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Dear Supporters of Talking Pictures TV and Renown Pictures,

Hoping you are all staying in the warm with a cup of something hot and Talking Pictures TV to watch! Its perfect weather for old film fans. Firstly some excellent news for you all, Talking Pictures TV listings are now in the TV Times! I think that’s everyone now that carry our listings, unless you tell me otherwise? And if there is one missing please nag them!

This month sees the release of Volume Three of our wonderful GLIMPSES DVD box sets. This one has no less than 59 shorts on for your nostalgic trips down memory lane a lot of public information films on this one with empty streets around the country and real ‘glimpses’ of life in the 30s, 40s 50, 60s and some 70s. Just £20 for the whole collection!

Very sad news recently that dear Dame June Whitfield, Windsor Davies and more recently Muriel Pavlow have now gone to the great cinema in the sky. We are honoured to be able to play some of their films and TV episodes to keep their memories alive. A very sad loss to British Film and TV History. Please see their tributes below.

Happier news – some wonderful premières this month on Talking Pictures TV – we are delighted to announce that Armchair Theatre (the Thames era) returns to British TV screens only on Talking Pictures TV every Sunday at 10.10pm; also the wonderful Series Callan starring Edward Woodward starts on Talking Pictures TV Monday 4th March – then every weeknight at 9pm, excluding Wednesdays. More information on our monthly channel premieres sheet on page 22 and 23. Other premieres this month include: The Big Gamble, April Love , The Fiction Makers (The Saint), The Medusa Touch, A Boy A Girl and A Bike, The Card, The Thief Of Bagdad, 80,000 suspects , Bless This House, All For Mary, Boys In Brown, Blithe Spirit daybreak, That Hamilton Woman, Murphy’s Stroke, Voyage Of the Damned and much, much more.

For fans of Southern Television and ROLLING STONES FANS we have managed to restore a brilliant episode of GOING A BUNDLE – unseen for decades following none other than Bill Wyman from the Rolling Stones! (looking very, very young as it was filmed in 1976) with Harry Fowler and James Villiers we follow a London Newspaper from start to finish.. Premières: Friday 22nd February at 5.30pm do have a look at our highlight pages and put the times on your calendars!

For those of you attending our 5th Festival Of Film on Sunday 24th March – at the St Albans Arena – we have some excellent news, lovely Barry Cryer will be joining us on stage (subject to his recovery from his recent operation!). For those of you without tickets we do have a waiting list, but please remember there will be NO tickets on the door. Which brings me nicely to our next event on Sunday 6th October 2019 11am till 7pm at the BEAUTIFUL Plaza, Stockport! Do please get your tickets quick for this , our 6th Festival Of Film a day filled with star guests, talks interviews, shorts, news reels, films and stalls – in such an iconic setting for all of us who are traditional cinema lovers. Complete with the Compton Organ playing before the films! Get your tickets quick as we are half way to being completely sold out already! There is a Travelodge directly opposite and many wonderful things to see and do in Stockport including the near by bunker for those who would like to make a weekend of it! Have a look at our info sheet.

We spent a wonderful day filming with the family of dear John Gregson last weekend where we met his children including his son, also called John Gregson! The highlight of the day was interviewing his dear wife Thea Gregson who regaled us with wonderful memories of John. Great stories of Sean Connery knocking on the door to take John for a round of golf, The Beatles asking John for his signature and many, many more private, personal stories! This is all in preparation for our ‘John Gregson Day’ – put the date in your diaries – Friday 15th March – which marks the date of what would have been John’s 100th Birthday. Thank you for all your kind words about our recent interviews with ‘The Stars’ lots more on their way!

Another exciting adventure is with the KENT MOMI- Museum of the Moving Image where you can visit the museum and go to a FREE screening afterwards, we are so delighted to be able to support this wonderful museum.

