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by Mark T
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The weird world of dubbing
Replies: 35
Views: 2182

Re: The weird world of dubbing

I know he's been mentioned before but the most recognisable & ubiquitous voice to me that was all over the airwaves in the 1970s & '80s was David de Keyser - certainly used for alot of foreign shows/films in English...
by Mark T
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Studios at transmitter sites...?
Replies: 19
Views: 959

Re: Studios at transmitter sites...?

At the risk of telling you to suck eggs, have you gone through the old BBC Yearbooks? They often had transmitter information in and talked about the technical side of things... ...blimey, just Googled them and found someone has scanned them all in - here http://www.americanradiohistory.com/BBC_YEAR_...
by Mark T
Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Some Dad's Army-related appearances
Replies: 13
Views: 732

Re: Some Dad's Army-related appearances

I remember some Radio 4 Bank Holiday specials in the 1970s that were basically clips of 'classic' Radio 4 comedies compiled together with a linking script by someone like David Jacobs - still got one on tape somewhere that finished with a whole episode of The Goons... I'd imagine it was that kind of...
by Mark T
Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Genome Project v Infax
Replies: 25
Views: 1750

Re: Genome Project v Infax

Have heard talk of Genome to be integrated into Infax - BBC already have a working model, called GenFax... seriously!
by Mark T
Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Have Channel 4 ever done regional opts?
Replies: 15
Views: 1120

Re: Have Channel 4 ever done regional opts?

I think another regular place for the Local A/Vs was at about 7... just after Comment on C4...
by Mark T
Thu Nov 20, 2014 6:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Have Channel 4 ever done regional opts?
Replies: 15
Views: 1120

Re: Have Channel 4 ever done regional opts?

Again this may not help, but I think the Schools progs on C4 were not put out by C4, but Thames did... but it was along time ago! Certainly C4 Pres had nothing to do with it.
by Mark T
Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Have Channel 4 ever done regional opts?
Replies: 15
Views: 1120

Re: Have Channel 4 ever done regional opts?

I have a clip of Philip Elsmore voicing " Coming up on ITV, Thames News" on CH4 from c1987. I assume this was part of the commercial break! I do have distant memories of the LOC A/V's i mentioned, sometimes being done by the local ITV contractor - but C4 weren't too keen on ITV voices plugging ITV ...
by Mark T
Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Have Channel 4 ever done regional opts?
Replies: 15
Views: 1120

Re: Have Channel 4 ever done regional opts?

I worked in Channel 4 Presentation between 1984 and 87 (I think!) and we didn't do regional opt-outs. In fact, whenever there was aggro at ITV, the ITV ACTT meetings were always quite interesting as ITC shops wanted C4 to go out because we were a network and they were just regions! We did have what ...
by Mark T
Thu Oct 02, 2014 6:15 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: William Gillette Sherlock Holmes film discovered.
Replies: 15
Views: 720

Re: William Gillette Sherlock Holmes film discovered.

... and not to mention the mislabelled can...

I know all this happens but as I say, love the idea of footage hiding in plain sight. Gives us hope for future discoveries!!
by Mark T
Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: William Gillette Sherlock Holmes film discovered.
Replies: 15
Views: 720

Re: William Gillette Sherlock Holmes film discovered.

It is ironic, amongst other things, are made in archives that are supposed to be looking after that material - but obviously contain much material lost for many years, hiding in plain sight kinda thing... Always makes me wonder about hither-too-unseen footage which programme commissioners love - the...
by Mark T
Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:44 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Police 5
Replies: 8
Views: 461

Re: Police 5

At LWT, because Shaw was such a pro and always did it in one take, they tended to use record it on 2" even till the mid-1980s or even later. Certainly doing it in '86 when I joined, because the 2 inch machines were still sitting there and all they had to do was to hit record and play it out to air. ...
by Mark T
Fri Aug 01, 2014 3:47 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Wonky promo caption from 1982
Replies: 19
Views: 954

Re: Wonky promo caption from 1982

I know I'm not Bob or Bernie - but I'm guessing good old Letraset...
by Mark T
Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Beyond Westworld-Out on DVD Now!
Replies: 13
Views: 449

Re: Beyond Westworld-Out on DVD Now!

...though at 95 mins, it might only be 2 eps or a pilot film...
by Mark T
Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:36 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: James Garner (1928-2014)
Replies: 10
Views: 526

Re: James Garner (1928-2014)

I remember that interview - it was mentioned in the interview that it had to be written down for him as he recorded it only once many years previously...
by Mark T
Sun Jul 13, 2014 6:42 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC iPLayer - I Belong To Glasgow
Replies: 3
Views: 310

Re: BBC iPLayer - I Belong To Glasgow

Of course such things can't happen nowadays with all these computers... ;o)
by Mark T
Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Who Dares Wins
Replies: 19
Views: 852

Re: Who Dares Wins

As I was working at Channel 4, I went to a few Who Dares Wins recordings and on the very last one, had the pleasure of watching a nude Tony Robinson walk into the studio and sit down in front of me.

Not a treasured memory, it has to be said...

