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Dear Supporters of Film and TV History,

If I tell you that I recently unlocked the Hammer films vault, you’ll probably think I found a mummy inside, or even Dracula himself. But this vault is a treasure trove of great British ‘B’ films, many unseen for years. And Talking Pictures TV will be showing these pre-horror gems from the late 1940s and early 50s over the coming weeks.

Among the films we have blown the dust off are two starring Britain’s favourite bobby, and this month’s Intermission cover star, PC 49. You can see The Adventures of PC 49 (1949) on 5th July at 7.20pm, and its 1951 sequel, A Case for PC 49 on 20th July at 3.35pm. Secret agent, Dick Barton, is on the case too, in Dick Barton at Bay (1950) on 6th July at 3.35pm.

You can catch British favourites Jimmy Hanley and Valentine Dyall in thriller, Room to Let (1950) (10th July at 10.10pm). Thora Hird and Gordon Jackson feature in Women Without Men (1956) (14th July at 7pm).

There are some Hollywood faces too, with Paulette Goddard starring in A Stranger Came Home (1954) (5th July at 4.50pm) and Paul Henreid, of Casablanca fame, in Stolen Face (1952) (13th July at 3.35pm).

We haven’t neglected horror, of course, as the new series of The Cellar Club sees our hostess, Caroline Munro, introduce some star-studded films from the 1980s in Hammer House of Mystery Suspense, starting on Friday 19th July at 9pm.

If you need a more calming influence after all those thrills, I’m very happy to say that Jack Hargreaves is back, pipe and all, with new episodes of Out of Town on Sundays at 4.30pm, from 7th July. We know how you’ve missed Jack and his gentle, country ways.

With all these great premieres coming up, you might be tempted not to leave the house, but we’d love you to get your hats and coats on and head to one of the many splendid events we have coming up across the country.

On Sunday 15th September, we host the first of our smaller ‘get-togethers’ in London. An Afternoon with ‘Gloria’ is your chance to meet much-loved actor, Melvyn Hayes, who’ll be talking about his career in the intimate setting of The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, only two minutes from Oxford Circus and ten minutes from Euston Station. There’s a glass of fizz included in the ticket price too. This really is a small gathering, so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment. Click HERE

We have joined forces with our friends at the British Film Collectors Convention to bring you A Good Old-Fashioned Film Fair – with a twist – on Saturday 29th September. With the demise of the 9.5 club, we wanted to make sure there was an event for collectors this year. The setting is the lovely new County Club, right next to St Albans City railway station. We have screenings throughout the day, guest speakers, including Madeline Smith, Brian Murphy and Linda Regan. There are lots of dealers there, too, so you will definitely bag yourself something of interest. Click HERE

On October 19th and 20th, as the leaves start to turn golden, the Talking Pictures TV Festival of Film and TV Roadshow will arrive in beautiful Yorkshire. Tickets are already selling fast for this amazing weekend at the Hebden Bridge Picturehouse, with guests including entertainment legends Tommy Cannon and Bernie Clifton: ventriloquist Steve Hewlett; and comedy historian Andre Vincent. There’s music too from Kate Garner, Lola Lamour and The George Formby Society. Not forgetting the Footage Detectives – Mike Read and, well, me. There are more guests to be announced, and there’ll be rare films and shorts on the big screen. I can’t wait to see you there. Click HERE

You can also join myself and Mike on a fabulous five-day Danube cruise as we explore the picturesque Viennese shooting locations of Carol Reed’s classic 1949 film noir The Third Man, and visit the popular Christmas market! Click HERE


SAVE THE DATE: The Talking Pictures TV And Renown Pictures Festival Of Film At The Alban Arena, St Albans will be on Saturday 22nd March & Sunday 23rd March 2025 – MORE DETAILS COMING SOON!

Call us on 0808 178 8212 or 01923 290555 to secure your tickets for any (or all!) of these wonderful events.

There’s been sadness recently, as we learnt of the passing of two people much-loved by Talking Pictures TV viewers. Nicholas Ball starred as Hazell in the classic 1970s series and was seen more recently in The Gold Robbers. Nicholas was always a compelling presence in his many television appearances. He will be much missed.

Our very good friend, William Russell, star of The Adventures of Sir Lancelot, has passed away at the age of ninety-nine. We so wanted to be able to celebrate his centenary with him later this year, but it was not to be. William had a very long and successful career, including a recent reprisal of his role as Dr Who’s companion, Ian Chesterton. He was prolific on stage and television and was seen in films such as The Man Who Never Was (1956) and The Great Escape (1963). We were so fortunate to know William, and we send much love to his family.

Before I leave you, I want to thank you again for supporting Intermission. We’re so pleased to feature such brilliant writers. This month, Morris Bright pays tribute to producer, Betty Box. We have lovely tributes to famous dads from Rick Blackman, son of Christopher Beeny; and from Sam Kydd’s son, Jonathan. Nicholas Young displays more astonishing knowledge with a history of the beloved I-Spy books, and Jeff Smart looks back at the long career of television’s favourite teddy bear, Sooty. To subscribe, or order back copies, click HERE

Keep spreading the word. Until next month

My best wishes, Noel
Noel Cronin BEM

Best wishes, Sarah, Noel and Neill.

TPTV Encore on Freeview
Talking Pictures TV is thrilled to announce that our catch up service Encore is now on Freeview. If your Freeview television or set top box is connected to the internet then you will see the Encore logo top right of your screen. When you see the Encore logo simply press the red button on your remote control to be transported to your own private cinema, where you’ll find 100s of films and TV series. All available to watch for free – no TV licence required – and catch up on at any time!

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For this month’s films with subtitles CLICK HERE

For full listings visit www.talkingpicturestv.co.uk/schedule/

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