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  1. I didn't even realise there was a BTTB twitter account, but even if I had have known I very rarely use Twitter anyway.
  2. I'm a little late posting this, but haven't seen this mentioned anywhere else on the forums or site, so I wondered how many others here remembered that yesterday marked 20 years to the day since Home and Away first aired on Channel 5, having been poached from ITV, whose last episode aired on 8th June 2000, but who retained the rights for a few weeks after that and had an exclusivity clause in their contract that meant that no other broadcaster could show Home and Away for a full year after ITV's rights had expired. I well remember the last episode on ITV, which ended with Edward Dunglass Jr telling his mother, headmistress Judith Ackroyd, that he and Peta Janossi were now 'married' (and then the ITV continuity announcer telling us, without explanation, that that was the last in the series of Home and Away and plans for a new teatime soap would be announced in the autumn), and then the 13 month wait to see the next episode, with episodes of the behind the scenes show Back To The Bay (which gave this very site its name) once a week whilst we waited for Home and Away to return. It's crazy to think that 20 years has passed and that Channel 5 is now well on the way to reaching the point when it will have had the rights to Home and Away for twice as long as ITV ever did.
  3. I never thought about Leonard Swindley being in Corrie from that early on, but apparently he was. To me a better example is that of Emily Nugent/Bishop, whose character first appeared in episode 4, played by a non-speaking extra, but who was then played from episode 15, in January 1961, until the end of 2015 by Eileen Derbyshire. So much fuss has been made over the years about William Roache being with the soap for so long, but comparatively little was ever said about how Eileen had been with the soap for only about 5 weeks less than him, and the character of Emily for only about a fortnight less, so surely close enough to really be an 'original' character.
  4. Perhaps the level of adherence to mask wearing depends on where in the UK you look and how affected by Covid that area currently is, but here (Swindon) I'd say nobody wearing masks is unfortunately pretty true to current reality, so if I was still watching Eastenders it wouldn't seem particularly weird to me (I gave up on Eastenders to concentrate on Classic Corrie, but then switched again to the early years of Home and Away on Prime).
  5. I'm just going to add here that I wasn't originally convinced that there could have been a xmas day broadcast of H&A in 1989, so after trying youtube for Xmas 89 continuity clips from ITV, I sought out my original off-air recording of the film "The BFG" that immediately preceded it, which was due originally to start at 3:15, then at some point near Xmas this was changed to 3:10 (perhaps HM The Queen, on at 3, was short of material that year?). Unfortunately my dad, who made the recording for me in the first place (I was 6!) was, on that day, super efficient at starting and ending the recording with the first and last frames of the film's credits, and the three ad breaks, though he left them in, did not contain any continuity indicating what the schedule was that day, but at least I had a bit of a nostalgia fest re-watching a classic animated film. Having given up on finding some proof I then stumbled on this clip on youtube, which if paused quickly enough right at the end, reveals that indeed H&A was aired on Xmas Day 1989 at 4:55pm
  6. I will see what I can find for 1995 viewing figures, but by that point my source was only publishing a listing occasionally, and only including the highest viewed episode for any particular show that aired more than once in a week, so there's only limited information I can get. In terms of the researching of airdates, I've just tallied the airdates on the episodes section of this site with my spreadsheet compiled from weekly tv ratings, and this site says eps 138 and 139 both aired on 23rd August, with no ep on the 24th August, and eps 152 and 153 both aired on 12th September, with no ep on 13th September. BARB ratings data suggests five daily episodes those weeks as normal, although it could be a regional variation thing, since BARB would add together the regional viewing figures for the same episode, regardless of broadcast dates and times, as long they were all in the same broadcast week (Mon-Sun). I would guess the dates/times in the BARB data are for Thames, in which case it seems unlikely that another region went a day ahead temporarily, even if there was a good local reason for doing so.
  7. If it helps the researching of UK airdates I currently have access to tv ratings for at least the 1989-93/4 period. They're top 30 lists for each channel, so if less than five H&A's make it into the ITV top 30 then something unusual must have happened that week. Unfortunately some weeks are missing, and the show wasn't charting consistently enough for this method in the first four-ish months, but still it adds extra evidence to the research. I've already studied up to May 1991 so far, and a few irregularities have jumped out at me. Home and Away did not chart on Xmas Day Monday or Boxing Day Tuesday 1989 or News Year Day Monday 1990, so I had assumed that there were no episodes those days, messages in this thread suggest that may not be the case, but if there were episodes on any of those days then the viewing figures for such episodes would have to have dropped from the then average of 12-13m down to less than 8.44m for Xmas Day/Boxing Day, and less than 9.87m for New Years Day, as these were the figures for ITV's 30th highest ranked shows in those weeks. There is no charted episode for Monday 28th May 1990, which appears from other entries to be due to Telethon '90, but it isn't clear if there was no episode, or if they just aired the show within the Telethon and therefore didn't get separate viewing figures for it on that occasion. There is also no charted episode for Friday 8th June 1990, which seems to be due to World Cup Italia '90 (which aired that day on ITV from 16:00), though there could still have been one or both airings at earlier times, but, if so, they would have to have got less than 7.55m combined. Thursday 22nd November 1990 also sees no charted episode, which appears to be due to the resignation of one Margaret T of Westminster that day, so I'm guessing it was bumped for an ITN special or some such. I don't have xmas week 1990 unfortunately, but the following week it definitely aired on New Years Eve Monday, but no charted episode appears for New Years Day Tues, which in a week when episodes on the other four days that week got between 12 and 14.66m, would require an audience of less than 9.68m if it did air, so it looks likely to me that there was no episode that day. Most of the data I have includes the broadcast times for charting episodes, presumably for Thames/LWT, if that would be of any additional help.
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