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by TK-JaKe
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: filmed inserts before WWII?
Replies: 32
Views: 3601

Re: filmed inserts before WWII?

There will most likely have been more than two channels at the desk by 1938. Dramatic Mixing Desks for radio had about 14 by this time. I'm not saying that there were only two sources, or channels, I am saying it was possible there was in 1938 the same restriction as in 1936, the EMI prototype, onl...
by TK-JaKe
Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: filmed inserts before WWII?
Replies: 32
Views: 3601

Re: filmed inserts before WWII?

...... But to be honest there was a lot of talk of "preview (sometimes with a number)" there in the left column of the camera script, and I'm not sure what it means. This may be fanciful speculation, but if you go back to 'Television Comes to London' (1936) there is a suggestion that the vision mix...
by TK-JaKe
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: filmed inserts before WWII?
Replies: 32
Views: 3601

Re: filmed inserts before WWII?

Although, that makes me wonder when movies were first shown on television. Depends what you mean by 'movies'. 'Television Comes to London' (1936), shot by the BBC ran frequently as a demonstration film before WWII. it contains shots of Baird's 240 line mechanical scanner (at, I beleive, Baird Telev...
by TK-JaKe
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "English By Television"
Replies: 10
Views: 1256

Re: "English By Television"

This long running series of serials, made for the BBC ( 60's-80's) to teach basic English, is something of a rarity, in that it almost entirely exists ( made mostly on film) but has never been shown in the UK. ..... There were BBC LP's to accompany the various series, including this one. I'm not at...
by TK-JaKe
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Dame Gillian Lynne
Replies: 2
Views: 537

Dame Gillian Lynne

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/ ... e-obituary

"She won a Bafta for her direction and choreography of A Simple Man (1987), commissioned by BBC TV for the centenary of LS Lowry’s birth."

A few fondly remembered days for me in the Video Effects Workshop with Dave J.
by TK-JaKe
Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Star Trek- Original BBC transmissions
Replies: 65
Views: 8046

Re: Star Trek- Original BBC transmissions

All the Star Trek transmissions I ever did, 1969 to 198?, were ex 35mm, generally two reels duplexed from either TK29/TK31 or TK30/TK32. Nearly all evening / weekend high audience US series and 'movies' were 35mm comopt; the only exceptions I can think of, without much effort, were M*A*S*H and Rhoda...
by TK-JaKe
Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Telerecordings without sound - how come?
Replies: 18
Views: 2130

Re: Telerecordings without sound - how come?

I only ever recorded on the Marconi rapid pulldown 16mm machines, they, by default, recorded the image and a com opt track; there was a bank of 16mm magnetic recorders, one or more could be slaved to a Marconi recorder, that sep mag would be used for in house work, especially transmissions. All illu...
by TK-JaKe
Wed Sep 30, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: 16mm vs. 35mm inserts
Replies: 68
Views: 7378

Re: 16mm vs. 35mm inserts

I'm no expert on film at all, but if the grain is the same size on 16 and 35 mm, then surely when the picture is enlarged to the same size when transmitting, the 16mm will be twice that of the 35mm, so the grains will be effectively twice the size (and the picture degraded). Not sure how the signal...
by TK-JaKe
Wed Sep 30, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: 16mm vs. 35mm inserts
Replies: 68
Views: 7378

Re: 16mm vs. 35mm inserts

Colour balance on inserts in those days was done by the studio vision operator using TARIF controls on the fly to try to match the studio pictures - which was of course never going to work. Correct, but - it would have worked if the 'transmission print' had been graded at the laboratory as viewed b...
by TK-JaKe
Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:15 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2092

Re: BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014

Bernie wrote:There was a point each year when in the Television Centre basement there were
trollies full of 2" tapes with SROTY written on the label. Certainly not SPOTY.
Equally there were cans of film labelled SROTY, but they were loaded onto different trolleys!
by TK-JaKe
Sat May 31, 2014 6:27 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Buy a piece of Television Centre
Replies: 12
Views: 1354

Re: Buy a piece of Television Centre

I'd love to know if anyone has ever found the many pens, pencils, chinagraphs
and 'tweakers' that vanished into the floor void over the decades -

but I'm not paying to get 'em back!
by TK-JaKe
Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:36 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: UK v US episodic running times
Replies: 11
Views: 1512

Re: UK v US episodic running times

I wondered whether it has always been the case that film is played slower in the US compared with Europe, perhaps for technical reasons (NTSC v PAL?) An episode of Kojak, shot on film, was around 5,000 feet long, ie. 5,000 x 16 frames long, there being 16 frames to the foot of 35mm (and a film-foot...
by TK-JaKe
Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:22 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Battle For Britain's Breakfast"
Replies: 36
Views: 3005

Re: "The Battle For Britain's Breakfast"

The BBC didn't have the staff or facilities to mount "Breakfast Time" and special agreements had to be quickly drawn up. The launch and first few weeks must have cost a small fortune. The costs of the building work within LGS, the creation of the new recording area and the Breakfast Time production...
by TK-JaKe
Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:24 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Battle For Britain's Breakfast"
Replies: 36
Views: 3005

Re: "The Battle For Britain's Breakfast"

It's just I've just never really understood why an entire separate company had be be founded simply to make one magazine programme. I'm almost totally ignorant of how ITV works/worked, but was there ever the option of it being made 'in house' as it were? As I remember it ---- in the beginning the h...
by TK-JaKe
Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:55 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: We're going to miss the junction - what do we do?
Replies: 30
Views: 4191

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

What if the TK'd film with a stated running time of 90' was actually running slightly slow - or fast? All film TXs were reproduced frame for frame, there was no possibility of them running other than locked to the 25 fps derived from the SPGs. The duration was derived from the measured length of th...
by TK-JaKe
Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:28 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: The original Breakfast Time onscreen clock
Replies: 23
Views: 2871

Re: The original Breakfast Time onscreen clock

Maybe I should have written -
"the clock was originally bottom right, but after several months it moved to bottom left."

