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  • #205193
    clem
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    http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showpost.php?p=62976407&postcount=73

    Bollocks I’m at work on the Sunday. There’s also ’30 Years of CITV’ on ITV1, 29 December, 6.30pm

    #205196
    Ridley
    Participant

    Ooh.

    #205197
    Reece
    Participant

    Well that’s my first weekend of 2013 sorted.

    #205198
    Danny Stephenson
    Keymaster

    Holy shitballs! That’s amazing!

    #205203
    si
    Participant

    Having just finally gotten round to looking at the full schedule…FUCK ME, THAT’S AMAZING.

    Mike & Angelo (especially if it’s the original cast), SuperGran, Knightmare, Fraggle Rock, Woof…all staples of my childhood. Kids today might have whole channels for their stuff, but those couple of hours when we got home from school were amazing, really, when you think about it, weren’t they?

    Art Attack, Finders Keepers, Fun House? Proper TV. DangerMouse and Count Duckula? Only my two favourite cartoons ever. And as for Button Moon – I once went to see a Button Moon stage show at the Library Theatre, Sheffield, only to get there and discover that it had sold out and we couldn’t get in. I cried all the way home.

    I doubt my Sky+ box will be able to cope with all this.

    ADDITIONAL THOUGHT: Wouldn’t it be great if they had all the old…what’s the word? Not idents, but you know where the presenters used to be? There used to be an animation, which zoomed through the town to the hill where the CITV studio used to be, didn’t there? And while CBBC had Pip/Andy/Andi in the broom cupboard, CITV used to have different celebrities every week. Oh, nostalgia. I’m going to find my Look-Ins…

    #205207
    Stephen R. Fletcher
    Participant

    THIS. IS. AWESOME.

    I’m interested to see if they air the UK version of Fraggle Rock (with the Captain and Sprocket in a lighthouse). Oddly enough, I’ve only really seen the American versions of the show (with Doc and Sprocket in the workshop) and when the show was last broadcast here two years ago on a kids channel, they also aired the American versions. Plus the itunes downloads and I also believe the Region 2 DVDs are the American versions, too.

    #205214
    Lexo Ross
    Participant

    I remember having a dream similar to this a couple of years ago, who would’ve thought this would become a reality in a way?

    BTW is it a permanent fixture, will every weekend be an “Old Skool” one, or is it just this weekend?

    #205223
    Alex
    Participant

    My immediate thoughts are, ‘screw everything else there, THEY”RE SHOWING SOOTY FROM 1985 AND AN EPISODE OF SOOTY & CO!’

    I fucking love Sooty.

    #205224
    Lexo Ross
    Participant

    Hey, ho, it’s Sooty and Co! Jesus Christ, I wish I was 3 again so so much.

    #205225
    Ridley
    Participant

    AN EPISODE OF SOOTY & CO!

    Hope it’s the From the New World/Hovis tune episode. Although I’ve just found it on YouTube so something Sweep heavy instead would be nice.

    #205226

    Can’t get enough of Neil Innes, so I’m looking forward to the Raggy Dolls the most (at the moment).

    #205228
    clem
    Participant

    And Puddle Lane, surely?

    #205232

    I had no idea it existed. Looking it up now and YES.

    #205234
    clem
    Participant

    Got the Sunday off work!

    > Mike & Angelo (especially if it’s the original cast)

    IIRC there was a scene in which original Angelo basically regenerated into new Angelo.
    I hope it’s an Eric episode of Woof. I’d rather see a later T-Bag though, as I got the first three series DVDs, and I don’t think there are currently any plans to release more, unfortunately.

    #205238
    HelloMabel
    Participant

    > Can’t get enough of Neil Innes, so I’m looking forward to the Raggy Dolls the most (at the moment).

    I love you genericnerdyusername!

    #205241
    Danny Stephenson
    Keymaster

    I’m interested to see if they air the UK version of Fraggle Rock (with the Captain and Sprocket in a lighthouse). Oddly enough, I’ve only really seen the American versions of the show (with Doc and Sprocket in the workshop) and when the show was last broadcast here two years ago on a kids channel, they also aired the American versions.

    Apparently the majority of the UK links to Fraggle Rock have been either deleted or lost entirely… I remember there was an appeal a while back for anyone who had any copies to come forward and donate them…

    #205246

    >I love you genericnerdyusername!

    I love you too, HelloMabel!

    I got the back catalogue of Neil Innes’ available works off iTunes and I’ve started mixing various tracks up with Viv Stanshall’s solo work and I pretend to myself that these playlists are new Bonzo albums. Good time well spent, imo.

    #205249
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    I was more of a CBBC kind of guy, but I did like me a bit of Sooty.

