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Talking Pictures

Updated on December 8, 2018
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With a keen interest in British politics this writer is never afraid to share her opinion

High drama with the 1970s series A Family at War

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Memories

To quote a little of that old familiar song “Memories may be beautiful and yet.”

Do you yearn for a gentler time when movies where often in black and white, the heroes and heroines clearly defined with a smattering of bad guys to add excitement and plots were often fun and innocent?

Maybe you hate those old vintage movies and prefer to embrace all that C.G.I. has to offer with ever yet wilder, dramatic and in some cases realistic story lines?

If the latter is you TV channel 81 in the U.K. which is called Talking Pictures may not be for you.

However even millennials may grab a few laughs and classic movie moments if they tune in

About Talking Pictures TV

Talking Pictures is a family affair.

This successful TV channel is owned by a father and daughter team.

Sarah Cronin-Stanley and her father Noel run this channel employing just three other people at least initially.

By February 2018 it was reported that more than two million viewers had already fell in love with this nostalgic TV channel.

Rumour has it that the viewing audience includes Queen Elizabeth II.

But whether you are an older viewer looking for nostalgia or a younger viewers this channel may appeal.

Talking Pictures reminds the viewer of days gone by.

However if you were alive in England in those bygone days some of the shows now available on this channel were not on mainstream U.K. TV.

Many of the shows and movies aired on this TV channel actually date back to a time when British viewers were lucky if they received more than one TV channel.

At one time all that was available in the U.K. was one BBC channel until finally a commercial channel was launched.

Two channels remained the state of play until the launch of BBC2. A further commercial channel called Channel Four or C4 followed.

Fast forward a few years and we now have access to various cable and satellite channels but usually at a price.

Free-view however is now widely available and without a subscription.

Initial access to Free-view may require you to buy a television set that includes Free-view or access to it via a set-top box but in 2018 most new TV sets come with Free-view access as part of the package.

Free-view access means numerous channels are widely available and that includes the relatively new Talking Pictures.

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Free-view channels are updated from time to time with free access to some channels becoming available and other channels disappearing.

Talking Pictures is a relatively new kid on the block as far as TV channels in the U.K. go.

It is not brand new but fairly new especially this and many other viewers.

”Talking Pictures” also known as TPTV is available on Free-view as well as via cable TV.

The free-to-air channel launched May 26, 2015, and continues to increase its audience.

This viewer only found the channel after running an update of Free-view channels earlier this year.

Most of the movies are vintage. black and white classics but there are also movies in colour from the 60s,70s and 80s.

Re-runs of drama series such as A Family At War offer great viewing and for a younger audience too.

However, so many movies are a blast from the past for people of my older generation but will be just too outdated for a younger audience.

The channel does offers a good mix of shows and movies though with some American classics available too.

What I like About Talking Pictures

This channel offers a good mix of movies, short documentaries, police dramas, serial dramas, comedy shows and classic TV.

Just take a look at one early morning schedule In 2018 -

6.00 British Film Institute:

The Salvage Gang 1958. Drama. Delightful CFF drama. Whilst building a rabbit hutch, a group of children break Dad’s saw. Needing to replace it, the children do odd jobs all across London

7:05 Hawkeye & the Last of the Mohicans

Stubborn Pioneer. 1957. Carpenter foolishly travels into the wilderness to establish a new settlement called Carpenterville.

7:35 Unguarded Moments

The perils of Britain’s roads are seen in this chilling 1951 film as the carelessness of Johnny, Fred and Mary results in disaster! Made for the Greenwich safety Board.

Not a bad selection?

By the evening -

21:00 The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre.

Clue Of the New Pin. 1960. Directed by Allan Davis. Stars Paul Daneman, Bernard Archard and James Villiers. A vault door is locked with key inside next to a corpse. How was the door locked?

22:10 The Birthday Party1968. Drama.

Stars Robert Shaw, Patrick Magee and Dandy Nichols. The down-at-heel lodger in a seaside boarding house is menaced by two mysterious strangers.

Classic drama with an A list of actors available each and every day.

Brief documentaries on offer include -

London Airport, early 1960s – Glimpses: Made in the early 60s. A day In the life of the ‘London’ Airport. The Passengers, the ‘Wavers-goodbye’, the Airport Staff, the Pilots, the Cleaning Staff and those left behind.

At times the channel offers bumble-gum TV; the sort of television viewing that is easy to watch. But at other times it airs excellent classic TV and movies.

Personal Favourites

This viewer has enjoyed being reintroduced to Gideon of the Yard, an early British police drama starring John Gregson. A more recent addition to TPTV is the 1960s, made in black and white, Invisible Man series while another favourite is the Human Jungle starring Herbert Lom which was aired originally in the early 1960s in the U.K.

Where to find Talking Pictures

  • You can watch Talking Pictures TV on Virgin 445, Free-sat 306, Free-view or You-view 81 or on the Sky digital satellite platform, channel 328 In the U.K.
  • The channel is on air 24/7
  • There are regular repeats

The channel‘s bosses has been warned by Ofcom, the TV regulator in the U.K., to take care as some old movies and shows include words that are no longer acceptable.

Similarly the channel has been in hot water for ignoring the watershed in the U.K. This is a time of day when adult scenes should not be aired.

Responding to this the channel’s founder Sarah Cronin-Stanley said in February 2018

Ofcom say we need to advise people before they watch something that it may contain outdated racial stereotyping, but I would say that’s babysitting our audience.

Is Talking Pictures TV available where you live?

Use this link to check if Talking Pictures TV is available in your area.

Tony Curtis in the Boston Strangler was well worth watching again

How would you rate Talking Pictures

5 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of Talking Pictures

© 2018 Ethel Smith

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    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      2 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      They are fun thanksPeggy. Some are good but many just easy entertainment

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We do not get that channel in the U.S. but we do have some channels that show old-time movies and old-time television shows some of which are in black and white. I enjoy viewing them.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Yes Liz like us. It had been goinb a while when we discovered it. Easy viewing at times but some interesting archive material

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Audrey I remember the Boston Strangler as a B Movie supporting movie. But imo it was better than that. One of Curtis’s better oerformances for me

      Thanks

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 years ago from UK

      Thanks for this. I hadn't even noticed the channel and we're freeviewers.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      3 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Tony Curtis, as the Boston Strangler, was a movie I enjoyed way back when. Henry Fonda played his role well (as he always does). Unfortunately, here in the U.S., these channels don't exist.

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