Talking Pictures August 2020: For the Love of Ada, Shadows, Monty Nash and Stagecoach West


An occasional look at what classic TV shows Talking Pictures (Sky 328 | Freeview 81 | Freesat 306 | Virgin 445) is going to be airing soon

There are plenty of ‘new’ shows starting on Talking Pictures in August. Details for the highlights of the first couple of weeks (it’s all I’ve got!), including For the Love of Ada, Shadows, Monty Nash and Stagecoach West, are after the jump.

For the Love of Ada

Starts: Tuesday, August 4, 5.30am (weekdays)

1970-1971 ITV sitcom that stars Irene Handl as Ada Cresswell, a Cockney widow, a pensioner who is prone to malapropisms. She lives with her daughter Ruth Pollitt (Barbara Mitchell) and son-in-law Leslie (Jack Smethurst). Ada starts a relationship with Walter Bingley (Wilfred Pickles), the gravedigger who buried her husband, after meeting him at the cemetery while laying flowers on her husband’s grave.


Starts: Saturday, August 8, 7.25am (Saturday and Sunday – not week two for some reason)

British supernatural television anthology series produced by Thames Television for ITV between 1975 and 1978. Extending over three seasons, it featured ghost and horror dramas for children.

Guest actors included John Nettleton, Gareth Thomas, Jenny Agutter, Pauline Quirke, Brian Glover, June Brown, Rachel Herbert, Jacqueline Pearce and Gwyneth Strong. The series was also notable for reviving the character of Mr Stabs.

Notable writers for the series included JB Priestley, Fay Weldon, PJ Hammond, Joan Aiken, Jacquetta Hawkes and Penelope Lively.

Stagecoach West

Starts: Saturday, August 8, 9.30am (Saturdays and Sundays)

Stagecoach West is an American Western drama television series that ran for 38 episodes on the ABC network from October 4, 1960, until June 27, 1961. Luke Perry (Wayne Rogers) and Simon Kane (Robert Bray) operate the Timberland Stage Line from Missouri to San Francisco. Simon’s 15-year-old son, David “Davey” Kane (Richard Eyer), joins the two as they face stagecoach robbers, murderers, inclement weather, and less sensational events as well.

Monty Nash

Starts: Tuesday, August 11, 5am (weekdays)

American drama series that aired in syndication from 1971 to 1972 and was based on a series of spy novels by Richard Telfair. It centres on Monty Nash (Harry Guardino), a government investigator who went undercover to catch criminals, including counterfeiters and smugglers.