    #205291
    takerdemon
    Participant

    Fuck it, I’m getting the snacks in and not got out that weekend.

    Knightmare!!!

    #205294
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Man, just by mentioning this on Twitter today I’ve had a fuckton of retweets and mentions. It appears nothing gets the people of this country going quite like nostalgia for old kids TV.

    Frankly, I think ITV should pay heed and use this as their weekend schedule for ITV1, instead of just the CITV channel.

    #205354
    si
    Participant

    I was talking to someone on Twitter earlier about this, and they suggested a full channel of classic CITV *and* CBBC shows. How good would that be? Shows from between 1977-1997, maybe? Saturday mornings alternating between Going Live/Saturday Superstore/Motormouth/No 73/Ghost Train…oh, the possibilities. Thursday evenings watching Johnny Briggs. Fridays with Round The Bend. Sunday mornings with Parallel 9, The 8:15 From Manchester or On The Waterfront.
    Oh, it’d be marvellous.

    #205392
    Somebody
    Participant

    Apparently the majority of the UK links to Fraggle Rock have been either deleted or lost entirely… I remember there was an appeal a while back for anyone who had any copies to come forward and donate them…

    Isn’t it all something to do with TVS losing their ITV licence/going bust, and most of the stuff in their archive falling into uncertain ownership, meaning it’s in no-one’s interest enough to go through and catalogue it all?

    But yeah, the result is that only the twelve (?) episodes that were released on VHS have accessible masters…

    #205394
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I bought the DVD set with those twelve episodes for my girlfriend at the time.

    That is all.

    #205417
    thomasaevans
    Participant

    For me… it’s all about Spatz. The ONE show that NEVER get’s repeated, has NEVER been released on any format… it’s the tit’s!

    #205428
    Danny Stephenson
    Keymaster

    I posted this on Twitter and Facebook, but you can watch every episode of Round The Bend from Tony Husband’s website.

    http://www.tonyhusband.co.uk/rtbs1e1.html

    #205438
    si
    Participant

    I do like Tony Husband’s site. I like listening to the Oink! flexidisc I cherished so much when I was seven.

    http://www.tonyhusband.co.uk/oinkmusic.html

    #205630
    Lexo Ross
    Participant

    Well, it starts tomorrow. We all pumped?

    #205632
    si
    Participant

    Have set the Sky+ for the *really* special shows, but have been and bought some blank DVDs from the poundshop specially. Recording the whole weekend over four discs. Can’t resist.

    #205633
    Ian Symes
    Keymaster

    Working from 9am til midnight today. I hope the channel goes down all day.

    #205634
    si
    Participant

    I’m recording the whole weekend. Watched Mike & Angelo – ot quit as good as I remember it, though itvwas nice to see the original cast. Enjoyed Super Gran, then turned the telly off til Duckula, which was gteat. Watched Art Attack, then changed my disc to record the rest of the afternoon’s stuff. Rrally looking forward to Woof! episode one.

    #205635
    Michael Warren
    Participant

    The following shows need to be brought back:

    Finders Keepers
    Fun House
    Knightmare

    #205636
    clem
    Participant

    I’m sure Mike & Angelo got better. Tomorrow’s episode is from 1996.

    #205642
    mick
    Participant

    It’s worrying how much of it I already had on Tape or DVD.

    My 5 year old absolutely LOVED Finders Keepers.

    #205657
    takerdemon
    Participant

    Things I learned from this weekend:

    – Neil Buchanan liked slapping kids on the head
    – Pat Sharpe is a really bad commedian
    – An answerphone is an acceptable and apparently desirable prize for kids on Fun House
    – The red twin on Fun House was the ugly one
    – Woof really wasn’t that great
    – Knightmare ruled!!!

    #205658
    MANI506
    Participant

    Duckula was just as good, if not better, than I remembered. Great music and artwork throughout as well. Seriously considering the box set – there are twenty five 5 star reviews on Amazon!

    #205659
    Ian Symes
    Keymaster

    Managed to see a couple of bits of this, barely any though. I was mostly struck by How 2 having an email address on screen along with the infoburst, and that Knightmare is even more impressive to me now than it was as a child. Fantastic television.

    #205661
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    I saw a few things on Saturday : Woof!, The Tomorrow People (both a bit slow), Art Attack (holds up fine) and Press Gang – which I’d never really watched and still didn’t take to) but didn’t really watch anything yesterday. The schedule did seem a bit samey, mind.

    I missed How2, Sooty and Knightmare which was a bit of a nuisance. Funhouse always seems to pop up on Challenge so didn’t have a huge incentive to watch that, despite its awesomeness.

