(For some unknown reason they say it is bad form to quote one's self but I don't care.)
Looks like I was wrong as I have just discovered that Talking Pictures are showing Callan at 0400 every morning.
I made the mistake of watching the remake first and switched it off halfway through the first episode for being shoite IMHO.
I've now started on the original which is a completely different animal and I'm hooked.
How did I not see it until now?
Without being too critical, I rather enjoyed "The Singapore Grip" having read the book some years ago. I never got to Singapore/Malaya myself but a number of Officers and WO/NCOs in the unit in which I served by National Service had been PW on the Death Railway when our 1st Battalion had been overrun by the Japs in 1942. As the ORQMS and ex PW, for whom I worked told me "If a day passed without you getting a clip around the ear then you could say you had had a good day!" Our 1st Battalion Leicesters combined with the 2nd East Surreys and styled "The British Battalion" were awarded a Battle Honour for jolting the Japs at the Battle of Muar. One observation I could make on the programme was our hero being driven around in a Jeep. At that time, were Jeeps on issue to the British forces? Or would an Austin Ten "tilly" have been more realistic?
Seeing as you're a Rumpole fan, may I recommend his role in the Beatles film Help.I recorded all the episodes of Callan thanks to your post above.
And all the Rumpoles (ditto a previous post).
Watched all the Rumpoles (or at least the ones I managed to record in time). Not quite as I remembered it but still very enjoyable. Issue with the screen aspect that I couldn't rectify so everything was elongated. Everyone looked dumpy (Rumpole was almost square) and all the cars looked like 1950s Cadilllacs.
Started on the episodes of Callan last night. A little more tame than I remembered and the B&W production/filming was pretty dire. Mostly a studio production. It would have confused the fcuk out of anyone who has not seen it before and just jumped straight into it. This is not helped by not seeing the initial pilot film and 11 out of first 22 episodes of the first two series going AWOL.
Hopefully the discontinuity and crap filming will improve when they get to series 3 and 4 (all of which are in colour and still survive).
Will start on Spooks after Callan as the episodes are burning up the Sky box.
...and excellent it was.A heads up for any of The Mandalorian fans, Episode 1 of Season 2 will air in the UK this Friday.
I too am a rock fan but I grew up in a house full of Soul and Motown courtesy of mum. She saw Little Stevie Wonder in the Colston Hall in Bristol in the 60's where he was one of a whole troupe of American acts and said even then, he was head and shoulders above all the others.Just watching a celebration of Stevie Wonder on BBC4. I’ve always been a Rock fan personally, but what a back catalogue this guy has. Brilliant stuff.