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January 19, 2007

JAM turns 40

later this year. Any thoughts on how this should be marked - if money were no object?

I'll give my thoughts tomorrow...

17 Comments:

Anonymous Wednesday Keller said...

Open the BBC archives and allow people to buy every single season of JAM for a reasonable price.

Sell 'em through Audible/iTunes and they'd rack up a great deal of money.

Not least because the current JAM offerings are overpriced for what you get (~15+ USD for 2 hours? C'mon), whether you choose to buy the CD or download through Audible.

9:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here here! Sounds like a very sensible suggestion to me.

2:05 am  
Blogger fluteflute said...

Listen to BBC7. Every week they broadcast an old episode of JAM. And you can listen again on their website.

5:06 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they should do another hour long special, but this time try out the format that was utilized during 'One Minute Please', having six panelists on there. then you'd really have a good timecuz then there's literally no excuse for not getting everyone a chance to speak on something. let's see that ol' fool Parsons deal with SIX people on the panel.

7:03 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fluteflute, does BBC7 broadcast episodes from the '70s and '80s? The only episodes I've heard broadcast have been from the last fifteen years or so.

8:41 am  
Anonymous an said...

Yeah, I like the idea of having six panelists for an hour, but you could - just for a one off - have the six individually but have the scores done for two teams. How about old vs young? I'd go for Clement, Sheila Hancock and Tim Rice vs Paul, Tony Hawks and Graham Norton. Might make people unwilling to challenge their own 'side', but it might make an interesting diversion for a one-off.

10:01 am  
Anonymous Ian said...

re: comment above, and previous comments.

Stop with the Parsons bashing! He's not perfect, but he does his job extremely well. Look at it with a bit of analysis.

If the programme was thoroughly silly and featured rule-bending all the time, the structure would be lost and the show wouldn't work. If it was too rigid, it's be boring.

Getting the balance between allowing it to get silly but then pulling it back into the format must be very hard, and Nicholas does it very well indeed, IMHO.

10:04 am  
Blogger Dean said...

Yes BBC7 has run shows from the 70s and 80s.

I like the two suggestions so far. But more suggestions welcome!

10:20 am  
Anonymous Chelsey said...

I'd love to see a televised show to celebrate 40 years, I've never had the chance to watch one.

A whole series worth would be great, then released as a DVD/CD. Doubtful, but still =]

I really like the idea of releasing them on iTunes or another music site. Luckily I have a lot of episodes to keep my iPod happy, but there's still a lot more to get.

11:55 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there somewhere online where an archive of episodes can be downloaded for ipod use? One can hardly aspire to a collection as extensive as Dean's of course :)

2:33 pm  
Blogger fluteflute said...

Is it legal to offer a download location? I would be happy to upload my small collection to a central site but would we be allowed?

10:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good question. I would guess that any episodes that haven't been officially released would be fair game, but I have no basis for saying so. I would likewise be happy to make my collection available, all of which I downloaded from Demonoid.com.

2:36 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, I have an idea for a way in which anyone who would be interested could share or trade episodes, assuming doing so would be legal. Anyone interested can e-mail me at blackadder1@fastmail.us for more details. It would be great if anyone with substantial collections on their computers could join in as well.

11:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: ian comments

A friend of mine has told me that Nicholas has never been universally liked, and the fact is I'm surprised there isn't more Nicholas bashing.

this comes from the heart in the fact that in spite of what people say, I found it very difficult to give Nicholas the 'benefit of the doubt' because in spite of all his claims at being fair within the rules of the game, if you listen over the years you'll see that he ISN"T fair to the rules of the game, because half the time whenever he 'firmly' establishes one rule, he contradicts that very rule at the next recording or sometimes within the same episode, which in many cases proves to be unfair to certain panelists who have barely had a chance to say anything. or in the fact that instead of being fair to guests who are just as clever or even moreso than the regulars, he prefers to give the regulars free reign to commit murder and to get away with murder even if someone else had a correct challenge against that individual, and also in spite of what Nicholas has personally said about never being 'unkind' there have been several examples where he has blatantly screamed at both panelists and at the audience to 'shut up!' but above all that, what irks me is the fact that he tries to steal the other panelists' thunder by making it seem as though HE is responsible for all the comedy that's generated on the show, and he isn't. He keeps on talking about giving out good feed lines or cues or whatever, and in MY honest opinion, Nicholas Parsons couldn't feed lines to a dying cue card holder. the man can barely find a coherent sentence with two hands and a flashlight, and wouldn't know or understand comedy if it gave him a free lap dance.

1:48 am  
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