Dear Supporters of Film and TV History,
Well, here we are, it’s 2022! I wasn’t quite sure while watching Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 AD if the Daleks would get us all before we made it, especially when Dr Who said to ‘avoid Watford as it’s swarming with Daleks!’ Hoping you are all well and enjoyed a film or two on TPTV over Christmas and New Year, and thank you to all of you who sent us Christmas cards. We donated them to ‘Kringles,’ who make decorations out of them for charity, so lots will benefit. Another thank you for all your calls and emails and letters spurring us on for 2022, it was very humbling to know what Talking Pictures TV has meant to so many of you. The final thank you goes to all of you who invested £10 in a TPTV 2022 calendar! To new members, welcome to our free film club.
Plans for our next festival of film on Sunday 20th March are in full swing and we are delighted to announce, your hosts on stage for the day will be Vicki Michelle MBE and Frazer Hines, so expect a lot of laughter! We have lots of guests, but there are two panel sessions I thought you may like to know about: dear Caroline Munro is hosting her very own ‘live’ Cellar Club on the day with a stage full of ‘Scream Queens’ – Valerie Leon, Martine Beswick, Madeline Smith and of course Jenny Hanley will all be there. Jonathan Kydd (son of Sam Kydd) will be hosting a panel of ‘Sons & Daughters’ – we have the sons of Lionel Jeffries and James Hayter, as well as the daughter of Raymond Francis, plus lots more to be announced! So if you haven’t got tickets yet – do get them quick. Normal Covid precautions will of course be in place on the day. Those of you lucky people who already have tickets, please remember to pre-order your lunch boxes from us, just give us a call: 0808 178 8212.
What will 2022 bring to the world of film and TV history preservation? Well, I’m pleased to say our new FREE online catch up service www.tptvencore.co.uk is bringing a lot of what we would call ‘household names’ to a much younger generation, which is very good news. We began 2022 bringing you Maigret and The Outer Limits along with a host of film premieres – so I think we are off to a good start. Dad (Noel) has been working his way through 250+ film reels of donated film material for The Footage Detectives and the channel, so I’m surprised his machine hasn’t gone up in smoke yet!
This month’s new release is a rare Saturday Morning Pictures box set – The Phantom Creeps, with monsters, mayhem, Bela Lugosi and …optional subtitles! All for just £15! We also have a Phantom Creeps pull-up face mask. Lots more delights in this magazine, including our ever popular January sale. Sale items are only available till 15th February, or while stocks last, so do fill that space on the shelf in the living room with our DVDs: any 4 for £20. Buy as many times as you like.
Watch out for: West of Zanzibar with Anthony Steel & Sheila Sim; Peter Sellers in Only Two Can Play; Ken Loach’s 1972 drama Family Life and The Abominable Dr. Phibes with Vincent Price and Terry-Thomas. Also, filmed at our recent show in Stockport, Frazer Hines talks to Melvyn Hayes. Herbert Lom is in Dual Alibi; Marilyn stars Maxwell Reed & Sandra Dorne; Woman Times Seven stars Shirley MacLaine; Paul Newman is The Hustler; The Captive Heart stars Michael Redgrave; we have an exclusive documentary called A Part Well Played about Derek Fowlds; and don’t miss Love and War – A Tale of Two Loves – a documentary about a man’s experiences during World War II.
We are delighted to hear that Talking Pictures TV has won the ATV Today Classic Soap Award for Best UK TV Channel for Together; also, Renown Films has won Best UK DVD Distributor for Together. Together can currently be seen on TPTV at 9am on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Oh, and don’t forget you may have to retune after we move to Freeview Channel 82 (thanks a lot BBC!)… Keep on spreading the word about the channel folks, mention it in your groups, on the bus, in the queue – it really does work!
Until next month, many thanks for your continued support.