How is TV Cream Towers like the Queen? One, Dr Who has got our phone number. And two, there’s now a TV Cream channel on YouTube!
Thrill to archive continuity junctions. Swoon to historical commercial breaks. Experience Proustian rushes of joy as Frank Bough relates an icy near-miss en route to Lime Grove (in the words of Selina, “Oh heavens!”).
There’s also a fantastic clip of an ITV scheduling meeting, with Andy Allen smoking away and referring to “Dallas and Love Boat”, John Birt behind a mountain of paperwork, Mike Scott waving his arms all over the place, and a rather pompous bit of commentary brilliantly summing up the notion of ITV’s The Practice being broadcast up against Wogan on BBC1 as “sex against chat” that makes the whole thing sound like it’s part of a schools programme.
Of course, none of the clips are TVC’s, but – like the Queen – they do kind of belong to the nation.