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James Woodcock
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Peter Martin wrote: I remember knowing who shot JR because someone in my class at school had been to the States and seen it months before it aired in the UK.
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Well isn't this a funny one about how memory plays tricks on you.

I was convinced that BBC aired the episode as quick as possible after its initial showing in the USA to stop spoilers. Thought they had it flown over in a plane. Huh.
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I remember it being flown over etc, i have a vague
memory of Terry Wogan promoting the episode/hype. Of
course, in those pre-internet days, it`s quite possible
that it aired in the states, with minimal spoilers
reaching the average Joe in the U.K.
I DO remember, car stickers proclaiming " I shot JR"
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Posted: 26 June 2019 at 8:17am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Bill - I remember Terry Wogan doing some promotion as well. There was a big interview with Larry Hagman where he gave him some 'Genu-ine, Texas, American Bull****'
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Yes James, maybe it was around the time Wogan had his
chat show?
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I was pretty young -- it's entirely possible it's my memory that's faulty -- or I just misunderstood what was going on at the time!
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BBC 2 wasn't exclusively made up of dry documentaries back in the day. Here are some of the popular programmes originally broadcast on the channel:

The Likely Lads
The Goodies
Spike Milligan's "Q" series
Fawlty Towers
Dave Allen at Large
Not The Nine O' Clock News
Not Only But Also
Yes Minister/Prime Minister
I, Claudius
The Forsyte Saga
Casanova (by Dennis Potter)
1990
Edge of Darkness (popular enough to warrant a BBC 1 repeat soon after the original broadcast)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
The Old Grey Whistle Test
Pot Black
Call My Bluff
M*A*S*H


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This thread is as good a place as any to point out that it's just been announced, in this, the 50th year of Monty Python, that Monty Python's Flying Circus will be re-released on 29 July in fully restored form on DVD and BD (source):


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Network Distributing will release all 45 episodes of "Monty Pythonís Flying Circus", on Blu-ray and DVD, fully restored for the first time ever. Each episode has been painstakingly restored using the original video and film elements exclusively for this release. All four series, along with unseen and excised footage, sketches and much more, will be presented in an exclusive 50th anniversary limited-edition box set available exclusively here from 29th July, with all four individual series available to purchase separately at a later date.
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Edge of Darkness? - which started out as a standard-ish thriller about the cover-up and investigation into the deaths of some eco protesters, and ended up with the bad guys intending to take over the solar system with their fusion-powered spaceships, only to be stopped by the emergent lifeform that was Earth's ecosystem.

If I understood it. 
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Callan - enjoying watching that on Retro TV.
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Robbie mentions Pot Black, a snooker tournament,that
started when most of the U.K. still had black and white
tv`s!

I concede that BBC2 wasn`t made up exclusively of dry
shows, that statement was coloured by me being a child
at the time, and not appreciating certain shows!
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The Monty Python set is being put together by Paul Vanezis, one of the founder members of the Doctor Who Restoration Team. The bit in the blurb about using all the original elements isn't strictly true unfortunately but they are using the best available source material where the originals no longer exist. It's in safe hands.
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Bill reminds me of the story of Pot Black commentator "Whispering" Ted Lowe who famously once said, "For those of you watching in black and white, the pink is next to the green."

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