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Creamguide (Films) Commentaries: Sapphire and Steel

Diamond and Williams (and Kibble-White) have been assigned.  Yes our very own triumverate of transuranic heavy elements who may not be amused where there is life, celebrate the 35th anniversary of the finale of Sapphire and Steel. Join the wide-ranging chat that examines the function of Access (“your flexible friend”), reminiscences over Border Television’s studio in Carlisle and celebrates ITV’s greatest ever show (fact). Plus another gratitious mention for Pam Early. If you don’t want to listen to the commentary using our player (above), then Download this episode (right click and save) (72 MB). Or, to save you all this hassle, just subscribe to our podcast via iTunes.

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  1. George White

    November 20, 2017 at 11:42 am

    1. David Collings was also Bob Cratchit in the Bert Finney Scrooge, in Doctor Who three times and the voice of Monkey.
    2. De Souza is still alive. He was Eileen’s dad in Corrie, which was sort of redundant, because they went all that thing to explain Todd was half-black, and then brought in the half-Indian De Souza. He was in Mr Turner and the Borgias on Sky too.He was the hero of Hammer’s Phantom of the Opera and Kiss of the Vampire and he’s Bond’s college pal the Sheik in the Spy who Loved Me.
    3. Hammond’s done some Midsomer Murders. Both he and JC Wilsher did Torchwood.
    4. Shirley Valentine was 1988. In between Avengers and Sapphire, she did the Plank with Eric Sykes, and then after she was miscast in YTV-US coproduction the Glory Boys with an equally miscast Scotland Yard man Anthony Perkins and Israeli super-scientist Rod Steiger trying to stop the IRA and PLO, and in miniseries Mistral’s Daughter.
    5. The tapes of those Motormouths are missing, apparently, wiped by Disney.
    6. My mum still has Badedas.
    7. Magnet and Steele. Frank Magnet and Tony Steele.
    8. Mysterious World was Yorkshire.

  2. David Smith

    November 20, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Access, as I recall, was basically Barclaycard but for the rest of the (then) Big Four, ie. Lloyds, NatWest and Midland/Clydesdale, and using the MasterCard network internationally as opposed to Visa. Latterly each of those respective cards changed to “[Bank Name] MasterCard”, I guess to emphasise their own brand name, so I imagine Access was a brand owned by those three banks together, and they collectively decided to wind it up…

    • David Smith

      November 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      PS re Nessles, a-Dee-dass etc, it’s not my imagination is it that we unsophisticated non-Francophones used to call Renault “Rennolt”? As opposed to “Renaux”? Or maybe that was just me as a kid…

      • Paul Gatenby

        November 20, 2017 at 6:58 pm

        I know several people who say ‘Pew-jot’ when discussing cars. I’m sure they know what they’re doing…

        • Richard16378

          November 20, 2017 at 8:04 pm

          I’ve heard that a long with Day-see-a, who now want to be called Dacha.

          We should say Lan-cha & Meeshlan, but don’t.

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