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Last Saturday I posted this on the Sherlock Holmes thread on the  Gallifrey Base forum:

Next Saturday (the 18th) BBC Radio Four Xtra will be broadcasting a 1974 adaptation of A Study In Scarlet featuring Robert Powell as Sherlock Holmes and Dinsdale Landen as Doctor Watson. This is in a regular 90 minute drama slot, at 6:00am and 4:00pm.

Bert Coules promptly responded with this:

It\'s an interesting piece: script by Michael Hardwick, who wrote almost all the Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley shows, Powell rather good, Landen with his typical fruitiness interestingly cast. It has the distinction of being one of the very first BBC radio plays ever to be made available commercially and is well worth a listen.

It heralds a short Sherlockian season tying in with the forthcoming Museum of London Holmes exhibition, which includes the Roger Rees/Crawford Logan Hound, the Gielgud/Richardson Final Problem with Orson Welles as Moriarty, the Merrison/Williams His Last Bow (fittingly scheduled in Remembrance Week) and the Cedric Hardwicke/Finlay Currie Speckled Band from 1945, the earliest BBC Holmes recording to survive.

Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / The Lost Genius Of Judee Sill
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:44:36 AM »
Hope that you all caught this programme from a week ago today, repeated on Saturday 13th Sept:-


It inspired me to head along to ebay and order the CDs \'Live In London: The BBC Recordings 1972-1973\' and \'Abracadabra: The Asylum Years\'.

Who was she? A potted biog, courtesy of wiki:

A second opinion:

Charles Paris: Corporate Bodies

11:30am -12:00 noon Wednesday 25th June 2014

A four-part drama with Bill Nighy as Charles Paris, and also Tim McInnerny, Suzanne Burden, Jon Glover, Michael Bertenshaw, Jane Whittenshaw, Wilf Scolding, & Scarlett Brookes. Adapted by Jeremy Front from Simon Brett\'s novel and produced by Sally Avens.

Paris gets a part  as a forklift operator in a corporate video, but the company\'s employees seem to have some lethal secrets.

Following the expansion of the early morning business programme on Radio Five Live, and the abolition of the weekday Seventh Dimension slot on Radio Four Xtra, now we have the latter channel halving its crime hour.

Funny how these things happen when FEEDBACK is off the air, isn\'t it?

The Pub - Open All Hours / Bristol Hippodrome
« on: May 18, 2014, 07:00:37 PM »
Take a look at Bristol Hippodrome\'s website:

In 2012 the Hippodrome was 100 years old, and the website lists EVERY act/turn/show/play that ever appeared there!!!

for example:

March 20-25 1961: The Clitheroe Kid Show, with Jimmy Clitheroe, Ronnie Hilton, Mrs Shufflewick, Jean and Jackie Dawson, Michael Allport and his Doves, Trio Vitalities, Five Robertis

April 3-8 1961: The Hancock Show, with Tony Hancock, Audrey Jeans, Albert and Les Ward, Three Ghezzis, Skylons, Leo Bassi and June, Neil and Patricia Delrina

one could spend all the week browsing through the hundred years, but rather than that, if you find anything of interest to others here that you want to point out or comment upon, post it in this thread, thank you! :)

The Movie Phorum / 70s TV: to be continued? NOW!!
« on: May 05, 2014, 07:00:27 PM »
A reboot of 70s drama POLDARK is being filmed now in Bristol and in Cornwall.  Big Finish have bought the rights to continue 70s dramas SURVIVORS and THE OMEGA FACTOR (not to mention audio recreations of \'lost\' TV episodes of THE AVENGERS) and box sets of same are up for pre-order on the BF website.

70s drama! Happy times! :)

[not as dodgy as 70s djs\' then...]

Radio Matters / Wake Up To Money! Whether You Want To Or Not!!
« on: May 05, 2014, 06:56:24 PM »
I am bl**dy annoyed that Radio Five Live\'s weekday Morning Reports, which runs from 5am to 5:30am and is the early morning news digest, look at the papers, etc, has now had it\'s running time cut by half. It now finishes at 5:15am and the following programme, Wake Up To Money* gets the extra fifteen minutes and now lasts for 45 minutes rather than its customary 30.

So - 45 minutes of poncey talk glorifying big business and profits and money making practices. Who\'s listening to it? The alternatives for the 5 - 6 am slot are, of course, final run on R4x for two of the previous days\' comedy shows, or some of the World Service then the shipping forecast** on R4.

* it doesn\'t even work! I listened to it for a whole week once expecting to find a pile of fivers by my bedside on the last day. Never happened. :(

* more tales of those Utsira twins, separated at birth, one brought up in Grimsby, one raised in Ealing. Will the evil Prof Cromarty catch up with them and apply the dreadful German Bite on them? (:P)

It\'s at times like this that I wish Mary K still ran the ship, she\'d have asked us what we\'d like to listen to again over the festive season and begun to tease us with the schedules by now. These days the bl**dy robots that run the station now just tell us when the Radio Times comes out, or in that dreadful weekly bulletin that they issue.

So here\'s a thread that we can express our wishlists in, and then praise or moan about the schedules when we do know what they are. And finally, after we\'ve listened to the shows.

Good Books & Readings / AudioGO files for administration
« on: October 29, 2013, 07:01:56 PM »
There\'s been intense concern over at Gallifrey Base concerning this for a few days now, I thought I\'d better mention it here.  Seemingly it\'s more very bad management than lack of sales that\'s caused the crisis:

Bad news if you were hoping to get some BBC audio for yourself or others for Christmas, not to mention their Doctor Who stuff.

Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / Addictive Audio
« on: October 15, 2013, 09:38:51 PM »
Honestly, there\'s audio I have that I can - and do - listen to over and over again.  Those 13 episodes of The Blackburn Files (wish we\'d got more, or that they\'d do a reunion special, it\'s nearly 25 years old if you consider it started in 1989) that I have on C60s, I no sooner finish one run than I start again from episode one. Then there\'s a couple of episodes of the Merrison/Williams Sherlock Holmes that I frequently replay, The Red Headed League and The Red Circle.

But I called this thread audio not radio, and that\'s so I can include both series, the whole 9 CDs in fact, that Big Finish made of Sarah Jane Smith in 2002 and 2006, an adult Doctor Who spin-off .

Why do I listen to them all over and over? What\'s the magic?  Not necessarily the stories, not necessarily the voices, but perhaps the mix of both. I may know the tales off by heart, but they still sound spontaneous, that anything can happen, that I\'m listening to them \'live\', and they thrill, not bore. I really can\'t imagine myself tiring of them, but should I ever do, I hope that by then I\'ll have discovered more tales with that special magic in them.

The Pub - Open All Hours / Sweet Cigarettes
« on: September 16, 2013, 09:22:34 PM »
Remember these in the 60s and 70s?  They actually made and sold mock cigarettes in packets to children, in sweetshops, made of some vile candy stuff unlike any other sweets around at the time.  You put them into your mouth and pretended to suck and then to  blow smoke which was cool cos you were like an adult - and adults didn\'t mind.

I remember the embarassment from DC Comics and its owners when at the same time as \'Superman\' was leading an anti-smoking campaign to get the youngsters off trying cigarettes and tobacco ( he was up against the evil \'Nick O\'Teen in posters and comic strips) you could buy a pack of Superman-branded sweet cigarettes.

Opinion eventually turned against them, and they were rebranded as \'candy sticks\' but I haven\'t seen them for a long long time now.

Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / Private Lives
« on: September 07, 2013, 04:19:33 PM »
I was going to tape this production on R4xtra this afternoon but I\'ve just found my orignal C90 from the first broadcasting in stereo of this play on R4 itself from around 3 years ago. What\'s more, I\'ve just found another tape, with a recording of it from around 20 years ago. The Radio Times blurb for that, which I put with the tape, says

Noel Coward\'s glittering comedy of the 1930s in a glossy new production for the 1990s, starring Stephen Fry, Imogen Stubbs, Louise Lombard and Simon Ward.

Amanda was married to Elyot, but has just married Victor. Elyot\'s new bride is Sibyl. And fireworks are inevitable when the two honeymooning couples find themselves sharing the balcony of a French hotel.

Amanda Prynne - Imogen Stubbs
Victor Prynne, her husband - Simon Ward
Sibyl Chase - Louise Lombard
Elyot Chase, her husband - Stephen Fry
Louise, a maid - Annabel Mullion

Music arranged and directed by Neil Brand, piano, with Sian Bell, cello, and Sonia Slaney, violin. Director Ned Chaillet.

The Movie Phorum / Doctor Who
« on: August 04, 2013, 10:49:54 AM »
Nearly all of the classic run of WHO (that is, between 1963 and 1989 inclusive) is out on dvd. In fact, some of the serials have been brought out for a 2nd time, in what they call \'Special Editions\',  for which the techie bods of the Digital Restoration Team have been able to clean up and restore the picture and sound quality to an even better standard  than they did for the first dvd release.

Anyway, so I decided at the end of last year that I\'d begin a rewatch of the colour years, for which all episodes survive and I have most all of \'em and am buying the remaining ones as the price comes down.  This is, of course, beginning with Jon Pertwee\'s first adventure from 1970, Spearhead From Space.

I began on the first Saturday ofJanuary 2013 I watch one (consecutive) episode every Saturday. At any time, but it has to be on the Saturday. If I forget, or miss, an episode, then that\'s it. No catch up in the following week, or double episodes the following Saturday. They couldn\'t do that first time round, no repeats, no videos or dvds, so I\'m not doing it now.

Yesterday (Saturday 3rd August) I watched ep 2 of The Mind Of Evil.  I\'ve reached 1971, Pertwee\'s Year 2.  Liz Shaw has left after one year. Jo Grant has replaced her, and The Master has appeared in the Whoniverse.

I can watch the episode twice if I choose to, when I watch it. First watch is either as it was, or with the information text running across at the bottom of the screen. This is stuff that\'s been researched by the Who boffins and fans from the BBC archives, from working versions and drafts of the script,  and from the files. Second watch, if I choose to do it, is be with the commentary on.

This\'ll take me quite a few years to get through, but I\'m enjoying it. :)

Anyway, up to date. The new Doctor will be announced tonight on a live show on BBC1 between 7 and 7:30. This is being broadcast simoultaneously on BBC America in the states, and on channels that show WHO in Australia and in Canada; with a view to preventing internet spoilers for the fans, I guess.

Me, I want an older Doctor, and ideally someone I\'ve never heard of before. And I\'d like him to stay for longer than the seemingly standard 3 years.  Tom Baker stayed for seven.

Yes indeed, and we all know why. As a result, the half hour show in Part Two today of Barry Cryer\'s 1980s Comedy Greats just lasted some 20 minutes.

Shame,  I love the Grumbleweeds, its such a shame that recent revelations mean that the Savile sketches - and the occasional Stuart Hall impersonation - make this show such a dodgy one now to rebroadcast.

\"Bloomin\" BBC bosses. They get right up my nose, they do, pal!\"

\"Has anybody seen me teeth?\"

\"I said, BBC bosses, they get right up my nose!\"

Radio Programmes - Info \'n\' Reviews / Audio Asimov
« on: November 09, 2012, 11:58:24 AM »
A link to this page was just Twittered, so I grabbed it for y\'all:

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