Post by williammcgregor on Mar 24, 2020 12:10:04 GMT
Just why was this Police Drama Series so popular?
It must have struck a chord with viewers, for so many millions to watch it every week, for 9 years!
How did it maintain such a popularity for so long, did it have a winning formula?
If it made a huge star of Raymond Francis, did he, in turn, make No Hiding Place such a hit series!
Was it the plots and storylines that held the viewers and the characters and characterisations that appealed to viewers?
Just how many series and how many episodes were there - numbers vary on-line?
Just how many episodes are known to exist - as they seem to be not all in one place?
While The Avengers, Z Cars, Dixon of Dock Green have all had their releases, how can we persuade perhaps, Network DVD, or Simply, or Acorn or any other, to bring about a release of the existing episodes?
How many forum members would like to see such a release, the more of us who say Yes and post to say so, perhaps the more likely, one of the DVD organisations will respond to our plea!
If they can release partial episodes of at last the 1948 show or Do No Adjust your set as well as existing episodes of these shows as well as the audios then surely they could do the same with No Hiding Place
I think the Playhouse tongue in cheek Christmas NHP send up 'Deep and Crisp and Stolen' may also exist? ...in which I think? Raymond Francis played Lockart and also a petty crook.
This is is also thought!! to be a parody of Lockhart 'The Midsummer Dream of Chief Inspector Blossom' a Saturday Night Theatre play in early 1972 written by Rediffusion stalwart John Nelson Burton.
Hi Peter, thank you for posting about Deep And Crisp And Stolen. It is held at the BFI which says it was a Play Of The Week by Rediffusion
London transmitted on 21 December 1964 as a Christmas Comedy, Raymond Francis is listed as playing 2 parts.
As you say Peter and it also had the cream of Rediffusion Television as diverse as Cathy McGowan to Muriel Young to Sam Kydd.
Any release of No Hiding Place would be greatly enhanced if Deep And Crisp and Stolen was included as an Extra
on the release - what say you Peter and everyone else?
Here is the full cast for Deep And Crisp And Stolen
Raymond Francis (Det. Chief-Supt. Lockhart/Percy Turner) Dennis Price (William) Maggie Fitzgibbon (Leoni) Robert Dorning (manager) George Moon (Ted) Muriel Young (W.P.Sgt Saunders) Joan Hickson (Mrs. Caley) Arthur Mullard (P.C. Muldoon) Dennis Lotis (Bryant) Grant Taylor (Bluey) Frances Guthrie (Miss Burton) Tony Quinn (Dooley) Jack Cunningham (First Landlord) John Quayle (space pilot) Margaret Nolan (Space hostess) James Copeland (security man Tom) Jack Lynn (security sergeant) Lewis Wilson (Packard) Nancy Nevinson (cleaning woman) Lionel Hamilton (security officer Potts) Peter Fraser (P.C. Lomax) Clifford Earl (Det-Sgt. Brown) Nancy Roberts (Cleo) Michael Corcoran (second landlord) Joe Wadham (P.C. Harry) Keith Peacock (P.C. Fred) Buster Noble (Australian) Patrick Allen Gerald Flood Keith Fordyce Jimmy Hanley Sam Kydd Cathy Mcgowan Michael Miles Laurie West
22 full episodes, 7 partial episodes or sequences and a clip reel exist.
Thank you Ray for your above post and here they are ...
Existing Full Episodes
The first 11 had Raymond Francis as Lockhart and Eric Lander as Baxter with other cast members being ...
01 Season 1 Episode 17 6/1/60 Victim Of The Dark Peter Vaughan John Abineri 02 Season 2 Episode 05 2/6/60 Two Blind Mice Patrick Troughton Alfred Burke 03 Season 3 Episode 06 10/3/61The Widower Griffiths Jones Georgina Cookson Gwen Nelson 04 Season 3 Episode 07 17/3/61 Whistle And I'll Come John Breslin Jameson Clark 05 Season 3 Episode 23 14/7/61 The White Stick Terence Alexander Jack Smethurst 06 Season 3 Episode 26 4/8/61 Dead Ringer Peter Vaughan Betty McDowall 07 Season 4 Episode 02 15/5/62 Accessories After The Fact Ronald Radd Frank Williams 08 Season 4 Episode 37 22/1/63 Beware Of The Weepers Reg Lye Harry Fowler 09 Season 4 Episode 40 12/2/63 Operation Tiptoe Ian Shand Pamela Conway 10 Season 4 Episode 44 19/3/63 A Bird To Watch The Marbles Pauline Munro Delphi Lawrence 11 Season 5 Episode 08 20/8/63 Expert With Salt Naomi Chance Ronald Leigh-Hunt
The next 11 had Raymond Francis as Lockhart with Johnny Briggs and Michael McStay as the Sergeants