(sorry Tony, nothing personal)
by Mark T
Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:25 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Live Aid BBC Coverage
Replies: 37
Views: 1509

Re: Live Aid BBC Coverage

... and someone at Channel 4 recorded the whole thing on 1" as the lines from the tower were up. He then edited it down... I've mentioned this before but sadly the chap that did this recording died years ago, and I'm pretty sure the 1" tapes were dumped years ago. This was at 60 Charlotte Street aft...
by Mark T
Thu May 29, 2014 1:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Parkinson: The Highs and Lows
Replies: 53
Views: 1953

Re: Parkinson: The Highs and Lows

That's what I was thinking myself, that John had the print made for himself years earlier. He had a pretty cavalier attitude to chopping it up for the Imagine film just like that ... Being dead for eight years might have put such things into perspective for him, though. This thread seems to be hi-j...
by Mark T
Wed May 28, 2014 8:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Parkinson: The Highs and Lows
Replies: 53
Views: 1953

Re: Parkinson: The Highs and Lows

Thanks Mark. When was the Imagine doc made though? Comparatively recent wasn't it? That says that the 2" must have survived until quite late on before some idiot got rid of it. 'Twas made in 1988 but they have been in production for some time by then. It is possible John had a tele-recording made f...
by Mark T
Wed May 28, 2014 7:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Parkinson: The Highs and Lows
Replies: 53
Views: 1953

Re: Parkinson: The Highs and Lows

[/quote] That 1971 show is wiped, yes. A poor 8mm movie taken from a screen which has been hacked about is what you've seen.[/quote] This might be good news for you then - about 5 or so years ago, I returned a copy of the whole Lennon/Yoko interview to the BBC and sent a copy to Sir Michael of Parki...
by Mark T
Mon May 26, 2014 3:19 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Even BAFTA skimps on the archive?
Replies: 9
Views: 847

Re: Even BAFTA skimps on the archive?

In that 50 Years of BBC2 Comedy clipshow last night, the section on American imports concerned itself with M*A*S*H and M*A*S*H alone. Partly because Alan Alda was in town, but presumably also because US clips cost a fortune. They made a brief nod to Seinfeld by showing the diner exterior - real-lif...
by Mark T
Mon May 26, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Parkinson: The Highs and Lows
Replies: 53
Views: 1953

Re: Parkinson: The Highs and Lows

Which Lennon stuff was wiped? I've seen the 1971 interview done just before he and Yoko left Britain to live in New York, although it does look as though it's taken from a private recording. That 1971 show is wiped, yes. A poor 8mm movie taken from a screen which has been hacked about is what you'v...
by Mark T
Sat May 24, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Even BAFTA skimps on the archive?
Replies: 9
Views: 847

Re: Even BAFTA skimps on the archive?

Does depend on budget, time and availability of masters... ...and the reason that AROTN was off 3rd generation tapes was because that's all there was!! Occasionally you were able to find a master - when I was working on AROTN 5, I went to HTV Bristol to find the 16mm masters of the Robin of Sherwood...
by Mark T
Wed May 21, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ken Loach's official YouTube channel
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Re: Ken Loach's official YouTube channel

I so need more hours in the day...

Great sport - thanks.
by Mark T
Thu Apr 10, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Battle For Britain's Breakfast"
Replies: 36
Views: 1275

Re: "The Battle For Britain's Breakfast"

I suspect that if an existing ITV company had made a new breakfast time service at that time, never made the arguments as to which ITV company would make it, that the company concerned would have had to have create a whole new set of union agreements which may well have been a nightmare to do then.
by Mark T
Tue Apr 08, 2014 4:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Stan Boardman and the Focke joke
Replies: 17
Views: 1163

Re: Stan Boardman and the Focke joke

Mike S wrote:
Given that Lamont and co had been out of power for three years at that point, what was ITV actually worried about? Who was actually imposing the 'THIS MUST NEVER BEEN SEEN AGAIN' rule, and why?
I believe in recent years it was the ITV legal department who told ITN Source they couldn't sell it...
by Mark T
Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Stan Boardman and the Focke joke
Replies: 17
Views: 1163

Re: Stan Boardman and the Focke joke

Sadly I can comment on both of these... I worked on the "Greatest Stand Up Comedians" show that went out on FIVE on New Years Eve and we wanted to use the "fisting Norman Lamont" clip - but ITN Source told me that they're not allowed by ITV to sell that clip so we Fair Dealt it. Though I did point o...
by Mark T
Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: alma player @ 80 asst.prod Old Grey Whistle Test
Replies: 12
Views: 721

Re: alma player @ 80 asst.prod Old Grey Whistle Test

I think it was me who mentioned 'Pop Quiz', not Roy. Pay attention at the back, there! I was - but there might have been more than one person from OGWT who went to work on Pop Quiz. I was being polite if Alma did work on both - I certainly know Jill worked on both. I know cause I worked on the last...
by Mark T
Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:45 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: alma player @ 80 asst.prod Old Grey Whistle Test
Replies: 12
Views: 721

Re: alma player @ 80 asst.prod Old Grey Whistle Test

Am I right in thinking she also worked on 'Pop Quiz'? If so, it was her who called me one day to ask if I knew of any BBC appearances by George Harrison. I said the only one I knew of was at the end of Eric Idle's Rutland Weekend Christmas Special (1975?). We duly pulled the two inch master out of ...
by Mark T
Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:48 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: 5.1 sound On Jools Holland Hootenanny
Replies: 7
Views: 565

Re: 5.1 sound On Jools Holland Hootenanny

...shade of the DFA button for Producers to use (i.e. they're told it's attached to a special gizmo when it in effect Does F@@k all)