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I've just started watching a real blast from the past on iTunes, a TV series made for children in the 1970s called The Changes.

If you saw it at the time, you've probably been living with the trauma ever since. A sort of 'Threads for Juniors' it charts the life of a schoolgirl who sees the world around her descend into chaos when humanity suddenly turns against machines due to some unexplained force.

One minute, she's sat doing her homework in the front room watched over by her parents. Before the end of episode 1, she's abandoned and alone, foraging for food in a deserted city and watching people die from sickness caused by dirty water.

Bleak as hell, but incredibly realistic and well made for the time. Fleeing crowds, deserted streets filled with wreckage, empty motorway with smashed up cars. 

Kids telly in the 1970s was gritty stuff!

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Just finished the final series of Justified on Amazon Prime.

After 6 series a lot of programmes seem to not get the ending right. No such problem with Justified. The final sence was great with the last 6 words the most poignant. I really enjoyed it. 


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Danny Dyer on Who Do You Think You Are? - repeated now on BBC1. Unintentionally hilarious.


"I am the avenging angel; I come with wings unfurled, I come with claws extended from halfway round the world. I am the God Almighty, I am the howling wind. I care not for your family; I care not for your kin. I come in search of terror, though terror is my own; I come in search of vengeance for crimes and crimes unknown. I care not for your children, I care not for your wives, I care not for your country, I care not for your lives." - (c) Jim Boyes - "The Avenging Angel"

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Henchman: The Al Leong Story (Amazon Prime)
You may not know his name, but if you've watched any film or TV from the Eighties, you'll recognise him. A biopic of a guy who originally intended to build and run a Motocross circuit, but ended up as one of the most recognisable bad guys on screen.

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I was watching Giri/Haji last night, and about half an hour in the Japanese are having a funeral scene on a beach somewhere & it's sandy, but windswept, I thought, nice, somewhere east Essex maybe.

Then the scene shifts to a view of Hastings Pier, and our beach, and Marine court in the distance as father & daughter walk along Bottle Alley, under the Promenade, in front of my flat, and realise the sandy beach was Camber Sands, where they filmed the desert scenes in Carry on Follow That Camel.

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I really like The Repair Shop . Educate , inform , entertain the BBC maxim , it’s one of the few shows for me that does them . Should be on prime time 

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3 hours ago, DavidM said:

I really like The Repair Shop . Educate , inform , entertain the BBC maxim , it’s one of the few shows for me that does them . Should be on prime time 

Bring back Money for Nothing.

Actually, no. Don't. Please, ever.

If the BBC promise never to commission, or show any new, or repeated episodes of "Sarah" and her smug, dodgy grin, I promise to buy a TV licence.

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The new Ken Burns documentary series (Country music this time) is, like his previous work, a touch too reverential and humourless, but still top quality work. Episode 1 went out this evening on BBC4.

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Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. (Susan Ertz)

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1 hour ago, Futtocks said:

The new Ken Burns documentary series (Country music this time) is, like his previous work, a touch too reverential and humourless, but still top quality work. Episode 1 went out this evening on BBC4.

Ken Burns docs are a must view. Peter Coyote is one of my favourite narrators.

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On 21/11/2019 at 14:15, Robin Evans said:

Threads....  i still have nightmares about the attack sequence....

Me too! I shared a few memories of it on a blog post written when they released it on DVD.

https://johndrake.co.uk/threads-on-dvd-do-have-nightmares


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I watched the first episode of the new series of The Crown on Netflix last night. 

Not sure about the new cast yet. A bit too famous perhaps? I’m still seeing Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham-Carter rather than Her Maj and Margaret. 

I’m sure I’ll get used to them after a couple more episodes. 

I thought Harold Wilson was more immediately convincing, as I’m not as familiar with the actor playing the part.

It’s a good history lesson, this show. I always end up searching to find out more about the incidents it covers on t’internet afterwards. I remembered Anthony Blunt being ‘unmasked’ as a Russian spy in the early 80s but didn’t know the background to the story until now.

