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What's on TPTV? Space Patrol premieres! Join Melvyn Hayes for a drink; Anna Neagle in Those British Faces & Hitchcock’s Rebecca

Space Patrol (1963) starring Murray Kash, Libby Morris & Ronnie Stevens. Screening Saturday 15th June at 9:50am.

Dear Friends and Supporters of Film & TV history,

Exciting news! We really wanted to start some smaller 'get together' events and our first one is now on sale  Sunday 15th September 4pm – 7pm.  Join us and Melvyn Hayes for AN AFTERNOON WITH GLORIA! This social event includes an exclusive afternoon with Melvyn Hayes, a TPTV quiz with excellent prizes and a glass of bubbles on arrival! And a chance to drink, eat and chat film. Tickets are only £30 but they are extremely limited, so do book now by CLICKING HERE.

Don’t miss this exciting event in the secret basement cabaret theatre at The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0PP. It's 2 mins from Oxford Circus and 10 mins from Euston. Really easy to get to. And there wont be many of us – so should be fun!
SET YOUR BETAMAX! SPACE PATROL is coming to Talking Pictures! We are thrilled to be premiering the series unseen on British TV screens for over 50 years - from Saturday 15th June! The series will feature in our Saturday Morning Pictures, with episode 1 ‘The Swamps of Jupiter’ airing at 9:50am. This sci-fi series created by Roberta Leigh features marionettes that incorporated some of the supermarionation techniques developed by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Leigh was also responsible for creating the theme music herself, which she constructed using electronic equipment that produced interesting noises. This series has remained a favourite from that era, and episode 1 features the vocal talents of Murray Kash, Libby Morris and Ronnie Stevens.

To find out what’s screening on Talking Pictures, here are a few wise words from Noel



There are only a few weeks to go until TPTV unlock the HAMMER FILMS VAULT. Hammer is famous for its horror productions, but they produced so much more! Coming soon to Talking Pictures are Hollywood’s stars Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels in Hammer’s comedy LIFE WITH THE LYONS (1954). TPTV favourite Bernard Bresslaw stars in another Hammer comedy coming soon… I ONLY ARSKED! (1958), based on TV’s The Army Game. Keep an eye on your newsletter and our social media channels for more information on the exciting channel premieres coming very soon…

For a printable schedule for the week ahead click HERE.
To see more HIGHLIGHTS, click HERE.
For those of you who would like to see a full list of this week’s programming WITH SUBTITLES AVAILABLE click HERE.
For FOUR WEEKS of advance schedules click HERE.
For those of you who like to plan your TV viewing and find out what new films and series are coming to TPTV, we have the schedules for the next few weeks up on our website. On the schedule page, click on the dates for your chosen week. The first week will be the current one, and you can select the next week on the tab.

We have lots of new shorts available this week, including premiere Look at Life episodes that reveal more about the medical and social services available for hospital and home birth and Britain’s top models of the 1960s. There’s a premiere episode of A Lifetime Ago with The Baim Collection that takes a look at the enchanting cities of Florence and Venice. You can also watch an entertaining performance of Come a Little Closer and follow a short drama about a handsome whiskey salesman. All this and more in our collection of shorts! The details of airtimes are available in our ‘shorts’ section below.

If you prefer a mystery, we have Alfred Hitchcock's REBECCA on Friday 14th June at 3:10pm. This adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's brilliant novel features an all-star cast led by Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier. The film opened to critical acclaim in 1940, and was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning the awards for Outstanding Production and Best Cinematography in Black and White. And don't leave the auditorium too early, because Patricia Roc and Gordon Jackson take centre stage in Montgomery Tully’s war drama MILLIONS LIKE US on Friday 14th June at 7:05pm, considered to be the first in an unofficial trilogy with Two Thousand Women (1944) and Waterloo Road (1945). For those of you who are after some light comedic relief in the TPTV cinema, then don't miss Woody Allen's RADIO DAYS on Thursday 13th June at 9:45am, starring Mia Farrow, Mike Starr and Dianne West. For fans of 1930s and 1940s music, including Glenn Miller and Sammy Kaye, you will hear some of your favourites from that era in the film’s soundtrack!

Don’t miss a premiere episode of THE FOOTAGE DETECTIVES on Sunday 16th June at 5pm. Join Mike Read and Noel Cronin as they celebrate Father's Day with a Cabana chocolate bar! And as the summer picnic season arrives, watch a reel of picnic frolics in the 50s. There is also footage of selling old bangers in the 50s, and we take a look at scenes of aircraft in Bristol in the 50s and 60s!


It truly saddens us to hear that our dear friend Sir Lancelot has gone to the great cinema in the sky. Rest in Peace, dear William Russell. Our very own Mike Read interviewed William Russell in an exclusive TPTV interview, available to watch on Encore. To watch Mike Read interview William Russell, CLICK HERE or just press the red button on internet-connected Freeview televisions to watch the exclusive interview.


We have heard from so many of you about how much you are enjoying our new Saturday line-up of Batman at 9am and Captain Scarlet at 3pm, both screening every Saturday. We particularly loved this letter and comic illustration from Michael Burford. Thank you for sharing this!

I just want to write and thank you for your great station I am totally addicted to it - in a healthy way - and even more grateful for your new Saturday line-up about to commence his week. I will there, cup of tea at hand, watching Batman and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, which incidentally is my all-time favourite Gerry Anderson series. So, I'll close the curtains and wait for you to run the reel.
I've attached a Batman-esque cartoon in return for all the pleasure your station has brought me.

