Retro Telly. I love it!


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Ace Grace
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I am currently enjoying "George and Mildred"

Before that it was "On the Buses"

Is this a mid life crisis in the making or were programs simpler and better way back then?
#1 at 13:10:59 - 18/05/2010
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Eh?

/pauses Thundercats on the iphone

Almost everything I watch is retro to a degree.

There is a reason for this though. I'm a big reader of sci fi and fantasy. To the point where I spend over the odds on the hardbacks and get irritated when it takes Mr Martin 6 years to do the next volume of Ice and Fire. I can't take this with my telly, so I tend to wait til either the series has finished, or more usually with American shows, until its cancelled/stops.

I've just started watching the 2005 reboot of BSG- not that old I know, but have also dipped into the Soprano's and X Files recently (I gave up during series 3).
#2 at 13:19:19 - 18/05/2010
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I used to be a massive fan of 70s telly but a lot of it just makes me feel grubby now.

Still have a soft spot for the original Prisoner series. The remake just doesn't quite capture the essence of bonkers british surreality and quirkiness.

The only retro-telly-that-isn't I've been watching is Ashes to Ashes, which ends this week so I'm going to have to find something new to tune into now...
#3 at 13:23:04 - 18/05/2010
Ace Grace
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Same her. I am finding that waiting and getting box sets to be a far better things.

Just finished Miami Vice box set. About to start Alias.

/gets industrial size box of tissues.
#4 at 13:28:24 - 18/05/2010
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I'm now much much older than Gillian Anderson was when she started filming the x files. That makes me sad.
#5 at 13:37:22 - 18/05/2010
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It makes me sad that I'll never get my grubby little hands on her in a naughty way.

Incredibly sad.
#6 at 13:40:04 - 18/05/2010
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Saphire and Steel is still awesome, Tales of the Unexpected is less so.
#7 at 13:48:43 - 18/05/2010
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You just reminded me that I really need to try and find full episodes of Armchair Thriller on t'interweb sometime. That series scared the living PISS out of me as a kid, along with Arthur C Clarke's Mysterious World.

Other retro telly worthy of note is the Hammer House of Horror / Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense stuff from the late 80s / early 90s. Ace gory stuff!
#8 at 13:53:14 - 18/05/2010
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I used to have nightmares about a Hammer House of Horror, something to do with a witch and a burning house.

Brrrrrrrrr.
#9 at 13:58:55 - 18/05/2010
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There was one, and I'm not sure if it was a HHH or some other spooky series - basically it involved some bizarre story about someone walling up a cat or something behind a wall, and the thing exerted its evil influence on everyone living in the house.

Then they revealed the thing and it looked like a plucked chicken being manipulated off-screen by a stagehand.

Scariest Tales of the Unexpected ever - the one with the bee bloke.

Scariest Sapphire and Steel - the one with the guy with no face that appeared in every photo ever taken.
#10 at 14:01:14 - 18/05/2010
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What was that ITV series with the 'Black Nun'?

It was well scary (in a 70's Doctor Who sort of way).
#11 at 14:03:07 - 18/05/2010
Ace Grace
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Still shivers at the though of the opening titles to "The tomorrow people".

Especially the hand bit.
#12 at 14:29:19 - 18/05/2010
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Not sure but you've just reminded me of another couple of ITV crackers.

Into the Labyrinth - which featured Pamela Salem's mahoosive chest a lot. So a definite thumbs up when I was a kid.

Also The Children of the Stones. Funny how my happiest TV memories from childhood are all about series that scared the living crap out of me.
#13 at 14:29:47 - 18/05/2010
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Ace Grace said:Still shivers at the though of the opening titles to "The tomorrow people".

Especially the hand bit.

They were creepy. Space 1999 was another good 'un.

Found the 'Black Nun
#14 at 15:13:23 - 18/05/2010
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Here's the Armchair Thriller opening sequence.

Love the night-time Thames TV ident. Spooky!

Armchair Thriller Opening Credits
#15 at 15:18:04 - 18/05/2010
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Just seen the intro to the double deckers.

Boy with Glasses called Brains
Fat kid eating ice cream called Doughnut!

Only in the 70's

:-)
#16 at 16:03:40 - 18/05/2010
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peej said:Here's the Armchair Thriller opening sequence.

Love the night-time Thames TV ident. Spooky!

Armchair Thriller Opening Credits


Flippin 'ell!

I remember that. Very spooky.
#17 at 16:07:20 - 18/05/2010
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I never understood the latent sexual undercurrent on The Banana Splits till I saw this:

Their toughest kid just kicked your toughest kid's ass!

Wrong, so wrong. And it predates the furries / japanese obsession with schoolgirls by decades.

#18 at 17:01:29 - 18/05/2010
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Ever since I saw this thread I keep thinking about Juliet Bravo, and Rentaghost.
#19 at 15:01:46 - 20/05/2010
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Rentaghost was awesome for 2 series, I think. Before all that pantomime horse stuff kicked in.

Luna. How about Luna. It's not inappropriate to lech after Patsy Kensit if she's the same age as you, right?
#20 at 15:43:28 - 20/05/2010
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Linky?
#21 at 16:14:44 - 20/05/2010
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#22 at 16:18:55 - 20/05/2010
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Speaking of retro telly, Cbeebies show "Grandpa in my pocket" seems to be a dumping ground for 70s sex sirens. A couple of days ago Liza Goddard popped up for an appearance, then yesterday's episode had Rula Lenska on it.

#23 at 16:58:51 - 20/05/2010
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Boing!
#24 at 17:39:17 - 20/05/2010
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I spend a lot of time watching Challenge on Sky, at midnight most nights you get Bullseye with Jim Bowen.

That brings back some good memories.
#25 at 23:18:56 - 20/05/2010
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Armchair Thriller...

The only one of them I can vaguely remember was one about some chap who got talking to a sort of hippy guy on the train. Hippy guy said he'd uncovered some conspiracy or other, and that he was worried that he was going to be discovered.

Couple of days later, blokey is on the train and it stops at some points or something, and then hippy bloke appears outside the window, with his Lennon/Harry Potter glasses smashed, and seemingly having had his eyes gouged out.

Some other stuff happens, and then (I've no idea how), commuter bloke end up at some party, where seemingly dead bloke is alive and well, and laughing about how they fooled commuter bloke.

Presumably there was some sort of scam going on - can't remember for the life of me what.

Can anyone remember the plot?
#26 at 11:57:22 - 21/05/2010
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peej said:Here's the Armchair Thriller opening sequence.

Love the night-time Thames TV ident. Spooky!

Armchair Thriller Opening Credits


I'll raise you the whole series for 14 :D
#27 at 10:23:55 - 27/05/2010
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Blimey! Gotta have it!
#28 at 10:48:05 - 27/05/2010

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