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by Roll ACR
Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:03 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Terminological question
Replies: 80
Views: 4303

Re: Terminological question

There is a widespread and rather ridiculous rush to pigeon-hole people in the modern TV industry. If you're on the shop floor then, by having 6 different versions of your C.V. you can still quite easily maintain the work variety that was routine in the "old days". You just show and tell the numb-sku...
by Roll ACR
Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC2 idents on classic comedies
Replies: 11
Views: 1577

Re: BBC2 idents on classic comedies

Good old FreesatHD. I shall be watching "Cagney and Lacey" on BBC 2 NI from now on. The NI presentation team took much greater care over eliminating the "jumping roller" ECP issue that was discussed a while back. Is NI's presentation control still in-house? RedBee hang your heads in shame.
by Roll ACR
Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: BBC2 idents on classic comedies
Replies: 11
Views: 1577

Re: BBC2 idents on classic comedies

I have been enjoying the "Cagney and Lacey" re-runs, the sit-coms less so..... I agree with Bob re. the mock old graphics. They're fairly dreadful and totally inaccurate. I saw a re-made 16:9 version of the old =2= logo. I remember as a child seeing this solid colour and shade VIDEO animation which ...
by Roll ACR
Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crossfades and other things you don't see anymore...
Replies: 69
Views: 4823

Re: Crossfades and other things you don't see anymore...

Yes, I agree with Gareth. The things cited as not happening any more in the first post, do, indeed. The things that don't are desk wipes and DVE moves - probably no bad thing. Crossfade - or mix as it's more likely referred to in the business - are still used. The schmaltz fest that was Corrie with ...
by Roll ACR
Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:10 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Sexism on Strictly
Replies: 17
Views: 1584

Re: Sexism on Strictly

It's hardly sexist. There was a famous string quartet, all women, at my sister's wedding. Nobody choked on their Bollinger and remarked about sexism. They just thought "they're awfully good aren't they?". I don't watch it (although I made an exception last night because I couldn't resist Ben Cohen i...
by Roll ACR
Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:45 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Gentle Touch Vol 1: surprise extra!
Replies: 5
Views: 817

Re: Gentle Touch Vol 1: surprise extra!

Yes, it's a nice little extra titbit isn't it. I can't remember if there are any more as I've not watched the discs for a while. I'm still disappointed though, that there's no interview or commentary or anything whatsoever from the star of the show. Something from Ms Gascoine would have been nice. E...
by Roll ACR
Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Why doesn't the BBC have a film channel?
Replies: 47
Views: 3239

Re: Why doesn't the BBC have a film channel?

I'm surprised ITV don't have one though given the size and breadth of their film holdings. IIRC Carlton had one back in the 90s and very early 2000s but then it went belly up amongst the OnDigital farrago. Presumably there's not enough money in it but when ITV were discussing subscription based offe...
by Roll ACR
Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:27 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC Scotland cameras (late 1970s)
Replies: 13
Views: 1617

Re: BBC Scotland cameras (late 1970s)

I quite suspect that said reviewer's words ought to be taken with a grain of salt.....
by Roll ACR
Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:23 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Oscar Puffin 1963-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1032

Re: Oscar Puffin 1963-2013

Indeed, but Gus, Oscar and the others of yesteryear are, as I said, rather ropey and antiquated. More akin to an old fashioned, mute, ventriloquists dummy than a modern puppet. Otis the Aardvark, Hacker the dog and the other modern children's puppets are not only more realistically functional and pu...
by Roll ACR
Tue Sep 17, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Oscar Puffin 1963-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1032

Re: Oscar Puffin 1963-2013

He had a good innings and in the modern age is defunct. I remember the thrill of having a card read out on "Gus Honeybun's Magic Birthdays" on TSW. It's 20 years since he vanished. I'm sure the kids of today find a ropey old puppet, clacking away as it's manipulated by a spare pare of hands at the s...
by Roll ACR
Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Time Flies By
Replies: 8
Views: 907

Re: Time Flies By

What the blue blazes is a "restbite"? It's respite!
by Roll ACR
Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:53 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: David Frost Archive Compilation (BBC Parliament, Sat 7 Sep)
Replies: 1
Views: 622

Re: David Frost Archive Compilation (BBC Parliament, Sat 7 S

Ah.....the memories. Arriving, bleary-eyed in TC2 on a Sunday morning. A hasty rig of the cameras and the Newsreader's BASYS terminal. Cameras all pointing at test chart No 59 and then off to the canteen for a BBC fry up. Although, strangely - as I usually have a memory like a VTR - I can't specific...
by Roll ACR
Sun Sep 01, 2013 4:31 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The title of "Emergency Ward 10"
Replies: 15
Views: 1279

Re: The title of "Emergency Ward 10"

I was watching something from Anglo Amalgamated the other day with my Mum - can't remember what it was, "Scotland Yard" , "Scales of Justice" etc. Anyhow, somebody in the story was in Hospital and described as being "on the danger list". My Mum laughed and remarked that nowadays they'd be "critical"...
by Roll ACR
Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:45 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: ITV Regional News
Replies: 10
Views: 1385

Re: ITV Regional News

Remember the week of hot weather we got in July ? (which amounted to our Summer) After three days of blue skies my regional ITV news was running water shortage scare stories (they do it every year) Where I live we had a good 4 or 5 weeks or more of fairly stunning weather and the last week has been...
by Roll ACR
Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:42 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: ITV Regional News
Replies: 10
Views: 1385

