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by Simon Coward
Thu May 23, 2013 11:01 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Speak Like A Child (BBC 1998)
Replies: 9
Views: 2212

Re: Speak Like A Child (BBC 1998)

According to The Times, there's a tx of something with that title on 04/11/2004 (well, early hours of 05/11, it's a slightly worse slot than the original broadcast). It's got the right duration 1:20 (the BFI's listing is wrong in saying that it runs for 2 hours) but The Times carries no details so I...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 22, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Garbologist - Channel 4
Replies: 7
Views: 2111

Re: The Garbologist - Channel 4

How peculiar. Hmmm...

Richard Kell's another name that isn't in our database. There is a Richard Kelly who did a bit of directing, but almost exclusively on Blue Peter, I think.

Where did you source the "Channel 4" bit from? It's not mentioned on the page I linked to.
by Simon Coward
Wed May 22, 2013 12:09 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Garbologist - Channel 4
Replies: 7
Views: 2111

Re: The Garbologist - Channel 4

There's nothing in our database either.

This page here gives an alternative spelling for the director's surname (Schernick) and two variations on the title spelling (Garbologist / Garboligist) as well as a production company (Access Productions) but none of these seem to help a great deal.
by Simon Coward
Fri May 17, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Tv Times
Replies: 82
Views: 16616

Re: Tv Times

Different weights of Univers work quite well in, to use stearn's example, both VALERIE PITTS and Old MacDonald... Bold for the former and Black for the latter. Plantin is very close as the main body type. When italicised it has the peculiar 'J' off to a tee, if you'll pardon the pun (or even if you ...
by Simon Coward
Fri May 17, 2013 10:17 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: VT codes
Replies: 12
Views: 3753

Re: VT codes

Here's another example for you:

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by Simon Coward
Thu May 16, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Help needed - ITV Yearbooks 1965, 1966
Replies: 4
Views: 1553

Re: Help needed - ITV Yearbooks 1965, 1966

I was wondering if a kind individual who has access to the ITV Yearbooks for 1965 and 1966 would enlighten me as to who was the listed as the programme controller for Ulster Television in those volumes and what page numbers the station's listing appears on? In the 1966 edition, no-one's listed as p...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 15, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 26365

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

In other words they'd want a depiction of the 1940s that rang true for them, even though it would be an inaccurate depiction. No, not at all. When you're dealing with how people behaved or the language they used, unless it's a portrayal of specific real people, then quite a variety of depictions wi...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 15, 2013 1:07 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 26365

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

How many years before dramas set in the mid-1990s routinely show houses having flat-panel TVs, I wonder. 2010's 'When Harvey Met Bob' - set in 1984/85 - has a scene of 'Bob Geldof' watching the BBC News footage from Ethiopia on a fairly contemporary widescreen television. In 1984. Somebody in the p...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 15, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 26365

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

I remember some complaints about The Camomile Lawn from people insisting that its depiction of sexual frankness was anachronistic for the 1940s. But this is, of course, bollocks - they just didn't like the sexual frankness, that was their problem. They wanted a sanitised version of the 1940s, but t...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 15, 2013 12:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 26365

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

Alright, how many people in WW2 barracks used expletives like 'blast'? Not an anachronism, I know, but still unrealistic. Obviously with older dramas that's a censorship issue, but not any more. I suspect the Spitfire enthusiasts wouldn't complain about this, though - they'd accept that it was a de...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 15, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 26365

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

That's, of course, an extreme example. Artistic decisions can be much more subtle, which is where the 1937 wristwatch comes in. What's actually wrong with an anachronism if it tells the story better, creatives a better artistic effect, or simply makes for a more entertaining show? But does it reall...
by Simon Coward
Wed May 15, 2013 8:23 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 26365

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

GarethR wrote:For someone who's involved with television, you appear to have very little understanding of how it works, indeed how it's *always* worked. I find that strange.
Just because something sometimes - or even always - works in a particular way doesn't mean that way is the best one, or the right one.
by Simon Coward
Wed May 15, 2013 8:11 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: VT codes
Replies: 12
Views: 3753

Re: VT codes

I've seen this occasionally too, but I've no idea what it means. Most, but definitely not all, of the times I've come across it, the code's been used on an insert within something else - e.g. a VT clip played out within a news programme, or a clip played on Points of View. So I'd wondered if it mean...
by Simon Coward
Tue May 14, 2013 11:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 26365

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

Can you draw a line yourself? I can't, but I honestly don't see the problem with featuring, for example, a 1937 wristwatch in a play set in 1932. What if the 1937 wristwatch fits the character better? What if it just looks nicer? TV's about aesthetics, after all - it's not a scientific paper or a c...
by Simon Coward
Tue May 14, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 26365

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

Seriously, what is the obsession people have with accuracy in fiction? It depends on the type of fiction you're dealing with, but often people just want their fiction to be believable and not take them out of the drama by featuring something needlessly incorrect. So where would you draw the line? I...
by Simon Coward
Tue May 14, 2013 10:47 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 26365

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

But if you're doing that kind of thing deliberately where, if anywhere, does the line get drawn? Or are we one day going to get some fuck-witted director saying, "Yeah, I know in 1957 he should really be outside Number 10 with Harold Macmillan, but I just preferred the look of Winston Churchill." A...
by Simon Coward
Tue May 14, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 26365

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

However, we do see instances where production teams, even when offered the right hardware, chose something else - sometimes even from the same source - because they "think" it looks more "appropriate," even when it isn't. Absolutely, and it's their prerogative to do that - Bob mentioned consulting ...
by Simon Coward
Tue May 14, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: You're On?
Replies: 2
Views: 1126

Re: You're On?

