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Spencer For Hire5,723 posts since 13 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Are you sure about that? Seems to me that series 2 is just as well regarded as the first. The only viewers it didn't 'go down well with' were the ones that forgot the earier series had a laugh track.

It's certainly nothing to do with the next few Partridge projects not being on the BBC (the next one was though, in 2003) the character took a hiatus for a while as Coogan etcs careers all took off elsewhere,and he says that he fell out of love of the character until the new writers came along and revitalised it.

I always thought that Coogan was uneasy with the Sky association, but that was at a time when they were ramping up the British content and investing heavily in comedy, which the BBC weren't. The AP film was from BBC Films though


Apparently the BBC was offered Mid Morning Matters, but didn’t want to show it after it had premiered online in a tie-up with Fosters. So it was a case of ‘If you don’t take it, Sky will’. Wink
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Amber Avenger58 posts since 15 Jun 2017
Granada North West Today
Apparently the BBC was offered Mid Morning Matters, but didn’t want to show it after it had premiered online in a tie-up with Fosters. So it was a case of ‘If you don’t take it, Sky will’. Wink


The Fast Show also did a Fosters tie in, although that did get shown on the BBC a couple of years later when those online tie ins were dead in the water, as part of BBC Two's 50th birthday. Vic and Bob's remained online only, but a couple of them were remade and used in the latest series of Big Night Out.

Back to Partridge, a few people said the tie up with Sky and Coogan felt uneasy, I wonder if Sky felt the same way? I'm reasonably sure the second series of Mid Morning Matters sat on the shelf at Sky Atlantic for the almost two years before airing. My memory might be playing tricks though
Inspector Sands13,123 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Understandable, I can't see the BBC wanting to show content that was funded by a beer company as essentially a commercial. They signed up the revival of The Fast Show too I seem to remember
Whataday9,578 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
One episode of the first series was effectively all on location IIRC, the one with the obsessed fan (though I suppose those interiors were studio) and then the stuff filmed outside Television Centre, in the car and whatever else. I presume the scenes of the radio station were studio as well.


No that's incorrect. Each episode is a studio based sitcom, with some scenes shot on location when needed.

For the obsessed fan episode, (To Kill a Mocking Alan) this was no different. Even when they went to the obsessed fan's house the interior was a studio set. The only notable interior that wasn't a set was the conference room I believe, but that scene relied on edits so it made sense to pre-record it.

It's not immediately obvious what's studio and what's on location largely due to the fact that even the studio filming used handheld cameras. Obviously the sets and lighting were brilliant too.
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Spencer For Hire5,723 posts since 13 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
It's not immediately obvious what's studio and what's on location largely due to the fact that even the studio filming used handheld cameras. Obviously the sets and lighting were brilliant too.


I remember hearing (possibly on the DVD commentary?) that the scene of Alan and Tony Hayers walking into the BBC restaurant was location, but the part when they were sat at the table was studio, with the set designed to match. On screen, it appears almost seamless.
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Markymark6,230 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
It's not immediately obvious what's studio and what's on location largely due to the fact that even the studio filming used handheld cameras. Obviously the sets and lighting were brilliant too.


I remember hearing (possibly on the DVD commentary?) that the scene of Alan and Tony Hayers walking into the BBC restaurant was location, but the part when they were sat at the table was studio, with the set designed to match. On screen, it appears almost seamless.


I must admit I’d thought until now it was all ‘non studio’ shot ! The radio studio shots are not in a real radio station, I’d assumed they had just assembled a load of audio kit in a large room. All credit to the set builders !
Inspector Sands13,123 posts since 25 Aug 2004
I thought they went with Sky because they gave them full creative control, which the BBC said they wouldn’t give them.

The first lot of Mid Morning Matters wasn't done for Sky, it was made for Fosters and Sky bought for the second series, I think they repackaged the originals into half hours and showed them too
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Spencer For Hire5,723 posts since 13 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
It's not immediately obvious what's studio and what's on location largely due to the fact that even the studio filming used handheld cameras. Obviously the sets and lighting were brilliant too.


I remember hearing (possibly on the DVD commentary?) that the scene of Alan and Tony Hayers walking into the BBC restaurant was location, but the part when they were sat at the table was studio, with the set designed to match. On screen, it appears almost seamless.


I must admit I’d thought until now it was all ‘non studio’ shot ! The radio studio shots are not in a real radio station, I’d assumed they had just assembled a load of audio kit in a large room. All credit to the set builders !


The Radio Norwich bits *were* actually done on location. They used UBC Media's studios in London - so not strictly a radio station, but used for radio production. They also used the same studios for Mid-Morning Matters, although they'd been refurbished by this point so looked a bit different.
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Inspector Sands13,123 posts since 25 Aug 2004

I remember hearing (possibly on the DVD commentary?) that the scene of Alan and Tony Hayers walking into the BBC restaurant was location, but the part when they were sat at the table was studio, with the set designed to match. On screen, it appears almost seamless.

Yes, although watching it now looking at it knowing that it is noticeable. Not only is the lighting and size of the room slightly different but the background atmos disappears soon after they enter the set.


Even though TV Centre did have a waiter service restaurant, pretty sure it wasn't filmed there, it doesn't look like it architecurally

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The radio studio shots are not in a real radio station, I’d assumed they had just assembled a load of audio kit in a large room. All credit to the set builders !

Not a real radio station but a real studio - at UBC Media in London. Apparently Mid Morning Matters was filmed in the same studio
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