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50 Years of TV Weather

promo on BBC2 now (December 2004)

JA
James_h292
I was hoping it would document the change in weather graphics to make way for the new graphics which we were promised in November. instead this show just archived every BBC programme with the words 'rain' 'sun' or 'cloud'.
NH
Nick Harvey Founding member West Country (East) Points West
I've just finished watching this off tape and have to say the only word of description suitable for it is "dreadful".

It had nothing to do with fifty years of weather and was simply a very BAD excuse to repeat practically every clip from the last fifty years of BBC entertainment programmes which had so much as a passing reference to the weather.

Dreadful and extremely disappointing.
NG
noggin Founding member
Have to say I rather enjoyed it...

Personally I'm rather glad it wasn't a documentary about 50 years of the BBC Weather Centre - instead it was much more of a "stream of consciousness" kind of thing. It reminded me a lot of the Rock and Roll Years - which I also used to enjoy a lot. I thought they found quite a few interesting clips which I hadn't seen before - and marked a few interesting weather events I hadn't heard of.

Sure there were some cringing LE moments (it didn't look like The Basil Brush Show was popular with the forecasters...) but there were also some amazing odd bits of telly! (Petula Clarke walking through a forest reading poetry!)

Not everyone's cup of tea I'm sure - but as a gentle watch I rather liked it.
WE
Westy2
Re the Basil Brush clip.

Interesting to note that Mr Giles was involved in that programme, when several years later, one of his forecasters was, alledgely, 'frozen out', after a Blue Peter appearence, involving B*Witched & their 'hit' 'Blame It On The Weatherman' !

(I remember it being mentioned on the forum a few years back!)

(Richard Edgar, wasn't it, folks! Correct me if I'm wrong !)
NH
Nick Harvey Founding member West Country (East) Points West
Valid points, noggin.

noggin posted:
Personally I'm rather glad it wasn't a documentary about 50 years of the BBC Weather Centre.

Perhaps the root of the problem was with the trails and not the programme.

I would have liked a documentary, was expecting a documentary and was disappointed by the entertainment compilation.
IS
Inspector Sands
Just finished watching it and thought it was quite good.

As Noggin says it's a stream of conciousness montage sort of idea, something not seen much on TV, although radio does this sort of thing well.

Imagine how dull 40 minutes of clips of old weather forecasts would be? not that there would be enough archive footage to fill it.

Some great clip-age there including Paddingtons Singing in the Rain which I loved as a child and had completely forgotten about
TV
tvmercia Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
Inspector Sands posted:
Just finished watching it and thought it was quite good.

As Noggin says it's a stream of conciousness montage sort of idea, something not seen much on TV, although radio does this sort of thing well.

Imagine how dull 40 minutes of clips of old weather forecasts would be? not that there would be enough archive footage to fill it.

Some great clip-age there including Paddingtons Singing in the Rain which I loved as a child and had completely forgotten about

not a bad programme - although i stopped watching the video after the first 20 min.

i don't understand why the trail portrayed it as something it really wasn't. surely dramas/entertainment/whatever had scripts that mentioned the weather (which is what the programme consisted of mainly) before tv weather forecasting began 50 years ago. so why was a montage of weather related tv clips trumpeted as a celebration of 50 years of weather forecasting?

why didn't they make the weather clip programme, if they must - but also make a special edition of the weather show?
KA
Katherine Founding member
tvmercia posted:
why didn't they make the weather clip programme, if they must - but also make a special edition of the weather show?

Hmm... I wonder who I'd prefer as presenter? Maybe a triple-header of Paul Hudson, Rob McElwee and Dan Corbett?

Dear Director General.....

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