This newsletter is bigger than normal and packed with special DVD offers, books, plus something special for all you fans of Frank Marker – A Mug named Frank – we all know how much Frank loves his tea – now you can enjoy yours in a special limited edition Frank Mug advertising his private eye bureau Don’t miss our fabulous usherette aprons for all of you who wish to create a cinema feel at home. Until next month, keep on Sam Kydd spotting – keep on spreading the word about the channel and see if you can find a film without Sid James in this month

Very best wishes, Sarah, Noel, and Neill

New Renown DVD Release: Glimpses Collection Volume 3

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Timeless, nostalgic and irresistible, the Glimpses Collections bring us delightful moments from the recent past, a time which has already become a memory. Highlights include footage of vintage transport, vehicles and urban streets across the nation, empty while a war is fought on all fronts, at home in factories and on the land and away at sea and on the battlefields. By contrast, enjoy a calm, unhurried trip along the Thames, or a visit to London’s glamorous West End in 1947. Relax during a weekend in 1949 or a pleasant Sunday in Southend, flimed in 1959. On a more serious note, experience War Time London or the hard, serious day in the life of the Children of the North Sea. For the more adventurous, Life in Sweden in the late 1940s is explored, and a Pilgrimage through Palestine is undertaken. These precious glimpses give us a flavour of those harder, yet perhaps more innocent times. Episodes like the Ideal Home Exhibition of March 1964 at Olympia, Sea to Plate at Billingsgate and Midnight Around the Globe in 1945 depict a world surviving terrible wars, reinventing itself and showing the amazing resilience and zest for life that characterized people from the hopeful decades of the 1930s to the 1970s.

59 individual ‘Glimpses’ of Britain’s past including: 1960s New World Holiday • 1950s A River Trip Along the River Ant • A Pilgrimage Through Palestine • A Ramble Around London • A-Bob-In-The-Pound with Tommy Handley • American Legion 1937 • Midnight Around the Globe in 1945 • Bournemouth in the 1930s • Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra • Bristol & Wales in 1964 • Great Castles of The Middle Ages • A Day in the Life of the Children of the North Sea • Cornish Ramble • Cornwall Calling • The Crofters of Achriesgill • Dover • Down The Thames • Bushey Heath • London River Bus late 1940s • Sally Visits Kew • Cambridge in 1945 • Hit the Road Jack • Salt Shakers • 1960s Steam Fair • Swing Tease • When Do We Eat? • Guernsey in the 1970s • Land of Contrasts • London’s West End in 1947 • Petula Clark ‘The Day Begins Early’ • Re- Mind That Child • Salisbury Hall: The Ghost Of Nell Gwyn • Sheep Dog • Stopping and Starting • Sunshine Island • Sweden in the Late 1940s • The Eternal Fire • Eddie Carroll and his Orchestra • Report On Litter • The Ideal Home Exhibition March 1964 at Olympia • Our Weekends in 1949 • The Fishmonger in 1947 • The Forbidden Frontier • The Puddle-Muddle Riddle • The Worker & War-Front Magazine • War Time London • We Three • Wool To Clothing in 1947 • Your Local Council 1949 • The Tale Of Elsie Bossing • 1940s Speed Skating • Come Back To Erin • Harry Roy In Floor Show • How to Refuel Your Two Stroke Engine • St Paul’s Cathedral in 1942 • Sea To Plate & Billingsgate • Ten Pin Bowling 1960s • Sunday in Southend in 1959 • Daily Checks For Your 1970s Moped!

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From the British Film Institute: Pinter at The BBC

Directed by Christopher Morahan, Harold Pinter, Charles Jarrot and Kenneth Ives

Harold Pinter (1930-2008) was one of the most important and influential British playwrights of the last century. Whilst best-known for his work for the stage, this collection celebrates Pinter’s significant contribution to television. His work for the screen shares many of the qualities of that for the stage, from a fascination with the private roots of power and an abiding preoccupation with memory, to a belief in the agency of women. Featuring 10 plays made for the BBC between 1965 and 1988, and previously unavailable on DVD, highlights include Tea Party (1965), Old Times (1975) and 1987’s The Birthday Party which sees a rare example of Pinter acting in his own work. A dazzling array of British acting talent is on display, including Michael Gambon, Julie Walters, Leo McKern, Vivian Merchant, John Le Mesurier and Miranda Richardson.


