Ron Backhouse.

maltrab

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#4
Oh that is sad news, he was a nice chap, once we went at lunchtime to the white horse and he noticed we were fans,so he dug out some video he had taken while they were filming at the pub, several years later I was wandering though Huddersfield market, and low and behold he was running a market stall, he had moved on from the pub as his wife had been ill and she found the hours were to much for her, we had a long chat and he dug out some pictures he had from filming and let me have them
 
#6
One of the unsung but vital members of the cast per say. Although unaccredited he is fondly remembered by fans of the show for the scenes in the iconic White Horse pub . I think he grabbed his fifteen minutes of fame with two hands and clearly from the personal experiences of Terry and HJ was a very likeable and personable gent . Another link to the show sadly passes away .
 

Sarkus

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#7
Sad news. I always liked the idea that they let him play himself on the show.

One of the things I like to do is try and figure out which pub scenes are studio and which were actual location filming. In the later years it’s often hard to tell.
 

me2

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#8
One of the unsung but vital members of the cast per say. Although unaccredited he is fondly remembered by fans of the show for the scenes in the iconic White Horse pub .
Actually, Captain, he was credited for his appearances.
Here's a complete list of all ten episodes where he appeared.
Landlord Ron Backhouse
- Enter the Hawk (2001) ... Landlord
- Beware the Vanilla Slice (1999) ... Landlord
- Optimism in the Housing Market (1999) ... Landlord
- What Happened to Barry's Nose? (1999) ... Landlord
- How Errol Flynn Discovered the Secret Scar of Nora Batty (1999) ... Landlord
- Destiny and Six Bananas (1997) ... Landlord
- The Love Mobile (1997) ... Landlord
- The Suit That Turned Left (1995) ... Landlord
- The Sweet Smell of Excess (1995) ... Landlord
- Once in a Moonlit Junkyard (1995) ... Landlord
 
#9
My apologies for the oversight, I am not one for checking the closing titles when shows are broadcast and assumed he would not have been named in the cast list but clearly he was .
 

me2

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#10
My apologies for the oversight, I am not one for checking the closing titles when shows are broadcast and assumed he would not have been named in the cast list but clearly he was .
I didn't mean it as a criticism, but just thought you'd like to know he was recognized. I only found out when someone asked me the name of the episode where Billy Hardcastle shot the arrow into the electric box.
 
#11
I didn't mean it as a criticism, but just thought you'd like to know he was recognized. I only found out when someone asked me the name of the episode where Billy Hardcastle shot the arrow into the electric box.
I know there was no criticism , me2 , I was pleased that you clarified the information . I just felt it was appropriate to apologise for my error given the context of the Thread .
 

wstol

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#12
Sad news about Ron.

I think he featured in a lot more episodes than those listed, in an 'uncredited' capacity.

I think he was in earlier episodes, in the 80s and early 90s as well.

If you look closely at the 1990 series, there were two interiors for The White Horse;-
1) The real interior, for filmed location work.
2) A studio scenery set, for the studio work.
 

Adrian Morris

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#13
Can you give us a clue about which set them apart?. I noticed that the interior of the White Horse changed in some episodes as the series went on but I thought that was just a natural progression of change in decoration.
 

wstol

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#14
Can you give us a clue about which set them apart?. I noticed that the interior of the White Horse changed in some episodes as the series went on but I thought that was just a natural progression of change in decoration.
The red wallpaper in the pub in Series 12 (1990) varies dramatically between studio work and location work.

In those days studio work was shot on videotape, location work shot on film - film has much more 'grainy' look about it.

The White Horse was redecorated for real a couple of years later.

It's since been refurbished again.
 

wstol

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#16
For example, in The Charity Balls we see the real interior of The White Horse.

In Das (Welly) Boot we see a fake interior of The White Horse.
 
#17
I understand to compensate for the ill health/age of some cast , particularly Peter Sallis and Frank Thornton that they were forced to build the interior and exterior of Cleggy's house on Hill Street but building replicas of other locations must really push the budget up for the show and get the bean counters at Auntie twitching .
 

Adrian Morris

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#18
I noticed on some episodes that the window of Clegg's door was covered by a small curtain. Also when the door was opened you could see a fake backdrop 'outside'. That indicated to me a studio set.
Come to think of it I know Clegg's door was a stable door but I can't remember whether it had a window in the top part of it. Maybe the window was in a one piece door that was put in later on?. Much like Nora's door changing over the series. I will have to watch a few more episodes to see if that is the case.
 

Sarkus

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#20
I understand to compensate for the ill health/age of some cast , particularly Peter Sallis and Frank Thornton that they were forced to build the interior and exterior of Cleggy's house on Hill Street but building replicas of other locations must really push the budget up for the show and get the bean counters at Auntie twitching .
Someone previously quoted Alan Bell as saying all the interiors used for Clegg's house were studio set filming. Same would be true of Compo's house. In his book Alan Bell said they used studio sets for the café in all but two cases. So I don't know what you mean here. As far as I've ever heard, the exterior's were always shot at the actual location of the houses used to for Clegg, Howard & Pearl, and later Hobbo. It is true that in the last two series Peter and Frank were only used in studio shots. In Series 30 they are always indoors. In Series 31 they appear to be outside a few times but those start as long shots with body doubles where the close-ups are pretty clearly green screen shots (in one Frank Thorrnton's hat is almost comically a bit too small).
 
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