since then (Wed 2019/12/11 13:20, Sat 2020/03/28 11:25) but both times had to sacrifice it for something rarer due to lack of box space.  Determined to hang on to it this time. :)


I like it...

I loved it as a kid, saw it more than once and was happy to do so.  Was one of those really big "event" films.  I only didn't hype it more in my previous post as it only seems to get middling ratings these days.

I have just discovered though that the screenplay was co-written by Michael Moorcock, it also stars Anthony Ainley (as well as Keith Barron!), and that there's a nice Guardian article about "How We Made" it here (https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/feb/10/how-we-made-the-land-that-time-forgot-kevin-connor-susan-penhaligon-dinosaur-classic).


...and rather hope they dig out the sequel.

Which one? :-)

They've shown At The Earth's Core (1976) a few times; my own copy is from Wed 2020/04/08 07:40.  Not watched it yet.  Desperately wanted to see it as a kid, the cinema trailer fascinated me (especially as I'd always loved The Mole from Thunderbirds), but somehow managed to miss it both at the cinema and on numerous terrestrial TV repeats.  I gather it's not very good, though, which is why I've not rushed to dash my childhood anticipation by actually watching it. :-)

Until now, I don't think I'd ever heard of The People That Time Forgot (1977) in any way.  Not seen it on Talking Pictures but then I may not have registered the title going past.  I'll look out for it!



Meanwhile I really should have boosted tonight's The Man Who Haunted Himself a bit more.  It's a really good film that left its mark on me as a 13yo viewer, and I've enjoyed it again as an adult.  Really recommended if anybody's not seen it.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on May 31, 2020, 08:58:00 PM
Meanwhile I really should have boosted tonight's The Man Who Haunted Himself a bit more.  It's a really good film that left its mark on me as a 13yo viewer, and I've enjoyed it again as an adult.  Really recommended if anybody's not seen it.

Meant to thank you for the heads-up as I keep on meaning to watch it, but always miss it. Got it on record now, but hopefully will watch it direct.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on May 31, 2020, 09:42:49 PM
If you've not seen it before then I think you're in for a treat. :)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on June 02, 2020, 10:49:55 AM
Yup, very nice bit of pre-Tales-of-the-Unexpected style mystery. Comes a close second to North Sea Hijack in the non-Bond Moore film line up for me.

Hum... didn't realise Moore played Inspector Clouseau in Curse of the Pink Panther, may have to pull together the whole Pink Panther series at some point, and battle my way through increasingly worse entries just for that.

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/59/65/51/5965517cec5bc0aa25bcb8b41481af40.jpg)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on June 02, 2020, 05:00:32 PM
Yup, very nice bit of pre-Tales-of-the-Unexpected style mystery. Comes a close second to North Sea Hijack in the non-Bond Moore film line up for me.

Glad you enjoyed it!

I've never seen (or heard of!) North Sea Hijack, I'll have to look out for that.


Hum... didn't realise Moore played Inspector Clouseau in Curse of the Pink Panther, may have to pull together the whole Pink Panther series at some point, and battle my way through increasingly worse entries just for that.

Now now, there's dedication, and then there's insanity...
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on June 03, 2020, 08:45:11 AM
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I've never seen (or heard of!) North Sea Hijack, I'll have to look out for that.

It's been on once or twice quite recently.

It is ... definitely interesting
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Endicott on June 03, 2020, 09:25:30 AM
I've never seen (or heard of!) North Sea Hijack, I'll have to look out for that.

Sunday afternoon fodder.

(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0613/1313/products/North_Sea_2D_1400x.jpg?v=1579785329)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on June 03, 2020, 10:30:03 AM
I had the distinct memory that the final scene was mental. And it actually is.

What a joy.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Shit Good Nose on June 06, 2020, 03:57:22 PM
Hum... didn't realise Moore played Inspector Clouseau in Curse of the Pink Panther, may have to pull together the whole Pink Panther series at some point, and battle my way through increasingly worse entries just for that.

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/59/65/51/5965517cec5bc0aa25bcb8b41481af40.jpg)

Literally the only decent bit in Curse Of...

Moore is genuinely very funny in it.

To be honest you really are best off just watching that scene on its own on YouTube.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on June 25, 2020, 02:53:24 AM
BBC done a 2 minute behind the scenes clip with interviews.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/headlines/53111684/talking-pictures-tv-channel-a-lockdown-hit

Nice to see two of the three people behind it, but a shame that the Beeb gave the impression it ONLY runs positively-ancient black-and-white films, omitting colour and TV reruns entirely, but I'm sure that wasn't on purpose at all.

(To be fair, finding clips of those without rights issues would probably have been more tricky, but it could at least have mentioned the other stuff.)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on June 25, 2020, 03:07:10 AM
Edit bug.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on July 04, 2020, 08:29:18 PM
Just want to flag up a couple of short films tomorrow (Sun 5th July), neither are first showings, but I feel they're worth noting.


Firstly, at 7.50am, a repeat of Blue Pullman which is...

...a 30 minute, narration-free account of the titular train's first journey in 1960. A fascinating look at a bygone age with a beautiful, specially commissioned score by Clifton Parker.

I caught some of this a few months ago, looked wonderful.


Later on, at 20:05, they're showing a little 20 minute film from 1974 called Dial-a-Bus in Harlow, about a pioneering travel scheme in the Essex New Town.  They've been showing it for a couple of weeks now, last showing for now will be Wed 15th July at 16:35.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on July 29, 2020, 11:36:38 PM
Currently watching the 1988 Jack the Ripper. Micheal Caine hollers 90 % of his lines. Micheal Gothard is good. Lewis Collins is Lewis Collins with a 'tache. Solid. Entertaining.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on August 16, 2020, 07:35:44 PM
May I just thoroughly recommend The Mind Benders (1962/3) at 11.35pm tonight (Sun 16th Aug).  A wonderful bit of cold-war science-fiction, apparently based on real research carried out by an American university.

I caught it a few months ago and can only agree with the reviews that were quoted by Wikipedia:

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TV Guide called it "a strange movie that leaves a deeper impression than one might expect due to the originality of the plot and the tense direction. It is the direct predecessor of Altered States."

Movie Magazine International wrote, "as directed by the great Basil Dearden, it plays in an eerily realistic way and what you see lingers in the mind long afterwards."

Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings called it, "a compelling and memorable movie."


Also on tonight, at 10pm just before the above, is The Naked Civil Servant again.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on August 23, 2020, 04:10:16 PM
Recorded The Mind Benders. Cheers for the heads up.

Also recorded Widows (1983) which at least looks intriguing.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on August 23, 2020, 04:48:53 PM
Also spotted, 0900 Saturday and Sunday next week.

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Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on August 23, 2020, 09:49:56 PM
Been on the last month or so. Apparently Leslie Crowther presented for a bit.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runaround_(British_game_show) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runaround_(British_game_show))
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on August 24, 2020, 01:06:53 AM
There now follows probably the strangest recommendation I've ever given (with apologies for its lateness, this afternoon and evening having proved unexpectedly hectic).

It's the 1980-1 Southern TV soap opera Together, being shown every weekday at 2pm starting later today (Monday 24th August).  There's 53 episodes (of which 51 survive) over two series, the second of which was actually performed and broadcast live.

It was first shown by TPTV in the afternoons back in 2016, then again at 5am earlier this year which is when I first caught it.  Tried it out for no other reason than it replaced Rooms (which I enjoyed) in the schedule.

Inexplicably -- especially given that soap operas aren't my thing -- I found myself hooked almost immediately.  A great cast, simple but compelling storylines, and virtually no bleedin' Eastenders-style shouting.

It's set in a three-storey housing association apartment block designed for both retired folks and young people just starting out, thus contains an unusual mix of famous old actors giving seasoned -- and in one or two cases their final -- performances, and up and coming youngsters before they were famous (of which more below).

Although the pace is quite gentle, that doesn't mean the plots are wishy-washy.  Yes, there's the infamous[1] but quite funny storyline about who's going to help out with the flower-arranging today, but then the very first episode (which I guess most people reading this won't catch now) is unexpectedly dark, telling the story of a widowed old chap who, having been dumped there by his daughter as she goes to live in Germany, contemplates ending it all.

Another surprising storyline that runs for a good chunk of Series 1 is the story of one resident wanting his boyfriend to move in with him, against both the Housing Association's rules and the opprobrium of some of the other residents, none of whom had realised that the other resident was gay in the first place.

I say it's surprising because it's fascinating to see how such a sensitive-for-the-time storyline was handled.  (It's been claimed that the character was probably the first regular gay soap character in the UK, and that he and his beau were certainly the first gay couple in UK soaps.)  The characters are as far away from 1970s camp (or butch) stereotypes as you can get, the writing is sympathetic to the gay characters' cause, but the homophobic abuse directed their way by a couple of the other characters is quite shocking (and audio-blanked on transmission).  My (limited) lipreading skills reminded me of horrible words I hadn't heard in over 30 years.  Overall, a fascinating study of changing attitudes and just where the world was in 1980.

In fact, the language throughout is remarkably fruity.  It's strange to think that this originally went out in a lunchtime slot on ITV.  There's quite a few blanked out bits, some of which I was a bit taken aback about when I managed to decipher them: "Sweet Fanny Adams" is surely euphemistic enough to pass modern daytime muster?  I guess that's Fear Of Ofcom for you.

The good news is that the recently-released DVD box-set (https://www.renownfilms.co.uk/product/new-6-dvd-release-box-set-together-series-1-2-pre-orders-only-box-set-will-be-released-20th-july/) from parent company Renown Pictures is completely uncut, and at £35 for a six-disc set isn't too badly priced, considering how niche a release it is.  I shall be buying it soon...

