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Dear Friends and Supporters of Film & TV History

Well, it’s been another busy week at Talking Pictures TV HQ and a great week for preserving film and TV history. Noel has found episodes on 16mm of a ‘lost’ TV series, starring a young Dennis Waterman in an early television role. The Barnstormers made in 1964 was believed to have been completely wiped and missing, but will be coming to a small screen near you very soon! Fans of TV history won’t want to miss it. More details coming soon…

We’re also getting ready for the first Saturday Morning Pictures on 6th February. We’ve got the carpet sweeper out in the stalls and the usherette has been stocking up on Lyons Maid. Get your badges on and form an orderly queue, as this line-up is not to be missed. Deep breath…we have … Popeye, Zorro, The Lone Ranger, Flash Gordon, Champion The Wonder Horse AND Superman. Add in Cup Fever from the Children’s Film Foundation, featuring George Best and Nobby Stiles, and why would you be anywhere else?

We are continuing our ongoing project to add subtitles to as many films and shows as we can. Hopefully, all of you who use this facility have noticed the increase. We would love to do this more quickly but most older films don’t have subtitles or even scripts that we can work from. We also don’t have the same budgets as some of the ‘bigger picture houses’.

This week brings another collection of star-studded premieres and some beautiful shorts, all taking us to wonderful and exciting places.


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Take your seats in the best cinema in the land for a great mix of films. There truly is something for everyone.

We’ll Smile Again (1942) on Wednesday at 7.40am. Nazi spies are foiled again, this time by those unlikely counter-agents, Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen. When enemy agents use a film studio’s equipment to send coded messages, it’s up to two lowly studio employees to save the day in this fun musical comedy.

Old Mother Riley in Society (1940) on Friday at 7.10am. In this very rare film, the fifth in the series, Kitty marries a wealthy suitor and Mother Riley leaves their home fearing her humble origins will spoil her daughter’s future. Also stars John Stuart, and look out for Jimmy Clitheroe making his film debut.

Fade In (1973) on Friday at 8.05pm. Burt Reynolds was at the height of his fame when this rarely-seen film was released, having been made in the late 1960s. A sophisticated Hollywood film editor, played by Barbara Loden, falls for a local cowboy hired to work on her film.

The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947) on Saturday at 2.10pm. One of the most romantic of all classic Hollywood films. Gene Tierney finds her cottage is haunted by the previous owner, a sea captain who died there. Initially hostile to each other, they gradually fall in love, but can never be together in this world. Rex Harrison is the handsome captain.

Is Paris Burning? (1966) on Saturday at 6pm. This is an epic in every sense of the word. Multi-award winning French director, RenéClément,helms this story of the last days of the Occupation of Paris. Filmed in the city with permission from President de Gaulle, the glittering international cast includes Kirk Douglas, Leslie Caron, Charles Boyer and Orson Welles.

Situation Hopeless, But Not Serious (1965) on Saturday at 9.15pm. Alec Guinness stars an eccentric, but lonely, man, who hides two US flyers who have bailed out over Germany. He enjoys their company so much, he tells them the war is still raging, rather than have them leave. Robert Redford stars as one of the airmen, in one of his earliest films.

A New Kind of Love (1963) on Sunday at 10pm. A cynical American reporter in Paris falls in love with a fashion designer he previously snubbed after she gets a makeover. Stars Hollywood ‘power couple,’ Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The great Maurice Chevalier makes an appearance as himself.

Grab yourself a warming cuppa and maybe a custard cream and settle down with our choice of daily pre-lunchtime classics. You know you deserve it.

The Frightened City (1961) on Monday at 10.30am. This is a cracking British Noir about extortion rackets and gang warfare in the West End of London. Stars John Gregson, Herbert Lom and Sean Connery. The Shadows had a hit single with the main theme.

Make Mine a Million (1959) on Tuesday at 10.30am. A soap powder salesman (Sid James) decides what he really needs is TV advertising. He ropes a hapless make-up artist, played by the legendary Arthur Askey, into helping him. Spot some of the many famous faces who play cameos as themselves.

Helter Skelter (1949) on Wednesday at 10.45am. A madcap heiress, a pie fight and hiccups that can’t be cured. Throw in Terry-Thomas, Charters and Caldicott and a haunted house and you have all the ingredients for a perfect mid-morning zany comedy.

Radio Cab Murder (1954) on Thursday at 8am.This early morning crime drama directed by Vernon Sewell stars not one, but two Talking Pictures TV favourites, Jimmy Handley and Sam Kydd. An ex-convict taxi driver poses as a crook to catch a bank robber.

The Flying Squad (1940) on Friday at 8.45am 1940. Bradley of the C.I.D. Flying Squad is out to break a drug smuggling gang in this drama based on an Edgar Wallace story. Stars Sebastian Shaw and Jack Hawkins.

Emergency (1962) on Saturday at 8.10am. Dermot Walsh stars in this tense drama. A young girl with a very rare blood group needs a transfusion after an accident. A frantic search to find donors begins.

The Common Touch (1941) on Sunday at 11am. When his father dies, young Peter (Geoffrey Hibbert) leaves school and takes over the family firm. He goes undercover in a dosshouse on land owned by the firm, and helps the residents stop it being demolished. With Greta Gynt.


You deserve to put your feet up in the afternoon too. Time for another hot drink and maybe a slice of cake with some fine film choices.

