Sport

Sport is coming back to the world, and to TV.

Oh joy.

We have football, horse racing, snooker, formula 1 cars, darts and much more.

For some sports, on tv, not having an audience/crowd makes little difference. F1, for eaxmple, you can barely hear the crowd if they are cheering and they are mostly just a blur filling the stands in the background. As I have mentioned before, I believe, tickets cost hundreds of pounds.

For football, they add on fake crowd noise. As the seating is empty and covered, it is totally weird. Cricket don’t so much, just add a sort of ambient background.

I know there are people who do like watching sport, but I just wanted to record how wonderful it has been for all these weeks with sport missing.

Butler

It is possible that you recognise this gentleman, though I doubt it. I knew the name but not the face as, although he works in tv and is famous, it’s not in front of the camera.

Champion stuff

I am a big fan of British tv from the 1960s and 70s, especially the series produced by ITC. You know, Danger Man, The Prisoner, Gerry Anderson stuff like Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, The Saint, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and many more.

Some were better than others, but they all had a style that was instantly recognisable. There were so many good actors who appeared before they became famous, and a list of stock actors who had multiple roles, including George Murcell, David Bauer, Eric Pohlmann and Kenneth J Warren (look them up, you will recognise them immediately).

They series were actually made on film, so they have survived well to this day and look good. Cheap, but good.

One I remember was The Champions. The thirty episodes covered 1968 to 1969, and it has had repeats since.