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by Blunderbirds
Thu Aug 20, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Britbox - UK version
Replies: 35
Views: 6212

Re: Britbox - UK version

The big day arrived with ITC and Anderson arriving. Space 1999 and UFO are in genuine HD . A browse of Captain Scarlet left me unsure whether it was SD or HD but Randall episodes are the old Carlton versions and not the new HD versions with the restored original broadcast credits. The Prisoner is HD...
by Blunderbirds
Sat May 09, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Britbox - UK version
Replies: 35
Views: 6212

Re: Britbox - UK version

Got another 30 day trial as the new arrival of vintage kids tv sounded interesting but this is ITV we're talking about here so understandably if there was a better way to screw it all up I don't know what it is. Anderson shows - per the rest of the service everything is listed as HD yet shows which ...
by Blunderbirds
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: A question for the TV experts
Replies: 3
Views: 864

Re: A question for the TV experts

Just been watching Touching Evil from 1997 and surprised to see that ends with a caption saying it was an Anglia Television production so regional identity was still around then. Difficult to have a single cut off date because the gradual morphing of the regions into a single ITV went side by side w...
by Blunderbirds
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: An Enid Blyton thread
Replies: 7
Views: 1349

Re: An Enid Blyton thread

When i was a kid, students at Monash University put on an amateur production of Blyton's "The Faraway Tree". The books... the concept of a Land that visits and never stays for long is interesting. Bit formulaic though - even if they get stuck in a Land, they always manage to find a way back to the ...
by Blunderbirds
Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Bless This House Series 1 (B&W) - on Forces TV
Replies: 19
Views: 3052

Re: Bless This House Series 1 (B&W) - on Forces TV

Was it commonplace for the movies to have no continuity with the series? Most of the 70's comedy spinoffs have poor reputations for that exact reason. To be fair it would be difficult to create a 90 minute movie for a cast in the usual studio location that was usually just 24 minutes. So they rathe...
by Blunderbirds
Sun Feb 16, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 237
Views: 34842

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

Not sure the ratio problems will relate to any difference between interlaced and progressive. Wrong ratios has always been a problem and continues to be but most of the time they get it right. Not recorded from the SD version for a long time but Top of the Pops on the BBC4 SD channel would often swi...
by Blunderbirds
Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Britbox - UK version
Replies: 35
Views: 6212

Re: Britbox - UK version

I don’t really want this to descend into Roobarb bashing, but I backed away years ago when a rather politically ranty member was openly giving advice (and unchallenged) on how to shoplift magazines from supermarkets. To get back on topic, I’m wondering how Britbox are going to join in with the like...
by Blunderbirds
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Britbox - UK version
Replies: 35
Views: 6212

Re: Britbox - UK version

I'd forgotten about the Roobarb Forum and how terrible it is. I had a look out of curiosity having been reminded of it and did a search for "Timeslip". Before I could search I had to answer a "random question." "Which 1984 David Lynch film was based on a series of novels by Frank Herbert?" I have n...
by Blunderbirds
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Britbox - UK version
Replies: 35
Views: 6212

Re: Britbox - UK version

Thanks to Roobarb's for this useful link: https://tvrdb.com/britbox/ I clicked on the link and almost the first thing I saw was a whopping great error. As I think I've mentioned previously on this forum, 42 Up was shown on BBC1 - not ITV! Someone noticed as it has been corrected. Although in this d...
by Blunderbirds
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Last-minute replacements
Replies: 46
Views: 6605

Re: Last-minute replacements

Probably a well known one was when the 'Doctor at...' sitcoms were riding high in the popularity stakes. This is Your Life were going to do the book's author Richard Gordon's life .....Eamonn cornered him in the pre studio sequence and he said the magic words but Gordon appeared shy or angry about ...
by Blunderbirds
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 237
Views: 34842

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

I have Virgin myself. Shows how long it is since I checked out TPTV on there.
by Blunderbirds
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Last-minute replacements
Replies: 46
Views: 6605

Re: Last-minute replacements

My favourite last minute replacement was in 1978 on Xmas day. Yorkshire tv were on strike so all the networked YTV shows got replaced by regional choices. ATV chose to air a Year Two episode of Space 1999 instead of 3-2-1. What made it so memorable is that after 5 years of being stuck with only Angl...
by Blunderbirds
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 237
Views: 34842

