Created on 19 August 2015

"Dick Barton" prompts JT's memories.

All the recent blogs have been obituaries, but one of our latest films, "Dick Barton Strikes Back" hopefully, now that electronic storage, preservation and reworking are available will never die. "Dick Barton, Special Agent", was a favourite wireless programme in the late 40's which always interrupted us kids playing "out the back" in summertime. Dick, Jock and Snowy were characters which we emulated in our cops and robbers games. The War was over and most of our dads had returned home, sadder, but not much wiser, they were heroes to us, but rarely spoke about the horrors and difficulties that they had experienced. They all received a few medals, a train ticket home and a demob suit. Rich reward for five years of their youngish lives.
Any road up, back to Dick and his worthy pals, who were usurped, I believe by the Archers, that everyday story of country folk. Dan and Doris had no appeal to our gang; and the only Archers of note at that time was the film producing company invented by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger as a script-writing / producing / directing and editing team. Dick and Snowy, (what happened to Jock?), in the streets of Haslemere are time travellers, back some sixty-seven years and probably digitalized; something in the way that the Star Trek crew were "beamed up"; and having been thus transformed , appear on our screens without blips, pips and scratches in a far better condition now than when originally viewed at the Coronation cinema in New Southgate, or the ABC in Bounds Green or the Odeon and Gaumont at North Finchley.
I never did find South Finchley, perhaps I should have asked Dick.


Created on 14 August 2015

Another sad loss, Stephen "Blakey" Lewis

Star of the "Buses" TV shows and films, and later as the help in Auntie's shop in Last of the Summer Wine. He could be referred to as the Whine as he was gormless, clueless and invariable miserable.
In real life he appears to have been a cheerful chap. He wrote the screenplay for "Sparrows Can't Sing" in which he appeared as another grumpy old man, with Barbara Windsor and James Booth in the lead roles, ably supported by Roy Kinnear.
Stephen will be remembered for his catch phrase "I'll get yer Butler" and lived a full eighty-eight years.
Created on 11 August 2015

George Cole, Flash Harry", dies at 90.

The hero of the St Trinians films, and he who was “Minded”, who appeared in feature films since the 1940's, has passed away. George's characters were either “gor blimey” or very posh and he acted with the best British actors of the time but invariably in supporting roles. As a youngster Cole was virtually adopted by Alistair Sim with whom he appeared in a number of films, he, Cole rarely, if ever received top, or star, billing for his films, but on television he achieved a nation-wide and everlasting popularity in the role of Arfur Daley. His “nice little earner” phrase has passed into common usage, as has " 'er indoors". 

George Cole will be missed by us all. 


Created on 09 August 2015

The Latest Locations Identified

More to tick off our list of unknown locations:

Blue Lamp, The 060 – Michael Lyons

Firm, The (1988) 007 – Paul Jupp

Tawney Pippet 013, 032 and 014 – Dave Buckley

Fear in the Night 004 to 006 – Darryl Porrino

One Hour to Zero Various – Andrew Wheatley

Arabesque 007a, 007b and 008 – “ghughesarch” Britmovie

Blue Lamp 092 – Peter Robinson

Thanks again to you all, we really appreciate your contribution.


Created on 31 July 2015

Thanks for your support.

Well fans, in the last month we have loaded some 375 "now" shots. Thanks to you all who have contributed your time most generously. Those of you who can identify some of the mystery locations, and so far have only given us teasers, and promises, now that there is a bit of sun around dust off your cameras and please, get out there and take some snaps, so that next month we'll beat the 400 mark.
With some 16,000 comparative shots recording architectural detail, as it once was, we are fast becoming a prime source for local and social historians, and by highlighting the films on our site we are often bringing slices of history once more into view. Those of you who are able to view the early films in their entirety with doubtless be intrigued by the way we were. Our dress, our speech, our food, work conditions and practices, streets and vehicles and many more minor aspects of life, once upon a time.
Our most recent films are listed and they total more than sixty, and we've loaded over 1400 since we started. Have you still got a few gems lurking on a dusty shelf that could usefully be loaded? Will you send 'em in so that we can all enjoy them. The BFI have found ten reels which are short films with an historical / architectural interest, can you imagine that Telford in the 1970's had a hypermarket with manual tills, no bar codes then, have a look at
Thanks again to all our helpers.


Created on 29 July 2015

Locations Identified as well as more information

Before the list gets too long here is all the excellent detail that has come recently:

Big Sleep, The 028, 028a and 028b – Andy Patterson

Take me High 029 to 031 – Simon Richards

Fast Lady, The 003e – Andrew Hewkin

Happy Family, The 007 and 008 – Aidan

Adventures of a Taxi Driver 002 – Neil Rigby

Seven Days to Noon 002a & 014 – Peter Robinson

File of the Golden Goose, The 004 – Ian Hedgcock

Tales from the Crypt 017 to 019 – Richard Lowe

Cast a Dark Shadow Various shots – D. Henderson

Thank you all, we really appreciate your contribution and welcome all those who have taken the time to write to us for the first time. 


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