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by Mark Wright
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister
Replies: 11
Views: 1603

Re: "Newspaper readers" joke in Yes Prime Minister

Sir Uppity Frost recites pretty much the same thing in a pre-launch TV-AM broadcast to advertisers in 1983 (which can be found at the usual place 4:41 in). I'd always presumed it was a bit of Tony Jay business that had been recycled since the Video Arts days... who knows?
by Mark Wright
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Fictional TV on TV - the shows that weren't
Replies: 60
Views: 6712

Re: Fictional TV on TV - the shows that weren't

Richly superb (superbly rich?) pickings here, in a thread I started but neglected to revisit! Lots of ready-made content begging to be harvested by a passing blogger. A few more, though I'm not sure deliberate pastiche/parodies of existing shows really count in the meta universe I originally intende...
by Mark Wright
Sun Dec 04, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: One-series wonders
Replies: 57
Views: 5350

Re: One-series wonders

I can remember checking the Radio Times each week for news of a second series of The Day Today . Someone eventually wrote in with RT replying, “Good news, yes there will be a new series of The Day Today next year.” Hopes were dashed the following week in a correction, with RT explaining they’d mista...
by Mark Wright
Sat Nov 05, 2016 10:32 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Analogue audio chain technical standards (no yawning please)
Replies: 1
Views: 722

Analogue audio chain technical standards (no yawning please)

Just trawling through various random clips of classic BBC TV pres from the 70s-90s on YouTube and it's interesting how noisy and compressed the audio often is. I can remember as a viewer (and anorak) at the time noticing occasional distant whirs and hums when the announcer's mic was live, or the odd...
by Mark Wright
Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Unfeasibly large flatscreen TVs in 1980s news studios
Replies: 3
Views: 946

Unfeasibly large flatscreen TVs in 1980s news studios

The BBC One O'Clock News set from c. 1987 as featured in this YT clip (in particular, 2:24 and 2:31): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5IcnXjoF-M Forgive my naivety, but it's only just occured to me that the sort of large flat panel displays that began cropping up on studio sets around this time, mu...
by Mark Wright
Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:23 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: "Oi, cloth ears!" - has TV audio gone to hell?
Replies: 1
Views: 844

"Oi, cloth ears!" - has TV audio gone to hell?

A short rant about whatever broadcast audio "standards" exist nowadays, which might ignite debate between the venerable old pros on here... I'll start in time-honoured fashion: Is it just me..? C4 screened a progamme on Monday called Lookalikes. I didn't see it live, but have just watched it on thei...
by Mark Wright
Wed Jul 01, 2015 3:49 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: That LWT look
Replies: 21
Views: 2710

Re: That LWT look

This is a timely and useful discussion for me as I'm in the process of pitching a programme idea (fingers crossed, eh?) that lives or dies by having "the LWT look". Perhaps showing my age, I'd assumed that the shorthand I used, "It needs that LWT LE look of the 80s/90s - think Blind Date, Game For A...
by Mark Wright
Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:52 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: D.O.G. s**t all over the screen
Replies: 39
Views: 4155

Re: D.O.G. s**t all over the screen

Didn't EastEnders running US-style credits over the first 30" or so of a few episodes in the '90s? In fact, wasn't there a brief vogue for this on several UK productions around the same time? My memory could be playing tricks of course, but I seem to remember thinking how odd it looked. Such a stran...
by Mark Wright
Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:03 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Fictional TV on TV - the shows that weren't
Replies: 60
Views: 6712

Fictional TV on TV - the shows that weren't

Reading through the "TV on TV" thread got me thinking: it might be fun (!) for us to remember some of the many fictional TV shows that have been referenced - or even glimpsed - over the years, within other TV shows. That were fictional (the imagined shows). Not the shows that featured them (which ex...
by Mark Wright
Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:43 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TV on TV
Replies: 79
Views: 7932

Re: TV on TV

I can only think of examples where we see protagonists watching real programmes (or "real" programmes) as deliberate, sign-posted devices in order to move the plot forward, e.g. Jim Hacker switching on his set moments before Robert Dougall or Moira Stuart deliver the BBC News item of interest, then ...
by Mark Wright
Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:50 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Ever Decreasing Circles
Replies: 47
Views: 6448

