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Humour in the Morning – 2012 – Fiona Healey, Head of Legacy

27/06/2022

Justice? – Topical Toon – Dave Brown

27/06/2022

Comedy: Cabin Pressure – S03 E06 – St. Petersburg – Roger Allam, Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Finnemore

27/06/2022

Great cast – very funny


Cabin Pressure is set in the wing and prayer world of a tiny, one-plane airline, staffed by two pilots, one on his way down, and one who was never up to start with.

Carolyn Knapp-Shappey, MJN Air’s formidable boss, has employed two of the very cheapest pilot’s money can buy. Captain Martin Crieff, who’s always wanted to fly and won’t let a little thing like lack of ability stop him, and First Officer Douglas Richardson, smooth-voiced old sky-god and eternal schemer. Passenger service is provided by the relentlessly cheerful Arthur, proud inventor of both Surprising Rice and his own hat.

Jazz in the Night: Wynton Marsalis -Jazz in Marciac 2009

27/06/2022

Sharpe’s Prey – #5 – Richard Sharpe series – Bernard Cornwell – Audiobook – Part 2/3 – read by William Gaminara

27/06/2022

Torchwood: #2 – Fall To Earth – Gareth David-Lloyd

27/06/2022

Torchwood is a sci-fi audio series produced by Big Finish Productions based on the British television programme of the same name. Like its TV counterpart, the dramas follow the exploits of the operatives who work for the Torchwood Institute – a fictional secret organisation that defends Earth against extraterrestrial threats. The series premiered on 15 September 2015 MORE AT LINK

This Episode

High in the sky, Ianto Jones finds himself marooned on the maiden voyage of the first commercial space flight, the SkyPuncher but it’s falling from the sky. Separated from his team at Torchwood Three, his only means of contact now is a young call centre operative called Zeynep…

I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again – Star Trek Spoof

27/06/2022

I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again (often abbreviated as ISIRTA) is a BBCradio comedy programme that originated from the 1964 Cambridge UniversityFootlights revue, Cambridge Circus.[2][3] This is a scripted sketch show. It had a devoted youth following, with the live tapings enjoying very lively audiences, particularly when familiar themes and characters were repeated; a tradition that continued into the spinoff show I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. MORE AT LINK

Featuring John Cleese, Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, David Hatch and Jo Kendall

The Late Movie: She’s In The Army Now (1981) – Jamie Lee Curtis, Kathleen Quinlan

27/06/2022

Richard Murdoch and Wilfrid Hyde White – The Men From The Ministry S02 E03 – The Trouble With Cecil

27/06/2022

Classic comedy from the days when the Civil Service had a sense of humour. The Men from the Ministry were the hilarious radio forerunners of TV’s Yes Minister – bungling bureaucrats who bungled for 15 glorious years from 1962 to 1977.

Muddling through were Wilfrid Hyde White, as the first head of the ubiquitous General Assistance Department, and the imperturbable Deryck Guyler, who followed him in 1966. Richard Murdoch was their faithfully incompetent Number Two. Together they created absolute chaos – and an enduring and influential Whitehall spoof. Here, with the help of guests like Warren Mitchell and Roy Dotrice, they mismanage a new road scheme, upset Britain’s space programme, confuse the export drive, and attempt to rescue a forgotten army unit.

Their potty exploits remain (in the inimitable words of the BBC announcer) “a tribute to the men of our Government service, those men who are sometimes compared to tea bags: they always stick together when they get into hot water”

Midnight Murder: Midsomer Murders #6 – S02 E01 – Death’s Shadow – John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Daniel Casey

26/06/2022

This Episode

The village of Badger’s Drift is again at the centre of attention when popular local property developer, Richard Bayly, is found decapitated in his own home. Richard had recently been diagnosed with a brain tumour, and was contemplating his likely premature death. The murder weapon, an Indian sword, is found near his body, and it turns out it was stolen in a burglary at the vicarage. Barnaby and Troy set out to find out who would go that far to kill a dying man. The police detectives realise that the key to the case is the death of a young schoolboy long in the past. The truth finally comes out, but not until two further deaths occur, first when a handyman burns alive in his caravan, and second when another parishioner is struck by an arrow at a fair.


