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by Brian F
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Michael Apted (1941 - 2021)
Replies: 13
Views: 359

Re: Michael Apted (1941 - 2021)

a big flaw in the "Up" series is that it needed more girls. And non-whites. I assume the gender/race balance was different when the series started. I have looked at my own primary school group photos There are 28 boys and 11 girls, 31 white 8 non-white in the class and the school was very near Brix...
by Brian F
Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:10 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2174
Views: 273117

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

The screen ratio made 4K seem to be the original format to me.
by Brian F
Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Tanya Roberts (1955-2021)
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: Tanya Roberts (1955-2021)

It is now reported that she is not dead, but very seriously ill in hospital.
by Brian F
Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Misremembered titles
Replies: 35
Views: 1838

Re: Misremembered titles

Brock wrote:
Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:35 pm
When did Coronation Street become commonly known as "Corrie" anyway? I'm sure I never heard it when I was growing up in the 70s - not in my part of the country anyway (HTV West region).

Yes, always just "The Street" where I was.
by Brian F
Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Just published - 'A THRILLER in Every Corner'
Replies: 23
Views: 1128

Re: Just published - 'A THRILLER in Every Corner'

The banner is showing now.
by Brian F
Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John le Carré 1931 - 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 190

Re: John le Carré 1931 - 2020

Well his cameo in The Night Manager was shown in the news bulletins so he was a TV performer too.
This has been a bad month in a very bad year. RIP John.
by Brian F
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Worst-remembered line in TV?
Replies: 12
Views: 1077

Re: Worst-remembered line in TV?

brigham wrote:
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:37 am
...which reminds me of all the schoolboy-sniggery quotes which aren't in Captain Pugwash.
Yes it was the character Roger Walker in the 2016 Swallows & Amazons that wanted to be a cabin boy. I wonder if that line was deliberate I don't remember it from the 1974 version.
by Brian F
Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Teletext still alive !
Replies: 21
Views: 1744

Re: Teletext still alive !

I assume you mean linear broadcast TV as the internet provides distance seeing (Tele - vision).
by Brian F
Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Teletext still alive !
Replies: 21
Views: 1744

Re: Teletext still alive !

I'm sure that when the "red button" service started they went on about the improved graphics, but all we get in that respect now are the weather maps.
by Brian F
Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Missing Believed Wiped 2020 - 12 Dec 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 487

Re: Missing Believed Wiped 2020 - 12 Dec 2020

Yes, it always was a bit non-intuitive and this new format makes it even worse. I got to the state when I bookmarked each group when I joined.
by Brian F
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Missing Believed Wiped 2020 - 12 Dec 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 487

Re: Missing Believed Wiped 2020 - 12 Dec 2020

It is a private group so I would advise anyone wanting it to search for Kaleidoscope on there to join first. I'll try a link though https://www.facebook.com/groups/kaleidoscopearchive
by Brian F
Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Oldest TV advert still running?
Replies: 12
Views: 1056

Re: Oldest TV advert still running?

I'm sure it has been re-shot, but the Coco Cola "Holidays are coming" advert must have clocked up a good few years.
by Brian F
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 255
Views: 43890

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

fatcat wrote:
Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:55 am
Is Forces TV on Ch.97?

No Chan 96, 97 was a 3hr a day early hours of the morning reservation for an ITV channel, I believe was just a place holder.

In London TPTV is still on chan. 81 for me.
by Brian F
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Teletext still alive !
Replies: 21
Views: 1744

Re: Teletext still alive !

I believe so. I do remember 200 b/sec Datel modems in the early 1970's
by Brian F
Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 255
Views: 43890

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

fatcat wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:18 pm
Wow didn't notice, looks like Pick is moving to ch.34 once I retune
I did see the "You may need to re-tune notice" on Pick a few days before. Also I see chan 97 has gone again.
by Brian F
Thu Oct 29, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: The "cod dry" - does it still exist?
Replies: 8
Views: 591

Re: The "cod dry" - does it still exist?

