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by Bernie
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: EMI 2001 - a model
Replies: 6
Views: 497

Re: EMI 2001 - a model

Thank you!

I hope you're doing your bit for charity and buying one

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by Bernie
Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: EMI 2001 - a model
Replies: 6
Views: 497

Re: EMI 2001 - a model

Yellowtriumph see pm

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by Bernie
Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: EMI 2001 - a model
Replies: 6
Views: 497

EMI 2001 - a model

In December 2017 a colleague posted a "cut out a keep" paper model camera on the BBC Tech-ops mailing list. It wasn't meant to be any particular camera, or scale. I thought I might manage better, and some long time later, after much designing and redesigning, building and rebuilding, I've put the re...
by Bernie
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Forgotten Black TV Drama season at BFI Southbank - February
Replies: 11
Views: 644

Re: Forgotten Black TV Drama season at BFI Southbank - Febru

I'd quite like to see Athol Fugard's The Blood Knot from BBC2's Theatre 625, made in 1967 in TC1, sadly not included. Apparently it does still exist.

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by Bernie
Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Christmas tapes
Replies: 17
Views: 1063

Re: Christmas tapes

I think a good point was made too that they convey that sort of family / TV factory feel of Television Centre which can doubtless be somewhat romanticised by those of us who never worked there, but which does seem to have existed to some degree. It did indeed exist, though we didn't realise it at t...
by Bernie
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Christmas tapes
Replies: 17
Views: 1063

Re: Christmas tapes

As an aside you will delighted to know your re-edited BBC Presentation 'tape' has had a wide audience. Yes - it seems to have had far more of an impact than I expected. All I did was put together some old stuff for internal (sort of) consumption - mostly the people who were in it. We have a Pres ma...
by Bernie
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Christmas tapes
Replies: 17
Views: 1063

Re: Christmas tapes

The Mastermind out-take was my contribution B Oh, I didn't know you were a contestant, did you mess up? ;) Ho, ho. By the time Good King Memorex was being made, everyone was looking out for content. Stars like Noel Edmonds were saying "Merry Christmas VT" every time something went wrong. I had a ru...
by Bernie
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Christmas tapes
Replies: 17
Views: 1063

Re: Christmas tapes

The Mastermind out-take was my contribution

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by Bernie
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Hitchhikers" ( TV blu-ray/DVD)
Replies: 6
Views: 593

Re: "Hitchhikers" ( TV blu-ray/DVD)

Includes - Trailer for Radio Times The Radio Times magazine announced their first and only Hitchhiker cover article in this televised trailer for the second radio series, featuring a super-intelligent shade of the colour blue, plus unique narration by Peter Jones. "I made this" as they used to say. B
by Bernie
Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Dame Gillian Lynne
Replies: 2
Views: 193

Re: Dame Gillian Lynne

My tracker colleague Les Thorne and I were choreographed by her on Pickwick in TC8. We were swinging Ron Green on the Nike and she wanted us to do a particular move. One thing she didn't understand was a Nike arm has a lot more inertia than a human and didn't stop - not matter what - instantly. She ...
by Bernie
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Trailers
Replies: 63
Views: 3802

Re: Trailers

This Hitchhiker trail https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8z4JAenBPo ? That was me too, though I only have the edited clips (known as the Editec version) saved on VHS. I have a second one somewhere. A chap who makes DVDs added extra stuff to it - top and trail graphics and voiceover plus some lower thi...
by Bernie
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Trailers
Replies: 63
Views: 3802

Re: Trailers

If it's this one - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKImDXRiw5M that was me.

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by Bernie
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Trailers
Replies: 63
Views: 3802

Re: Trailers

I've probably said all this on this forum or the last..... We worked three weeks on and one week off (mostly). The off week Thursday was a planning day when we learned what was needed in our operational week. If one fancied filming and got the ok it was time to make phone calls. The next week was ca...
by Bernie
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Trailers
Replies: 63
Views: 3802

Re: Trailers

I assume the animations had to be included in the duration of the trail?...giving even less time to best promote the programme in question. Yes, but it was all part of the system and presumably still is. We generally allowed for a seven second animation - time enough for some music and Alan Dedicoa...
by Bernie
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Trailers
Replies: 63
Views: 3802

Re: Trailers

Not really. The same events happened every year, so the graphics department were working up ideas as soon as autumn was done. They would bring their ideas to promotions boss Pat Hubbard and he would normally shout at them, as was his wont. In this case I said - given that Brucie was returning with t...
by Bernie
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Trailers
Replies: 63
Views: 3802

Re: Trailers

Not mine. I moved up from cameraman to trainee assistant producer in autumn 77. We were trainees, but it didn't last long, and i had the job within weeks due to high staff turnover. I was network directing BBC2 and hadn't even been trained on it. Very scary. I did a number of Christmas promotion cam...
by Bernie
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Trailers
Replies: 63
Views: 3802