Series 2 is an oddity in that it was broadcast live, surely a real rarity for the time.  Apparently the idea was to enhance its topicality, although in practice only the first five or six episodes did this.  Remarkably few boom mics (just one I think, although a fair few shadows), and only one serious line fluff (again, a few minor ones), but a good few camera bumps, and most intriguingly -- when listening on headphones -- the sounds of camera cables being dragged across the floor, actors running round behind the set to get into their next positions, and at one point the crew chatting quite loudly in the background.  Plus a "Cue lift door!"

I was going to write more here about the cast, but to be honest I might as well steal the words from the above link as it's late and my phone-finger is getting tired:

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Originally broadcast from 1980-1981, Together was a daytime soap opera made by Southern Television. Rutherford Court was a modern block of sheltered accommodation flats run by a housing association – where each home had its own share of dramas, tensions, happiness and heartbreak.

The warden in charge was played by Sheila Fay, her husband was the odd-job man about the place, played by John Burgess, and their teenage daughter, who had countless problems with her love life, was played by future Blue Peter presenter Sarah Greene.

Other residents included a newly-wed couple who were having marital difficulties, with realistic scenes because the actors, Richard Everett and Gillian Bailey (who played Billie in Here Come the Double Deckers!), were married in real-life.

Two sisters shared another apartment, one enduring a messy divorce, a nervous breakdown and a battle with the bottle, providing ample gossip for the other characters, including a recently bereaved pensioner, a retired hospital matron and an ex-London cab driver with a roving eye, played by Victor Maddern.

The second series was broadcast live with a Cleo Laine recording for the theme tune.

Made with the intention of targeting a daytime audience, the series soon had dedicated viewers. Ground-breaking at the time, the scripts tackled current issues such as marital problems, divorce, mental illness and relationships, paving the way for future TV dramas and soaps.

Sadly, the series ended when Southern Television lost their franchise.

Regular Cast: Victor Maddern, Kathleen Byron, Hilda Fenemore, Margaretta Scott, John Burgess, Sarah Greene, Sheila Fay, Jonty Miller, Derek Harding, Richard Everett, Gillian Bailey, Paul Hastings, Sheila Gill, Christopher Burgess, Delena Kidd, Stephen Churchett, Carol Hawkins, Brian Jameson, Christine Pollon, John Malcolm, Wally Thomas, Gina Maher, Annie Leake, Ernest Hare, Raymond Francis.

Scriptwriters included: Rosemary Anne Sisson (Upstairs Downstairs), Adele Rose (Coronation Street, Robin’s Nest), Barbara Clegg (Waggoners Walk), Phil Redmond (Sally Ann, Grange Hill) and Bill Baron (Angels).

Directors: Matthew Robinson, John Coxall and David Pick.

Not all the names might be familiar but many of the faces were... I did a lot of digging at the time to work out where I'd seen these people before, e.g. Hilda Fenemore often played mumsy types in old Children's Film Foundation type stuff, Stephen Churchett went on to be dodgy Eastenders solicitor Marcus Christie (and many more things), and Kathleen Byron was the infamous nun Sister Ruth in Powell & Pressburger's 1947 film Black Narcissus, and so on.

Obviously also a delight to see a pre-Blue Peter Sarah Greene[2] (with hair dyed red!) and an older Billie from the ...Double Deckers.  Funnily enough, these days the latter is Professor of Women's Performance Histories at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (I'd also never spotted that she was in the first-ever episode of Blake's 7... but I digress).

Meanwhile the director of many of the episodes, Matthew Robinson (older brother of musician Tom Robinson) went on to cast a lot of the original Eastenders actors (inc. Dirty Den, Pauline Fowler, Dot & Nick Cotton, and Ian Beale) and then set up and produced Byker Grove... oh and also cast Terry Molloy as Davros (not sure if that's a recommendation or not!)

Anyway, that's quite enough for now.  Thank you if you've managed to read this far.  I fully expect nobody else to bother with this... but if you do, maybe I'll even start a thread about it for us to waffle in.

 1. On Twitter, which is about the only place I've ever found discussion on it.
 2. Who said on Twitter a while back that she loved making it.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on August 24, 2020, 01:33:36 AM
Recorded The Mind Benders. Cheers for the heads up.

Do let us know what you think of it, good or bad!


Also recorded Widows (1983) which at least looks intriguing.

Yeah, I've heard good things about that one myself (mainly from people on the Digital Spy thread), but just haven't got the time available to add yet more to my viewing list.  For anyone reading this not aware, it's a TV series, written by Lynda La Plante, made by Euston Films for ITV, about the widows of three armed robbers who decide to carry on where their late hubbies left off...


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As for Runaround, I've recorded all seven episodes they've shown so far -- the first weekend only had one -- but haven't watched them as yet.

Sadly it seems there's only two more going to be shown, despite Wikipedia saying that 33 survive (out of 103 total).  From Sat 5th September the slot is being taken over by something I've not heard of called Whizzkids Guide.  The internet seems to have words about it, though, go read them, I'm done here for tonight. :)

More recommendations coming very soon though... there's some good stuff coming up (in fact quite a lot of good stuff's been on lately, just haven't had the time to come here and flag it up).
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: the on August 24, 2020, 01:39:22 AM
the 1980-1 Southern TV soap opera Together

Excellent post Sheepy, I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for taking the time to do a précis of such a curiosity.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on August 24, 2020, 02:45:32 AM
Thank you!  Took the best part of two hours, on and off.  Nice to know that at least one person appreciated my post whether or not you end up watching the show itself.

And a curiosity is exactly what it is.  In my opinion it's worth watching on several levels:

- as the intended entertainment (as I said, soaps are not my thing, but as you can tell I largely loved this, it's real comfort TV);

- as a social document (of both the storylines themselves and how soaps went at a much gentler pace back then);

- as a nostalgia piece for us older peeps who remember 1980[1];

- to gawp at familiar faces young and old;

- to point and laugh, occasionally;

- and, especially in Series 2, as a technical curiosity too, including marvelling at some of the actors' abilities to perform some really quite complex stuff live: one husband-and-wife argument scene in particular stuck with me as being brilliantly done.

(The shift in style between S1 and S2 is quite pronounced, by the way, but more on that if anyone's interest ever gets that far.)

I also forgot to mention (as did TPTV) the obvious fact that part-writer Phil Redmond went on to found Brookside the year after this ended.

I do wonder how it would have gone on, if Southern hadn't lost their franchise.  Bloody Thatcher.

 1. I would've been 15 when it went out, and although I don't remember ever watching it or even hearing of it, two episodes did seem strangely familiar to me.  I checked the dates and yup, would have been shown in a half-term week.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: daf on August 24, 2020, 10:02:24 AM
Kathleen Byron was the infamous nun Sister Ruth in Powell & Pressburger's 1947 film Black Narcissus, and so on.

She was in another P&P film shown recently a couple of times by Talking Pictures - The Small Back Room - a slightly obscure entry in their ouevre (from 1949), but worth a look - if only for the gorgeous cinematography!

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Also features David Farrar - giving a superbly tight-jawed performance. The theoretical main plot of some bomb disposal business is completely eclipsed by Farrar & Byrons on-off relationship and his battle with painkillers. 

Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on August 24, 2020, 10:13:56 AM
Some other series are coming up on the channel: The Brack Report (Thames), which looks a bit like Bognor but set in a nuclear power station; Enemy at the Door (LWT), which has Alfred Burke, Simon Cadell and possibly John Nettles and set in Guernsey or Jersey during WWII; and The Mind of Mr JG Reeder (Thames), seemingly about a DPP employee who can solve crimes.

As mentioned about Together, the second series had a theme tune written by Johnny Dankworth and sung by his wife Cleo Laine but the first series has an electric piano-led theme by Denis King (Hannay, arranged the Rooms theme) which in my opinion is superior.

Lastly, Saturday's episode of Runaround featured a musical interlude with Headline, a 2 Tone type group who entered the stage like Madness and had a fella who looked a bit like Bruce Grobbelaar! Apparently their one album was released on Virgin.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Norton Canes on August 24, 2020, 01:06:27 PM
And Sunday had the complete promo video for Judas Priest's Breaking The Law.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on August 24, 2020, 11:16:10 PM
Some other series are coming up on the channel: The Brack Report (Thames), which looks a bit like Bognor but set in a nuclear power station; Enemy at the Door (LWT), which has Alfred Burke, Simon Cadell and possibly John Nettles and set in Guernsey or Jersey during WWII; and The Mind of Mr JG Reeder (Thames), seemingly about a DPP employee who can solve crimes.

As mentioned about Together, the second series had a theme tune written by Johnny Dankworth and sung by his wife Cleo Laine but the first series has an electric piano-led theme by Denis King (Hannay, arranged the Rooms theme) which in my opinion is superior.

Lastly, Saturday's episode of Runaround featured a musical interlude with Headline, a 2 Tone type group who entered the stage like Madness and had a fella who looked a bit like Bruce Grobbelaar! Apparently their one album was released on Virgin.

Not entirely sure I can cope with that

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Widows, then. Loved the setting, the feel of early 80s London just before the money started rolling in, dirty pubs, grit and grime. The acting was excellent and it took its sweet time getting there. That said, on at least one occasion, a character would rock up and I'd clearly be expected to know exactly which sort-of-biege individual that was and why they were important. There were three, maybe four, identikit coppers in a subplot that ultimately went approximately nowhere. It didn't quite excel but was still a decent 6 hours of telly. Series 2 to record over this week.

Also, the hair!

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Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on August 26, 2020, 07:28:13 AM
WRT The Mind Benders

Do let us know what you think of it, good or bad!


The intro to this contains the first time I have ever seen my old lab (the New Chemistry Laboratory) on film, so its already scored well.

EDIT
15 minutes in and the Oh Its Him count stands at Edward Fox and Roger Delgado.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Bently Sheds on August 26, 2020, 01:31:58 PM
I caught a bit of Special Branch the other night, a 70s cop drama starting George Sewell and Patrick Mower. The particular episode I half watched featured a wonderful turn by Peter Bowles as a very effete fashion designer, replete with an earring (what would Audrey Fforbes Hamilton think?). Then Patrick Mower's manly flared nostrils entered the shot and all was lost.

