This is good news Peter! possibly Anglia (or Ulster TV) still have footage of Francie & Josie gathering dust in their archive? do you have the address for getting in touch with Anglia?
They are still in Norwich AFAIK. However as you probably know around ten years ago in England nearly all the regional TV studios were shut down and all shows are from independents these days or just 'ITV'. ITV then plundered all the archives of the regionals and centralised their location. Anglia had a relatively large base at NR1 3JG where they had a studio and obviously room for an archive, but not sure if they moved to somewhere smaller as they only need to do regional news these days?
A shot in the dark. Paul Hayes is a sage on the history of TV and radio in East Anglia and I believe he connections at Anglia TV? I only have his blogspot address though.. notanovelistyet.blogspot.co.uk/
It was very difficult to get strong regional flavoured shows on the network in those days as people were generally more insular. Anglia tried it themselves with a soap called 'Weavers' Green' but that quickly came and went. However Corby Northants in Anglia's catchment area had a large ex pat Glaswegian population who worked at the steel works so you can see why they may have picked up Francie & Josie.
I have heard of Francie & Josie well before this thread ITV moved all its archive to Leeds, Manachester and London. It come from MR STV Tony Currie; the fire did not touch tapes, and STV were just wiping stuff as did many other ITV station did back then.
Post by williammcgregor on May 6, 2017 7:29:07 GMT
Is anybody on the forum familiar with Glasgow University Library? the reason I ask is they have scripts from the old Francie & Josie TV series. I have been thinking about taking a trip to Glasgow to the University Library and obtaining the missing scripts to hopefully put onto my thread. Here's what their web page states...
Special Collections and Archive Services
Scottish Theatre Archive
Thanks to the wife of the late Stan Mars, who co-wrote “Francie & Josie”, we received 56 rare scripts including seven episodes of “The Adventures of Francie & Josie”, dating from 1958-1965. Unsurprisingly many recordings of TV shows during this era have been lost, only surviving in scripts.
Post by williammcgregor on Apr 6, 2018 8:05:11 GMT
The picture above appeared in the Scottish Sun newspaper on the 2nd April it was part of a article about Glen Michael who appeared in all 32 episodes of "The Adventures of Francie and Josie." Glen said " No one ever knew I was in it because I always played characters like judges or an Army Sergeant."
I'm trying to determine which episode the picture is from? (based on the information we have about the episodes on this thread) can anybody help me please? Glen Michael playing the role of an elderly man with an old fashioned nightcap on.
William, this is a bit racy for Francie and Josie! I must have missed this episode (as, if not, I'm sure I would've remembered it). Were you ever able to follow up on the scripts at the University of Glasgow?
William, It pains me to say I'm a whisker or two (grey whiskers at that) older than you, so can recall attempting to mimic Rikki Fulton's "Hullo rerr, china!" in the playground, but with a Fife accent. One memory is Francie in a spooky house being accosted by, he thinks, a monster (Frankenstein's monster) and reacting "It's horrid! It's ugly! Of course, it's Josie! Shame that none of this stuff (and the One O'clock Gang) has survived.
Post by williammcgregor on Oct 11, 2018 20:58:15 GMT
Aye ma whiskers are grey noo as well ye Ken (tee hee) thanks for the playground recollection wish I'd heard it!....I wonder which episode Frankenstein's monster was in? ....and it really beggars belief that nothing is left.