Thursday, 17 December 2020
Thursday, 26 November 2020
Episode 54 of the 'Round The Archives' podcast sees Andy and Martin from 'The A To Z Of UK TV Drama' podcast telling us that 'A is for Abineri', then Andrew & Lisa follow Herne The Hunter into the forest to encounter the first 'Robin Of Sherwood'.
Paul and Toppie (stars of such shows as 'The Shy Life Podcast', 'The Smellcast' and 'Matinee Minutiae') discuss 'I Love Lucy'.
And we return to the greenwood for another meeting with 'Robin Of Sherwood', this time in the form of Jason Connery.
That's all in Episode 54 of 'Round The Archives' starring Lisa Parker, Andrew Trowbridge, Martin Holmes, Andy Priestner, Paul Chandler and Toppie Smellie.
Monday, 2 November 2020
We left the first part of 'Round The Archives' Episode Guide (which you can find here) with Episode 50B, so let's carry on with the tail end of Season Four, then dive headlong into the madness that is Season Five...
Episode 51 of the 'Round The Archives' podcast sees us welcome back Simon and Ken from 'The ExtonMoss Experiment' as they take a look at the 'Out Of The Unknown' story 'The Machine Stops'.
Martin has the technology to examine in detail the title sequence for 'The Six Million Dollar Man', then Nick and Paul talk about the first season of 'Armchair Thriller'.
Finally, we stay alert to cast an quizzical eye over the colourful adventures of 'Captain Zep - Space Detective'.
That's all in Episode 51 of 'Round The Archives' starring Lisa Parker, Andrew Trowbridge, Simon Exton, Ken Moss, Martin Holmes, Nick Goodman and Paul Chandler.
Episode 52 of the 'Round The Archives' podcast sees Martin delving into the shady world of spies and 'The Sandbaggers'.
We explore the world of local radio with 'The Kit Curran Radio Show' then Martin returns for some brief thoughts on 'Dangerman'.
Finally, Nick & Paul return to conclude their in-depth look at 'Armchair Thriller'.
That's all in Episode 52 of 'Round The Archives' starring Lisa Parker, Andrew Trowbridge, Martin Holmes, Nick Goodman and Paul Chandler.
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Sunday, 25 October 2020
Episode 53 now available!
Episode 53 of the 'Round The Archives' podcast sees us paying tribute to Diana Rigg with a look at two episodes of 'The Avengers', namely 'A Touch Of Brimstone' and 'Epic'.
Paul tells us of some Scary Things, then Simon and Ken from 'The ExtonMoss Experiment' go 'Out Of This World' to meet a 'Little Lost Robot'.
There are more Scary Things from Martin, before we remember Frank Windsor's work in 'Z Cars' with 'Hide - And Go Seek' and 'Happy Families'.
That's all in Episode 53 of 'Round The Archives' starring Lisa Parker, Andrew Trowbridge, Paul Chandler, Simon Exton, Ken Moss and Martin Holmes.
Sunday, 4 October 2020
'RTA' In Conversation - Episodes 13 and 14
Have only just noticed that we forgot to do a blog post for 'RTA' In Conversation Episode 13, so we'd better include it as Episode 14 has now also been released!
So, now available are the following...
Episode 13 - "Harry Sullivan's waving at me!"
Warren joins us as a Very Special Guest to talk about how sitting on a particular bus seat on a certain day was the first step in an incredible journey into the mysterious worlds of 'Doctor Who' fandom...
Episode 14 - "I threw some spaghetti at Diana Rigg!"
We catch up with the 'Round The Archives' gang to discuss Diana Rigg and Frank Windsor as well as going through what they've been watching recently.
Saturday, 3 October 2020
A Tribute To Frank Windsor
It ‘were’ another cold, dark, wet evening in the northern province of Newtown, nestling on the coast of Lancashire. A large bulk of a man in a worn light-coloured suit with the buttons heaving under the strain stood surveying the raindrops racing down the window. The streetlights outside were blurred and dulled by the downpour.
His contemplation was broken by the sounds of raised voices outside his office door. The imposing man strode with purpose and flung open his office door. His bulk framed in the doorway, his lungs burst forth with a booming clarity that left no one under the impression they had disturbed a sleeping tiger.
“Sergeant Blackitt, I want silence in my life, so will you and these people...” there was a pause for full menacing effect, the booming voice was lowered to a mild growl. “I need some room and silence to read my files please”.
“Right you are, Inspector Barlow.”
The Inspector returned to his office and picked up a weighty file entitled ‘FRANK WINDSOR’.
Sergeant Blackitt knocked and entered, bearing gifts of a hot brown nature, in a chipped cup. “Thank you, Blackitt”. The desk sergeant looked over at the file Barlow had in his shovel of a hand.
“You know Blackitt, I can’t work out if this man Windsor was a genius or simply the world’s hardest working actor?” He thumbed through page after page. “His life has held tragedy, love, loneliness and a dogged determination to make the best out of things. But yet, he was well known and never off our screens, I can’t fathom why he didn’t just hang his trilby up when it was time to rest. I mean look at this”. Page after page ran through his fingers onto the desk.
Sergeant Blackitt grinned out the corner of his mouth and replied, “Plenty of form then?”
“For an innocent man”, Barlow paused. “For an innocent man...” repeated Barlow.
Blackitt left and Barlow returned to the file.
Born: Frank W Higgins, 12 July 1928, in Walsall to a modest sized family. Parents not rich, working class but hard grafters at that. Schooling : Queen Mary's Grammar School - appeared in a number of school productions.
