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Welcome to the November / December 2017 Renown Film
Club Newsletter!


Dear Club Members,

We have some very exciting news to tell you. From the afternoon of Thursday 30th November 2017, Talking Pictures TV will be available on Freeview NATIONWIDE to 90% of the Country! If you can currently watch Yesterday Channel on number 19 or Home on number 25 you will get us (which is pretty much everyone.) No Need for any special TV or HD box equipment – That’s right, we’re boosting our signal so even more people will be able to watch us on channel 81 Nationwide!

We will still be on Channel 81 and it will not effect the quality of the transmission, but it does mean we will be beamed into 10 million more homes! That’s Thursday 30th November – pop it on your calendar straight away as all you lovely viewers who can see us now, will need to retune on the day – but not before! For help on how to retune, visit or Freeview channel 100.

This is a really big step for us, so we need all your support – please do tell everyone folks! This will be our last newsletter to you all until after Christmas, so this month is a bumper edition, packed with some great festive treats and gift ideas, including our new box set release of TELL ME ANOTHER Series 1 & 2. There’s also our new ‘Diana Dors Sweatshirt,’ you know, that famous navy one with her sparkly name on it, some wonderful Club Specials, our first ever Calendar for 2018, a selection of BFI DVD’s and so much more. Full details inside this bumper double issue!

It’s almost the last chance for tickets to our Festival Of Film on Sunday 11th February 2018. Sadly, due to family commitments, Peggy Cummins is now unable to be join us. This is sad but of course all guests appearances are subject to personal commitments. However we are sure you will agree that our line up for this Festival of Film is our strongest ever, headed of course by the legendary Rita Tushingham and we are proud to announce June Cunningham (Horror of the Black Museum/The Scamp/The Smallest Show on Earth) will also be joining the line-up of guest speakers. 

CALL NOW on 0808 178 8212 or BOOK HERE. If ordering online, to obtain the members price, use the code FEST18 at the checkout.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support throughout the year and for following our journey with Talking Pictures TV. We are so pleased you will all be able to enjoy the channel now – not just for Christmas – so generations to come can enjoy some of these long forgotten film classics, rare films and programmes once more.

So until our next newsletter, (sorry if it sounds early but it’s our last newsletter of 2017), we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and health and happiness for the New Year.

Very Best Wishes

Noel, Sarah and Neill

Renown Pictures New 2-DVD Box Set Release:

Renown Pictures are delighted to present TELL ME ANOTHER SERIES 1 & 2, the iconic hit TV show made 1976 – 79. For the very first time on any format this fabulous 2 DVD Box Set brings together the first two series for your enjoyment. Sit back and enjoy some of the funniest anecdotes in the company of Dick Hills and his special guest stars: Michael Bentine, Jon Pertwee, Diana Dors, Jim Dale, Norman Vaughan, Jimmy Jewel, Barbara Windsor, Jimmy Logan, Arthur Askey, Bill Maynard, Ted Ray, Bernard Cribbens, Jack Warner, Roy Hudd, Thora Hird, Millicent Martind, Reg Varney, Beryl Reid, Marti Caine,

George Melly, Spike Milligan, Warren Mitchell, Ray Alan and David Jacobs. In Series 1, laugh and sigh, as these stars recall with their own brand of humour and personal magic, the many funny, touching and heartfelt incidents that have happened to them on their way to success. Hear about friends, enemies, idols, girlfriends, landladies, audiences and wives in stories which form a rich tapestry of ‘life behind the scenes’ of show business. Series 1 is directed by Anthony Howard.

In Series 2, the stars have a chance to tell stories about some of the strange incidents that have befallen them in their lives – stories of wit and wisdom and perhaps poetic license… among the stranger tales are those involving Warren Mitchell, a fairy wand and a pair of football boots; Marti Caine and hundreds of lavender bags; Why was Reg Varney stuck in a trap door? Why did George Melly’s Uncle recite the Hunting of the Shark in a tar bath? And how did Spike Milligan fall through a ceiling? Series 2 is directed by John Coxall.

Many of the anecdotes are hilarious, but some are genuinely moving, giving a glimpse at the real personality behind the famous show business face in 450 minutes of DVD pure entertainment. This wonderful 2 DVD collection brings you all 18 episodes from the first two series of this landmark entertainment show from the Southern Television archive. This is the perfect gift for fans of television nostalgia, comedy and entertainment. Grab yourself a copy now and re-live the laughs with some of the true legends of stage, screen and TV. Treat yourself or take advantage of the special price and buy for Christmas gifts – the DVD collection that will keep you amused long after the turkey has all gone and the tree has shed it’s needles!

RRP £29.99   CLUB PRICE JUST £15.00 with free UK post and packing!

