More inessential shit from the backwaters of old TV you somehow still remember

Started by non capisco, November 02, 2020, 11:08:01 PM

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non capisco

Quote from: PammySpacek on November 15, 2021, 03:04:34 PM
That was from a "Day At McDonald's" advert from around the same time, wasn't it? Started with a branch opening up at 6am or something, shots of muffins rising in an oven (as if they actually baked them themselves), and then onto a cast of slightly zany everyman characters up to "until late". The only other thing I remember from it is a bit where an elderly actress who's supposed to be a grandma to a baby holds up a wrapped hamburger to it and goes "What's this?". Baby looks at it appalled for a moment, and starts bawling. "Ooh no, no," says the actress, putting the burger down.

"ONE....CUPPA CHARRRRRRRRRRR!" was the other "famous" bit.

Lisa Jesusandmarychain

One of the actresses in it had also previously been in " Grange Hill ", too, keen to follow the trajectory of former child actors from " Grange Hill" going on to being actors in the adult world. The lad who'd played Stewpot in " Grange Hill" went on to  achieve this aim ( Post- Carty and Tully, I think the next generation of Hillers were more realistic than to set their ambitions at such lofty heights) and reached the giddy heights of appearing, all older and slapheaded in an AutoTrader advert with the young Olivia Colman ( this advert has also recently been mentioned somewhere on this forum. Ah, the interconnectedness of it all!)

Anyway, the point is that McDonald's advert is quite a treasure trove of memories.

Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse

"I vant... I vant... a Viscount."
"A Viscount? But I am a Prince!"
"I vant a Viscount you KLUTZ!"

Sonny_Jim

Quote from: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on November 15, 2021, 09:58:11 PM
Anyway, the point is that McDonald's advert is quite a treasure trove of memories.
I'm amazed that anyone else would remember it TBH, but I guess that people of a certain age remember it because:

1.  There was fuck all to watch on telly, so the odds on seeing that particular advert were especially high
2.  We as kids were 'orrible little blighters and therefore any kind of strange accent or mannerism was ripe for mockery

If you wanted to get chinstroky about it, early memes innit.

Lisa Jesusandmarychain

" One Big Mac.. *two* Big Macs...make it three."

Greedy Cunt.

The girl from " Grange Hill" had dyed blonde hair, and was saying " Chicken McNuggets" with an extremely pained expression on her face, looking up at the sign of delightful victuals on offer, the look on her fizzog  suggesting she'd only just been introduced to the concept of a chicken, let alone McNuggets.

Lisa Jesusandmarychain

Also, anybody else of a certain age remember the " Our Price" ad?

# psychedelia, psychedelia! #

Uncle TechTip

Max from EastEnders is in the Yellow Pages "french polishers" ad.

Also Max from EastEnders is the voice of the Geico gecko which has been on prime time US TV for about a decade.

Sonny_Jim

I remember showing my 10yr old Australian son the 'Accrington Stanley' advert to his utter bemusement, after casually dropping the reference and no one getting it.

I mean, everyone knows it, it's even got it's own Wikipedia page

Alberon

Not an advert but some local news thing. I'm sure I'm misremembering it, but I pray to god it's real.

It was a news story about a road being used for picking up prostitutes and how the female residents were continually being harassed by perverts in cars. A man being interviewed said they'd even tried to pick his wife up "And she's ugly!" Naturally, said wife is sat next to him and not a flicker of a reaction.

He probably actually said "And she's old!" But that's the way I like to remember it.

ProvanFan

Quote from: Uncle TechTip on November 16, 2021, 08:31:13 AM
Max from EastEnders is in the Yellow Pages "french polishers" ad.

Also Max from EastEnders is the voice of the Geico gecko which has been on prime time US TV for about a decade.

Did a triumphant double thumbs up gesture in a Super Noodles advert too

JesusAndYourBush

Quote from: Uncle TechTip on November 16, 2021, 08:31:13 AM
Max from EastEnders is in the Yellow Pages "french polishers" ad.

I remember the french polishers ad,  I also remember a comedy show (maybe Mary Whitehouse Exoerience?) doing a spoof of it with the final line changed to "Hello, clinic for physical deformities?  It's just possible you could save my life."

Gurke and Hare

Quote from: JesusAndYourBush on November 16, 2021, 12:20:57 PM
I also remember a comedy show (maybe Mary Whitehouse Exoerience?)