There was something with this title on BBC 1 Northern Ireland in the summer of 1975. There only look to have been a handful of them - fortnightly from 17/06/1975 till the end of July or thereabouts.

What was being compared unfavourably with it?
by Simon Coward
Mon May 13, 2013 9:53 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Adobe's head in the cloud
Replies: 21
Views: 4765

Re: Adobe's head in the cloud

If you need to hunting down ancient hardware on which you could install an ancient OS in order to access an obsolete file format, you didn't think far enough ahead! If you're that certain that in 20 years you're going to need the option to open files you're creating in current versions of apps that...
by Simon Coward
Sun May 12, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Adobe's head in the cloud
Replies: 21
Views: 4765

Re: Adobe's head in the cloud

That's not a fair comparison, though. A 2" tape contains the finished product of a TV production project and the only way to access it is to play it on a 2" VTR, whereas the finished product of a Photoshop project is a still graphic image, and there's no problem displaying still graphic images of a...
by Simon Coward
Sun May 12, 2013 8:59 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ITV to Channel 4 transfers
Replies: 21
Views: 4381

Re: ITV to Channel 4 transfers

'Looks Familiar' also transfered and became a 45 minute programme. UK archive programmes included 'Armchair Theatre', 'The Human Jungle', 'The Avengers',' The Prisoner', 'Family at War', 'Edgar Wallace Mysteries','Scales of Justice'. To be picky, do the last two film series count in this context? H...
by Simon Coward
Sat May 11, 2013 9:53 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Adobe's head in the cloud
Replies: 21
Views: 4765

Re: Adobe's head in the cloud

As overused as the Downfall meme is, that one managed to be funny. But when it comes to the line "What happens in 20 years when I try to open a project I did yesterday" - are people really making that sort of argument? They really think that in 20 years they will have an urgent business need to be ...
by Simon Coward
Thu May 09, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 26365

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

Simon36 wrote:Exactly, so surely it's optional.
It's not what they taught me at shool, though :-)
by Simon Coward
Thu May 09, 2013 6:40 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 26365

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

Anyone who pronounces "schedule" as "sked-yule" should be shot. But why exactly? "School" is pronounced that way... I don't think there's an obvious reason, particularly as both ultimately derive from latin words (schola and schedula) and so the "sch" part would have originally been pronounced iden...
by Simon Coward
Thu May 09, 2013 6:30 pm
Forum: Forum Notes and Queries
Topic: How to use search?
Replies: 6
Views: 2390

Re: How to use search?

Perhaps you could try an advanced search on google, using "how we used to live" and then the domain mausoleumclubforum.org.uk. Hope that helps. I'd wondered about this as a possibility, but I'd tried it before suggesting it, and it doesn't work because Google doesn't index the contents of the forum...
by Simon Coward
Mon May 06, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 26365

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

Out of interest, do the people who complain about perceived anachronisms in turns of phrase in programmes about recent history get equally wound up when Shakespeare is performed using modern pronunciation (and I do mean pronunciation and not language)? An Elizabethan hearing Shakespeare's original ...
by Simon Coward
Mon May 06, 2013 12:02 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 26365

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

90s? Hardly. We were using "there you go" in that sense when I was at primary school in the 70s, and I'm sure the usage was far from freshly-minted then. You may be right about it hardly being new, but I do recall it gained popularity/currency in the 1970s once it became familiar as Sam McCloud's "...
by Simon Coward
Mon May 06, 2013 9:53 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 26365

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

One thing that struck me was the Master of the College's use of the verb "refute" to mean "to deny (strongly)", when in 1965 it would surely only be used with its more traditional meaning of "to disprove".
by Simon Coward
Mon May 06, 2013 9:12 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 26365

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

Mind you I didn't mention the notice on the wall that said "authorized" rather than "authorised"! Perfectly correct. I don't know whether it's changed more recently, but until at least the 1980s, the 'z' spelling of this and similar words used to be given as the primary spelling by the Oxford Engli...
by Simon Coward
Mon May 06, 2013 7:54 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour etc
Replies: 159
Views: 26365

Re: How about a Mausoleum Consultancy service - Endeavour et

"gifted" in the legal sense mentioned by JWG is certainly a term I'm familiar with and not just one that I've seen become more common in recent years. And as that was the sense used in the programme I can't argue with it at all. "loaned" is (or at least was) undoubtedly less common than "lent" aroun...