I enjoyed hearing extracts from the Randolph Tapes. I was very impressed by the sound quality of the recordings.
I’ve identified the mystery US comedy clip at the end of the podcast. It’s from the beginning of an episode of the Monkees called ‘Monkee See, Monkee Die’. This was broadcast on BBC-1 on 07 January 1967, straight after episode 4 of 'The Highlanders’.
Indeed and I am really impressed with how many people knew it! I'm glad you enjoyed the episode!
From the Archive Episode 13: The Box of Delights with Renny Rye
Link at bottom of description! For many of us, our festive viewing includes the groundbreaking 1984 BBC television adaptation of The Box Of Delights. This has enthralled viewers for 35 years. We have decided that we needed to celebrate this milestone by having a conversation with the director of this incredible serial, Renny Rye. Take a listen as we talk with Renny about his career and how he got connected with The Box of Delights. It’s a fun conversation that spans not only that series but some of his other work too.
We are also happy to finally bring everyone the second part of our interview with Richard Marson. If you recall way back to Episode 10, we talked with Richard about the his documentary, Tales of Television Centre but this time we talk about what it actually was like to work within BBC Television Centre and how fun and how difficult it could be working there. This is a great conversation with some really smart analysis on how the BBC works.
Sprinkled into the episode is some clips from the missing 1971 Boxing Day edition of The Golden Shot. Clips include Bob Monkhouse, Alfie Bass, Stephen Lewis, and a performance from Mary Hopkin. These are some wonderful archive clips that haven’t been heard in nearly 50 years! If you have feedback or questions you would like to have read on the podcast or general inquiries, please contact us at email@example.com. We would love to hear from you! This podcast is a co-production between From the Archive: A British Television Blog and Kaleidoscope. Thank you for listening.
LIVE STREAM TODAY! Now streaming on Twitter too! The From the Archive British Television LIVE CHAT is today streaming on multiple pages/platforms (see below) with our special guest Richard Marson! Richard is known for previously being the editor for Blue Peter, worked on Top of the Pops, directed the documentary Tales of Television Centre and of course is a prolific author including “Totally Tasteless: The Life of John Nathan-Turner! Send questions to Richard through the chat room for him to answer. This will be totally interactive! Richard has brought along some rare clips that we will be playing during our broadcast. This is going to be a ton of fun! It should be casual, civil & fun! Please join the chat Sunday at 9pm UK time/3pm CST. Hope to see you there and let's have some fun! You can access this chat on the following pages today:
From the Archive Ep.3: Red Dwarf-The Promised Land Blu-ray Review
Here is the latest installment of the From the Archive Vlog. This time I look at the release for the Blu-ray release for Red Dwarf; The Promised Land Blu-ray. It is a minor spoiler review + technical review of the disc and other aesthetics about the release plus my own personal commentary on the story. I also take a minor look at the Series 1-7 Blu-ray release of the series. If you want to do a thorough review of that boxset, let me know! Also, more archive television focused releases coming soon. To watch Episode 3, click below:
A From the Archive Preview: Monty Python's Flying Circus Network Blu-Ray Review/Comparison Video
In November 2019 after I received the Network Blu-ray boxset for Monty Python’s Flying Circus, I shot a video about the restoration & my overall thoughts on the set including comparisons of previous releases. Real life then crept in and the video sat unfinished. Now, I have decided to finish the video so I decided to make a video telling you I am finishing a video! This video is a new creation telling viewers what to expect in my forthcoming video but for those who haven’t seen it, there is also an unboxing video of my second Blu-ray set if you wanted to see how the box opens up and looks after transport. Why do I have two Blu-ray boxsets of Monty Python’s Flying Circus? Watch the video and you will find out! It’s a short fun video that I hope you watch!
From the Archive: A British Television Vlog Ep.4: The Woman in Black Blu-ray Review & Comparison
The Woman in Black had a whirlwind rise in popularity after it was first released as a novel, then adapted for radio, then became a stage play and finally a television film for Christmas on ITV in 1989. This ghost story of a mysterious woman that haunts a small village started out as a novel by Susan Hill with this television film scripted by none other than Nigel Kneale. This review video looks at the recent Network Blu-ray release including restoration and looks back at the US DVD release from 2000 from BFS.
This video is an overall look at the production, promotion of the TV film, comparisons and packaging of the film “The Woman in Black” and the Blu-ray/restoration.
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From the Archive Episode 14: Are You Being Served Special Link at bottom of description! If you like us, please give us a positive rating and review us wherever you get this podcast from!
Are You Being Served? is one of those great series and I wanted to have at least one episode that featured it. I interview Mike Berry, who played Mr. Spooner. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more in depth interview with him as we talk about all things from his early career starting out as a musician in the 1960s, modeling, Worzel Gummidge and of course Are You Being Served? I think it is a real fascinating look at the music business in the 1960s with how hits were made and hits were not made. He talks about knowing The Beatles and The Rolling Stones during those early days too.
2021 is the 100th anniversary of Frank Thornton’s birth. I had the great opportunity to interview Frank’s daughter, Jane. Jane has been working with her son to catalogue and preserve Frank’s scrapbooks, notes and general archive he had kept from the time of his very first acting job until much later. You will hear some of the private comments he has written over the years about different things and it is really fun to see how Frank loved to use words. This is a very unique perspective on a much loved actor. If you have feedback or questions you would like to have read on the podcast or general inquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you! This podcast is a co-production between From the Archive: A British Television Blog and Kaleidoscope. Thank you for listening.