Work: Learnt his craft in London (Barlow tutted at this) - Central School of Speech and Drama. They taught everything from Puppetry to Shakespeare.
Barlow let out another sigh. “Not another bloody spear holder”.
Barlow turned over the page and leaned forward into the file. “Interesting. Now it gets interesting”.
BBC, 1955- played the Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria.
1960 - 'An Age Of Kings' - part of the rep company.
“In fact, quite a lot of TV plays, for both sides”. Barlow snorted. “In amongst the stage treading and shouting at the audience”.
1962, played a detective sergeant in a fictional Northern town in a hard hitting and ground-breaking live TV crime drama on the BBC. “Z Cars. Preposterous name for a show!” dismissed Barlow. But he cracked a smile at the detail that followed. “Know for violently breaking wind before and during transmission, which caused some hilarity amongst his fellow actors. I knew he wasn’t that squeaky clean”.
Barlow coughed to clear his throat and then returned to his file.
'A For Andromeda',' ITV Playhouse', 'Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased)', 'The Avengers', 'Softly Softly'... “All this and much more during the 1960s. A very prolific little worker. But always returning to the police role. I wonder... Frank, you have so much to offer the viewers, I hope you didn’t end up as a copper for most your career?” Barlow supped his cup of tea. He opened his bottom drawer and took out a half bottle of whisky and poured a little into his brew. “Just to ward off the cold” he chuckled, replacing the bottle and closing the drawer.
“Now where was I?”
The 1970s: 'Softly Softly Task Force', 'Jack the Ripper', 'Second Verdict'. “Isn’t it time to diversify Frank?” Barlow looked around knowing he was alone but just making sure...
'Headmaster'; a play from 1977 which was turned into a 6-part series... Family entertainment with ‘The Goodies’ and returning to 'Z Cars' for one last appearance as a Detective Chief Superintendent. Barlow raised his cup at this saying “You deserved that rank, my friend”.
“An amazing continuation into the 80s, 90s and 00s. Prolific is not the word I’m looking for…” Barlow rubbed his nose and looked up for inspiration. “I’d say loved and adored, a staple of British television. It appears you always got a top performance from the man, even if the scripts were a bit ropey”.
Barlow moved along the page to read the heart ache of Frank losing his son in a car accident, the press intrusion, the headlines. “Vultures! Can’t a man grieve?” Barlow almost spat the words out.
“I’m rather proud of your form lad. I mean, if I was known for just half the things you accomplished …” Barlow stopped thinking out loud as the door opened. A tall, lean man wearing a trilby and very sodden raincoat comes in, leaving puddles as he walks.
Barlow snapped shut his file and slid it into his drawer.
“Oh, sorry sir, I didn’t know you were still here” came the soft Northern tones of the trilby wearing man.
“No problem John, I, er…” Barlow paused, walking over to the coat rack, grabbing his overcoat and putting it on.
“I never really got to thank you that much, John. I mean, when it comes to a round I can be a little..”
“Tight-fisted” replied John.
Barlow’s gaze snapped up and his face fell, just a moment of anger wafted across it. The expression left as quickly as it arrived. “Aye, you’re not wrong there, John”.
Barlow’s right arm shot out for John to grasp his hand and shake it. For a moment John paused, looking at the hand. Barlow wasn’t a man who showed much in the way of friendship or warmth, but he knew deep down they were the greatest of friends. John grasped Barlow’s hand warmly. Barlow placed his other hand over his as if to cement their friendship. The moment ended... Barlow opened the door and said as he strode out “Time for a couple, John?”
John followed him, switching off the office light and closing the door.
“I wouldn’t miss that for a hotpot supper”. He laughed, and they walked out from the Police Station into the cold damp crime-ridden streets of Newtown...
FRANK WINDSOR: 12 July 1928 – 30 September 2020
(Written by Warren Cummings)
(Cover design by Martin Holmes
Monday, 21 September 2020
'Round The Archives' Victorious!
'Round The Archives' Victorious - arguably the most ambitious podcast project in the history of 'RTA' - launched over the weekend, seeing the culmination of much behind-the-scenes planning from three podcasting teams who have been co-ordinating their activities for several months in secret.
Actually no, it just so happened that we released Episode 52 around the same time that 'The ExtonMoss Experiment' and 'The Shy Life Podcast' published episodes that also contain some 'RTA' material, although it's a little more complicated than it might sound.
Episode 51 of 'The ExtonMoss Experiment' is one of their Podcast Crossover editions and includes their segment on 'Out Of The Unknown' as featured on 'RTA' Episode 51. But as a bonus, you also get a new piece on 'Out Of This World' which will form part of a future edition of 'Round The Archives'.
The 'Out Of This World' article was nearly part of our Episode 52, but will now run later in the year, which explains the bits on the cover for 'RTA' 52 which have been crossed out in red ink...!
By contrast, Episode 376 of 'The Shy Life Podcast' contains material recorded for Episode 40 of 'RTA'. Paul, Nick and Jo did a mammoth discussion of Season 17 of 'Doctor Who', but only a small part of this was used on the final edit, so here's a chance to enjoy something from 'RTA's past.
Episode 376 of 'The Shy Life Podcast' can be heard here.
Episode 51 of 'The ExtonMoss Experiment' can be heard here.
And, of course, Episode 52 of 'Round The Archives' can still be heard here.
(Written by Andrew Trowbridge)
('RTA' team artwork by Martin Holmes)
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