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by Roll ACR
Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:03 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: The original Breakfast Time onscreen clock
Replies: 23
Views: 2434

Re: The original Breakfast Time onscreen clock

The TV-am one was played off a VTR and sized/positioned via some gizmo and then matte keyed over station output According to a couple of former TV-am engineers, it was always electronically generated. They're mystified as to your recollection. That's fascinating. I stand completely corrected. So it...
by Roll ACR
Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:05 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: The original Breakfast Time onscreen clock
Replies: 23
Views: 2434

Re: The original Breakfast Time onscreen clock

I don't know but I'd wager that the BT clock was electronical. The TV-am one was played off a VTR and sized/positioned via some gizmo and then matte keyed over station output. I vividly remember one morning seeing it spool forward with the VTR noise bars then it froze, spooled back and then rolled a...
by Roll ACR
Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:38 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Good Morning Britain, mark 2
Replies: 17
Views: 1227

Re: Good Morning Britain, mark 2

Yes, the "Daybreak" name is pretty hackneyed. IIRC it was the name used by the ACC backed bid for the breakfast franchise in 1980. Then TV-am used it for a while as the name of the first part of their service before GMB. Then the ITN backed bid for the breakfast franchise in 1991 was called Daybreak...
by Roll ACR
Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:38 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: DO IT! (Children's ITV)
Replies: 18
Views: 1735

Re: DO IT! (Children's ITV)

I loved the programme when I was a kid. I remember making Coconut Ice after seeing it done on "Do It!". I even remember the song that was sung during the make on the show. There are a few eps on the YouTube at the same place as the "Country Ways" mentioned on another thread. The theme tune is still ...
by Roll ACR
Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Forsyte Saga (1967)
Replies: 30
Views: 2234

Re: The Forsyte Saga (1967)

I haven't watched it for years. I bought the big VHS box set which was packaged in a green design - IIRC. Must be about 20 years ago though. I did enjoy it and the tapes must be up in my loft somewhere. Although after 15 years of being baked then frozen through the seasons I don't know what state th...
by Roll ACR
Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Supernatural [bfi]
Replies: 31
Views: 3262

Re: PR: Supernatural [bfi]

I'm gonna give this a whirl. Looks interesting and anything with Ian Hendry holds huge interest for me. I don't generally do singular favourites in anything, there's so much under the sun how can anyone? But I think he is my favourite actor.
by Roll ACR
Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:33 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Birds of a Feather
Replies: 12
Views: 1404

Re: Birds of a Feather

My Mum was thrilled as she loves the original.
FWIW Pauline and Linda are an absolute dream to work with. Really, genuinely nice people.
by Roll ACR
Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:31 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Downton Abbey Big Switch Off ?
Replies: 48
Views: 4080

Re: Downton Abbey Big Switch Off ?

I think most people who aren't moved by the "appeal" of "Downton" would be still less entertained by the soaps. As I said before, Christmas time is when you often find yourself exposed to things you don't normally sit through. Although, as Gareth says, such theories are not true, "EastEnders" really...
by Roll ACR
Tue Dec 31, 2013 4:32 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Downton Abbey Big Switch Off ?
Replies: 48
Views: 4080

Re: Downton Abbey Big Switch Off ?

It's unfair to suggest snobbery as the root cause of the criticism. The viewers are not "proles", it's nothing to do with class. Yes, it'd be very easy to characterise "Downton" viewers as like your rather common aunt who sits there, agog at the "Downton" Christmas special, gobbling Cadbury's Roses ...
by Roll ACR
Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Bob Says Opportunity Knocks end credits
Replies: 29
Views: 2720

Re: Bob Says Opportunity Knocks end credits

I must admit that my jaw dropped as I spooled through and noticed the Beeb using "0898" numbers back in those days. They were profit generating weren't they? The stuff of sex lines and chat lines and "commercial" TV competition entries. Perhaps I'm being silly but I was ever-so-slightly surprised th...
by Roll ACR
Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Downton Abbey Big Switch Off ?
Replies: 48
Views: 4080

Re: Downton Abbey Big Switch Off ?

Loath the programme, wouldn't watch it if you paid me. I totally agree with you but at Christmas time and other instances when there's a house full, you sometimes find yourself having to sit through it. On such occasions I find it best to embrace it and laugh at it. There was a relatively recent ed...
by Roll ACR
Sun Dec 22, 2013 10:05 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC News - preroll hasn't vanished yet?
Replies: 9
Views: 1090

Re: BBC News - preroll hasn't vanished yet?

Blimey! Has there really been an edict that live programmes shouldn't begin with a clock? As Gareth says, it's fairly elementary to just delay the cut if the wrong thing is incoming. As you say, if Beeb News do their tops live then that's fine. Some news programmes, certainly regions and I'm not sur...
by Roll ACR
Sat Dec 21, 2013 10:40 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC News - preroll hasn't vanished yet?
Replies: 9
Views: 1090

Re: BBC News - preroll hasn't vanished yet?

I think I've told this story before, but it's relevant, so I'll tell it again. There was a lady Director in BBC News who was almost universally disliked amongst the operations staff. During a particularly chaotic run up to transmission of the "Six O'Clock News" when things were changing because of a...
by Roll ACR
Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC News - preroll hasn't vanished yet?
Replies: 9
Views: 1090

Re: BBC News - preroll hasn't vanished yet?

