Phil said that he isn't paid to recover the episodes and that any BBC films go back to them (non film material like semi professional/amateur tapes is restored at TIEA). He also said that Worldwide is fully up to speed with "The Project" as he seems to call it. Since it seems reasonably certain the recovered BBC prints are not in the official archive they must be being stored somewhere else at the BBC, either at Worldwide or off-site somewhere.Nick Cooper 625 wrote:Wasn't the story that Cat B was stuff Morris thought worthless and was willing to return it for "free," but Cat C was stuff he thought was valuable, but they BBC wouldn't "pay" for? If it really does amount to the rumoured 60-70,000 films, you can see that the BBC/BBCW would want to be selective. Worldwide are only interested in stuff they can resell, but for the Corporation proper the sudden added responsibility of so much "new" material would upset the archiving/conservation budgets a bit.JWG wrote: Apparently,releases of category 'B' finds i.e. non-Who are on their way.Phil Morris said that he was never asked about this category.
Either is potentially far more interesting than the odd episode of Dr Who, if that "angle" is actually true, although potential finds are obviously limited to what was appealing to overseas markets. It would be a bit of a bugger if turned out to include some previously missing Out of the Unknown or Adam Adamant Lives! episodes.
I think the "Category A/B/C" stuff was just made-up Omnibollocks wasn't it? It wouldn't surprise me one bit if nearly all of the 70 000 rumoured films/tapes were nothing to do with the BBC or ITV. Phil said there were no BBC films whatsoever in Zambia and that is where the big shipping container came from. So they were probably all just Zambian stuff they wanted transferred.
My guess (and that is all it is) is that he's found a modest amount of lost tv, possibly a couple of hundred cans of which maybe well get one or two DW stories and a few other things. Someone asked him about Not Only But Also and he gave a very coy answer so I'm assuming that will be one of them.
Since he could easily have quashed any rumours about DW right there, he must have found something but either they are odd episodes and he wants to find the rest or they are still languishing overseas and he can't get them out. If he had complete stories there would be no secrets to protect. We would have them by now. Or maybe he has zip and just feels very confident of finding more. When asked if he was more confident of finding episodes now than five years ago he answered "yes" without missing a beat and alluded to the junkings not being what people assumed. But he also said all the overseas archives had been searched, so it is very difficult to reconcile those two statements. Wherever this material is he seems confident of finding, it is not where everybody is expecting it would be. In private collections, perhaps? He did say he spoke to one collector who had bought DW in 1974.