Talking Pictures on their website claim they copy a lot of their material direct from film reels. I am wondering if they acquired 16mm prints of Catweazle and did a straight telecine transfer,which would explain the scratchy old film, obviously taken from a negative original which you can tell as dust and scratches tend to be mainly white and not black. Note no standard end of reel cue marks which would have been on broadcast positive prints.
One thing I would have liked is if they had held off showing them for a few months! They could then have run series 1 exactly 50 years from the first run by putting it on Sundays (OK episodes 1 and 2 would have been a day out with the leap year but the rest would have been exact!).
I found this forum from the repeats on Talking Pictures TV, my favourite satellite channel. I was only 1 when this series was first aired but I vaguely remember it from the pages of Look-In.
I thought the last episode rather bittersweet but overall enjoyed all 26 episodes. Great to see actors such as Neil McCarthy, Tony Selby, John Junkin, Peter Butterworth, Hattie Jacques (I could go on) featured too. I don't think anyone other than Geoffrey Bayldon could have portrayed Catweazle, he brought a certain warmth and naivety to the character.
I prefer series one to series two, principally as Carrot seemed kinder towards Catweazle but series two is very watchable too.
Glad that TPTV saw fit to repeat this endearing series.
I have it on good authority that Talking Pictures TV are to repeat the two series of Catweazle.
Hopefully a lot of kids that have never seen it before will tune in to see it.. So much better than some of the rubbish they spew out on children's TV.
Of course, Talking Pictures TV wouldn't be the first choice that kids would tune in to, if ever.. So we need the parents and grandparents to make this known to the little ones. I will be advertising the fact that it's on every week on me social media platforms and would encourage you to also.. Let's see if we can get a higher viewer rating than before..
The exact dates and times are to be announced and when they are I'll post it here..