From the Archive Ep.5: The Day of the Triffids Blu-ray Review & Comparison
In September of 2020, BBC Studios released the Blu-ray to the 1981 classic series “The Day of the Triffids”. It was nice to know that all the 16mm film inserts still exists for this serial and that they were re-scanned in HD to be put into this release. Though there are problems with this release that are explained throughout the video. This video is a review of the new Blu-ray release as well as a comparison between it and the 2005 DVD release of the title. Please share this video and feel free to leave me feedback, positive or constructive.
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Blue Peter was such a facet of BBC television for so many years. Although still on CBBC, the good ol’ days come from when it was on BBC1. We wanted to celebrate the golden era of Blue Peter and talk to some folks involved with the programme!
Peter Purves was a presenter Blue Peter from 1967-1978. His love and knowledge of the program is immense. We decided not to talk about Doctor Who but focus on his time on Blue Peter, talk about the good times and also the times that were frustrating. In another interview with speak with Gethin Jones. Gethin had been a Blue Peter presenter from 2005-2007. These two gentlemen did the same role at very different times. Peter was a presenter during the glorious 70’s while Gethin was a presenter just as the series made a very serious change that would forever change the lineage of the program!
What holds these two interviews together is Richard Marson. Richard had been working on the show for years with finally taking over the show in 2003. He knows Peter very well as well as Gethin, being that he hired Gethin! Richard is the one who interviews these brilliant men but also parts of Richard’s story is weaved into the narrative too. Listening to Gethin’s loves and respect to the legacy of Blue Peter is incredible just as it is heartbreaking to hear what happened to the show once Richard left.
This episode has some downs but a lot of ups as we celebrate on of the greatest series the BBC ever made!
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To celebrate 50 years of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Network put out the Norwegian Blu-Ray boxset in 2019 and I made it video about it in Nov of 2019. I started it and never finished it. Why? Well, we all know why plus just general life stuff made me put it on the shelf. Then in August of 2020 I went back to add some stuff to it thinking I would finish it soon after but it stalled again. I decided, before I do anymore projects that I needed to finish this one and here it is. So what does this video have to offer:
An overview of the Network Norwegian Monty Python's Flying Circus Blu-Ray set. We look at the extras of this set, the 2008 Sony PAL set and the 2005 A&E DVD set. We look at a list of some other items that could be added to another Python set as extras, they are not exhaustive but they are fun. This video on YouTube is edited but the unedited version is on DailyMotion that includes comparison shots of newly transferred film, video and animation between the Network, Sony & A&E sets.
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Here is a new web series I am starting that is informative and heavy on nostalgia. Please check it out!
Doctor Who on BBC Video Ep.1: The Tomb of the Cybermen
I own every iteration of Doctor Who on PAL VHS released by BBC Video. I recently put my collection back on the shelf and decided to make some videos about each release. These videos are a semi-factual but highly nostalgic look at these stories coming out on VHS plus my journey with the stories as a collector of all things video. I celebrate the different versions, different formats and restoration. I may get some of the facts wrong but just send a note to the e-mail below or in the comments. Also, share your personal experiences with these stories in the comments below. All of us who collected Doctor Who on VHS, probably has some great memories and stories. Please share them!
The first story I look at is “The Tomb of the Cybermen”. Released in 1992 but only returned to the BBC a short time before that holds a lot of nostalgia to me. The idea of a whole Doctor Who story being found and getting a quick release had not happened before and we were excited. I take a nostalgic stroll down memory lane as I talk about starting my PAL VHS collection and me trying to get my PAL copy of this story because at that point, this was the greatest find of all time.
Doctor Who on BBC Video Ep.2: Terror of the Autons
Terror of the Autons holds a lot of memories for me back when I was a video trader. I would get copies of stories, such as this one, in poor quality and then constantly find new friends with copies of the sane story to try and get a better copy. The goal was always to get as good of copies as possible. When Terror of the Autons came out in 1993, it was a game changer. This was available in COLOUR and in great quality. I talk about my memories of getting this story, learning about the colour Pertwee episodes and also about the restoration process. I love this aspect of the Doctor Who story! I own every iteration of Doctor Who on PAL VHS released by BBC Video. I recently put my collection back on the shelf and decided to make some videos about each release. These videos are a semi-factual but highly nostalgic look at these stories coming out on VHS plus my journey with the stories as a collector of all things video. I celebrate the different versions, different formats and restoration. I may get some of the facts wrong but just send a note to the e-mail below or in the comments. Also, share your personal experiences with these stories in the comments below. All of us who collected Doctor Who on VHS, probably has some great memories and stories. Please share them! Please share this video and feel free to leave me feedback, positive or constructive.
On Saturday I did a live stream with Tim Disney about the ITV Archive. I don't think the archive is talked about enough and we had a great conversation about it as well as a lot of viewer participation. If you want to check it out, you can see it here:
Join me this Saturday as I talk with special guest Jaz Wiseman about The Avengers. Jaz had the unique position of working on the restoration of this iconic 1960s series for DVD & Blu-ray. We talk exclusively about the work and struggles of restoring this series with some wonderful visual aids too! This is going to be an incredible conversation! Make sure to bring your questions as we talk about Restoring The Avengers!