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bbcfan2014178 posts since 12 Mar 2009
So how accurate was the final performance from Cooper as presented in the drama as opposed to what happened in reality? Was that how it happened?


extremely accurate, apart from the into break wide shot (it was a tracking shot in the actual thing, but is a fixed camera shot in the drama). But i wouldn't recommend anyone watches the actual moment on You Tube.
deejay2,942 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Central (South) Oxford
I really enjoyed this programme. I've seen quite a few of these sort of biopic retrospectives and the historical accuracy in some of them can be a bit hit and miss; this one, I felt, did a very good job of recreating the television production atmosphere in the 70s/80s. There are a few firms out there who specialise in providing cosmetically reconditioned cameras (and even OB Scanners) as props to the TV/Film industry. Are the cameras which were badged "Thames" in the early scenes of Tommy arriving very late for a read through at Teddington Studios accurate? I've only ever seen Thames badged EMI2001s on things like Magpie...

One thing that was a bit of an anachronism (I assume) was the slightly botched job of putting a Thames Television logo over the Pinewood sign above reception in Broom Road.
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Did it ever say "Thames Studios" or "Thames Television" or was it always signed as Teddington Studios?
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Markymark7,459 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
Are the cameras which were badged "Thames" in the early scenes of Tommy arriving very late for a read through at Teddington Studios accurate? I've only ever seen Thames badged EMI2001s on things like Magpie...


Yes, here's a shot of EMI 203 b/w cameras, along with EMI-2001 colour cameras in use at Teddington during a 1969 Tommy Cooper show.

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From:-
http://www.tvstudiohistory.co.uk/studio%20history.htm#teddington%20early

My original point though is that scene in the film was 1967, before Thames had been formed, (by merging ABC and Rediffusion)
Last edited by Markymark on 28 April 2014 10:30am
Inspector Sands14,121 posts since 25 Aug 2004
The Teddington Studios name only came into use when it was spun off as a separate company in the run up to the franchise bid.

I'm pretty sure it was just 'Thames Studios' before that, at least that was what was on the sign by the gatehouse :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE2_BGncS8U

The sign outside Thames Euston was longer so had the word television on it too:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4059/4375407292_e28bcfa756_m.jpg