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by Duncan
Sat Mar 05, 2016 10:35 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Down Your Way June 1957
Replies: 3
Views: 323

Re: Down Your Way June 1957

My Dad and his friends used to play a tape recorded Goon Show at the end of each of their weekly Jazz Club meetings in the 50s and my Dad would take the tape to a facility in Birmingham where the tape would be copied to a 78 disc - he referred to these as "dubbings" It later transpired that he had s...
by Duncan
Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The VT look has arrived on iPlayer
Replies: 48
Views: 2731

Re: The VT look has arrived on iPlayer

Gareth might be able to help with this one On a CRT, we "see" 576 lines because of the phosphor delay one one field and the "reality" of the second field actually being there. On a progressive screen we have 50 frames per second with each frame effectively now being one field. But if each field is h...
by Duncan
Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The VT look has arrived on iPlayer
Replies: 48
Views: 2731

Re: The VT look has arrived on iPlayer

I think you are confusing frames with fields...
by Duncan
Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:30 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The VT look has arrived on iPlayer
Replies: 48
Views: 2731

Re: The VT look has arrived on iPlayer

Did film masters exist for the later seasons of Dallas? I thought it was edited on tape and hence locked into NTSC - the only way therefore of getting a better PAL version would be to DEFT convert the NTSC master.
by Duncan
Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:17 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Blankety Blank theme
Replies: 21
Views: 1889

Re: Blankety Blank theme

Geoff Love would have been your man for that!
by Duncan
Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:16 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 109218

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

Well said Gareth - personally I'm rather tired of the "support group" sense of proprietorial ownership of classic Doctor Who that seems to have taken over dedicated fandom - but then again its hardly surprising as such fans clearly have the motivation. Makes me want to stay away however and after 20...
by Duncan
Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:06 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 109218

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

When you use the word "many" you really mean just you don't you?
by Duncan
Sun Oct 11, 2015 9:00 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 109218

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

Rubbish, they did not get rid of it because of embarrassment, it was because it was too costly, at over a million a series by the mid 80's, and because of the resources it took up, it was one of a number of shows that were cut because of the high costs created by Breakfast TV and "Eastenders", so i...
by Duncan
Sat Oct 10, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 109218

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

Can we please firmly knock on the head this false idea that the 'classic era' Dr Who series was 'cheap'. Certainly from the Jon Pertwee era onwards it was anything but. Just pause for a few seconds to give honest thought to the costs of fulfilling the weekly requirements of such a show. Nobody's pr...
by Duncan
Thu Aug 13, 2015 9:51 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 109218

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

Really interesting Paul - thanks for this :)
by Duncan
Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:57 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Robin Phillips (1942-2015)
Replies: 12
Views: 748

Re: Robin Phillips (1942-2015)

Surely if you don't recognise a name, or have no idea who they are, you can choose not to read about them - just the same as any other post really. As for what can be included, it is the same criteria as other posts - something relevant. The Ian Allen obit wasn't exactly on topic, but I for one app...
by Duncan
Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Robin Phillips (1942-2015)
Replies: 12
Views: 748

Re: Robin Phillips (1942-2015)

Any chance you can give us a clue who these people actually are, when you post a link to an obituary...
by Duncan
Wed May 06, 2015 3:54 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Most expensive British TV drama series?
Replies: 61
Views: 3368

Re: Most expensive British TV drama series?

Did Sky pay for fortitude themselves or was it co-funded with other Broadcasters - and if so how much did Sky actually pay? Who knows - I suspect the information isnt readily available - but I suspect in all honesty a valid comparison could be "Rome" - the HBO/BBC co-production which was eye waterin...
by Duncan
Fri May 01, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: The Single Play: volume 1 [Network]
Replies: 18
Views: 1549

Re: PR: The Single Play: volume 1 [Network]

For half a century the single play was the dominant form of television entertainment... Does nobody else think that's pushing it a bit? Completely. If they said it was the most prestigious form of drama then they might be onto something. But dominant? Never I would have thought, even when things su...
by Duncan
Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 109218

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

I don't have the figures to hand but I suspect ratings were high in 2009 because it was a gap year with only the specials. From DWM the last seasons ratings appear to be remarkably consistent Basically reading your posts it seems you have a classic old school proprietorial attitude towards the show ...
by Duncan
Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:50 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 109218

