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    Can anyone remember the last time the film billy liar was on tv,as the same films are repeted over and over again yet i have been waiting for this to come on for ages.



    this is my 1st time on these forums,i went to school with chris eccleston if he has any fans here and they have any questions let us know


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    this is my 1st time on these forums,i went to school with chris eccleston if he has any fans here and they have any questions let us know
    What part of Manchester?

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    Hi mr drakes duck thanks for reply .Little hulton salford

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    It's a shame that ''rights'' have overtaken the showing of many great films now. If I was growing up with my widowed mother - as I was in the 70s - I'm not sure if I'd have been let into half the great films I enjoyed for the price (she paid) of a tv licence. ''Lawrence of Arabia'' and other later Lean films. ...my own VHS copy of Billy Liar is now approaching 20 years old. I taped it late one night when the then new Channel 4 were showing it (I guess with FilmFour they'd charge me £6 or something every month for the privilege)...I don't often watch stuff from my own archives, but this tape is a favourite - not only is it a great film, but has some very old, and entertaining commercials all the way through it!

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    David Challinor:

    It's a shame that ''rights'' have overtaken the showing of many great films now. If I was growing up with my widowed mother - as I was in the 70s - I'm not sure if I'd have been let into half the great films I enjoyed for the price (she paid) of a tv licence. ''Lawrence of Arabia'' and other later Lean films. ...my own VHS copy of Billy Liar is now approaching 20 years old. I taped it late one night when the then new Channel 4 were showing it (I guess with FilmFour they'd charge me £6 or something every month for the privilege)...I don't often watch stuff from my own archives, but this tape is a favourite - not only is it a great film, but has some very old, and entertaining commercials all the way through it!
    I know, it's a pain. But if it wasn't for the rights being paid to the production companies would they be willing to pay film-makers to make films?



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    Hi david that is wicked having it on vid with the old commercials on it.Only problem is video tape deteriates and when you try to play it it will probably make your tape heads filthy.Do you think it is that long since it was on tv because i havent seen it for absolutley ages.

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    True - but you're not telling me the whole DVD/VHS pre-recorded industry is a huge rip off...ie, your £40 'box-set' today will be £9.99 in the January sales - why can't that finance new films etc? At least terrestial tv got me and many thousands of others into imaginative, quality cinema. How many young people have reasonably cheap access to that today?

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    mk2escort391:

    Hi david that is wicked having it on vid with the old commercials on it.Only problem is video tape deteriates and when you try to play it it will probably make your tape heads filthy.Do you think it is that long since it was on tv because i havent seen it for absolutley ages.
    You can get a good deal for it on DVD if that's any use, it seems to have been deleted on VHS.




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    A film I cant understand being so infrequently shown is 'Oh What A lovely War'.



    Another is 'Otley'.

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    I think Oh what a lovely war was last on in 1996.

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    I think the truth of the matter here is you have to be patient - I waited for a 1967 Jack Clayton film, 'Our Mother's House', to be shown for YEARS after it had a deep impact on me at the age of nine when I think ITV screened for the first time in the UK on a sunday night in the early '70's...a sort-of urban Lord of the Flies it's quite disturbing....it finally cropped up on Channel 4 at least 20 years later.

    ... When I was a member of the NFT it was good for showing old films - I saw Barry Lyndon and Citizen Kane there, and many others when I younger - so if you live near London that's a possibility. By the by mk2escort391, I recorded Billy Liar in 1985 - I'm certain of that because the end of the tape contains BBC news coverage of the following year's Space Shuttle disaster I taped for my 'communication processes' part of my Eng/Media degree. I guess that's quite a rarity now as well, given it was fronted by Sue Lawley.

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    David Challinor:

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    ... When I was a member of the NFT it was good for showing old films
    It still is :)



    And membership is a bargain at ‚£24 per year. That gives you a discount on tickets for any films they show - but you can still buy tickets for any film or event even if you aren't a member.



    Tickets are very reasonably priced and they do show "modern" films as well as the old 'uns.



    I also like their "no food in the cinema" policy. They have a very good cafe if you want to eat.



    NFT web site



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    I originally had Billy Liar and A Taste of Honey on VHS recorded off Channel 4 but now have them on DVD. Fascinating to see the scenery etc of the 1960s. Gwendolyn Watts who played Billy's brassy "other fiancee" also appeared in "On The Buses" as "Iris for Basildon". Sadly she died a couple of years or so ago.



    The TV companies seem to have a strange attitude towards films from more than 30 years ago. Take the Quatermass films for example. It seems to me that the most repeated of the series is "Quatermass and the Pit". I only recall ever seeing "Quatermass II" twice on TV in the last 25 or so years. The first time I ever saw it it happened to be a very hot and humid night in the late 1970s, which all added to the atmosphere!



    As for "The Quatermass Experiment" the expression "nes teeth" springs to mind!



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    I thought Oh What A Lovely War should be a must this time of the year - its final sequence of never ending crosses says it all.

    I watched Christopher Eccleston on DVD Saturday night,as Nicole Kidman's husband in one of my favourite spooky stories,The Others ghostly .

    Another film that hasn't been on television for years and years is Is Paris Burning!

    Ta Ta

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    Oh What A Lovely War is currently showing on Sky, I caught a showing last week.

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    I grabbed a(no adds copy)of our mothers house and the hill,last week from TCM.



    Cheers Ollie.

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    So what did you think of OMH, Ollie? When I was young I was quite affected by its first half...but looking at it now I'm inclined to agree with critic Tom Milne, as quoted in Haliwell - ''when Dirk Bogarde enters ...the whole structure collapses''

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    David i've only seen OMH once before and i really enjoyed the atmosphere of the whole piece,i personally dont have any strong feelings when dirk comes in to it(but i could see how some might find it intrusive)actually if i'm totally honest i did feel some of the innocence was lost by his entrance,yotha joice's character did grate at times,i shall be having a more focused viewing when it feels right.

    Interestingly i watched the cement garden recently, similar initial outline story.



    cheers Ollie.

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