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by groovy69
Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Star Trek- Original BBC transmissions
Replies: 65
Views: 8511

Re: Star Trek- Original BBC transmissions

Yes, isn't there a contemporary memo from someone reminding directors about the required length of the "black gap"? Not the length. but during the 1960s, directors were instructed to insert two fade-to-black points in each episode to "facilitate Television Enterprises" (i.e. to allow for advert bre...
by groovy69
Sun Sep 11, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Star Trek- Original BBC transmissions
Replies: 65
Views: 8511

Re: Star Trek- Original BBC transmissions

Strange about editing out fades to black as I have read that B&W Dr Who episodes had fades to black in them so when sold to countries with commercial TV they could fit in advert breaks. The fades to black in 1960s Doctor Who episodes would be down to the studio recording blocks and cut editing tech...
by groovy69
Sun Sep 11, 2016 8:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Star Trek- Original BBC transmissions
Replies: 65
Views: 8511

Re: Star Trek- Original BBC transmissions

I don't remember the original films being 35mm. I worked in the dubbing projection area at TVC during 1968 and just round the corner were preview theatres. I saw a couple of the first series when they were being shown there and they weren't on 35mm. Also, sometime during the 70's, my old school wan...
by groovy69
Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Star Trek- Original BBC transmissions
Replies: 65
Views: 8511

Re: Star Trek- Original BBC transmissions

The 35mm film prints of Star Trek were indeed physically edited to place the title sequence first. From memory, they were also edited to remove the fades to black at the commercial break points if possible. I think the policy was to make US programming appear more like home grown product in terms of...
by groovy69
Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV: Channel 9?
Replies: 26
Views: 2762

Re: ITV: Channel 9?

It might be the VHF band for the channel at that time.
by groovy69
Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:07 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: On The Buses
Replies: 2
Views: 799

Re: On The Buses

Generally, series 1 was recorded three days before the episode broadcast. So for example, No.6 "The canteen" was recorded Tuesday 1st April (Studio 5A) and was broadcast 3 days later on the Friday.

As far as I can tell all episodes are 625 line.
by groovy69
Fri Jun 17, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Remastered Bond etc into HD
Replies: 16
Views: 1933

Re: Remastered Bond etc into HD

My assessment of the Bond blu-rays (up to 1985) is below and unfortunately the look/grade of some of the HD masters is not as good as the equivalent DVD version (Ultimate editions) - resolution aside. Dr. No - same transfer From Russia With Love - same transfer Goldfinger - same transfer Thunderball...
by groovy69
Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Six hours of colour Zoo Quest rushes found
Replies: 34
Views: 3567

Re: Six hours of colour Zoo Quest rushes found

No soundtrack. I think this was pretty much of the era where if they could get away with shooting mute and later lay sound effects, possibly location recorded, then add narration to finish off then it made things a lot easier.
by groovy69
Fri Apr 22, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Six hours of colour Zoo Quest rushes found
Replies: 34
Views: 3567

Re: Six hours of colour Zoo Quest rushes found

I had the pleasure of transferring some of the film reels of this and at one point I went to the bbc.co.uk archive page where the original programmes can be viewed. I managed to find the episode that related to the rushes I was transferring at that moment so I was able to compare the pushed-in and m...
by groovy69
Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Bluey finally out in the UK all 39 episodes.
Replies: 19
Views: 2737

Re: Bluey finally out in the UK all 39 episodes.

I wonder what the quality of their 16mm filmed productions will be like. Bog standard old video masters stuck onto disc or decent newer transfers?
by groovy69
Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Frank Finlay; actor
Replies: 6
Views: 1214

Re: Frank Finlay; actor

Very sad to hear this. He was absolutely superb in the 1967 BBC TV version of Les Miserables, but then he was brilliant in every part he played.

What an unbelievable January this has been.
by groovy69
Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:20 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: SPACE 1999 YEAR 2 BLURAY - ON THE WAY?
Replies: 69
Views: 7307

Re: SPACE 1999 YEAR 2 BLURAY - ON THE WAY?

With some of the comments made in this thread, is it at all surprising how long other ITC series are taking to get the blu-ray treatment?
by groovy69
Sat Sep 05, 2015 8:31 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Journey To The Far Side of The Sun Blu Ray + "Doppelganger"
Replies: 29
Views: 3644

Re: Journey To The Far Side of The Sun Blu Ray + "Doppelgang

Mine's arrived and I've had a quick gander at the contents. One slight gripe is that it's been zoomed-in. I was under the impression that the existing 'Doppelganger' prints were 4:3 so it's a shame we've been presented with something that has been made to look MORE like 'JTTFSOTS' when retaining th...
by groovy69
Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Make 'Em Laugh: The Complete Series [Network]
Replies: 4
Views: 780

Re: PR: Make 'Em Laugh: The Complete Series [Network]

