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by TonyCurrie
Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:11 am
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Terminological question
Replies: 80
Views: 4283

Re: Terminological question

And Chris Gunning's Christmas Theme, written for LWT in 1979, I think. (Don't have the tape box to hand) It's a magnificent piece for full symphony orchestra and even now never fails to get me into the Christmas mood. Anyone else have trail-related musical memories? Didn't Christopher Gunning compo...
by TonyCurrie
Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:14 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: An Adventure in Space and Time
Replies: 118
Views: 7943

Re: An Adventure in Space and Time

Was it realistic? Television representations of television usually aren't. Every Sunday night I cringe when "Strictly" shows a PA in the gallery clutching a stopwatch and yelling "Ten seconds to air". I listen to the "Strictly" talkback live most weeks and of course nobody every says that (or anythi...
by TonyCurrie
Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:10 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Terminological question
Replies: 80
Views: 4283

Re: Terminological question

Since we seem to have happily strayed quite a bit from the OP, and into the wonderful world of trails/promos/bits-in-between, can I stray from Letraset (of blessed memory) into the world of music? Over on ITV, in the early 'seventies, someone came up with the brilliant idea of commissioning original...
by TonyCurrie
Sat Nov 16, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: Current Television
Topic: Terminological question
Replies: 80
Views: 4283

Re: Terminological question

Trails. Cinema film started with leaders (10-9-8-7-SIX-5-4-3) so the bits at the end were known as 'trailers', whether they pointed ahead to next week's movies or did something entirely different. Since BBC Television was one of the first to develop the art of the interstitial, the name was one of m...
by TonyCurrie
Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:15 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: BBC Scotland cameras (late 1970s)
Replies: 13
Views: 1612

Re: BBC Scotland cameras (late 1970s)

In this review of The Omega Factor , the writer Graham Nelson says that: the Glasgow cameras produced video tape at a quality only just meeting 1979 broadcast standards . I'd guess that the reviewer probably knew absolutely nothing about television technology (no, Graham, cameras don't produce vide...
by TonyCurrie
Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:49 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Crossfades and other things you don't see anymore...
Replies: 69
Views: 4818

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

As a general rule, all feature films shown on BBC-tv lead sound, because there's always a down-hold-and-up before the film to soften the aspect ratio switching.
by TonyCurrie
Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: British Comics
Topic: New Gerry Anderson comics partwork
Replies: 2
Views: 641

Re: New Gerry Anderson comics partwork

Went to the website, and no mention at all of the cost. Just 'click here to subscribe'. When you do that, they ask your postcode before any details of the cost. Sorry but that's malpractice. I expect to be given information about the cost of something before they get any of my private information. O...
by TonyCurrie
Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Market in Honey Lane
Replies: 11
Views: 1246

Re: PR: Market in Honey Lane

Trivial observation, but at least on the cover of the box set, John Bennett looks very much like Steve John Shepherd (Michael Moon in EastEnders) .... or is it just me?
by TonyCurrie
Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Jill Riddick
Replies: 20
Views: 2121

Re: Jill Riddick

I note that all of Jill's posts have disappeared. Perhaps she decided that this wasn't a safe place to be?
by TonyCurrie
Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:23 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: When an actor died
Replies: 27
Views: 2542

Re: When an actor died

Back in the late 50s, television sets often came only equipped with the means of tuning to some, but not all of the 13 available channels. (We're talking frequencies here of course!) So our first multichannel set had a dial that offered channels 1 to 12, but channels 6, 7 and 12 were blank and didn'...
by TonyCurrie
Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:14 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Why was 1973 the year UK radio changed forever?
Replies: 2
Views: 537

Re: Why was 1973 the year UK radio changed forever?

'With hundreds of radio stations now broadcasting across the country, it is difficult to imagine how uncrowded the airwaves were 40 years ago. BBC Radio had a domestic monopoly - with no legal commercial competition on UK soil. That all changed on 8 October 1973 with the opening of the first Indepe...
by TonyCurrie
Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:10 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Carole Hersee
Replies: 10
Views: 1400

Re: Carole Hersee

I saw this thread and my immediate thought was "Why can't they leave her alone ?" I do wonder if what she knows now, she would have allowed her Dad to take a picture of her all those years ago. No, she's cool about it all, but the photo wasn't taken by her father - it was, of course, taken by a pro...
by TonyCurrie
Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:24 pm
Forum: British Comics
Topic: Colourising old comics
Replies: 5
Views: 1045

Re: Colourising old comics

Worst of all were those British Superman annuals from the 'fifties and 'sixties, put out by Atlas Publishing. Having removed all the proper colour they then added spot colours - sometimes red and blue and sometimes (for Green Arrow strips) green and yellow. The spot colours were crude and unnatural ...
by TonyCurrie
Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: New Python Outtakes
Replies: 65
Views: 4989