Talking Pictures TV All-Star Christmas Cards
Set of 8 - Festive Vintage Images

Our range of greetings cards continues with some of your favourite stars and scenes in festive mode to bring you the All-Star Christmas Cards. We have Sid James as Father Christmas, Jean Kent collecting the Christmas crackers, Barbara Murray as Mrs Christmas, Julie Christie admiring her festive tree, Jean Simmons taking home her Christmas shopping and Diana Dors (x 2 designs) in her December best and nostalgic studio party for children.

Our Star Christmas cards are available as a complete set of 8 as illustrated. For vintage film fans or a treat for yourself, this limited edition advent calendar is only available while stocks last. So don’t delay, order today!

Price is £15 (For a set of 8 cards) FREE UK Postage & Packing.


What better way to celebrate the run up to Christmas than with our nostalgic Advent Calendar. Behind each of the 24 doors you will find one of your favourite Renown Pictures stars inc; Diana Dors, Sam Kydd, Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Old Mother Riley, Jess Conrad, Richard Hearne, Sid James, John Mills, Liz Fraser Dora Bryan,

Irene Handl, John Bentley and many more. Of course you can expect to see Alastair Sim as Scrooge behind Christmas Eve’s door on the 24th!

For vintage film fans or a treat for yourself, this limited edition advent calendar is only available while stocks last. So don’t delay, order today!

Price is just £6 with free UK P&P.


We are delighted to be able to offer the most exclusive sweatshirt offer of them all! The sweatshirt is based on the same design worn and made famous by the legendary DIANA DORS, including her appearances on the seventies television show TELL ME ANOTHER. This “snuggly”

unisex sweatshirt is perfect for the winter nights to come. It is long sleeved in navy blue, with a round neck and glittery, silver lettering that spells Diana Dors, just like the original! The images really don’t do justice to this fabulous recreation! This is a wonderful facsimile version of the original famous sweatshirt that is exclusive to Renown Pictures & Talking Pictures TV only! The garment is completely washable at low temperatures (do not tumble dry), in order to keep the lettering as bright as the day it arrives. It is available in SMALL, MEDIUM and LARGE sizes. (Please note these are American sizes which work out larger than UK, so please order a size lower than you would normally wear.) This is a truly fabulous and unique gift for any fan and remember, this is not available in any shop!

Price £30 inc FREE UK post and packing.



A release that we are really proud of. For the first time EVER in the history of this iconic film, we have gone back to the original film elements and with the help of the BFI have created a truly beautiful 2k presentation of the original black and white version of the all-time Christmas family film favourite. Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge…

A restored colour version of the film is also included on the DVD as a bonus.

“The ever versatile Alastair Sim is impeccable as the miser who comes to see the error of his ways through the promptings of the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Michael Hordern makes a splendid Jacob Marley and Mervyn Johns a humble Bob Cratchit, while George Cole does well as the younger, carefree Scrooge. Beautifully designed by Ralph Brinton and directed with unexpected finesse by Brian Desmond Hurst, this is not to be missed.”

**If Ordering Online Enter Code SCROOGE for discount price**

RRP £14.99   Members Price £10 inc FREE UK Postage!

Just £15 inc FREE postage and packing

THE PICKWICK PAPERS (1952) - Colour and B&W versions - Starring James Hayter, James Donald, Nigel Patrick. Academy Award nominated adaptation of Charles Dickens much loved comedy.
SCROOGE (1935 version) - B&W - Starring Seymour Hicks, Donald Calthrop, Robert Cochran. In this the first existing “talkie” version of the Dickens story Seymour Hicks delivers a Steller performance as the old curmudgeonly businessman who hates Christmas.
SCROOGE (1951) - B&W & Colour versions - Starring Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, George Cole

and an all star cast. “This is easily the best screen version of the much loved yuletide tale. The ever-versatile Alastair Sim is impeccable as Scrooge. Beautifully designed by Ralph Brinton and directed with unexpected finesse by Brian Desmond Hurst, this is not to be missed…’ Radio Times 5 *****
TOM BROWNS SCHOOL DAYS (1951) - B&W & Colour versions - Starring John Howard Davies, Robert Newton, John Charlesworth, Michael Hordern and a young Max Bygraves. The most beloved version of the Thomas Hughes novel about a young boys struggles to endure loneliness and bullying at Rugby School for Boys.
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (1990) - Stars: Mickey Rooney, Simon Richards and Lesley Kelly. The movie centres around a young girl who takes in a homeless man during the Christmas Holidays. A bond of friendship and trust grows between them that results in both of their lives being dramatically changed forever


RRP £29.99   Our Price £15.00
ENTER CODE: TPTV at Checkout for the price to drop when purchasing.

Audio Books Specials: 6 CD Sets
Three Classic Authors – Three Superb Collections!


Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. Contained within this 6 CD collection are three of his most loved novels. Re-live the adventures of OLIVER TWIST as he befriended by the Artful Dodger and Fagin,

his fear of Bill Sykes and his fondness of Bill’s girl Nancy. But better times are coming for Oliver. In A TALE OF TWO CITIES, we meet Dr Manette, in a tale set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” The final Dickens classic in this set is perhaps the most famous and most beloved of them all. A CHRISTMAS CAROL tells the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and how the visitation of three spirits one Christmas changes his life forever. All three novels are read by the actor MARTIN JARVIS.

Price £19.99 inc free UK Postage.


Mary Anne Evans, known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. This wonderful 6 CD collection brings together three of Eliot’s classic works. ADAM BEDE is novel released under the ‘George Eliot’ pseudonym and revolves around a “love rectangle “for Hetty Sorrel. MIDDLEMARCH

is centred on the lives of the residents of Middlemarch, a fictitious Midlands town, from 1829 onwards. We meet Dorothea Brook and Tertius Lydgate, the courtship of Mary Garth by Fred Vincy; and the disgrace of Bulstrode. SILAS MARNER was the third novel by George Eliot, published in 1861. An outwardly simple tale of a linen weaver, it is notable for its strong realism. The novels are read by the actresses Geraldine James and Hannah Gordon.

Price £19.99 inc free UK Postage.


Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Three classic stories are featured on this 6 CD collection. EMMA is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance. NORTHANGER ABBEY tells the “coming of age” story of

Catherine, while PERSUASION details the story of Anne Elliot, whose family must lower their expenses to get out of debt. The novels are read by actresses Belinda Lang and Anna Massey.

Price £19.99 inc free UK Postage

Printed Books – Clearance Sale - £10 each + Free UK Postage.


The Day The Music Died – Tony Garnett (softback)

The autobiography of Tony Garnett, from his war-torn Birmingham beginnings, through acting in the sixties to his creation of some of Britain's finest classics including Cathy Come Home, Kes and This Life, to movies that were thought to be too controversial to be made. “An extraordinary book by an extraordinary man. “ Ken Loach.

A Part Worth Playing: Derek Fowlds (hardback)

Known the world over for his countless TV and film appearances from Basil Brush to Heartbeat, it is a story that swings from bitter disappointment to joy and tragedy, told in his own words.

K9 Stole My Trousers: Bob Baker (softback)

Bob Baker, co-writer of three Oscar and BAFTA winning Wallace & Gromit films, HTV stalwart, creator of K9, and writer of various Doctor Who episodes, tells his own entertaining story.

The John Hannam Interviews (softback)

Legendary stories from John Hannam’s radio interviews of music stars of the 50s to the 70s inc: Matt Monro, Cilla Black, John Leyton, P J Proby and Vera Lynn among others.

Daddy’s Girl – Deborah Watling – The Autobiography (softback)

Daughter of Jack Watling, Deborah recalls the highs and lows of working onstage and in front of the camera, the behind-the-scenes personal struggles and reminisces about working with a whole variety of famous acting names, including the late great Patrick Troughton on Doctor Who. From a child actress in The Invisible Man and much more in a 60 year career.

BFI: DVD Box Set Special Collections

All DVD sets include free UK P&P


All 12 restored episodes from the
BBC series in a 6-DVDbox set inc:
Whistle and I’ll Come to You (1968
& 2010 versions), The Stalls of
Barchester(1971), A Warning to the Curious (1972), Lost Hearts (1973),
The Treasure of Abbot Thomas (1974),
The Signalman (1976)
and many bonus extras + booklet.

rrp £39.99 Our Price £30


This collection celebrates Britain’s ship
building heritage through celebrated
documentaries, lesser-known cinematic
gems and emotive actuality films. On a
set inc; Sean Connery’s
The Bowler and the Bunnet (1967), Shipyard (1935)
and Oscar-winning Seawards the
Great Ships + extras.

rrp £22.99 Our Price £15


A 4-DVD set containing four classic
film noir films. Fallen Angel
stars Dana Andrews & directed
by Otto Preminger, who also directs
Whirlpool (1950) starring Gene Tierney.
Richard Widmarkstars in Night and the
City (1950)
directed by Jules Dassin
and Preminger again directs Where the
Sidewalk Ends (1950)
Dana Andrews.

rrp £29.99 Our Price £18


Beautifully restored on a 4-DVD
set which contains ALL the
surviving BBC Sherlock Holmes
from the sixties, with
reconstructions to episodes that
have only partially survived. The
box set also contains 5 audio
commentaries, an interview Douglas
Wilmer On Television (2012)
and a
fully illustrated booklet packed
with information.
rrp £39.99 Our Price £20

Any 2 DVDs for £20 with free UK P&P

ESTHER WATERS (1948) Starring Dirk Bogarde and Kathleen Ryan. A maid is seduced and ditched in Victorian England, leaving her pregnant and struggling to bring up her son. (Drama).

