Sunday, 16 October 2011

14. The Gentle Touch: Blade (LWT, ITV, 9 May 1980, Series 1, Episode 5)

A convincingly functional headline from the
Standard. Of interest is what the surrounding genuine headlines tell us about the preoccupations of 1980 readers; "Steelmen stay out in row over cutbacks - 'Now sort out the jobs'" tells a convoluted story, while, "Peters and Lee to split up" suggests that it was a pretty thin newsday.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

13. Bergerac: A Miracle Every Week (BBC1, Series 2, Episode 7, 20 March 1983)

I'm unpersuaded by this edition of the Jersey Evening Post. There's no narrative interest for the reader in this lead story, and the headline is so drearily factual that its hard to see what the motivation is to read on.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

12. The Goodies: Goodies Rule - OK? (BBC2, 21 December 1975)

Our first sighting of the discarded newspaper blowing in the wind, a device occasionally used for pathos or to mark the passing of time. The teaser "ZIPPY UNDIES!" strapline next to the masthead is particularly inspired, I think - both absurd and wholly plausible.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

11. The Goodies: Goodies Rule - OK? (BBC2, 21 December 1975)

Rather thrillingly, this newspaper actually spins towards the viewer, 1930s Hollywood-style. By 1975, you could only get away with that always-enjoyable convention in a comedy. The use of the obviously real Rhodesia secondary story adds credence to the self-evidently made-up headline.

Friday, 9 September 2011

10. Ghost Squad: Ticket For Blackmail (ATV, ITV, Series 1, Episode 1, 9 September 1961)

Perhaps a rather functional headline on the Daily Globe today. As this is the first frame of the episode, I wonder where the picture of the unfortunate millionaire was sourced from - I like to imagine that its the father of the continuity girl.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

9. Manhunt: A Different Kind Of War (LWT, ITV, Episode 8, 20 February 1970)

Manhunt was a 26-part French resistance drama, and pretty much relentlessly bleak and brutal. Obviously its a nonsense that French papers would have English headlines, but the moment when a a young Jewish woman uncovers a cache of these newspapers in the wardrobe of (what appears to be) a safe house is characteristically horrible.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

8. Thunderbirds: Trapped In The Sky (ITC, ITV, 30 September 1965)

World News provides yet more evidence, if ever it were needed, for Thunderbirds' status as a work of non-realism. (Thanks to Jonathan Bignell)

7. Playhouse: Rumour (Thames, ITV, 2 March 1970)

If you enjoy Get Carter I'd recommend seeking out Mike Hodge's two immediately preceding television films that he made for Thames, Suspect (1969) and Rumour (1970). The latter ends with a spectacular montage sequence that entwines three time streams concurrently; the journalist's last movements leading up to his murder, what happens to his body when he is discovered, and the wider public controversy that follows on from this - conveyed through newspaper headlines.

It's just as well that the newspaper images are only seen fleetingly, because when you see them in isolation they don't look very convincing, even when judged by the simple criteria of typesetting, and "WHAT'S GOING ON?" would be a remarkably uninspired headline.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

6. G.S.5 (aka Ghost Squad): Dr. Ayre (ATV, Series 3, Episode 7, 4 April 1964)

Poetic justice at the end of an episode as the killer is killed in a car chase. The headline links the two deaths together in the same frame.

5. Doctor Who: Silver Nemesis: Episode 1 (BBC, Series 25, 23 November 1988)

An unconvincing effort. The paper is too crisp, and the absence of any convincing surrounding stories doesn't make this edition of the Daily Mirror look genuine.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

4. The Sweeney: Jack Or Knave (Thames, Series 4, Episode 14, 28 December 1978)

Here - via The Sun - we see the first example of a mock story in a real paper, complete with actual second story about Ron Greenwood ("England line up Ron for top job"). Note that the first paragraph of Cyril Line's story has been written for the newpaper's fleeting appearance, complete with two subheadings - "Serious" and "The key"

Friday, 2 September 2011

3. The Power Game: Lady For A Knight (ATV, Series 1, Episode 2, 20 December 1965)

This is an anomalous one: A real cover for a fake paper. The plot of this boardroom drama requires a paper for the tycoon Sir John Wilder to plant stories that will be detrimental to his rivals in. Its implausible that this information is going to hit the front page, but its especially important that The Globe needs to look like a real newspaper in a series like this.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

2. Juliet Bravo: No Peace (BBC1, Series 5, Episode 5, 29 September 1984)

You might think that this headline was a bit sensationalist for the Hartley edition of The Gazette, but it turns out to be a story in which irresponsible journalists, rather than drug crazed hippies are the villains. A good deal of care has gone into this prop - note the headline to the angling picture story, "Hartley man tops the scales".

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

1. A For Andromeda: The Face Of The Tiger (BBC Television, 7 November 1961)

I'm not convinced by World Graphic as a title. The triumphant banner headline - note the exclamation mark! - doesn't marry too well with the cramped text on the rest of the cover.