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by ChartUpdate
Fri Mar 18, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC Evening news programme: title?
Replies: 5
Views: 662

Re: BBC Evening news programme: title?

UK Today was a stop-gap solution to a problem created by regional facilities lagging behind the new digital age, and one which frequently would run into difficulties. It was produced and screened by the then BBC News 24 and opted into by the main network, both on the national digital service but als...
by ChartUpdate
Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Radio 4 Extra - Victor Lewis-Smith (1990)
Replies: 7
Views: 1278

Re: Radio 4 Extra - Victor Lewis-Smith (1990)

Very thorough and useful, so thank you for being so diligent. Savile references aside, the only 'taste and decency' cut appears to be the Lockerbie joke. And this alone shows how far we have fallen. A joke in an edgy comedy show about an 18 month old incident was fine in 1990, but is now no longer a...
by ChartUpdate
Fri Jul 03, 2015 10:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 15291

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

Whilst I decline to get too animated over the excising of an off the cuff line that would hardly be missed if people weren't aware of its presence in the first place, I do agree with you that as a general matter of principle it is the thin end of what is rapidly becoming a rather large wedge of rewr...
by ChartUpdate
Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: EastEnders original Angie Watts
Replies: 20
Views: 2434

Re: EastEnders original Angie Watts

It's not all that unusual, especially in movies, for actors to be replaced a short way into production. It happened in Doctor Who with Sarah Jane Smith; April Walker was originally cast, but during rehearsals for her first story it became clear that despite having given the best audition she was th...
by ChartUpdate
Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 15291

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

My Bruno Brookes story is that I hadn't had anything to do with him at R1 (I joined in mid-1994) until he phoned me up one day in April 1995 and asked me to make some idents for him. I said sure, and happened to mention it in passing to Matthew Bannister the next day. Matthew told me not to waste m...
by ChartUpdate
Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:22 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1979
Replies: 107
Views: 12201

Re: Top of the Pops 1979

And sorry folks, but if you're a white person, you don't get to decide if that's a bad thing. Au contraire. As a white man my voice is heard disproportionately louder than many and I use it to condemn the rewriting of history, the kowtowing to imagined offence and the inevitable homogenization of i...
by ChartUpdate
Sun Sep 28, 2014 12:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1979
Replies: 107
Views: 12201

Re: Top of the Pops 1979

Re Savile . It's a shame his relatives / family gave up the battle so quickly once allegations were made almost as if they thought some were true. Oh no they haven't trust me, they have been working diligently behind the scenes to preserve as much of his legacy as they can and most importantly have...
by ChartUpdate
Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:09 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1979
Replies: 107
Views: 12201

Re: Top of the Pops 1979

My grateful thanks to the Mausoleum Club for being populated with sensible, rational individuals. As someone who was briefly mentored and tutored by Jimmy Savile and counted him as a confidante it can be very hard work countering all the hysterical rubbish that is spouted about him on a regular basi...
by ChartUpdate
Tue May 06, 2014 8:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Memorable non-celebrity gameshow contestants
Replies: 46
Views: 4461

Re: Memorable non-celebrity gameshow contestants

Whilst I've never seen any verifiable proof that the episode ever existed or was broadcast (although the source is impeccable), Bob Monkhouse's first autobiography recounts the tale of a Family Fortunes edition featuring the unfortunately named Thicke family who regrettably lived up to their name. T...
by ChartUpdate
Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Drunken (?) comedy writer invading Late-Night Line-Up
Replies: 16
Views: 1894

Re: Drunken (?) comedy writer invading Late-Night Line-Up

If memory serves, the first ever erect penis on British television was slipped in by accident as it were. A programme about film censorship was discussing the Derek Jarman film Sebastiane but noted how they could not show the relevant clip even today. What apparently nobody noticed however was that ...
by ChartUpdate
Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:09 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: We're going to miss the junction - what do we do?
Replies: 30
Views: 4192

Re: We're going to miss the junction - what do we do?

For some reason this morning I'm also reminded of an occasion about three or four years ago when an overrunning regional opt-out almost caused chaos for BBC Scotland channel controllers. It was during a period when BBC Scotland had rights to the Scottish League Cup and were showing one such clash li...
by ChartUpdate
Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:24 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: We're going to miss the junction - what do we do?
Replies: 30
Views: 4192

Re: We're going to miss the junction - what do we do?

