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by Roll ACR
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: 'Armchair Theatre' on Talking Pictures
Replies: 37
Views: 5530

Re: 'Armchair Theatre' on Talking Pictures

Yes, TPTV do seem to be unaware when they’re delivered video files for TX that have been wrongly processed. Numerous eps of “The Gentle Touch” at least one “Callan” and various other videotape productions they’ve shown have been horribly de-interlaced. 25fps and ghastly line structure evident. I’ve ...
by Roll ACR
Sat Dec 29, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "The London Studios:Home Of The Stars"
Replies: 21
Views: 2568

Re: "The London Studios:Home Of The Stars"

You’re right, “Wish Me Luck” ran into 1990 (presumably RX 1989) and “The Charmer” was 1987 so I rather think that “Wish Me Luck” was the last LWT multi-cam drama recorded at TLS. Although of course there may have been subsequent stuff. Where was “A Perfect Hero” recorded? TX 1991 and it was a co-pro...
by Roll ACR
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Public Eye on Talking Pictures TV
Replies: 10
Views: 1506

Re: Public Eye on Talking Pictures TV

Nice to see it being shown on TV. Does seem strange that the into/out of break sting & cap have been removed and the breaks placed at odd moments even though the cue dots are there to leave no doubt where they were intended to be. Has anyone else noticed that although most eps of this and “The Gentl...
by Roll ACR
Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The 1980s and classic theme tunes
Replies: 28
Views: 3104

Re: The 1980s and classic theme tunes

Indeed, although I'd expand it to include the '60s to early '90s. A heyday of so many thing in television. I'll resist the temptation to drift off topic and get all analytical about the original "Crossroads" music or gush about Denis King's LWT stuff... I must admit to absolutely loving Roger Webb's...
by Roll ACR
Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Division 4
Replies: 34
Views: 4446

Re: Division 4

Sunday evening viewing is episode 90 of "Division 4" entitled "Everyone Loves a Prang" and suddenly I'm reminded of Granada TV's "Spindoe" by some very familiar music cues. Recognising loads of tracks in these Crawford shows but can't always place them. I'm sure there's stuff from ITC series and VT ...
by Roll ACR
Sat Apr 23, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Division 4
Replies: 34
Views: 4446

Re: Division 4

Ah, you had better luck Googling than I did - thanks! I'm on episode 55 of Division 4, still really enjoying it - Robert Bruning seems to be in it as someone different every couple of weeks at the moment, though I imagine there'll be a break when he starts doing The Long Arm. Is Matlock Police alon...
by Roll ACR
Sat Apr 09, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Division 4
Replies: 34
Views: 4446

Re: Division 4

According to a number of sources...Google is your friend... the location was at 95 Montague Street, South Melbourne. It's long since been demolished by the look of things now. The Police station in Matlock Police is still there at 31 Ringwood Street, Ringwood, VIC. Still very much enjoying this seri...
by Roll ACR
Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Unfeasibly large flatscreen TVs in 1980s news studios
Replies: 3
Views: 947

Re: Unfeasibly large flatscreen TVs in 1980s news studios

I think you're mistaken. The old "One O'Clock News" set surely just had rear projection Mitsubishi TVs as in-vision monitors, dressed to match the set. "Newsnight" used to have them too, either a very large NEC TV or the "double mitsi" (2 smaller Mitsubishi rear projection TVs). Such TVs were readil...
by Roll ACR
Sat Mar 19, 2016 10:18 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Newreaders hang to the left?
Replies: 10
Views: 1768

Re: Newreaders hang to the left?

Nonsense, you only have to watch Naga Munchetty on "Breakfast" to realise screen position is irrelevant. She's got the programme by the scruff of the neck whoever she's sat next to. Plus, she doesn't wear "brightly coloured dresses". She's refreshingly anti-glam and very highly skilled. I must confe...
by Roll ACR
Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Division 4
Replies: 34
Views: 4446

Re: Division 4

It's not only "The Awakening" (News at Ten) which turns up. Both "Division 4" and "Matlock Police" have final scenes with "The Plane Makers" end/start of part music.

I'm really enjoying this Aussie stuff.
by Roll ACR
Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:02 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Division 4
Replies: 34
Views: 4446

Re: Division 4

Parcel post from Eaton Films today. Division 4 looks promising, as do Matlock Police and The Box, very competent productions. Division 4 looks the best on first inspection though, really very good indeed. Volume 1 of Homicide from 1964 looks very primitive in comparison. Illustrates the huge progres...
by Roll ACR
Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Callan: This Man Alone (Network)
Replies: 4
Views: 1012

Re: Callan: This Man Alone (Network)

Is this version of "A Magnum for Schneider" from VTR? ISTR it survives on tape but the previous release was the cranky old TR lifted from Frank Muir's "TV Heaven" showing.
by Roll ACR
Thu Feb 18, 2016 3:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Division 4
Replies: 34
Views: 4446

Re: Division 4

Oh cheers hadn't spotted that other thread. Quite fancy Homicide, Division 4 and Matlock Police.
by Roll ACR
Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Sound Of Music Live
Replies: 2
Views: 633

Re: The Sound Of Music Live

I suppose it depends what telly you're watching on and how it's set up. It looked to me like it was being shot 25psf. Which on a properly set up television, with all the "clever" features switched off and disabled, will have the usual stroboscopic film look. However, if you're watching on a new tell...
by Roll ACR
Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: End of Part X
Replies: 35
Views: 3647

Re: End of Part X

I didn't watch it all but professional curiosity meant that dipping in and out was irresistible. I must admit to having a WTF? moment when the "End of Part" super appeared. Ridiculous, not only going totally against ITV's own house rules but also rather industry jargonish without a number. Can't beg...
by Roll ACR
Sat Dec 19, 2015 8:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Freemantle-Network deal.
Replies: 20
Views: 4002

Re: Freemantle-Network deal.

