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4 years ago
TV comedy drama, written by Jack Rosenthal, that originally featured in ITV's 'Sunday Night Theatre' strand. Long-suffering weekend referee Mr. Armistead (David Swift) refuses to give up on trying to teach the rougher elements of Co-op Albion and Parker Street Depot about fairness, sportsmanship, and restraint. No matter what the provocation, or how much testosterone is flying through the air, Mr Armistead brings his own home-grown philosophy of life to bear on the players, whether they want to hear it or not.
8 months ago
Everything belongs to STV, ITV, SMG Productions. First Broadcast Thursday, 24th December 2009. Three years earlier Jimmy Melville's corpse was found floating in a river. His mobile phone was sold on e-bay and at one time had been in the possession of Mark Joffe, a part-time English lecturer and crime writer, whose new novel 'Chaos' describes a murder identical to Melville's. He is an arrogant, evasive interviewee but he once had an affair with an Anne Scoular, to whom he was violent and threatening after she left him for Jimmy Melville.This gives Burke's team an opening, as does the cooperation of an older female colleague spurned by Joffe.
2 years ago
Edna, the Inebriate Woman is a British television drama written by Jeremy Sandford Play for Today 21 October 1971. Jeremy Sandford, who had previously written Cathy Come Home, researched the play by living rough himself for two weeks. A great deal of the dialogue and the incidents in the play come from the book, Down and Out in Britain published by Jeremy Sandford in 1971; although the majority of the speakers in the book are male, Jeremy Sandford puts much of their speech into the mouth of the female character. The filmed drama features one of the few acting roles (as a tramp) of British actor Vivian MacKerrell, the real-life inspiration for the character Withnail in Withnail and I. And a young Dot Cotton. At the 1972 British Academy Television Awards, the play won the Best Drama Production category, with Patricia Hayes receiving the award for Best Actress. The play deals with an elderly woman, Edna (Patricia Hayes), who wanders through life in an alcoholic haze without a home, a job or any money. A rambling, pathetic yet defiant woman, Edna sleeps rough and begs for food and shelter and the drama follows her progress as she moves from hostel to hostel, going to a psychiatric ward and then prison along the way. At the end a small home for homeless women run by Josie Quinn (Barbara Jefford) of a Christian charity 'Jesus Saves' is closed down after an inquiry following the complaints of neighbours. Edna and the other women are on the road again. Directed by Ted Kotcheff, Irene Shubik produced it.
3 years ago
A nostalgic look back at Scarborough c. 1973.... A really professional film, brilliantly shot and produced by Michael Wallace....It is reproduced here in good faith as I understand this film is no longer available on DVD. I dedicate this upload to Max Payne MBE along with two of my own videos about Scarborough. Compare with Scarborough more recently on the 'Scarborough Vistas' or 'Scarborough Besides the Seaside' videos. My apologies for any unintentional copyright infringement. Jayne Anne
2 years ago
Award-winning feature-length family film starring Kevin Whately as Steve, a single father who, after losing his job as an architect, sets up a guest house with young daughter Alice to avoid losing his home as well. Will they succeed, or will the unscrupulous property developers get their way? This was originally broadcast as a two-part drama on Friday, 19th and 26th June, 1992, and is absolutely not to be confused with the 2016 Paul McGann film of the same name, or the 1992 Roger Moore romantic comedy Bed & Breakfast. This is genuinely heart-warming stuff with a full range of emotions, yet it never crosses the line into soppiness and still manages to retain a sense of both real peril and humour at the same time. The set piece with Roger Sloman and the moving hat (trying to avoid spoilers) is genuinely funny and resolved cleverly, while the "heavies" provide a different dimension, but you're also left wondering just how far the ruthless bad guys are willing to go in order to get their hands on the house. There are question marks over exactly who can be trusted and who can't, plus the difficulties faced by single-parent families rear their head on occasions. Overall, this really is very enjoyable, and in my book unfairly forgotten in the mists of time. Another bonus point is that I don't like it when a film tries to wrap up every