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james-20012,909 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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EastEnders

Starting from Episode 1 at midday from the 6th August according to someone on Digitalspy. Let's see how long it lasts. I almost don't want to try and get too invested in the repeats unless they end up doing what they did with The Bill.

Doesn't say whether it's 1 or 2 episodes a day.

Probably two, the timeslot is currently occupied by Lovejoy.


Though I hope they don't keep the slot at 60 minutes and edit the episodes down.
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james-20012,909 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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Favourite TV Closedowns and Handovers

About half of that opening trailer was clips from Rocky and Bullwinkle & Ren & Stimpy!

First proper programme being I Love Lucy too- let's run a trailer saying how groundbreaking we're going to be, then open with a 45 year old black & white sitcom (not that I'd complain too much, it's a show I'd watch if it was being shown now!).

Notice a young Leigh Francis there too briefly, well before Bo Selecta.
james-20012,909 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

EastEnders

Indeed which was down to music rights management as they couldn’t clear certain tracks I believe? Not the cited reason that fans preferred the soapy version, the backlash on their Facebook page after all the hype was interesting to say the least!


I never thought it was due to ratings or "viewer demand", the amount of time it had been running seemed far too short for them to have made the decison on ratings grounds (especially after all the publicity), not to mention the fact they'd been pubishing schedules showing the 1989 episodes then suddenly pulled them less than a week before they were due to start showing them (too late for some printed TV guides to even be able to change them). I always suspected rights issues were the true reason despite them claiming otherwise.
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james-20012,909 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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TV Channels that have seen better times

I’d also add UKTV’s W to the list. It doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. It’s a channel that shouldn’t be behind a paywall it’s that bad. I don’t know anyone who watches this channel. Compare it to the rest of the UKTV Network where the channels have their own identity and know the audience it is targeting.


It always seemed to be that Watch was mainly started to support Richard & Judy moving to their channel. Then when virtually nobody was watching and it got axed after a matter of months they didn't really seem to know what to do with the channel. Almost seems suprising it's limped on for nearly a decade in this state.
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james-20012,909 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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TV Channels that have seen better times

Challenge is now pointless.


Challenge went badly downhill during the late Virgin years, then after Sky took over it improved massively with a decent invenstment in content, both original and buying various old shows, then since around 2015 they seem to have got bored of it again and as you say, it's mostly Pointless (and The Chase) now with the very occassional gem if you look hard. Even some of the older shows they show seem to be the same few series on loop (like Family Fortunes which just seem to be the 1987-90 Les Dennis ones) when there's many more series out there.
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james-20012,909 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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TV Channels that have seen better times

ITV3 is starting to become a bit of a joke surely? There is an insanity of repetition going on within that channel that is quite extreme by any reasonable person's thinking. The early evening comedies of On The Buses, Rising Damp and George & Mildred on an eternal loop in perpetuity I've noticed. On The Buses in particular. I also particularly detest the nature of its advertising around these shows at that time of day, ambulance chasing lawyers, funeral plans and emotional blackmail money appeals, plus silly royal coins and other pointless overpriced detritus to rip off the perceived watching demographic.


To be fair, at least with their Coronation Street repeats, you're getting 10 episodes of entirely new (to the channel) content each week, rather than the same episodes on a constant loop like with most of their other shows. If they can show old Emmerdale (Farm), and the episodes of The Bill that Drama went back on showing in addition to that...
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james-20012,909 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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CITV at Gas Street



And, of course, Rupert remains in the Express to this day. Wink


And therefore, probably only one who features regularly in that paper who hasn't been accused at some point of being a member of a Prince Phillip led plot who murdered Princess Diana...

..(yet)


But he is a bear, and there haven't been any bears in the UK for 1000 years, so he must be an immigrant- where's the Express outrage on that? :-p

Obviously Paddington needs deporting straight back to Peru as well.
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james-20012,909 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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CITV at Gas Street

STV had a few Nelvana co-productions in the 90s, I know they ended up getting repeats at weekends on STV in the late 00s (I think they might have turned up on STV2 as well), and got on the STV player in the website. Seems a bit strange though that none of the other ones, as far as I can remember ever showed up on CITV, in fact outside of said STV screenings I'm not aware of some of them being shown anywhere else in the UK at all.

Rupert itself actually isn't one of those that got said STV repeats or ended up on their player, though.
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james-20012,909 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

CITV at Gas Street

That CiTV Rupert animation had wonderful music - that was very much “my” iteration of Rupert the Bear. Just check out this theme tune:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgdpb_uBDOA


Funnily enough that episode seems to be the one, that for some reason, is the enduring memory of the show in my head, particularly the scene where Pudgy described the contraption as a "giant vending machine with giant food". Strange what memories hang around in your head for a quarter of a century.

The original airings had an STV for IT* endcap too, not on that video though, and they've replaced the Nelvana logo with a modern one. A bit like how whenever you see an old DIC show on TV, streaming or DVD they've replaced the ident with a "Cookie Jar" one- and that DIC ident was something I saw all the time as a kid so it feels a shame how it's removed now.
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james-20012,909 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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That's TV - local tv in the UK

Might have been trouble free on the journey itself, but it doesn't mean things were fine behind the scenes. Especially on the financial side.

The fact we've now had 3 private operators fail on that route says it all, really.

Interestingly in a few weeks I'm taking a trip up to Scotland that just happens to straddle the changeover- will be getting there on Virgin, but it will have changed to LNER on the return journey. Not intentional, the change wasn't even announced until after I'd booked the tickets!
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