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MikeEdwards



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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2018 9:42 am    Post subject: Old Documentaries on "Talking Pictures" channel Reply with quote

(The topic by Penman mentioning some motoring-related stuff on BBC4 prompted me to write this, I've been meaning to for a while. )

For those interested in historic stuff, the Freeview channel "Talking Pictures" (one of the high channel numbers, in the eighties I think) periodically shows some interesting old documentaries.

It's a channel that specialises in old films in any case (sometimes getting as modern as 1979!) but over the last few weeks I've watched car racing at an airfield in 1951, the Cowes-Torquay international powerboat racing from 1962, and a handful of railway-related films.

The only caveat is that you either need a recorder, or to be an insomniac, as the programmes tend to be on around 4am on Saturday.
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a huge fan of 'Talking Pictures TV' and much enjoyed the racing from Gamston that you refer too. It is part of a strand called 'Glimpses' which is a variety of old short documentaries, trade films and the like, which as the title suggests offer fascinating glimpses into British life in the 40's to 70's

There is a hilarious one called 'Refuelling your two stroke', with a young Charles Hawtrey in it, later of carry on fame, and a even funnier one from the early 70s on 'How to ride your motorcycle'

You can watch Talking Pictures TV on Virgin 445, Freesat 306, Freeview or Youview 81 or on the Sky digital satellite platform, channel 328.

So, coming up try;

Thu 24 May 18 7:50 Steam Traction Engine Rally 1964 Glimpses Glimpses: Filmed on 20th June 1964 at Finkley Farm, Andover- charming footage of a Steam event with engines from all over the country and some great 60s cars too.

Sat 26 May 18 7:15 Air Enterprises: The Flying Boats Glimpses Glimpses: An Insightful 1930s documentary on the history of Empire Air Services and the flying Boat situated at Croydon Airfield. 32 of these great flying boats were ordered to service the Empire.
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
I can't get those channels on my freeview TV, at least they don't come up on the blipper, I am going to try a re-setup.
BUT I am fascinated by the idea of a flying boat situated at Croydon.
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Penman"
BUT I am fascinated by the idea of a flying boat situated at Croydon.[/quote]

Perhaps that's why Flying Boats never really took off ...

It reminds me of an occasion when I had to arrange a visit for our senior staff to the BAE Submarine base in Barrow-in-Furness. One lady, who works in the area of Cyber Intelligence, put the wrong post code in her sat nav and was impatiently wondering where everyone else had got to, sat in her car in a McDonalds car park in Clitheroe ........ the fact that Clitheroe is 30 miles inland did not apparently tip her off to the fact that this was an unlikely location for a submarine base.
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Bengt
I'd lay odds that she didn't enter the postcode wrong as Clitheroe area is a BB code and Barrow in Furness is an LA code.

She probably did what a lot of people do and just entered Barrow, which is where the Clitheroe MacDonalds is.
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Penman wrote:

BUT I am fascinated by the idea of a flying boat situated at Croydon.



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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi

I can never make up my mind whether a catalina is a flying boat or an amphibian.
I'm pretty sure that Imperiaal didn't operaate Catalinas as they merged into BOAC in 1939.
Mind you BOAC did operate some Catalinas during WWII.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The PBY Catalina was an incredible aircraft.

In 1943 Australia was surrounded by Japanese military forces and the only way out by air was to fly to Sri Lanka and become a member of the double sunrise club.

Five Lease-Lend Catalinas came from the USA to Britain and then on to the Australian Government who allocated them to Qantas who in turn used RAAF pilots.

The aircraft took off before dawn from Crawley Bay on the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia and flew non-stop to Lake Koggola in Southern Sri Lanka (Ceylon), a distance of 4120 miles, all of it over the Indian Ocean. Radio silence was observed on the entire flight and navigation was by dead reckoning the whole distance. The 271 flights took around 30 hours. Not one aircraft was lost through breakdown, crashing, enemy action or getting lost. An incredible feat. Every passenger was given a Certificate and Membership of THE SECRET ORDER OF THE DOUBLE SUNRISE. There were a total of 648 VIP passengers and 4500 kg of mail and despatches.

The service still holds the longest non-stop commercial flight time record at 32 hours and 9 minutes.

Sorry if I've wandered a bit off topic, but Catalinas always get to me and that story is worth telling!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been binge-watching old b&w films on Talking Pictures for a few weeks now. Yesterday we watched Once A Jolly Swagman from 1949, about speedway racing set either side of WW2.

Tomorrow evening, Weds 4/7, 7.40pm til 8pm, a Glimpses programme looking at the (Mobil?) economy runs for 1957. Sounds promising Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I keep trying to remember to have a look through the EPG to see what's on, but they shove the more interesting stuff all over the schedule and I've never looked on my other recorder to see if "series link" is supported on that channel. But my interest is a bit later, 70s on for background stuff, and there's quite a lot less of that.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This morning (09.45am if I remember correctly) there's a 15 min documentary made in the 1950s about the Rover car company.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tomorrow evening (19.45hrs I think) there's a short 1940s/1950s road safety film being shown. Exciting stuff, recorder is set Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's something on early next Monday morning with early footage of the M1 that might be quite interesting.

Last night I saw a bit of the start of "Villain", with Richard Burton, Ian McShane and a load of other big names. So far there's been a Jensen Interceptor, a Mk1 Capri and what could have been a Monteverdi. I have a suspicion that this is the film I was watching late one night when the first Gulf War started, and they actually interrupted it to go to news.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MikeEdwards wrote:
I have a suspicion that this is the film I was watching late one night when the first Gulf War started, and they actually interrupted it to go to news.


No, it wasn't. That was a different sixties gangster film.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An amateur colour film taken around Devon in the late 1950s, included this tantalising glimpse of a cracking E83W ice cream van. Alas the full registration number of this van operated by Pollard's, selling their "real Devonshire ice cream", wasn't shown.



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