BBC Interlude - London to Brighton in 3½ Minutes
A train journey from London to Brighton, shot from the driver's cab using time-lapse photography, became a famous BBC 'intermission' film in 1953. See our Miscelleanous BBC section for the colour re-make in 1983.
Hancock's Half Hour Promo
BBC Interlude - Palm Beach
The relaxing sight of a steady tide in warmer climes. This film includes the "Interlude" caption unlike our previous two offerings.
BBC Interlude - Messing About On The River
Includes the song of the same name, sung by Josh McRae. Written by Tony Hatch, it was a hit in 1960!
BBC Interlude - Flirtation Waltz
And finally, my personal favourite - Jim Franklin's animation reminiscent of those inserts in Schools programmes. Flash reconstruction, anyone?
Detective 'Dishonoured Bones'
Director of this trailer Maurice Kanareck says, "As there were no clips available for this series, under the generic title 'Detective', this was one of the many 'props' trailers done in the studio for an episode called 'Dishonoured Bones' "
Murder In The Cathedral
Director of this trailer Maurice Kanareck says, "First version of a trailer for T.S. Eliot's 'Murder in the Cathedral'. The play was actually done as an outside broadcast from Canterbury Cathedral (as was the recording of the trailer) with Cyril Cusack as Beckett. Recorded on 2 inch open reel videotape there was no facility at the time for freeze framing. I was asked by the head of our department (Presentation) how I managed to freeze-frame the knights for the end title. Easy. Just ask the actors to stand still for 15 seconds! One the knights was Dennis Quilley, I recall."
It's A Square World
Director of this trailer Maurice Kanareck says, "This is a trailer for Michael Bentine's off beat comedy series 'Its a Square World'. The driver is me and the car is my wife's 1932 Morris Cowley. I can't remember where we filmed it but the 'trailer' speaks for itself! The cod Russian commentary is spoken by my old friend, the highly talented voice mimic, the late Dick Graham who incidentally, did the commentary for Peter Watkin's 'The War Game'. The long run-out, or freeze frame, was typical of trailers made by many commercial TV directors. It was a practice adopted by all commercials, so that a picture could always be held by transmission control should the following programme be late starting."
It's A Square World
Director of this trailer Maurice Kanareck says, "Another trailer for 'Its a Square World', this time with Derek Guyler rotating the mechanical equivalent of the, then BBC1 station ident. Normally the BBC1 logo was sacrosanct, and not to be tampered with, but we were given special dispensation to use it as a genuine station ident on this occasion! The rotating model was made specially for us by the BBC Effects props department from whom we also borrowed the classic BBC mike. 'Square World' was also notable for two remarkable television occasions. The first was when Michael Bentine sent the Television Centre into orbit, using animation and special effects, only to recieve a now legendary memo informing him solemnly that the BBC Television Centre was and I quote, 'not to be used for the purposes of entertainment' .. and the second was when he sailed a Chinese junk, complete with appropriately costumed pirate crew, past the Houses of Parliament and bombarded it with blank cannon fire ... only to be met with total indifference by the traffic over Westminster Bridge!"
Juke Box Jury
Director of this trailer Maurice Kanareck says, "We used to get stars from the series (when we could) into the studio to do trailers. In this case it was John Smith from a Western series called 'Laramie'. He was here to take part in the BBC's weekly review of the latest pop releases."
Monday Night on BBC1
Director of this trailer Maurice Kanareck says,"A trailer commissioned from Geoffrey Dickinson, one of freelance graphic artists and animators, for an evening's viewing and copied shamelessly from the great Canadian animator Norman McLaren and a well known film of his entitled 'Un Square Dance'. "
Director of this trailer Maurice Kanareck says, "A trailer for the 1964 Royal Concert, again another 'props' version with Valentine Dyall (the original BBC Radio 'Man in Black') doing the voice over. Unfortunately due to water damage the soundtrack of this becomes unintelligible and the following trails."
Director of this trailer Maurice Kanareck says, "Trailer for a new series of Sherlock Holmes. The drawing of Holmes and Watson was specially done to match the front cover photograph on the Radio Times"
Radio Times Romeo and Juliet
Director of this trailer Maurice Kanareck says, "Another Radio Times trailer. In those days the BBC was allowed to cross-trail with radio and the Radio Times and The Listener. This one was for Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn in Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet"
Director of this trailer Maurice Kanareck says, "A trailer for 'A Little Temptation' a Wednesday play. I can't recall the actual commentary, but it was done by Norman Tozer, who also took the still shots of Hampstead used in the trailer where the play was set."
It's A Knockout - Wanted Ideas for Games Promo
Director of this trailer Maurice Kanareck says, "I got to know Barney Colehan, the producer of Knockout, quite well and after series two or three, I forget which, they said that they were getting a bit short of ideas for the games. So he asked me if I could do an onscreen promotion asking the public to submit ideas, and this was the result - all under the aegis of the executive producer, who was Robin Scott, later to become head of BBC2.
What director hasn't wanted to make a Western? It was my big chance, and so I wrote and devised it to be shot with a BBC crew from Ealing up at the, then, permanant Western set at Elstree film studios. As an aside, it was also the one used in the Western episode of The Prisoner.
David Vine and Eddie Waring, the presenters, were given full cowboy rig as was Rita (the scorer of Knockout then) Then guns were hired from Baptys (the well known theatrical armourers) and then they were 5/- a week, rifles were 7/6d! Supervising the shooting was Jack, one of the BBC's permanent armourers, and it was his close-up of the pistol spinning back into the holster that was used in the film. It was actually Take 16 - the other 15 were unusable as he kept missing!
The reason the weather looks so different in the shots of David Vine and Rita is that on the morning of the shoot there was thick fog, and Eddie Waring, who was coming down from the Midlands, didn't make it until after lunch, when out came the sun, which was fortunate for the shoot-out sequence.
The music used was from Aaron Copeland's Billt the Kid suite, and the gunshots were actually from a BBC sound effects disc of 'gunshots in the canyon' They sounded much better than the blanks that we used!
As for the clips, they were from telerecordings from the earlier series, with 'starburst' effects from commercials. You can see, from those clips, how primitive those first Knockouts were, with the Heath Robinson game contraptions, and weird costumes.
I believe the promotion went out on BBC1 sometime in 1968. I don't know whether it actually produced any new ideas, or not!"