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Just watched 'The Great Escape - The Reckoning', a movie type documentary that followed the post war investigation to punish the Nazis responsible for the execution of the 50 allied servicemen who tunneled out of Stalag Luft lll and into movie history via The Great escape.

A special group was set up, led by a Blackpool policeman, Frank McKenna, and it shows how a number of the escapees were caught, and executed (not in a large groups as in the film, but in ones and two's, as they were being taken back to the Stalag), and how McKennas group caught the vast majority of the executioners.   Well worth a watch. 


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On 21/11/2019 at 13:27, John Drake said:

I've just started watching a real blast from the past on iTunes, a TV series made for children in the 1970s called The Changes.

If you saw it at the time, you've probably been living with the trauma ever since. A sort of 'Threads for Juniors' it charts the life of a schoolgirl who sees the world around her descend into chaos when humanity suddenly turns against machines due to some unexplained force.

One minute, she's sat doing her homework in the front room watched over by her parents. Before the end of episode 1, she's abandoned and alone, foraging for food in a deserted city and watching people die from sickness caused by dirty water.

Bleak as hell, but incredibly realistic and well made for the time. Fleeing crowds, deserted streets filled with wreckage, empty motorway with smashed up cars. 

Kids telly in the 1970s was gritty stuff!

Did that have a boat in it called the heartseas?

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On 21/11/2019 at 13:27, John Drake said:

I've just started watching a real blast from the past on iTunes, a TV series made for children in the 1970s called The Changes.

If you saw it at the time, you've probably been living with the trauma ever since. A sort of 'Threads for Juniors' it charts the life of a schoolgirl who sees the world around her descend into chaos when humanity suddenly turns against machines due to some unexplained force.

One minute, she's sat doing her homework in the front room watched over by her parents. Before the end of episode 1, she's abandoned and alone, foraging for food in a deserted city and watching people die from sickness caused by dirty water.

Bleak as hell, but incredibly realistic and well made for the time. Fleeing crowds, deserted streets filled with wreckage, empty motorway with smashed up cars. 

Kids telly in the 1970s was gritty stuff!

I have vague memories of that, I’ll have to investigate further.

I also vaguely remember a show featuring Barraclough from Porridge (who’s name escapes me at the moment) who was some sort of hypnotist/mind controller and was a bit of a crook. Seemed very creepy at the time. 😬

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On ‎22‎/‎11‎/‎2019 at 19:20, DavidM said:

I really like The Repair Shop . Educate , inform , entertain the BBC maxim , it’s one of the few shows for me that does them . Should be on prime time 

I record this and watch it in an evening. Such talented people well apart from Jay who adds nothing to the show at all.

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2 minutes ago, Red Willow said:

I record this and watch it in an evening. Such talented people well apart from Jay who adds nothing to the show at all.

I do too . Totally absorbing , I’m just thinking ‘ how did you do that ‘ . Jay is there to , err , say let’s take this to you’re workbench , how’s it coming along , tell me if you need anything , and well done you at the end . Stuff like that 🤔

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11 minutes ago, John Drake said:

It does!

I remember bits of it from  watching it at the time,  I seem to recall there were a few of that type of dark childrens drama at the time.

Timeslip was another that scared me.

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After 2 episodes of War of the Worlds, I’m not convinced.  


With the best, thats a good bit of PR, though I would say the Bedford team, theres, like, you know, 13 blokes who can get together at the weekend to have a game together, which doesnt point to expansion of the game. Point, yeah go on!

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18 minutes ago, Shadow said:

I remember bits of it from  watching it at the time,  I seem to recall there were a few of that type of dark childrens drama at the time.

Timeslip was another that scared me.

Timeslip was fantastic. 

I vividly remember a scene where one of the characters suddenly aged to death in some kind of polar research base, it scared the living daylights out of me as a kid! 


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