Hello.  Welcome to my blog about British archive television.  This will highlight programmes I’ve been watching whilst my Twitter feed – embedded in the blog and also directly accessable via @archivetvmus71 – contains many more archive treats.

The posts are broken up into categories (by decade and type – comedy, drama, etc).  You can also explore via the tags lower down the page.  Many of the programmes which have multiple posts can also be accessed via the top of the main menu (BBC/ITV/Christmas TV/Doctor Who/Grange Hill).

These top menu options have the posts re-arranged from oldest to newest (WordPress blogs display the newest posts by default).  So if you’re looking to read about, say, The Day of the Triffids episode by episode, then selecting it via the BBC button next to the Home button is the best option – since the posts will be in the correct order!

If you notice any broken links or have any comments or suggestions then please leave a message on the relevant post or drop me an email at archivetvmusings@gmail.com

I also have a theatre related blog at Theatre Musings.

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  1. Not sure if that episode was unaired, since IMDB (who I know are hardly the bastions of accuracy) have it as the first transmitted episode.

    There are several unscreened eps though, so a DVD release would have a certain curiosity value, even if the entertainment value was low.


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  3. Have you covered “Within These Walls”? It was a 70s prison drama featuring Denys Hawthorne as Dr Peter Mayes


  4. I’ll probably get round to blogging about it eventually – although one of the plusses of tweeting regularly is that I can briefly cover many more series than I’d ever be able to if I was blogging an episode by episode overview. Maybe once I’ve gone through the whole series I might do just a few posts, looking more briefly at the individual episodes whilst taking an overview of the whole series. Something to mull over 🙂


      • I was curious about the source of your OTD postings on Twitter. BBC Genome is a good resource for jogging the memory, but I haven’t found an equivalent resource for the ITV regions.


      • I use the British Newspaper Archive for gathering these listings, an excellent resource, albeit one that you have to pay for. But a year’s sub isn’t that costly (works out at about the cost of an average print magazine each month).


    • Not tackled the 1970’s and 1980’s Emmerdale Farm on the blog yet, but from what I’ve seen of the Network releases it’s very much up my street, so I’ll probably get round to it eventually 🙂


      • Thanks! My favourite era was 1983-1986. There were three main villains and a few minor villains throughout this time. The show also became a bit darker, and the creator hated the amount of violence, blood/gore and how the show had been sexed up a bit, however it saw it’s peak ratings in 1985. Unfortunately, this is also the time with the least amount of available episodes. Storylines included Harry Mowlam’s hate campaign against the Sugdens (he knocked Jackie Merrick off his motorbike and fled in January 1984), Derek Warner, Tom Merrick and Kevin Haynes poaching at the Home Farm Fish Farm with explosives in March/April 1984, Jack Sugden’s affair with his step-daughter’s friend/co-worker in late 1984, some sort of fire or incident in February 1985 (not enough info to know what happened), Jackie’s serious vehicle accident after colliding with Alan Turner’s land rover on his motorbike in April 1985, Harry, Derek and Keith Johnson committing armed robbery, also with explosives (episode isn’t available online but from later episodes it sounds like Derek killed someone during the incident), Dolly Skilbeck’s miscarriage caused by Harry, the Who Killed Harry Mowlam storyline in January 1986, in which the assailant wasn’t revealed until April, when Derek took vicar Donald Hinton hostage.

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  5. I was interested to see your recent tweets on State Of Emergency with Patrick Mower and William Gaunt. I remember seeing this 1975 and it made a strong impression. Do you know of any available recordings of this ? I haven’t come across any.


  6. Further to my reviews of 25 Years of Rock, Radio 6 have just started another rerun of the series

    Rather bizarrely they’re showing the first twenty-three series on twenty-five consecutive nights, then a twelve day gap before the last two programmes from the original series, and they’re not playing the eighties episodes until the second week of January.

    The previous reruns would be on thirty consecutive nights, and it would be timed so that the last episode, which finishes with Band Aid, would be on Christmas Eve.


  7. I notice from your Twitter posts that you are watching the 1960’s Batman. Does that mean that we can soon look forward to some reviews here?


  8. Did anyone celebrate Patrick Troughton’s centenary this week?

    I watched Enemy of the World, and Web of Fear on the following evening


  9. I’d love to see Patrick Troughton’s Paul of Tarsus, which I enjoyed watching as a child, but as far as I know, it’s lost forever…


  10. That’s interesting. I didn’t know. Perhaps there’s a hope it will surface somewhere, then. I remember having the tie-in book, which must have been one of the first TV tie-ins I ever owned.

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  11. I’m thinking of doing an overview of Disney Time. Does anyone know where I can find some information (apart from BBC Genome)?


    • zanygang
      Try http://www.tvrdb.com

      Also if you’re in the UK and you have a library card for your local council’s library service then you may be able to use it to get free access to The Times archive or to another newspaper archive (check your local library service’s website to find out what you have access to). There are also some free UK newspapers on Google newspapers, with the Glasgow Herald being one of the most useful for TV listings (with the obvious proviso that there are some regional variations to the listings because of it being a Scottish newspaper).

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  12. Talking Pictures TV (channel 81) have just started some screenings of The Adventures of Robin Hood with Richard Greene and The Adventures of Sir Lancelot with William Russell


  13. Does the BBC series Michael Bentine Time still exist?

    I don’t mean Michael Bentine’s Potty Time which was broadcast on ITV. Michael Bentine Time was broadcast on BBC1 on Friday’s children’s tv slot in 1972. This was the first programme to feature the Potties, but it also featured the flea circus, unusual inventions in Yesterday’s World, and a sketch at the end with two children from the audience. Peter Glaze made a guest appearance in one episode as a vet.


  14. Does anyone remember a series with the late Frank Windsor did with Francis Matthews and Anna Massey called The Middlemen?


  15. I’ve just learned from you website that Mark Eden has died.

    Funnily I always think of him as the actor who played Marco Polo in Doctor, even though I’ve never seen that story obviously can’t see it. It is top of my list of Doctor Who stories I’d like to see returned the the BBC.


  16. How long has Dad’s Army been running on BBC2 on Saturday evenings? And how many times have they gone through the whole series? It’s been on an endless loop for at least a decade.

    A few years ago they got to the penultimate episode of the last series (Number Engaged), and then the following week they showed the very first episode, the next week they showed the final episode, and the week after they resumed the run of the first series with the museum episode.

    Last month, just before Christmas they showed the penultimate episode. During Christmas they showed the Christmas specials (Turkey Dinner, Love of Three Oranges etc). In January they showed a documentary about Dad’s Army followed by the 1971 film version, in the last two weeks they showed the first two episodes of the first series, and last night they showed the final episode.



  17. Does anyone know the broadcast date of the episode of EastEnders where Lofty and Michelle announce that they’ve got married?


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