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Talking Pictures August 2020: Together

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

The week commencing August 24 gives us one new show from Talking Pictures, although it’s not the first time it’s been in the schedules.


Starts: Monday, August 24, 2pm (weekdays)

Originally broadcast from 1980-1981, Together was a daytime soap opera made by Southern Television. Rutherford Court was a modern block of sheltered accommodation flats run by a housing association – where each home had its own share of dramas, tensions, happiness and heartbreak.

The warden in charge was played by Sheila Fay, her husband was the odd-job man about the place, played by John Burgess, and their teenage daughter, who had countless problems with her love life, was played by future Blue Peter presenter Sarah Greene. Other residents included a newly-wed couple who were having marital difficulties, with realistic scenes because the actors, Richard Everett and Gillian Bailey (who played Billie in Here Come the Double Deckers!), were married in real-life.

Two sisters shared another apartment, one enduring a messy divorce, a nervous breakdown and a battle with the bottle, providing ample gossip for the other characters, including a recently bereaved pensioner, a retired hospital matron and an ex-London cab driver with a roving eye, played by Victor Maddern.

The second series was broadcast live with a Cleo Laine recording for the theme tune. Made with the intention of targeting a daytime audience, the series soon had dedicated viewers. Ground-breaking at the time, the scripts tackled current issues such as marital problems, divorce, mental illness and relationships, paving the way for future TV dramas and soaps.

Regular Cast: Victor Maddern, Kathleen Byron, Hilda Fenemore, Margaretta Scott, John Burgess, Sarah Greene, Sheila Fay, Jonty Miller, Derek Harding, Richard Everett, Gillian Bailey, Paul Hastings, Sheila Gill, Christopher Burgess, Delena Kidd, Stephen Churchett, Carol Hawkins, Brian Jameson, Christine Pollon, John Malcolm, Wally Thomas, Gina Maher, Annie Leake, Ernest Hare, Raymond Francis.

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Talking Pictures August 2020: The Likely Lads, Widows and No Hiding Place

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

The week commencing August 17 doesn’t bring a huge number of new shows to Talking Pictures, but crawling through the schedules, there’s some interesting ones.


Starts: Tuesday, August 17, 4.00am (weekdays)

It’s not the first time Lynda La Plante’s TV writing debut has been on, but if you’ve never seen it, it’s worth a watch.

Three armed robbers – Harry Rawlins, Terry Miller and Joe Perelli – are killed during an armed robbery. They are survived by their widows, Dolly Rawlins (Ann Mitchell), Shirley Miller (Fiona Hendley), and Linda Perelli (Maureen O’Farrell). With the police applying pressure and a rival gang intending to take over Harry Rawlins’ crime business, the widows turn to Dolly for leadership.

She uses Harry’s famous “ledgers”, a cache of books detailing all his robberies over the years, to find the details of the failed robbery, and, enlisting the help of a fourth woman, Bella O’Reilly (Eva Mottley), they resolve to pull off the raid themselves.

No Hiding Place

Airs: Thursday, August 20, 1.00pm

This show was a sequel to Murder Bag (1957–1958) and Crime Sheet (1959), all of which starred Raymond Francis as Detective Superintendent, later Detective Chief Superintendent Tom Lockhart. The new, longer one-hour format allowing for more story and character development, and while still largely studio-based, the series now included more pre-recorded film segments.

A decision was made to cancel the series in 1965, but there were so many protests from the public and the police that it started again for another two years, with 236 episodes made in total

Only one episode is airing, but it’s a doozy: 1963’s A Pocketful of Bones. It’s actually a previously missing episode that Talking Pictures discovered! How amazing is that?

Of course, it’s not the first time they’ve done that and you can watch Music For Murder on Tuesday, July 21 at 3am…

The Likely Lads (1976)

Airs: Saturday, August 22, 6.00pm

Film spin-off from Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?

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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.

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RTS events

What (yet more) TV’s on at the RTS in July? Including Cracking the Format and It’s All About the Sound

Every so often, TMINE flags up what new TV events the Royal Television Society is holding around the UK

Yes! More RTS events!

Cracking the Format – alchemy or science?

Date: Thursday 9 July
Timings: 1pm-2pm

An exploration of the elements that make a successful and long-running format from the teams developing some of the most vibrant formats on TV today. We ask what makes a hit format? How do you keep it fresh? And what’s the appetite for formats in the current COVID climate?

RTS Southern presents a webinar with:

Rob Butterfiield and Hannah Lamb from Ricochet, the creators of formats such as the hugely successful Repair Shop (now in its fifth season for the BBC), Cowboy Builders (ten series for Channel Five) and Food Unwrapped (with a mighty 165 episodes ready to watch on All4).

Sarah Freethy, an Executive Producer tasked with creating branded formats for Woodcut Media and the development brains behind The Hotel Inspector (Channel 5), Country House Rescue (Channel 4) and The Food Hospital (Channel 4).

Claire Masters and Chris Riley from Topical TV a production company which specialises in building long running formats with many returning over 100 episodes. Currently Topical is producing two long running shows for the BBC – Caught Red Handed and Close Calls on Camera both in their ninth series.

The webinar will be chaired by Derren Lawford, Creative Director of Woodcut Media known for the international hit series such as Fiennes: Return to the Nile, Britain’s Most Evil Killers, Paranormal Captured and How Hacks Work.

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It’s All About The Sound

Date: Tuesday 14 July
Timings: 1pm-2pm

Michael McCarthy in conversation with Richard Sillitto.
Michael shares anecdotes and behind the scenes stories in a relaxed conversation with his longtime colleague, Richard. He covers the changing world of TV since he first started at TV Centre in 1961.

The RTS Lifetime Achievement Award was recently presented to Michael McCarthy, veteran Sound Designer whose career has spanned six decades, and a range of changing technologies.
Michael’s credits include Doctor Who, Morecambe and Wise, Miss World, The Two Ronnies, Top of the Pops, Lennie Henry, Who Dares Wins, The National Lottery and many, many more.
Michael has delivered pristine sound on many iconic moments of TV, from ‘Four Candles’ and ‘All the Right Notes But…’ through to the strange microphone on Blankety Blank.

Richard Sillitto’s sound credits include Dancing on Ice, Strictly Come Dancing, RuPaul’s Drag Race and Would I Lie to You.

Producers: Terry Marsh and Phil Barnes

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Talking Pictures July 2020: Night Prowl

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’s been a late addition to the 19th July schedules at Talking Pictures. Airing at 6am is Night Prowl, a ‘lost’ 1958 sitcom pilot that aired as part of Studio 57, in which Dennis O’Keefe plays the editor of music magazine Take 5 – and solves crimes as a side line. Guest stars are Dennis Day, Bethel Leslie and Ray Anthony.

I also appreciate I’ve not been too comprehensive in my schedule-checking, so I’ve had a quick data mine of the schedules for June and July. Starting/being repeated at some point are the following shows: Hannay, Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans, Jack the Ripper (the mini-series with Michael Caine and Lewis Collins), Rooms, Special Branch, and Target: The Corruptors! Some of those have already started, in fact, so rush to the Talking Pictures schedules page to see when you can see them, as I’m in a rush.

All the same, that brings everything up to date – only new things from now on! Well, new old things, obviously…