Sunday, 28 February 2010

Argos Catalogue - 1984 - Hoovers






Friday, 26 February 2010

Monday, 22 February 2010

Argos Catalogue 1984 - Watches




Casio Anyone?

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Neil Gaiman Confirms That He's Written An Upcoming Episode Of Doctor Who


At last addressing the long-bubbling rumor that he would be writing for Doctor Who, award-winning author Neil Gaiman has confirmed that he's penned an episode for the second season with new Doctor Matt Smith. He even shared the working title.

Gaiman announced this fangasm-worthy news via venerable British SF magazine SFX:

As anyone who's read my blog knows, I'm a big fan of a certain long-running British SF TV series. One that started watching — from behind the sofa — when I was three. And while I know it's cruel to make you wait for things, in about 14 months from now, which is to say, NOT in the upcoming season but early in the one after that, it's quite possible that I might have written an episode. And if I had, it would originally have been called "The House of Nothing". But it definitely isn't called that any more.

This is just another reason to be excited about the future of Doctor Who under new showrunner Steven Moffat. If indeed it's true, since Gaiman carefully says "it's quite possible that I might have written an episode." Let's hope this possibility is a real one.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

BBC1 Christmas Eve 1985 Including Intro To Telly Addicts

Nice to see this charming mechanical BBC1 Christmas 85 ident at the start of a celebrity Christmas Eve edition of Telly Addicts.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

BBC Six O'Clock News - December 1988

Philip Hayton and Andrew Harvey with this opener, and closer, from the BBC Six O'Clock News from 29 December 1988.

Plus a trailer for BBC South Today with Martin Stanford.

Friday, 12 February 2010

BBC 1 Junction -- 1989

Starts with the closing credits to the film 'Labyrinth followed by a slide for the film 'Crocodile Dundee'.

Next is a BBC Christmas Eve trailer promoting:

- Telly Addicts
- Ever Decreasing Circles
- Legal Eagles
- Midnight Mass of the Nativity
- Love Story

The promo ends with a slide showing the complete rundown for Christmas Eve evening.

Next is a promo for 'Hearts of Gold', coming up in 30 minutes.

Finally we get the blue and gold COW and an introduction to 'Beasts of the Field' with Desmond Morris.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

BBC 1 junction - Christmas 1988

Starts with closing credits of the quiz show 'Telly Addicts' hosted by Noel Edmonds. This is followed by a BBC Christmas promo for the film 'Santa Claus - The Movie'.

The clips ends with a mention of 'Christmas with the Two Ronnies' followed by the gold and blue COW and an introduction to Fawlty Towers.

Monday, 8 February 2010

SEB COE vs STEVE OVETT 'CLASH OF TITANS' 1980s BBC SPORT

Sebastian Coe was a genius, Steve Ovett was a genius. Steve Cram joined them, for the greatest era of British middle distance running ever seen!! Although the likes of Daley Thompson and Carl Lewis have not shown up since either, these middle-distance runners were the kings of the track, and these guys' awesome rivalry (all the way to the end) made the events worth their weight in gold, silver and bronze...

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Sammy's Super T-Shirt Children's Film Foundation Friday Film

The classic tiger-T-shirt British kids' flick.
For the retro enthusiasts, this episode of the Friday Film Specials was shown:

24th April 1987 4:39-5:34 pm BBC1

24th June 1988 4:36-5:31 pm BBC1

30th October 1988 12:03-12:58pm BBC2

Sammy tries hard but he's a real weakling at running races - with the help of his mate and a Super T-shirt, he finally sets the track alight...

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Children's Film Foundation - Betcher 1971 - Keith Chegwin

Few child stars have managed to maintain such a varied career into adulthood as Cheggers (aka Keith Chegwin). Did Elizabeth Taylor end up on Naked Jungle (2000) or harassing GMTV viewers with cheques for £10k at the crack of dawn? No she didn't.

A very young Cheggers started his career in a clutch of comic capers for the Children's Film Foundation. He even turned up as Martin Shaw's son in Polanski's Macbeth (1971). After various episodes of The Liver Birds (1972), Z Cars (1972) and The Adventures of Black Beauty (1974), Cheggers finally found his niche as Noel Edmonds' sidekick in Multi-Coloured Swap Shop (1976-81) before unleashing the hyperactive madness that was Cheggers Plays Pop (1978-86).

Here is one of Cheggers' earliest performances - as an improbably angelic (and just a little prissy) chap demonstrating his cycling prowess in this film made to promote the National Cycling Proficiency Scheme. Notice how Cheggers hardly says a word; clearly the filmmakers didn't think that delicate southerners were quite ready for his Scouse accent. (Robin Baker)


Tuesday, 2 February 2010

A Play Safe Educational Video From The 80's

Follwing on from our previous post where Jimmy got electrocuted here is A British instructional film for schoolchildren, made in 1978, to warn them about the dangers of playing near electricity pylons and substations. Watch little Jimmy earn himself a Darwin award...

Just don't play by pylons! (no danger of that these day. Most kids play with their mobile phone rather that a frisbee!) Keep Safe and Play Safe! Remember when you got time to kill make sure time doesn't kill you! All messages in the video below