Launch of Talking Pictures TV on Freeview!

Launch of Talking Pictures TV!


Hello all – welcome to another week on the blog, first of all – as they would say in Monty Python… “And Now For Something Completely Different”…

Talking Pictures TV

Not sport related – but this is brilliant news for Freeview and I wanted to share it!  Talking Pictures TV will launch on Freeview next Tuesday (September 22nd). Launching at 1pm – read on for more…

Here’s some of my personal highlights over the next couple of weeks:

Wednesday September 23rd 2015:

7:20am – Flockton Flyer.  Southern TV children’s TV series from 1976 – you may recognise Cassandra (actress Gwyneth Strong) from ‘Only Fools and Horses’!

9:20am – Tell Me Another.  Another Southern TV series – where celebrities give personal anecdotes.  This episode stars Thora Hird, Roy Hudd, George Melly and Warren Mitchell!

Thursday September 24th 2015:

6:00am – Down Amongst the Z Men.  Comedy starring The Goons from 1952!

Tuesday September 29th 2015:

10:35am – Where There’s a Will.  1955 film starring the late, great George Cole.

Saturday October 3rd 2015:

4:45am – All In Good Fun – Record this one, Bob Monkhouse with a 1956 compilation of slapstick comedy.

Many thanks to the Talking Pictures team, especially Sarah Cronin-Stanley, who kindly answered our questions we sent over.  We will ensure we keep in contact with Talking Pictures TV and inform you of upcoming programme highlights.

Chris: Tell us more about Talking Pictures TV – how did it all materialise?

Sarah: Talking Pictures TV was a dream of Renown Pictures, the rights holders to a large library of films from the 30’s onwards. To be able to screen ‘lost’ films and a home for B&W films without which would probably never see the light of day again – we are a very small family run company with a big dream.

Chris: You have a vast catalogue from the Southern TV archive – will we shows such as Runaround, Take a Letter Mr Jones, and maybe How anytime soon?

Sarah: Yes of course, we don’t own How though sadly.

Chris: Viewers can of course purchase the programmes shown, tell us how they can do this?

Sarah: Through our Freephone 0808 178 8212 or online

Chris: What are the long term plans for the channel – what do you hope to see in the future?

Sarah: Talking Pictures to become part of everyday viewing for families, so future generations can appreciate the history of film and enjoy.

Full Press Release from Talking Pictures kindly provided below:

Talking Pictures TV  LAUNCH on Freeview Channel 81

Whether it’s westerns or weepies, comedies or creepies, Talking Pictures Television has it all. So, grab your bag of popcorn and your drink on a stick, take your seat in the one~and~nines, and re~live some of the rarest and greatest gems from Film history

Following its successful launch on SKY epg 343 Talking Pictures TV is launching on Freeview  channel 81,


Tuesday 22nd September 2015 at 1pm .

In addition to Our SKY viewers we will now be available to 70% of the UK population in most major cities and towns.

Do you remember the sheer joy and excitement of Saturday Morning Pictures? Where Heroes and villains and clowns and crooners, invariably in glorious black & white, would entertain you for hours and hours. Now those glorious days return, and it’s not just for Saturday mornings. It’s twenty four hours a day. Every day!

So, grab your bag of popcorn and your drink on a stick, take your seat in the one~and~nines, and re~live some of the rarest and greatest gems from Film history, all brought to a grateful viewer by Renown Pictures, the extraordinary DVD label who continue to release their extensive archive. With Talking Pictures Television you can now watch *before* you buy. A unique way to build~up your very own library of Classic British Film.

Whether it’s Bill Travers battling the monstrous ‘Gorgo’, dogged Brighton policeman Jack Warner hot on the heels of a murderer in ‘Jigsaw’, or the touching romance of Michael Denison & Dulcie Gray in ‘The Glass Mountain’, Talking Pictures Television will keep on delivering, allowing viewers to wallow in the very best of British, wherever and whenever they want to.

Not only that, but we conjure up wonderful and rarely broadcast classics from the Hollywood television archives; resurrecting such popular, long unseen favourites as ‘Burke’s Law’ and ‘The June Allyson Show’. Guest~starring everyone from Harpo Marx to Jayne Mansfield, Talking Pictures Television tops up your tinsel town fix too.

Now, after a hugely enjoyable and audience~pleasing four months, the British film~lovers’ best~loved television channel is being made available to an even wider audience. That means *you* can now watch it. You lucky people!

And our September schedule is jam~packed with treasures. Just like every month! However, to mark this exciting new chapter, we have a bushel~load of fresh films starring some of our greatest actors. Alec Guinness takes on one of his favourites roles as an impoverished and opinionated artist in ‘The Horse’s Mouth’. Wendy Hiller plays the principled Salivation Army ‘Major Barbara’, in a script co~adapted for the screen by George Bernard Shaw himself. Michael Redgrave gives one of the performances of his career as the ridiculed and cuckolded Headmaster in Terence Rattigan’s touching drama ‘The Browning Version’;. and vintage old school telly graces the screens with a selection of much loved Episodes from the Southern TV Library. September also see debut screenings for a range of films from 1940s Hollywood, including the effortlessly urbane William Powell in the whimsical ‘Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid’, and the high~octane biopic of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey. The legendary bandleaders play themselves in this rags to riches tale of brotherly rivalry.

So, whether it’s westerns or weepies, comedies or creepies, Talking Pictures Television has it all. Simply settle back to some of the funniest, most thrilling, and just plain entertaining television available, anywhere. It’s all at the touch of a button. Whatever time you want it!

In order to receive Talking Pictures TV you will need to be within coverage and be watching on a Freeview HD television or Freeview HD recorder.

Most new TVs from the big brands come with Freeview HD built-in or you can simply plug a Freeview HD recorder into an existing HDTV, retune your box or TV and sit back and enjoy Talking Pictures TV.

Enter your address into Freeview’s coverage checker to see if Talking Pictures TV is available in your area:



Can I get Talking Pictures on Freeview Where I live?

Enter your address into Freeview’s coverage checker to see if Talking Pictures TV is available in your area.

The Freeview coverage checker gives a good indication of whether you’ll be able to receive Freeview. However, do bear in mind that it is a prediction based on an area 100 square metres around your address.  There might be some homes in that area which cannot receive Freeview, because of the exact location of the property and other elements of your local geography, such as tall buildings, trees or hills.

When you buy a Freeview HD TV or other equipment, we recommend that you make sure that you can get a refund from your retailer if these local factors prevent you from receiving Freeview.

What Equipment do I need?

You might already have it.  Check if your television is labelled ‘Freeview HD’.   If it is not then you can buy a Freeview HD Recorder (set top box).  Freeview has a list of models available here:

You will also be able to receive the channel if you have Youview, if it does not appear try retuning your Youview box.

Do I need to retune?

Some televisions do not autotune.  If you are within coverage and the channel does not appear we recommend you try retuning your television or set top box.  Here is a link to some instructions on how to retune:

Will I need to change my aerial to get Freeview HD?

In most cases if you can already receive Freeview using your existing aerial, then it will be able to receive Freeview HD.   If you’re not sure, then your local aerial installer will be able to advise you.

Are the films on Talking Pictures shown in HD?

Although Talking Pictures is not broadcast in HD it is broadcast from the HD multiplex so you need  HD equipment to view it.

Freeview Advice Line

If you have any further questions you may find the answer on the Freeview Website

Alternatively you can call the Freeview advice line on 03456 505050

Chris Benson – MC/Compere Work

Finally, please check out my tab at the top of the page – I do regular MC/Compere work – maybe I can assist an event you may be involved with.  If so, please get in touch using the contact form on the MC page.


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