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VMPhil8,936 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Another anniversary, not quite as significant: ten years ago today since the aborted BBC Two refresh that nearly did away with the box and would have introduced shortened programme titles like 'Mock the Wk'. After one ident aired at 6am, the whole refresh was abandoned (apart from an erroneous showing of Seascape at midnight). The surrounding presentation was tweaked and finally appeared in June 2009, lasting until… well, last Thursday!



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DE88, MetalGearRex and Larry the Loafer gave kudos
fanoftv7,888 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Slight tangent - does anyone know how they filmed the Magic Pencil sequences? It's baffled me for years...


I always assumed the pencil was suspended by wires and shot against a blue screen, then the background keyed in afterwards.


As you see the back and top I assumed that it was a large prop with someone controlling it from underneath dressed in black against the background which the letters showing up because of some form of uv reactive ink. A very convoluted idea.
Steve in Pudsey9,467 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Back to everybody's favourite non-scheduled programming, this episode of IBA Engineering Announcements may clear up the question of how it was distributed, at least in 1990


Right at the end there is an apology for the non-appearance of the previous week's programme in the Midlands, due to "an overnight problem at Central's studios", which seems to be pretty categorical evidence that it did indeed go via the regional contractors.
Write that down in your copybook now.
Inspector Sands12,725 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Steve in Pudsey posted:

Right at the end there is an apology for the non-appearance of the previous week's programme in the Midlands, due to "an overnight problem at Central's studios", which seems to be pretty categorical evidence that it did indeed go via the regional contractors.

Unless it didn't go through them and the problem was with the thing that enabled it to go to air.

Although as it was on Channel 4, it presumably only went through the regional companies in the same way everything else on C4 did
MY83512 posts since 16 Nov 2016
With the Grandstand/FF theme crossover still fresh in our mind, here's the What's The Score? programme as broadcast by BBC R5L in the run up to London 2012