Re: New Python Outtakes

I just find the whole 'It was a job like any other, I can remember nothing' thing a bit of an affectation, that's all In that case, surely it's an affectation that most people, er, affect, regardless of their job? I mean, how much recall do you have of any given day at work from 5 years ago, never ...
by TonyCurrie
Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:46 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The bizarre world of 1970s hyper-local TV
Replies: 6
Views: 972

Re: The bizarre world of 1970s hyper-local TV

'Local TV may be coming to a screen near you soon - but not for the first time, as the UK already has a rich history of local television, writes social historian Joe Moran. But did viewers really want to watch pub darts and barber shop singers? Last week, the Local TV Network launched an awareness ...
by TonyCurrie
Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: Ashes to Ashes
Topic: Sir David Frost (1939-2013)
Replies: 18
Views: 1945

Re: Sir David Frost (1939-2013)

A small point, but the Savundra "Frost Programme" was made by Rediffusion and not LWT. Sir David was excellent company as this tale relates. We once travelled by rail together to Cambridge for an RTS Convention. We were the only two travelling in the compartment and struck up a conversation - he did...
by TonyCurrie
Sun Sep 01, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The title of "Emergency Ward 10"
Replies: 15
Views: 1278

Re: The title of "Emergency Ward 10"

The title sequence showed the word "Emergency" flashing repeatedly before the apparance of " - Ward 10" so I always took it to mean "an emergency - in ward 10".
by TonyCurrie
Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: News Flash
Replies: 90
Views: 6763

Re: News Flash

I recall the Elvis death vividly - I was duty announcer at STV - the news came in towards the end of News at Ten, but was unconfirmed. Reggie Bosanquet read an item that said 'uncomfirmed reports say Elvis has died' and then signed off with the memorable phrase 'but we hope he hasn't'..... then we h...
by TonyCurrie
Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Music for BBC programmes/trailer music query
Replies: 3
Views: 483

Re: Music for BBC programmes/trailer music query

I have the tape of the original music cues for ITV XMAS 1979 but the box is unhelpful as to who composed the cuts. I can confirm, however, that it was commissioned music and not a library piece.
by TonyCurrie
Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:55 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Did the mirror globe spin all the time?
Replies: 47
Views: 9456

Re: Did the mirror globe spin all the time?

Bernie wrote:Mind you, he always said that - then crashed the trail or whatever. He can't any more, because the computer would chop him.

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No, Bernie, it wouldn't because we always come out of the Weather on a manual!
by TonyCurrie
Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:54 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Did the mirror globe spin all the time?
Replies: 47
Views: 9456

Re: Did the mirror globe spin all the time?

fatcat wrote:Is this a BBC export print Globe?

Globe programme starter
Actually, setting aside the reply already given - that a BBC 1 ident would certainly never have been shown on an export print - there's another point on this one. The export version of 'The Troubleshooters' retained the title 'Mogul'.
by TonyCurrie
Tue May 14, 2013 10:34 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Schools programmes: why did they have to 'follow shortly'?
Replies: 36
Views: 3380

Re: Schools programmes: why did they have to 'follow shortly

Many schools intervals from the 60s, 70s and 80s are contained on a double CD released by Winchester Hospital Radio as a charity fundraiser. Details of "Watch With Teacher" here
by TonyCurrie
Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:05 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tv Times
Replies: 82
Views: 6511

Re: Tv Times

Fortunately the TV Times used the arrival of new franchise regions in 1968 to kick start the TVT and a month or so after the new companies started the TVT had a massive facelift which worked wonders No. It didn't. The always-meddling ITA got involved in something that was - frankly - none of their ...
by TonyCurrie
Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Dixon Of Dock Green
Replies: 57
Views: 5795

Re: Dixon Of Dock Green

Scottish continuity links (and other Nations) were often lifted from the Presfax script (supplied from London) as the durations had to tally exactly, so it was often easier just to re-voice the London link (as Tony Currie may be able to confirm). Yes, in simple terms we would normally use the same ...
by TonyCurrie
Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:41 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: 104mhz to 108mhz ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1367

Re: 104mhz to 108mhz ?

The VHF Radio Band dates back to 1945 when the USA adopted frequencies between 88 and 108 for radio, having previously used part of Band I. As VHF/FM radio developed, manufacturers tended to produce sets which could tune the whole of the band, irrespective of its use, in order to be able to market t...
by TonyCurrie
Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:25 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Thames programme at a weekend
Replies: 37
Views: 3575

Re: Thames programme at a weekend

Returning vaguely to the topic, the final week of Rediffusion was very interesting, because most unusually, there were no less than three ABC Productions shown during the week, including the 400th and final transmission of ARMCHAIR THEATRE, "The Ballad of the Artificial Mash", which presumably ATV h...