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

Why is it laughable to claim that the show is more popular globally than ever before?
by Duncan
Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:13 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Top of the Pops 1979
Replies: 107
Views: 7527

Re: Top of the Pops 1979

they could always cite your posts as an example...
by Duncan
Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:27 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 109218

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

It's not the discussion that I'm discouraging! Discuss away. Moan away, whatever. I'll complain alongside the rest of you when I think that the show is doing something wrong - I hated the school episode and the tree episode, for example. I just don't understand why some of you are still watching. I...
by Duncan
Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Filmed in Supermarionation / This is Supermarionation
Replies: 40
Views: 2684

Re: PR: Filmed in Supermarionation / This is Supermarionatio

good god i loved that when i saw it as a 6 year old in 77 - will definitely be recording it!
by Duncan
Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Filmed in Supermarionation / This is Supermarionation
Replies: 40
Views: 2684

Re: PR: Filmed in Supermarionation / This is Supermarionatio

It's now £100 and was originally £80
by Duncan
Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:50 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The secret history of 'Threads'
Replies: 46
Views: 3080

Re: The secret history of 'Threads'

I'm always puzzled by such a reaction to Threads, especially by adults watching it 15-20 years or more after the original broadcast. Yes it's bleak and doesnt pull any punches but being "too scared" to watch it again?? How did you cope with "The War Game"? where compassionate coppers shoot radiation...
by Duncan
Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:03 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 109218

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

This thread truly is the gift that goes on giving, as without fail every week I can read the written equivalent of monacles falling from retired Colonel's eyes.

If only Moffat could read this thread, then he'd know exactly what he is doing wrong...
by Duncan
Tue Jul 22, 2014 6:22 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 109218

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

But at least Gareth seems happy and comfortable to be living in the 21st century and not grumbling into his beard over the lack of brightly lit multi camera DW production, the merits of which are based on a few mentions in back issues of DWM in the 80s and 90s. Much as I love Doctor Who I'm so glad ...
by Duncan
Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:05 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Things you're not allowed to do on television
Replies: 125
Views: 5548

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

Clearly not that vivid as Lord Morgan expired on the radio show whereas Alan shot Fforbes MCallister (IIRC) "out like a light, he wouldn't have suffered" on TV. They did do it brilliantly though :)
by Duncan
Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:53 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: "Bowler Hats and Kinky Boots" (Telos)
Replies: 33
Views: 2041

Re: "Bowler Hats and Kinky Boots" (Telos)

telos deserve credit for listening to feedback and they have updated the book to include a full Table of Contents so all of the problems with the ebook have now been resolved. I can now really enjoy what promises to be a definitive book

Thanks Telos
by Duncan
Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:13 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Did Bill Cotton *really* recommission Blake's 7 on a whim?
Replies: 40
Views: 1849

Re: Did Bill Cotton *really* recommission Blake's 7 on a whi

In terms of resources and something being "dropped" - would that really have been the case given that season 4 of B7 appeared (IIRC) about 18 months after season 3 and was in another BBC Financial Year and in the autumn as opposed to the spring? Hence not necessarily a case of muscling out something...
by Duncan
Fri Jul 04, 2014 1:40 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: "Bowler Hats and Kinky Boots" (Telos)
Replies: 33
Views: 2041

Re: "Bowler Hats and Kinky Boots" (Telos)

Although the text seems excellent, the kindle book is fatally flawed by not having a Table of Contents. Hence navigation through the book is very difficult indeed. As an example the book has over 20,000 kindle locations. As a test I jumped to location 10,000 expecting maybe to land in the b/w Mrs Pe...
by Duncan
Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:48 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 109218

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

Really? Have you seen "The Girl Who Waited"?
by Duncan
Tue Jun 10, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 109218

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

There's no technically about it - the new series is in no sense a reboot
by Duncan
Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:23 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread
Replies: 2156
Views: 109218

Re: The All-Purpose Current Doctor Who (2005-) Thread

I really cant understand why people drone on about the differences between the classic series and the new one - the new one has been a tremendous success for nearly ten years now - so the producers/showrunners must be doing something right. Continuing to grumble about how its not the same as when yo...