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james-20015,085 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Holby City and Casualty - both now film effect, though they didn't start that way - are pretty soap-y, although I think a lot of people would probably deny that (but be unable to explain why).

I haven't watched Holby City for about 2 years, but have just started watching some of the 'Classic Holby City' on Drama which are from 2001.


It all looks very strange without the film effect. Very false, and almost 'Crossroads-esque' from the 1980s. Laughing

It's quite surprising what we have come to expect as standard for TV drama.



I think it looks better and more realistic without the film effect personally, but that's me.
Jez10,798 posts since 7 May 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
A different shot instead of the usual rooftop shot was used on today's ITV3 second episode (Ted Sullivan's Death)


That shot had been shown since at least the Mid 1970s on both the end credits (very rarely) but often on the end of part one/part two caption. It was also one of the fast shots on the short-lived 1975 opening titles.

I wonder why, well into the 1990s, the used the old style shots for the end of part one/part two and end credits when they had a set of new credits to use. I think as late as 1999 or possibly even longer they were used.
JasonB5,112 posts since 20 Sep 2003
London London
A different shot instead of the usual rooftop shot was used on today's ITV3 second episode (Ted Sullivan's Death)


That shot had been shown since at least the Mid 1970s on both the end credits (very rarely) but often on the end of part one/part two caption. It was also one of the fast shots on the short-lived 1975 opening titles.

I wonder why, well into the 1990s, the used the old style shots for the end of part one/part two and end credits when they had a set of new credits to use. I think as late as 1999 or possibly even longer they were used.


Even on the end credits of these episodes on ITV 3 they seem to switch between the still rooftop image and the live version of the rooftops. I wonder if this was a director decision to use which version?
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james-20015,085 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
It's usually Brian Mills that uses the old rooftop pic for the credits (and the telegraph pole picture for the part one/two captions). He'd been doing things like that (including replacing the final shot of the opening titles) going back to 1989!

The old rooftop photo does return full time soon though, and stays until Jane McNaught takes over as producer in 1999 when she brings back the 1991 rooftop video (and changes the font on the titles and credits.

A lot of mid-late 90s episodes have the credits scroll on a closeup of the cobbles rather than a rooftop shot too.
News96789 posts since 20 Dec 2013
Look North (Yorkshire)
Virgin seem to have finally corrected the broadcast dates on their EPG for classic Corrie today. Which means they have two episodes listed each with the 14th, 17th and 19th August dates (which means fun for my trying to work out the correct order to watch them, as I'm still about a week behind).


Not quite as it would seem today's episodes were shown the wrong way round!
james-20015,085 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Monday's first ITV3 episode was bizarre- there was a scene where Ken Barlow and Maggie Redman were about to walk into a cinema screen to see a film, immediately followed by a scene with the two of them in a pub later in the evening. Is this a bizarre Granada Plus edit where they cut out a scene in the middle, or did it go out like this originally?

Edit, this YouTube video is of the original broadcast and it's like it on there too, very bizarre! Even more bizarre that the audio from the previous scene carries over the first couple of seconds of the following one. The scene starts around 18:15

davidhorman2,236 posts since 8 Mar 2005
Channel Channel Islands
I think it's just one of those cases of a soap trying something a bit stylistically interesting but without quite the requisite budget, time, and/or skill to pull it off. And then even when they do get it right, it's still jarring because it's just not what we expect from soaps.

As a case in point, a recent episode of Eastenders began in medias res (in the middle of things) with a character being dragged unconscious through a disused warehouse, when he'd last been seen happily (or as happily as any Walford resident is) getting engaged. A lot of viewers thought they'd missed an episode, not because they're daft, but because Eastenders just doesn't do that sort of thing (it didn't help that that particular plot development was utterly ridiculous on several levels).
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