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Hi all,

Tonight 7/3/09 BBC4 9pm, O Winston Link: The Photographer, his wife, her lover - the updated documentary with a wonderful combination of nostalgia - Norfolk & Western steam - and intrigue
Another 'must see' if you've missed it.

If you think life isn't really as complicated as fiction has it, then sit back and prepare to be moved by this one.

I remember the original programme before the infamous happenings which are are presented here became news (parts of that film are used in this update), the 'final' shot taken with his last set of old-style flash bulbs proved a dud as they had forgotten to take the dark-slide out of the film holder.

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Hi again,

Tonight 9/3/09 BBC2 8pm: Railway Walks - The Peak Express, in beautiful Derbyshire


I'm still recovering from these (virtual) walks with Julia Bradbury on BBC4, but at least there's no controversy here


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Hi all,

As part of their Japan season: Great Railway Journeys - Tokyo to Kagoshima
BBC4 Saturday 21/03/09 9.10pm

I don't recall seeing this one, some of the latter ones were more travelogue with the rail journey becoming almost incidental - but I'll be taking a look


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Hi all,
Entertaining weekend coming up, here's three classics IMHO and a new one to me:

Film 4 Sat 28th 5.20pm: Addams Family - reaching a little with this one, but would you like to find yourself a passenger on Gomez's train set


BBC4 Sat 28th 8pm: India's Hospital Train - back in the real world


BBC1 Midlands Sat 28th 11.20pm: Runaway Train - from a story co-written by Kurosawa, I think Jon Voigt hardly bettered this performance, great fun of it's kind


FIVE Sun 29th 5.50pm: Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid - a how not to go about robbing trains


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QUOTE (60134 @ 24 Mar 2009, 18:49) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Yeah... go on, gloat!
Some of us in the boonies don't get digital until 2011, I kid you not!


60134

Hi,
Well at least the inevitable repeats of these will be 'new' to you then


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QUOTE (steam-driven boy @ 24 Mar 2009, 17:40) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>BBC4 Sat 28th 8pm: India's Hospital Train - back in the real world


Hi all,
It turns out that my original posting on this will indeed be 'another chance to see...' after all as it's showing tonight 26th on BBC4 at 9pm and again at 11.30pm.

It's a truism these days that as well as 'Death and Taxes', you can add "... and repeats on digital television" to the old saying on certainties


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Hi again,

Time to don those virtual walking boots again, Julia Bradbury walks the Speyside Way:

30th March BBC2 Midlands 8pm: Railway Walks - The Whisky Train

I may have to hand an appropriate tipple - purely for medicinal purposes you understand


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QUOTE (60134 @ 24 Mar 2009, 18:49) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Yeah... go on, gloat!
Some of us in the boonies don't get digital until 2011, I kid you not!


60134
You aint missing much, most of the time its all complete rubbish and the signal is about as reliable as an old morris marina. We've digital down here (Dover) for a while but atmospherics often cause the picture to block up (pixillate) or the signal to go completly. Rather annoying if it happens when youve finally trawled all the channels and found somthing wortth watching.
I think the rush to dump analouge is a mistake.
 

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QUOTE (wolverton bloomer @ 30 Mar 2009, 14:07) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>the signal is about as reliable as an old morris marina. We've digital down here (Dover) for a while but atmospherics often cause the picture to block up (pixillate) or the signal to go completly
Hi,

I'm kinda hoping it has been atmospherics over the last week, there's been a general hint of psychedelia (is that perhaps one term for tv cook syndrome?) plus pulsating reds, either that or there is something in the drinking water


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Hi again,

New on the National Geographic channel, and therefore bound to be seen again for some time to come...

Thursday 2nd April 9pm (and again at midnight): Breaking Up The Biggest - Train Wreck

A couple of US 180 ton loco's (KCS 672 and another) put to the torch
(Yes, I know my last US posting was 'Runaway Train' but I do honestly love the things, really I do
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Hi again,
If you have an interest in Swedish railway ferry workings you may be pleased, or frustrated, by short glimpses of freight wagons being hauled out of a ferry ship on 'Wallander' on BBC4 (Thursday, 10 - 11.25pm), and some short scenes around some freight stock.
This is the Swedish production of the detective show Kenneth Branagh has brought to the attention of those who find subtitles a bit of a chore.

I remember that when I was a kid the BBC had a regular foreign film slot that we as a family watched avidly, the film that has lodged - although somewhat dimly - in my memory involved a goalkeeper for the steam shed footy team who hung a revolver from a nail on the goalpost in the style of "Robinson, of England and the Arsenal, who swore he'd shoot himself if he let a ball past"

An attitude to the game you just don't see in the top flight of the professional game today, and a surprisingly relaxed application of the rules by the FA at the time
(and one that would surely have put all but the most determined of forwards off their game
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Regards, Gerry.
 
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