The Series

Midsomer Murders is a British crime drama television series, adapted by Anthony Horowitz and Douglas Watkinson from the novels in the Chief Inspector Barnaby book series (created by Caroline Graham), and broadcast on two channels of ITV since its premiere on 23 March 1997. The series focuses on various murder cases that take place within small country villages across the fictional English county of Midsomer, and the efforts of the senior police detective and his partner within the fictional Midsomer Constabulary to solve the crime by determining who the culprit is and the motive for their actions. It identifies itself differently from other detective dramas often by featuring a mixture of lighthearted whimsy and dark humour, as well as a notable soundtrack that includes the use of the theremin instrument for the show’s theme tune.

The programme has featured two lead stars—from its premiere in 1997, John Nettles as Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Tom Barnaby, until his retirement from the drama in February 2011; then Neil Dudgeon as DCI John Barnaby, Tom’s younger cousin, since March 2011. Both main stars have featured a list of supporting actors who worked alongside them, including Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Daniel Casey, John Hopkins, Jason Hughes, and Gwilym Lee, with Nick Hendrix as the current co-star working with Dudgeon. Midsomer Murders remains a popular feature in British television schedules and has been broadcast internationally in over 200 countries and territories. MORE AT LINK

Classic TV Comedy: Newhart – S03 E16 – Bob Newhart,Mary Frann,Tom Poston, Julia Duffy, Peter Scolari – Look Homeward Stephanie

26/06/2022

Wikipedia

Newhart is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from October 25, 1982 to May 21, 1990 with a total of 184 half-hour episodes spanning over eight seasons. The series stars Bob Newhart and Mary Frann as an author and his wife who own and operate an inn in a small, rural Vermont town that is home to many eccentric characters. TV Guide, TV Land, and A&E named the Newhart series finale as one of the most memorable in television history. Newhart was recorded on videotape for Season 1, with the remaining seasons shot on film. The theme music for Newhart was composed by Henry Mancini.

Bob Newhart plays Dick Loudon, an author of do-it-yourself and travel books. He and his wife Joanna move from New York City to a small town in rural Vermont to operate the 200-year-old Stratford Inn. Although the town’s name was never specified in the show, some media sources identified it as Norwich The outside shot of the house is the Waybury Inn in East Middlebury.

Dick is a sane, mild-mannered everyman surrounded by a community of oddballs in a town that exists in an illogical world governed by rules that elude him. Near the end of the second season, Dick began hosting a low-rated talk show on the town’s local television station. As the series progressed, episodes focused increasingly on Dick’s TV career and the quirky townsfolk.

The Bill #12 – S02 E12 – “Snouts and Red Herrings”

26/06/2022

Watch soon as may disappear

Amidst renovation chaos at Sun Hill a new PC, Abe Lyttleton, arrives a day early. He is Sun Hill’s first black police officer and although he is friendly and popular, his arrival is not appreciated by bigoted PC Pete Muswell. DC Dashwood recognises a man who has brought in his papers for a car. He is using a false name and address. During electrical repairs the personal radios are out of action and as a result a CID operation is blown.

The Bill is a British police procedural television series, first broadcast on ITV from 16 August 1983 until 31 August 2010. The programme originated from a one-off drama, Woodentop, broadcast in August 1983.

The programme focused on the lives and work of one shift of police officers, rather than on any particular aspect of police work. The Bill was the longest-running police procedural television series in the United Kingdom, and among the longest running of any British television series at the time of its cancellation. The title originates from “Old Bill”, a slang term for the police.

Although highly acclaimed by fans and critics, the series attracted controversy on several occasions. An episode broadcast in 2008 was criticised for featuring fictional treatment for multiple sclerosis. The series has also faced more general criticism concerning its levels of violence, particularly prior to 2009, when it occupied a pre-watershed slot. The Bill won several awards, including BAFTAs, a Writers’ Guild of Great Britain award, and Best Drama at the Inside Soap Awards in 2009, this being the series’ fourth consecutive win.

Sharpe’s Battle – #8 – Part 1/2 – Sean Bean

26/06/2022

Based on Bernard Cornwell’s series of novels about English soldier, Richard Sharpe. Good casting.

Classic TV: When The Boat Comes In – James Bolam,Susan Jameson – S03 E15 – Please Say Goodbye Before You Go

26/06/2022

Great series

Wikipedia

When the Boat Comes In is a British television period drama produced by the BBC between 1976 and 1981. The series stars James Bolam as Jack Ford, a First World War veteran who returns to his poverty-stricken (fictional) town of Gallowshield in the North East of England. The series dramatises the political struggles of the 1920s and 1930s and explores the impact of national and international politics upon Ford and the people around him.

