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JasonB4,806 posts since 20 Sep 2003
London London
Not sure if this idea has been canned or not but if Daniel is still interested, video footage has appeared on YouTube with graphics from the first set

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SquidgyAdam36 posts since 22 May 2015
Granada North West Today
I believe the wooden set was introduced in 2001, along with the music and graphics. That's just from memory though. The only thing that's certain is that the set, graphics and music changed at some point in between the launch on Sky and the launch on NTL.
RDJ2,484 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today
Also There's another piece of music before bob's bongo's!


It's just a looped version of the theme used at the time with the cartoon gavel. Could get a bit irritating after a while so the bongos were a marked improvement.

Also this was the era right at the beginning where Paul Ross and BBC Points West's Alex Lovell were hosts (though Ross returned for a very brief stint a few years later).

And who remembers when Cheryl Baker hosted for a short while on price-drop.tv?
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SquidgyAdam36 posts since 22 May 2015
Granada North West Today
Also There's another piece of music before bob's bongo's!


It's just a looped version of the theme used at the time with the cartoon gavel. Could get a bit irritating after a while so the bongos were a marked improvement.


I'm not sure whether it was an actual loop of any of the idents - I haven't been able to find a perfect match to loop. It's definitely very closely based on the idents though. It got annoying just in the little clips I've watched!


Also this was the era right at the beginning where Paul Ross and BBC Points West's Alex Lovell were hosts (though Ross returned for a very brief stint a few years later).

And who remembers when Cheryl Baker hosted for a short while on price-drop.tv?


It was the era where most of the Auction World faces were on bid-up.tv - Alex Lovell, Anoushka Williams, Paul Weedon, Sophia Rafaat and many more, I'm sure.

Cheryl Baker had the Monday afternoon shift for a few months, I seem to remember. I can't find the interview anymore, but one of the papers ran a piece where she slated the whole thing, stating that she hated every single moment of her time there.

I think Paul Ross did two or three different stints at sit-up. I think he did some Screenshop, as well as bid. He had a film night strand which lasted a few weeks, and then did the odd shift here and there. It always seemed like he *needed* a fuss to be made around him in order to be a presenter there, though.
JasonB4,806 posts since 20 Sep 2003
London London
I believe the wooden set was introduced in 2001, along with the music and graphics. That's just from memory though. The only thing that's certain is that the set, graphics and music changed at some point in between the launch on Sky and the launch on NTL.


When did bid-up appear on NTL? Google searching that has bought nothing up.
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SquidgyAdam36 posts since 22 May 2015
Granada North West Today
I believe the wooden set was introduced in 2001, along with the music and graphics. That's just from memory though. The only thing that's certain is that the set, graphics and music changed at some point in between the launch on Sky and the launch on NTL.


When did bid-up appear on NTL? Google searching that has bought nothing up.


From what I've been able to dig out, the launch date for a cable service - I don't know whether it was NTL or Telewest - was November 1st 2001. By that time, they were using the wooden effect set with the orange and yellow graphics and Bob's Bongos. Smile
SquidgyAdam36 posts since 22 May 2015
Granada North West Today
Files for this are corrupted. Every time I try and download a new one, it continuously keeps saying the files are corrupted. Any ideas?

Which version are you trying to install? I've just tried the Windows version and it seems to install fine.

There *might* be a problem caused by Windows' new protected folders but I'm not 100% sure.
Warbler43 posts since 27 Mar 2015
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Files for this are corrupted. Every time I try and download a new one, it continuously keeps saying the files are corrupted. Any ideas?


I had a similar problem on my old computer. It involved the file's download failing about halfway through, and being left with half a file. When trying to open, it gave me the same message as you. How big is the file you're trying to run?
I don't have the problem now, but this is on a different computer and a different ISP. Not sure about what caused it.