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

The biggest pain with Freeview is the retuning. Even if they don't add new channels and just change things a bit they tell you to retune but in most cases you lose all your timer recording settings and the Favourite Channels list needs to be setup again. My Bluray recorder went though this only last...
by Blunderbirds
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 12253

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

I remember E&M having ads for TV shows, not surprisingly "Who" featured an awful lot! I also remember that Halliwell interview ( I should still have it somewhere, although I thought it was in 'Home Video' mag or something like that, there were a lot good articles and interviews in those old Video m...
by Blunderbirds
Fri Feb 07, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 12253

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

I don't think Halliwell "moved" to C4. He purchased their films in addition to those of ITV. At the time C4 was owned by the ITV companies. IIRC his input to most of ITV was only for films intended for networking. An interview in a 1983 Video Viewer made it clear that he liked buying for C4 but was ...
by Blunderbirds
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Coming soon on Freeview Channels
Replies: 237
Views: 34842

Re: Coming soon on Freeview Channels

On, TPTV's Sunday night screening of "SNATP", the first part was in the wrong ratio, for some reason. Also, there is a strange jutter effect on VT shows, but not present of any films or Filmed TV shows. Been there for a while now. The judder could be down to settings on your equipment. If you have ...
by Blunderbirds
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons
Replies: 107
Views: 12253

Re: 1989 Thames/ Yorkshire/ LWT repeat seasons

What was unusual about the 1983 CH4 showings of The Prisoner was, apart from the first episode, they had their break bumpers intact. Episode 1 had a still image with video generated caption IIRC. Then they aired Many Happy Returns as episode 2 instead of Chimes of Big Ben, then they showed A, B and...
by Blunderbirds
Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Britbox - UK version
Replies: 35
Views: 6212

Re: Britbox - UK version

I think there has been some kind of deal made at the BBC regarding availability of some programmes due to the BBC wishes of keeping things on Iplayer for up to a year. I seem to recall that prior to the most recent series of Line of Duty the BBC wanted to make the first 4 available and in order to d...
by Blunderbirds
Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Britbox - UK version
Replies: 35
Views: 6212

Re: Britbox - UK version

US Britbox has been going a bit longer than the UK one so I expect it will have more and even once the UK one is well established it's likely to have a lot of different material to ours. Although the entire Sweeney seems to have been remastered about 5 years ago in readiness for Bluray as in spruced...
by Blunderbirds
Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Britbox - UK version
Replies: 35
Views: 6212

Re: Britbox - UK version

I assume that ITV will get shows onto Britbox as soon as they can. I expect they will want as much on there as possible but as you say there is a conflict with ITV Hub (I think the pay version is also still ongoing creating even more conflict) but as with broadcast tv ITV seem to be steering clear o...
by Blunderbirds
Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: “Village of the Damned” (1960)
Replies: 1
Views: 975

Re: “Village of the Damned” (1960)

Worth noting that in addition to the Warner Archive Bluray that you can import for around £12 it's also been added to the HMV Premier Collection too.
by Blunderbirds
Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Childrens' Film Foundation thread
Replies: 3
Views: 863

Re: Childrens' Film Foundation thread

I will pre-order this regardless but I seem to recall when it was first announced they were planning to include 2 serials aswell. Or was that on a Bluray with a movie by the same director? Or are the serials listed with the films too?
by Blunderbirds
Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Britbox - UK version
Replies: 35
Views: 6212

Re: Britbox - UK version

I took the free trial out of curiosity to see Dr Who. Everything is "filmised" so series made on tape look like they are on film. I believe this is because it's a streaming service rather than a standard broadcast and the loss of the VT look happens on all streaming services. I'm unsure who it's aim...
by Blunderbirds
Sat Feb 01, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Star Trek - Original NBC transmissions
Replies: 5
Views: 1235

Re: Star Trek - Original NBC transmissions

Regarding the breaks in transmission: wasn't it standard back in those days for a US show to be regularly interrupted by reruns so that a standard season of 24 or so episodes would last for almost 8 months? If you go through the IMDB and look at dates for series in the 60's and 70's there were break...