Yes - on the radio. They also did a spoof of the one with the family who bought a sit-on mower for their ageing gardener to use - "We noticed the garden's been getting a bit much for you, so you're sacked. Go on, piss off."

Famous Mortimer

Quote from: JesusAndYourBush on November 16, 2021, 12:20:57 PM
I remember the french polishers ad,  I also remember a comedy show (maybe Mary Whitehouse Exoerience?) doing a spoof of it with the final line changed to "Hello, clinic for physical deformities?  It's just possible you could save my life."
I think they did a few variations on the same line in one episode. It's been a long time since I listened to the radio MWE, but it was great.

Replies From View

It's getting harder and harder to think of any inessential shit from the backwaters of old TV that isn't now available on YouTube or somewhere.

For years Sammy's Super T-Shirt was a holy grail of mine, then it appeared online and DVD.  I vaguely remembered a school education programme called GERMS GERMS GERMS which emerged online as well, and of course The Boy From Space is so recognised as a classic now that it is more readily available than anything else on earth.

It's really only continuity stuff that is lost to time.  Broom Cupboard moments, for example.  Delighted that the Willy Fogg Day singalong with Andy Crane is online but there was tons more obscure stuff that just has an impossibly slim chance of existing.



As for that ostrich running to the Chariots of Fire music.  The footage is definitely the same as what was used in that Talk Talk video, but I remember it being juxtaposed alongside footage of a runner's legs at a starting block; maybe it was promoting the Olympics that year or something similar.  The Talk Talk video has some squiggly line animation stuff in the corner that would have grabbed my eye as much as the ostrich so I don't think it was that.  Definitely the same stock footage, though.  I completely remember the angles of the running, the framing of every shot and the open beak - endlessly wheeling itself forwards in slow motion with its beak open as if it was crying.  Chariots of Fire music.

non capisco

Got as far as finding out the BBC used Chariots Of Fire as the theme for their 1984 Olympics coverage but sadly Bernie Clifton's mate continues to remain elusive.

Mobbd

An episode of Dick and Dom in da Bungalow (it was after my time too but we all have bad days) in which a mad professor character (I assume one of their regular sidekicks/Sideshow Bob types) has a tarantula in a tank. The tarantula swims quite quickly across its moat and clambers up out of the tank. The kids in the audience are screaming and the professor says "don't worry children, fear is good!"

At the time, I thought this was a genuine minor crisis and that the professor did an excellent job of handling it and being funny in the moment on live(?) television. But now I wonder if it was a direct rip-off of that Larry Sanders Show episode. Dick and Dom did seem to be big comedy fans.

Anyone remember this?

George White

RE:mad scientists and Da BUngalow, I remember an episode where theyhad a girl dressed up as Dr. Frankenstain (sic), in a white fright wig and the music they played was the theme by Bernard Herrmann to Larry Cohen's It's Alive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-sQEjVDew4&list=PLy5kryT0xrJO47VEAdR7XuDfiJSZKoalQ
As a kid, I remember noticing this, having never heard the music but knowing the film thanks to books, knowing it sounded 70s, and knowing that they would have used something Franken-themed, seen the title, presumed it was Frankenstein-related when in fact it's about a homicidal mutant baby.

Replies From View

For how long was Philip Schofield absolutely obsessed with the song Down Town?  It felt like the majority of my childhood summers.  Can anyone else remember this?

Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse

Quote from: Replies From View on November 17, 2021, 12:18:53 PMIt's getting harder and harder to think of any inessential shit from the backwaters of old TV that isn't now available on YouTube or somewhere.
There's a couple of Irish public information films that I can't find on YouTube and may have just been nightmares. There's a fire safety one where a lit cigarette falls out of an ashtray that's been left on a blue sofa which of course catches fire and the whole house blazes away before a voiceover says "THIS FAMILY WAS LUCKY AND GOT OUT IN TIME". And there's another from way back that goes "Rabies kills! Agonisingly! Let's help keep it out of Ireland!"

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Cerys

Quote from: Replies From View on November 18, 2021, 02:25:09 PMFor how long was Philip Schofield absolutely obsessed with the song Down Town?  It felt like the majority of my childhood summers.  Can anyone else remember this?

Yeah, I remember.  'Gordon - Bossa Nova!'