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Dear Supporters of Film and TV History,

Firstly, let me thank all of you who sent lovely messages saying how much you enjoyed issue one of Intermission. It means a lot to us that the magazine is enjoyed by so many of you, and that you take the time to tell us so!

In the June issue, we meet the lovely Sally Geeson, star of Bless This House. We look back at the life of Anthony Newley; there’s comedy history from our good friend, Andre Vincent and John Flynn shares his memories of hopping. There’s also more on the work of our friends at the marvellous Cinema Theatre Association.

To purchase a copy of this month’s issue, or subscribe for a year, please click HERE

As I write this, I have recently returned from Yorkshire. I was in God’s Own County to visit the Hebden Bridge Picture House, the venue for our Talking Pictures TV Festival of Film and TV Roadshow, on 19th and 20th October 2024. It’s a stunning vintage cinema in an idyllic country setting, but only a short hop from major cities such as Manchester, Halifax and Leeds. I’d love you to join us, these weekends are always such fun. Do call us on 0808 178 8212 or 01923 290555 to secure your tickets or click HERE to visit the website. As space is limited at this lovely original picture house, don’t miss out on this wonderful weekend of celebrity interviews, a chance to meet the stars, top-class entertainment, films, shorts and so much more. Not forgetting Mike Read and myself, The Footage Detectives, live on stage!

Before that, on 20th and 21st July 2024, the Talking Pictures TV Festival of Film returns to the beautiful Savoy Theatre in Monmouth. We have only a very few tickets left for that. Our great line-up includes Dame Maureen Lipman, Tony Christie, Jimmy Cricket, Caroline Munro, Madeline Smith, Mike Read and a live Footage Detectives. There’s also choirs, films, magic and comedy! It would be lovely to meet lots of our Welsh supporters, so do give us a call if you would like one of the last tickets or click HERE

And if you can’t wait that long to meet us, join us on one of our Public Eye Location tours. Walk in the footsteps of the great Frank Marker, Public Eye, see where he plied his trade in Windsor. For a few hours, you too can be Alfred Burke! Two of the tours are now sold out, but there are still a few places on the 12.30pm tour on Sunday 30th June. Groups are small, so it’s a nice jolly day together and we all enjoy a Frank-themed quiz and afternoon tea, and it might just be me putting the kettle on! To purchase tickets online, please click HERE

June 6th 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which we are commemorating with some special films from documentary maker, Peter Williams. His series, The Road to D-Day (Tues 4th Jun 7.05pm; Wed 5th Jun 6.30pm & Thurs 6th June 5.30pm), shows the background and preparations for the invasion, with eyewitness accounts including that of much-loved actor, Richard Todd. In the film, The Shortest Day (Thursday 6th June at 6.40pm), Peter meets with more veterans from that momentous day, which changed them forever. We owe them so much.

We have a special offer combining D-DAY DVDs: D-DAY 80th ANNIVERSARY and WAR IN FILM 3-DVD Set, please click HERE

Other special offers this month:

Stones in the Park DVD It’s summer festival time, so why not enjoy the magical day in July 1969, when Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones performed a free concert in Hyde Park, featuring songs including Satisfaction, Honky Tonk Woman, Jumping Jack Flash and an extended version of Sympathy for the Devil. Tragically, band member Brian Jones had died two days before the concert; Mick Jagger read two stanzas of Shelley’s poem, “Adonaïs”, after which hundreds of white butterflies were released into the air. Fantastic footage of an unforgettable day. Click HERE

If you prefer rock’n’roll that’s rooted in the 1950s, you’ll love both of this month’s music CDs:

MARTY WILDE The Wild Cat of Rock’n’Roll. 34 TRACKS ON 1 CD including: Wild Cat, Endless Sleep, Teenager in Love and Sea of Love. Click HERE

CD GENE VINCENT Pistol Packin’ Mama 34 TRACKS ON 1 CD including: Pistol Packin’ Mama, Jezebel, She She Little Sheila and Be-Bop-a-Lula. Click HERE

Our £10 Special Offer DVD category has also been updated to include: Reel Love Stories Volume 2; Vintage Transport in Film Collection Volume 2; Sally Ann (1979) The Complete Series; Talking Pictures TV with… Volume 1; Monster Collection Volume 2 and Glimpses Volumes 1, 5 and 6. (LIMITED TIME OFFER WHILE STOCKS LAST!) Click HERE

There’s lots of new programming coming up throughout June, including Those British Faces, a series unseen since first broadcast in 1992. Each episode examines the work of one our favourite stars, including Stanley Holloway, Jack Hawkins and Margaret Leighton. The first episode is a profile of the legendary Alastair Sim. (Starts Sunday 9th June at 6.30pm).

I’m sure even many diehard John Wayne fans won’t have seen the 1933 serial, The Three Musketeers, a ‘modern day’ take on the French novel. We’re very excited to have acquired this, which begins on Saturday 8th June at 10.30am.

If you like your heroes more tongue in cheek, you won’t want to miss Adam West as the definitive Batman. This classic series begins at 9am on Saturday 1st June, and sees the Caped Crusader take on Gotham’s most dastardly criminals. Now, let’s all sing the theme tune together…

If you prefer your heroes ‘surpermarionated’, Captain Scarlet takes on the Mysterons every Saturday from June 1st at 3pm. Did you know that Francis Matthews, who voiced Captain Scarlet, deliberately made him sound like Cary Grant?

Finally, more thanks, this time to all of you who send gifts – and biscuits – to Mike and me at the Footage Detectives studio. We look forward to finding a permanent home for the beautiful ‘portrait’ of us knitted by Lesley Adams. It must have taken her ages! Mike looks great, of course, even if I look a bit on the old side.

Enjoy your Intermission and please keep spreading the word.

Until next time.

My best wishes,

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!

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/

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