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A Leap in The Dark - series 1 archive staus?

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:32 am
by David Buck
Does anyone know the archive status of the first series of "A Leap in The Dark" - I've just seen a reference to an extract on one of the BBC's regional websites and I'm wondering if this is something known to exist centrally - series 2 which is when they started to do dramatisations is incomplete so is series 1 similarly affected?

Re: A Leap in The Dark - series 1 archive staus?

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:38 pm
by JWG
David Buck wrote:Does anyone know the archive status of the first series of "A Leap in The Dark" - I've just seen a reference to an extract on one of the BBC's regional websites and I'm wondering if this is something known to exist centrally - series 2 which is when they started to do dramatisations is incomplete so is series 1 similarly affected?
http://www.lostshows.com/default.aspx?p ... 43bb6426cf

Is it this show?

Re: A Leap in The Dark - series 1 archive staus?

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:31 pm
by JWG
JWG wrote:
David Buck wrote:Does anyone know the archive status of the first series of "A Leap in The Dark" - I've just seen a reference to an extract on one of the BBC's regional websites and I'm wondering if this is something known to exist centrally - series 2 which is when they started to do dramatisations is incomplete so is series 1 similarly affected?
Is it this show? http://www.lostshows.com/default.aspx?p ... 43bb6426cf

Re: A Leap in The Dark - series 1 archive staus?

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:32 pm
by David Buck
yes - ish, but lost shows just copies the printed Kaleidoscope guide ignoring the first documentary series and only counting the latter 3 dramatised series (hence 17 episodes) - a note appears in the printed guide explaining that series 1 is not listed.
The lost shows listing needs amending as its not limited by genre so it's just wrong; on the total episode count at least.

Re: A Leap in The Dark - series 1 archive staus?

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:36 pm
by Simon36
I'm fairly certain none of series one exists bar the pilot episode. I seem to remember checking on INFAX years ago. But I can't be certain, sorry!

Re: A Leap in The Dark - series 1 archive staus?

Posted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:11 pm
by David Buck
found a couple of references to this clip online now so here it is -

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/wiltshire/h ... 354240.stm

does infax list all the news and current affairs materials these days or could the series be sitting there unnoticed ?

Re: A Leap in The Dark - series 1 archive staus?

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:53 am
by bent_halo
Infax lists surviving inserts for 9.1.73, 6.2.73, 13.2.73, 20.2.73, 27.2.73, 6.3.73 and 20.3.73. The studio links were live as I recall, so they do appear to be lost/unrecorded. The entries on Infax rarely specify surviving format but are very detailed on contents with timings given.

Re: A Leap in The Dark - series 1 archive staus?

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 2:59 pm
by Simon36
That's encouraging: I always wanted to see the report on the policeman found dead in Clapham Wood and was frustrated there wasn't a nice VHS in the archive!