All in all it seemed like it bridged the gap between friendly police dramas like Z-Cars and the grim grittiness of The Sweeny.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on August 26, 2020, 07:13:59 PM
Lots to say about the above :), and about other upcoming stuff, but a bit pushed for time right now, so I'll just stick with a couple of urgent recommendations:



Tonight at 01:30 (Thu 26th Aug) there's a curious looking thing I've never heard of called Royal Flash (1975).  Directed by Richard Lester, and with an almost all-star cast (Malcolm McDowell, Alan Bates, Florinda Bolkan, Oliver Reed, Britt Ekland, Lionel Jeffries, Tom Bell, Alastair Sim, Michael Hordern, Joss Ackland, Bob Hoskins, Christopher Cazenove, and Bob Peck in his debut film role).

Reviews at the time were mixed, Lester himself saying the film was "generally ignored and considered to be a substandard version of The Three Musketeers."  Despite that, he went on to say that it was one of the few films he'd made that he liked watching again.

IMDb's reviewers are more positive: "fun" is a word that seems to come up a lot.  In any case, it sounds intriguing just for the director and the cast.



Starting tomorrow, then every Thursday at 9pm, they're running Public Eye (1969-75) again (I think this is the third showing), for anybody who hasn't caught it yet, or wants to see it again.

As usual this is from the start of the wholly-available series 4 onwards, skipping the five earlier ones that survive: you need to buy a Network DVD for those.

This first series (S4, the "Brighton" series) in particular is superb.

From earlier in the thread:

Following on from my post here (https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,66946.msg3853931.html#msg3853931), I've just finished the first four episodes of Public Eye's fourth series (the first unwiped one).

I'm absolutely hooked, although it's difficult to say why.  Just brilliant, understated, writing plus the sheer charisma of Alfred Burke in the lead role, I think. 

It's been a long time since a series made such an impression on me.

Best British TV series ever made....?

Yep.... Utterly compelling.



Oh, and I've just noticed that before that, at 18:40 tomorrow, is Foul Play (1978) for all you Goldie Hawn fans.  Not seen it since I was a teenager so wouldn't dare to venture an opinion on it now (besides remembering it was quite fun), but just flagging it up.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on August 26, 2020, 09:10:38 PM
Royal Flash does the rounds. Will wait for further comments before my tuppence.

Danger UXB back on, early mornings this time, from when Widows ends. I think this is an excellent series and one I have a LOT of time for.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on August 29, 2020, 09:01:48 AM
Lastly, Saturday's episode of Runaround featured a musical interlude with Headline, a 2 Tone type group who entered the stage like Madness and had a fella who looked a bit like Bruce Grobbelaar! Apparently their one album was released on Virgin.

He's only gone and opened with a Cyril Smith joke!
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Absorb the anus burn on August 29, 2020, 09:47:27 AM
Starting tomorrow, then every Thursday at 9pm, they're running Public Eye (1969-75) again (I think this is the third showing), for anybody who hasn't caught it yet, or wants to see it again.

As usual this is from the start of the wholly-available series 4 onwards, skipping the five earlier ones that survive: you need to buy a Network DVD for those.

This first series (S4, the "Brighton" series) in particular is superb.

From earlier in the thread:

Best British TV series ever made....?

Yep.... Utterly compelling.

Yep, unbeatable television... What an amazing performance by Alfred Burke and what a wonderful character!

The earliest 5 episodes are owned by Canal+ who purchased the ABC archive. I guess TP TV do not have permission to show them. They are well worth purchasing on DVD as they show a different Frank (perhaps cheekier and more sparky) working in London and Birmingham before he ends up in prison. The Brighton episodes are sublime - almost like a mini-series within the Public Eye universe - with their own particular mood and specific theme tune.

+++++

And Foul Play stands up really well.... They'll likely cut the "motherfucker granny Scrabble game".
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on September 02, 2020, 07:10:37 PM
A late schedule change!

Quote from: @TalkingPicsTV on Twitter
Due to OVERWHELMING DEMAND - More RUNAROUND shows, UNSEEN since their original broadcast, WILL be screened THIS SATURDAY & SUNDAY at 9am on #TPTV https://t.co/ymp3nYnxyA

(https://twitter.com/TalkingPicsTV/status/1301097567170818049?s=19)

That's replacing the heavily-trailed Whizzkids Guide which will presumably now be shifted to a later spot.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on September 02, 2020, 10:01:51 PM

According to the BFI the first episode of The Brack Report was "referred to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission by the Central Electricity Generating Board". I wonder what the objection was there. Maybe the prominent sign (CEGB) in the background perhaps? Other than Jenny Seagrove and the Black Panther himself Donald Sumpter, the only other one I recognised was Michael J. Jackson, who played the father of the incestuous siblings in Brookside in the mid-90s!

Let's hope that the "Cyril Smith in a hang glider" joke was the one which pushed Runaround into 'overwhelming demand' territory.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on September 05, 2020, 01:55:15 PM
Graduate were the group on this morning's Runaround. I didn't recognise them at first but the lead singer and bass player were... Roland and Curt from Tears For Fears! Imagine a version of Donnie Darko that used Ever Met A Day instead.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on September 06, 2020, 10:06:47 PM
Watched the first episode of Enemy at the Door - Alfred Burke is the German commandant. He's very good. Stately pace to it but the acting is uniformly solid.

It is now straight on Oooh You Are Awful, the Dick Emery movie. Hellfire this is terrible.

EDIT: von Smallhausen has rocked up. Wonderful.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Bently Sheds on September 07, 2020, 08:44:20 AM
Graduate were the group on this morning's Runaround. I didn't recognise them at first but the lead singer and bass player were... Roland and Curt from Tears For Fears! Imagine a version of Donnie Darko that used Ever Met A Day instead.
I checked YouTube to see if this was on there, but only found three performances from a foreign show. Bless their little hearts, they look so young!
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Attila on September 07, 2020, 10:53:02 PM
We just happened (around 2230) on a police show (The Gentle Touch? Mr Attila was familiar with it, but it's new to me) featuring a super young Derek Thompson who is sporting a terrifying head of curly blond hair.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on September 08, 2020, 12:16:20 PM
We just happened (around 2230) on a police show (The Gentle Touch? Mr Attila was familiar with it, but it's new to me) featuring a super young Derek Thompson who is sporting a terrifying head of curly blond hair.

I've been enjoying watching those.  I didn't think I'd seen it at the time but then I remembered one scene in one episode so I must have see at least that one episode before.

I've also been enjoying watching Hannay (it's on a couple of hours before The Gentle Touch) which I definitely hadn't seen before and never knew it existed until it came up on Talking Pictures.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Attila on September 09, 2020, 11:42:04 AM
We've been on a rewatch of Life on Mars, and now into series 2 of Ashes to Ashes, so Mr Attila likes to put on these older police dramas and point out, 'Look, it's the real Life on Mars!'

But then again, this is a man who will drop everything and sit through an episode of the Sweeney when he happens upon it.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on September 10, 2020, 05:19:09 PM
Well that was a weird bit of synchronicity.  Two days ago the film Smashing Time (1967) popped into my head.  I'd seen it once (sometime circa 1983) and barely remembered it.  Then yesterday evening I'm looking for something to watch and it was on Talking Pictures.
Strange film, but oddly enjoyable.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on September 10, 2020, 07:42:29 PM
Can't remember which channel had Guns at Batasi on but I really enjoyed that. One of Attenborough's best roles, I think.

Also gets a lot of old Who crossover with Earl Cameron, Bernard Horsfall and, as it turned out, Louis Mahoney
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: steveh on September 11, 2020, 10:03:15 AM
Well that was a weird bit of synchronicity.  Two days ago the film Smashing Time (1967) popped into my head.  I'd seen it once (sometime circa 1983) and barely remembered it.  Then yesterday evening I'm looking for something to watch and it was on Talking Pictures.
Strange film, but oddly enjoyable.

I'm surprised it has remained so hidden compared to similar films of the time when it's a fun watch with a good cast, even if it is slightly strange as you say. It's had DVD and Blu Ray releases in the USA but not here and would seem the kind of thing the BFI would put out so maybe there is a rights issue. Interesting too for the shots of 1966/7 Camden (https://www.reelstreets.com/films/smashing-time/).
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on September 12, 2020, 09:46:31 AM
Last Sunday's episode of Runaround featured The Sinceros who sounded a bit like Elvis Costello and the Attractions. This morning's episode had The Distractions who sounded a bit like Graham Parker and the Rumour. The episode also featured Tim being put in a guillotine and sawn in half with an electric bread cutter. Definitely an action of its time!
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: shiftwork2 on September 12, 2020, 10:40:08 AM
I’m surprised by how ill-suited Mike Reid was to Runaround.  I remember him being an avuncular and likeable Cockney dickhead but there’s little evidence of it now apart from the dickhead.  He did the show and-tell segments with barely disguised impatience and interrupted the guest, and sometimes asked the same question thirty seconds after it’d been answered.  I think Mike just wanted to get this shit out of the way so he could return to his Southampton hotel and get it on with pints of Hofmeister top and that evening’s dolly birds.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on September 13, 2020, 02:16:50 PM
This morning's Runaround episode had The Photos as musical guests, starting with a Fripp-style guitar opening before settling into a kind of Pretenders-meets-The Police pop sound, fronted by a red-headed Debbie Harry-esque singer. Their song Irene reached no. 56 in the UK singles chart according to their Wikipedia page. This show is an archive for some obscure acts.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on September 13, 2020, 02:42:55 PM
Somebody just uploaded it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cjDLeVlQNE

That show is worth it just for the forgotten music acts.

