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Old 26th Nov 2023, 2:44 am   #1
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This excellent film is on TPTV at 3-10pm today. Rarely shown [acccording to the Radio Times] although, in fact, it has been shown a number of times [sans adverts] on the BBC. Very funny and revealing about the Industry. This week's Footage Detectives follows and i know my wife will be very interested in 1960's Cruises! After that there is the very interesting series, "Tell me Another" which was only ever shown on Southern TV, so worth a catch up for those in the North! Millicent Martin, Roy Hudd, Beryl Reid et al.

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After that there is the very interesting series, "Tell me Another" which was only ever shown on Southern TV, so worth a catch up for those in the North! Millicent Martin, Roy Hudd, Beryl Reid et al.

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I know TPTV are fond of putting their warning notice before many an inoffensive programme, but that particular episode of "Tell me Another" really did have " language and attitudes which reflect the time it was made".

I almost expected a Jonnie Hamp involvement, and a Granada TV end-cap, rather than Southern.
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Old 27th Nov 2023, 10:14 am   #3
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I don't think TPTV will have had much choice in terms of their License Graham In fact I think they were in some difficulty when they first started which seemed a bit ironic to me as, otherwise this is one of the most polite and innocuous broadcasters around. I thought they were under attack from those who felt threatened and then began to show older films themselves! Some of the material is "of it's time" [as with Sky Arts vintage items eg Tales of the Unexpected] but there is always a real or possible perceived "offence" for broadcasters to navigate around. Even the Beeb's invaluable Desert Island Discs Archive was edited for "content" when digitised. I'm glad I've got my own copies on C90 cassettes. I think it was much better when they used to play the whole music track as well.

"Tell Me Another" is not the most dynamic or memorable of productions but it's good to see footage of people like George Melly/Roy Hudd/Millicent Martin and Beryl Reid in conversation and it's not all humour. Best saved from the skip I think. I've never forgotten Millicent's tribute song on TW3 when Kennedy was assassinated. Beryl Reid was amazing in Smiley's People-miles away from her very basic but successfull Lancashire comedy act. She was wasted with that in a way! Since living in the South as well and long before TPTV I've come across a lot of material unknown or never seen in the North. Some on other peoples VHS tapes that I've salvaged!

Yes you're right about the echoes of Johnny Hamp and Granada. He was a great asset to the Company with a better grasp of things than many others in TV. In the invaluable 1965 Dylan Doc [Don't Look Back] you can see Tito Burns, in London, trying to negotiate with Mr Hamp [re Dylan's fee for a possible TV appearance]. Dylan's manager, the formidable "Albert The Bear" Grossmann takes over but it goes to the BBC in the end. Then they broadcast and wipe it! I hope you enjoyed Radio Days. It's a real comedy classic but I suspect, again, notable for it's historical insights. The German Submarine may be based on a true incident-nobody really knows!

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