As this year is a special year (ten years of MBW), I've passed the BFI a list of programmes I thought might be of use for MBW 2003. It might also be of use to post them up on this site. It may be that some would generate more interest (popularity) than others. I'm working under the assumption that they are all officially missing. It would be helpful if anyone has specific info on any of the titles! Even if none of these are used for MBW, a large selection of frame grabs and other goodies will appear on my website later this year. Thanks for looking, Andy.
Dick Whittington – ITV 60s Xmas Pantomime with Tommy Steele and narration by Patrick Troughton
Seven Deadly Sins – A-R - With Allan Dobie and Anna Massey
Jango – Treacle on Three Fingers – A-R – with Robert Urquart and Peter Sallis *
1950s Outside Broadcast and Epilogue (ITV)
The Cheaters – ITV drama ‘The Weasel’
Uncovered – 1955 early ITV drama
From Inner Space – Three Episodes – ABC – with Julian Glover
Most of these programmes have been trailing behind me for years. Strangely I've often found that non-BBC material is not deemed as interesting! None of these film were snatched off the Internet. All came through film fairs or dealers. It is perhaps significant that just about all of these were difficult to identify. Perhaps this made them less attractive. One of my worst (near mistakes) concerned 'The World of Tim Fraser'. I actually saw this at the well worn (and scoured) 'Ealing Film Fair'. It was Steve Roberts who pointed it out to me a few hours later. He gets the credit for spotting it. I still have no idea how I had some sort of 'brain block' on that print. Normally it wouldn't have been a problem. Having said that, it is interesting to note just how many people do go into film fairs and ask around along the lines of 'any rare old tv, please'!!! Which is a bad approach! There is a rather strange sting to the Tim Fraser print. About a year later and hundreds of miles north (Glasgow) I found an old guy (stereotype, but true!!) who was selling off old 8mm/16mm films. In that lot I did find a Granada programme 'A to Zoo with Desmond Morris', but next to it a tin (ex BBC) marked 'The World of Tim Fraser'. I checked every damn tin and film print he had. Since the London print had the wrong tin, there is a fair chance that (odd though it may sound) this was the matching tin. This all sounds very implausible, but I can assure anyone reading this - completely true. In the hunt for missing Television - anything is possible.
The Pantomime hasn't been re-screened. The print was quite brittle and I think it would be better on a telecine. Sorry, I can't be more specific. I have examined the film by hand to make frame enlargements.