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Toggy



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:13 pm    Post subject: Tv over Christmas Reply with quote

Wasn't it just appalling?

Soap operas, boring repeats, films that have been on loads of times before.

I think ITV3 took the biscuit, 3 days of Carry on films! They were OK in their day and maybe the odd one here and there is alright but 3 days!!! No.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree about there being too many films, especially for a non film buff like me. This, of course, means that I'd be no good on Pointless, given the number of times film categories comes up on there in one form or another! I do enjoy Call The Midwife but why show it again a couple of days later? I also enjoyed Still Open All Hours, the sequel with Granville now running the shop, but felt a bit short changed that it was only the standard hour episode. I am sure Christmas specials (as it was billed) used to run for an hour. I do think they could make a whole series or two of this one. Those were the Christmas highlights for me.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the 30-minute "Still Open All Hours" is intended as a pilot, and a decision on commissioning a series will depend on audience figures and general response.

I saw this and enjoyed it but it was one of the few TV programmes I watched over the break - for years we've generally avoided festive fayre on TV and radio because it's more likely to be naff.

By all accounts, the bulk of it was just that!


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Worst ever TV on Christmas Day, even the Queen's speech wasn't very good IMHO.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
Worst ever TV on Christmas Day, even the Queen's speech wasn't very good IMHO.


I haven't paid any attention to the Queen's speech for years. It always appears to have been written by the Palace Press Office and she just looks so bored reading an Autocue!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It wasn't so much the actual speech but rather the lack of it! Most of it showed the band playing carols in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
It wasn't so much the actual speech but rather the lack of it! Most of it showed the band playing carols in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.


As i thought........ a PR job!! Smile

Interestingly, we're staying at our country bolt-hole quite near the Sandringham estate at the moment. They went to the beautiful little Sandringham church as usual on Christmas Day, I do believe, but I haven't seen any of them out and about since!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colin wrote:
I think the 30-minute "Still Open All Hours" is intended as a pilot, and a decision on commissioning a series will depend on audience figures and general response.

I do hope that a whole series does come out of this as I do believe it would work, not least as it is the natural progression, viz. Arkwright is gone and Granville has taken over (as opposed to someone else playing the 'Arkwright' character, which may not work as well) Given that & the length of time it has been off air, yes, I think it has a chance. We'll see what happens!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I noticed that it was written by Roy Clarke, he of "Last of The Summer Wine" fame.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colin wrote:
I noticed that it was written by Roy Clarke, he of "Last of The Summer Wine" fame.

Or of "Open All Hours" fame...
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian Robinson wrote:
Colin wrote:
I noticed that it was written by Roy Clarke, he of "Last of The Summer Wine" fame.

Or of "Open All Hours" fame...


Indeed.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watched The Railway Children today which is one of my all time favourite films, so it wasn't all bad.
Also just watched a tribute to Mel Smith followed by a tribute to Felix Dexter, really enjoyable. Both died very young and it makes you realise how very short life can be.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strictly Come Dancing, Downton Abbey,.............aarrgghhhhhh
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:50 am    Post subject: Re: Tv over Christmas Reply with quote

Toggy wrote:
Wasn't it just appalling?

Soap operas, boring repeats, films that have been on loads of times before.

I think ITV3 took the biscuit, 3 days of Carry on films!
They were OK in their day and maybe the odd one here and there is alright but 3 days!!! No.



Really? Shocked Laughing

Watched very little over the actual Christmas period but have caught up with some since....

On Christmas Day itself my son insisted on putting the TV on,which was a bit unusual to say the least, whilst we were opening presents ...it turned out to be a picture of a lovely log fire burning merrily away with choirs singing carols in the background which was a nice accompaniment. Smile

Death Comes To Pemberley was alright but the ending was a bit farcical with Elizabeth dashing onto the gallows declaring Wickham's innocence. Rolling Eyes

I quite enjoyed the Strictly special and was surprised just how good Elaine Paige was ...she was my winner without a doubt!

Like gazmando I enjoyed the tribute to Mel Smith ...was a treat to watch.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gazmando wrote:
Watched The Railway Children today which is one of my all time favourite films, so it wasn't all bad.


It's a good film but it is on at least once a month.

I've enjoyed Christmas University Challenge and Celebrity Mastermind. Everything else was just dull, dull, dull.

Lazy programming from all channels but I suppose it is a reflection of TV in general now, 99% tat.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toggy wrote:
It's a good film but it is on at least once a month.


Yes, I agree. It's also a film that you can pick up for 50p in the remainder racks of many high street vendors.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Tv over Christmas Reply with quote

Toggy wrote:
Wasn't it just appalling?

Soap operas, boring repeats, films that have been on loads of times before.

I think ITV3 took the biscuit, 3 days of Carry on films! They were OK in their day and maybe the odd one here and there is alright but 3 days!!! No.


What made me laugh out loud was that Carry On was on all day long bookended by "Jesus Christ Superstar" Obviously ITV 3's controller got a bit mixed up. On the day that is supposed to be about Christ's birth he shows a film about his death.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No 6, it's just thoughtless ignorance.

At this time of year, quite often, TV or radio broadcast the complete Handel's The Messiah, again that is really an Easter oratorio, not for Christmas.
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