The majority of episodes were written by creator James Mitchell, but in Series 1 north-eastern writers Tom Hadaway, Sid Chaplin and Alex Glasgow contributed episodes, and in Series 3 Jeremy Burnham and Colin Morris shared writing duties with Mitchell. Mitchell also wrote three tie-in books to the T.V. show: When the Boat Comes In, When the Boat Comes In: The Hungry Years and When the Boat Comes In: Upwards and Onwards. The final book brings the reader up to date with the end of the second series of the TV show.

The traditional tune “When The Boat Comes In” was adapted by David Fanshawe and sung by Alex Glasgow for the title theme of the series. Fanshawe also composed the incidental music. The BBC revived the series in 1981, with the fourth series telling the story of Jack Ford as he returns to Britain penniless, after six years spent bootlegging in the United States, and follows him as he sets up in London

Core Cast

  • James Bolam as Jack Ford (1976–77,81 / Series 1-4 / 48 episodes)
  • James Garbutt as Bill Seaton (1976–77 / Series 1-3 / 39 episodes)
  • Jean Heywood as Bella Seaton (1976–77 / Series 1-3 / 39 episodes)
  • John Nightingale as Tom Seaton (1976–77 / Series 1-3 / 39 episodes)
  • Edward Wilson as Billy Seaton (1976–77, 81 / Series 1-4 / 35 episodes)
  • Malcolm Terris as Matt Headley (1976–77 / Series 1-3 / 34 episodes)
  • Susan Jameson as Jessie Ashton née Seaton (1976–77, 81 / Series 1-4 / 30 episodes)
  • Madelaine Newton as Dolly (1976–77 / Series 1-3 / 30 episodes)
  • Basil Henson as Sir Horatio Manners (1976–77 / Series 1-3 / 25 episodes)
  • Geoffrey Rose as Arthur Ashton (1976–77 / Series 1-3 / 18 episodes)
  • Rosalind Bailey as Sarah Headley née Lytton (1977, 81 / Series 2-4 / 23 episodes)
  • William Fox as the Duke of Bedlington (1976–77 / Series 2-3 / 13 episodes)
  • Lois Baxter as Lady Caroline #2 (1977, 81 / Series 3-4 / 15 episodes)

Ma Rainey – Honey, Where You Been So Long (1924)

26/06/2022

Ma Rainey – Jealous Hearted Blues

26/06/2022

Ma Rainey – Black Bottom Blues

26/06/2022

Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads: S01E05 – I’ll Never Forget Whatshername – Rodney Bewes, James Bolam

26/06/2022

Sunday Night Movie: Waterloo (1970) – Rod Steiger

26/06/2022

Vera – #38 – S10 E02 – with Brenda Blethyn – Parent Not Expected

26/06/2022

Excellent series, good casts

Watch soon as may disappear

This Episode

Vera must unravel a tangled web of deceit between two wildly different families when the body of a teenage boy is discovered floating near a Northumberland salmon farm.

The Series

Vera is a British crime drama series based on the Vera Stanhope series of novels written by crime writer Ann Cleeves. It was first broadcast on ITV on 1 May 2011, and to date, eleven series have aired, with the latest debuting on 29 August 2021. The series stars Brenda Blethyn as the principal character, Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. In 2021, Ann Cleeves confirmed that the character of Vera was based on a neighbour of her maternal grandmother. The neighbour had been something of a busybody and her personality was the basis for Vera.

Vera is a nearly retired employee of the fictional ‘Northumberland & City Police’, who is obsessive about her work and driven by her own demons. She plods along in a constantly dishevelled state, but has a calculating mind and, despite her irascible personality, she cares deeply about her work and colleagues. She often proves her superior skills by picking up small errors in her team members’ thought processes. Vera forms a close relationship with sergeants Joe Ashworth (David Leon) and Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty).[1]

On 27 August 2020, it was confirmed that the show had been renewed for an eleventh series. Its first four episodes aired in December 2021 and January 2022, with a further two episodes expected in later 2022.[2] In March 2022, it was confirmed that a twelfth series had been commissioned and had begun filming

Endeavour: #22 – S05 E05 – Quartet

26/06/2022

Morse investigates the assassination of a competitor at an international It’s a Knockout event and a spectator, a small boy, is hit by a stray bullet. Special Branch quickly take over the case but Morse delves deeper and is drawn into a web of espionage, big business and dark secrecy. Thursday faces a dilemma as he tries to protect a woman from her violent husband in his local newsagency.

