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Dear Supporters of Film and TV History,

Hoping you are all keeping well. Did you know that Talking Pictures TV begins its tenth year on your screens this month? I can hardly believe it myself. Time really does fly, but what a brilliant, if busy, decade it has been. We couldn’t have done it without you, our audience and supporters! What better time could there be to launch Intermissionour newest venture? With TV advertising revenue down, Intermission is a great way to keep the projectors whirring, so please consider subscribing. Here are some comments from Intermission readers:

“I just wanted to thank you for your new magazine. Lots of interesting pages and information.”

“Just read your first edition and what a ball. Brilliant, loved the article on Dick Emery by his son Nick. Lovely to see Footage Detectives being transferred to the page. Mike’s columns also of great interest. Looking forward to the forthcoming issues.”

“Jade Evans’ insight to Valerie Hobson was a sheer delight!”

Intermission brings together a fantastic mix of contributors and their stories of the stars, the films and the TV series you love. If you would like to try the magazine and read the first edition without subscribing, you can purchase Issue 1 for just £6 with Free Postage, please click HERE

If you would like to support TPTV for a whole year and receive 12 issues for £60 with Free Postage for a year’s subscription to Intermission, please click HERE

Back by public demand, the Frank Marker Tour of Windsor is on 29th and 30th June. Just five tickets are still available for Sat 29th June 4.30pm-7.30pm and Sun 30th June 10.30am-1.30pm. Our lovely guide will lead us on an exclusive tour of Public Eye locations around Windsor and there will also be a Frank Marker quiz with a Public Eye themed afternoon tea box. The ticket includes a souvenir Public Eye Windsor Location map, a pack of four Frank Marker badges and a Limited Edition Frank Marker mug. Join us and I might even make you a cup of tea. I make an excellent cuppa! For more information, click HERE

On July 20th and 21st, we’re back at the Savoy in Monmouth for our Festival of Film – a weekend of star guests and entertainment. I’m thrilled to announce that Dame Maureen Lipman will be joining us along with Tony Christie, Jimmy Cricket, Johnny Tudor and many more! The Footage Detectives will be live on stage as well. There are just a handful of seats left so to avoid disappointment click HERE for your ticket!

Great news! The TPTV roadshow is coming to Yorkshire! Join us for two fun-filled days at The Hebden Bridge Picture House, Saturday 19th October & Sunday 20th October 2024. Celebrate British Film and TV History with the nation’s favourite TV channel in a stunning, Grade II listed, original cinema built in 1921. Each day’s entertainment is a feast of all things Talking Pictures, along with special guests on stage; comedy; music; magic and a lot of fun! FULL GUEST LINE-UP AND SCREENING PROGRAMME TO BE ANNOUNCED. The TPTV team are busy behind the scenes, planning a wonderful weekend with celebrity guests and amazing acts on stage plus on screen entertainment! Tickets now on sale, get yours quick! To purchase, click HERE

Doodlebug Summer DVD and a few recommended products
We’re thrilled to be making documentary series, Doodlebug Summer available on DVD for the first time ever, after a hugely successful showing on our channel. Directed by Peter Williams, it shows British courage at its best, during the darkest days of World War II. Complete with optional subtitles for those who may need them. Running time: 140 minutes. This six-part series recalls the period when V1s and V2s were launched on the UK. The V-weapons were Hitler’s last throw of the dice in World War II. This is the story of those testing months for the exhausted civilian population of Britain. For more information, click HERE

It was an honour to have Hayley Mills as a star guest at our film festival in St Albans and hear her reminisce about her life and experiences. The decade she spent in Hollywood as a teenager produced some of the era’s greatest family movies: classics like Pollyanna and The Parent Trap; and in Britain the acclaimed Whistle Down the Wind. Overnight, Hayley became a teen idol and a household name. In her book Forever Young, Hayley charts the journey from her carefree childhood to being propelled into the Technicolor boomtown of 1960s Hollywood, where she was mentored to stardom by Walt Disney himself. With warmth, honesty and humour, Hayley shares her story – a tale of incredible twists of fate and fortune. We are delighted to make her book Forever Young available to our members, 379 pages with 16 pages of black & white and colour photos. First 50 copies signed by Hayley Mills, for more information, click HERE

The Wonder of Woolworths! The Embassy Records Story 1955-1962; 2-CD Set; 68 TRACKS ON 2 CDs Good old Woolies, the favoured Saturday afternoon hang-out of young people in its hey-day, when the high street store even had it’s own record label! Embassy Records, the exclusive Woolworths cover versions label, was one of the most profitable UK record labels of the 50s/60s. This compilation features the Embassy output between 1955-62, including Maureen Evans’ celebrated Stupid Cupid, believed to have sold more than the Connie Francis hit version. Tracks featured also include: Johnny Worth King Creole; Hal Munro On A Slow Boat To China; The Tunettes That’ll Be The Day; Dick Jordan Cathy’s Clown and many more. For more information, click HERE