single thread at the end, as if all the characters needs to receive either their reward or their comeuppance. This tells its story, and when it's finished, it ends - perfectly satisfying, and still open to a sequel or spin-off series. It's no surprise that B&B went on to win The Writers' Guild Award for Best Children's TV Show. Besides Kevin Whately (who, despite his decades as Lewis, I still look at and think "Oh - it's the dad from Geordie Racer"), the central role is played by Alexandra Milman. As the independent and motivated daughter, she's excellent, and it was almost an inevitability that the same writers would go on to cast her in Mike and Angelo as Melanie and The Tomorrow People as Jade. She subsequently landed the lead in The Genie from Down Under (a BBC/Australian co-production I don't really remember) and played Anne Bronte in a 2003 TV movie - but unfortunately her IMDB doesn't list anything in the last 10 years or so. I wonder what became of Alexandra. Working on the stage, perhaps? Stealing the show in many ways, though, is Katy Murphy as troubled wandering busker Billie. We, of course, know Katy as a regular in Spatz and Mike and Angelo, but her performance here runs the full gamut and adds an element of unpredictability. In fact, the more I see of her, the more I wonder why we haven't seen *much* more of her in TV and film. Also making appearances are (amongst others) the likes of Ian McNeice, Jan Ravens, Joanna Kanska, Caroline O'Neill, Tim Healy and Dicken Ashworth - all recognisable faces on British TV, which add up to a very impressive ensemble indeed. Oh, and look out for a young Sam Stockman, too. On top of all that, I'd like to give a big mention to director Graham Dixon, who pulled it all off brilliantly. Also to Jim Parker for providing great music, Joyce Nettles for getting the casting so right, and production designer Mark Tildesley, who - get this - went on to co-design the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. No wonder Spatz always looked so good! This is a lot longer than most of my uploads and something of a departure, but I hope you stick at it and enjoy it as much as I do. Many thanks to Grant for providing this recording. (This is a transfer from an old videotape, so please don't expect full HD quality. To the best of my knowledge, this material is not available commercially anywhere in the world, and has been uploaded for its historic interest. That said, if you are a copyright holder and object, please don't hesitate to contact me.)
2 years ago
"When Auntie BBC put on a kaftan and beads and entered the pop age" murmurs the solemn opening commentary of this 1970 'Man Alive' TV analysis of UK pop radio. Posh voices in sepia suits submerged in cigarette smoke poke earnestly at this strange new radio thing growing with alarming speed its petri dish.
10 months ago
Malcolm Bradbury's 1995 television adaptation of the comic novel "Cold Comfort Farm", by Stella Gibbons. The film is directed by John Schlesinger. When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex, the Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm. Far from the refinement of 1930's London, the decidedly odd family are in need of organising, so who better than Flora to do it! Cast :- Kate Beckinsale as Flora Poste Joanna Lumley as Mrs. Mary Smiling Ian McKellen as Amos Starkadder Rufus Sewell as Seth Starkadder Eileen Atkins as Judith Starkadder Sheila Burrell as Ada Doom Stephen Fry as Mybug Freddie Jones as Adam Lambsbreath Miriam Margolyes as Mrs. Beetle Ivan Kaye as Reuben Starkadder Jeremy Peters as Urk Maria Miles as Elfine Starkadder Christopher Bowen as Charles Fairford Louise Rea as Meriam Beetle Sophie Revell as Rennet Rupert Penry-Jones as Dick Hawk-Monitor Angela Thorne as Mrs. Hawk-Monitor Harry Ditson as Earl P. Neck
4 years ago
Here's one of my favourite BBC Screen Two dramas "Unfair Exchanges" broadcast in 1985 starring Julie Walters as a single mother seemingly haunted by a sinister telephone system that seems to have become an evil intelligence in its own right. Screen Two was a British television anthology drama series, produced by the BBC and transmitted on BBC1 from 1985 to 1994. Following the demise of the BBC's Play for Today which ran from 1970 to 1984, producer Kenneth Trodd was asked to formulate a new series of one-off television dramas. However, while Play For Today's style had been a largely studio based form of theatre on television, the new series was shot entirely on film. This was an attempt by the BBC to repeat the success of Channel 4's television films, many of which had been released in cinemas.