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Inspector Sands14,782 posts since 25 Aug 2004
I hope the continuity around the coronavirus programming is being kept and stored somewhere.

I doubt TV will see something like this again.


Why would it need to be kept and stored? What's so special about it? An announcer saying "In a change to the advertised schedule Pointless will now be on BBC Two at 5:15. Here on One, we join a BBC News special" isn't particularly noteworthy in itself. That's been done many times before both for planned and unplanned events.

Or have I misunderstood?


No, the newsflashes themselves are not particularly noteworthy themselves (although when was the last time they were daily?)

I mainly meant around the new programming, like Health Check UK Live. Or the now rationed episodes of EastEnders.

Watching the continuity around events like Dianas death, 9/11, Queen Mother, 7/7 and the ripple effects afterwards gives us a sense into the mood of the nation at that time.

Everything is recorded. The BBC has a system called Redux that save the output of a lot of BBC channels onto server and is then accessible from a webpage. I think it had everything since 2006. A lot of bbc staff have access, as do some who aren't.


Of course that's a bit different to selecting important junctions and permanatly archiving them for posterity, but if needed they are there.

But as Neil says they're not really anything special, nothing the dramatic continuity surrounding the deaths of Diana or JFK
Pete9,107 posts since 18 Jun 2001
STV North Reporting Scotland
Everything is recorded. The BBC has a system called Redux that save the output of a lot of BBC channels onto server and is then accessible from a webpage. I think it had everything since 2006. A lot of bbc staff have access, as do some who aren't.


There's a website called Box of Broadcasts which is basically iPlayer for Further/Higher Education. It lets you "record" TV shows so you can cite them in your work. However all BBC content going back to 2007 is already there, which I suspect means its just sucking it from redux.

BoB has a nicer interface than Redux which, certainly until recently, was very rough and ready. Plus BoB lets you search using the subtitles which can be very helpful. It did miss the first few days of BBC Scotland though which was annoying. Which begs the question if its built off of redux why it can't be fixed retrospectively. Might email them.
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Inspector Sands14,782 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Redux also has subtitle searching, it's in a seperate and much more advanced and modern section called Snippets. It's used for clipping up parts of longer programmes, Redux itself only let's you download the whole thing.

Redux used to have a lot of archive material digitised from VHS viewing copies. That's now gone (well it's been delisted from search, it's still physically there). Internally there's an online archive search engine which integrates Redux content, so there's the best of both worlds, everything from 2006 and thousands of hours of archive too.

Completely different to what it was like even 15 years ago when you had to look up archive in a database and request a VHS copy in internal post
noggin14,939 posts since 26 Jun 2001

Redux used to have a lot of archive material digitised from VHS viewing copies. That's now gone (well it's been delisted from search, it's still physically there). Internally there's an online archive search engine which integrates Redux content, so there's the best of both worlds, everything from 2006 and thousands of hours of archive too.


Archive on Redux, like some other useful content (*), is not available to most users - but is available to those with specific rights. It was removed from regular users a while ago.

(*) If you know, you know...
Inspector Sands14,782 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Archive on Redux, like some other useful content (*), is not available to most users - but is available to those with specific rights. It was removed from regular users a while ago.

(*) If you know, you know...

Still available if you bookmarked what you found when you did have access too! Cool

It's also available if what you're looking for is about Shakespeare too for some reason
Pete9,107 posts since 18 Jun 2001
STV North Reporting Scotland
Redux also has subtitle searching, it's in a seperate and much more advanced and modern section called Snippets. It's used for clipping up parts of longer programmes, Redux itself only let's you download the whole thing.


Ah, must have had a fair upgrade since I last saw it, it was plastered in little things saying "new version coming soon" for a long time Smile

The archive search sounds amazing, although I bet the one single thing I've been trying to track down remains on betamax or something. I know it's in the old Granada archive that Getty now handle but the last time I checked they wanted £400 as an opening offer...
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