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buster1,482 posts since 15 Mar 2006
London London
November 2009, a few weeks before 'Avatar' was released kickstarting the (new) trend for 3D movies.

It's 1995's Smellovision I remember the most - an episode of Blue Peter, Jim Davidson's Generation Game and a Vic & Bob comedy one-off. Probably House Party too?


Yes, House Party, and (i'm not sure if it was a separate programme or a segment) a Sherlock Holmes special and a Wildlife on One special called "A Nose Through Nature". I don't remember the Vic & Bob element though.


Vic and Bob presented A Nose Through Nature, from what I recall.

House Party's involvement was a pre-recorded segment on Friday's Children In Need where there were various points in the sketches that you were instructed to scratch and sniff. Can't have been more than ten minutes. Nothing at all during the usual show on Saturday night.
Steve Williams1,815 posts since 1 Aug 2008
Vic and Bob presented A Nose Through Nature, from what I recall.


Indeed they did...
http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/271cc40e0d9c4d9fb88d10af393be33b

I remember the story at the time was that Bob got attacked by a skunk during it and the stink hung around him for weeks. I remember in the eighties getting scratch and sniff cards in the TV Times, although I think that might have been based around an advert rather than an actual programme.

I think that was just about it - I have a vague memory of some 3D elements on Live & Kicking (or Blue Peter) also. Children in Need itself had some 3D including the aforementioned Dr Who special and I remember a very striking Pet Shop Boys performance.


I've actually looked up that episode of Pops - from 2nd December 1993 - and as I recalled, the Pet Shop Boys weren't actually on it. They did do a Pops performance with a load of computer graphics but that was just a normal episode. On the episode itself Take That was the only performance in 3D, and there was also a "3D video" of U2 and the Top 40 Breakers were also in 3D, but from memory I can only assume they played the records over some stock 3D footage.

A few years before, back in 1991, there was another 3D thing on Going Live where the video for Seal's re-release of Killer was made in "3D", and the glasses came free with Number One magazine. But I remember they had traditional 3D glasses for some 3D content in the magazine, plus a sort-of 3D monocle for watching the video because it wasn't "true" 3D, it was all about depth perception and I think was just a dark glass.

I think this was back in 2007/2008 kinda time? I remember that Sainsburys were providing the glasses, and I persuaded my dad to pick four pairs up, and suggested that we had a 'family round the telly' evening watching the countdown show. When the 3D 'adult' genre was demonstrated as part of the show, I was rather embarrassed to have suggested we watched the thing!


Those 3D programmes on C4 rated very poorly, and I remember loads of people saying they couldn't find any glasses - because being free, people just took the whole box from Sainsburys and then flogged them on eBay.
gottago2,395 posts since 26 Aug 2004
London London


Those 3D programmes on C4 rated very poorly, and I remember loads of people saying they couldn't find any glasses - because being free, people just took the whole box from Sainsburys and then flogged them on eBay.

I remember picking up a few pairs from Sainsburys. The problem was you'd have to give away literally millions of those glasses for these shows to rate even half decently. I seem to remember there being quite a few shows in the season, they must have lost quite a lot of money because like you say none of it rated well at all.

Also it's very hard to keep a pair of those glasses on for longer than 10 minutes.

All I remember of the C4 season was a very poor show with two magicians on the opening night that was horribly edited.
Whataday7,108 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
I think that was just about it - I have a vague memory of some 3D elements on Live & Kicking (or Blue Peter) also. Children in Need itself had some 3D including the aforementioned Dr Who special and I remember a very striking Pet Shop Boys performance.


I've actually looked up that episode of Pops - from 2nd December 1993 - and as I recalled, the Pet Shop Boys weren't actually on it. They did do a Pops performance with a load of computer graphics but that was just a normal episode.


No I'm sure the Pet Shop Boys performance was on Children In Need.

Actually, a quick Google, and I've found it:

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Neil Jones3,412 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
No I'm sure the Pet Shop Boys performance was on Children In Need.

Actually, a quick Google, and I've found it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbgAgWuOUPg


Oh my God... My head hurts.
Not quite sure what to make of that, can probably tolerate all the pointy hats and PSB type shapes floating around as that's not unusual for them but the constant camera movement (which I believe was required for the 3D effect to work) makes me feel nauseous.
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Richard589 posts since 22 Apr 2012
Granada North West Today
I think that was just about it - I have a vague memory of some 3D elements on Live & Kicking (or Blue Peter) also. Children in Need itself had some 3D including the aforementioned Dr Who special and I remember a very striking Pet Shop Boys performance.


Take That performed Babe on Top of the Pops in 3D as well. The whole point of it was to raise money for Children in Need, but they couldn't do loads and loads of 3D because it would have excluded those who didn't have the glasses (because they weren't free).


It looked fine without 3D-glasses, so it wasn't a problem for those who didn't have them.
Steve Williams1,815 posts since 1 Aug 2008
No I'm sure the Pet Shop Boys performance was on Children In Need.


Yes, sorry, I misread that - I thought you were suggesting the PSBs were on Top of the Pops.

It looked fine without 3D-glasses, so it wasn't a problem for those who didn't have them.


Leading to complaints in the Radio Times from kids that it was "just the same" with the glasses and so it was a "rip-off".
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Richard589 posts since 22 Apr 2012
Granada North West Today
No I'm sure the Pet Shop Boys performance was on Children In Need.


Yes, sorry, I misread that - I thought you were suggesting the PSBs were on Top of the Pops.

It looked fine without 3D-glasses, so it wasn't a problem for those who didn't have them.


Leading to complaints in the Radio Times from kids that it was "just the same" with the glasses and so it was a "rip-off".


The thing that worked best IMHO were the Doctor Who titles.
davidhorman1,575 posts since 8 Mar 2005
Channel Channel Islands

The thing that worked best IMHO were the Doctor Who titles.


I think that was more by luck than judgement, since the galaxy graphic happens to rotate the right way, as does the TARDIS. I think they also sped the titles up to increase the effect (it doesn't work as well, if at all, on 25p material, and the faster things move the more 3D they look), or at least that's how it looks on YouTube, and they also added a moving starfield at the end since the spinning letters wouldn't have generated much of an effect.
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