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William Simons has died

He played Alf Ventress in Heartbeat (June 2019)

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NL
Ne1L C
What the hell has the coalition government got to do with the end of Heartbeat or The Bill?


Good Question.
BR
Brekkie
An 80s revival could be interesting, but think it needs to be more in keeping with it's grittier origins than the cosy Sunday night drama it ultimately became.
NL
Ne1L C
Heartbeat should have been axed years before it was really - it was just going through the motions once it got stuck in 1969.


They should have kept moving it on in time, like Call The Midwife does. Having it move into the 70s would have given the show newer and different things to do than being perpetually stuck in a 60s limbo.

And even though it was technically stuck in 1969 for years, it was a sort of mishmash of different parts of the 60s happening at the same time. So you had things like man landing on the moon and steam trains on the railways co-existing.


I think 16 years was too long. Extending it into the 1970's would have lost some of what made it popular.
JA
james-2001
What the hell has the coalition government got to do with the end of Heartbeat or The Bill?


Good Question.


Considering Heartbeat ended production in 2009 and the axing was announced before the coalition even came into power, and the axing of The Bill was also announced several months before the 2010 election...

Not that I can see why who the government is has any control over what shows get cancelled anyway.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member
What the hell has the coalition government got to do with the end of Heartbeat or The Bill?


Good Question.


Considering Heartbeat ended production in 2009 and the axing was announced before the coalition even came into power, and the axing of The Bill was also announced several months before the 2010 election...

Not that I can see why who the government is has any control over what shows get cancelled anyway.


Presumably 'Rolling News' thinks it's still 1970, the IBA is still in control of things, a TV set just sits there taking up space until about 4pm when transmissions start and The Golden Shot is on tomorrow afternoon at about 4:45 Smile
RN
Rolling News
Apologies I was only joking. Looking back now it does come across as quite moronic.
TI
timbow
Jon posted:
I'm amazed he was only 78 he looked about 70, 30 years ago. A bit like Jim Bowen in that respect.

Is Jim Bowen still alive?
JA
james-2001
No.
NL
Ne1L C
Jim Bowen died just over a year ago.
MA
Markymark
Jon posted:
I'm amazed he was only 78 he looked about 70, 30 years ago. A bit like Jim Bowen in that respect.

Is Jim Bowen still alive?


Yes. He’s the present Pope
JO
Jon
Presumably his policy of only one in a bed got him that gig.
RO
rob Founding member
Jon posted:
I'm amazed he was only 78 he looked about 70, 30 years ago. A bit like Jim Bowen in that respect.

Is Jim Bowen still alive?


Yes. He’s the present Pope


Yep...

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