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by MDK
Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Backing up DVDs to Hard Drive
Replies: 14
Views: 2850

Backing up DVDs to Hard Drive

A majority of my DVD collection comprises VT programmes. If these DVDs are backed up/ transferred to an external hard drive, would they retain their VT look when played back from the hard drive on a TV set, or would they have a filmised look? Or does it depend on the transfer format? Any advice welc...
by MDK
Thu Mar 17, 2016 1:29 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Cliff Michelmore (1919-2016)
Replies: 3
Views: 818

Cliff Michelmore (1919-2016)

by MDK
Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TOTP 1981
Replies: 6
Views: 1633

TOTP 1981

Interesting that BBC4 are now showing two new shows each week (i.e. 4 including repeats). If they carry on they'll reach the end of 1981 by early May (given there are about 33 shows to broadcast). I don't mind at all, given the question marks in the background about BBC4's future - lets get as many ...
by MDK
Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Paul Temple (German) DVD
Replies: 12
Views: 1740

Re: Paul Temple (German) DVD

Well that's great to know if true - but incredibly frustrating.
by MDK
Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Paul Temple (German) DVD
Replies: 12
Views: 1740

Re: Paul Temple (German) DVD

I know it wouldn't quite be the same, but I wonder if anyone's thought of dubbing them back into English using new actors ? They should at least be able to get the lip synching right.
by MDK
Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:11 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Nicholas Smith (1934-2015)
Replies: 7
Views: 1197

Re: Nicholas Smith (1934-2015)

Very sad. About 7 years ago he was a guest at a TV convention in Birmingham that I attended as paying public. We got chatting and I asked him how far was his journey home - to be told he lived about 100 miles away, but, it transpired, also within a five minute walk of my house! After that and until ...
by MDK
Sun Dec 06, 2015 12:42 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Mike Allen (1942-2015)
Replies: 2
Views: 792

Mike Allen (1942-2015)

Not greatly known outside London, but listeners to LBC and Capital Radio in the 80s and 90s will remember Mike, whose presenting repertoire spanned from a Hip Hop show on Capital to main late night weekend presenter on LBC until 1994. Had a great voice. http://radiotoday.co.uk/2015/12/tributes-paid-...
by MDK
Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Star Cops
Replies: 19
Views: 2092

Re: Star Cops

It didn't really grab me on original viewing but perhaps I'l give it another go. Won't however be paying the extortionate prices being asked for the DVD online - the good quality episodes on Youtube look a cheaper bet.
by MDK
Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: New Scotland Yard: The Complete Fourth Series [Network]
Replies: 4
Views: 856

Re: PR: New Scotland Yard: The Complete Fourth Series [Netwo

Welcome (and these days surprising) news from Network. I've always wondered why they recast this and for such a short run. I can only assume the previously leads decided to walk - unlikely they were pushed after 3 relatively successful series.
by MDK
Mon Nov 16, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Simply depressing
Replies: 30
Views: 6150

Re: Simply depressing

Thanks that's encouraging.
by MDK
Sun Nov 15, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Simply depressing
Replies: 30
Views: 6150

Re: Simply depressing

Before I click "Buy", just wondering if anyone has bought Warship Series 2 yet and was it in the correct format? There are no grumbles in the Amazon reviews but they are not always reliable.
by MDK
Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC Archive for sale
Replies: 39
Views: 5144

BBC Archive for sale

Looks interesting, but I wonder how obscure it will go and whether, for example, game shows will be included.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34733007
by MDK
Sun Sep 06, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Brothers on DVD
Replies: 11
Views: 1969

Re: The Brothers on DVD

Slightly off topic, but Warship series 2 has also now been signalled on Amazon.
by MDK
Sun Aug 30, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tell me Another
Replies: 34
Views: 5560

Re: Tell me Another

Thanks
by MDK
Sun Aug 30, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tell me Another
Replies: 34
Views: 5560

Re: Tell me Another

Can anyone confirm whether these shows are now being shown in a loop or are they still broadcasting "new" editions? Its just a friend is recording them for me (I cant get Sky) and as he lives about 50 miles away I haven't been able to check. If they are in a loop, can anyone say how many editions we...
by MDK
Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tell me Another
Replies: 34
Views: 5560

Re: Tell me Another

I see Lord Tramp is on just before this too - not that I recall anything about it, but the cast looks good (Alfie Bass, Leslie Dwyer and Jack Watling)
by MDK
Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:03 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Flockton Flyer
Replies: 7
Views: 1341

