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james-20012,152 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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Coronation Street

It was a half hour episode until the mid 1990s however.


Well, not entirely- there were two episodes on Xmas day 1991, one was half an hour, but the other was longer- and it was wrapped around the Queen's speech, with Alf turning on the TV to watch it at the start and turning the TV off at the end. I remember when Granada Plus showed that episode, they moved around a couple of the scenes (putting in a scene of Mike and Alma after Alf putting the TV on, that in the original episode was before) and inserting End of Part One/Part Two captions that weren't there originally (possibly an edit made for international broadcast).
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james-20012,152 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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Coronation Street

I'm actually a fair bit behind now, I was away for nearly 2 weeks and I have a big backlog of episodes to catch up on that recorded while I was away! I'm up to the 29/10/86 episode as of today. I want to ration them to 2 or 3 episodes a day so I'll still have episodes to watch during the break ITV3 are taking during Xmas and New year.

Also still slowly getting through the Network DVDs- just watched the last episode from the 1969 disc and the first 2 from the 1970 disc- interesting to note the End Of Part One caption on those three episodes (with a dog in an alleyway) is still in use on the episodes we're seeing on ITV3. Also on the December 69 edition, you see someone lift the caption off the stand!
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james-20012,152 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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YouTube Gold

The adverts should be present on the recordings, they're probably edited out for YouTube. The presence of the clock does seem to vary sometimes even on the TV-am YouTube channel so I rather suspect its down to whether they're digging out an "as broadcast" source or a studio recording for the channel.


It seems to depend how the master recordings were made, I think! Seems like some days they used a dirty network feed, some days a clean studio feed.

I remember years ago the Moving Image website let you search the archive and the logs of what was on each tape and they had plenty of clips (some of which included ad breaks). Was quite interesting to see how often what was recorded on the master tapes varied by watching the clips. Some days you saw the adverts, some days it stayed on the studio so you could see and hear what was going on there (I remember one of the clips they had up had Michael Parkinson chatting to Raymond Burr during a break), sometimes you got VT clocks and some days even had it where the picture stayed on the studio but you got the audio from the ad breaks.
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james-20012,152 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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YouTube Gold

Not to mention the sackings and Anna Ford pouring wine over executives.

Interesting to see that final ad break too, the footage I've seen uploaded before is taken from the TV-am master tape and doesn't include the adverts (it seems to vary whether their master recordings had the adverts or not, and the clock for that matter!), just a long hold on the caption on the black screen.
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james-20012,152 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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Shows that people forget or get lost in time

Incredible Games was a mammoth production I remember - enormous sets. With David Walliams as a lift that only worked when you tap-danced like in Thoroughly Modern Millie.


It was held across studios A, B and D at Elstree (Studio C was used for Top of the Pops at the time). There was no tap dancing in the lift though.
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james-20012,152 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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Shows that people forget or get lost in time

One of two prominent 80s cartoon cats, here's Heathcliff. Heathcliff ran for many episodes but I can't remember whether he appeared on CBBC or CITV over here, I think it was the latter?


Personally my memory of Heathcliff was on Channel 4. First thing before The Channel 4 Daily. And my parents catching me up so early watching it and sending me back to bed.
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james-20012,152 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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40 years since hijacking of Southern Televison

I think the prevalent theory is that it was someone in the industry, if so it's very likely that they had access to the equipment to override the signal. It was the link between studio and transmitter that was interrupted, in those days microwave links were the norm for ENG. Maybe it was someone with access to another station's links equipment or even something obtained second hand


Not TV, but similar theories surround the repeated hijacking earlier this year of Mansfield 103.2.

Guardian: Local radio station keeps getting hijacked by song about masturbation

I doubt the perpetrator was really able to overpower the 103.2 signal over such a large area as the article suggests. Most seem to think it was the radio link from the station to the transmitter that was hijacked.


That's my local station, I'm suprised I'd never heard of this incident until now!
james-20012,152 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

Coronation Street

The Virgin Media EPG at the moment shows ITV3 skipping the 26/11/86 edition- going from the 24/11 to the 1/12 episode. I don't know if it's a case of the EPG not being properly updated yet, or if they genuinely are missing it? A look on Corriepedia shows a band appeared as themselves and performed in the Rovers, I don't know if that could be an issue with it being repeated or not? Not sure why it would be, especially as Granada Plus showed that episode, but with issues like the Mike Smith mess on the BBC4 TOTP repeats nothing would suprise me.
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