Dear Supporters of Talking Pictures TV and Renown Pictures,
This month we release our first Talking Pictures With… DVD – a 3 disc box set packed with interviews from stars we all know and love. It includes the full interview with dear Liz Fraser who we greatly miss and of course the Remembering interviews with the family of John Gregson and the son of Sam Kydd – Jonathan Kydd. Just £20 for the entire collection and as many of you have asked us to put these interviews on disc to be enjoyed at home (with no advert breaks!), I do hope it will be well received. It’s a chance for those of you who can’t attend our festivals to see the on-stage interviews.
Talking of festivals – we visited the beautiful Stockport Plaza again last week. It really is a sight to behold, see the images above and on the right. We are down to our last few tickets so please do get yours quick to avoid disappointment. We stayed at the Travelodge opposite the Plaza which is a 4 minute walk away. It was very pleasant and affordable and only a 5 minute walk from the station. More details on pages 20-21. Ted, the Manager of The Plaza, gave us a complete tour including Ken Dodds’ dressing room, the 1940s tearooms and the projectionist’s room – it was like stepping back in time! We hope to project our films from the original 35mm or 16mm. We also saw the Compton organ and booked it to play before the main feature. We also had a hunt through the Pathé news reels available to us to project and we’ve measured up for a large number of stall holders who will be at the back of the Stalls. For those who may have disabilities there is a blue badge parking bay at the front of the cinema, lift to the second floor and ramps inside. Sunday 6th October folks – we can’t wait to meet you all!
Some Freeview viewers among you may have experienced some disruption to Talking Pictures TV due to the Freeview transmitter changes – if you need any technical help and support please call the free helpline set up by Freeview and Digital UK on 0808 100 0288. They have a whole team waiting to help you.
There are some ‘reel’ delights on the channel over the next few weeks! Including Clockwise with John Cleese, and Shadows, a series of spine-tingling tales for children produced from 1975-1978 which featured fantastic ensemble casts including: John Nettleton, Gareth Thomas, Pauline Quirke, Brian Glover, June Brown, Rachel Herbert, Jacqueline Pearce and Jenny Agutter. Also the unmissable The Go Between with Julie Christie and Alan Bates and many more – see pages 26-27 for a full list. We’ll Meet Again with Vera Lynn will show on Thursday 6th June at 18:30 in tribute to the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Also more films with subtitles – do see the list on page 25. Some excellent offers for you this month, with a crime and spy theme running through this issue. All still with FREE UK POSTAGE.
We are devoting a whole day to the memory of Stanley Baker on the anniversary of the day we lost him in 1978, Sunday June 28th. Highlights will include an exclusive interview with Stanley’s son Glyn, plus the première of a new film: Just William’s Luck (1948) and a selection of films in which he featured.
I had a great dialogue via email with Jim Dale last week; he was so excited to see we are airing Georgy Girl at the moment – you may not know, he wrote the song! He lives in the USA now but gets lots of emails from fans of Talking Pictures TV. We hope to be able to interview Jim when he’s next in the country.
Finally, the sad news…”Set ‘Em Up Joe” so we can all raise a glass to the life of dear Doris Day, a great loss, but what a life! We have a tribute to her on page 23. Keep on spreading the word and enjoying the films, hope you find something of interest over the following pages.
Until the next newsletter, thank you for your support!
Very best wishes, Sarah, Noel, and Neill
For the first time on DVD, Renown bring you exclusive interviews from Talking Pictures TV in a three disc DVD compilation. We share laughter and sadness with the stars including: Vera Day, George Layton, Shirley Anne Field and many more. Why did Robert Powell not want to be Jesus? What was the song that launched Liz Fraser and Sid James’s singing career? What happened while Françoise Pascal was waiting on set for Peter Sellers? How did Anneke Wills get those jeans so tight? How did Mark Lester cry on demand in Oliver? Did you know John Gregson couldn’t drive when he was in the film Genevieve? What did Sid James do the first day he arrived in England? Who did Michael Craig beat at poker behind the scenes on the set of Sea Of Sand? What was the best script George Layton ever wrote? Did you know Peter Butterworth and Sam Kydd were both P.O.W.s? And much, much more…
Disc One – 201’
TALKING PICTURES WITH LIZ FRASER – 38’
Filmed just 2 years before Liz Fraser sadly passed away, Liz discusses her career with personal anecdotes and stories. Liz even gives us a couple of lines from her duet with Sid James & much much more, including stories from I’m All Right Jack to the Carry On films.