Re: Ever Decreasing Circles

If you approach EDC in the right frame of mind, you'll hopefully agree that it's one of the finest British sitcoms of the 1980s. It might take a while for it to click, but once you've "got it", you'll find yourself re-watching it, just to enjoy the subtle nuances and attention to detail that's cramm...
by Mark Wright
Sat Jul 26, 2014 11:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Equalizer + CI5
Replies: 7
Views: 1105

Re: The Equalizer + CI5

That's fascinating. Are VEI taking a gamble here, or have they somehow determined there's a profitable return for them? For many years, Equalizer fans (such as I) were repeatedly told that there was insufficient demand to warrant commercial release of the entire series, and the way we were subsequen...
by Mark Wright
Sat Jul 19, 2014 12:48 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Things you're not allowed to do on television
Replies: 125
Views: 9851

Re: Things you're not allowed to do on television

Hardly worth my chipping-in now that hoary old "iconic fictional TV characters refer to each other by their real names in adverts" device has already been discussed at length (stay tuned, though) but two that have stuck in my mind over the years: Paul/Jim and Derek/Bernard from Yes, Minister enjoyin...
by Mark Wright
Sun May 11, 2014 4:46 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The Trip to Italy
Replies: 17
Views: 1805

Re: The Trip to Italy

Coogan/Brydon fan or not, if you can't enjoy the bit of Parkinson whimsy from last week's show, I think that says a lot about your sense of humour :-)

Here it is (officially) in isolation (well, most of it) - give it a try! It's great fun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5oVR6vYSIA
by Mark Wright
Sun May 11, 2014 1:39 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TV Offal - that pilot's not for real, is it?
Replies: 15
Views: 1852

Re: TV Offal - that pilot's not for real, is it?

They say you shouldn't meet your heroes... (Incidentally, full credit for the clip should go to the kindly benefactor (see his blog here: http://vhistory.wordpress.com) whom I easily persuaded into uploading said historical document.) Yes, as a fan of VLS's radio work at the height of his limited fa...
by Mark Wright
Tue Apr 15, 2014 5:36 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: APPEAL: On behalf of London Live - calling all old pros!
Replies: 28
Views: 2943

Re: APPEAL: On behalf of London Live - calling all old pros!

Glad that my original post wasn't shot down in flames with, "awww give 'em a chance!" and "who are you to judge?"-type reactions. I'm aware that becoming ringleader to a gang of cyber-bullies, all standing around pointing (some circling), cackling (others (also) snickering) at this channel's (myriad...
by Mark Wright
Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:06 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: APPEAL: On behalf of London Live - calling all old pros!
Replies: 28
Views: 2943

APPEAL: On behalf of London Live - calling all old pros!

As several readers of the Evening Standard will vaguely recall, London's new local TV service launched recently. Or something. There was a thing about it, I think. "London Live" is now in permanent residence, occupying a prestigious and covetedly-visible Freeview/Sky/Virgin EPG slot, gifted by the g...
by Mark Wright
Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:22 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: We're going to miss the junction - what do we do?
Replies: 30
Views: 4176

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

Just what I was hoping for - as expected from such seasoned pros - lots of entertaining anecdotes recalling ingenious solutions and frustrating failures! To all those with experience of holding an entire broadcast network in their hands (especially those who did/do it on a daily basis) singularly re...
by Mark Wright
Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:18 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: We're going to miss the junction - what do we do?
Replies: 30
Views: 4176

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

Stating the obvious here perhaps, but ever since the thought first occured to me many years ago, I've admired the fact that broadcast schedules are routinely successfully back-timed to hit set junctions. I must have become aware of this mathematical miracle at some point in the early 80s (at a tende...
by Mark Wright
Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:46 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: The original Breakfast Time onscreen clock
Replies: 23
Views: 2857