EDIT: That channel's videos (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcfqq-2FrYfI_DemqNT9Ubw/videos) looks like an interesting trove of old music appearances.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Bently Sheds on September 13, 2020, 03:25:46 PM
EDIT: That channel's videos (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcfqq-2FrYfI_DemqNT9Ubw/videos) looks like an interesting trove of old music appearances.
Including Ricky Gervais' really ironic 80s turn as David Bowie's cousin's hairdresser's best mate.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on September 14, 2020, 09:45:27 PM
After its weekly-on-a-Wednesday second run finished last week, Rumpole of the Bailey immediately starts its third run tonight: this time at 2.55am every morning, seven days a week (unusually).

I've watched the first seven of them now (from the previous run), all good stuff verging on great, even if the sexual politics do make me wince from time to time.


The Wednesday 9pm slot is being taken over this week by the aforementioned The Mind of J.G. Reeder.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Norton Canes on September 14, 2020, 10:06:19 PM
This morning's Runaround episode had The Photos as musical guests, starting with a Fripp-style guitar opening before settling into a kind of Pretenders-meets-The Police pop sound, fronted by a red-headed Debbie Harry-esque singer. Their song Irene reached no. 56 in the UK singles chart according to their Wikipedia page

The Wiki also says their scheduled appearance on Top Of The Pops was cancelled due to industrial action. What might have been, eh.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kalowski on September 14, 2020, 10:19:16 PM
Also spotted, 0900 Saturday and Sunday next week.

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Used to scare me as a child. That and Tomorrow's People.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on September 20, 2020, 09:59:05 PM
Enjoying Enemy At The Door a lot. Tonight's episode was very good, if somewhat bleak.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on September 23, 2020, 12:22:17 PM

Disappointingly there were no musical obscurities on the last two episodes of Runaround but on Saturday's episode there was an inappropriate kiss that Mike Reid gave that balloon woman. You can get away with one but he went in for another, the greedy sod!

Midnight is a Place (Southern) is on this weekend.

The Rumpole episode to look out for is on late Saturday night - '...and the Genuine Article', which is the first episode of series three (1983) and guests Brenda Blethyn, and has Rumpole defending an artistic genius. Check out the scene when he is in the dock listing his achievements, followed by Rumpole's subsequent thoughts. Really funny.

Classic line from Uncle Tom the other night: "Oh dear, a vicar in trouble? I suppose it's the choirboys again!"


And if Ray Smith had only shared a scene with Alfred Burke in Enemy at the Door, we would have had a Public Eye reunion of sorts.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on September 29, 2020, 01:48:12 PM
As Series 2 of Together starts in a few minutes, complete with new James Bond-esque theme and titles, everything done live, and an opening shot clearly crafted to keep the grandads happy, I just found this excellent, well-researched review of the show from a couple of months back:

http://wearecult.rocks/keeping-alive-the-art-of-living-together

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I was one of the many viewers who set it to record, expecting to be watching something of a train wreck, only to find that not only was it more than competent, it was actually pretty good. I didn’t expect to find that it was actually ground-breaking in a couple of ways. I fell in love with the show, and eagerly looked forward to my daily visit to Rutherford Court each day. I was hooked!

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...and up and coming writers like Phil Redmond (who spoke warmly of the show in his autobiography). Between them they would craft stories that dealt with a mix of the lives of the characters and up to the minute issues such as abortion, marital difficulties, mental health issues, alcoholism and in a first for a UK soap opera, a homosexual couple. This aspect of the show had been overlooked for years, with EastEnders now often taking the claim for the first gay couple in a UK soap, but Together beat them by years.

While the show was criticised for its mundanity by critics, with one newspaper at the time for instance making a point about the banality of the residents clubbing together to buy a chest freezer, Gay News were rightly effusive about the depiction of gay life in the show. Trev and Pete’s relationship was praised in Gay News issue 188 for being “One of the most down to earth, unselfconscious male gay relationship yet presented on mainstream TV.” The two were very much portrayed like any other couple in the show which for the time was really ground-breaking.

...and lots more, including details of the innovative real-life housing block it was based on.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on September 29, 2020, 02:09:58 PM
WRT The Mind Benders

The intro to this contains the first time I have ever seen my old lab (the New Chemistry Laboratory) on film, so its already scored well.

Hah, I did wonder where it was shot!


EDIT
15 minutes in and the Oh Its Him count stands at Edward Fox and Roger Delgado.

Yes. :-)

What did you make of the rest of it?  (If you can remember by now, sorry for neglecting this thread.)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on October 02, 2020, 01:18:56 PM
Yeah, I enjoyed bits - well acted, well put together - but I think I found the underlying bit so silly that it all detracted.

That said, I also enjoyed the snapshot into Oxford life in those years. As implied, I studied there for a while and seeing my old/new lab, the scenes by the river. Enjoyed that a lot.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on October 02, 2020, 01:23:50 PM
Really liking Enemy at the Door - its now my Sunday 2100 viewing.

What really got my pecker up is spotting The Assassination Bureau on at gone midnight next week. Missed the first showing last night

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/11/2e/9b/112e9bee28856cf6fb2e8c77f063e9de.jpg)

This is up there as one of my favourite films. The cast ... :smacks lips: ...

Also, will keep an eye out for repeats of Hit!, interesting cast there.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Norton Canes on October 02, 2020, 04:10:26 PM
Bah, meant to catch the earlier showing of that, too.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on October 03, 2020, 05:11:40 PM
The Day of the Locust (1975) is on tonight 2105h.

(https://images.justwatch.com/backdrop/9321163/s1440/the-day-of-the-locust)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on October 17, 2020, 04:09:03 PM
Not listened yet, but I thought this might interest you (it was RT'd by @WeAreCult)

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Discover some of the behind the scenes secrets of #TalkingPicturesTV in a special @2vradio
 podcast show with #AndyWaterfeld and #NickBenjamin It's now live for your enjoyment. https://spreaker.com/show/2-voices-radio-podcast

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This week we talk to a UK based TV channel that’s over the last few years has quietly been beaming out archive TV shows and films. But during the last few months has attracted an avelanche of new viewers.

Talking Pictures TV is available everywhere… and it’s a lovely success story. Today we talk to the co- founder Sarah Cronin-Stanley.

https://www.spreaker.com/user/twovoicesradio/talking-pictures-tv-podcast
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on October 26, 2020, 03:30:19 PM
Enemy at the Door unleashes John Nettles and Alun Armstrong.

Still enjoying.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on November 08, 2020, 08:50:48 PM
"MICKEYYYYYYYYYYYY!"

Yes, more Runaround this morning. It featured one Duncan Mackay, who was in 10cc at this stage, fiddling about with some keyboards, including a keytar. According to Wikipedia his daughter is Fawn, one of Paul Raymond's granddaughters. Basically the Queen of Soho.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on November 10, 2020, 11:28:12 AM
Still enjoying Enemy at the Door - its slow, but its a good slow. Ideal Sunday night wind-down.

Recorded all of Reilly Ace of Spies.

Later on this week is The Fourth Protocol - a classic bit of Micheal Caine in the 80s spy nonsense.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on November 10, 2020, 08:58:27 PM
Recently I've been slowly wending my way through...

Rumpole (harder than I thought, the humour is lovely but the sexism is a tough watch and I've never been great with courtroom scenes),

early Special Branch with Derren Nesbitt[1] (proving unexpectedly good, and a fascinating glimpse of the times; I was also startled to see numbers stations openly referenced in the very first episode... then I saw that it was created by George "The other Prisoner guy" Markstein and all became clear),

The Mind of Mr. J. G. Reeder (clever and fun, but I could do without him being followed around by quirky banjo music everywhere),

and even Lytton's Diary (early days with this, but is fascinating to see the mid-80s London journalism scene, that I read so much about when I first started reading Private Eye age 20, dramatised for the screen, and Peter Bowles is always good value; it also reminds me that I was right at the time to detest the "frizzy poodle hair" look, it wasn't just youthful me being precious).

I did record the first few episodes of Enemy at the Door, mainly to see Alfred Burke in something other than Public Eye[2], but before I watched any I accidentally caught the extremely grim end of one of the early episodes, which instantly brought back to me a childhood memory of seeing that very scene (my parents were fans, although not as much as of Secret Army), and that put me right off it.  I knew it would be grim, but I'd forgotten just how grim.  I was also seriously short of TiVo space at the time, so I bit the bullet and deleted them all.  I wish I was better emotionally equipped to deal with some of these things, 'cos it's clearly a great series.

 1. Who I was heartened to learn was still alive, a rarity these days when looking people up from TPTV.
 2. Which reminds me, I have to restart my watchthrough of that, after I got a bit stuck, but I think that was me rather than it.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on November 10, 2020, 09:06:47 PM
Meanwhile it's worth noting that, starting from the middle of next week, they seem to be creating a new 4am rerun-from-the-start slot.  That slot is currently occupied by the daily Special Branch reruns, but after S03E09 being shown next Tuesday (17th), it switches to weekly on Sundays and the other six days all have other series starting from the beginning:

Wednesdays - Budgie
Thursdays     - The Mind of Mr. J. G. Reeder
Fridays           - Public Eye
Saturdays      - Van der Valk
Sundays         - Special Branch (from S03E10)
Mondays        - Hannay
Tuesdays       - Reilly: Ace of Spies, although note that the first episode is feature length, so starts at 03:15 rather than 04:00.  Thereafter it's 04:00 like the others.


Some interesting choices there.  Van der Valk finishes its Fri 9pm run this week, so it's the perfect opportunity to restart it.  Hannay and Reilly both finished a while back, and Budgie and Reeder are nearing the end of their evening runs.  But restarting Public Eye when the Thursday 9pm slot is only on the 13th episode out of the 46 they show seems a bit strange!  Just goes to show how popular it is.  And for once, no Rumpole!  (Which is annoying, as I'm missing a couple.  Still, maybe it'll end up replacing Hannay or Reilly after their 13 & 12 episode runs finish.)


