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Terrible picture quality on I'm Alan Partridge (February 2012)

I am watching I'm Alan Partridge and the picture quality is terrible. Have Dave applied a film effect or is this a mistake? I watched another episode on a previous day and that was the same. Mistake or something else?
Paul Clark West Country (East) Points West
I've noticed the source quality of some archive programmes can be noticeably poorer in quality than more recent repeats - wondering if that may just be the case here. While the 'HD' (in this case just higher quality) broadcast obviously can't fix things, it does offer a slight improvement and preserves what quality there is.

If colours like bright reds look less rich and smudge or bleed just a bit, or there are 'halos' along outside-edges of objects, I think that would indicate a lower quality source rather than the result of any sort of effect. It would depend on what sort of artifacts are being created - if it's motion-related then it may be something else.
ETP1 Forever Central (East)
David posted:
I am watching I'm Alan Partridge

Dammit, missed it again (thank goodness for YouTube)!

The last time I watched it on Dave a few weeks back, the quality seemed fine, so one wonders if it is just affecting that episode.

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