THE PLAYS
The Tea Party (Charles Jarrot, 1965)
A Slight Ache (Christopher Morahan, 1967)
A Night Out (Christopher Morahan, 1967)
The Basement (Charles Jarrot, 1967)
Monologue (Christopher Morahan, 1973)
Old Times (Christopher Morahan, 1975)
The Hothouse (Harold Pinter, 1982)
Landscape (Kenneth Ives, 1983)
The Birthday Party (Kenneth Ives, 1987)
Mountain Language (Harold Pinter, 1988)

Special Features:
Writers in Conversation: Harold Pinter (1984, 47 mins): an ICA interview with Harold Pinter by Benedict Nightingale •Pinter People (1969, 16 mins): a series of four animated films written by Harold Pinter • Face to Face: Harold Pinter (1997, 39 mins): Sir Jeremy Isaacs interviews Harold Pinter, who discusses the images and events which have inspired some of his most powerful dramas • Harold Pinter Guardian Interview (1996, 73 mins, audio only): an extensive interview with the legendary playwright by critic Michael Billington, recorded at the National Film Theatre • Illustrated booklet with new writing by Michael Billington, John Wyver, Billy Smart, Amanda Wrigley, David Rolinson and Lez Cooke, and full film credits

UK | 1965 1988 | black and white, and colour | 628 minutes | English language with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | 5 x DVD9, PAL, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio (192kbps) | cert 15 (strong language, moderate violence, threat, sex references | region 2

5-DVD SET

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Spotlight on the Stockport Plaza

The wonderful Iconic Art Nouveau venue of the 6th Renown Pictures & Talking Pictures TV Festival Of Film Sunday 6th October 2019.

It was originally the vision of local architect William Thornley. Having been responsible for small, well-appointed silent cinemas in classic designs, he submitted his scheme in 1929, for the Mersey Square site, to include a 1,600 seat cinema, with seating on stalls and circle levels within the auditorium. His designs also
incorporated a café restaurant, billiard hall and motor garage.

The Read, Snape and Ward cinema circuit were looking for a central Stockport site in 1931, when Thornley’s design was re-evaluated. However their vision was for a large Super-Cinema and Variety Theatre that could replicate the Regal-Super which they had opened in Altrincham and asked William to adapt his plans. This he did and on 7 October 1932, the Plaza Super Cinema and Variety Theatre opened its doors to the public. With 1,845 seats upholstered in the deepest blue and antique gold moquette, while sumptuous hues of gold, silver and rose tints were used in the decorative scheme. This magnificent palace designed in the finest Art Deco style would become the entertainment palace of choice. Its opening night was a Cine Variety presentation which included screenings of ‘Jailbirds’ starring Laurel & Hardy and ‘Out of the Blue’, with Jessie Matthews.

The Plaza opened on the crossover between silent films and the advent of the talkies. It looked both backwards and forwards with its mix of Cine Variety presentations and programmes of entertainment never seen before in Stockport. A mix of cinema and live performance that included a silent newsreel accompanied by The Plaza orchestra. Musical presentations were also performed on the Compton organ played by resident organist, Mr Cecil Chadwick, all of which supported the main feature on the giant silver screen. The Compton Organ was designed by the Manchester Cathedral organist Norman Cocker and Arthur Ward, who was a director of the Plaza. It has 11 ranks of pipes situated in 2 chambers, one over the other, concealed behind the decorative grill in the wall to the right of the stage.

During the war, The Plaza remained as popular as ever. In fact as the building was partly built underground – the stage area occupied the space that once contained 10,000 tons of sandstone rock – so residents of Stockport thought it to be safer than an air raid shelter!
The Plaza was refurbished in the 1950s. Despite declines in cinema audiences it remained popular. It could now cater for Cinemascope, 3-D screenings and even introduced pantomime shows. The first of these festive shows, Babes in the Wood, starred The Dallas Boys. But the 60s saw further cinema decline in attendance and the reluctant decision was made to close the venue and sell it to the Rank/Mecca Leisure Group. New Years Eve 1966, saw the last film performances of Jerry Lewis is ‘3 for the Couch’ and Audie Murphy in ‘The Texican.’ The theatre was then revamped within a few months and opened as a Bingo and Social venue, which included a nightclub.