Personally I think that ALL titles and out of break stings should run off a -5 or -10 preroll with moving vision from -3 and sound at +12 frames. Of course packages within programmes can be instant start. It's more flexible and there's no reason not to. But when presentation are actually taking you ...
by Roll ACR
Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:59 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Bob Says Opportunity Knocks end credits
Replies: 29
Views: 2720

Re: Bob Says Opportunity Knocks end credits

It's already been perfectly well explained. The animation on one tape, the animated matte transitioning objects from "foreground" to "background" via a clever "peeling" effect on another tape rolled synchronously and the roller coming from a caption generator, probably an Aston. All married together...
by Roll ACR
Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:08 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: News Flash
Replies: 90
Views: 6763

Re: News Flash

It still strikes me as odd that on "news" channels and "news" bulletins, they will entertain such a preponderance upon one story, to the detriment of generally informing the audience of other things with editorial merit. Cover the story, by all means. Even devote a third of the bulletin to it if it'...
by Roll ACR
Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Bob Says Opportunity Knocks end credits
Replies: 29
Views: 2720

Re: Bob Says Opportunity Knocks end credits

All I did was spool through to the end credits. Just watched said act and I have to agree, Gareth.
by Roll ACR
Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:54 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Softly Softly: Taskforce
Replies: 80
Views: 9364

Re: Softly Softly: Taskforce

A colleague lent me a bootleg DVD of "Like Any Other Friday" and "Escort" on Sunday. Watched it that night. Must say it was very enjoyable, rather good. I will probably buy or beg as an Xmas present this DVD release. Stratford Johns is excellent. For some reason I just can't (and never could) warm t...
by Roll ACR
Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:59 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Bob Says Opportunity Knocks end credits
Replies: 29
Views: 2720

Re: Bob Says Opportunity Knocks end credits

Just looked at it on DailyMotion. It's certainly a good effect. At one point the furthest edge of a trampoline goes "behind" the roller while the nearest edge obscures it as "foreground". The matte key doesn't just cut or mix it actually "peels" from foreground to background. It looks like a 2 VTs p...
by Roll ACR
Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:40 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: TV Game show video/audio effects pre 1990s
Replies: 12
Views: 1057

Re: TV Game show video/audio effects pre 1990s

Having worked on "Catchphrase" I can correct a few of your assumptions. The 2S contestants plus big screen you mention was a lock off with a DVE box filling the "screen". There was no Chromakey involved. The actual screen was filled with a projected pattern and later a PBU of the programme title log...
by Roll ACR
Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Bob Says Opportunity Knocks end credits
Replies: 29
Views: 2720

Re: Bob Says Opportunity Knocks end credits

I've not seen it. Could only find the opening titles on the YouTube. The effect you describe could have been set up on the M/E banks and done with 2 VTRs synchronously rolled and an Aston if it was a simple luma or chroma key for the "foreground". Or a matte filled with the background VTR clean for ...
by Roll ACR
Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: News Flash
Replies: 90
Views: 6763

Re: News Flash

Hear hear, it's always annoying when TV and Radio news go overboard on just one story. It's very seldom justified and certainly wasn't last night and this morning. Journalists disappearing up their own arses and losing their grip on what's important. I long for a news programme that totally ignores ...
by Roll ACR
Fri Nov 22, 2013 9:12 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Terminological question
Replies: 80
Views: 4283

Re: Terminological question

Bernie, so it was you! I remember that jingle was totally ripped to shreds at my school. When was it? 1991? Anyhow we were 5th or Lower 6th and far too old to be watching Children's BBC but we still tuned in for Neighbours and the Fast Forward "commercial" was often seen at the junction twixt CBBC a...
by Roll ACR
Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:19 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: An Adventure in Space and Time
Replies: 118
Views: 7943

Re: An Adventure in Space and Time

I agree with you Bernie. Also, did I imagine it or did I hear someone shouting "action!" on the floor. Again, something that very, very seldom happened in television studios. In a TV studio you give mute, visual cues. An FM colleague of mine once recounted working with Hayley Mills on "Thriller" at ...
by Roll ACR
Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:19 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Terminological question
Replies: 80
Views: 4283

Re: Terminological question

That's a very good point actually - trails that used the presenter in a specially-shot segment. Something else that seems to have died out No, it still happens. Most often when there's no programme footage available yet, or there is, but the production team want to keep it under wraps for the time ...
by Roll ACR
Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:16 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Who on the MC was the last to get colour television?
Replies: 32
Views: 3055

Re: Who on the MC was the last to get colour television?

Colour television in 1979 and it was a Pye. I was only 3 but I can remember the day we got it.
VCR in 1985 and it was a VHS from Saisho which IIRC was the badge slapped on Dixons own brand electronicals.
by Roll ACR
Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:12 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: CBS to stream entire Kennedy murder coverage
Replies: 18
Views: 1723

Re: CBS to stream entire Kennedy murder coverage

I think it was a regional thing in the North. Mike Scott broke the news to viewers in the Granada area before the BBC and indeed, before ITN reported it to the rest of the network.
by Roll ACR
Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Keith Floyd
Replies: 6
Views: 920

Re: Keith Floyd

Thoroughly enjoyed the first "Floyd on France" this week. Wonderfully nostalgic, reminded me of childhood holidays to France. The food, the warmth, the selective yellow headlights...... Watching it was a nice trip back in time. But I was shocked at his sweeping generalisations. "We just don't do tha...
by Roll ACR
Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:57 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Terminological question
Replies: 80
Views: 4283

Re: Terminological question

Indeed, sounds like fun Bernie. Variety is the spice of life, hackneyed but so very true. Sitting in a narrow pigeon-hole, whether professionally or personally, is to be pitied.
by Roll ACR
Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:20 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Terminological question
Replies: 80
Views: 4283

Re: Terminological question

Staff Directors at the ITV companies would have done whatever came in. Cookery programme, Regional News, Quizzes, Sport, and quite possibly a bit of Drama and what have you. Even if they were slightly restricted they would straddle easily 2 or 3 genres with no obstacles if they so chose. Freelances ...