A collector I know told me just a day ago that there weren't any of Jessie Matthews' episodes known to exist. The BBC apparently have 1500 and they're all Ellis Powell. But I have three of Jessie's episodes in full on mp3: two are slightly poor quality, the other sounds fine. All are off-air recordings I have acquired through contacts. But there must be far more in existence if I've found three with my limited contacts/resources.
I wonder what the official archive status is of Jessie's episodes (when the series was renamed The Dales)? The last episode was partly filmed by TV cameras, and clips were shown in the Jessie Matthews documentary Catch a Fallen Star (1987, which can be seen on Youtube. I also thought one of Jessie's episodes may have been repeated on BBC7.
Thanks for that, Dean. It seems it was renamed The Dales just before Jessie joined the show, in February 1962 - in fact, she didn't join until March 1963. I wonder how many of the seven episodes of The Dales are from this period.
Post by Dean Williams on Sept 9, 2011 13:06:20 GMT
5 of the 7 Dales episodes are the complete last week of broadcasting; Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th and Friday 25th April 1969. I don't know the dates of teh other two episodes at the moment.
Post by Dean Williams on Sept 10, 2011 11:20:00 GMT
It was a long run, 21 years with most of the cast being replaced be different actors, some of children and other relatives/locals were played by up to 14 different actors through the run. Even Dr Jim Dale was played by 3 or 4 actors and obviously Mrs Dale by two (with two different stand-ins during Jessie Matthews' ill periods). It was replaced 3 days after cancellation with the (supposedly) more hip Waggoners' Walk which ran from 1969 to 1980.
The 1948 and 1960 shows are on YouTube. The others, no doubt, soon will be!
Post by Charles Norton on Sept 11, 2011 22:33:41 GMT
I think that you may need to remember that the BBC Sound Archive is highly selective when it comes to what it will give shelf-space to.
There are a lot of things held at the British Library that are not held in the BBC Sound Archive. The BBC Sound Archive knows what's there, but don't feel that there is any need to provide a home for them within the BBC itself.
'Lost' audio material turns up all the time. Copies are routinely offered to Simon Rooks at the BBC Sound Archive. However, most of the time he turns down the material. The British Library is much more open when it comes to this sort of thing and is far more likely to give lost recordings an official home.