    A nice idea though. Now, if CBBC could do the same thing…

    #205662
    Alex
    Participant
    #205670
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Observations:

    I thought Fun House held up remarkably well. Although it was clearly on its last legs by the time of the later ep they showed on Sunday – the prize budget had gone south, whereas the previous day it was a genuinely exciting batch of stuff.

    It appears that in the ’90s Gladiators would appear on anything and everything.

    Spatz, predictably, doesn’t live up to memories but had flashes – notably a v. strong Nicholas Parsons guest appearance.

    Harry Potter owes The Worst Witch a huge debt. As do the rest of us, because it gave us Felicity Jones.

    Neil Buchanan is still great.

    The first series of Mike and Angelo was shocking. Conversely the first ep of Sooty and Co was pretty darned good.

    A new series of Knightmare would be HUGE.

    #205673
    clem
    Participant

    > Woof!, The Tomorrow People (both a bit slow)

    I suppose those episodes of Woof! that were on were bound to be – the very first, and what was essentially a reboot. Pretty sure some of the Eric era at least was very good indeed.

    #205674
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    It seemed an odd way to structure the first episode; we open on him turning back into a human and he spends the rest of the episode discussing with his friend what he should do if it happens again. And then it ends, without a further transformation (barring a flashback to the first occurrence).

    I don’t remember the series that well, certainly not enough to describe the sort of thing that occurred in the average episode, but I got the impression from the opener that it was 90% talking about dogs and 10% seeing the dog do smart things. It had a lot of charm but I don’t think it was the best way to start show about such an interesting idea. If the transformation had occurred half-way through, I think a solo change would have been fine. But to open on one and spend the next 15 minutes teasing it for future episodes…hmmm.

    I had no idea, by the way, that it was scripted by Fegen and Norriss.

    #205675
    si
    Participant

    I used to really like Woof! I preferred it when it was Eric and Roy – the cameo by Eric in Rex’s first episode was nice, although the girl’s (I can’t remember her name) last line was a bit cringeworthy.

    Oh, and who the fuck calls a kid Rex?!

    #205676
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    > the cameo by Eric in Rex’s first episode was nice

    I’m annoyed I missed this over the weekend, as I remember this particular scene from 20 years ago or whenever it was (easily my clearest memory of the whole show).

    I love a bit of torch-passing, like when Richard O’Brian left with Mumsie in ETP’s first Crystal Maze.

    #205677
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    >I had no idea, by the way, that it was scripted by Fegen and Norriss.

    Bernard’s Watch and Aquila were Norriss, too, and Fegen still does a lot of kids’ TV stuff these days.

    #205689
    Ian Symes
    Keymaster

    Whatever happened to John’s proposed Woof! fansite?

    #205693
    Carlito
    Participant

    > A new series of Knightmare would be HUGE.

    They tried that a few years ago. The pilot is on Youtube. It sucks.

    #205707
    takerdemon
    Participant

    I have yet to see a negative review of Knightmare from this past weekend’s viewers. In fact, the show they had on I wasn’t sure about (given it was a later series) but the dungeoneer that had was great. That guy could talk. I remember one part where he’s encountering an evil chap with a girl captured in stocks and he simply says “Oh well, can’t I just go away then?” Brilliant TV.

    #205711
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    > A new series of Knightmare would be HUGE.
    They tried that a few years ago. The pilot is on Youtube. It sucks.

    “New” =/= “a few years ago”

    #205720
    Tanya Jones
    Participant

    That’s not even a fully finished show, is it? In any case, the reason why we don’t currently have Knightmare is the same reason we don’t have a lot of quality kids’ shows; chronic lack of money. And although I don’t think aiming sugar & fat-filled snacks at kids is a brilliant thing, it did bring ITV an awful lot of money in!

    #205738
    Ian Symes
    Keymaster

    I think Knightmare could comfortably sit in a Saturday tea-time slot – extend it to 45/60 mins, have each episode following one self-contained quest from start to finish, and have a story arc across a series of 13. Aim for the Doctor Who audience, but it’s a game show as well.

    #205739
    Carlito
    Participant

    Interesting idea, that. I’d watch, as long as it was in the old format and not that CG one they piloted.

    #205745
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Ian, have your people call… who owns Knightmare these days?

    #205762
    Danny Stephenson
    Keymaster

    Prepare the standard ‘Rich and Famous’ contract for… Hugo Myatt and Company…

    #205763
    Danny Stephenson
    Keymaster

    Prepare the standard ‘Rich and Famous’ contract for… Hugo Myatt and Company…

    #205764
    si
    Participant

    Saw Hugo Myatt’s birthday message on CITV on sunday, and it seemed so odd to see him without the beard.

    And in a suit.