For reference (and my own amusement), here's the current evening state of play (as of next week):

Mon 21:00 - Hazell S02E02
Mon 22:00 - The Gentle Touch S03E07
Tue 21:00  - Budgie S02E10
Wed 21:00 - J. G. Reeder S02E03
Thu 21:00  - Public Eye S05E06
Fri 21:00    - Out S01E01 (replacing Van der Valk)
Sun 21:00  - Enemy at the Door S01E12

I look forward to The Gentle Touch coming round again, as I suspect I'm missing a gem there. 
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on November 10, 2020, 09:20:28 PM
...mainly to see Alfred Burke in something other than Public Eye

Now I'm keyed up for him, I noticed him in an episode of Randall and Hopkirk the other week.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on November 11, 2020, 01:08:12 AM
Mon 21:00 - Hazell S02E02
Mon 22:00 - The Gentle Touch S03E07
Tue 21:00  - Budgie S02E10
Wed 21:00 - J. G. Reeder S02E03
Thu 21:00  - Public Eye S05E06
Fri 21:00    - Out S01E01 (replacing Van der Valk)
Sun 21:00  - Enemy at the Door S01E12

I look forward to The Gentle Touch coming round again, as I suspect I'm missing a gem there.

Out of those, I watched Hannay and enjoyed it, for some reason I never saw it at the time, nor even heard of it before it popped up on Talking Pictures.  I watched one episode of Budgie a few months back as I'd heard of it but never seen it.  I thought it was boring and haven't watched another.  Currently enjoying The Gentle Touch.  There's a really different feel to it compared to current shows of the same genre and it took me a good dozen episodes before I put my finger on one reason - there's no background music at all (apart from one time near the beginning or end of an episode they were playing an extended version of title music as background music.)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: daf on November 11, 2020, 08:37:10 AM
I watched one episode of Budgie a few months back as I'd heard of it but never seen it.  I thought it was boring and haven't watched another.

Much prefered series 1.

Series 2 got off to a bad start by changing the theme tune - to one that, with all due disrespect to Cold Turkey (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTSB2b-nFKY), can't hold a candle to the bittersweet 'The Loner (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIsgH2zLcnM)'.

Weirdly, it also looked like Faith's chin had gained an extra square inch - like he was on steroids or something!
 
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ignatius_S on November 11, 2020, 09:16:33 AM
Now I'm keyed up for him, I noticed him in an episode of Randall and Hopkirk the other week.

IIRC, Dudley Foster (who was also a great actor) was in that episode - and he's in an episode of Public Eye.

There are quite a few things that TP shows, which Burke appears - so keep watching.

Off the top of my head, there are:

The Edgar Wallace Mysteries - he's in a few of those.
Episode of The Human Jungle
Model for Murder (not top drawer perhaps, but I've watched it a couple of times and enjoy it - worth it just for the likes of Burke and Michael Gough.

But there will be quite a bit more - thanks to what TP shows, we're reminded that he's one of those actors (like Sid James and Leslie Dwyer) that appeared in a range of roles.

I have a feeling that TP has shown recently The Pot Carriers, a prison film that was adapted from a play - it's actually a rather interesting film (e.g. makes the point about why people reoffend and argues the current system doesn't work) and Burke plays the villain in that (brilliantly, natch).

He's also in an episode of Minder (one of the Waterman ones) as the put-upon 'partner' of Daley's in a taxi company.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on November 11, 2020, 09:18:50 AM
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I did record the first few episodes of Enemy at the Door, mainly to see Alfred Burke in something other than Public Eye, but before I watched any I accidentally caught the extremely grim end of one of the early episodes, which instantly brought back to me a childhood memory of seeing that very scene (my parents were fans, although not as much as of Secret Army), and that put me right off it.  I knew it would be grim, but I'd forgotten just how grim.  I was also seriously short of TiVo space at the time, so I bit the bullet and deleted them all.  I wish I was better emotionally equipped to deal with some of these things, 'cos it's clearly a great series.

I think every episode has ended on, at least, slight downer.

There's one very early one that has a truly bleak ending, and the pay-off delivered by Simon Cadell. This does not help.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on November 11, 2020, 09:43:56 AM
Series 2 got off to a bad start by changing the theme tune - to one that, with all due disrespect to Cold Turkey (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTSB2b-nFKY), can't hold a candle to the bittersweet 'The Loner (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIsgH2zLcnM)'.

Yeah, I noticed the indefensible change of theme tune. The Loner is a banger.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on November 11, 2020, 09:48:55 AM
I have a feeling that TP has shown recently The Pot Carriers, a prison film that was adapted from a play - it's actually a rather interesting film (e.g. makes the point about why people reoffend and argues the current system doesn't work) and Burke plays the villain in that (brilliantly, natch).

I only caught the back half of that, but liked what I saw, need to keep an eye out.

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He's also in an episode of Minder (one of the Waterman ones) as the put-upon 'partner' of Daley's in a taxi company.

Don't tend to watch Minder much, but that sounds like a good role for him. S01E08 : Come in T-64, Your Time Is Ticking Away, put that in your Burke spotting jotter!
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Mr Banlon on November 11, 2020, 09:57:42 AM
Much prefered series 1.

Series 2 got off to a bad start by changing the theme tune - to one that, with all due disrespect to Cold Turkey (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTSB2b-nFKY), can't hold a candle to the bittersweet 'The Loner (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIsgH2zLcnM)'.

Weirdly, it also looked like Faith's chin had gained an extra square inch - like he was on steroids or something!
Iain Cuthbertson's portrayal of Charlie Endell is great though.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on November 15, 2020, 09:41:05 AM
Reilly, Ace of Spies - found the first two episodes strangely uninvolving, but it went up a gear in the 3rd one.

Its also great for "oh, its him", both the obvious and less so. Leo McKern is great.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on November 16, 2020, 08:03:43 PM
[Alfred Burke]'s also in an episode of Minder (one of the Waterman ones) as the put-upon 'partner' of Daley's in a taxi company.

I've never been a Minder fan, but funnily enough I saw that a few months ago, when a mate was streaming it (don't ask why, long story).  Great value as always.


I think every episode has ended on, at least, slight downer.

There's one very early one that has a truly bleak ending, and the pay-off delivered by Simon Cadell. This does not help.

Yeah, that's the one.  A hanging in the town square, yes?

Fucked me up a bit as a kid; gave me a very nasty flashback shiver when I saw it in the top corner of my TiVo screen while I was sorting out other stuff.  Turned off the preview window sharpish.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on November 16, 2020, 08:39:39 PM
Anyway, just a reminder that the new rerun of six series from the beginning (https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php/topic,66946.msg4373465.html#msg4373465) starts very late tomorrow night (Wednesday 4am), if anyone needs prompting to set their PVRs.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on November 17, 2020, 01:32:43 PM

Yeah, that's the one.  A hanging in the town square, yes?

Fucked me up a bit as a kid; gave me a very nasty flashback shiver when I saw it in the top corner of my TiVo screen while I was sorting out other stuff.  Turned off the preview window sharpish.

I was thinking the firing squad.

That said, this weeks? relentlessly grim and the ending, logical but horrible.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on November 17, 2020, 07:59:28 PM
Tony Scannell was in last night's episode of The Gentle Touch. He is probably best known as Ted Roach out of The Bill. Apparently he died earlier this year.

As to the claim that there was no music at all in The Gentle Touch, well that's plainly untrue. Both diegetic and non-diegetic music appeared at various points even in last night's episode. What a strange claim to make.

Upstairs Downstairs (LWT) is lined up for December.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on December 10, 2020, 10:14:47 PM
Finished Reilly Ace of Spies. The last episodes, dealing with Russia 1917 - 1924 up the pace again, but its never quicker than stately.

somehow, Felix Dzerzhinsky came across as the main protagonist by the end. Reilly was never likable, probably deliberately so.



 
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on December 27, 2020, 09:43:03 PM
Enemy at the Door very good today - but really grim story (entire scene cut up due to language used).

Pam St Clement and David Calder as the 'oh, its them'.

Shame this all ended after 2 series.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on January 19, 2021, 09:25:36 AM
Breakthrough was on last night - the sequel to Cross of Iron with none of the cast (ish) and none of the class.

A bit rubbish. Could maybe have worked better as a sequel to Where Eagles Dare, tbh.

One of the other higher Sky Movie channels has the TV movie of a Sven Hassel book on late nights. Surprisingly bloodless.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on February 05, 2021, 01:37:45 AM
I'm guessing most of you will know about this already, due to their newsletters, their schedules, and the extensive trailers they've been showing, but just in case...

Talking Pictures are recreating the old Saturday Mornings at the Pictures, from 9am-midday every Saturday from now on.  Here's this Saturday's schedule:

09:00 - Popeye the Sailor (1953) -- serial
09:10 - Zorro's Black Whip (1944) -- serial
09:40 - Cup Fever (1965) -- film starring Bernard Cribbins
10:55 - The Lone Ranger (1949) -- serial
11:25 - Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) -- serial
11:50 - Superman (1941) -- serial

Looking ahead, the next three weeks are identical, except that all the films (Soapbox Derby (1957)[1], Big Catch (1968), Go-Kart Go (1963)[2]) are 10m shorter, so everything after that is 10m earlier, thus they put an extra Superman in at the end.


I'm particularly looking forward to Flash Gordon (and to a lesser extent, The Lone Ranger), as the Beeb were still showing them when I was a kid in the early 70s.


Fake EDIT: Good God, just checked Genome, and the Beeb last showed Flash Gordon as late as April 1998 (BBC1, Saturdays, 7am)!!  I'm quite astonished... but not as astonished as finding out they didn't START showing it until July 1976 (when I was 11).  I thought I'd been much younger than that.

Then again, it says The Lone Ranger was only shown from July 1957 - December 1963.  So either it was on ITV, or I really did see it at the cinema (Saturday Morning at the Pictures was still a thing when I was small, probably died around 1974/5 or so).