In the late 1990s, Rank decided the venue had come to the end of its life in its present state and closed its doors. Rather than allow the building to go into decline however, through enthusiastic campaigns which received overwhelming support from the people of Stockport, Rank Leisure sold the Plaza to The Stockport Plaza Trust. “Phase One” of the restoration of The Plaza, was made possible with a considerable boost of a £1.9 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Audiences took their seats for the grand re-opening show on 7th October 2000.

For those of you living in the south we would really recommend coming to the event to experience this beautiful cinema in all its glory.

 

NEW DVD RELEASE: SUSPENDED ALIBI

A tense 1950’s British film noir starring the beautiful Honor Blackman Married newspaper editor, Paul Pearson (Patrick Holt), is having an affair with Diana, a female reporter. Pearson has been using an old army friend, Bill Forrest, as an alibi, telling his wife (Honor Blackman) that he is with Forrest while he really visits Diana. When Pearson decides to end the affair he asks Forrest to cover for him one more time but when on the same night Forrest is murdered suspicion naturally falls on Pearson, and his web of deceit begins to unravel.

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from the British Film Institute

Rogue Male

(Dual format: DVD and BLU-RAY BOTH included)

Directed by Clive Donner
In early 1939, with the Second World War looming, English aristocrat Sir Robert Hunter (Peter O Toole) embarks on a ‘sporting stalk’ of the deadliest of prey: Adolf Hitler. Captured by the Gestapo and left for dead, Sir Robert soon becomes the hunted on a chase from the Bavarian mountains to the wilds of the English countryside, where he will need all his sportsman’s wit and guile to survive.

Based on Geoffrey Household’s cult 1930s thriller, Rogue Male is a suspenseful action adventure featuring an exceptional lead performance by O’Toole and a superb supporting cast, including Alastair Sim, Harold Pinter and John Standing.

Special Features: Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition

The Guardian Lecture: Frederic Raphael (1982, 72 mins, audio only): recorded at the NFT following a screening of Rogue Male, Frederic Raphael remembers Rogue Male (2014, 4 mins): the screenwriter on how he came to the project and working with Harold Pinter

Clive Donner on Rogue Male (2008, 14 mins): extracts from the director’s recording for the British Entertainment History Project, played over a stills gallery Eva Braun Home Movies (c1939, 7 mins): footage of Hitler and Braun entertaining guests on the terrace of the

Berghof British Union of Fascists march, October 3rd 1937 (1937, 10 mins)

200 Packs of Fox Hounds Begin Season’s Sport (1921, 1 min): newsreel item on the opening of a Dorset hunt

Illustrated booklet with writing by Paul Fairclough, Sarah Wood, Gustav Temple, Taylor
Downing and First Blood author David Morrel, and full film credits

UK | 1976 | colour | 103 minutes | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | BD50: 1080p, 24fps, 2.0 PCM mono audio (48kHz/24-bit) | DVD9: PAL, 25fps, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono audio (320kbps) | cert 15 (Strong injury details) | Region 2(192kbps) | cert 15 (strong language, moderate violence, threat, sex references | region 2

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10 ‘Reel Love’ Films in a 3 DVD box set

A TALE OF FIVE CITIES (1951) Directors: Montgomery Tully,
Romolo Marcellini, Emil E. Reinert, Wolfgang Staudte, Irma von Cube and Géza von Cziffra. Stars: Bonar Colleano, Barbara Kelly, Anne Vernon. An Englishman has been working in the US for so long, he now speaks with an American accent. He is drafted into the British Army during WWII but is injured and loses his memory. After the war he travels throughout Europe, searching for the women he still remembers in the hope of restoring his memory.

