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james-20015,832 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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A question regarding breakdowns


It was in the 1980's I remember that instead of seeing Look North (Leeds) we got Newsroom South East for a couple of days. Its fascinating to see how back then the Beeb (IMHO) totally reliant on the London feed. Was that the same for ITV and Thames?


As Mr Inspector says,

Surely that should be Mr Sands, or the Inspector! Wink


I heard him announced for during a fire drill at Manchester Piccadilly around 18 months back, he must be important Wink
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james-20015,832 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

YouTube Gold

We had a VCR in the late 90s that was tempramental and it was always hard to get videos recorded on it to play back on others. You could usually get most SP recordings to just about play if you fiddled with the tracking enough, but LP videos... even with the tracking, well, this video is from one of those tapes, this is the best playback I could get through trying 3 different VCRs:

james-20015,832 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

YouTube Gold

The small size of the tapes was probably the big misstep Beta made.

I used to record stuff in LP, though years later when it comes to watching it back, it's shocking how poor the quality is, especially the sound. Plus often issues playing the tapes back properly on VCRs other than the one originally used. I am still impressed by how good VHS Hi-Fi audio is though... if you had a machine which could record and play it back anyway.

Apparently, NTSC SP on VHS was about 50% faster than PAL SP, so I'm presuming the picture and sound quality must have been higher to an extent. Obviously NTSC has a higher frame rate (though a lower resolution), but only 20% not 50%, so the extra speed must have made some difference, especially with the linear audio track.
james-20015,832 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

EastEnders

This probably isn't interesting to most people here, but on one of our old home videos you can see us watching the end of today's first episode (20/10/1992), and you can hear the end credit announcement mentioning the series finale of 2point4Children later in the evening, followed by the start of the Citizen Smith reeat that followed EE.


can you upload it please?


I'm not uploading old family videos to here, no Razz
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james-20015,832 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

EastEnders

This probably isn't interesting to most people here, but on one of our old home videos you can see us watching the end of today's first episode (20/10/1992), and you can hear the end credit announcement mentioning the series finale of 2point4Children later in the evening, followed by the start of the Citizen Smith reeat that followed EE.
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james-20015,832 posts since 13 Sep 2015
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ITV's Relationship with the BBC

I think that actually was a case of ITV turning it down and the BBC taking it on. I believe Steve has talked about this before on here.


Yes, ITV did turn it down, and it ended up on BBC1 - as did the spin-offs from the USA and Russia. Granada also made 7 Up 2000 for BBC1, but that was commissioned by the BBC and continued on there. Actually there should be another instalment of that next year, not that anyone remembers it's still going.



Speaking of which, it's supposed to be the conclusion of Child of Our Time this year, isn't it?


Did anyone remember that was even still going? They seemed to give up on it after a few years.
james-20015,832 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

EastEnders

Interesting how much less dated it felt than the current Drama episodes. Only 8 years between them, but feels like it could be more than double that. Even Frank and Phil seem to have aged a lot more than 8 years. Did things really change that much between 1992 and 2000? Feels like more changed in those 8 years than in the 20 years since.
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james-20015,832 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

EastEnders

Tonight at 11.20pm BBC Four are showing the hour long episode from Bonfire Night 2000, the reveal of Pat and Frank's affair.


Interesting how many of the characters in that episode are dead. Frank, Peggy, Pat, Roy, Barry, Steven, Lucy, Jim, Mel, Charlie, Laura, Jamie. Albert Square really doesn't have a good life expectancy.
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