Strange though, I'm sure the Beeb used it as holiday filler (along with Casey Jones, White Horses and Robinson Crusoe), but apparently not.

 1. Starring a 15yo Michael Crawford in his first proper screen role.
 2. Starring a 15yo Dennis Waterman in his ninth role, and a 21yo Frazer Hines in his, er, 54th role.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Bad Ambassador on February 05, 2021, 01:57:30 PM
Pretty sure The Lone Ranger was on Channel 4 at some point.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on February 05, 2021, 02:00:09 PM
Pretty sure The Lone Ranger was on Channel 4 at some point.

Yes, it might well have been, rings a bell, except that Channel 4 didn't launch until I was nearly 18, so that wouldn't have been where I saw it as a kid. :-)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on February 05, 2021, 02:08:16 PM
Part-quoting myself due to new page:

Talking Pictures are recreating the old Saturday Mornings at the Pictures, from 9am-midday every Saturday from now on.  Here's this Saturday's schedule:

09:00 - Popeye the Sailor (1953) -- serial
09:10 - Zorro's Black Whip (1944) -- serial
09:40 - Cup Fever (1965) -- film starring Bernard Cribbins
10:55 - The Lone Ranger (1949) -- serial
11:25 - Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940) -- serial
11:50 - Superman (1941) -- serial

Looking ahead, the next three weeks are identical, except that all the films (Soapbox Derby (1957)[1], Big Catch (1968), Go-Kart Go (1963)[2]) are 10m shorter, so everything after that is 10m earlier, thus they put an extra Superman in at the end.

 1. Starring a 15yo Michael Crawford in his first proper screen role.
 2. Starring a 15yo Dennis Waterman in his ninth role, and a 21yo Frazer Hines in his, er, 54th role.

I forgot to mention, it seems they are going to repeat each three-hour block twice.

Firstly, eleven days later on Wednesday mornings (9am-midday again), and then again thirteen days and nineteen hours later, on the Fri night / Sat morning at 1am-4am.  Genius move, I think, to capture the night owls like myself.

For example, the first four weeks look like this:

Sat 6th 09:00 - Block inc. Cup Fever

Sat 13th 09:00 - Block inc. Soapbox Derby
Wed 17th 09:00 - Block inc. Cup Fever
Sat 20th 01:00 - Block inc. Cup Fever

Sat 20th 09:00 - Block inc. Big Catch
Wed 24th 09:00 - Block inc. Soapbox Derby
Sat 27th 01:00  - Block inc. Soapbox Derby

Sat 27th 09:00 - Block inc. Go-Kart Go.
Wed 3rd 09:00 - Block inc. Big Catch
Sat 6th 01:00 - Block inc. Big Catch

(Last two lines an assumption, as that schedule infornation won't be confirmed until this Monday, 7th Feb.)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on February 05, 2021, 04:25:58 PM
Fake EDIT: Good God, just checked Genome, and the Beeb last showed Flash Gordon as late as April 1998 (BBC1, Saturdays, 7am)!!  I'm quite astonished...

I think one of the channel controllers (Michael Jackson, maybe?) during the 90s was quite into old B&W pulp stuff, hence a lot of 50's sci-fi B-movies and, possibly this Flash Gordon run.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on February 05, 2021, 07:14:47 PM
Good God, just checked Genome, and the Beeb last showed Flash Gordon as late as April 1998 (BBC1, Saturdays, 7am)!!  I'm quite astonished... but not as astonished as finding out they didn't START showing it until July 1976 (when I was 11).  I thought I'd been much younger than that.

On The Sci-Fi channel (on the Astra satellite) in 1996 they showed Episode 1 of Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe (1940), followed by Episodes 2 & 3 of Flash Gordon (1936) over 3 successive days, then they realised their error and that was the end of that, although they did manage a complete series of Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) later in the year.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on February 07, 2021, 01:13:46 PM
Black Sunday was on recently - enjoyably taut little thriller.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on February 07, 2021, 08:29:03 PM
Oh, and if anyone is interested, they're rerunning Catweazle from the start, Mon-Thu at 10am, starting tomorrow.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on February 09, 2021, 07:53:00 PM
Black Sunday was on recently - enjoyably taut little thriller.

Just seen that this is on again in just over an hour, at 9pm.  Although at 2h50m I'm not sure I'd call it "little"!
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on February 14, 2021, 11:12:00 AM
Just watched a very nice short staring Bernard Cribbins, who likes a pint; I Know What I Like (1973) 20 min doc on beer making, from field to glass.

Bernard plays multiple characters, all relatives, who work throughout the industry. It's as delightful as you'd imagine.

There's a copy here, but it looks like TPtv had a cleaner print:
http://www.eafa.org.uk/catalogue/6332
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Phil_A on February 14, 2021, 11:36:17 AM
I didn't realise Superman was going to be the Fleischer Studios cartoon version, which was a nice surprise. I was expecting the old forties/fifties film serials.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on February 14, 2021, 04:27:07 PM
On last weeks episode of Hannay I was surprised to see a Peaky Blinder turn up in the storyline.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on February 14, 2021, 06:21:06 PM
Just watched a very nice short staring Bernard Cribbins, who likes a pint; I Know What I Like (1973) 20 min doc on beer making, from field to glass.

Bernard plays multiple characters, all relatives, who work throughout the industry. It's as delightful as you'd imagine.

There's a copy here, but it looks like TPtv had a cleaner print:
http://www.eafa.org.uk/catalogue/6332

Cheers!
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on February 14, 2021, 06:33:16 PM
from about 13:20 in, its really good. Love all the footage of 1970s pubs and Britain.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: holyzombiejesus on February 14, 2021, 09:26:59 PM
Oh, for fucks sake, why can't I get this channel?
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on February 14, 2021, 10:28:12 PM
Getting towards the end of Enemy at the Door - another good episode with a crushing ending. 2 more to go!!
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on February 14, 2021, 10:35:11 PM
Just seen that this is on again in just over an hour, at 9pm.  Although at 2h50m I'm not sure I'd call it "little"!

Given its plot, it just seems remarkably low key.

Which is also odd, as Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern and Marthe Keller are all really good in it.

It did not feel like nearly 3 hours.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Norton Canes on February 15, 2021, 12:10:18 AM
Anyone else watch The Girl In The Picture this evening? An excellent (except for the denouement) Scottish indie romantic comedy thing, like a darker Gregory's Girl.

Edit: It's on again Thu 18th, 22:00. Definitely worth a watch.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: timebug on February 15, 2021, 09:58:55 AM
I am also loving 'Enemy At The Door', nor having seen it before. Great drama and terriffic acting, but lack of action sequences, car chases and shoot outs, will no doubt render it 'boring' to many younger viewers!
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Bad Ambassador on February 15, 2021, 10:40:30 AM
Yeah, thanks granpa

EatD is very good though.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on February 15, 2021, 04:17:37 PM
Just watched a very nice short staring Bernard Cribbins, who likes a pint; I Know What I Like (1973) 20 min doc on beer making, from field to glass.

It's great, isn't it?  Utterly charming.


I didn't realise Superman was going to be the Fleischer Studios cartoon version, which was a nice surprise. I was expecting the old forties/fifties film serials.

As was I, given the general nature of the channel!  Mind you, even the cartoon is 1941!  Eighty years old, fuck!


Given its plot, it just seems remarkably low key.

Which is also odd, as Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern and Marthe Keller are all really good in it.

It did not feel like nearly 3 hours.

I wasn't able to watch it this time round (and didn't have the space to record it), but I'll make sure to give it a watch next time round (usually in three months' time).


Anyone else watch The Girl In The Picture this evening? An excellent (except for the denouement) Scottish indie romantic comedy thing, like a darker Gregory's Girl.

Edit: It's on again Thu 18th, 22:00. Definitely worth a watch.

Somehow I managed to miss this was on.  Probably got confused with the similarly-titled Girl in the Headlines that's been on a few times.

Thanks for the tip-off, I'll try to catch it this Thursday.  That implies it was its first showing, btw: they normally only do same-week repeats on first plays.


Oh, for fucks sake, why can't I get this channel?

There's definitely a market for someone to set up a Freeview box connected to a streamer...
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Bad Ambassador on February 16, 2021, 12:00:33 AM
Getting towards the end of Enemy at the Door - another good episode with a crushing ending. 2 more to go!!

I still can't get used to sweet, softly-spoken Jeffery Fairbrother being a very believable Nazi cunt.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: holyzombiejesus on February 16, 2021, 10:18:38 AM
There's definitely a market for someone to set up a Freeview box connected to a streamer...

45 measly channels available through Freeview where I live. 45! Just the terrestrial channels and their spin-offs, a shopping channel and a christian one. My mum lives in Newcastle-Under-Fucking-Lyme and she gets 135, and she only ever watches boring 4th rate Scandi-noir.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Norton Canes on February 16, 2021, 10:33:57 AM
I still can't get used to sweet, softly-spoken Jeffery Fairbrother being a very believable Nazi cunt

Don't watch Genesis Of The Daleks
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Bad Ambassador on February 16, 2021, 11:52:00 AM
Paul Shane as Davros?
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Norton Canes on February 16, 2021, 12:10:54 PM
(https://static.wikia.nocookie.net/tardis/images/6/60/Ravon.jpg)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Bad Ambassador on February 16, 2021, 01:58:01 PM
Although he still parrots propaganda later in the story, Ravon is a bit more open to other thoughts by his last appearance and seems more of a well-drilled Kaled patriot than a full-bore fanatic like Nyder.

