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by Roll ACR
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:27 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: The New Avengers - on ITV4
Replies: 17
Views: 3639

Re: The New Avengers - on ITV4

In the early/mid 80s my Dad had a blue Rover SD1 and a bright yellow Triumph TR7 for the weekends. Both good cars generally. I used to love the Rover as a kid, very comfy. The period 70s cars are really part of the charm in these series. There's a beautiful metallic blue NSU Ro80 in a few eps of "th...
by Roll ACR
Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:13 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC Pres behind-the-scenes stuff, c. 1993
Replies: 38
Views: 5779

Re: BBC Pres behind-the-scenes stuff, c. 1993

Simon Parkin?? Sounds more like Toby Anstis to me. Fascinating stuff though. I joined just before this became history and I can remember walking along the Pres corridor to A and B. In those shots of NC3 being dismantled there's is to be clearly seen, one of those ubiquitous gallery chairs. They used...
by Roll ACR
Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:22 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]
Replies: 73
Views: 11524

Re: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]

The "portal to another world" (Fort Knox perhaps?) is painted on the wall outside of TC6 and I think it was done for one of the Saturday morning kids' shows - "Live & Kicking" or perhaps its successor. It has been there for years. I used to walk past it every day on my way into the Graphics entranc...
by Roll ACR
Sat Mar 02, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Goodbye Granadaland
Replies: 11
Views: 2537

Re: Goodbye Granadaland

Well as far as I know the "legend" is actually true. I work with a few ex-Anglia boys so I'll double double check next time I see them. I think that Anglia Television Ltd were fairly pinned down by the ears in the terms of their lease on the listed building and that those terms stand for the duratio...
by Roll ACR
Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:17 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Radio presenters in the Nottingham area wanted...
Replies: 4
Views: 1163

Re: Radio presenters in the Nottingham area wanted...

That's a shame....if Lenton Lane hadn't closed and if I'd still been working there I'd have given it a go. I'm a very confident presenter. Had a brief but self-terminated sojourn into regional TV news reporting/newscasting don't ya know. But alas I moved away from Nottingham in 2003 grasping my fat ...
by Roll ACR
Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:13 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sir Denis Forman (1917-2013)
Replies: 4
Views: 1147

Re: Sir Denis Forman (1017-2013)

Was only talking about him the other day at the last recording at Granada TV.
A good innings but very sad to hear this. I'm going to dust off "Persona Granada" and read it again.
by Roll ACR
Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: VT clocks on Network releases
Replies: 27
Views: 4772

Re: VT clocks on Network releases

I love a bit of clock too. Chalkboard that is, the electronic ones are far less interesting. It's a shame Network stopped putting them on the releases. It's fun and interesting and sometimes, as in the instance mentioned above, gives a glimpse of studio humour or behind the scenes. I can't believe a...
by Roll ACR
Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:53 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Goodbye Granadaland
Replies: 11
Views: 2537

Re: Goodbye Granadaland

Oh yeah! Forgot about YTV!

Channel TV's original studios were at Rouge Bouillon but they moved in the 80s to new studios at La Pouquelaye.
by Roll ACR
Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:15 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Goodbye Granadaland
Replies: 11
Views: 2537

Re: Goodbye Granadaland

Yep that sounds about right, all the other contractors have relocated over the years. As you say, the only two remaining in their very original premises are Ulster and Anglia. Indeed, the story behind Anglia still being there is quite funny. Basically even though they don't really need the place any...
by Roll ACR
Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]
Replies: 73
Views: 11524

Re: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]

Should be interesting but as with "Tales.." not going to be "anoraky" enough for us enthusiasts and people in the business. A proper in depth documentary would be fascinating. I'm quite disappointed that Grade is involved, for my money he's not even worthy of licking his Uncle's boots.
by Roll ACR
Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:28 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Goodbye Granadaland
Replies: 11
Views: 2537

Re: Goodbye Granadaland

I will do when I know. Apparently it's due for delivery in May but it hasn't been assigned a TX slot yet and they're not sure if they'll get a 60 or 90 minute slot. It's for the main network so it'll probably be a graveyard slot again. Hopefully it'll be 90 mins because there's a huge amount of grou...
by Roll ACR
Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:34 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]
Replies: 73
Views: 11524

Re: PR: Goodbye Television Centre [BBC]

So many goodbyes... Paxo is being interviewed for the Granada one too. Always good to have a foot in both camps.
by Roll ACR
Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Goodbye Granadaland
Replies: 11
Views: 2537

Goodbye Granadaland

Working on the very last production in the main studios at Granada today. They're also filming a documentary for ITV and there's a Marconi MKIV and a Mole boom in studio 12 as dressing for interview backgrounds and all us cameramen have had our pics taken behind it :-) My colleague Roger England - h...
by Roll ACR
Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:41 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Flash bulbs on tv cameras.
Replies: 4
Views: 1249

Re: Flash bulbs on tv cameras.

I can't believe there's been a step backward to scanning rather than progressive imaging! Madness IMHO Technology is often a game of swings and roundabouts. Not every new development is a leap forward in every respect from whatever currently exists - sometimes you do have lose in one area to gain i...
by Roll ACR
Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Flash bulbs on tv cameras.
Replies: 4
Views: 1249

Re: Flash bulbs on tv cameras.

