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by Simon Coward
Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:21 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: VT clocks on Network releases
Replies: 27
Views: 3970

Re: VT clocks on Network releases

"Nertwork"? Sigh. Any chance that could be altered? Then again I noticed yesterday that on the main screen on the Shadow Squad release there is an option for "Epsiode selection". Ho hum. Can you not edit the original post yourself, and with it the subject? I believe the reason they were dropped fro...
by Simon Coward
Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Stingray Production Costs
Replies: 2
Views: 682

Re: Stingray Production Costs

Does anyone know what sort of money Stingray cost to make, either as an episode average or per series? According to Chris Bentley's "The Complete Gerry Anderson", the budget was £20,000 per episode. It doesn't go into further detail, so how closely it kept to that and whether or not the figure of 3...
by Simon Coward
Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:30 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Timeline for Ampex VT machines at ITV.
Replies: 27
Views: 3339

Re: Timeline for Ampex VT machines at ITV.

As it is, Network alone have already released well over 200 ATV shows (i.e. episodes) from 1963 or earlier which were originally either broadcast live, from VT or from telerecordings, and obviously plenty more (another 500 or so, I reckon) survive to this day. No doubt at least a few more survived ...
by Simon Coward
Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:44 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Timeline for Ampex VT machines at ITV.
Replies: 27
Views: 3339

Re: Timeline for Ampex VT machines at ITV.

I was more thinking that the combined total - 40 tapes and 120 telerecordings wasn't possible. At this distance I'd have no means of working out exactly when programmes, which were originally on VT, were telerecorded. I have double checked my notes and the number of telerecordings I quoted is indee...
by Simon Coward
Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:15 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Timeline for Ampex VT machines at ITV.
Replies: 27
Views: 3339

Re: Timeline for Ampex VT machines at ITV.

No, that can't be the case, not if you're saying that was the situation around 1964, which is the impression I got from your earlier post. I must admit that I was surprised when I saw the details too but it appears that ATV didn't really hold too many tapes for permanent archive purposes. Similar d...
by Simon Coward
Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Timeline for Ampex VT machines at ITV.
Replies: 27
Views: 3339

Re: Timeline for Ampex VT machines at ITV.

Do you mean they only had 40 VTs in total, which were being re-used constantly? Or they had 40 VTs on which material was being intentionally preserved, in addition to a working stock of tapes for time-shifting productions prior to broadcast? They had around 40 VTs which they were holding for archiv...
by Simon Coward
Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:22 am
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Timeline for Ampex VT machines at ITV.
Replies: 27
Views: 3339

Re: Timeline for Ampex VT machines at ITV.

Can you clarify a bit of that? ATV had only around 40 VTs in their archive Do you mean they only had 40 VTs in total, which were being re-used constantly? Or they had 40 VTs on which material was being intentionally preserved, in addition to a working stock of tapes for time-shifting productions pri...
by Simon Coward
Mon Feb 11, 2013 1:11 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Jill and Jen the flowerpot women
Replies: 10
Views: 1794

Re: Jill and Jen the flowerpot women

Pure made-up nonsense. Was Jennifer shortened to Jen in the 1950's? I doubt it; it's a far more modern pet form. In those days it would have been Jenny, I'd have thought. Rarely, I imagine, but never say never... in Lynne Reid Banks' play "It Never Rains...", which was broadcast as a BBC Sunday Nig...
by Simon Coward
Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: Tech Ops
Topic: Timeline for Ampex VT machines at ITV.
Replies: 27
Views: 3339

Re: Timeline for Ampex VT machines at ITV.

