Dear Supporters of Film and TV History,
Hoping you are all well and safe, can you believe it, Talking Pictures TV is six in just a few weeks time! It doesn’t quite seem possible and with 6 million of you watching every week it does seem like Noel was right! The Saturday Morning Pictures ‘revival’ has been a real hit with you all and there’s lots more planned for our regular Saturday slot 9-12. Radar Men from the Moon and The Cisco Kid start on Saturday 1st May. GOOD NEWS! We have created a beautiful limited edition enamel badge for all you Saturday Morning Pictures club members.
This month sees the release of two new box sets from Renown Pictures. Our very popular Glimpses collections continue with GLIMPSES VOLUME 5. Some real treats on the three discs, including fascinating footage of Manchester in the 60s, London in the 70s, a short film on greyhound racing in the 70s, The Hillman Minx and Sheffield in the 50s. Still just £20 with free UK postage! Also this month on DVD, fully restored with optional subtitles, you can all recreate Saturday Morning Pictures anytime you like with your own DVD set of FLASH GORDON CONQUERS THE UNIVERSE – just £15 with free UK postage.
We’re delighted to announce that LOOK AT LIFE is finally in its rightful home on TPTV, starting in May. Keep an eye on your TV listings on screen as, because they are short, some TV magazines won’t list them. The perfect accompaniment to help create the ‘old cinema experience’ for you all! Talking of old cinemas, there’s a brilliant book in this month’s magazine on The Manchester Picture Houses, full of great photos and memories everyone will relate to.
Betty Driver is a regular star on Talking Pictures TV. Every time we show her film Let’s Be Famous, we are inundated with calls from people surprised by her lovely singing voice. Sarah has managed to track down a CD of her music. You can buy it with a lovely DVD collection which includes Let’s Be Famous, our £20 deal for both this month.
I recently had a lovely chat with Melvyn Hayes, who sends all our viewers his love. He says he was stopped in the street the other day after we aired one of his films and someone said to him, “Melvyn, saw you on TPTV yesterday, God you’ve aged!” he said: Given my career, at 86 years of age, that’s a shot in the arm, with the other two shots I’ve had lately, that makes 3!” – bless him! Melvyn hopes to join us at our next event in October. More dates for you all; info to follow but please put these on your calendars: Saturday 9th October 2021, our Saturday Morning Pictures show at the beautiful Savoy Cinema, Heaton Moor, Stockport, followed by a film quiz and, Sunday 10th October 2021 sees us back at the iconic Stockport Plaza.
Until May, stay safe and keep on watching TPTV! You are in good company with Francis Rossi, who watches us every day! Hope you find something of interest this month, it all helps to keep the heating on in the stalls 😉