Thanks for that link, very interesting and shows that I was under a misapprehension about CMOS. Just shows that things change in order to stay the same. I can't believe there's been a step backward to scanning rather than progressive imaging! Madness IMHO. All those funny effects we thought had gone...
by Roll ACR
Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:13 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Flash bulbs on tv cameras.
Replies: 4
Views: 1249

Flash bulbs on tv cameras.

I've just been watching my daily news fix. On ITV and C4 news the shots of Chris Huhne's ex-wife arriving at court showed the snappers' flashes going off. However, they only occupied a few lines of the field. I understand why that used to happen with tube cameras as they scanned each line in real ti...
by Roll ACR
Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:17 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Canned Laughter
Replies: 60
Views: 7917

Re: Canned Laughter

the TLS audience sound was (and is) sought after for shiny-floor shows and sitcoms, and they didn't want freelancers spreading the TLS "laugh library" around and using it on shows not recorded there. Is it that 'plate glass window being smashed' laughter you always hear on Beadle's About and so for...
by Roll ACR
Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:53 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: STUDIOCANAL ident
Replies: 18
Views: 3101

Re: STUDIOCANAL ident

I must agree, although we must be grateful to have the material released at all, and the ident is no more crass than any of the other countless preposterously grandiose film studio identifications, it is a right royal pain in the arse having it before every episode on releases of their material. Why...
by Roll ACR
Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Canned Laughter
Replies: 60
Views: 7917

Re: Canned Laughter

Why must they have already seen it? On a sit-com where a "cut to reveal" moment is required they may well have screened that set from the audience so as to make them watch the slung monitors, thus guffawing on the cut rather than before. I remember on a few sit-coms I operated on just such incidents...
by Roll ACR
Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC Television Centre redevelopment
Replies: 37
Views: 6016

Re: BBC Television Centre redevelopment

gives TLS a run for it's money Except for the fact that it's in Elstree - one of those places where nobody's ever quite sure where it actually is and how you get there. A bit like Shepperton, but not as inaccessible. Of course you're right Gareth, I was speaking in the purely visual sense not a log...
by Roll ACR
Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:10 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC Television Centre redevelopment
Replies: 37
Views: 6016

Re: BBC Television Centre redevelopment

Well, BBC Elstree's going to be busier than it has been for years while Television Centre's being rejigged. I hope that good use is made of the infinity cyc trench in D. When TV Centre reopens, though, I fear for the old pile. Wasn't there talk of EastEnders moving to Pinewood a while back? Yes, an...
by Roll ACR
Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:01 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC Television Centre redevelopment
Replies: 37
Views: 6016

Re: BBC Television Centre redevelopment

The remaining remnants of News are only there for another month or two according to my information. WSTV and the "Current Affairs" progs have already moved. It's only domestic tv news that remains (1,6 and 10 plus the News channel). I don't think the redevelopment gives any cause for concern amongst...
by Roll ACR
Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Guess who?
Replies: 13
Views: 2576

Re: Guess who?

Where is he now?
by Roll ACR
Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Title Sequence Cock-Ups
Replies: 22
Views: 3861

Re: Title Sequence Cock-Ups

These new titles lasted exactly one week. The only evidence that they ever existed was the fact one of the sports presenters wore a jumper with the logo from these titles for about a year afterwards. If he hadn't I'd have thought I was going mad as the sequence was a bit trippy. I didn't mind it to...
by Roll ACR
Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Lotus Eaters
Replies: 16
Views: 3021

Re: The Lotus Eaters

It's a good watch. Two of my favourite actors - their episode of "The Gold Robbers" is brill too.
by Roll ACR
Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Guess who?
Replies: 13
Views: 2576

Re: Guess who?

Is that the same smarmy character Steve Jones who did "The Pyramid Game" and "Jeopardy" for TVS? I'm guessing it is. I always thought he was neither use nor ornament. Delivery like "Smashie and Nicey" and a face only a Mother could love... I'm assuming he escaped from ILR.
by Roll ACR
Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:11 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: The Man in Room 17: The Complete First Series [Network]
Replies: 6
Views: 1602

Re: PR: The Man in Room 17: The Complete First Series [Netwo

Hurrah! Good news, I've just finished watching "The Fellows" and I enjoyed it. I'm getting used to watching everything out of chronological order with Network. Here's to working backwards :-)
by Roll ACR
Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:15 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Title Sequence Cock-Ups
Replies: 22
Views: 3861

Re: Title Sequence Cock-Ups

In 1994 HTV News (West) introduced a new title sequence with aerial shots from across the region overlaid onto a map. Unfortunately they'd used Ordnance survey maps which were Crown Copyright and hadn't obtained permission. A Pixelated version (blurring the map) was used for a short period soon aft...
by Roll ACR
Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ATV - What's left to release?
Replies: 38
Views: 6132

Re: ATV - What's left to release?

I wouldn't personally regard any of David Jason's performances as anything to be "happy with" or proud of. For my money he's another of those curious TV personalities where their apparent popularity is absolutely no measure of quality. Well, thats your opinion, and you are entitled to it. Some of u...
by Roll ACR
Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Is this story about 70s product placement genuine?
Replies: 11
Views: 2436

Re: Is this story about 70s product placement genuine?

If the Ian Ogilvy story is true then it must have been an oversight in TX control. As you rightly say, adverts featuring a "personality" were not permitted around programmes also featuring that personality. Wasn't Jenny Clulow (actress and continuity announcer) in a booze commercial? Her announcing ...