PEG OF OLD DRURY (1935) Director: Herbert Wilcox (uncredited). Stars: Anna Neagle, Margaretta Scott, Maire O’Neill. Account of the life and loves of Mistress Peg Woffington, the actress, from her beginnings in a Dublin fair booth to fame at Drury Lane in mid-18th century.

A WOMAN ALONE (1936) Director: Eugene Frenke. Stars Anna Sten, John Garrick, Henry Wilcoxon and Viola Keats. An officer becomes entangled in a love affair with a maid in this previously ‘lost’ British film.

A SOCIETY SENSATION (1918) Stars: Carmel Myers, Rudolph Valentino, Lydia Yeamans Titus. An early Silent short on the trials and tribulations of falling in love. A wealthy society playboy falls in love with the daughter of a poor fisherman. Directors: Edmund Mortimer, Paul Powell.

THE HILLS OF DONEGAL (1947) Director: John Argyle. Stars: Dinah Sheridan, James Etherington, Moore Marriott. Eileen Hannay (Dinah Sheridan) is the singing star of an Irish operatic society but gives it up to marry Terry O’Keefe (John Bentley) who, we soon discover, is something of a ne’er-dowell. This was John Bentley`s first lead role in a long film career.

LOVE IN HIGH GEAR (1932) Director: Frank R. Strayer. Stars: Harrison Ford, Alberta Vaughn, Tyrell Davis. A young couple making plans to elope are overheard by a jewel thief, who sees a chance to turn the situation to his advantage. Last film of Silent star Harrison Ford and his only Talkie.

THOSE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR (1953) Director: John Harlow. Stars: Jack Warner, Charles Victor,
Marjorie Rhodes. During the war, a titled family, object to their squadron leader son, being engaged to the daughter of a working class factory worker. Will Love prevail? Writer: Zelda Davees (adapted from the play “Wearing the Pants”).

THE WEDDING OF LILLI MARLENE (1953) Director: Arthur Crabtree. Stars: Lisa Daniely, Hugh McDermott, Sidney James, Irene Handl. War time drama. Lilli will not marry her true love, an American reporter, until she becomes a big star.

MARILYN (1953) Director: Wolf Rilla. Stars: Sandra Dorne, Maxwell Reed, Leslie Dwyer. George Saunders is the middle-aged owner of a roadside garage and pub. Trouble is inevitable when his sexy young wife, Marilyn, gets involved with Tom, the new mechanic and together they plot the perfect future together.

A YANK IN ERMINE (1955) Director: Gordon Parry. Music composed by: Stanley Black. Writer: John Paddy Carstairs (adapted from the novel “Solid! Said the Earl”). Stars: Peter Thompson, Jon Pertwee, Noelle Middleton, Harold Lloyd Jr, Sid James, Diana Decker. American airman (Thompson) inherits the lordship of an English village. Although he is initially reluctant, his fiancé (Decker) encourages him to accept it, after she hears how much the estate is worth. When he arrives in England with his two buddies (Pertwee and Lloyd Jr.), he falls for the daughter (Middleton) of the owner of the neighbouring estate – but she is also engaged to be married. Includes the song “Honey, You Can’t Love Two”, sung by Diana Decker and written by Eddie Pola and George Wyle.

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Two brothers, Johnny (Patric Doonan) and Ted (Bryan Forbes) work in their disabled father’s garage. Johnny is the hard working brother and takes time to care for his father while Ted is a drunk and a womaniser. The two brothers have a strained relationship which deteriorates further whenTed introduces his girlfriend, night club singer Lucky (Sandra Dorne) to Johnny. Family life becomes morecomplicated when police search for the unknown killer of a man in a dance hall fight, and then by a bookie pressuring Ted to pay his gambling debts.

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Talking Pictures TV at Kent MOMI

29th March – 21st April 2019

Talking Pictures TV has teamed up with the new Kent Museum of the Moving Image in Deal, home of the Passport to Ealing exhibition of films and poster art from the heyday of Ealing Studios, to bring classic British cinema back to the big screen in a month-long season of free screenings at the museum. The season runs from Friday 29th March until Easter Sunday, 21st April.

