6th July 2006
4th June 2006
I never dreamed when I started this website that it would bring together so many people, lead me to meet a lot of the people involved in One Summer, and ultimately the production a great DVD. None of that would have happened but for the tremendous support from visitors to the site, and other fans of 'One Summer'.
Now that that's done I feel that the project has come to a natural conclusion for me, and I'm happy to leave the site as it is. Of course if you have something to say, or just want to have a chat feel free to email, post on the guestbook etc etc!
And you can also visit me at my latest internet venture! www.tv83.net/photographicmemories
10th February 2006
The time: Thursday the 23rd February at 8.00pm (UK time*)
The place: http://www.chatzy.com/552544974276 (password: billy).
Put it in your diaries!
*that's 3.00pm (New York), 7.00am Friday (Sydney)
23rd January 2006
My copy arrived on the doorstep this afternoon, but I won't comment yet, so not to make everyone else jealous! (And besides, I haven't had time to watch it yet...)
In other unrelated matters, I decided it was probably time to retire the 'New Year' cheer, so the front page picture has gone back to normal. 2005's Christmas pic by David B is archived here. (Inspired as always)
22th December 2005
The release date for the DVD has been delayed a week and is now due on the 23rd January. (Small price to pay for all those extras!)
17th December 2005
And here is a snapshop of 'the boys' taking a break from recording commentaries for the DVD yesterday:
4th November 2005
2nd November 2005
24th August 2005
13th August 2005
5th August 2005
15th May 2005
Especially exciting was the lovely email I received from Terry Meadowcroft (sound assistant/boom) and an offer to revisit the location where Kidder's house was filmed. What followed was some wonderful emails, each containing a new delight in the form of how 'Kidder's house' looks today, as well as some photos prior to the filming that the owners of the property kindly offered him. There are still some photos to come of the filming. A really huge thank you to Terry, and the Liddle family! Terry, like everyone I've spoken to involved in the production, expressed a great love of the production. The new photos of Kidder's house are now on the locations page. More to come!!
14th April 2005
This news is tremendous. I would like to extend my thanks to Willy Russell for his efforts in this, and to Paul at willyrussell.com. Also to all the fans who have made their voices heard over the last two years! I will post more news as it arrives.
18th December 2004
11th December 2004
Firstly - the collection of photos David Morrissey gave me when I met with him in September. These include - the missing page from Kidders picture book is now in it's rightful place. Also, a few interesting new images. The original mugshot of Billy used in the scene when the Liverpool cop meets the Welsh cop, and a few publicity photos here and here. These will all been added to the slideshow on the pictures page soon.
Additionally there are a lot of new press articles in the Press Clippings section, most of which I gathered from the Liverpool City Library, though there's also a new one in there that Spencer Leigh gave me a while ago that I temporarily forgot about! They are fascinating reading.
Finally, I visited a couple of the location where One Summer was shot around Bala while I was staying in Wales, and have also been sent quite a number of photos of other shooting locations lately (particular thanks to Howard there) so have created a whole new section for us complete sad-cases specially dedicated to this aspect. I'm still working on this section, so come back in another or so week and I should have finished it off.
In order to make room for the Locations section on the menu I've merged together Cast & Crew.
These updates have been a bit messy, so do please let me know if you notice any broken links!
5th December 2004
17th November 2004
25th September 2004
I have just realised that the photo slide show has been broken since I changed servers several months ago. It's fixed now - please let me know if you find any other broken links.
11th September 2004
29th August 2004
Llangynog - The New Inn (scene of tractor chase) ( as it was )
Will post more when I get the chance. Many thanks to all the helpful locals who were more than keen to point out spots and reminisce about the filming.
25th May 2004
sent me an email last week asking me to confirm if this
was 'Icky's House'. And indeed it is! It has had a lick of paint and
some glass fitted since the filming though! I for one certainly had
no idea it was a bus shelter. For those that don't remember it - here
is the scene in question - 3mb
(right click & save) Does anyone else have interesting photos
of One Summer shooting locations? Please send them in!
Also added a section to the info page here for other viewing recommendations - based on the input of visitors to the site, and previous chat discussions. I haven't seen all of these myself so discretion is advised. If you have copies of any of those listed as unavailable I'd be interested in hearing from you.