The closest we've had to a seat of the pants moment in recent years came in the middle of the last decade when Fathers For Justice protesters staged their invasion of the National Lottery Draw show, forcing it off the air before the balls had dropped. Not necessarily a timing issue normally but this...
by ChartUpdate
Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:31 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Radio One More Time
Replies: 33
Views: 2759

Re: Radio One More Time

With the R1 archive, I'm always surprised how much uncertainty there is re the survival rate. You'd think there'd be people out there who'd say 'John Peel? Let me check...12 complete shows from 1983, nothing from 1984, a complete run from May to October 1985...' the same way Doctor Who fans can. Bu...
by ChartUpdate
Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:37 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Radio One More Time
Replies: 33
Views: 2759

Re: Radio One More Time

Chart show broadcasts seemed to be recorded and kept as a matter of course, although the archive can at times be patchy and there have been occasions when documentary producers have reached out to me and others in the circle of collectors to track down particular moments. When BBC4 were making the P...
by ChartUpdate
Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:21 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Things you're not allowed to do on television
Replies: 125
Views: 9919

Re: Things you're not allowed to do on television

What's the situation with the 'Other [items of this nature] are available' disclaimer? Is it a bit of faux-rule, like saying 'allegedly' after something libellous? This dates from the early 90s when the BBC began to quite aggressively promote their stable of magazine publications with some quite la...
by ChartUpdate
Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:35 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Who on the MC was the last to get colour television?
Replies: 32
Views: 3610

Re: Who on the MC was the last to get colour television?

For Christmas 1981 my parents bought my sister and I a 10-inch Aro (Makro own-brand) black and white portable television, complete with rotary tuner and telescopic aerial on the top. It alternated between our bedrooms for six months at a time and was responsible for my learning the channel numbers o...
by ChartUpdate
Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV cutting films
Replies: 77
Views: 8577

Re: ITV cutting films

In his superb autobiography "Team, It's Only Radio", John Myers devotes a large section to the time he worked in continuity at Border TV at the end of the 80s, a section which includes tales of nearly setting the studio on fire with a birthday cake and doing a phone-a-Santa show with a guesting Nevi...
by ChartUpdate
Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV cutting films
Replies: 77
Views: 8577

Re: ITV cutting films

What I suspect happened was that the break had been placed in the schedule with the expectation that it would happen at approximately that time, depending on how the game was going, with the TC firing it off manually - but either the TC got a twitchy finger, or the system was put into automation mo...
by ChartUpdate
Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops
Replies: 60
Views: 7142

Re: Top of the Pops

I think "A Trip to Trumpton" might have been done live with someone saying that line and not even trying to sound remotely like Brian Cant, but I could be confusing it with "Roobarb and Custard" which was definitely done live with someone not even trying to sound remotely like Richard Briers. For m...
by ChartUpdate
Mon May 27, 2013 6:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 25 years ago today
Replies: 13
Views: 1840

Re: 25 years ago today

The Fathers 4 Justice protest that disrupted the National Lottery - just before the LIVE EUROVISION FINAL in 2006 - was breathtaking television. One of the best things I've ever seen, if only just for Eamonn Holmes hiding behind his shorter, female co-presenter. Everyone forgets that the F4J incide...
by ChartUpdate
Sun May 26, 2013 3:19 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: DMI dumped
Replies: 16
Views: 2149

Re: DMI dumped

Aston is still one of those generic terms like "Hoover". Still hear loads of Directors saying "Aston!......and lose it." Whether it's actually an Aston or not. I'm told (by friends who work there, and intriguingly confirmed by Wikipedia) that on similar lines in America they use "Chyron" as a gener...
by ChartUpdate
Sun May 26, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: DMI dumped
Replies: 16
Views: 2149

Re: DMI dumped

For a while after 16:9 there was "shoot and protect" For some reason, in the early days of 16:9 the BBC's policy was that graphics didn't have to be 4:3 safe, even though many viewers would have been watching in 4:3 CCO. This led to all kinds of unpleasantness with captions being cut off left and r...
by ChartUpdate
Mon May 13, 2013 10:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: It'll be Bad on the Night.
Replies: 63
Views: 6102

Re: It'll be Bad on the Night.

Only tangentially related but there is a grab on YT of the near-disaster of one transmission of Schofield-fronted ITV show Talking Telephone Numbers from the mid-90s. The series was promoted as "live" with the premise being that people rang in to win based on their telephone number matching a series...
by ChartUpdate
Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:21 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Death of Thatcher
Replies: 25
Views: 2840

Re: Death of Thatcher

It is all down to the legal area of "Database Rights" where the copyright doesn't so much rest in the list of information but the work that has been put in to create it in the first place. As the previous poster says, it is similar to the copyright that exists in football fixtures and also as it hap...
by ChartUpdate
Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:04 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Adrian Mole on TV
Replies: 9
Views: 1203

Re: Adrian Mole on TV

As many have commented in the past, the problem with dramatising Adrian Mole as anything other than a monologue on the radio (which is how the books originated) is that the entire humour is derived from Mole's naive or ignorant misreading of the situations he is involved in. We are seeing his world ...
by ChartUpdate
Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Title Sequence Cock-Ups
Replies: 22
Views: 2585

Re: Title Sequence Cock-Ups

Not a title sequence as such but...

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