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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:26 pm 
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{Background} Last night watching an old episode of "Randal and Hopkirk" nothing much else on the OH and myself could agree on. So we watched it, me thinking, not sure if I still like this.......{background}

This morning flicking through TV channels ....Randal and Hopkirk was on, thought, yes sit and watch..........I watched for a whole 2 minutes, it seems so "wrong" and "dated" I gave up. :huray:

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Is there a TV series / show that at the time you thought it was great, but now some umpteen years later you wonder why you watched such drivel. But that leads me to ask, why do you now think its drivel, obviously the thing you are watching has not changed, but you and times have changed, but why is it it was good now its not?

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I watched an episode of "Randall and Hopkirk" a while back, remembering I really liked it when it was on originally.
Same conclusion as you there.
"The Champions" is another I can think of offhand. Disappointing.
And "The Avengers" with Diana Rigg was on a while back, and I quickly lost interest.
They have all dated. There are a lot more the same though.

I don't think the original "Porridge" has dated too badly.
And I still laugh at "Bilko" which must be at least 60 years old.


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I think your mind plays tricks and you forget how poorly made they were. I watched an Avengers episode the other week and decided it was very poor. I liked Patrick Macnee as John Steed though, he was a good actor. Do you remember No Hiding Place with Chief Inspector Lockheart. I do not recall him saying to a young Johnny Briggs ' Fire up the Quattro' See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JcWoT-rIbQ Absolutely chronic

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spitting image funny as fcuk at the time now off course fairly pointless
appart from the odd thatcher sketch :lol:

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When we was young we enjoyed them because of, dare I say Diana Rigg in leather cat suits and Alexandra Bastedo in the champions.



I don't know about Randle and Hopkirk but there must have been some nice crumpet on there as well. :huray:

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She still looks good (to me that is) even though she passed away quite young really http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-enter ... 54808.html

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I can still watch M.A.S.H., Open all hours, Porridge and sometimes Last of the Summer wine, the rest of it leaves me cold, including most of the modern stuff, I can't believe that Dad's Army is often still shown at prime time, that was amusing in it's day, but too farcical really for my liking and I really don't know why it's on so much now.

I'll sometimes watch re-runs of detective/murder stuff that I may have missed bits of first time around like, Lewis, Midsomer Murders, Dalziel & Pascoe, (it needs to be of an evening when I've got bugger all else to do though).

The only things I could say I'm enjoying currently are the new series of Endeavour and ditto Shetland.

Failing all those, re-runs of QI or Mock the Week often come to the rescue when I'm in the kitchen cooking or washing up.

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I think you need to 'relate' to the program to accept it and enjoy it 'intimately'. When they show scenes that are not real - in the sense that you don't see Ford Cortina's and everyone smoking - your sense of attachment isn't there.

Comedy, however, is either funny or not - the background is irrelevant. It's the jokes that make it work.

The absolute example must be the old Sci-Fi series like UFO, Space 1999 etc where, for example, they use CRT screens (mono no less :roll: ) for phones or computer displays - you immediately think 'it's not real' and immediately lose the attachment.

Even ridiculous haircuts lose it for me - Randal & Hopkirk..... :lol:

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I think you need to 'relate' to the program to accept it and enjoy it 'intimately'. When they show scenes that are not real - in the sense that you don't see Ford Cortina's and everyone smoking - your sense of attachment isn't there.

Comedy, however, is either funny or not - the background is irrelevant. It's the jokes that make it work.

The absolute example must be the old Sci-Fi series like UFO, Space 1999 etc where, for example, they use CRT screens (mono no less :roll: ) for phones or computer displays - you immediately think 'it's not real' and immediately lose the attachment.

Even ridiculous haircuts lose it for me - Randal & Hopkirk..... :lol:


I often smile to see the CRT screens in old Sci-Fi.
There was one I watched fairly recently though (can't remember what of course) where some attempt had been made to make the screens "flat and square" and it was noticeable.
The one I always smile at are the "video discs" in "Forbidden Planet" They look a bit like "DVDs"


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kellys_eye wrote:
I think you need to 'relate' to the program to accept it and enjoy it 'intimately'. When they show scenes that are not real - in the sense that you don't see Ford Cortina's and everyone smoking - your sense of attachment isn't there.

Comedy, however, is either funny or not - the background is irrelevant. It's the jokes that make it work.

The absolute example must be the old Sci-Fi series like UFO, Space 1999 etc where, for example, they use CRT screens (mono no less :roll: ) for phones or computer displays - you immediately think 'it's not real' and immediately lose the attachment.

Even ridiculous haircuts lose it for me - Randal & Hopkirk..... :lol:



Tommy Cooper was a classic comedian. I still watch his clips on youtube


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spitting image funny as fcuk at the time now off course fairly pointless
appart from the odd thatcher sketch :lol:


Probably applies to pretty much all satirical programs , they get dated and references forgotten. Dare I say it but I find that Monty Python has aged badly too. I also caught a few episodes of Tales of the Unexpected which seemed to have lost a bit too.
As it is I did catch an episode of Randel and Hopkirk and still enjoyed it. Dads Army I still like too. I suppose it's a combination of nostalgia and the awfulness of a lot of new stuff. My daughter is around the same age now as I was when I probably first watched UFO and it was interesting listening to her comments when we watched an episode. She seemed to pick up on some of the things I did. Not so much the failed attempts at preguessing the tech but more things like our entire planetary defence consisting of 3 interceptors , one aircraft ( and she also asked why it was attached to a sub rather than being launched from a carrier) and a couple of tracked lorries. She also felt , as I did , the same about the weirdly inappropriate and unfunction outfits of the female moon base operatives. Actually being a tad more fashion savvy than myself she had quite a giggle at most of the clothing.
Another Gerry Anderson offering was Thunderbirds which I enjoyed and still would if I were to get round to watching it. I have watched the new series which perhaps isn't quite as good but has managed to keep the flaws , limited cast and wafer thin plots of the original.


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although just over 20 years old men behaving badly hasn’t aged well after I watched it the other night.
Only Fools is still a classic and I was surprised how well aufweidersehen pet has aged(first 2 series)

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what we need to remember is over the years what was once quite shocking and got our attention when we where young is now very very tame as said off its time
and off course we have changed' what interests us is now completely different
we have all matured and most off the pathetic childish humour we used to laugh at no longer amuses us indeed sometimes annoys us :lol:

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Just been chatting with a few friends about this and another that sprung to mind was Land of the Giants. Used to be on late Saturday afternoons and I can remember waiting eagerly each week but when it was repeated I realised just how awful it had become. Lost in Space also came up though I thought that was poor originally but has got worse . Batman was shite and time hasn't done anything for it either .


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I suppose its what age you are now, we have had to replace everything, so we have a collection of "old" comedies which we still laugh at "Father dear Father, Bless this house, Man about the house, Are you being served, The Good life, The Doctor series of films, Love thy neighbour ( definitely not Pc), Allo Allo, The rise and fall of Reginald Perrin, No place like home, Rising damp, George and Mildred, growing up I watched, Department S, The Protectors, The Saint, The Persuaders, The Champions, Randall and Hopkirk, Queenie's castle etc" Some have aged better than others but we still manage to have a titter :lol: :lol: Nos


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