"Settle down in front of the box and browse through the best and worst of British television. Comedies, children's shows, soaps, memorable dramas and award-winning documentaries, indeed over 650 programmes can be viewed free of charge in this unique gallery. "
PC: There is a great site dedicated to ONE SUMMER. The tv series seems to have left an indelible mark on those that watched it in the 80s, and those that have emailed the web-site are a little non-plussed by the glitch with its proposed release last year. I know you have long-term plans for ONE SUMMER - How are things progressing?
WR: I don't really want to go into any kind of detail at this stage. I do think the 'One Summer' site is excellent (even when it's slagging me off!) And I'm glad that the series was so meaningful for so many.
Not a lot to go on - still at least it's recognition we are out here! Hopefully we will hear more soon.
received the sad news that Ken Sharrock - who played the Liverpool cop
died last month. Liverpool
I've also added in the scan of the picture book (which Kidder gave the boys in episode 4) that Spencer kindly lent me - it is accessible from the 'images' page. There are a couple of other new pictures there too.
order to make room for the new content I've done a rejig of the menu.
There is now an 'interviews' tab and the email tab is gone. (my email
can be found at the top of the FAQ page) I've also made quite a few
changes to other pages - so have another look around and you might find
Thoughts, comments? Put them on the messageboard!
11th Dec 2003
Paul from the willyrussell.com site sent me a link to a fascinating interview excerpt with Willy Russell which he has just added to the site. Willy Russell talks about his experiences as a student teacher in Liverpool trying to get through to an uncontrollable class by telling them a story of two Liverpool boys that try to run away to Wales.... The life experiences and inspiration for Our Day Out and One Summer are very apparent.
Congratulations to Woollyback - a baby girl today!
Also - for these who have been waiting for the update on my interviews with Spencer Leigh - I am hoping to post them up soon, but am waiting until Spencer has some free time to go over some of the details with me. I am also hoping to be able to interview David Morrissey (and possibly Ian Hart) soon.
I will be sending out an email to the mailinglist soon.
Made some changes and additions to the FAQ page.
initially got involved through the director, Gordon Flemyng. I had various
talks with him, and started working on an idea for the theme. My relationship
with Gordon was such that he 90% left me to compose the score, and would
hear it when I had finished.
Webchat held using chatzy.com to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series.
a follow up letter to Granada and received a reply confirmed that the
DVD release with Network Video is still on track, and that is is likely
to be released sometime this year, though no exact release date as yet.
Various modifications to the site over the last couple of weeks. I can't resist experimenting, so have added a number of probably unnecessary bells and whistles. Most useful I think is the site search box which is now located at the bottom on the home page, and on the info page. It really does work extremely well to search across the site and is a lot more accurate and gives better results that Google or any of the search engines.
Bravenet the service provider I was using for both guestbook and Hit Counter went crazy last week and have redesigned all their services - hence I've ditched the hit counter part as it suddenly turned into large ugly box ads for their service. The guestbook is still ok though, and in fact looks a little nicer.
New header design with graphic of the Welsh hillside implemented.
Various updates to the site, including the addition of photo slideshows on the screenshots page, and for David Morrissey . Also playing around with an alternate home page. See here: http://www.members.optushome.com.au/one_summer/index2.htm
Please give me your feedback if you can't get the slideshows to work.
a follow up letter from Keith Richardson, who confirmed that Granada
are in the process of negotiating a DVD release. He included some publicity
material from the ITV broadcast. The colour flyer is included on
the images slideshow.
Daniel has set up a Google Group for the series, where you can discuss the show with other fans.
It is located here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/onesummer/
The latest news is that a fan of the show has received the most promising response yet from Granada about a possible DVD release of the series.
On the 16th of June this was the email that Dan received:
This follows several previous emails that mentioned that negotiations were occurring, but did not give any specifics. While it is early days yet, it is very encouraging to see that Granada are seriously pursuing this.
Updates to the website have been pretty erratic, but I've finally finished off the synopsis section, screenshots, and have added broadcast dates (if anyone has any further info for this let me know).
Over the last 6 months I've been making contact with a variety of people about the series, and I have received a couple of interesting letters in reply:
The 20th anniversary of the show is less than a month away (yes - I know we are all shuddering in disbelief). As it's obvious that the most appropriate thing - a DVD release - isn't going to happen any time really soon, what else can we do to mark the occasion?