    #205823
    takerdemon
    Participant

    No beard!?! Then Treguard is indeed dead!

    #205858
    mick
    Participant

    Did they broadcast all this in 16:9 by the way? I’m never quite sure as when it comes to aspect ratios my viera does whatever the fuck it wants with them.

    #205865
    Ian Symes
    Keymaster

    They were all broadcast in the original aspect ratios, so mostly 4:3. If they weren’t, John would have started a billboard campaign by now.

    #205922
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    In my house I watched them in 16:9 purely to annoy John, Ian and Cappsy. Even though they weren’t there at the time, I knew they’d sense it.

    #205923
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    Yeah, I just zoomed in. I bought a widescreen telly from a supermarket and I want the picture to fill the screen. Everything looks a bit shit, but that’s a small price to pay, yeah?

    #205924
    Ian Symes
    Keymaster

    Ever since I saw Seb happily watching an episode of Bullseye in a format that meant the dartboard was oval, I haven’t been able to respect him.

    #205925
    Jonathan Capps
    Keymaster

    *twitches*

    #205930
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    Seb is dead to me now.

    Interesting (read: tedious) aside: My multi-region DVD player, which I use to watch Doctor Who, Red Dwarf etc., stretches 4:3 video to 16:9 when playing on a widescreen TV. This wouldn’t ordinarily be an issue, but it’s only got HDMI out and most modern TVs don’t allow you to change the aspect ratio when they’re receiving an HDMI signal.

    My solution to this was simple: Rip every single 4:3 DVD I own, and then stream the content to my PS3. It was an incredibly annoying process, but after watching “State of Decay” in the prosper aspect ratio today I have to say it was worth it.

    #205932
    Jonathan Capps
    Keymaster

    A friend of mine (Gavin, for those who know him) used to pan and scan widescreen shows when he first got Freeview. This meant that thing that were old designed to be seen in 16:9 or 14:9 were all being cropped to 4:3, along with cut off graphics. I couldn’t cope.

    #205937
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    My now ex-girlfriend and I had a huge argument the Christmas before last because she wanted to show me “A Christmas Story” and I refused to watch it because the only copy we had was a 4:3 DVD we’d borrowed from our friend Ray. She ended up forcing me to watch it in the end, but needless to say I had the last laugh.

    #205941
    mick
    Participant

    My plasma likes to flick everything from my V+HD box into 16:9 regardless of which aspect setting I have it on.
    It drives me batshit insane.

    #207148
    clem
    Participant

    Starting this Friday at 10.30pm Challenge are showing the first 2 series of Knightmare!

    #207152
    Tarka Dal
    Participant

    The first two series were a bit rubbish though…

    #207156
    si
    Participant

    It’s going to be fascinating watching the first ever episode, though, watching how they explain the set up

    Incidentally, it’s repeated on saturday morning, too.

    #207158
    Tarka Dal
    Participant

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bwK5H8Ui-E

    Something like that I’d imagine.

    It’s interesting that one of the team’s invents sidestepping half way through the run. I’ve always wondered if that was down to the kids themselves or whether someone on the production realising it would speed things up a bit.

    #207159
    takerdemon
    Participant

    I’ll be sky +ing much of this. Loved Knightmare. I cried with laughter at some of the episodes they showed over the last old school weekend!

    #207163
    clem
    Participant

    > The first two series were a bit rubbish though…

    The quests were a bit more obviously formulaic in the first three than in later series, with all the wall monsters with their three questions and the designated clue rooms etc., but I prefer them to series 4. I don’t think they got the new format quite right in that series, but they tweaked and pretty much perfected it by series 5, which is great, as is 6. Series 7’s not as good mainly because some of the new characters are a bit rubbish imo. I really like 8 though. Shame it was the last, and so short.

    #207166
    Tarka Dal
    Participant

    I always thought the sets were a bit drab in the first couple of series and the less said about the CG in 7 the better.

    #207168
    Connell
    Participant

    Today is a fucking good day.

    #208296
    Yaron Ru
    Participant

    Knightmare! Goodness me, I loved that show. YouTube time!

    #208301
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    I have all eight seasons on my hard drive. It’s time to introduce my American friends to the show.

    #208303
    HelloMabel
    Participant

    Knightmarathon? Count me in.

    #208316
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    If/when I schedule the thing you’re more than welcome to join us! Do you have my email address?

    #208322
    HelloMabel
    Participant

    > If/when I schedule the thing you’re more than welcome to join us!

    Excellent!

    > Do you have my email address?

    No.

    #208368
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    It’s my name with a dot in the middle at gmail.com.

    #208373
    HelloMabel
    Participant

    Cheers Ben, we’ll be in touch.

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