Re: ITV Regional News

One anomaly at my in-laws just outside Tunbridge Wells - when BBC South East is based - is that they get BBC London on Virgin cable, but South East on Freeview. Likewise my Sister and Bro-in-law who live in Church Crookham near Fleet in Hampshire. Absolutely, categorically, Meridian/BBC South terri...
by Roll ACR
Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Grange Hill
Replies: 101
Views: 8141

Re: Grange Hill

Grange Hill totally passed me by as a child/teenager. It was banned in our house because Mum considered it "vulgar" and a "bad influence".
by Roll ACR
Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: New Python Outtakes
Replies: 65
Views: 4990

Re: New Python Outtakes

I think there's a clip of Mr Sisson on the YouTube. It's the opening of a "Surprise Surprise" where some teenage lad had written to Graham asking to shadow the camera crew (why he chose to write to the VTR Editor rather than the Senior Cameraman is anybody's guess) and Cilla has a quick chat before ...
by Roll ACR
Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: New Python Outtakes
Replies: 65
Views: 4990

Re: New Python Outtakes

Didn't Graham Sisson go to LWT? I wonder what they thought of him there. I must admit it's the same now really, if Pres want a trail recorded or done live or if News want to do something which means crew hanging around when they might otherwise be drinking cappuccinos, there is, often, rolling of ey...
by Roll ACR
Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: AUG 2
Replies: 3
Views: 715

Re: AUG 2

Can't offhand think what "AUG" might mean. Are you sure it wasn't AUX? As in auxiliary. EDIT: Actually scrub that, I've just realised AUG is probably referring to "augmented reality" such as that BBC sport uses on MoTD, Wimbledon etc. What you saw could have been the stack monitor for the second aug...
by Roll ACR
Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:40 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Old Nestle ads on TV now!
Replies: 125
Views: 6679

Re: Old Nestle ads on TV now!

I wonder what he'd make of the shop near me that proclaims upon it's signage "Objets d'art".
by Roll ACR
Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The South Bank Show inventory
Replies: 6
Views: 886

Re: The South Bank Show inventory

Episodes?????!!!!!!

Grrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!
by Roll ACR
Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:18 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Old Nestle ads on TV now!
Replies: 125
Views: 6679

Re: Old Nestle ads on TV now!

Don't see them often nowadays but we always used to call them a "Deux Chevaux" more a term of endearment than anything. A sixth-form mate of mine had one. Horrid little cars and extremely dangerous. Like a biscuit tin on wheels with deck chairs inside. Along with the old Mini they were the car I alw...
by Roll ACR
Sat Aug 10, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Old Nestle ads on TV now!
Replies: 125
Views: 6679

Re: Old Nestle ads on TV now!

Ross wrote:What's a "foe vay" anyway?
It's a VW. We say "Vee Doubleyou" but auf Deutsch it is "Fau Vé"

That is rather taking things to the extreme though. No wonder said chap was regarded with some degree of ridicule.
by Roll ACR
Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: ITV Regional News
Replies: 10
Views: 1385

Re: ITV Regional News

IIRC isn't Beckley (the Oxford transmitter) some kind of Hybrid service where the regional news programme is Meridian but the advertising sales and the monthly political programme is from Central.
by Roll ACR
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Old Nestle ads on TV now!
Replies: 125
Views: 6679

Re: Old Nestle ads on TV now!

Don't, just don't. You'll really get me started. I saw a sign at work a while back for "WC's". Needless to say I removed the offending article with my fingernail whilst saying "apostrophe! Be gone!"

Besides which who was the fuck-wit who decided to put "WC's" instead of "Toilets" FFS!
by Roll ACR
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Old Nestle ads on TV now!
Replies: 125
Views: 6679

Re: Old Nestle ads on TV now!

Ah, but if the Café owner has an e instead of an é on his signage, then it is indeed a "Kayf" and ought to be referred to as such in order to highlight his schoolboy error.
by Roll ACR
Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:26 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Old Nestle ads on TV now!
Replies: 125
Views: 6679

Re: Old Nestle ads on TV now!

They probably thought that "Oil of Olay" would conjure up images of greasy Spaniards..... British women would never touch that!
by Roll ACR
Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:42 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Old Nestle ads on TV now!
Replies: 125
Views: 6679

Re: Old Nestle ads on TV now!

Esso was the name for Exxon in the UK. Does that mean people who said Esso were total retards? Of course not! The parent company may well have been called Nestlé on the European mainland but in Britain it was known until relatively recently as Nestles. This isn't opinion, it's fact. You do realise ...
by Roll ACR
Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:21 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Old Nestle ads on TV now!
Replies: 125
Views: 6679

Re: Old Nestle ads on TV now!

Ah but the official UK use of "Nessle" was just marketing men and account managers playing it safe and pandering to the narrow and rather stereotyped vision they had of the British G.P. I think it is fair to cast aspersions about those that swallowed it. As Mike rightly says, the e is acute accented...
by Roll ACR
Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Old Nestle ads on TV now!
Replies: 125
Views: 6679

Re: Old Nestle ads on TV now!

And then of course there's the Café owners whose signage is missing the acute accent. Me and my sister always make a point of calling such establishments a "Kayf".