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20 years since the Real IRA bombing of BBC TV Centre

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Larry the Loafer
The only codeword I'd read that was used sounds like the name of a lovely elderly woman.
SW
Steve Williams
As I said above the decision to do that link and then actually doing it live must have been taken very quickly, and I think Noel is actually slightly under-running at the end as after that he says he’ll be back next week a second time. So I’m guessing maybe he intended to end on Tom and Jerry? Either it shows that at his peak that he was very good at this sort of thing that he could just wing it. You can’t imagine Jim Davidson doing it, put it that way....


Probably happy memories for him of introducing cartoons in his Swap Shop days. He really is great in that clip, though, such a pro.
MA
Markymark
Talking of Northern Ireland, it was recently the 50th anniversary of when 5 BBC engineers got killed by an IRA landmine:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-55989009

A very sad story with too many innocent lives lost.
It ultimately delayed the opening of the Brougher Mountain UHF service I believe.


It did, it should have happened around 1973, it was delayed until 1978.

I've just remembered, and looked up the details, a number of Irish activists broke into BRMB in June 1974 and attempted to get on the air. It was regarding the fortunes of a hunger striker. They were unsuccessful getting on the air
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Markymark
Yes, it was the standby for Vanessa Feltz's ill-fated BBC talk show. That was a rehearsal/pilot episode recorded before the series started live. It was loaded every morning without fail and needed a new master in the end as the oxide was falling off at the cue point.


I wonder if that explains the infamous breakdown where Lambing Live fell off air and and the edition of Coast they wheeled out was suffering from sound problems and had to be abandoned? II think at the time it was explained as being likely to be a head clog. Even if that particular tape was in good condition, if the machine used for standbys was regularly handling other tapes that were wearing out it might fit?


Yes, and head clogs often happened without warning, just takes a flake of oxide to turn things from fine to nothing in an instant, particularly with digital tape formats. At least with analogue formats there was sometimes 'bearding' (short black streaks on highlights) that acted as a warning
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Worzel
I remember this very vividly. The weekend/exactly the week before the bomb went off I was at TVC taking part in the BBC Two gameshow Subzero as a contestant. My family literally stood feet from where the taxi was parked. It was a little chilling to say the least, especially at the age of 13. Its another one of those 'what if' moments.
HC
Hatton Cross

I've just remembered, and looked up the details, a number of Irish activists broke into BRMB in June 1974 and attempted to get on the air...
....They were unsuccessful getting on the air

No wonder, if they used that bloody awful lift in Aston Road North.
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Steve in Pudsey
In discussing individuals with unfortunate intentions turning up at studio centres we can't not mention the incident at TV Centre in 1987 when Jan Leeming was attacked by intruders she disturbed in an office, and the on-air hostage situation with Bill Close at KOOL-TV in the US in 1982
MA
Markymark

I've just remembered, and looked up the details, a number of Irish activists broke into BRMB in June 1974 and attempted to get on the air...
....They were unsuccessful getting on the air

No wonder, if they used that bloody awful lift in Aston Road North.


Ha, the report says they overpowered the commissionaire and ran up five flights of stairs. George Ferguson was the on air DJ at the time.
DE88 and Hatton Cross gave kudos
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Philheybrookbay
The only codeword I'd read that was used sounds like the name of a lovely elderly woman.


As a BT telephone operator in 90s we knew the Codewords so we could record the calls or have supervisors listen in.

The main one was "mathematical". And no, I ain't saying anymore.
MI
Michael
26+6=1?

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