Dear Supporters of Film and TV History,
Really hope you are all keeping well. It was a magical weekend in Stockport last month at the iconic Plaza and the beautiful Savoy. So lovely to meet so many of you in person and what a weekend we had! More details on Pages 4-5. Here’s to St Albans, Sunday 20th March 2022, when we have an equally impressive day planned, so do get your tickets quick as there’s limited availability. The Stockport Festival highlights for me were Anita Harris receiving a standing ovation following her performance and Amanda Barrie being very ‘frank’. Freddie Davies, you could not help but be moved by his performance, Melvyn Hayes had us in stitches for an hour, Jenny Hanley and Frazer Hines were the best double act you could wish for as hosts, the Compton organ and dear Lola with her sounds of the 50s were equally impressive. It was a brilliant mix of TV and film history on the big screen and a jolly good time was had by all! On the Saturday, hearing a cinema full of excited ‘kids again’ singing the ABC Minors song and the Odeon song; cheering on Roy Rogers and booing the baddies, was a real delight. We only had to confiscate a few pop guns – the quiz was a lot of fun and what a lovely cream tea we all had. Here’s to next year!
Sky Glass: You may have seen that Sky is launching a new streaming TV. However, Talking Pictures TV is not available on a Sky Glass TV. We’d love our loyal viewers to tell Sky how disappointed they are by this. This is not our decision, it is Sky who have decided not to include us. So do tell Sky!
Reel To Real Noel’s book is selling very well (thank goodness!) It’s an ideal Christmas present for those interested in film history. Thank you so much to all of you who have sent in your reviews:
“Dear Noel, I have just finished reading your book which I enjoyed even if I did not fully understand the business side of it! A couple of chapters each night before lights out. Your love of films and the obvious enjoyment you got from your involvement in the behind the scenes making of them really shone through. No self pity about the downside of life and no self congratulation about the successes. Good on you, Noel….’’ John Sweet
It’s been a busy month here at TPTV HQ. We have started filming a new season of The Cellar Club with the very lovely Caroline Munro and series 2 of The Footage Detectives with Noel and Mike. We’ve got some very special guests on the show, including Caroline, daughter of Raymond Francis; Patsy who played Sarah in The Barnstormers and Jonathan Kydd who brings in some rediscovered home movies from his dad’s loft for the Footage Detectives to explore. Series starts Sunday 12th December at 4pm followed by a newly discovered episode of Badger’s Bend!
Lots of gift ideas in this magazine and lots to help keep those usherette torches lit! It’s the 70th Anniversary of Scrooge this year, so some special limited edition gifts. Also, every home should have the TPTV SUPERFAN BOX with a saving of over £30!! If your relatives are struggling with what to get you for Christmas – no need to look any further! Time is running out for our 2022 calendar so do order yours quick!
Some great premieres as always this month, including: The Queen of Spades, set in 1806 St Petersburg; Murder Inc (1960) with Peter Falk; a 1958 Frankie Vaughan musical called Wonderful Things; Captain from Castile (1947) with Tyrone Power, who also appears in Crash Dive (1943) and Richard Widmark in Down to the Sea in Ships (1949). Plenty of spooky fare from Caroline Munro in the Cellar Club including Zoltan – Hound of Dracula; Island of Terror and The Blood On Satan’s Claw.
Thanks as ever for your support, we end on a high. We were very moved to read in The Independent recently an interview with director Edgar Wright who discussed his shared love of Talking Pictures TV with Dame Diana Rigg DBE. He said, “A fond memory in early lockdown was speaking to Diana every couple of weeks about what films she’d been enjoying on Talking Pictures TV – a channel we both loved.” Things like this make all the hard work so worthwhile – as do your letters and emails of support – so keep them coming!