TALKING PICTURES WITH FRANÇOISE PASCAL – 29’ Françoise Pascal appeared in There’s a Girl in My Soup and Soft Beds, Hard Battles. On TV she was the seductive French au pair in Mind Your Language.
TALKING PICTURES WITH MARK LESTER – 28’
Mark Lester is best known for his roles in Oliver! Run Wild, Run Free and Eyewitness with Susan George.
TALKING PICTURES WITH SHIRLEY ANNE FIELD – 20’ Shirley Anne Field played many roles including parts in Saturday Night & Sunday Morning and Alfie.
TALKING PICTURES WITH SALLY GEESON – 46’
Sally Geeson’s career included Bless this House, and several Carry On films.
TALKING PICTURES WITH TYLER BUTTERWORTH – 42’ Tyler celebrates the lives and careers of his parents, Peter Butterworth and Janet Brown, and shares tales of his own career from children’s TV to film & theatre.
TALKING PICTURES WITH VERONICA HURST – 12’
Veronica Hurst played memorable roles in Will Any Gentleman…?, Licensed to Kill, and The Maze. She had a successful career in both Britain and America.
Disc Two – 198’
TALKING PICTURES WITH MICHAEL CRAIG – 26’
An exclusive interview with Michael Craig, whose films &TV roles include Campbell’s Kingdom, Sea of Sand, The Professionals and Tales of the Unexpected.
TALKING PICTURES WITH ANITA HARRIS – 43’
Anita Harris discusses her love of film, & theatre. She describes working on the Carry On films and shares memories of Harry Secombe & Frankie Howerd.
TALKING PICTURES WITH ANNEKE WILLS – 45’
Best known as Polly in Dr Who, Anneke discusses her career with stories from Some People, The Pleasure Girls, The Avengers and everything in-between.
TALKING PICTURES WITH PATRICIA DAINTON – 20’
Patricia Dainton reminisces about her career in films, including Paul Temple, The Dancing Years, The House in Marsh Road and many more.
TALKING PICTURES WITH ROBERT POWELL – 55’
Robert Powell, Mr Hannay himself discusses The Italian Job, Jesus of Nazareth, The 39 Steps and, of course, Hannay and The Detectives.
TALKING PICTURES WITH RITA TUSHINGHAM – 23.42’
An interview with Rita Tushingham, who appeared in A Taste of Honey and Doctor Zhivago. Her TV appearances include Marple and In The Flesh.
Disc Three – 198’
TALKING PICTURES WITH VERA DAY – 14’
Vera Day, the glamorous blonde bombshell who appeared in Hell Drivers, Quatermass 2 and the cult classic: Woman Eater!
TALKING PICTURES WITH GEORGE LAYTON – 50’ George Layton talks about his acting and writing career – from Dr In The House to Robin’s Nest and everything in between.
TALKING PICTURES WITH REINA JAMES – 33’
Reina James, daughter of Sid James, celebrates her father’s life and career. He starred in many Carry On films, and others, as well as TV’s Bless This House.
TALKING PICTURES WITH WILLIAM RUSSELL – 22.44’
William Russell was in the cast of the early Doctor Who series plus British films including Malta Story, Above Us the Waves, and The Great Escape.
REMEMBERING SAM KYDD – 46’
Memories of Sam Kydd, who based his role in The Captive Heart on his personal experiences as a POW. Sam made at least 240 films in his lifetime.
REMEMBERING JOHN GREGSON – 50’
An exclusive film made with John Gregson’s wife and family. His films included: Gideon’s Way, Angels One Five & the TV series: Dangerous Knowledge.