We're hoping to announce the other titles that Phil returned a couple of weeks ago sometime next week, via the official BBC Archive Facebook and Twitter feeds. Please don't work yourselves up thinking there will be any Doctor Who, there isn't. It's all comedy shows.
A big part if this event was made possible by recoveries from TIEA and Philip Morris. Philip returned 9 BBC comedy productions to the BBC Archive a few weeks ago. They are:
The Morecambe and Wise Show - Series 1 - Episodes 5 & 7 Citizen James - The Day Out The Rag Trade - Baby Dolls The Basil Brush Show - Series 1 - Episode 3 Steptoe & Son - My Old Man's a Tory Harry Worth - Four's a Crush Harry Worth - Feet First Harry Worth - Melancholics Anonymous
With the exception of the Steptoe & Son episode, these are the only know copies of these episodes and feature the cream of British television comedy from the 1960's including performances from Yootha Joyce, Hugh Lloyd, Sid James, Liz Fraser, Barbara Windsor and Reg Varney.
Philip Morris of TIEA will be announcing further recoveries in the New Year.
Would love to see that again properly. And Captain Zep. Captain Zep is my DVD release Holy grail outside Who finds.
And still is. I still reckon Captain Zep got junked in the 80s which is why we never see it mentioned anywhere now. However, SFX's back page this month is a short piece about it which included the writer saying 'however, watched these days...' which made me sit bolt upright. Watched these days? where? I thought for a minute it might be on Britbox, but it seems not. It must be a while since I've searched Youtube for episodes, last I looked there was a four minute clip from the end of an ep on there, but lo, in 2017 an entire episode was uploaded, transferred from a home VHS recording. Season 2, episode 1. I have wanted to see this series again since 1984, and tonight I did!
It did not disappoint. Loved it. I would so love to have all of Zep on disc. Fantastic theme tune too.
Funny thing is there is a split second at the very end of a trailer for another TV show on later that night - even from a single blurry frame and a tiny bit of noise you will immediately recognise what it is.
My word. The BBC Records 7" single of the theme is available from Amazon as a digital download including the B side!