Yes, TWAW in HD but 4:3 would be good. Plus it'll be good to have "Rumpole" with idents, end/start of part stings and original, period appropriate, prod caps intact.

Hopefully some "This Week" will be released too...
by Roll ACR
Thu Oct 01, 2015 11:51 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: 16mm vs. 35mm inserts
Replies: 68
Views: 7366

Re: 16mm vs. 35mm inserts

In the earliest days of location VT inserts, how would these have been combined with the studio parts of the programme? In as-live productions, any film sequences would be cued to run at the appropriate point in the action, but what of VT location sequences or, I suppose, VT inserts of any kind? Wo...
by Roll ACR
Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: No BBC1+1 After All
Replies: 10
Views: 1563

Re: No BBC1+1 After All

Quite right too! The very fact that, with iPlayer and catch-up services and PVRs, some fuck-wits at the BBC actually thought that BBC-1+1 could, in any way, be justified, shows that they still need teaching a lesson. Frittering away channel space on any species of +1 should be an absolute no-no for ...
by Roll ACR
Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: That LWT look
Replies: 21
Views: 2719

Re: That LWT look

Your best bet, would be to stick to: 'Over-lit and slightly pinkish'. I think the chrome and glass look was simply the 'latest' look at the time, across the board ( remember the heavy use of Brown in late 70's/early 80's shows like "321" and "Give Us a Clue"). Not overlit, I'd wager the LD went rou...
by Roll ACR
Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Clarkson controversy
Replies: 45
Views: 4982

Re: Clarkson controversy

Yes Bob's right, it's a high pressure environment and I've seen people properly incandescent over production matters. I heard David Frost called a "fuckwit!" by a programme editor and saw a director almost come to blows with another presenter after a cooking demo after which said presenter offereda ...
by Roll ACR
Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:14 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Clarkson controversy
Replies: 45
Views: 4982

Re: Clarkson controversy

Summary dismissal isn't really the thing these days, due process has to be followed. I think he's a twit, there's no excuse (except mental illness or being a child) for violence. I've not thrown a punch since I was 13 and I hope I never do again, least of all over a trifling matter. It's a hugely po...
by Roll ACR
Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Fraud Squad: The Complete Second Series [Network]
Replies: 7
Views: 1239

Re: PR: Fraud Squad: The Complete Second Series [Network]

I purchased series one in the recent Network sale, along with an indecent amount of other titles (credit card squealed, fully paid off though - neither a borrower nor a lender be -) and it's really charming. I'd only ever seen JVG in "Rumpole" and "Duty Free" so had only ever seen her pantomime turn...
by Roll ACR
Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:16 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Pompidou
Replies: 5
Views: 1044

Re: Pompidou

I happened to catch the episode which aired at the weekend. Just channel hopped to the BBC as the opening titles were on, momentarily thought it was CBeebies! I'm quite sure that a three-year-old child would be beside themselves at the antics. Really difficult to believe it's on BBC One or Two (whic...
by Roll ACR
Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Gideon's Way
Replies: 16
Views: 2119

Re: Gideon's Way

I really like it too, it's a jem, at once clearly a flight of fancy, yet quite gritty and kitchen sinky compared to the usual ITC fare. I think it was discussed in another thread ages ago but the location filming around London is indeed a fascinating glimpse of 1964. The series also made extensive u...
by Roll ACR
Sun Nov 16, 2014 1:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crossroads - 50 years on
Replies: 67
Views: 6309

Re: Crossroads - 50 years on

Interesting to hear critique of Raymond Bower's writing style, I always liked his scripts, I can see that his style can sometimes be...baffling, but generally it's excellent. I defended his style ( on the old site) concerning his "Upstairs Downstairs" script, "The Swedish Tiger", having watched it ...
by Roll ACR
Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:47 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Riley capgen questions
Replies: 15
Views: 2268

Re: Riley capgen questions

Up on the sixth floor, in the hallowed heights of News, there was a small room next to N2 gallery that was still referred to in the '90s as the "Anchor lobby", many years after the last time any such contraption last resided there.
by Roll ACR
Thu May 29, 2014 10:33 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Barbara Murray (1929-2014)
Replies: 3
Views: 777

Re: Barbara Murray (1929-2014)

How sad. Was only watching her a couple of days ago in the BBC Two repeats of "The Pallisers". And she's one of many reasons why "The Power Game" is so special. I remember Kathy from wardrobe at Central telling me about looking after Barbara Murray on "The Bretts". A nice, professional lady apparent...
by Roll ACR
Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:34 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Good Morning Britain
Replies: 8
Views: 1584

Re: Good Morning Britain

I actually got up and watched the first one. Yes the recorded intro to the regional news did look a bit pony. However, I'm up in Granadaland at the moment. They didn't get the roll cue quite right so there was a bit of rather eggy dead air before he said anything. I'm sure in the altogether slicker ...
by Roll ACR
Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:49 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: "This report DOES contain flash photography"
Replies: 12
Views: 1765

Re: "This report DOES contain flash photography"

It is a service to those who are susceptible, and as with "if you don't want to know the score, look away now." It at least warns them specifically when they need to avert their gaze. But the "DOES" is not only preposterously intoned, it's totally superfluous. What's wrong with "this report contains...