Starring Flora Robson & David Kossoff. In bombed out London, a young girl plants a garden in a ruined church. (Drama)

Starring William Sylvester, Betta St John & Michael Craig. A landowner's daughter marries a ne'er-do-well. (Drama)

Starring George Arliss, Ellaline Terrriss and Gladys Cooper, The story of the Duke of Wellington in this historical biographical drama directed by Victor Saville. (Biopic)

Starring Anthony Steel, Peter Finch and Diane Cilento. A young woman comes to regret her apparent rescue from a difficult situation in South America by a ship's crew. (Drama)

Starring Howard Keel, Anne Heyward, Cyril Cusack, Harry H Corbett and Eddie Byrne. A man framed for murder escapes from prison and helps a young woman in distress. (Thriller)

Starring Michael Craig, Anton Diffring & Brenda De Banzie. Due to his physical resemblance to a criminal , police in Paris recruit an English ship's officer to help trap counterfeiters. (Drama)

Starring John Bentley, Rona Anderson and Garry Marsh. A Private detective is called into service by a man whose wife committed suicide. But the case is far from simple. (Crime noir)

Starring Bill Fraser and Raymond Huntley. Hammer Films big screen version of the BBC sitcom. The animosity between two rival undertakers is amplified when drug traffickers attempt to use coffins and hearses to smuggle their wares. (Comedy)

Starring Zena Marshall and Charles Victor. A bank cashier attempts to lift himself out of his dreary existence by stealing some money. (Crime noir)

digitally remastered Starring Robert Morley, Margaret Rutherford, Kay Kendall, Michael Medwin and Olive Sloane. A stage director clashes with the author of a play being presented by a little theatre group. But with opening night getting closer, what can be done to salvage the play and save face with the critics? (Comedy)


Cook your Christmas Dinner with Alastair Sim in “Bah Humbug” style or glam it up with Diana Dors in festive attire this Christmas with our ‘Star’ aprons. It’s what all the good cooks are wearing! 100% polyester with generous straps. Machine washable and pattern will never fade or crack off. Not in any shops – exclusive to Renown.

Price £12 inc FREE UK Postage


This fantastic “one size fits all” hat is made from knitted acrylic and embroidered on the rim with the Talking Pictures TV logo. Guaranteed to keep you snug and warm this winter. Makes a great gift or treat yourself!

Price £12 inc FREE UK postage


The Alastair Sim ‘Scrooge’ hankie measures 47cm x 47cm and features the iconic image of the old miser himself. Fully washable at medium temperature, tumble dryer proof and iron on opposite side of image. will not fade or crack Makes a great gift – well Christmas isn’t Christmas without Mr Scrooge!

Price £8 inc FREE UK postage


Our limited edition large Scrooge Tote Bag. Made from machine washable polyester. The perfect gift for the Christmas shopper, or the one who has everything!

Price £10 inc FREE UK Postage

Giant Monster Hankies - Set of 4

Large Handkerchiefs 47cm x 47cm featuring the classic cult monster movies Gorgo, Monster from Green Hell and Behemoth the Seamonster, plus the What a Whopper poster image featuring Nessie the Loch Ness Monster! Pop in your top pocket or even use as a napkin at the table - a real talking point. Fully washable at medium temperature, tumble dryer proof and iron on opposite side of image. will not fade or crack - a really different Christmas present! Price £20 (set of all 4) inc FREE UK Postage


Announcing the classic cult monster movie poster mugs! Three fabulous images of the original film posters featuring Gorgo, the Monster from Green Hell and Behemoth the Seamonster, plus Nessie on the What a Whopper poster! Whatever you choose it will definitely bring a monster smile to your face, when sipping your favourite beverage! Mugs are completely dishwasher safe up to a 1000 times through the dishwasher and Image will not fade or crack. Delivered in a tough postage box – to contain the monsters – and for safe delivery! Price £12 each inc FREE UK Postage

Announcing the First Ever

We are delighted to be able to offer our very first Talking Pictures TV Calendar for 2018 featuring scenes and posters from some of your favourite Renown Pictures vintage films. Our 2018 calendar is not available in any shop, so order now while stocks last and ensure you have a nostalgic New Year! The Talking Pictures TV Calendar is an A4 wall size delight, printed on 170gsm silk paper with a light card front cover. It has a wire binding for easy turnover and a wall mounting hook. Images include Alastair Sim as Scrooge in December, Every Days a Holiday poster image for June and many more of your favourite vintage stars and films posters. Limited stocks! Order Now! Price £10 inc FREE UK Post & Packing