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Classic Drama: Edward VII with Annette Crosbie, Timothy West, Helen Ryan, Jane Lapotaire, Francesca Annis, Felicity Kendal, Christopher Neame, Brewster Mason – E08/13 – The Royal Quadrille

26/06/2022

This Episode

Bertie and Alix travel to Denmark, where he is joined by various other relatives, including King George of Greece (“Willy”), along with “Sasha” and “Minnie,” now tsar and tsarina. Bertie warns Sasha about the potential danger of the repressive measures that he had undertaken in Russia, urging him to continue reforming Russia like his father and Minnie confides to Alix her fears for her family in the wake of the assassination of Sasha’s father. Bringing a reluctant Alix along, Bertie visits his sister Vicky and her husband Fritz, the Crown Prince of Prussia, on his way home from Denmark. He finds Vicky greatly distressed about her son William who she knows will some day be Emperor and has fallen under the spell of Bismarck, whom they dislike with a passion. When the British intervene to put down a mutiny in the Egyptian army, Bertie very much wants to join his Regiment but the Queen will not hear of it. Bertie continues his liaison with Lillie Langtry. Prime Minister Gladstone asks the Prince to serve on a Royal Commission on the state of housing for the working classes. Bertie tours some of the poorest districts and is appalled at the conditions he finds there. In 1887, Bertie partakes in his mother’s Golden Jubilee, and the following year, is heartbroken at the news that his brother-in-law, Fritz, has died of cancer after a short reign of ninety-nine days, and is nervous about the new kaiser, his nephew, Wilhelm II.

The Series

Edward the Seventh is a 1975 British television drama series, made by ATV in 13 episodes.

Based on the biography of King Edward VII by Philip Magnus, it starred Timothy West as the elder Edward VII and Simon Gipps-Kent and Charles Sturridge as Edward in his youth, and Annette Crosbie as Queen Victoria. It was directed by John Gorrie, who wrote episodes 7–10 with David Butler writing the remainder of the series.

Only the final three episodes dramatised Edward as King (in line with his short, nine-year reign, which did not begin until he was nearly sixty years old). Annette Crosbie, who won a BAFTA for her performance, was given top billing in the series (appearing in ten out of the thirteen episodes).

Classic TV Comedy: Doc Martin – Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Ian McNiece, Sarah Cadell, Joe Absolom, Eileen Atkins, Jessica Ransom – #53 – S07E07 – Facta Non Verba

26/06/2022

Dr Timoney suggests that perhaps Martin and Louisa are not meant to be a couple. She asks them to both make a list of why they should stay together, and return for another session with her. Dr. Timoney is later involved in a car accident outside the school. While picking up something from Mrs. Tishell, she gossips about Martin’s and Louisa’s marriage troubles. Martin believes she might have head damage from the accident, and tells her she needs a CT scan.

Louisa is not pleased when her new art teacher Erica Holbrooke (Kelly Adams) wants to try out some alternative ideas on the children. She wants the children to bring in their favorite toys to be stapled up on a board, but the children refuse to allow that to happen to their toys. Erica faints in the classroom. Meanwhile, Martin is annoyed that Erica is his new next door neighbor. Her daughter’s violin playing gets on his nerves. Erica is also noisy and accident prone, repeatedly drops in his home for medical advice. She asks too many personal questions about Martin’s and Louisa’s status, thinking they are headed for a divorce.

Threatened with arrest by PC Penhale if he continues his unlicensed whisky distillery Bert decides to go back to being a handyman, but that also has its drawbacks – his first customer is school teacher Erica.

Janice Bone (Robyn Addison) gets cozy with PC Penhale, who is offered a transfer to Exeter in recognition of his hard work. Although he and Janice have not yet gotten close enough to be a couple, he is quite fond of her and doesn’t want to leave her behind. Janice gives him a kiss, holds his hand, and convinces him to stay.

Sigourney Weaver makes a cameo appearance as American tourist Beth Traywick. The episode ends with Martin suggesting he and Louisa go their separate ways.

Classic Crime Drama: Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes – #6 – S01 E06 – The Speckled Band

26/06/2022

The Platform: Sean Plunket speaks with Melissa Lee

26/06/2022

Sean Plunket speaks with Melissa Lee on The Platform.

June 23, 2022

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