Early episodes

Jay

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Just watching the older episodes and notice that Ivy and Nora shout a heck of a lot. Ivy screaming a lot of the time too. Even Compo shouting in the episode when they go to Wales. Wouldn't say overacting but quite close to it

I've just seen the episode with the giant carrot and the guy driving the green car mounts the pavement, the extras look like normal people and seemed genuinely shunned by it. Can you imagine that with health and safety today? Haha
 

Peripheral

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Just watching the older episodes and notice that Ivy and Nora shout a heck of a lot. Ivy screaming a lot of the time too. Even Compo shouting in the episode when they go to Wales. Wouldn't say overacting but quite close to it

I've just seen the episode with the giant carrot and the guy driving the green car mounts the pavement, the extras look like normal people and seemed genuinely shunned by it. Can you imagine that with health and safety today? Haha
You are right Jay, there was too much shouting, particularly from Compo. The character was great but at times a little OTT. :25:
 

maltrab

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Just watching the older episodes and notice that Ivy and Nora shout a heck of a lot. Ivy screaming a lot of the time too. Even Compo shouting in the episode when they go to Wales. Wouldn't say overacting but quite close to it

I've just seen the episode with the giant carrot and the guy driving the green car mounts the pavement, the extras look like normal people and seemed genuinely shunned by it. Can you imagine that with health and safety today? Haha
I wonder if it was harder to capture the audio those days, plus many of these actors were used to stage work, where they had to be loud to be heard
 

Barrychuckle

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That's a very good call Jay, I remember watching the early episodes as a young teenager and being turned off for that very reason. I think Terry hit the nail on the head, they were probably used to projecting their voices in the theatre.
 

Peripheral

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It seems that quite a few members are of the same re-action to the extra loud voices. One of the characters didn't shout and was so dry and subtle with some of his comments. He was a joy to watch. I am talking about Syd from the cafe. Such a pity he was lost because of cancer. As for the others who did come across rather loud it must be said that the the scene did require a strong voice but not with such volume. The takes are checked many times in an effort to get things right. It is the duty of the directors to use their judgement to smooth things out. I did find it rather irritating in some of the episodes but the enjoyment of the programme did override that. Excuse me a minute, I'm suddenly feeling cold.

"VICTORIA, WILL YOU SHUT THAT DOOR. THERE'S A HELL OF A DRAFT IN HERE.":mad:
"YEAH, AND IT'S COMING FROM YOUR MOUTH.":eek2:
I rest my case.
 

captain clutterbuck

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Dame Thora Hird as Edie has the most contradictory and adaptable voice .When is in upper class "Waslay" mode she is very softly spoken but when he doesn't come running and she switches to " good ol northern ' patois it's loud enough to strip paint, as demonstrated whenever Wesley is in his shed , which from Terry's excellent map, is at least half a mile from their house. :)
 

Barrychuckle

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Dame Thora Hird as Edie has the most contradictory and adaptable voice .When is in upper class "Waslay" mode she is very softly spoken but when he doesn't come running and she switches to " good ol northern ' patois it's loud enough to strip paint, as demonstrated whenever Wesley is in his shed , which from Terry's excellent map, is at least half a mile from their house. :)
I always found Foggy to be a wonderful contrast to all the shouting, he was gentle in his delivery and I cannot really remember when he raised his voice. Although in fairness he did speak absolute rhubarb much of the time!
 

Peripheral

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Dame Thora Hird as Edie has the most contradictory and adaptable voice .When is in upper class "Waslay" mode she is very softly spoken but when he doesn't come running and she switches to " good ol northern ' patois it's loud enough to strip paint, as demonstrated whenever Wesley is in his shed , which from Terry's excellent map, is at least half a mile from their house. :)
Each time I saw it the distance twixt house and garage was about 200 - 250 yards. I did have my reading glasses on though. :cool:
 
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RickAns

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It is not just with this show that sometimes the actors seem like they are shouting. On the Buses for instance, Reg Varney seems to have his volume stuck on high as well as some of the others there. Also the young blonde lady in Liver Birds seems to have some volume on her. A lot of shouting in The Young Ones but that is to be expected for it's style. Had a few more examples but have forgotten them at the moment.

I had wondered about the stage work idea and they had to project their voices to be heard in the back seats. Would think the sound guys would bring up the loudness issue with the director /producer after the first few takes or sound checks.

Does not bother me now. Just something I noticed as well on the first introduction to the shows. Figured those people or their characters were a bit louder normally than others.
 

captain clutterbuck

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Society as a whole in the UK is louder than I remember and boy does it bother me . I put it down to two things really loud music in pubs where people shout at each other in a bid to be heard and people now see it as the norm regardless of their location.

The second is the huge increase in the me me me generation and self promotion of " oneself" . People have developed this self importance streak and raise their voice to make sure they are heard and impose their thoughts on everyone.:mad:
 

imitation700mb

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Dame Thora Hird as Edie has the most contradictory and adaptable voice .When is in upper class "Waslay" mode she is very softly spoken but when he doesn't come running and she switches to " good ol northern ' patois it's loud enough to strip paint, as demonstrated whenever Wesley is in his shed , which from Terry's excellent map, is at least half a mile from their house. :)
But when Edie is shouting to Wesley from their back door, it's as if the shed it only in the back yard. Plus the time it takes Wesley to actually come to the door.
 

captain clutterbuck

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Any chance they were delivered to you by Sainsbury's Peri? Little known but they are subsidiary company of Strigiformes, which is the Sunday name for owls and birds of prey , all of which dovetails nicely with delivering a Twix To You :08: :fp:
 

Jay

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I was watching it yesterday and foggy went to pick up a flag from a railway station. The guy who played Seth from Emmerdale was behind the counter.
Having only seen Maggie Ollerenshaw playing old characters have to say she was very attractive back in the day
Anyone know what station they used for that episode?
 

RickAns

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I believe that station is over there NE of Holmsfirth in / near Brockholes, just north of Thongsbridge.

I'm a fan of Maggie as well. First time I saw her was in the Lovejoy series.
 
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