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CLASSIC TV SHOW OF THE WEEK
If ever post-war Britain needed a hero, it was Dick Barton – Special Agent, a former commando regularly foiling the plots of dastardly criminal masterminds. The 1980s TV series of Barton’s adventures begins on Talking Pictures TV on Monday night at 8.30pm and continues every night until Thursday at the same time. On Friday, the episodes begin at 8pm.
Each episode lasts only fifteen minutes, a nod to the length of the original 1940s radio series, so we’re giving you two episodes each night – a double helping.
We guarantee that, even if you haven’t seen Dick Barton before, you’ll be humming the iconic theme tune, The Devil’s Gallop, before long. First used in the radio series, it brilliantly captures the verve of Dick and his fearless allies.
The radio series was enormously successful, spawning three B films at the end of the 1940s, but Barton ‘retired’ until Southern TV resurrected the character and his sidekicks, Snowy and Jock in 1980. Virtually unknown actor Tony Vogel played Dick but, with his good looks, was ideal casting.
The series’ chief writer was Clive Exton, who went on to pen every episode of Poirot with David Suchet.
In the first adventure, guest stars include ‘Bond Girl’, Fiona Fullerton.
It’s a series the whole family will enjoy, so get everyone around the TV at 8.30pm on Monday for episode one.
Don’t forget that there’s classic TV on every day, including Together at 2pm every weekday and Burke’s Law every day at 5am for all you night owls.
THIS WEEK’S SPECIAL OFFER
The Ghost of Greville Lodge starsGeorge Cole and Prunella Scales in this cracker of a Christmas ghost story. Perfect for family viewing or a winter afternoon by the fire!
Fans of the The Amazing Mr Blunden will love this film, which also travels between eras in time, uncovering a past mystery that haunts all those connected with it. Buy the DVD now for just £10 with FREE UK Postage. Click HERE
The latest episode of our popular podcast is out now with a glimpse of what’s coming up on Talking Pictures in the next two weeks. Cary Grant, Petula Clark and all the news from your favourite TV channel. Click HERE to listen.
FROM YOU TO US
We do love hearing from our viewers, especially your stories of encounters with stars of classic film and television. Please keep them coming.
Of course, we also love to hear what you’ve been enjoying about the channel. Thanks to Elizabeth and Anthony Gibbs for sharing their favourites with us.
We’ve been loving Van der Valk, as we couldn’t afford a TV first time it was on, (or for many years) but I remember my mother saying how much she enjoyed it at the time.
We love all the glimpses programmes and the wartime information films.
Back in 1969 when my husband’s parents retired to Lowestoft, they left his brother in charge of packing up and sending on all the ‘odds and ends’. He threw away all the boxes of cine films that they’d taken over thirty years. Wouldn’t it have been great if we could now have shown our grandchildren what grandad was like as a child on all the holidays they went on to various places home and abroad? His father worked on the railway so got many free travel passes each year… including one foreign trip.
He remembers going to Venice and other such places before cruise ships ruined the experience!
Anyway, more power to your elbows… keep the old films coming, we love them!
Ahh, we feel for you. We would also love to have seen those old cine films of their travels. If any do pop up somewhere, let us know!
No quiz this week, instead we’re testing your knowledge with a crossword.
Letters within the circled squares in the completed puzzle can be arranged to form the title of a 1947 British film with a memorable music theme, sometimes shown on Talking Pictures TV.
Send the name of that film to us at email@example.com with CROSSWORD (25/10) in the subject line by 9am on Wednesday 28th October and we’ll pick one winner to receive a Talking Pictures prize. We look forward to receiving all your entries.
1 & 10. Hitchcock 1932 thriller starring John Stuart (6,9)
4. ——– & Ollie (4)
7. First name of renowned British actor who commentated
in the 1953 film version of The War of the Worlds (6)
8. Night ——- : acclaimed British documentary film of 1935 (4)
10. See 1 across.
13. ——- of Fear. X-rated British horror film of 1961 (5)
15. An ——- Husband. 1947 comedy starring Michael Wilding
based on a play by Oscar Wilde (5)
16. Hotel ——– : 1944 British thriller with James Mason, from
an Eric Ambler novel (7)
18 & 6 down. Storm Over ——— : 1955 remake of The Four Feathers,
starring Laurence Harvey (3,4)
19. Hitchcock’s final film (6,4)
1. Turned Out —– Again. 1941 George Formby comedy (4)
2. ——– of the Heart. 1949 British drama starring Margaret
3. The ——- : swashbuckling adventure of 1947, starring Douglas
Fairbanks Jr (5)
5. Director Carol Reed’s first Hollywood film (7)
6. See 18 across.
9. ——— the Band. Busby Berkeley musical of 1940 starring Mickey
Rooney and Judy Garland (6,2)
11. ——– the Circus. British drama of 1938 starring John Clements
12. Time —— : radio comedian Tommy Handley’s second and final
14. First name of Australian born Hollywood actor who famously
played Robin Hood in 1938 (5)
17. Alastair —– : prolific British actor who was a memorable Ebenezer
Scrooge in 1951 (3)
18. ——- Cities. British film production company formed in 1937 (3)
LAST WEEK’S QUIZ WINNER
Congratulations to the winner of last week’s quiz, Rhiannon Cain. A prize will be winging its way to you soon.
Last week’s answers:
1) Alan Ladd
2) Alfred Hitchcock
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Sarah, Noel and Neill