A short video we made. Sniff…See post
It’s been a terrible week. We’ve lost Richard Briers, Derek Batey… and now, we hear, Bob Godfrey, godfather of the lovely wobbly, egalitarian animation style that made Roobarb, Noah and Nelly, Henry’s Cat et al so brilliant. And possessor of TV’s friendliest voice.
Below is a documentary from 1971, showing the great man at work…See post
If your Sagacity will pardon us, we would like to submit for her consideration some unseen evidence from a future episodic interface in the life of… Colin Baker!See post
Ahem. We’ll explain the above video in a moment. But first, this…
Tonight (i.e. Monday) is the final of Only Connect on BBC4. It’s TV’s best quiz (Pointless, obviously, a close second). But don’t worry, the show that was nearly called Link’em Park isn’t about to disappear from your screens – like Dr Who. No, next Monday BBC4 are bringing us Wall Night, an evening devoted to the Connecting Walls round. Most excitingly, we’re told it’ll feature scenes of Question Editor and host of this very website, David J* Bodycombe, in his actual office, setting actual questions! A chance to see how David lives his life? What’s not to like? We hear he’s had his staircase remodelled as a Rubik’s Snake.
And then – oh! And then! Some time in early 2012, we’ll get the Only Connect: Champion of Champions episode, pitting [captain of the 2008 champion team] David Stainer against his wife Katie Bramall-Stainer [who helmed the winning 2010 team]. Hence the above excitable video, courtesy of TV Cream’s Whimsical Films Unit. We hope that all makes sense.
* The ‘J’ stands for ‘Jeux Sans Frontières’, BTW.See post
TV Cream’s Whimsical Film Unit have been at work again. This time producing a 12-step guide to getting the bits between the programmes just right. Watch, and be “chuffed to little mint balls”. (CONTAINS TOM McGURK)
Because you demanded it – or certainly didn’t stipulate we shouldn’t – here’s the obligatory TV Cream Dr Who mash-up video to celebrate the series’ mid-series finale on Saturday.
We kind of lost faith by the time we got to the Viglen interlude, to be honest, but it does pick up again a little bit from there…See post
The 10 (kind of) golden rules every gameshow should observe, whether it’s an Olympiad for the mind, or a spot of riddle-me-ree for heterosexual couples…
Just in case you thought The Silence, from last Saturday’s episode, were as scary as it gets.See post
Slightly funnier than Simon Munnery on Newsnight.See post
Following on from last week’s shock melange ‘twixt The Apprentice and some incidental music from Dr Who story ‘Daleks in Manhattan’, TV Cream’s Whimsical Short Films Unit has been toiling hard on the predictable flight of fancy that is: Hey! What would have happened if the production team had used some music from old Dr Who on the show?!
Well, the results are as follows…See post
“WHAT YOU won’t find on a British stamp is the planet Betelgeuse!” Ah, some quality linkwork from PETER DUNCAN there, as he seamlessly introduces an appearance from MARVIN THE PARANOID ANDROID on BLUE PETER back in 1981. Brilliant fun for anyone old enough to stay up to five year, er, five to eight and appreciate the “stunning effects” of THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY.See post
THE WORLD CUP is finally upon us, so to celebrate, it’s back to the summer of 1982 for a glimpse of some old school ITV coverage.
Jeff Wayne’s synthtastic anthem Matador opens proceedings, before BRIAN MOORE introduces a look at ‘one or two of the lighter moments of the tournament’, including cameo appearances from ERIC MORECAMBE (“Just one Cornetto!”) and MIKE YARWOOD (shamelessly essaying a Lopez Ufarte “joke” in the guise of Brian Clough), an interview with Northern Ireland’s mascot ‘Yer Man’ by a tyro EAMONN HOLMES who, frankly, looks like he might be late for his paper round, and an undercover BBC raid on the ITV camp from messrs HILL and McMENEMY.See post
“IN FIVE MINUTES, Pete and Kathy are in for a shock when they return to Albert Square. But first…”
From 1986, the BBC’s original full-length trailer for CASUALTY, featuring consultant EWART PLIMMER introducing us to some of the people we’d soon be getting to know and love at Holby City Hospital. Here’s DUFFY, KUBA and BAZ… and “one of the most aggressive, irritating, natural nurses it’s ever been my good fortune to argue with!” It’s CHARLIE FAIRHEAD!
Once upon a time, this sort of thing was a regular sight on British television. EASTENDERS arrived on our screens with the residents of Albert Square introducing themselves in a series of vignettes (“They call me Lofty – I think it’s cos I live up ‘ere!”), and when NEIGHBOURS moved to the 5.35pm slot in 1988, the BBC enlisted Madge to front a five-minute guide to the good folk of Ramsay Street.
If it were up to us, every new TV drama would be heralded by a lengthy trailer like this, featuring a member of the cast, in character, stopping for a chat (“Oh, hello. Welcome to Cranford!”) and introducing us to the rest of the characters (“and then there’s DC Chris Skelton – ‘e’s a bit dim but his heart’s in the right place!”), before imploring us to tune in each week (“so don’t forget, make a reservation for Hotel Babylon!”).See post
IN THE SUMMER of 1990, there was but one question on the nation’s lips. Not ‘can England win the World Cup?’ Not even ‘will Robson go with three at the back against Belgium, Emlyn?’ No, during that year’s footballing fiesta, one single conundrum echoed across England (and Wales). Where did the power that was working our TV actually come from?
Fortunately, one man had the answer. And that man was PETER PURVES. In a prime piece of pre-privatisation propaganda, the newly-formed National Power conscripted the amiable frontman from Blue Peter, Kickstart and the darts to reassure a restless people fallen to wondering just who was responsible for generating electricity for England (and Wales).
Striding out beneath the Twin Towers as stirring music swelled, Pete commandeered the Wembley floodlights to reveal the answer. If you tot up the electricity produced by everybody else, it comes to a derisory 56%, explained Pete, leaving the famous pitch in semi-darkness. So who was responsible for the rest, he asked rhetorically, before lighting up half of the London Borough of Brent to demonstrate the current-generating majesty of National Power. And just in time to get the thoughts of Graham Taylor before the second half of Cameroon v Romania.See post
IF YOU’RE concerned about potential Rick Wakeman withdrawal symptoms tonight, be sure to play this clip of The Official Proper BBC Election Theme at five to ten precisely, before settling down to discover who will be the “true born king of all England” for the next five years.See post
There’s a whiff of hustings in the air, so let’s check up and see how Labour are doing:
He seems to be all right, as do the other 10,999. Pity John Smith fluffs his only gag, but at least it’s in the grand tradition of all political jokes, i.e. not really funny but still received with a huge roar of laughter. And where was the “mixture of opera and rock”?See post