As far as I can tell, the earliest ATV were using them for real was in January 1959. The second series of The Larkins was one of the first ATV programmes to be routinely recorded on tape rather than film. Some of the playlets in Rediffusion's Women in Love were recorded on VT in August 1958. I'm not...
by Simon Coward
Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: STUDIOCANAL ident
Replies: 18
Views: 2400

Re: STUDIOCANAL ident

There's a whole thread in this. We should call it "Doctor Oho" or "Clit of the Unknown". I fancy myself as someone of fairly avant garde musical tastes but even the farting orchestra of StudioCanal falls on deaf ears chez Halo. To be honest, I don't mind the sound that accompanies the ident, just t...
by Simon Coward
Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:24 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: STUDIOCANAL ident
Replies: 18
Views: 2400

Re: STUDIOCANAL ident

brigham wrote:Does anyone except me read the current swirly Network one as 'Netwonk'?
'You're not alone. The way the 'r' forms - initially having two stems so that it looks more like an 'n' for much of its life. I thought I might be the only one too...
by Simon Coward
Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Jackanory: The Hobbit (1979)
Replies: 29
Views: 3561

Re: Jackanory: The Hobbit (1979)

Spiny Norman wrote:Unknown versions keep popping up! And does this one survive?
I don't believe so.
by Simon Coward
Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Jackanory: The Hobbit (1979)
Replies: 29
Views: 3561

Re: Jackanory: The Hobbit (1979)

It was just read, in standard Jackanory style, but using multiple narrators. You can find clips on YouTube. OK, so then the first real adaptation was the strange film from soviet Russia (the internet says something about a very short contractually obligatory version too but that doesn't really coun...
by Simon Coward
Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:41 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: STUDIOCANAL ident
Replies: 18
Views: 2400

Re: STUDIOCANAL ident

I agree. I wouldn't mind so much if the sound on the ident was at a similar (or lower) level to the sound on the programme, but it's mostly very noticeably louder and to have to adjust the volume level twice - or hit the mute button twice - is a pain. If there only was a chapter point immediately af...
by Simon Coward
Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:36 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Captain Moonlight
Replies: 12
Views: 1337

Re: Captain Moonlight

My use of the phrase "derring-do" might have helped give the impression of some kind of swashbuckling, but that wasn't my intention - nor was it the case. I'm not actually sure whether Captain Moonlight is a pseudonym or someone who just benefited from a "poetic" name. Either way, as I understand it...
by Simon Coward
Mon Feb 04, 2013 2:04 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Captain Moonlight
Replies: 12
Views: 1337

Re: Captain Moonlight

It was a bit of a spoof really. In the series, Captain Moonlight is a character engaging in much audio derring-do in a long-running radio serial played by a comparatively mild-mannered actor who was first portrayed by Jeremy White (in the 1958 series) and then by Bernard Horsfall (in the 1960 run). ...
by Simon Coward
Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Low Winter Sun
Replies: 5
Views: 997

Re: Low Winter Sun

The episodes originally ran from 21:00 to 22:25 on C4, so that's 2 x 85 min slots which is 170 minutes. So maybe around 140 minutes after removing the ad breaks? Or is that too high? Then it depends on how it's presented on DVD: are the episodes separate or run together? is/was there a recap between...
by Simon Coward
Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:37 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Title Sequence Cock-Ups
Replies: 22
Views: 3038

Re: Title Sequence Cock-Ups

Again, not a title sequence, but graphics-related - and spinning graphics, at that. A "before" and an "after" shot from an ITV FA Cup Highlights programme last year. How very high-tech it all is.

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by Simon Coward
Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:35 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: PR: Tempo [Network]
Replies: 21
Views: 2703

Re: PR: Tempo [Network]

Ross wrote:(Puts on smart-arse hat)

Note to Network sleeve note writers: Tom Jones sang the theme tune to Thunderball not Thunderbolt. :-p
That looks like the result of a spell-checker being given too much credence to me.
by Simon Coward
Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: Radio and Spoken Word
Topic: Nineteen Eight Four on the radio
Replies: 9
Views: 1689

Re: Nineteen Eighty Four on the radio

It's even more wrong than that - there were radio adaptations in 1965 and 1967. The former featured Patrick Troughton as Winston Smith, Sylvia Syms as Julia; the latter was an adaptation for schools starring Gary Watson. There may have been others for all I know.
by Simon Coward
Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Link Wray - 1975?
Replies: 6
Views: 1154

Re: Link Wray - 1975?