There is also the slight contrast between the two actors' sitcom roles. Having both played Nazis or Nazi types, one plays an officer in the Wehrmacht occupying France under Hitler's orders - and the other is an entertainments officer in a holiday camp.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Norton Canes on February 16, 2021, 03:17:09 PM
One plays the commander of a camp where people went en masse ostensibly for their 'wellbeing'

and the other plays an officer in the Wehrmacht aaah...
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on February 16, 2021, 04:19:07 PM
You find one photo of Hilary Minster in Genesis of the Daleks and it doesn't ruddy work. Sigh.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on February 17, 2021, 12:18:36 AM
45 measly channels available through Freeview where I live. 45! Just the terrestrial channels and their spin-offs, a shopping channel and a christian one.

FFS, poor you!  I'd assumed you were an expat...
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on February 18, 2021, 05:29:35 PM
Reminder about this tonight, 10pm.

Anyone else watch The Girl In The Picture this evening? An excellent (except for the denouement) Scottish indie romantic comedy thing, like a darker Gregory's Girl.

Edit: It's on again Thu 18th, 22:00. Definitely worth a watch.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Norton Canes on February 18, 2021, 05:46:13 PM
Yes! If you like the early films of Bill Forsyth or have any affinity for wistful 80's Scottish nostalgia then this curio is a must-watch. Seems to have been a one-off effort by its writer/director Cary Parker, as it's the only thing listed on his IMDb page (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0662113/?ref_=tt_ov_dr).
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on February 20, 2021, 06:38:56 AM
I thought this was quite amusing, and the one it includes rather lovely too:

https://twitter.com/KRamsey1997/status/1362871158274719744


Also, this, in the replies to the inner tweet, amused me:

https://twitter.com/edgarwright/status/1362716811654033408

Quote
edgarwright
@edgarwright
Replying to @Poppybob80

I can't speak for MS, but I can tell you Tarantino has never seen a Carry On film. I bought him the entire boxset once and he said he was scared to open it. I'll let you know if this ever changes.

10:53 • 19 Feb 21 • Twitter Web App
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on February 21, 2021, 09:03:12 PM
penultimate episode of Enemy at the Door. Martin Jarvis and Kenneth Cranham. Spoiled.

its been a solid winter 20-21 companion.

I hope there's some closure, though, given that it doesn't really see out the end of the war.

Enemy at the Door - What Happened Next?

Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on February 28, 2021, 05:08:21 PM
Oh, I recorded Frankenstein Created Woman at some point. Excellent. Sunday afternoon.

Of the Hammer Frankenstein films ...

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)

They're a rarity in that they have late peaks - the back three Cushings are all great, so I may watch all of them (they're in my VHS collection) this week.

Evil and Horror are very poor, the rest is about as good as Hammer get.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on February 28, 2021, 07:10:28 PM
Frankenstein Goes Down the Offie for a Packet of Fags (1976)
The Hell of Frankenstein's Prostate Exam (1979)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: petrilTanaka on February 28, 2021, 07:57:57 PM
Alloa Athletic bust Frankenstein's acculumator
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on February 28, 2021, 10:01:35 PM
Enemy at the Door 'finale' - the Germans win.
Major character death completely off screen.
Err. Yeah.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Bad Ambassador on March 02, 2021, 03:44:26 PM
Enemy at the Door is repeated on Mondays at 2pm from next week.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on March 03, 2021, 01:13:37 AM
Can someone give us a shout if they see "The Gentle Touch" returning.
They took it off at the end of last year halfway through a season, and when I asked them they said it was returning but didn't say when.
It's likely to have been back several weeks before I bloody spot it.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on March 03, 2021, 07:42:58 AM
Rather enjoyed last night's Checkpoint. James Robertson-Justice tries to spring industrial spy Stanley Baker from Florence under the cover of a long distance car race.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on March 15, 2021, 10:06:56 PM
Overlord (1975) and Emperor of the North (1973) are due in April. The latter I think features Ernest Borgnine terrorizing a bunch of hobos on the 1930s railroads. Fantastic.

Overlord blurs the line between the archive war footage that came from the Imperial War Museum and newly shot film. Overseen by director Stuart Cooper and cinematographer John Alcott. It has made a brief appearance on the channel before...

(https://i.postimg.cc/Wqtm4bBj/hazell-vult01.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Wqtm4bBj)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on March 16, 2021, 10:45:15 AM
Emperor of the North is a great watch. Would recommend. Ernest Bognine, Lee Marvin, Keith Carradine. Lovely.


Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on March 16, 2021, 10:48:17 AM
Last night had the Likely Lads film on again, which was nice.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Norton Canes on March 19, 2021, 01:01:26 PM
Frankie Howerd's 1973 macabre comedy/horror mashup The House In Nightmare Park is on right now. Definitely weird and wonderful enough to warrant a watch. Not sure if it's up again in the next few days.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Norton Canes on April 04, 2021, 11:00:34 AM
Going out on a limb today somewhat, showing 'Carols with Michael Hordern' at 11:30am. I think someone needs to subdivide the 'seasonal' tag on their database.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on April 09, 2021, 10:53:23 PM
Doomwatch (the 1972 film) in just over ten minutes.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on April 09, 2021, 11:37:47 PM
Heh, it's like a low-rent Wicker Man.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on April 10, 2021, 11:22:59 AM
now, the remaining/surviving Doomwatch TV is something I'd like to see.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on April 11, 2021, 08:11:50 PM
Went the Day Well? really is a jarring watch. The scene with the postmistress is particularly grim.

Well worth watching if on again.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Pranet on April 11, 2021, 09:35:30 PM
Seen it years ago and wouldn't mind catching it again. Tonight would have been good actually but I forgot about it.

Been watching The Champions on a Sunday night. I recognise the theme music, but not anything else, which is odd because it seems to have been repeated quite a lot over the years and it is exactly the sort of bullshit I waste time watching. Sort of in the territory of The Avengers but takes itself more seriously and isn't as good. More international jet setting rather than English villages.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on April 13, 2021, 02:15:41 PM
The Mummy's Shroud.
Tuesday afternoon last day of leave treat.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on April 22, 2021, 01:21:12 PM
SOS Pacific

I remember this one vividly from my childhood. That's my afternoon sorted (I'm supposed to be in Warwick* at a conference)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: daf on April 22, 2021, 03:15:29 PM
Been watching The Champions on a Sunday night. I recognise the theme music, but not anything else, which is odd because it seems to have been repeated quite a lot over the years and it is exactly the sort of bullshit I waste time watching. Sort of in the territory of The Avengers but takes itself more seriously and isn't as good. More international jet setting rather than English villages.

There's a lot of gold in them thar ITC hills - I'm particularly fond of Strange Report - which only got 16 episodes, but features a delightful regular turn from Anneke Wills (from Doctor Who) as a Swinging London dolly bird!

My ITC 'mood' rankings  : ( Straight  - Quirky - Crackers )
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
SSSS - Man in a Suitcase
SSSS - The Protectors
SSSQ - The Champions
SSSQ - The Baron
SSSQ - The Adventurer
SSSQ - Strange Report
SSQQ - Department S
SSQQ - The Persuaders
SQQC - Jason King
QQCC - Randall & Hopkirk
QQCC - *
QCCC - The Prisoner
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
* The Avengers, though a similar looking show, wasn't an ITC production (rather the UK 'ABC' - which was later replaced by Thames). But if I was including it, I'd probably pop it there in the list
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on April 22, 2021, 03:41:34 PM
Is Jason King really more crackers than Randall & Hopkirk? Otherwise, good list.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: daf on April 22, 2021, 03:48:29 PM
No, you're probably right there - The title character is of course unbeatably crackers, but the actual plots are less fantastical than R&H. So I've switched them round (and added another 'S' to Strange Report - after having another quick look, it's not quite as quirky as I'd remembered)

. . . Also, I've just realised I've left Department S out! Hold on . . .
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on April 23, 2021, 10:52:39 AM
Rank's Look at Life cinema shorts are on next week, I think.

One Step Beyond and Sherlock Holmes (1954) are a couple of series that will be on in May.

Also Harry and Tonto (1974) will be screening in May.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: daf on April 23, 2021, 11:57:27 AM
Rank's Look at Life cinema shorts are on next week, I think.

Fantastic stuff!

I've pre-ordered the 8th and final volume from network (https://networkonair.com/coming-soon/3307-look-at-life-volume-8-people-and-places), which features 117 shorts - meaning the eight sets combined cover almost all the original shorts. There are 15 or so left out . . .

Quote from: shorts not in the Network DVD sets
BEAUTY AND THE BEASTS
BOOM IN BOATS
THE DOCTOR SUGGESTS
BULLFIGHTER
BREAKING COVER
FOUR-LEGGED WORKERS
SHEER LUXURY
THE VILLAGE AWAKES
JAZZ! JAZZ! JAZZ!
FARMING FOR FASHION
UNDER THE SKIN
SLIPPERY CUSTOMERS
SHOULD WE KILL THE SEALS
THRILLS FOR SIXPENCE
THE DEER HUNTERS

. . . seemingly due to containing scenes of animal cruelty, and most horrific of all . . . Jazz!
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on April 23, 2021, 02:54:38 PM
. . . seemingly due to containing scenes of animal cruelty, and most horrific of all . . . Jazz!

They spread peanut butter on the saxophone reed to make it look like Ronnie Scott was actually playing it.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on April 28, 2021, 09:03:28 AM
caught the end of Power Play (1978) last night - genuinely intrigued. Liked what I saw.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Bad Ambassador on April 28, 2021, 09:59:55 AM
You have to respect a movie that runs its credits over the hooded victim of a firing squad.

EDIT: Death Line is on at 9pm on Friday 14th May. Cast-iron classic.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ignatius_S on April 29, 2021, 01:35:20 PM
Nowhere to Go is on tomorrow at 13.20, which is of note as it’s Maggie Smith’s first film. I think on Discovering Maggie Smith, one of the contributors mentioned that it had quite a bit cut out originally for cinemas but not sure if this is the full version, but when I saw it in TPTV, it didn’t entirely fire on all cylinders for me, so editing made sense when I heard about it. It’s a rather interesting Ealing film and think it’s particularly interesting for the supporting cast - Smith is great (natch), but lots of good performances, particularly from Bernard Lee and Harry H Corbett. The latter is in just one scene but a very memorable one.

