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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:56 pm    Post subject: Classic TV Series Reply with quote

Over the festive period, I've been watching some classic TV series from the days before television consisted of 'reality' shows of one sort or another, miserable soap operas etc. The episodes are divided into 7 or 8 minute clips but I think they are still well worth watching. Does anyone remember Airline? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roR-Dy7wCWg&NR=1 or another Roy Marsden series The Sandbaggers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WODuOSzBkUE
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loved "Airline" - largely because of those fabulous two Dakotas!

It didn't last more than a couple of series, I seem to recall.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe it was only the first Airline book that was televised. There was also Airline 2 which took in the Berlin airlift. I don't know why they didn't make a series out of the second book, it's most probably because, in the book Jack Ruskin gets his hands on a larger aircraft (Handley Page Halton) to use on the lift and there aren't any left out there to my knowledge.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lord Evan Elpuss wrote:
I believe it was only the first Airline book that was televised. There was also Airline 2 which took in the Berlin airlift. I don't know why they didn't make a series out of the second book, it's most probably because, in the book Jack Ruskin gets his hands on a larger aircraft (Handley Page Halton) to use on the lift and there aren't any left out there to my knowledge.


That needn't have prevented from creating new series on the theme. You only have to look at the way stuff like Heartbeat went way beyond the books on which the series was originally based.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another favourite from about the same time about bomb disposal, Danger UXB: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfcC0ki6uhI
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:49 pm    Post subject: Classic TV series Reply with quote

Evan, my sister had a massive crush on Anthony Andrews when Danger UXB was first on!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It doesn't look as if there are any clips of The Hong Kong Beat episodes around and I don't remember very much about the TV series but I do remember liking the theme tune, some excellent guitar work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM3uuypgvTc It even made the chart and was issued on the BBC's own record label. Does anyone know if the BBC record label still exists in any form?
I've shared a few of my old favourites above (another was Flambards - probably because there was an underlying aeronautical theme in there, but again little of this exists online) What TV shows / series from the past did other posters enjoy?
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