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TV – The old classics – The Honeymooners 1955-6.

May 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Television first reared its ugly head in my hometown of Fremantle, Western Australia on 16 October 1959. By then the quite brilliant comedy series The Honeymooners had come and gone in the USA. TV viewers in WA were probably unaware of that, however, and the show was an immediate monster hit. And it deserved to be. It featured two superb male leads, Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden and Art [...]

TV – More trivia from the early days.

December 8, 2015 // 2 Comments

  In 1945 there were 7,000 TV sets in the USA. By 1950 there were 5 million! The first three shows to run weekly were I Love Lucy, Life with Riley and The Adventures of Superman. Most movie actors did not want to have anything to do with TV, convinced it was a fad that would quickly die out, just like their predecessors in the theatre thought movies were a fad 50 years earlier. How wrong [...]

Did you know? Points of interest Pt.11

September 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Renee Zellweger prepared for her role in Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) by gaining 25lbs in weight and then obtaining a job in a London office under an alias, so she could study English accents. Nobody at the firm recognised her. On her desk she kept a photograph of her real-life boyfriend, Jim Carrey, a face her co-workers certainly recognised but were reluctant to mention for fear they [...]