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VMPhil9,934 posts since 31 Mar 2005
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Britbox UK - UK SVoD Platform.

I've been trialling this and there's aspects about it in these early days that annoy me. The Royle Family is using those horrible fake episode titles that make it sound like some bad American sitcom ('Bills, Bills, Bills', 'Making Ends Meet', 'Another Woman?' etc). Also there are a few shows that I know should be in widescreen but are using 4:3 copies (e.g. later series of Vicar of Dibley).

And of course the big one… it doesn't support 50p so everything gets a film look. But at least it uses the phrase 'series' and not 'season'!

I'm not really a user of streaming services, their content just doesn't interest me (I have enough on live & recorded TV and YouTube to watch anyway) and I tend to prefer getting DVD/BD versions of stuff I have more than a passing interest in, but I'd be willing to take another look at Britbox in the future when the selection gets wider and hopefully they might get some rarer stuff in.
VMPhil9,934 posts since 31 Mar 2005
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EastEnders

Today's second episode (18/7/91) had the remixed version of the theme tune, possible the point where they started using it regularly... for a few months anyway.

I signed up to UKTV Play just to check this… well, it is the new version on the end credits, but not on the opening titles, and the whole episode was still in mono.


No matter, as I've just found this video with that particular end credits theme in proper stereo. Even the 'doof doofs' are in stereo going from right to left.

https://youtu.be/2VGfkdYTrmw?t=228
VMPhil9,934 posts since 31 Mar 2005
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YouTube Gold

The Unseen Frank Skinner Show, one of those '90s 'too rude for TV' videos. It's from 1997 so only covers the first two series of the BBC1 incarnation of the show, rather than the better remembered ITV version.


I wouldn't say the ITV version was better remembered - the most memorable series was probably his last one on BBC1 in 1999, where it was pulling in huge audiences at 10.30, bigger than most primetime shows, and that was why ITV ended up poaching him. They had some big names on ITV, like Britney, but it was never the big critical and commercial hit it was on the Beeb.

I know the last series on the BBC had the Tara Palmer-Tomkinson interview, but I had assumed the ITV version was better remembered as it ran for longer and there were other incidents such as the Matthew Kelly jokes and him coming on to defend himself afterwards. Plus I'd looked at the listings and noticed there was quite a big gap between series 2 and 3 on the BBC, not counting Christmas specials. But I was just going from my own memories so happy to be corrected.
VMPhil9,934 posts since 31 Mar 2005
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2019 General Christmas election.

I was watching on YouTube (but after half an hour have given up as it's all too tedious) so I'm not sure if a few of the weird things that have happened so far were YouTube quirks or not?

At the start when Julie was stood between Johnson and Corbyn there was a good five seconds of music playing where it felt like it should have cut to a title sequence, but didn't and then instead eventually cut to a shot of the audience or something, and then very quickly after one of the set, where the trio were suddenly all stood behind their individual podiums, having presumably sprinted across in the second or so they were off-screen?! There was no titlecard, which makes me think it was a mistake as that would have covered the transition much better?

Sounds like a fault on the YouTube feed - on TV there was definitely a title sequence and no awkward gap.
VMPhil9,934 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today

Channel 4

Channel 4 Election Alternative announced ...




Wow, it's like they've gathered up all my least favourite TV personalities into one place.
VMPhil9,934 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today

Top of the Pops

Milli Vanilli never looked like a particularly likeable pair. Something about them seemed odd from the very start. Later proven as a fraud. Mind you, they did nothing that Plastic Bertrand hadn't done on TOTP way back in 1978 and not forgetting the guy Bobby Farrell from Boney M too while we're at it from a decade earlier.

The thing with Milli Vanilli is, I wonder if the people behind it thought they'd get away with it forever or if they knew they'd be found out sooner or later. Even if the infamous skipping CD incident hadn't happened, surely we wouldn't have gotten to 2019 without them being exposed?
VMPhil9,934 posts since 31 Mar 2005
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Newsnight

Has a Newsnight special ever aired on BBC1?

It certainly has in the past. I'm not sure if you can persuade bbc.co.uk/programmes to tell you without clicking through month-by-month.

I could understand why pre-News 24 by-election or local election coverage might have been branded a Newsnight special (though AFAIK Dimbleby never hosted Newsnight itself) but the budget in mid-afternoon on BBC1 makes no sense.

Would that have been down to it being produced by Current Affairs rather than News?
VMPhil9,934 posts since 31 Mar 2005
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BBC One-ness - and so it continues



BBC Two will simply reuse their Christmas presentation from last year.