David Boothroyd wrote:Is this the Mark Curry presented show from BBC Childrens in the early 1980s?
No. I think that was about the silent movie era comedies with stars like Harold Lloyd.
by groovy69
Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:48 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Residual Rights in British Television
Replies: 75
Views: 6638

Re: Residual Rights in British Television

Interesting chat folks... a good read.
by groovy69
Fri Mar 27, 2015 4:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Avengers - To be repeated
Replies: 90
Views: 11453

Re: The Avengers - To be repeated

Are people really watching these? Surely if anyone is a fan they'll have the DVDs by now, as whenever I have accidentally strayed onto this channel when they have been broadcasting an episode the picture quality is dire. I can see it's from the usual masters we are used to except that the image is a...
by groovy69
Fri Mar 13, 2015 8:09 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Lost In Space on Blu Ray
Replies: 48
Views: 4928

Re: Lost In Space on Blu Ray

Synthesis Entertainment, who carried out the HD restoration of Lost In Space, put some work-in-progress comparison footage on YouTube in late 2013. There are sections where they demonstrate how the OAR can be reframed as 1.78:1 - see here: Lost In Space HD Restoration Interesting comparison, thanks...
by groovy69
Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: The Organization: The Complete Series [Network]
Replies: 32
Views: 3891

Re: PR: The Organization: The Complete Series [Network]

Excellent! I remember enjoying the Channel 4 showing of this in the 80s.
by groovy69
Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Goodies (TX 31.5.14)
Replies: 53
Views: 6390

Re: The Goodies (TX 31.5.14)

An image seen from the time of the initial DVD release...

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by groovy69
Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:17 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: Randall and Hopkirk: Original Soundtrack Selections
Replies: 3
Views: 589

Re: PR: Randall and Hopkirk: Original Soundtrack Selections

Wow, sorely tempted! The version of the theme tune which has always been used on compilation albums has always been lousy...) Except for "The Music of ITC" Network CD release though which is the original version and nice quality. Lovely to see some of music from these classic shows making it to vin...
by groovy69
Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:07 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: PR: The Best Pair of Legs in the Business [Network]
Replies: 10
Views: 1625

Re: PR: The Best Pair of Legs in the Business [Network]

Anyone expecting On the Buses is going to be highly disappointed with this film. If, however, you approach it as a Play for Today then you'll be surprised at how effective and powerful both Varney and Diana Coupland's performances are. Certainly made me rethink him as just a low-rent gagster. This ...
by groovy69
Fri May 10, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Sweeney Blu-Ray: Ringer
Replies: 6
Views: 1095

Re: Sweeney Blu-Ray: Ringer

From the sleeve notes inside the case... About The Transfer: All episodes of The Sweeney have been newly transferred, graded and painstakingly restored in High Definition from the original 16mm A/B negatives with the exception of Ringer where the negative was not available and the best alternative f...
by groovy69
Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:03 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]
Replies: 73
Views: 8050

Re: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]

I think we all know what day it is.
by groovy69
Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:47 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: And so, goodbye TC
Replies: 47
Views: 6323

Re: And so, goodbye TC

I still can't quite believe that after 25 years of working at TVC, after today my ID will no longer get me in the building... Oh well, I have to count myself lucky that I was there all that time and that I started just at the tail end of the old style Beeb, with VT in the basement, Telecine on the 2...
by groovy69
Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Norman Collier (1925-2013)
Replies: 4
Views: 916

Re: Norman Collier (1925-2013)

He always came across as a genuinely nice chap. The faulty mic act is a classic.
by groovy69
Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Invisible Man (1975) On Bluray
Replies: 10
Views: 1376

Re: The Invisible Man (1975) On Bluray

Finally we have the whole series in HD and of surprisingly good quality despite it all being on one disc. Are we sure these are not SD video files on a blu-ray disc? I thought I'd read somewhere that someone checked the resolution of the files contained therein and there were indeed SD. The fact th...
by groovy69
Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:59 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]
Replies: 73
Views: 8050

Re: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]

Richardm wrote:I'll watch Goodbye with interest and I hope, not irritation!
For some reason I can't quite put my finger on, I feel I will be highly irritated by this programme so I doubt I'm actually going to watch it.
by groovy69
Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Timeslip in colour??
Replies: 42
Views: 5132

Re: Timeslip in colour??

As none of the other tele-recordings of similar shows of this period, Escape in the Night, The Jenson Code, Tightrope etc, have any chroma subcarrier I'd say it's highly unlikely that Timeslip does. Also, weren't some of the videotape masters monochrome anyway for this series?
by groovy69
Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:49 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: New Scotland Yard: The Complete Series 2 [Network]
Replies: 2
Views: 709

Re: PR: New Scotland Yard: The Complete Series 2 [Network]

I must say I found the first series of NSY to be first class viewing. Good stories, well scripted and above all well acted. Both leads were very good indeed, particularly John Woodvine.
by groovy69
Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:49 am
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: Avatar Size
Replies: 18
Views: 2473

Re: Avatar Size

I see they're on the right now :-) (Just checking if it works)