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Neil Jones5,433 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
I'm going through some old tapes and cherry picking anything of interest for YouTube.

I have found this trailer for an ITV3 drama (I presume or maybe it was an import) but the name is so generic it's going to be hard to find anything else about it.



If anybody's interested I will be adding other things as and when to my channel (see above video) - I have no idea what's going to get added but I can honestly say I have found a portion of an episode of Sporting Triangles on an old tape Very Happy
TIGHazard477 posts since 3 Jan 2014
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
I'm going through some old tapes and cherry picking anything of interest for YouTube.

I have found this trailer for an ITV3 drama (I presume or maybe it was an import) but the name is so generic it's going to be hard to find anything else about it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8zlOxZJn4w



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Life is an American crime drama television program created by Rand Ravich that aired for two seasons on NBC. It was produced by Universal Media Studios under the supervision of executive producers Rand Ravich, Far Shariat, David Semel, and Daniel Sackheim. Semel also directed the pilot.

The series stars Damian Lewis as Charlie Crews, a detective released from prison after serving twelve years for a crime he did not commit. Life premiered on September 26, 2007, on NBC and aired on Wednesday nights at 10 ET. On May 4, 2009, NBC announced its cancellation, a month after the final episode had been aired. The series was later made available for streaming through Hulu and Netflix.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_(American_TV_series)
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robertclark1251,409 posts since 13 Jan 2009
STV Central Reporting Scotland
This one I'm going to mention wasn't a programme, but a service. AFAIK it was only on ITV, but it could've been on Channel 4.

Televox. It was an early attempt by a company to provide voice commanded teletext. There was a free demonstration service, where you phoned up a number, and had to punch in a number, on your telephone keypad, and then say the words "star" and "text". After that, it used your voice to select the pages you wanted.

Consider that in the 1980s, the vast majority of telephone wires were still of the copper variety, compared to the fibre broadband we have today, this was a technical marvel! But, just how popular was Televox, and who actually ran it?
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Inspector Sands13,763 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Yes, I've mentioned Televox here before. It was essentially a way to provide a service of lots of information but using only the bandwidth of one teletext page. It worked using the little-used 'time page' function, I think the only other the use was for the Ceefax Alarm Clock.

They had a regular Oracle page which gave instructions and the phone number, and the page the service was on was 700 (or 777?). On p700 you would see other peoples pages flash up very briefly, the way it worked is that these had a time page number that was given out when you called, so when you typed that into the time field it grabbed that page and kept it on your screen. You then navigated it on the phone with voice commands, or I think DTMF tones.

There were two ways you could see it without phoning and therefore paying and they were by guessing the 4 digit number (unlikely) or by pressing Hold just at the right moment....but of course if you did that then you'd only see what was on there at that moment and it wouldn't change as the legit user navigated

No idea who provided it but I do remember seeing that it was a company called something like Macallum, odd how details like that stick in your mind..... and a quick google provides this:
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/12003000.tvs-oracle-faces-inquiry/

Here's a screengrab: http://www.teletext.org.uk/index.php?cat=30_Archived-nbsp~Pages&page=20_Oracle-nbsp~1992&zoom=171
robertclark1251,409 posts since 13 Jan 2009
STV Central Reporting Scotland
Looking at the second link, Televox Club had a PO Box address at Cambridge Science park, and Televox Club members could order direct from the Kays catalogue, and do other things. When you think about it, this was really something we have nowadays on the internet.

Could it be said Televox was ahead of its time, but also a technical marvel?
robertclark1251,409 posts since 13 Jan 2009
STV Central Reporting Scotland
Televox seems to be a development of the Prestel system, but was ahead of its time. Nowadays, I'm sure voice command would be the norm, but was a technological marvel back in 1990.

Oracle used to carry an advert as well for a company called "Air call teletext" but I don't remember them broadcasting anything on TV, teletext wise. Presumably they were just providing internal systems for businesses.
russty_russ138 posts since 17 Feb 2017
Anglia (West) Look East
Here's some Televox grabs...









Inspector Sands13,763 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Oracle used to carry an advert as well for a company called "Air call teletext" but I don't remember them broadcasting anything on TV, teletext wise. Presumably they were just providing internal systems for businesses.

I think Air Call teletext was to do with providing phone numbers on adverts on Oracle, you saw the banner ad and then called a number for more information.


Teletext had a thing they promoted their phone services with called Teletext+ or T+ which was a mark that meant you got maximum information for minimum cost