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james-20014,693 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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Challenge - June 2016 onwards

That ITV Daytime version of Classic Millionaire was from the summer of 2003, I seem to remember.

Challenge have shown that episode of Millionaire (as well as all of the first 4 series) in its original format rather than the re-edited "classic millionaire" format they show later episodes in (albeit with recreated end credits due to the original having a contenstant appeal over them).
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james-20014,693 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

Saturday morning TV memories

but they were typically outputting on channel 37 and then Channel 5 came along)


Channel 36 actually, that was the typical frequency used by VCRs, set top boxes, game consoles and the likes. Channel 5 did use 37 on many transmitters though (and 35 on some others), which would have interfered with VCRs and the likes, which is why the retuning was needed.

So you wouldn't even have been able to use the full 49 channels from 21-69 because you wouldn't (or at least shouldn't) have programmes on adjacent channels due to cross channel interference.
james-20014,693 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

Top of the Pops

This week's episode, the first of 1988, was the first with Paul Ciani listed as producer, but still had Michael Hurll credited as Executive Producer. There must have been a brief handover period where both were working on the show, not sure that ever happened before or since, it was usually a straight transition from one show to the next, on screen at least.
james-20014,693 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

Saturday morning TV memories

I have no memories of motormouth at all, I admit I'd not even heard of it (or had totally forgotten about it anyway) until I read about it on the internet years later, even though I'm old enough to have seen it and remember watching BBC Saturday shows that were around at the same time like Going Live and the 8:15 from Manchester. Must have been a BBC kid and never actually watched it, though I do remember watching TV-am Saturday stuff from the same era like Dappledown Farm and Top Banana.
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james-20014,693 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

Sunday morning TV memories

As you say T4 worked because it appealed to the hangover crowd (especially when it was restructured in 1999 with dropping of the Waltons, later start time and teen/young adult programmes only).


There were cartoons on T4 for a couple of years or so after that until around 2001, I know CatDog and Johnny Bravo turned up frequently in that time, but I guess a fair few older viewers liked those shows too.
james-20014,693 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

New BBC corporate font: BBC Reith









It's July, so clear your diaries, get the time booked off, cause that's what I'm doing.


JULY!!!!!?


Looks like another month of sleepless nights for you.
james-20014,693 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

HD remastering 4:3 programmes

I guess using video on location was not the easiest back in the 60s and 70s, needing an OB unit and several big cameras! Would have had to wait until the 80s for more portable cameras and presumably the ability to shoot single camera and edit more easily.

I bought the original Twilight Zone on Blu-ray recently, and the 6 episodes they shot on video to try and save money are quite interesting. Not least because they're so basic in comparison to the filmed episodes, entirely studio based and mostly as-live. Good that they survive as video though seeing as they were made in 1960, not just scratchy, blurry telerecordings (which the person doing the commentary mentions was the only way those episodes were seen in repeats for years, I presume that's how they were screened in the UK originally too?). Again, would have had to wait probably until the 70s or 80s until you had the same flexibility with video as you did with film.
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