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Peter Miller14/12/2018 15:16:58
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Just checking the Radio TImes.

Monday, 24th December, BBC 2 9.25 to 11.30 AM

Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines

The recorder will be set.

Now to carry searching

Lima Hotel Foxtrot14/12/2018 16:17:02
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Die Hard.

The best Christmas movie, the best action movie and the most romantic movie of all time.

Peter Miller14/12/2018 16:22:51
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I hjave it on DVD with Die Hard 2

cymaz14/12/2018 17:40:19
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Are the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures on this year?

nigel newby14/12/2018 17:48:20
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Went to Old Warden years ago. Looked at the Edwardian planes in the museum. These were replica that had flown the that great film. Next thing you know they were wheeling them out and flying them.

Great day out

john stones 114/12/2018 18:13:30
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Zulus....Thousands of em Marry Poppins.

Percy Verance14/12/2018 18:18:59
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Nigel

Just one or possibly two of the aircraft in the Old Warden collection are replicas. The rest are genuinely as old as they appear.

I think the collection's 1912 Blackburn Monoplane is the oldest airworthy British aircraft in the World. They have several flying days per year, but it does depend heavily on the weather conditions. Anything more than a breeze, and they won't fly some of the aircraft as they're irreplaceable. Some also depend on older type control set - ups such as wing warping, so it's a no go if it's deemed too risky. I think the Bleriot and Blackburn are also restricted to short *hops* rather than circuits at altitude.

Christmas isn't what it once was. No Wizard of Oz, no Great Escape...........

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 14/12/2018 18:26:27

Peter Christy14/12/2018 18:37:53
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Not a film, but probably worth recording:

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It was the techies' Xmas tapes that inspired "It'll Be Alright On The Night" and its never-ending sequels! But the Beeb ones were the original and best!

(Interest declaration: I worked there, and recorded some of these!)

They've probably had to hack it back quite a bit to make it transmittable, but there should still be some classics in there. ITV actually used to run an unofficial contest over Xmas (when all the management were away) for the best Xmas tape. Unfortunately, the ITV ones were definitely too raunchy for public airing.....! (Not to mention the possibility of all the libel suits...!)

laugh

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Pete

Peter Beeney14/12/2018 19:24:32
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Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2018. - Who am I? - Starts Boxing Day 20:00 hrs. BBC4.

With Prof. Alice Roberts and Prof. Aoife McLysaght. Will be well worth watching/recording, I think.

Re Old Warden and the old timers. I can remember the day Neil Williams was given special permission to try a circuit in the Bleriot because the conditions were so good. Unfortunately he didn’t quite make it, gently floated down in the adjacent corn field and had to be rescued! The broken propeller was on display for a few years after.

Already have The Guns of Navarone and Where Eagles Dare in the can for yet another repeat… plus some others.

PB

Peter Miller14/12/2018 19:36:52
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Posted by john stones 1 on 14/12/2018 18:13:30:

Zulus....Thousands of em Marry Poppins.

Yes, Must record Mary Poppins BUT NOT THE REMAKE Sacriledge

I have ZULU and Jaws on DVD.

Peter Miller14/12/2018 19:39:25
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Posted by Peter Christy on 14/12/2018 18:37:53:

Not a film, but probably worth recording:

**LINK**

It was the techies' Xmas tapes that inspired "It'll Be Alright On The Night" and its never-ending sequels! But the Beeb ones were the original and best!

(Interest declaration: I worked there, and recorded some of these!)

They've probably had to hack it back quite a bit to make it transmittable, but there should still be some classics in there. ITV actually used to run an unofficial contest over Xmas (when all the management were away) for the best Xmas tape. Unfortunately, the ITV ones were definitely too raunchy for public airing.....! (Not to mention the possibility of all the libel suits...!)

laugh

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Pete

Way back in the 50s and 60 the staff at cinemas used to be asked if they wanted "The Film" and this was a collection of bloopers etc purely for the cinema staff and NOT to be shown to the public.

nigel newby14/12/2018 19:55:10
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That's correct Percy, and they had them all flying. Some took about 8 miles to do a circuit, as they could not turn quick in case that fell out of the sky. Saw my first ME 109 there, even though it had a Merlin engine. As a Lysander, with a ladder bolted to the side of it. Built like a bath house.

As I said a great day

kc14/12/2018 20:10:13
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The Man in the Sky is a good film about planes. features a Bristol Freighter. Been on several times recently on Talking Pictures ch 81, likely to be on again soon.

The Sound Barrier features a Supermarine 535 and is another film that comes up often on Talking Pictures.

john stones 114/12/2018 21:30:06
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Posted by Peter Beeney on 14/12/2018 19:24:32:

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2018. - Who am I? - Starts Boxing Day 20:00 hrs. BBC4.

With Prof. Alice Roberts and Prof. Aoife McLysaght. Will be well worth watching/recording, I think.

Re Old Warden and the old timers. I can remember the day Neil Williams was given special permission to try a circuit in the Bleriot because the conditions were so good. Unfortunately he didn’t quite make it, gently floated down in the adjacent corn field and had to be rescued! The broken propeller was on display for a few years after.

Already have The Guns of Navarone and Where Eagles Dare in the can for yet another repeat… plus some others.

I don't watch much telly, enjoy Alices programs though. yes
PB

Gavin Mack15/12/2018 15:12:03
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Today Saturday 4pm itv 4 Battle of Britain film

Don Fry15/12/2018 16:02:54
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Must mark in diary, "get plastered for a week, record Royal Institute lectures before cracking the Malt"

Bob Cotsford15/12/2018 16:32:04
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Posted by Don Fry on 15/12/2018 16:02:54:

Must mark in diary, "get plastered for a week, record Royal Institute lectures before cracking the Malt"

I envy you, it's times like Christmas and Royal weddings/births that make me wish I could settle down with a bottle of JD.

leccyflyer15/12/2018 16:55:19
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Battle of Britain is on now. No other film comes anywhere close to that masterpiece. Must have seen it hundreds of times now.

Cuban815/12/2018 17:08:29
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My fear is that they try a remake of Battle of Britain. The original was a ground breaking film that really got the historic aircraft movement off the ground. A bit clunky in places now, but the climax still stirs the spirit. Get the special edition dvd with the director's commentary - some fascinating background info.

Edited By Cuban8 on 15/12/2018 17:15:46

Geoff Sleath15/12/2018 17:53:49
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Posted by Peter Miller on 14/12/2018 19:36:52:
 

Yes, Must record Mary Poppins BUT NOT THE REMAKE Sacriledge

 

As I understand it the new Mary Poppins films is not a remake. It's a continuation which takes place in the 1930s. One of the things I like about films set in earlier times (either made then or depicting the period) is enjoying the backgrounds. I watched the recent BBC drama 'Mrs Wilson' and enjoyed spotting the cars from my youth just passing by to set the scene.

I also watched 'Reach for the Sky' and the film about 'School for Scoundrels' with Ian Carmichael et al (especially Jeanette Scott who I fancied something rotten as a teenager). What strikes mostly is how dated the acting is and I remember both from their first releases. Both those are still on the iPlayer.

Geoff

Edited By Geoff Sleath on 15/12/2018 17:56:06

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