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by Tim D
Tue Mar 12, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Thames programme at a weekend
Replies: 37
Views: 4396

Re: Thames programme at a weekend

I suppose most of us here have at some point pondered the logistics of how programmes were networked around the country. I remember as a child being fascinated by the idea of a "weekend" television company. I often used to wonder what they did from Monday to Friday? It's quite obvious now as a 'grow...
by Tim D
Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:34 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: British TV: 50 years ago
Replies: 7
Views: 1671

Re: British TV: 50 years ago

http://tvminus50.blogspot.co.uk/ That's a really nice idea. It reminds of something that was being done on the old MC forum where members watched the same titles together and discussed them on the forum. I was looking through the TV Times from 1963 and thanks to Network, a lot of the programmes are...
by Tim D
Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:09 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: John Ammonds (1924-2013)
Replies: 10
Views: 1589

Re: John Ammonds (1924-2013)

That's a great story Louis. It's sad when someone dies and takes all these wonderful stories with them, but I'm glad that you managed to document a few of them.
by Tim D
Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:32 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Film Restoration; Don't polish that turd, I like it that way
Replies: 8
Views: 1357

Re: Film Restoration; Don't polish that turd, I like it that

When I see rough versions of them it just makes me think they look like 80s EastEnders! I think for me it holds a certain personal nostalgia, but understand it's not everyone's cup of tea. At times I've found myself staring at the screen in disbelief at HD restorations that suddenly make 50 or even...
by Tim D
Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:22 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Film Restoration; Don't polish that turd, I like it that way
Replies: 8
Views: 1357

Re: Film Restoration; Don't polish that turd, I like it that

Lee Rose wrote:It's only when you get muppets who take away every last bit of grain and make everything look utterly digital that things go very, very wrong.
Absolutely, it kills it. It might as well have been shot on video.
by Tim D
Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:28 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Film Restoration; Don't polish that turd, I like it that way
Replies: 8
Views: 1357

Film Restoration; Don't polish that turd, I like it that way

I used to love watching all those movie matinees on ITV during the 80s, where it seemed there was an endless supply of gems from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Some great late night horror too. Part of the inbuilt charm of those films for me was that they were clearly sourced from film, complete with reel ch...
by Tim D
Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Kaleidoscope: Rediffusion Rewind - Saturday 9th March 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 2272

Re: Kaleidoscope: Rediffusion Rewind - Saturday 9th March 20

Is the Maps & Men schools programme a surviving fragment, or is that the whole episode? I had thought that all Rediffusion schools programmes prior to Chez les Dupré in 1960 were at least 25 minutes long. Hi Ben, As a film print, it's complete, but was created by Rediffusion as a demonstration exce...
by Tim D
Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:40 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Timeline for Ampex VT machines at ITV.
Replies: 27
Views: 2852

Re: Timeline for Ampex VT machines at ITV.

Jezza and I were having a conversation that sparked this thread about ITV and VT over on Facebook. Pictured is an A-R videotape, thought to be the earliest example of a UK television programme that still exists on VT. I love the way it's got '22' etched into the spool. They must have been re-using a...
by Tim D
Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: STUDIOCANAL ident
Replies: 18
Views: 2070

Re: STUDIOCANAL ident

GaryA wrote:The Studiocanal 'jingle' on the recent Scotland Yard release is a new one.
That's far less offensive, but could do with being a bit shorter if it's appearing on every episode of a television series. I won't have to dive for the remote anymore now though.
by Tim D
Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: STUDIOCANAL ident
Replies: 18
Views: 2070

Re: STUDIOCANAL ident

I feel your pain Richard and you're certainly not suffering alone. It is a horrible ident. All that tweeting and screaming means absolutely nothing at all, or if it does, it's completely lost on the audience. Even the 'orchestra' can't hold a tune. It was probably conceived by some dreadfully bland ...
by Tim D
Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Big Freeze - 1963/4
Replies: 28
Views: 2962

Re: The Big Freeze - 1963/4

I thought that edition of Winterwatch was a superb example of re purposing archive material. The Big Freeze programme itself was a fascinating time capsule. I forgot I was watching something from fifty years ago as they expertly retold the story. There must be many other gems like that in the archiv...
by Tim D
Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:14 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Mrs Thursday - The Complete Series 1 [Network]
Replies: 11
Views: 1769

Re: PR: Mrs Thursday - The Complete Series 1 [Network]