12 Season 7 Episode 12 19/04/65 Music For Murder Alan Gifford Ann Firbank Petra Davies Philip Bond Edina Ronay 13 Season 7 Episode 14 03/05/65 Smokey Glyn Houston Liam Redmond John Woodnutt 14 Season 7 Episode 15 10/05/65 A Place In The Sun Patricia Routledge Reg Lye 15 Season 7 Episode 16 17/05/65 The Best Years Of Your Life Richard O'Sullivan Chris Sandford 16 Season 7 Episode 17 24/05/65 A Fistful Of Trouble Peter Bowles Jess Conrad Garfield Morgan 17 Season 7 Episode 19 07/06/65 Rat In A Trap Jean Kent David Saire 18 Season 7 Episode 20 14/06/65 Chain Of Guilt Deryck Guyler Pete Murray Carmen Munroe 19 Season 7 Episode 23 05/07/65 One Good Man And True? James Maxwell George Tovey 20 Season 7 Episode 24 12/07/65 The Reunion Imogen Hassall Ronald Howard 21 Season 8 Un-transmitted? 1965 A Home Posting Derek Newark Patricia Haines David Sumner 22 Season 9 Episode 02 11/5/66 Ask Me If I Killed Her Derek Godfrey Yootha Joyce
The last one had Raymond Francis as Lockhart and Sean Caffrey as the Sergeant with among cast
22 Season 10 Episode 01 15/3/67 It's All Happening John Carlin Ursula Howells
Existing Partial Episodes
The first 6 had Raymond Francis as Lockhart and Eric Lander as Baxter with among cast being 01 Season 3 Episode 18 09/6/61 Process Of Elimination Patrick Troughton John Stone 02 Season 4 Episode 11 17/7/62 The Bank Job Maurice Kaufmann Richard Caldicot 03 Season 4 Episode 14 07/8/62 The Common Murder Patrick Newell Chris Sanford 04 Season 4 Episode 23 09/10/62 Time To Kill John Humphry Charles Lamb 05 Season 4 Episode 25 30/10 62 Key To Murder Pauline Yates Molly Weir 06 Season 5 Episode 09 27/8/63 Peggy Catherine Woodville Elizabeth Begley
The last one had Raymond Francis as Lockhart with Johnny Briggs and Michael McStay as the Sergeants
07 Season 9 Episode 08 24/6/66 The Smoker Kenny Lynch David Collings
Post by williammcgregor on Apr 9, 2020 10:33:06 GMT
The following people who appeared in and either directed or wrote for No Hiding Place, Existing Episodes are still around. As with usual dvd releases, which often have introductions to the episodes or interviews or running commentaries, these people may like to contribute to any dvd release with their recollections
Marc Miller: Director of Ask Me If I Killed Her 1966 and It's All Happening Nick Hague: Director of Ask Me If I Killed Her 1966
Douglas Livingstone: Writer of Ask Me If I Killed Her 1966 Colin Holder: Writer of It's All Happening 1967 and Rat In A Trap 1965
Johnny Briggs: Actor as Det Sgt Russell 80 episodes 1964- 1966 includes 10 Existing Full Episodes and 1 partial Episode Michael McStay: Actor as Det Sgt Perryman 80 episodes 1960-1966 includes 10 Existing Full Episodes and 1 partial Episode
Julian Fox: Actor as Constable 20 episodes 1959-60 includes Existing Full Episode Victim Of The Dark
Rowena Gregory: Actress as WPO and Detective Sally Jordan 7 episodes 1961 includes Existing Full Episodes Dead Ringer 1961 and The Widower 1961
Bill Morton: Director Victim Of The Dark 1960 Richard Gilbert: Director Whistle And I'll Come To You
Richard West: Director The White Stick 1961 which had Jack Smethurst in it and he is still around. Also Richard West: Director Dead Ringer 1961
John Frankau: Director Smokey 1965 and One Good Man And True? 1965
Christopher Hodson: Director A Home Posting, Chain of Guilt, The Best Years of Your Life all 1965, The Smoker 1966
Geoffrey Hughes: Director A Fistful Of Trouble 1965
According to IMDB, No Hiding Place had over it's run, 34 different Directors and 109 Series Writing Credits. This may have contributed to making the episodes vary in direction and storyline, making them interesting to watch, act in and to produce?
Post by Peter Stirling on Apr 10, 2020 9:39:33 GMT
I suppose DVD companies like Network have to consider first if they have an audience (apart from us loonys LOL) for what they release to warrant investing hard cash in rights chasing, backstories, and possible restoration.
IIRC An NHP episode was made in a week but that only included about 90 minutes to get in and out of a studio to do the interiors, and included technology limitations like electronic cameras that could not just be switched on, but had to be 'warmed up' and aligned first.
So once recording, directors were reluctant to stop the tape for anything, so it may mean some episodes contain things like boom mikes dropping in, set wobbles or actors stumbling their lines etc.
So I suppose Network etc have to ask..Would a young audience, (considering a purchase of a DVD) accept all that and still be charmed by Lockhart as the older audiences were who saw him as the kindly, just uncle they visited each week?
However I reckon another outlet for these episodes would be tv channel TPTV .....They showed an episode of AR's 'Blackmail' a while ago as a one-off story.. presumably they got it from the BFI so it was 'cleared' for them. It was an amusing little story with good production values for the day..... another episode of Blackmail I saw (not shown on TV) had a very unconvincing set and looked like a tv studio.....such was the variation in quality in those days.