Dear Supporters of Talking Pictures TV and Renown Pictures,
Welcome to all our new members and supporters following our recent TV advert to ‘join the club’ on Talking Pictures TV. We are delighted to announce the release of Crime Collection Volume 5. It’s finally here, the long awaited addition to our hugely popular Crime Collections, with some real sleuthing gems, all with subtitles and all restored for your delight. All three discs for just £20 with free UK postage; more details on pages 2 and 3.
October on Talking Pictures TV sees the start of our collaboration with The Imperial War Museums to bring you a number of unseen shorts and films from their archives. It took a long time to plan, but seeing some of these works by great British Directors and stars we know and love on British TV screens makes it all worthwhile. You will see many items over the coming months from IWM and we have put together an information sheet to highlight some of the October transmissions on page 23.
Filming with Paul O’Grady and Rita Tushingham for our Dora Bryan Day was hilarious, do tune in on the afternoon of Saturday 19th October at 3.30pm. We are delighted to be able to show some of Dora’s films including A Taste Of Honey at 8pm. The One Hour Special with Paul and Rita discussing ‘Our Dora’ airs at 7pm. Put the date on your calendars!
Talking of calendars, our 2020 Calendar is a masterpiece for your kitchen walls, packed with important dates for TV and film history fans, it features the birthdays of many stars we know and love. With a mixture of imagery from the good old days of the cinema and iconic shots of some of our treasured stars, it is the perfect gift for anyone who loves nostalgia and film. Just £10 with FREE UK Postage! Grab yours quick while stocks last!
Some excellent books are featured this month, including an exciting new publication on the history of Merton Park Studios by Clive Whichelow, more details on page 6. Also a lovely book by John Hannam on page 19 about the showbiz stars who have connections with the Isle of Wight. Both books are signed by the authors. A real treat awaits Frank Marker fans with a limited edition set of Frank Marker Fan Club Badges – the perfect stocking filler!
We are looking at ways of growing the channel and one plan is to make Talking Pictures available on Freeview Play. This would enable viewers to pause, rewind and view a programme they missed up to seven days previously. How many of you have your televisions connected to the internet on Freeview? If you are ringing to place an order, please do let us know – or drop us a line if you have time. Don’t panic, you won’t lose us if you don’t have your TV internet connected, it would be an addition to our service.
Sad news recently, as we lost dear Sheila Steafel; we look back at her life in this edition. She was a great friend of Renown and Talking Pictures TV and her passing is a great loss to the industry. Our dear friend Jason Dors-Lake sadly also passed away recently. Visitors to one of our first festivals of film in Rickmansworth will remember Jason discussing his family life and his dear mother Diana Dors and father Alan Lake. A troubled soul, but a wonderful chap, we shall miss him greatly and our thoughts are with all who knew him.
As you read this, our Stockport Festival of Film will be upon us. We will include some pictures of the event in our November newsletter and many thanks to all of you who gave your support by attending the event, it takes months of hard work to bring it all together. The March 2020 event in St Albans is already being planned, with some wonderful guests lined up. Tickets are on sale, but limited, so do grab yours quick!
Thanks as ever for your continued support, keep on spreading the word,