Dear Supporters of Film and TV History,
Hoping you are all well, staying safe and enjoying the time to watch a film or two. It was an incredible surprise the other week to see us all on the national BBC news! When they phoned to film with us we had no idea we would be introduced by Fiona Bruce and beamed into all your homes! It certainly spread the word and we have been inundated with emails, letters and calls from all around the world, please do forgive me if I haven’t quite got back to you yet… Now you have all seen how the channel is run – with a great deal of love and care. I’m very pleased that even young Archie got in the picture!
Good news for those interested on the ‘lost ‘ films and TV series. A very kind viewer came forward with 2 more episodes of No Hiding Place on film, two more episodes of Sunday Night At The Palladium have been found and 14 lost British films have been uncovered since we last wrote to you – all on 16mm film.
After the successful return of the Southern TV series TOGETHER we are delighted to
present you with the first ever release of this series on DVD. It’s a huge box set, full of stories about the residents of Rutherford Court, filmed with many household names as the stars – Kathleen Byron, Victor Maddern, Sarah Greene, Hilda Fenemore, Margaretta Scott and Gillian Bailey – who played Billie in Here Come the Double Deckers! The set includes 6 discs and 51 episodes completely unedited and all for just £35 with free UK postage – watch one episode and you will be hooked – if you haven’t managed to catch it yet!
Some of you may have had a few issues with reception of our channel on Freeview – this could be due to interference from some of the new phone masts. If you have concerns about this you can contact at800, a company which has been established by mobile phone operators to help resolve these reception issues for Freeview users, on 0808 13 13 800 as they can arrange a FREE filter to prevent interference.
To help support the cause we are delighted to present this month our limited edition enamel lapel badges – do wear with pride in the knowledge that you are supporting Film and TV history. Also this month we have a brilliant Jigsaw puzzle featuring many of our best loved actors, perfect for a rainy afternoon or to do while watching the channel and a great gift for film buffs!
Sad news again recently as we learn of the passing of dear Sir Ian Holm CBE, who memorably played Frankenstein in our series Mystery and Imagination. He played many roles throughout his career and received several awards. Earl Cameron CBE, also recently passed away, aged 102. He starred in Pool of London, recently seen on Talking Pictures TV, and also appeared in Flame in the Streets (1961), Sapphire (1959) and more, plus many TV roles. We can’t let this issue go by without mentioning Dame Vera Lynn, who left us in June aged 103. From her first recordings in 1937 to her final appearance celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day, she remained an inspirational figure, radiating hope for the nation. We have a special article devoted to her memory on page 9. Meanwhile, as these troubled times continue there are plenty of premières coming up to keep you entertained on Talking Pictures TV, please see pages 28-29. Stay safe and thank you as always for your support!
Wishing you all the best, Sarah, Noel, and Neill (and now young Archie!)
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Exclusive New From Renown
(pre-orders only box set will be released 20th July)
JUST £35 WITH FREE UK POSTAGE
6 DVD Box Set
Follow the lives of the residents of Rutherford Court
Running Time: 1244 minutes | 51 Episodes on 6 DVDs | All episodes are unedited and complete.
Originally broadcast from 1980-1981, Together was a daytime soap opera made by Southern Television. Rutherford Court was a modern block of sheltered accommodation flats run by a housing association – where each home had its own share of dramas, tensions, happiness and heartbreak. The warden in charge was played by Sheila Fay, her husband was the odd-job man about the place, played by
John Burgess, and their teenage daughter, who had countless problems with her love life, was played by future Blue Peter presenter Sarah Greene. Other residents included a newly-wed couple who were having marital difficulties, with realistic scenes because the actors, Richard Everett and Gillian Bailey (who played Billie in Here Come the Double Deckers!), were married in real-life. Two sisters shared another apartment, one enduring a messy divorce, a nervous breakdown and a battle with the bottle, providing ample gossip for the other characters, including a recently bereaved pensioner, a retired hospital matron and an ex-London cab driver with a roving eye, played by Victor Maddern.
The original episodes Series 1 Episode 22 and Series 2 Episode 10 are lost and have not been included. Box set includes 51 Episodes on 6 DVDs.
The second series was broadcast live with a Cleo Laine recording for the theme tune.
Made with the intention of targeting a daytime audience, the series soon had dedicated viewers. Ground-breaking at the time, the scripts tackled current issues such as marital problems, divorce, mental illness and relationships, paving the way for future TV dramas and soaps. Sadly, the series ended when Southern Television lost their franchise. The series has never been released on DVD, until now. It is presented here with the 51 available episodes intact in a 6 disc box set.
Regular Cast: Victor Maddern, Kathleen Byron, Hilda Fenemore, Margaretta Scott, John Burgess, Sarah Greene, Sheila Fay, Jonty Miller, Derek Harding, Richard Everett, Gillian Bailey, Paul Hastings, Sheila Gill, Christopher Burgess, Delena Kidd, Stephen Churchett, Carol Hawkins, Brian Jameson, Christine Pollon, John Malcolm, Wally Thomas, Gina Maher, Annie Leake, Ernest Hare, Raymond Francis.
Scriptwriters included: Rosemary Anne Sisson (Upstairs Downstairs), Adele Rose (Coronation Street, Robin’s Nest), Barbara Clegg (Waggoners Walk), Phil Redmond (Sally Ann, Grange Hill) and Bill Baron (Angels).
Directors: Matthew Robinson, John Coxall and David Pick.