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Hatton Cross3,245 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Another slight issue I have with this revival (and I can remember watch the Ed Stewart era shows) is that part of the show was always supposed to be about variety, and using the BBC TV Theater (and other theatrical locations when TVT avalibility dictated) emphasised that.
It had a different 'sound' and the high stage forced the performers to project themselves far more than they would in a studio..
.. Wonder why they've gone for a 'proper' studio for this?
I mean, it's not like there's a proper theater like the Lowery Theater that isn't around 200ft from the studio door, they could have used..
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Neil Jones5,327 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Digital Spy reporting The Demon Headmaster is also getting a revival, presumably on the back of the new generation of books that IIRC changed all the characters.

No word on whether Terrence Hardiman will return, though he said last year he thinks he might be too old to pick up the role again.
James Vertigan3,216 posts since 2 Jun 2001
London London
Digital Spy reporting The Demon Headmaster is also getting a revival, presumably on the back of the new generation of books that IIRC changed all the characters.

No word on whether Terrence Hardiman will return, though he said last year he thinks he might be too old to pick up the role again.


There's always Jacob Rees-Mogg!
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Neil Jones5,327 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Digital Spy reporting The Demon Headmaster is also getting a revival, presumably on the back of the new generation of books that IIRC changed all the characters.

No word on whether Terrence Hardiman will return, though he said last year he thinks he might be too old to pick up the role again.


There's always Jacob Rees-Mogg!


Actually Jack Straw, who it is often tooted looks remarkably like Terrence Hardiman, could branch out into acting and it would be like the headmaster never went away. Brilliant!
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Steve in Pudsey10,070 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Thinking about this Crackerjack revival the generation gap is strange. I'm really not sure whose nostalgia it's aimed at.

Most people with kids in the target audience are going to be around my kind of age, (nudging 40) or younger. I'm only vaguely aware of Crackerjack (other than via TV Ark eta), and that was the Stu Francis era rather than the Imperial phase.

Then again I barely remember Swapshop and they brought that back.
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james-20014,939 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Digital Spy reporting The Demon Headmaster is also getting a revival, presumably on the back of the new generation of books that IIRC changed all the characters.

No word on whether Terrence Hardiman will return, though he said last year he thinks he might be too old to pick up the role again.


I'd like to see it with the original cast as adults, but maybe that's just me!
Inspector Sands13,682 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Thinking about this Crackerjack revival the generation gap is strange. I'm really not sure whose nostalgia it's aimed at.

Most people with kids in the target audience are going to be around my kind of age, (nudging 40) or younger. I'm only vaguely aware of Crackerjack (other than via TV Ark eta), and that was the Stu Francis era rather than the Imperial phase.

Then again I barely remember Swapshop and they brought that back.

Yep, same here,though I'm a bit older. The only thing I remember of proper Crackerjack was Double or Drop, which is actually a really good game but more an incidental feature.


Thing is that a good format should be a good format whenever it's used, but is there enough unique in Crackerjack to warrant a full revival if there's no nostalgia factor? They've done similar variety or comedy shows in the past whoch have probably engaged the audience better than this will and without being restricted by the format... whatever that is
Inspector Sands13,682 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Yet itv pick it up once bbc dropped it.


Technically they picked up Stu Francis and give him a similar series.

Yes the Stu Francis era was very different to the traditional Crackerjack. It was more a game show than a variety show that it had been in the 60s and 70s.

I seem to remember that a lot of the games were bought in formats credited at the end, which is presumably how come Border TV managed to produce an almost similar show with Stu after the BBC series ended