I'm trying to find information about possible footage of Link Wray playing on a 1975 TV show, but not Old Grey Whistle Test... Probably a Granada production. Not aware of anything, but that doesn't mean it didn't happen. What information do you have which leads you to believe this is the case? Have...
by Simon Coward
Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:55 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Rediffusion series' theme music
Replies: 14
Views: 1644

Re: Rediffusion series' theme music

The only CD source I've found for By George! It's The David Frost Theme is on the expensive CD box set Produced by George Martin , used copies of which are currently going for 90 quid. I have a cover version on vinyl by Tilsley Orchestral on their 1967 LP Top TV Themes , if that's any help. I've go...
by Simon Coward
Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:41 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Rediffusion series' theme music
Replies: 14
Views: 1644

Re: Rediffusion series' theme music

I think you're right. It is just one part from memory. I got a bit excited when I discovered that any of it existed at all, as it seemed to be such an obscure play, coupled with the terrible survival rate of Rediffusion material, it seemed like a miracle. I think it was quite a well-thought-of spec...
by Simon Coward
Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:13 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Rediffusion series' theme music
Replies: 14
Views: 1644

Re: Rediffusion series' theme music

Edit: A hunt for a Laurie Johnson CDs with the original version of Gala Performance on it has also thrown up another possibility: When The Kissing Had To Stop. Darn it. That was one of the programmes I was going to suggest for Rediffusion Rewind on the 9th March, but forgot. I was gobsmacked to dis...
by Simon Coward
Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:07 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Write A Play (1967)
Replies: 13
Views: 1961

Re: Write A Play (1967)

A new one on me: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1849699/ I wonder if any of the writers went on to illustrious careers.... According to the Kal guide, the episodes were only 12 minutes, and all have been junked (not surprising for a Rediffusion series). They only have two writers listed, but one of th...
by Simon Coward
Mon Jan 21, 2013 12:37 am
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: Write A Play (1967)
Replies: 13
Views: 1961

Re: Write A Play (1967)

One was written by a Janice Chegwin, who might now be better known as Janice Long. But obviously I have no way of knowing if they're one and the same.
by Simon Coward
Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:51 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: ATV - What's left to release?
Replies: 38
Views: 4829

Re: ATV - What's left to release?

"The Cedar Tree" and "The Kids From 47a" are at the top of my DVD wishlist. They would seem to be likely candidates for a Network release- indeed the first episode of each has been released on the "SoapBox" and "Look Back..." volumes. While there are plenty on the ATV list that I posted which I'd b...
by Simon Coward
Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Rediffusion series' theme music
Replies: 14
Views: 1644

Re: Rediffusion series' theme music

Just thought of another. The Ying Tong Song from A Show Called Fred . Hadn't realised that was actually the theme to ASCF. Another one that shouldn't be too hard to find - not sure whether I've got that on CD anywhere, certainly have it on vinyl. And whatever the This Week theme was. Which must of ...
by Simon Coward
Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:29 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Rediffusion series' theme music
Replies: 14
Views: 1644

Re: Rediffusion series' theme music

There's The Beefeaters tune from Johnny Dankworth that was used on Search For A Star and latterly by Tony Blackburn on Radio 1. Obviously Search For A Star didn't have Arnold the dog, which makes the original theme a weird experience when expecting the barks. Didn't know that one - that's easy enou...
by Simon Coward
Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: Archive Television
Topic: The Big Freeze - 1963/4
Replies: 28
Views: 3349

Re: The Big Freeze - 1963/4

it's a fascinating documentary/report about it, made probably in March Actually a little earlier than that, I think. A programme with the title "The Big Freeze" was originally shown Sunday 10/02/1963 at 22:10. I'm not entirely sure, but I think that some part of that winter is my earliest memory. I...