Four decades of great British film-making are represented in ‘Talking Pictures TV at Kent MOMI’: the 1960s by Sidney J. Furie’s high-octane crime drama The Boys; the 1950s, Ken Annakin’s seaside noir Double Confession; the 1940s, Carol Reed’s wartime drama The Stars Look Down; and the 1930s, Ivor Novello’s triumphant stage play adaptation I Lived with You. Some programmes will also include a surprise short from the Renown archives. Kent MOMI’s small screening hall has a full- HD projector, and a hearing induction loop is being installed ahead of the season. There is disabled access to the entire museum, but space is limited, so please contact them in advance. There is a café too, and there will be refreshments available at the shows.

Free tickets for the screenings, which begin at 6pm, go on general release from 1st March, and can be booked online at: www.kentmomi.org/events or by telephone on 01304 239515 (office hours 12-6pm Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays; at other times please leave a message and they will return your call). However, fans of Talking Pictures TV enjoy exclusive priority booking throughout February when they pre-pay their visit to Kent MOMI’s exhibitions, the highlight of which is Passport to Ealing: The Films and Their Posters, 1938-1958. The exhibitions are open from 12 midday until 6pm on the day of each screening, and a ticket is valid for repeat visits to Kent MOMI for 12 months. Prices (valid until 30th April 2019): Adult £5.50, Concession/Child £4.00. For TPTV exclusive priority booking, visit www.kentmomi.org/tptv or call 01304 239515 (see above for hours) from now until 28th February.

Visit the Kent Museum of the Moving Image website for further details of the full ‘Talking Pictures TV at Kent MOMI’ season at: www.kentmomi.org

Harry H. Corbett rose from the slums of Manchester to become one of the best-known television stars of the twentieth century. Widely respected as a stage actor, he became a leading light in Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop until his life was changed by the television comedy Steptoe and Son. Overnight he became a household name as the series drew unparalleled viewing figures of over 28 million, with fans ranging from the working classes to the Royal Family.

However, the glittering lights of show business couldn’t hide the scars he bore from his time in the Royal Marines during the Second World War. With the Marines he travelled through Europe before ending up in Asia, where he saw first-hand the devastation wrought by the Hiroshima bomb. Naturally shy and a committed socialist, fame and fortune didn’t sit easily on his shoulders, and for the next twenty years, until his untimely death at the age of only 57, he had to learn how to be ‘’Arold’. Written by his daughter, Susannah, this is the first biography of Harry H. Corbett, the man who was once called ‘the English Marlon Brando’.

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A star-struck, naïve 17-year-old country bumpkin leaves her mum, her cat, her budgie and her 16ft caravan home in Oxfordshire and catches a coach to a near-mythical land – London and the Swinging ’60s. Days later, mascara running, itching in her prickly suit and stammering from shyness, she turns up for a job interview with the UK’s first ever pop magazine, Fabulous (later Fab 208). On the strength of a letter she invents on the spot, she is miraculously hired and begins the job of her dreams.

In Keith Moon Stole My Lipstick – which, of course, he did – Judith Wills reveals her remarkable story. She sang with Freddie Mercury, got high with Jim Morrison, had a strange encounter with David Bowie, babysat Kate Beckinsale, accompanied Billy Fury to a christening, went hiking with Mr Spock, starred at the Albert Hall with Tom Jones, lunched with George Best, graced the red carpet with Peter Sellers, got chased by Andy Williams, had the Book of Mormon read to her by an Osmond, and met – and sometimes had to fight off! – just about anyone who was anyone in the day. Later to become a respected food and health author and journalist, one day Wills decided to return to her time of pop heaven and hell and tell the true – and sometimes shocking – story of those years.

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For full listings visit www.talkingpicturestv.co.uk/schedule/

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For full listing of subtitled films visit www.talkingpicturestv.co.uk/subtitles/

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