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INTRODUCE YOURSELF / Re: New Member
« on: April 16, 2012, 03:39:10 pm »
Good idea!!!

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INTRODUCE YOURSELF / Re: iIlove heartbeat
« on: April 16, 2012, 03:38:14 pm »
Its a beautiful place to visit isnt it? I have been twice to Goathland aka Aiidensfield... I fell in love with Whitby too, such a lovely place!!

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Good to hear!

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Heartbeat and the 60’s   Even though I was born in the early 60’s, I don’t have alot of recollection growing up in that era yet I have always had a fascinationof the 60’s primarily because of the music.  It is no wonder then why I have been a fan ofthe U.K.television program called Heartbeat.  Infact, the show’s theme song is a Buddy Holly tune though sung by NickBerry who happens to be one of the show’s early leading characters.  Whether you missed the 60’s or not, thesounds of Dusty Springfield, Donavan, The Animals and Sandi Shaw were sure tomake you feel nostalgic.  From theopening scene, you can’t help but be put in a good mood as the sounds ofthe 60’s just seem to come alive.  Nextthing that always struck me was the many scenes of beautiful Englishcountryside and that coupled with the nostalgic music provided such a perfectblend in creating a 60’s feel.  Thoughthe 60’s may have been described as “swinging”, they wereanything but in Yorkshire where life wassimpler.  To many, Yorkshirewas a drab, dreary, cold, miserable place, kind of like the life of a coalminer.  If you want to get a feel of whatlife was really like, I suggest you look at the photos of photographer JohnBulmer, the man who captured the North of England’s true colours.  His work has been featured at the National CoalMining Museumin Wakefield in West Yorkshire.  Another strong feature of the show is thedisplay of old British cars and some classic ones. Who could forgetGina’s arrival in Aidensfield driving a mini and come to think of it, whocould forget her wearing a mini.  One ofmy favorite scenes was a recent episode where David spots an Americancaddy.  He thought that was the mostbeautiful car he’d ever seen.  Forall the show had to offer, the greatest appeal was its characters and superbacting.  There have been many belovedcharacters that have come and gone in 18 seasons.  Though the early episodes centered on Nickand Kate’s relationship, it was the appeal of that loveable rogueGreengrass and Sergeant Blaketon’s many attempts to catch that slipperysnake that hooked me.  The performance ofBlaketon is brilliantly portrayed by Derek Fowlds. He plays the good Sergeantthe way it should be, a no-nonsense by the book sort of way.  Greengrass reminded me so much of a real lifecharacter from my childhood.   While growing up in a small Canadian town in Southern Ontario, we had our own Greengrass only he wasknown to all as “Pete The Puffer” because he liked hisciggies.  He was dressed rather shabbilyalways bumming off smokes, looking for a free meal, cleaning windows andbasically doing any odd job he could find.   Heartbeat’s characters have neverfailed to connect with its audience, to create an emotion, a mood or bond withthe viewer.  That to me makes the show sospecial along with the fact it’s one of the few good family-friendlydramas.  So after 18 seasons, it is timeto say good-bye.  The show over the yearshas lost viewer share for various reasons such as the changes of cast and lessthan stellar writing.  However, one ofthe main reasons for dwindling ratings is due to the fact that today unlike in1992 when the show began, there are more TV channels and choice of shows thanever before and we have seen a change in viewing habits as the world seems tohave gone mad with all these reality shows. Still, as the final episodes are airing in the U.K., Heartbeatcontinues to maintain a strong viewership and loyal following.  It goes to show there is still a market forthis type of family-friendly, feel-good show. Too bad the TV executives at ITV don’t think so.

This was written by Mike, a huge fan of the Sixities and Heartbeat... thanks Mike!

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HEARTBEAT NEWS / Re: HEARTBEAT GALLERY- POST YOUR PICS HERE!
« on: April 15, 2012, 04:24:20 pm »
 :D :D

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ITV'S THE ROYAL / Re: THE ROYAL GALLERY- POST YOUR PICS HERE!
« on: April 15, 2012, 06:33:37 am »
 :D

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ITV'S THE ROYAL / Re: THE ROYAL GALLERY- POST YOUR PICS HERE!
« on: April 15, 2012, 06:32:51 am »
 :)

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ITV'S THE ROYAL / THE ROYAL GALLERY- POST YOUR PICS HERE!
« on: April 15, 2012, 06:31:55 am »
Post all your photos relating to The Royal here. Please remember to shrink the pics down! Enjoy!

