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by TVT_Dave
Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Vital Spark"
Replies: 11
Views: 1623

Re: "The Vital Spark"

In reply to Brigham - yes it was the boat used in at least one of the four series (made over a number of years) of Para Handy. The boat is a Clyde Puffer (an internet search brings up at least four still in existence, and photos of VIC72 during filming) and would have plied its trade as described in...
by TVT_Dave
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: "The Vital Spark"
Replies: 11
Views: 1623

Re: "The Vital Spark"

Just for interest - the actual boat - the Vital Spark (of Glasgow) still exists. I saw in 2013 at Inverarary on the way back from a visit to Iona via Oban. In a writeup for a newsletter about the visit, I mentioned the Vital Spark and added a footnote as follows.... Vital Spark - the last working Cl...
by TVT_Dave
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: The Right Hand Corner White Square.
Replies: 10
Views: 2327

Re: The Right Hand Corner White Square.

The BBC used to use these cue dots, in the lh corner, to cue in live programmes. The cue dot would appear at -30 seconds to the start of the programme, go off at -10 seconds, then back on at -5 seconds. If the programme started with VT titles, the machine would be cued to run at the -10 seconds. If ...
by TVT_Dave
Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Endeavour
Replies: 12
Views: 1747

Re: Endeavour

Not quite to do with Endeavour, but a recent episode of Father Brown (set in the early 1950s) had characters listening to a programme on the Light Programme which included the pips. I nearly threw something at the TV when the pips played were five short and one long - which didn't come in until 197...
by TVT_Dave
Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Get Some In
Replies: 20
Views: 2909

Re: Get Some In

This series has had a run on Forces TV (sky264) earlier this year, and episodes pop up from time to time. However, nothing over the past week!

DB
by TVT_Dave
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Schedule change - Madam Secretary
Replies: 0
Views: 361

Schedule change - Madam Secretary

Has any memebr come across the following unusual scheduling? Madam Secretary goes out on Sky Living at 10pm Wednesdays. Yesterday, an early episode of Criminal Minds was on at 10pm yet on Sky Living +1 Madam Secretary was scheduled and went out as I recorded it from the +1 transmission. I'm just wo...
by TVT_Dave
Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Star Trek- Original BBC transmissions
Replies: 65
Views: 8507

Re: Star Trek- Original BBC transmissions

To answer Brock - Why did the BBC go to the expense of creating a mix through from channel ID to the Startrek titles? Well there wasn't any 'expense' - it was done by the vision mixer in the appropriate Network Control as a cross fade from the ID to the TK/VT channel. (Where's Bernie when you need h...
by TVT_Dave
Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Star Trek- Original BBC transmissions
Replies: 65
Views: 8507

Re: Star Trek- Original BBC transmissions

I don't remember the original films being 35mm. I worked in the dubbing projection area at TVC during 1968 and just round the corner were preview theatres. I saw a couple of the first series when they were being shown there and they weren't on 35mm. Also, sometime during the 70's, my old school want...
by TVT_Dave
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:51 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Japan 'to stop making VCR machines'
Replies: 2
Views: 970

Re: Japan 'to stop making VCR machines'

I have four s-vhs/vhs machines in a bay for transfer work. One of them is a Samsung world wide standard machine which will replay/record any TV system standard in the world and which has proved its worth over the years. I just hope the machine keep going!
Dave B.
by TVT_Dave
Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Bringing teletext back from the dead
Replies: 9
Views: 1935

Re: Bringing teletext back from the dead

What a fascinating item. As for decoding VHS tapes, I tried this with Sony U-matic recordings as well, but didn't get anywhere. The problem is that the machines of the time weren't that stable. They locked up frame wise, but if you put the signal into a monitor locked to external syncs, the picture ...
by TVT_Dave
Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: LED light radio interference
Replies: 4
Views: 831

Re: LED light radio interference

I'm surprised that you are getting any interference. Last year I changed over 15 x 50w G10 halogen lamps for the equivalent wattage output LED versions. I have four FM radios in the house - one receives via a roof aerial and the other three by bits of wire and none of them suffer from interference w...
by TVT_Dave
Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TOTP 1981
Replies: 6
Views: 1678

Re: TOTP 1981

Designer - Dacre Punt.
No this isn't someone having a laugh, there really was a designer with this name. He worked for my TV department on occasions.
by TVT_Dave
Thu Oct 01, 2015 10:51 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: 16mm vs. 35mm inserts
Replies: 68
Views: 7943

Re: 16mm vs. 35mm inserts

I find Brian F's comment.....I was told by a BBC film editor many years ago that News were reluctant to go to 16mm until the editors said they could just about "eyeball" edit last minute items on 16mm as well as 35mm - very interesting, and wondered when it was made. I joined Television Film Studios...
by TVT_Dave
Sat Aug 29, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Clifford Hatts (1921-2015)
Replies: 2
Views: 612

Re: Clifford Hatts (1921-2015)

I am very sad to hear of the death of Cliff Hatts. I got to know him when as he came on a regular basis to talk to courses run by the BBC Tv Department that I worked for. However, I must take issue with the Telegraph's obituary concerning Quatermass and the Pit.......... "A more contained adventure ...