I have never seen one but I would suspect this sort of thing would be in the scripts for "The xxxx that went wrong" plays/TV shows"/ Farndale plays etc..
by Brian F
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: The News Quiz
Replies: 9
Views: 1702

Re: The News Quiz

I had hoped to go to be in the audience when Angela was presenting (as I was for her "You can't take it with you" series) but, as you say, the present conditions prevented that.
by Brian F
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Teletext still alive !
Replies: 21
Views: 1744

Re: Teletext still alive !

I have a feeling I read that the digital TV system used here, though it could have supported it, unfortunately due to the way it has been implemented it now can't.
by Brian F
Fri Oct 02, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Other One" other ones!
Replies: 11
Views: 1010

Re: "The Other One" other ones!

If I remember correctly (having watched these at the time of transmission) they seemed too much unlike Hugh & I and we wanted more of those, not what we were given, which didn't seem as funny. I also have a slight memory of seeing them both in Summer season at the Pier Theatre in Southsea, which was...
by Brian F
Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Ampex Tape Care - and it cares for you too!
Replies: 1
Views: 415

Re: Ampex Tape Care - and it cares for you too!

Very similar to what we were trained to do at the computer centre I worked at in the late '70s to early '90's, only our 1/2" tape (3M not Ampex) was in rigid plastic circular boxes.
by Brian F
Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Other One" other ones!
Replies: 11
Views: 1010

Re: "The Other One" other ones!

At least with Fawlty Towers it was a case of stop when the ideas the writers were passionate about ran out and not prolonging it with new episodes just written to keep it going and people saying "it's not as good as it used to be".
by Brian F
Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The box that says “the adverts are coming”
Replies: 8
Views: 1123

Re: The box that says “the adverts are coming”

I have also seen these on the top left of the picture when a film insert is coming up. Both are carry overs from the cues dots at the end of film reels in the days before platters and towers to show the whole film in one, to cue cinema projectionists to change over to the next reel on another projec...
by Brian F
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops "recording over old film" article in the Daily Mail
Replies: 6
Views: 1341

Re: Top of the Pops "recording over old film" article in the Daily Mail

Well the BBC have said that Eastenders was restarting "Filming" so they don't seem to mind. Of course they used the term "Telerecording" for both film and VT.
by Brian F
Fri Sep 11, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Diana Rigg (1938-2020)
Replies: 4
Views: 782

Re: Diana Rigg (1938-2020)

Watching the Cybernauts trilogy Blu Ray in her memory I was pleased that in the advert break in the New Avengers story Diana appeared in a British Airways advert.
by Brian F
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Talking Pictures - more 'No Hiding Place' episodes
Replies: 16
Views: 2371

Re: Talking Pictures - more 'No Hiding Place' episodes

As there are no off air sound recordings the audio over jumps can't be fixed as with spliced Dr Who prints and the missing frames interpolated, unfortunately.
by Brian F
Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Talking Pictures - more 'No Hiding Place' episodes
Replies: 16
Views: 2371

Re: Talking Pictures - more 'No Hiding Place' episodes

The jumps were at the start and just before an advert break. I would suspect damage when the collector was projecting (bad threading of the projector at the start snapping the film and cement splices which lose at least one frame).
by Brian F
Tue Sep 01, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Question-- Audio quality on film productions vs Videotape productions
Replies: 2
Views: 824

Re: Question-- Audio quality on film productions vs Videotape productions

In theory magnetic tape would have a better frequency response and signal to noise ratio to optical film sound which would account for some difference. On the other hand I can tell the difference between location video sound and location film sound on film telerecordings so there must be more to it ...
by Brian F
Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Two untraceable tv plays
Replies: 8
Views: 1443

Re: Two untraceable tv plays

Thanks for this, very interesting and good to know that ATV archive recovery is in progress. Kal guise doesn’t Even list a strand called A Play for Sunday, but you’re quite right, The Crib was an early evening number. Fellow poster Billy Smart usually knows what the BFI is up to and he brought to t...
by Brian F
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Talking Pictures - more 'No Hiding Place' episodes
Replies: 16
Views: 2371

Re: Talking Pictures - more 'No Hiding Place' episodes

With that first talk on the recovered body it could almost have been an episode of "Quincy ME".
by Brian F
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is it all over....?
Replies: 86
Views: 11828

Re: Is it all over....?

I'd buy it!