{Citation Needed}

Oh, bold, wanting quotes

LOL, I love the idea that Steve is the bad guy for wanting to know if what you're saying is actually a statement of fact, not just an assumption dressed up as one.
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VMPhil9,934 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today

YouTube Gold

The Unseen Frank Skinner Show, one of those '90s 'too rude for TV' videos. It's from 1997 so only covers the first two series of the BBC1 incarnation of the show, rather than the better remembered ITV version. Of particular interest is the clip at 3:02, in which Frank assures the viewer he'd never do anything offensive or tasteless, before introducing his next guest.

VMPhil9,934 posts since 31 Mar 2005
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Children In Need 2019

Dont look at the ealry 90s...

Which was before I was born and also during a fully fledged recession.




Blimey, I didn't think things were that bad, they only raised £50?
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VMPhil9,934 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today

YouTube Gold

I still remember using TV Ark and the likes on 56k, videos would take ages to download, wouldn't be very long, and would be small and poor quality. Streaming video would obviously be even worse quality.

40kbps on that BBC choice video, that's less than even the lowest quality videos you come across these days use just for the audio. Probably only a few frames per second at that bitrate. The idea of 4K streaming at 60fps with lossless audio would have been unthinkable then.

It’s not my screenshot so I don’t know what the quality of the stream was like - but postage stamp is probably a good description! I was actually surprised by the quality of some RealVideo files I’d downloaded and found again recently, not quite as bad as I remembered. It was better to download rather than stream a lot of the time otherwise you’d see the dreaded ‘Buffering’.
VMPhil9,934 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today

Children In Need 2019

Dragon Den does I'll get this.

I dont know what I'll get this is.
BBC Two programme, in which "Five celebrities meet at a restaurant for a fancy meal. The catch is they have to play games between courses and the loser will have to pay for everyone's dinner."
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0brjptb

In this case, the five celebrities are the Dragons. The series started in June.

It actually started in November of last year, around the time of the BBC Two revamp, as I recall seeing lots of trails for it. Are they doing a Children in Need version to coincide with the start of a second series?
VMPhil9,934 posts since 31 Mar 2005
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YouTube Gold

I seem to remember the launch was on the internet too... which would have been fun with your 56k modems.


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Of course in those days the only real technology to do it was most likely going to be RealVideo. Which at the time could only be played by RealPlayer. Which was a horrible piece of software. IMO.

Yes, people always used to say this, but I never had a problem with RealPlayer or their jukebox software RealJukebox. Certainly there was a lot of promotion for their own services, but you could hide most of it. Later on I discovered the 'Enterprise Version' which was a stripped down, no-frills player, and from then on whenever anyone complained about RealPlayer I just directed them to that. iTunes is another piece of software that seemingly everyone hates but again, I've never had any problems with it.
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VMPhil9,934 posts since 31 Mar 2005
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TV Breakdown Appreciation Thread

I know of a certain broadcast facility where an engineer warming up some falafel in the microwave set off the fire alarm and forced a high-profile primetime show off air...

That wouldn't happen to be this incident? I think it was revealed afterwards that a microwave was the cause of the alarm going off…

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


Speaking of this video, it's funny how when they cut into the VT, Matt says "Hopefully we'll see you in a little while" and then right at the end of the segment they do the classic, freezeframe on screen for 3 seconds, then fading to a black screen for an unearthly amount of time before the director's cut straight into the breakdown slide!

Could you imagine what the viewer must of felt like? Must of felt very eerie being left in the dark like that, especially after hearing a fire alarm during a live show, you would of thought "Has there been an actual fire?"

Either that, or that's just me.

At that time The One Show was recorded in the same building as BBC One playout (or so we thought), and the initial discussion on here was whether playout had evacuated too and the announcements were generic pre-recorded ones. However it turned out that though they share a reception, playout and The One Show's studio were in separate buildings with separate fire alarm systems. So I don't know why playout were seemingly caught on the hop - were they having trouble sourcing a filler programme or getting it to play? We can only speculate.


Talking of fires, I'm just going to leave this here...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otJqwmqm7oM


Unfortunately scheduled programme aside, I've seen this clip a few times before, and is it just me or does that slide look really fake? I'm sure it isn't, it just doesn't look like it's been recorded off VHS for some reason.
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VMPhil9,934 posts since 31 Mar 2005
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UKTV Presentation

In a break from tradition (well, a four year old tradition at least), it appears UKTV will not be renaming Gold to 'Christmas Gold' this year.



VMPhil9,934 posts since 31 Mar 2005
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Disney+ UK Launch Date Confirmed

A good example of how widescreen cropping ruins jokes.



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VMPhil9,934 posts since 31 Mar 2005
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YouTube Gold

I didn't know there was a big event like that but it makes sense as it launched before both Sky Digital and OnDigital so no one at home was watching.

The early programmes were shown again once the service was publicly available, and some repeated many times!

I had a look on Genome recently, and whilst the Tomorrow's World Guide to Digital was repeated a lot in the first few months, I came across an updated version - which was only shown once!