We have introduced a new £10 selection category to the website, featuring box sets with unbeatable deals on DVD collections. Do visit for some nostalgic compilations! This week you will find: Reel Love Stories Volume 2, 3-DVD box set; The E J Fancey Collection 3-DVD Box set; GLIMPSES Collection Volume 6, 3-DVD Set; Comedy Collection Volume 1, 3-DVD Set and Vintage Transport in Film Collection Volume 2 3-DVD Box set – all just £10 each! (LIMITED TIME OFFER WHILE STOCKS LAST) Click HERE

I am very sad to note the recent passing of my dear chum Bernard Hill, remembered by many for his wonderful performance as Yosser Hughes, the troubled “hard man” in Alan Bleasdale’s Boys from the Blackstuff as well as many other roles. I had the good fortune to work with him on Double X and Shepherd On The Rock. He was really good to work with, very professional. We got to know him quite well after working together on those films. I remember taking him to dinner during the filming of Double X; we went with him, my late wife Joyce and myself, to dinner at a big restaurant in town. We spent a long time eating and talking about films, but when the bill came, huge embarrassment, my credit card didn’t work! My dear wife Joyce came to the rescue, as efficient as ever and paid by cheque. After working with us he went on to star in The Titanic, after which we lost touch, but I will always remember him fondly. Farewell dear Yosser. He can be seen on Sun 2nd June at 9pm in Crime Story (1992) A Question of Identity; with Shirley Cain and David Dixon. The mysterious tale of Erwin van Haarlem, a man who posed as an art dealer but was in fact spying for Czechoslovakia. [S]

If you would like to see my recommendations for what to watch on TPTV this month, I will be sharing shows and films not be missed throughout May on the channel at the following times: Wed 15th May at 8.10am; Thur 16th May at 7.20am; Thur 16th May at 5.35pm; Fri 17th May at 5.50pm and Sat 18th May at 4.45am – and don’t forget The Footage Detectives, every Sunday at 5pm! Meanwhile, here are some selected highlights:

Saturday 11th May 11.15am (Every Week on Saturday Morning Pictures) William at the Circus (Lost Series Rediscovered) A 1948 British comedy directed by Val Guest and starring William Graham, Jon Pertwee, Jane Welsh, Hugh Cross, Kathleen Stuart, James Crabbe, Brian Roper and Garry Marsh. It was based on the Just William series of novels by Richmal Crompton. Episode 1: William Brown devises a plan to secure more pay and shorter hours for schoolboys. [S]  Fri 17th May at 2.50pm Ladies Who Do (1963) Comedy. Stars Peggy Mount, Robert Morley & Harry H. Corbett. A British Colonel teams up with a cleaning lady to profit from office bin tips. Sat 18th May at 10.10pm Notorious (1946) Classic drama, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Stars Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman & Claude Rains. A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America, but how far will she have to go?  Sat 1st June 3pm We are continuing the channel’s Gerry & Sylvia Anderson revival with Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. In 2068, the indestructible Captain Scarlet leads the agents of Spectrum in a war of nerves against the Mysterons from Mars.

Next month on TPTV, don your tights and masks, Batman is back with his trusty sidekick Robin! The “Caped Crusader” will be gracing our screens once more from Saturday 1st June at 9am with a repeat run beginning on Sunday 2nd June at 1.25pm. With perfectly pitched scripts and the iconic high-camp cleverness of its “POW!” “THWACK!” “ZAP!” graphics, Batman leaped from the comic books into our living rooms as one of TV’s most beloved hits back in 1966. Featuring Adam West (as Batman) and Burt Ward (as The Boy Wonder Robin), the series has been carefully remastered for airing on TPTV. So, all you Batfans: “Hi Diddle Riddle. You think Gotham City is a peaceful city? Ho, ho, ho! Put your gum under your seat, hold your breath and get ready to cheer Batman and hiss his diabolical enemies!

Stay at home and put your feet up in front of your favourite channel or take an Intermission with what is sure to become your favourite read. The popcorn and drinks will be cheaper at home too!

Please help us by spreading the word about Intermission and, of course, the channel.

Very best wishes, Noel

Noel Cronin BEM 

(PS. If I could, I’d send you all a Mivvy!)

Contact Noel or Sarah via email: Noel@talkingpicturestv.co.uk or Sarah@talkingpicturestv.co.uk; or via our Freephone number – 0808 178 8212

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!

Want to know what’s coming up on Talking Pictures TV this month?  CLICK HERE

For this month’s films with subtitles CLICK HERE

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

Sky 328 | Freeview 82 | Freesat 306 | Virgin 445