Some nice films have been mentioned above and have a few to watch so looking forward to that!
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on May 13, 2021, 08:15:27 AM
Seen it years ago and wouldn't mind catching it again. Tonight would have been good actually but I forgot about it.

Been watching The Champions on a Sunday night. I recognise the theme music, but not anything else, which is odd because it seems to have been repeated quite a lot over the years and it is exactly the sort of bullshit I waste time watching. Sort of in the territory of The Avengers but takes itself more seriously and isn't as good. More international jet setting rather than English villages.

Also on ITV4 on a weekday morning.

Today's was politely bonkers. German soldiers trapped in a cave. Donald Houston and Clifford Evans hamming it up a bit. Surprise identical twins!
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Pranet on May 13, 2021, 04:40:34 PM
That was on a few weeks ago on Talking Pictures. I was a fun one.

I'm getting to quite enjoy the Champions actually.

I do find it bizarre that the same programme is being shown on 2 channels.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on May 14, 2021, 10:16:31 PM
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/55/Deathlinerawmeat.jpg)

Spoiled.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on May 31, 2021, 11:15:21 AM
The Main Chance is on tonight. I've never heard of it but apparently it was a big hit back in the day. Of interest because it seems to be the first Yorkshire Television production on the channel although they did show the TV film Romance on the Orient Express last week.

The Earth Dies Screaming (1964) is on in June.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on June 05, 2021, 07:02:57 AM
Nightmail 2 (1986) was on midweek evening. Enjoyed.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on June 07, 2021, 10:15:37 PM
On the ITV4 run of The Champions. Donald Sutherland has just rocked up in the sleaziest of Haitian hotels.

Politely bonkers.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on June 07, 2021, 10:18:45 PM
And now he's a zombi.

Lovely.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Norton Canes on June 07, 2021, 10:21:02 PM
Watching Dangerous Davies right now, superb character turn from Bernard Cribbins
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Norton Canes on June 07, 2021, 10:25:42 PM
Oh fuck here's Colin Baker
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on June 17, 2021, 01:59:13 PM
Charlie Chan at the Olympics
With actual footage of the 1936 Berlin Olympics!!!
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on June 17, 2021, 04:49:01 PM
In the second episode of The Main Chance (the one on last week), there was an appearance by Ballard Berkeley. As a Major! A major that provided iffy evidence that turned a trial. Maybe his Major at Fawlty Towers was a progression of this baffling behaviour!
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on July 06, 2021, 04:55:04 PM
A Danger UXB episode the other day had some naked breasts kindof blurred out, so I checked and yes it was originally post-watershed.
I was also surprised to discover there'd only ever been 13 episodes, I was sure there'd have been more.
Also some very mild language (can't remember now, but in the same vein as 'bloody') had been silenced.  Anyone know if the channel is doing this themselves or are the episodes already like that?  I think I'm right in thinking that the channel has sourced their films from all sorts of places rather than necessarily getting them from the original makers so I guess it's possible some weird censorship might already be present in the copies they obtain.  (Because I wouldn't think the channel themselves would be making such censors, especially as some shows are preceded by a warning saying some language is 'of that era' etc.)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: bomb_dog on July 06, 2021, 09:15:49 PM
‘I’m alright Jack’ had some bottoms blurred out in it too. I mean, honestly.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: sevendaughters on July 06, 2021, 09:32:45 PM
watched Power Play last night. Donald Pleasence said he'd try and help some woman who was about to get tortured, and then she had an electrode attached to her nips and the power came on. ***
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: kaprisky on July 07, 2021, 11:56:07 AM

A few weeks ago in the Radio Times there was a feature on Talking Pictures which explained that Sarah made the cuts herself. Her reasoning was that she would get complaints for cutting certain scenes whilst trying to preserve the original material AND get complaints for NOT making cuts (outdated racial slurs and the like).

In the same article I think Noel said he really wanted to get Dixon of Dock Green on the channel, and that he wasn't interested in downloading or streaming. If it wasn't broadcast via a TV signal then it wasn't really television. I sympathise with that.

In a newsletter update a few months ago they were keen to point out that they research and license all the programming. I think they own the Southern back catalogue but they have also screened stuff from Thames, LWT, ATV, etc. The Max Wall profile and the Peter Cushing interview from The Human Factor and Night Mail II were originally from TVS (Southern's successor) but are seemingly owned by Peter Williams Television, who I think produced programmes for TVS.

Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Norton Canes on July 07, 2021, 12:27:55 PM
If it wasn't broadcast via a TV signal then it wasn't really television

Excellent, confer a knighthood on this person
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on September 11, 2021, 12:39:16 PM
One Hour to Zero
children can't act
Dudley Sutton is a wrong un
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on September 26, 2021, 05:44:23 PM
Tonight at 9pm (repeated 10 days later on Wednesdays at 2pm) they are starting to run the superb Secret Army (1977-79), the serious wartime BBC drama of which 'Allo 'Allo! was a parody.  Excerpts fom Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_Army_(TV_series)):

Quote
It tells the story of a fictional Belgian resistance movement in German-occupied Belgium during the Second World War dedicated to returning Allied airmen, usually having been shot down by the Luftwaffe, to Great Britain. It was made in the UK and Belgium and three series were broadcast on BBC1 between 7 September 1977 and 15 December 1979.
Quote
Secret Army was created by Gerard Glaister as a follow-up to his drama series Colditz. Glaister was a former RAF pilot and his experiences provided the inspiration for the series.
Quote
Fay Weldon said of the series: "There is, in the making of such programmes, a level of professionalism, and sheer patient, largely unacclaimed, hard work from producer to script editor to writer to designer to vision mixer to editor by way of sound and lighting engineers that is probably equalled only in a heart transplant theatre"

It also has a crackingly good haunting title sequence.

I saw quite a few of these when it first went out, as my parents, Mum especially, were massive fans.[1] Even as a 12-15yo who was rarely interested in something unless it was SF or comedy, I got quite enthralled by it sometimes.

Recommended.

(Also, interesting that they're showing it when they can't normally manage to licence BBC stuff.  Perhaps being a Belgian co-production somehow makes that easier.)

 1. When 'Allo 'Allo! started my Mum was initially slightly horrified at having her favourite programme spoofed, but soon grew to love it.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on September 26, 2021, 06:09:57 PM
I'd happily give Colditz a complete rewatch. I've only ever seen the one where the guy pretended to be mad.

Anyway, thanks for the recommendation. It's on series record now.

Island at War became my 'must-see' last winter. Let's give this one a whirl.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ambient Sheep on September 26, 2021, 10:34:31 PM
I'd happily give Colditz a complete rewatch. I've only ever seen the one where the guy pretended to be mad.

Brilliant, isn't it?  The only one I remember from when it first went out.  I was only eight at the time, but it made a huge impression on me.

I rewatched that episode last year during lockdown and it's still amazing (the episode is called Tweedledum, S01E10, if anyone else wants to see it).


Anyway, thanks for the recommendation. It's on series record now.

Hope you enjoy it.  I won't be watching it until Wednesday week, but am looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on October 03, 2021, 09:59:00 PM
Secret Army - very much in the same mould as Enemy at the Door

Some cold blooded stuff at the end of Episode 2.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on October 07, 2021, 08:46:04 AM
Water
When I think of mediocre mid-80s british movies, this is the rough mental image I get.
I think I laughed once.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Norton Canes on October 07, 2021, 09:18:52 AM
That's the one with Paul Heiney as a Nazi Officer, isn't it - a part he got for one of his In At The Deep End episodes, which resulted in this classic exchange with Oliver Reed  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmnK0ty0RBE)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on October 07, 2021, 01:13:07 PM
Micheal Caine, Leonard Rossiter, Billy Connolly and the lad who played the lad who played Hitler in The Producers.

With a cast like that ...
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Blumf on October 07, 2021, 05:21:00 PM
Seen some of a Pierce Brosnan miniseries Noble House. All overblown 80s rich people in Hong Kong doing power plays and that. There was an impressive, if hilarious, sequence with a big floating restaurant, where everybody was being rich and scheming, sets on fire and you see lots of people jump overboard.

I couldn't give the show my full attention, but the bits I did see were entertaining, if for the wrong reasons on occasion. Would like to give it a proper watch some time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_House_(miniseries)
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: A Hat Like That on October 11, 2021, 04:07:37 PM
Seen some of a Pierce Brosnan miniseries Noble House. All overblown 80s rich people in Hong Kong doing power plays and that. There was an impressive, if hilarious, sequence with a big floating restaurant, where everybody was being rich and scheming, sets on fire and you see lots of people jump overboard.

I couldn't give the show my full attention, but the bits I did see were entertaining, if for the wrong reasons on occasion. Would like to give it a proper watch some time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_House_(miniseries)

Watched Episode 4.

Made no damned sense.

However, the first, mid-late 80s Hong Kong is quite the setting.

However, the second, Dudley Sutton and Gordon Jackson rock up as, I think, intelligence officer and police chief. Their scenes are good fun, they spark off each other nicely and I'd happily watch a mid80s police drama set in Hong Kong with them two as ever presents. Someone go back in time and make it please.

However, the third, Tia Carrere as Venus Poon.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Norton Canes on October 12, 2021, 07:09:56 PM
Water
When I think of mediocre mid-80s british movies, this is the rough mental image I get.
I think I laughed once

It's on again at 9pm tonight, if anyone's tempted.
Title: Re: Talking Pictures
Post by: Ignatius_S on October 12, 2021, 07:17:21 PM
Water
When I think of mediocre mid-80s british movies, this is the rough mental image I get.
I think I laughed once.

Made at the same time as A Private Function and funds from the latter’s budget were pumped into Water when costs spiralled - Handmade thought Water was going to be be a big hit.

Connolly thought he would break America.

Funny how things turn out…