Re: Flockton Flyer

I'm recording the non-commercially available stuff like Park Ranger and Operation Patch (despite the indifferent picture quality). I broused the Southern catalogue on the Renown website and there looks to be at least half a dozen more possibilities for future showing of un-published series in the dr...
by MDK
Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1980
Replies: 138
Views: 15295

Re: Top of the Pops 1980

So this week they allow a clip of Jonathan King nattering to Simon Bates. Not complaining of course (more shows the better), but another example of BBC inconsistency, particularly on the DLT issue. Unless of course no one clocked it on preview.
by MDK
Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dark Side of the Sun
Replies: 3
Views: 697

Re: Dark Side of the Sun

Welcome news, unwelcome price and dare I ask - is this a Simply HE release?
by MDK
Fri Jun 26, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: That LWT look
Replies: 21
Views: 2730

That LWT look

I don't know whether its just me, but when watching archive LWT VTR programmes, the picture exhibits a slightly pink, milky hew that seems to be unique to this particular broadcaster. it is particularly noticeable on game and chat shows but is also present for sitcoms and drama. In contrast BBC and ...
by MDK
Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Adventurer
Replies: 16
Views: 2070

Re: The Adventurer

Well I decided to buy it so we'll see - 26 episodes for £8 is worth a punt. Worth noting that Monty Berman was 68 when filming finished, so I guess its possible he didn't want to do any more and just take it easy That could have been a wise move, seeing as he made it to 101.
by MDK
Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Adventurer
Replies: 16
Views: 2070

The Adventurer

As someone said in another thread, there is little left to tempt me in the Network sale given the fall off in recent releases, but I am toying with the Adventurer. Web reviews of this ITC series are poor or at best indifferent - does anyone have anything good to say about it?
by MDK
Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Rainbow
Replies: 5
Views: 1053

Re: Rainbow

The answer is on Youtube if you look closely. The original transmission dates are shown for each show and the late 70s programes range from 1977 - 79, dates that take in series 6 and 7. A welcome development but curious choice to put up so many pre-Geoffrey episodes when for 95% of viewers his era I...
by MDK
Sat May 02, 2015 10:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Wolcott: The Complete Series [Network]
Replies: 15
Views: 1653

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

Josette Simon (Blake's 7)also has a reasonably solid earlier claim in the drama genre, but whatever, this is a welcome release.
by MDK
Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Big Centre TV, 'Classic' Crossroads and other
Replies: 33
Views: 3895

Re: Big Centre TV, 'Classic' Crossroads and other

I'd like to try and record the Big Centre's streaming of Crossroads when the episodes reach the point (June 1979) where Network stopped issuing them, which I reckon will be spring next year. Does anyone have any recommendations on good software that will do this?
by MDK
Wed Dec 31, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: When I'm Gone...
Replies: 5
Views: 961

Re: When I'm Gone...

Thanks Stearn - some really useful advice there. If I make it to retirement, I must finally get round to that cataloging!
by MDK
Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:55 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: When I'm Gone...
Replies: 5
Views: 961

When I'm Gone...

While I have no plans for shuffling off this mortal coil for a decade or two (or hopefully 3 or 4), I am thinking about my will, which in turn got me thinking about what should become of my sizable "off air" VHS and DVD archive (dating from 1985), when I'm gone. Of course perhaps 80 - 90% of what I ...
by MDK
Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Simply depressing
Replies: 30
Views: 6150

Re: Simply depressing

I have a theory that the people doing the transfers for Simply are twenty somethings who have never seen a 70s/ 80s BBC studio/film insert drama, having been brought up on the faux (or real) film look of pretty much all TV dramas of the last 15 years. So with nothing to compare it against, to them t...
by MDK
Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:03 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Simply depressing
Replies: 30
Views: 6150

Simply depressing

So I take delivery of the newly released Aphrodite Inheritance with trepidation, hoping against hope that Simply HE will have sorted out their authoring shortcomings (see Angels, Softly Softly etc). How silly of me - we have the usual ropey studio look on these discs. About the only consolation is t...
by MDK
Sat Nov 01, 2014 3:31 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Today's BBC News
Replies: 7
Views: 1413

Today's BBC News

Has anyone noticed the appalling quality of the clip of Richard Branson's recent interview on the One Show, being shown on today's BBC News as part of the story on Virgin Galaxy's break-up? At best it looks EP quality and possibly a grade worse than that. Does this indicate that the BBC does not arc...