The Young Ones (1961) on Monday at 3.55pm. Cliff and his friends raise money to buy their youth club before Cliff's dad can get it. Also stars the Shadows and Robert Morley, who sings a duet with Cliff!

A Stitch in Time (1963) on Tuesday at 4pm. Comedy. Director: Robert Asher. Stars Norman Wisdom, Edward Chapman, Jeanette Sterke. Banned from visiting a sick child, Norman will go to any lengths to keep in touch with his young friend.

Teacher’s Pet (1958) on Wednesday at 2.30pm. Two of the all-time greats, Clark Gable and Doris Day, star in this comedy. To make a point, a cynical city editor signs up for a course in journalism and finds himself attracted to the teacher.

Walk a Tightrope (1963) on Thursday at 2.30pm. A hitman is hired by a woman to kill her ex-husband, but things are not what they seem to be at first glance. Stars perennial Hollywood bad guy, Dan Duryea.

Cheaper By the Dozen (1950) on Friday at 3.15pm. Myrna Loy and Clifton Webb star as Frank and Lilian Gilbreth who juggle their roles as efficiency experts with raising 12 children. Delightful comedy based on a book by two of their children.

The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947) on Saturday at 2.10pm. One of the most romantic of all classic Hollywood films. Gene Tierney finds her cottage is haunted by the previous owner, a sea captain who died there. Initially hostile to each other, they gradually fall in love, but can never be together in this world. Rex Harrison is the handsome captain.

Theatre Royal (1943) on Sunday at 1.15pm. Flanagan and Allen are back! This time they are helping to save a theatre from closure. A rare broadcast of a formerly 'lost' film.


Nobody else offers the unique, and eclectic, range of short films that we do. This week includes some classics from our friends at the BFI. 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.


Laurel and Hardy Musical Moments at 9.20am. This very special short film captures the best musical interludes from the screen’s finest ever comedy duo.


BFI: A City Reborn (1945) at 9.05am. Scripted by poet Dylan Thomas, this docu-drama recalls the incendiary bombing of Coventry and introduces cinema-goers to the good old ‘prefab’.


1950s Celebrity Tea Party at 6am. From the private collection of Richard Hearne (Mr Pastry). Lovely footage a of charity celebrity Tea Party with Vera Lynn as the star guest. Who you can spot among the celebrity guests?

Precision Makes Perfect at 10.30am. 1930s Austin promotional film showing accuracy that has to be adhered to when building an Austin car.

BFI: Terminus (1961) at 4.50pm. Directed by John Schlesinger, this is a BAFTA-winning look at a day in the life of Waterloo Railway Station.

Stars on Parade at 6.35pm. Filmed in 1948 at Morden Hall Park - a real party with the stars. See Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Bill Owen, Googie Withers, Jean Kent, Jimmy Hanley & many, many more.


Scotland in the 1950s at 7.55am. Beautifully shot amateur colour footage of Edinburgh, The Trossachs, Callander, Loch Katrine & Berwick.

Petula Clark – The Day Begins Early at 4.05pm. A behind the scenes look at the young star’s working day in 1948, taken from a lost news piece.


Zombies at 6am. A short examination of the contributions zombie films have made to the horror genre in the last 60 years, including Night Of The Living Dead and White Zombie, which starred Bela Lugosi.


Coronation Day 1953 in Coxhoe, County Durham at 12.15pm. Astounding amateur footage of the villages of Coxhoe and West Cornforth coming together on a special occasion. Relive the parade, the costumes and the tea party!


BFI: New Towns for Old (1942) at 1.05pm. This wartime public information film combines impressive shots of industrial poverty with inspiring words scripted by Dylan Thomas, promising new housing and better lives after the war.


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The quiz is back! The Christmas quiz was such a success, we’re back on 28th January at 7pm for another get-together. Pit your wits against fellow classic film and TV fans and enjoy a few laughs on the way. Book your FREE ticket HERE.


There’s a new episode of the popular podcast full of news, views and reviews of upcoming films and shows on your favourite channel. To listen, click HERE.

This week we had a message from our friend, actor Frazer Hines, who stars in this week’s episode of William Tell on Monday at 9.30am. He had a very vivid, if painful, memory of the filming.

The episode is ‘The Boy Slaves’ and I remember having a scene where the actress Majorie Rhodes had to scrub my back. The director said she was being too lenient and to scrub harder!! The wardrobe department then gave me clean clothes with lovely boots that I loved clumping around in. They said ‘Here comes Frazer in his important boots!

It’s your chance to win a Talking Pictures TV prize with this week’s quiz. Send your answers to the three questions below to sarah@talkingpicturestv.co.uk with QUIZ 24/01 in the subject line by 9am on Tuesday 26th January.  A winner will be drawn from all the correct answers wereceive.Don’t forget to include your postal address so we can send you your prize if you’re the lucky winner.

This week it’s a ‘Robert’-themed quiz.

1) Robert Morley, who stars in The Young Ones on Monday at 3.55pm, was married to the daughter of which acting dame?

2) Robert Newton stars in Night Boat to Dublin on Monday at 6.35pm. In the 1950s, he enjoyed his greatest fame playing two pirates. Can you name them both?

3) Robert Redford stars in Situation Hopeless…But Not Serious on Saturday at 9.15pm. What was his first film as director?


Congratulations to David Wetherley of Bolton. Aprize will be on its way to you soon. The film title hidden in the crossword answers was Serious Charge.


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Noel, Sarah and Neill