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Robbie Moubert
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Posted: 14 May 2018 at 4:56pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Rebecca, I must point out that Hector's House was actually a French series (La Maison de Toutou) with new voices provided by the BBC (just like The Magic Roundabout which it replaced in the 5:40 slot just before the evening news on BBC 1). Sorry, I'm just a great big pedantic old Hector! 

There used to be an urban myth in the UK that Zsa Zsa the cat was voiced by Joanna Lumley. This was in fact just a joke made in the 80s by presenter Danny Baker but it got repeated as fact for years afterwards.

You're correct about Timeslip being one of the strips in Look-in when it started. The first six months were beautifully done in full-colour by Mike Noble and can be seen on the Timeslip website.


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Old shows:

DOCTOR WHO

THE PROFESSIONALS

THE AVENGERS (Mrs. Peel)

THE NEW AVENGERS (Mainly for Joanna Lumley)

CALLAN

TIMESLIP

DEMPSEY AND MAKEPEACE

THE BILL

HANCOCK'S HALF HOUR

PORRIDGE

UP POMPEII

ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES

JEEVES AND WOOSTER

THUNDERBIRDS

BLACK ADDER

FAWLTY TOWERS

THE FALL AND RISE OF REGINALD PERRIN

Current shows that are favourites:

DOCTOR WHO

DEATH IN PARADISE

ONLY CONNECT (A fiendishly hard quiz show hosted by the lovely Victoria Coren-Mitchell).


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Rebecca Jansen
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I meant to mention Sapphire And Steel, very odd a bit like The Prisoner where you're not always sure of what is happening, but it's done so well.

I grew up with the Olivier narrated The World At War, it's kind of branded on my brain really. For more recent doc series there have been some Open University series I enjoyed a lot like Landscape Mysteries. Also I usually like Coast, even watching the antipodean ones. Not so mad about the various celebrity travelogue ones but Fry, Palin, Suggs (of Madness) and Lumley are pretty good tele-companions. :^)

I suspect La Maison D'Hector was probably a lot more like Hector's House than Le Manège Enchanté was like the Magic Roundabout... we could call it a co-production of sorts? I wonder why nobody ever translated the hot-air balloon travelling mice Nic Et Pic from French to English, I used to see it on the French channel here and wish I could really follow it for more than a word or phrase. I always suspected Joanna L. hadn't been the voice of that cat even though she is mad for felines.

I've really liked the Inspector George Gently episodes I've seen set in the late '60s, I hope I can find them on air again. I even have a couple sets of Z Cars (1962 and 1978 seasons) and enjoy them well enough, I'm partial to police drama or police detectives; it always seems a bit odd the amateur slueths or even Sherlock Holmes happening on all their many cases where as they realistically would come to the police. I really enjoyed the original The Professionals too, the one with Gordon Jackson, although it is a bit Starsky & Hutch.


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Phil Kreisel
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I forgot about Absolutely Fabulous, and to a lesser extent, French and Saunders.
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CRACKER was a, well, cracker of a series.

Robbie Coltrane playing a psychologist helping the police track down murderers. Cracker himself had so many hang ups but the plots & characters were brilliant. Jimmy McGovern writing @ his best
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Cracker is a hall-of-famer for certain. Loved Coltrane as Dr. Johnson the dictionary compiler in Blackadder III, possibly my favorite episode of all. "Sausage? Sausage?! Oh blast your eyes!"

French And Saunders was brilliant in places, and the house band never failed to crack me up! Young Ones would have to be in the great hall too.
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Roberto Melendrez
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For me:

Are You Being Served?

Mr. Bean

The Benny Hill Show (!) A guilty pleasure and obviously a relic of it's time. Still makes me laugh

Downton Abbey - first few seasons were the best but even the later ones had a few nice moments

A Bit of Frye and Laurie

Brum - kids LOVED it when they were little

Thunderbirds




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Man, how could I forget about DEATH IN PARADISE??  I almost dropped it after Ben Miller left, but stuck with it.  I'm impatiently waiting for seasons 6 & 7 to show up on Netflix!
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I forgot The Singing Detective! Haven't seen it in more than 20 yrs. Really need to find it again!
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Robbie Moubert, i love Only Connect, i consider it half
an hour well spent if i get two or three connections!
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In no order:

Keeping Up Appearances
Spaced
Absolutely Fabulous
The Office
The IT Crowd
Garth Marenghi's Dark Place
The Avengers
HItchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Cranford
Pride and Prejudice
The Vicar of Dibley
Look Around You





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Bill, I love ONLY CONNECT.
Did you see the one a few years ago where the first clue was ‘hit by cosmic rays’? I got that connection straight away - my first 5 point answer.
POINTLESS is pretty good too. Tuvalu has become a battle cry in our household
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