I had never heard of this series written by Jimmy Perry but noticed there's a rerun on radio four extra this week in its four week run. I'll likely wait till all four episodes have been broadcast then I'll download them. There's a good article regarding the series in case you haven't read it - link below.
Post by Alan Hayes on Mar 31, 2019 13:00:13 GMT 12
Where that piece suggests a transfer to television, I'd guess that being set in the 1920s in identifiable surroundings (Broadcasting House or similar) would have made it expensive. You Rang M'Lord had the benefit of being in suburbia, whereas London Calling would have been slap bang in London's West End.
You couldn't film London Calling in 'Croft's Norfolk'!
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Post by Dave Homewood on Mar 31, 2019 19:45:23 GMT 12
You Rang M'Lord was not cheap to film, the antiques alone in the house were worth a fortune. That is what put the kibosh on future series, not because the ratings were flagging, far from it, but the BBC bean counters decided they could only afford to fund one big budget 1920's show rather than two, and House of Elliott won the battle.
Post by Alan Hayes on Mar 31, 2019 20:15:28 GMT 12
And more's the pity that House of Elliott won. Must admit that potboiler didn't boil my pot at all.
I take your point re. You Rang M'Lord, but what I was trying to get across - and only partially succeeded - is that the central London setting would have made it tough to achieve on a budget (and easier to be convincing in leafy suburbia than in the bustling West End).
(Though of course I realise that from Series 2 (?) of YRML the house location was at BBC Elstree, an elaborate exterior set.)