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HEARTBEAT NEWS / TRICIA STRIPS OFF!!!
« on: April 15, 2012, 12:09:03 am »
http://www.digitalspy.com.au/showbiz/news/a375692/tricia-penrose-strips-off-im-learning-to-love-my-curves.html

"When you find out your mum has advanced lung cancer, it puts everything into perspective," Penrose said. "Me and mum are so close, we're more like sisters. She's always told me I look gorgeous at any size and hated me dieting.


Tricia Penrose has said that she gave up on dieting when her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer.

The former Heartbeat actress told Closer magazine that she is "learning to love my curves" as she stripped off for a photoshoot

"When she was diagnosed in July 2010, I vowed never to diet again. It made me realise that life's too short to be constantly calorie counting."

The mother-of-two, who now weighs 10st 5lbs, continued: "I've been every size from an 8 to a 16 when I was pregnant, but I no longer care if I'm a bit bigger. I'm learning to love my curves. They're sexy! I get more compliments now than I did when I was skinny."

Penrose, who released a fitness DVD in 2007, said that she is relieved "not to worry if I've put on a pound", adding: "You can't live a full life that way."

The full interview appears in the new issue of Closer, out now.

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HEARTBEAT LINKS / Heartbeat Fan Site.
« on: April 14, 2012, 08:57:41 pm »

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HEARTBEAT CHARACTERS / Deefer Dog.
« on: April 14, 2012, 08:56:09 pm »
Deefer (from "D for dog") (2005/2006–2010). David Stockwell's dog; lives with David and his Aunt Peggy. She was introduced into the series after the death of David's previous dog Alfred (originally owned by Claude Greengrass).

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HEARTBEAT CHARACTERS / Alfred.
« on: April 14, 2012, 08:55:21 pm »
Alfred (1992–2005). A Lurcher dog, originally belonging to Claude Greengrass and inherited by David Stockwell when Greengrass left the series. He became David's constant companion and appeared in numerous episodes. In Christmas episodes he was traditionally dressed up like a tiny reindeer, with fake antlers. After a long and happy life, Alfred finally died of heart failure in episode 15.6 ("The End Of The Road") first broadcast on 30 October 2005.
 Andy Abrahams as unnamed local magistrate (1992–2003).

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HEARTBEAT CHARACTERS / Lord Ashfordly.
« on: April 14, 2012, 08:53:51 pm »
Lord Ashfordly (1992–2010). Minor aristocrat. A "get off my land" character, his seat is Ashfordly Hall, an old country house surrounded by a large estate. He complains on occasion about a lack of funds despite being able to employ numerous maids, housekeepers, gamekeepers, gardeners, chauffeurs etc. His first name is Charles and he appears to be a bachelor, though he has at least one son called Rupert (played by Marc Warren, who appeared in one early episode as an arrogant young toff). He also has a sister called Patricia ("Patty") who has appeared a few times, and in episode 12.9 ("Many Splendoured Thing"), he "married" a woman who turned out to already have a husband as well as a criminal past. His valuable assets have made him something of a magnet for local crime down the years and incidents involving poachings or burglaries on his estate have become one of the show's more clichéd storylines. One of his most amusing incidents was when he was sold some magic mushrooms and ran around Aidensfield with a shotgun.

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HEARTBEAT CHARACTERS / Jackie Bradley.
« on: April 14, 2012, 08:53:03 pm »
Jacqueline "Jackie" Rosemary Bradley (née Lambert) (1998–2001). Smart, hard-working and successful solicitor, often acting on behalf of individuals under arrest. She met PC Mike Bradley through her work, and they married, rather in haste. Jackie always seemed slightly ambiguous about the relationship, and she felt "suffocated" in the isolated rural community. Conflicts of interest also arose from her position defending criminals arrested by her husband. She later started an affair with one of her clients, whom she had known only a matter of weeks. Following this, she and Mike Bradley divorced and she left the series.

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HEARTBEAT CHARACTERS / Jo Rowan.
« on: April 14, 2012, 08:52:16 pm »
Joanna "Jo" Rowan (née Weston) (1995–1997). Teacher at Aidensfield Primary School. Nick Rowan met her a while after the death of his wife Kate. Although he was still recovering from the sudden loss of Kate, the pair struck up a friendship which led to romance. They eventually got married, and shortly afterwards left the series to go to Canada where she continued her career as a teacher.

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