Re: Trailers

Yes, it looks like they zoomed in a bit to lose the VHS stuff
by Bernie
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Trailers
Replies: 63
Views: 3802

Re: Trailers

Yes! that's the one, very nicely done, is that Peter Bolgar announcing at the end? Presumably it was from off air then, as I only have the actual trail, no Peter Bolgar. Fascinating facts - John Braben was the voice over. His voice was supposed to cover the music edit in the middle, but the sound m...
by Bernie
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Trailers
Replies: 63
Views: 3802

Re: Trailers

Mark wrote:.... and I remember seeing an off-air for the Eurovision 81 final ( again, on Four's Eurovision history Doc).
Was it this one? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQvj7V5OrzM . One of mine. As far as I know it only existed on my VHS until I put it on YouTube

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by Bernie
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Trailers
Replies: 63
Views: 3802

Re: Trailers

Can you recall what your first Trail was, Bernie? Actually, after a bit of thought, I do. I had a short attachment a couple of years before the real one and I was given the first episode of Happy Ever After. It had to run 50" exactly. Specially filmed ones seem rare these days, They always were. It...
by Bernie
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Trailers
Replies: 63
Views: 3802

Re: Trailers

I spent fifteen years making BBC trails - a huge amount of time in Pres A and probably even more in VT. Maurice was ahead of me by a few years and i didn't meet him till an event at the BFI run by Ed Stradling a couple of years ago. Pic on the right in Pres A after it was refurbished in 1982 The bac...
by Bernie
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How Match of the Day was made - 1974
Replies: 5
Views: 585

Re: How Match of the Day was made - 1974

Doing cameras on Grandstand was endlessly boring. I'd go out at lunchtime and buy a copy of Playboy or similar - just for the articles you understand. You'd be on Frank, or captions - racing results or whatever, maybe later the football results voiced by Len the lip (see Bob's posts). Len would fini...
by Bernie
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Security vetting at the BBC
Replies: 8
Views: 903

Re: Security vetting at the BBC

I know that we were vetted before we could join TV Presentation - "The candidates were told only that "formalities" would be carried out before an appointment was made" - I remember that bit.

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by Bernie
Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1950s and 60s BBC Dickens
Replies: 20
Views: 1020

Re: 1950s and 60s BBC Dickens

Dombey and Son was indeed the last Sunday serial to be shown in B&W - in November and December 1969. (See Genome project) So this might explain why unedited tapes survived - but this raises a technical question. Was a different kind of tape used for colour recording? Or maybe they just decided to u...
by Bernie
Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC Training film
Replies: 4
Views: 667

Re: BBC Training film

Of course. the very very last thing that Playschool wanted to do in those days was edit. Cutting the tape would cost them a budget fortune they didn't have, so the services of Ron Bowman would have to require extremely exceptional circumstances. They were more likely to start again if something scre...
by Bernie
Sun Aug 27, 2017 8:38 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The 1974 10.30pm closedown
Replies: 49
Views: 2221

Re: The 1974 10.30pm closedown

It took a good while to colourise all the studios, nobody threw a big colour switch. Martin Kempton has done the most research on all this - see http://www.tvstudiohistory.co.uk/old%20bbc%20studios.htm#lime As he says, studio G just sat there for some years till they built the dubbing theatre on the...
by Bernie
Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The 1974 10.30pm closedown
Replies: 49
Views: 2221

Re: The 1974 10.30pm closedown

Presumably from studio G which was never planned for colourization. I would have thought the other two would have been done by then. G just sat there for some years till they built Breakfast Time's dubbing suite in one end. And when Pres A was about to be rebuilt - pic right - it was first set up in...
by Bernie
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The 1974 10.30pm closedown
Replies: 49
Views: 2221

Re: The 1974 10.30pm closedown

Television Centre used to be on the same separate power feed as Hammersmith Hospital, and as the hospital was exempt from rota cuts, so was TC. I worked as a cameraman on the opera Falstaff, with Sir Geraint Evans. The lighting man, Bob Wright, was pioneering the use of big soft lights (for the BBC ...
by Bernie
Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2114
Views: 82879

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

As William Shatner said on Saturday Night Live all those years ago "For God's sake get a life". I was surprised to see that on the largest of the DW websites that the vote is currently at 80% in favour of the change - Go Jodie! Seconded. James Bond would need a name change and then wouldn't be Jame...
by Bernie
Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2114
Views: 82879

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

Yes, makes an interesting change, though if she isn't overtly anything (like gay) I imagine the dialogue will be pretty much the same. I suppose she could be overtly straight and start kissing males all over the place. I think I would have looked forward to Olivia Coleman, but I can imagine her sayi...