There's an ITC trailer for this series featuring stills from Mrs Thursday accompanied by the theme tune that was screened at last year's MBW as part of the Kaleidoscope continuity presentation. While it's not earth shatteringly exciting, it would have made a nice little extra. I would imagine they'v...
by Tim D
Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:17 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Rediffusion series' theme music
Replies: 14
Views: 1393

Re: Rediffusion series' theme music

I think you're right. It is just one part from memory. I got a bit excited when I discovered that any of it existed at all, as it seemed to be such an obscure play, coupled with the terrible survival rate of Rediffusion material, it seemed like a miracle.
by Tim D
Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:49 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Rediffusion series' theme music
Replies: 14
Views: 1393

Re: Rediffusion series' theme music

Gala Performance? You're kidding me? Seriously. It was such a disappointment. ...but it doesn't sound to me like a comedy-drama theme, it sounds more LE than that. Yes, a strange choice, but as you say, it might be the fact that it's become so associated in our minds now with TIYL, that it's almost...
by Tim D
Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:37 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Rediffusion series' theme music
Replies: 14
Views: 1393

Re: Rediffusion series' theme music

Tilt Araiza wrote:The Intermezzo from the Karelia Suite Op. 11 by Sibelius.
Thanks for that. I'll look it up.
by Tim D
Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:00 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Rediffusion series' theme music
Replies: 14
Views: 1393

Re: Rediffusion series' theme music

Just thought of another. The Ying Tong Song from A Show Called Fred.
And whatever the This Week theme was. Which must of course be proceeded by the A-R morse code like it's etched on my mind :)
by Tim D
Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:57 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Rediffusion series' theme music
Replies: 14
Views: 1393

Re: Rediffusion series' theme music

There's The Beefeaters tune from Johnny Dankworth that was used on Search For A Star and latterly by Tony Blackburn on Radio 1. Obviously Search For A Star didn't have Arnold the dog, which makes the original theme a weird experience when expecting the barks. The Miss Mulberry Theme was to be nothin...
by Tim D
Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:42 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: New Network website
Replies: 32
Views: 3989

Re: New Network website

I quite like the new layout. Interesting to see Network are planning to go down the on-demand route too following all those customer surveys. I really believe that in the next two to three years there will be a lot more archive material available to view and buy to keep online, especially with the a...
by Tim D
Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:54 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Frankie Howerd
Replies: 38
Views: 4883

Re: Frankie Howerd

Could it have been a guest spot or something? My first thought was The Golden Shot . It wasn't uncommon for performers with a show to promote, maybe a stage version of Up Pompeii (?), to come on and do a guest spot. The bits of scenery look typically Golden Shot to me in their graphic design. I'm n...
by Tim D
Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:49 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Video repairs, any recommendations?
Replies: 2
Views: 656

Re: Video repairs, any recommendations?

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll see if I can track him down.
by Tim D
Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:33 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Christmas ratings
Replies: 22
Views: 2458

Re: Christmas ratings

I found I didn't watch any live television over Christmas. I just dipped into the iPlayer for Slade Night, Bowie at the BBC, the Jeff Lynne documentary, The Richest Songs and Blackpool Nights. That was Christmas done for me and thoroughly enjoyable it was too. Since the advent of internet television...
by Tim D
Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Blackpool Nights
Replies: 10
Views: 1688

Re: "Blackpool Nights

That's odd, but they are still very much the owners of the ABC catalogue. If the clips were supplied by another archive, but licensed by Studio Canal, there's the possibility that they could have been uncredited. It's normally a condition in the contract from the footage supplier to receive a credit...
by Tim D
Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Video repairs, any recommendations?
Replies: 2
Views: 656

Video repairs, any recommendations?

I appreciate this might be a long shot, but could anyone here recommend a good video repair engineer who would be capable of fixing a couple of Sony Hi8 decks for me? I'm based in Nottingham, but happy to either send the kit by courier or drop it in to whoever is able to fix it. If you know of anyon...
by Tim D
Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Like a candle in the wind....
Replies: 8
Views: 1407

Re: Like a candle in the wind....

The inexpert ramblings of billions of people there to be accessed forever more. Is surely what you meant to write. Well yes, I did have that thought before I posted, but the good and the bad give you a detailed picture of how misinformed some people were at the time too. I agree with your point abo...
by Tim D
Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:44 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Like a candle in the wind....
Replies: 8
Views: 1407

Re: Like a candle in the wind....

It's times like this that I wish there was a 'like' button for posts on forums. I think we can all relate to that story Bernie. Archiving the internet is an interesting point. I wonder if we'll ever see it properly achieved in our lifetimes? Imagine how much information would be available in 100 yea...