SHORT FILMS, Glimpses and Look at Life

Nobody else offers the unique, and eclectic, range of short films that we do. These shorts may not always make it into the TV listings, so we’re highlighting them here for you. Make a note so as not to miss your favourites, or to set your recorders.


8.45am - NEW! Look at Life: Model Girl
1969. An insight into the life of Britain's top models, with a look at the rewards of the job.

10.50am - NEW! What's On TPTV with Noel Ep17
Founder of Talking Pictures TV and one half of the Footage Detectives, Noel Cronin, shares shows and films not to be missed throughout June.

2.35pm - A Chance to Learn
1963. The boom of the clothing industry brought great work for female machinists. This film presents how new recruits were hired and then trained to use the sewing machine in the workshop.


7.30am - NEW! Symbol of Service
1949. A wonderful promotional film for the company Poly Tours, who made travel luxurious for all.

10.25am - What's On TPTV with Noel Ep17
Founder of Talking Pictures TV and one half of the Footage Detectives, Noel Cronin, shares shows and films not to be missed throughout June.

11.50am - NEW! Look at Life: Having a Baby
1964. A remarkable look at the medical and social services available for both hospital and home births.

7.05pm - Four Star Playhouse: Henry and the Psychopathic Horse
1955. Comedy Drama. Directed by Roy Kellino. Stars David Niven, Barton MacLane & Hal Baylor. To win his woman's hand, a recently engaged psychiatrist is challenged to ride an unbroken stallion.


12.50pm - NEW! Star Performance: Where You Loved Me
1955. Drama. Director: Roy Kellino. Stars Macdonald Carey, Frances Rafferty & Dick Wessel. A clown achieves the fame he desired but at a cost. Can he overcome the loneliness that overshadows him?

7.50pm - What's On TPTV with Noel Ep17
Founder of Talking Pictures TV and one half of the Footage Detectives, Noel Cronin, shares shows and films not be missed throughout June.


5.35am - Twist or Stick
It's a 1960s twisting compilation see 'The Hollies' Shane Fenton & The Fentones, The Orchids, The Keytones, a lot of 'That Old Yeah, Yeah Feeling' and much more.

7.45am - NEW! Come a Little Closer
1963. An entertaining performance of the song Come a Little Closer by Lance Percival and Julie Rayne in this classic cinebox scopiatone film.

12.20pm - What's On TPTV with Noel Ep17
Founder of Talking Pictures TV and one half of the Footage Detectives, Noel Cronin, shares shows and films not to be missed throughout June.

5.45pm - Look at Life: Flying to Work
1964. Let's take to the air in planes and helicopters with a look at the increasing number in Britain's airspace; including a glimpse of the businessmen, jockeys, and models taking off!


4.45am - Look at Life: Blood and Fire
1961. A look at the activities of the Salvation Army and how it has adjusted to the different needs of society.

7.35am - Talking Pictures with Terry Dene
Talking Pictures TV have an exclusive interview with Terry Dene.

10.20am - Tufty Club
Established in the 1960s this early animation by Bob Bura explains the perils of swimming at the seaside, broken glass bottles and the dangers of crossing the road for the ice cream van.

10.35am - Snipshots
Early silent animation made in 1935, charming hand drawn cartoon and story.

2.35pm - Designing Women
1947. Documentary. Features Joyce Grenfell, Joy Shelton, Harry Geldard & Audrey Fildes. Two ethereal visitors show a young married couple how to equip and organise their new home.

5.50pm - Look at Life: Women at Sea
1965. An interesting look at the various seafaring jobs for women - from work on the great passenger liners, to merchant navies, plus a look at Russian women at sea.


4.05am - Look at Life: What Price Safety?
1965. A look at what is being done to make cars and roads safer to prevent accidents on the roads of Britain.

8.10am - NEW! Star Performance: The Travelling Salesman
1955. Drama. Directed by William A. Seiter. Stars George Montgomery, Alan Hale Jr. & Gloria Talbott. Young waitresses at a hotel in the Old West cause problems for a handsome whiskey salesman.

3.35pm - Look at Life: City of Sailors
1964. Taking a look at Portsmouth, which is no longer the seafaring city it was, with a focus on its changing face.

8.35pm - NEW! A Lifetime Ago with The Baim Collection: Enchanted Cities
Enchanted Cities. 1957. Narrated by Kenneth Macleod. A tour of the beautiful Italian cities of Florence and Venice.


Tune in to the popular Talking Pictures TV Podcast for news, views and reviews of upcoming films and shows on your favourite channel. Click HERE to listen or search for us in your favourite podcast app.


Give our quiz a go and you might just be the lucky winner of a very special Talking Pictures TV prize!

Q. Space Patrol premieres on Talking Pictures TV this week, but in what year is the series set?

Email your answer to theprojectionist@talkingpicturestv.co.uk with QUIZ 9/6 in the subject line by 9am on Tuesday 11th June. Please remember to add your postal address so we know where to send your prize!


Well done to all of you who correctly guessed the answer to last week’s quiz. The three letter call sign that was used in Thunderbirds to indicate “message received” is F.A.B.


A sad week in the TPTV cinema as we say goodbye to Hazell 'Nicholas Ball' and our dear friend William Russell (Sir Lancelot). See you both in the green room, dear chaps.

Thank you as always, for supporting Talking Pictures TV. Please do share this newsletter with friends, family, neighbours, and Betty at your local newsagents to keep spreading the word about us.

Best wishes, Noel, Sarah and Neill