Its almost half my lifetime ago!
by TK-JaKe
Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:41 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: The original Breakfast Time onscreen clock
Replies: 23
Views: 2871

Re: The original Breakfast Time onscreen clock

Breakfast Time went on air on 17th January, TV-am went on air 1st February. There were 4 Tel Rec teams, I led one of them and our first week of 'nights' coincided with TV-am's debut; thus, had I done a real time dry run it would have been in the week beginning 3rd January, I have no clear recollecti...
by TK-JaKe
Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:11 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: The original Breakfast Time onscreen clock
Replies: 23
Views: 2871

Re: The original Breakfast Time onscreen clock

In its desire to be all electronic the BT office was equipped with word processors on every desk .... and nonetheless every 15 minutes or so I was brought several A4 sheets of running order, generally saying nothing more than TBC and you should have seen the production gallery floor between the des...
by TK-JaKe
Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: The original Breakfast Time onscreen clock
Replies: 23
Views: 2871

Re: The original Breakfast Time onscreen clock

I worked on Breakfast Time for the first nine weeks of its existence, in the Graphics Unit at Lime Grove. Yes, the clock was electronic ..... I worked on Breakfast Time for the first nine months of its existence, in the (new) Tel Rec at Lime Grove. Yes, the clock was electronic ..... my memory is t...
by TK-JaKe
Fri Feb 21, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Daktari
Replies: 38
Views: 4597

Re: Daktari

Do you know if the 1968 BBC series was on VT or was it transmitted by Telecine ? Programmes shot entirely on film, whether 16mm or 35mm, whether BBC produced or 'Purchased' were virtually always transmitted direct from telecine until well into the 80s; the last 35mm 'Purchased Programme' to be tran...
by TK-JaKe
Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:33 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Daktari
Replies: 38
Views: 4597

Re: Daktari

.... At the top of the list was a 35mm film print of the "Daktari" pilot ("Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion"), although Birmingham didn't have a 35mm TK channel available when the list was compiled (or so I was told). TK Jake may be able to confirm this. When the regions were 'colourised' post 1969 the...
by TK-JaKe
Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Things that were on TV on the day I was born
Replies: 51
Views: 4243

Re: Things that were on TV on the day I was born

Easy one this; nothing whatsoever, for 16 months
until Sutton Coldfield transmitting station opened!
by TK-JaKe
Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:29 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: When did promotion of 625-line TV start?
Replies: 83
Views: 6875

Re: When did promotion of 625-line TV start?

brigham wrote: And Joyce Grenfell, of course.
....
Joyce Grenfell told us what we wanted.
"Harry, don't do that!"
by TK-JaKe
Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:22 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: When did promotion of 625-line TV start?
Replies: 83
Views: 6875

Re: When did promotion of 625-line TV start?

I think the decision to go with 625 lines for the second BBC channel was made around 1961 .... 625 lines, the UHF Plan and BBC-2 where all a result of the recommendations of the Pilkington Committee, which reported in June 1962 and was discussed in the House later that summer. I'd forgotten that Ri...
by TK-JaKe
Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Forsyte Saga (1967)
Replies: 30
Views: 2623

Re: The Forsyte Saga (1967)

That's an interesting point about the 35mm film recordings. Presumably they would have been made at a point before the tapes became damaged, but why? As safety dubs? It would be interesting to know whether the BBC1 repeat in the 1960s had been all from VT, or whether they made the 35mm copies then ...
by TK-JaKe
Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:35 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Forsyte Saga (1967)
Replies: 30
Views: 2623

Re: The Forsyte Saga (1967)

Oh I wasn't in any way questioning your story about the 1974 repeats ....... I didn't for a moment think you were ---- I'm just trying to give a flavour of decisions made 40 years ago about the security of transmissions, at a time when (video-) editing was expensive, time consuming, and limited in ...
by TK-JaKe
Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:12 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Forsyte Saga (1967)
Replies: 30
Views: 2623

Re: The Forsyte Saga (1967)

Interesting Jake - I'm no technical expert, but unless it was VidFIREd to a higher quality than anything else ever has been, there's certainly no film recording-sourced episode on the DVD set. There's a world of difference between not risking putting a 2" on air that is shedding its oxide and may t...
by TK-JaKe
Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Forsyte Saga (1967)
Replies: 30
Views: 2623

Re: The Forsyte Saga (1967)

It’s amazing we have all 26 episodes on VT, of course… I'm not so sure about that - when the ITCA members lobbied for the removal of statutory restrictions on the hours of (television) broadcasting and won the BBC followed suit (with a consequent increase in the Licence Fee). It was early to mid 70...
by TK-JaKe
Wed Dec 25, 2013 7:32 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Did the mirror globe spin all the time?
Replies: 47
Views: 10199

Re: Did the mirror globe spin all the time?

Bernie wrote:... I never heard of an acronym ....
'tis true -

in a place obsessed with acronyms I never once once heard an S.Tel.E., an A.S.Tel.E or a T.A. refer to N.O.D.D.
whether they were on duty in N.C.1, N.C.2, Sub.C.R. or even C.A.R.; or in a meeting in B.209.

M.C.E. and a H.N.Y.
by TK-JaKe
Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 60 years of BBC idents
Replies: 65
Views: 5127

Re: 60 years of BBC idents

Bernie wrote:Yes - back in more sane days we had strict rules on when the Christmas symbol started ....
Am I recalling correctly, not until after lunch on Christmas Eve?