Re: The original Breakfast Time onscreen clock

Just to chip in with a bit of vaguely on-topic wibble.. Was the Breakfast Time clock the first of its kind on British TV? I mean, in terms of a permanently on-screen, real-time updated graphic? I wonder if TV-am were planning to use their own clock before seeing Breakfast Time, or hurriedly cobbled ...
by Mark Wright
Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:16 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff
Replies: 73
Views: 8211

Re: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff

Would Challenge have to wait to be offered them by ITV (I'm PRESUMING again that they're not for sale until they're digitised) or would Challenge approach ITV with a view to purchase? The latter, usually. Sales aren't predicated on the material already having been transferred to a modern format. If...
by Mark Wright
Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:03 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff
Replies: 73
Views: 8211

Re: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff

Apologies for my earlier derailment of this thread (while causing confusion) with talk of the Comic Relief BB spoof. I do seem to have a knack for it. I love it too. Did Rotten do any BBs? (Strokes chin.) "For the love of Mike, don't encourage him." For my next trick (and in a rare display of strate...
by Mark Wright
Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:44 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff
Replies: 73
Views: 8211

Re: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff

Glad to be in the company of someone else who recognises this for what it is - and you've clearly watched it lots, as analysis of the (almost certainly deliberately unsettling) audience aspect only occurs after repeated viewings (for me, anyway!) It's just another wonderfully baffling layer and a cl...
by Mark Wright
Thu Jan 23, 2014 4:17 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff
Replies: 73
Views: 8211

Re: Challenge get the rights to some interesting/early stuff

I don't know whether Peter Serafinowicz's twisted pastiche of Blankety Blank is well-known (around here or otherwise) but it's a must-watch. Try searching for "Blankety Blank Comic Relief" in the usual place. There's a chance that purists among you will instantly hate it, but it's so multi-layered, ...
by Mark Wright
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:35 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Things you're not allowed to do on television
Replies: 125
Views: 9851

Re: Things you're not allowed to do on television

I've always understood it to be the case that commercials featuring recognisable actors (either appearing in person or on V/O duty) are prohibited from being scheduled within and around the programmes they also appear in, or have an established connection to. Were this indeed once the case, the rule...
by Mark Wright
Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:16 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Bob Says Opportunity Knocks end credits
Replies: 29
Views: 3185

Re: Bob Says Opportunity Knocks end credits

I'm surprised you got any answer at all, because my memory is that there would only be people on the other end of the line from about an hour before the TX time of a show that solicited callers. At other times, the number would just ring endlessly. That "hour before TX" thing was the bit of "secret...
by Mark Wright
Sat Dec 28, 2013 6:14 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Bob Says Opportunity Knocks end credits
Replies: 29
Views: 3185

Re: Bob Says Opportunity Knocks end credits

Slightly off-topic interjection from me again, but with talk of that 01 811 8055 phone number, I couldn't resist sharing my first memory of calling it. I suppose I first became aware of it around 1980, aged about 6, given that Noel's iconic Swap Shop desk was emblazoned with it each weekend. (I ador...
by Mark Wright
Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:23 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Bob Says Opportunity Knocks end credits
Replies: 29
Views: 3185

Re: Bob Says Opportunity Knocks end credits

Ulp. Apologies if my layman musings caused any offence/annoyance. I was just so enthralled by the whole thing; I suppose I was expecting a "How Do They Do That?" style explanation. Oh well, I *think* I now get how it was made. What a shame, though. Long gone are the days when a sizeable proportion o...
by Mark Wright
Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:27 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Bob Says Opportunity Knocks end credits
Replies: 29
Views: 3185

Re: Bob Says Opportunity Knocks end credits

Gosh, that is clever isn't it? The way the objects bounce from foreground to background around the upscrolling credits makes it look like the credits were rendered along with the objects as part of the "scene". Even if that were possible in 1989, it would have been completely impractical because (1)...
by Mark Wright
Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:27 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TV Game show video/audio effects pre 1990s
Replies: 12
Views: 1311

TV Game show video/audio effects pre 1990s

Having just splattered some off-topic drivel all over a thread relating to Bob Says Opportunity Knocks (apologies for that) I'm now wondering about the many game shows that used to litter my TV screen as a youngster, and how tedious they must have been to make. Thinking about it, surely the futurist...