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Interceptor772 posts since 20 Oct 2014
The TSR logo appears on those performances too, though I know what they are, the broadcast for French speaking Switzerland.

1987 must be a very late appearance of the "BBC TV" logo", tended to not really be seen that late, though it was common in the 60s and early 70s. I do remember the old Nottingham studios had it on a sign with the coloured lines of the 88-97 logo added under it though. I think Lime Grove did as well in its dying years.

It still turned up from time to time. The 'BBC1' variant of the same logo was at the bottom of the Eldorado autograph cards:
https://picclick.co.uk/ROLAND-CURRAM-Freddie-ELDORADO-HAND-SIGNED-Cast-Card-372535688477.html
james-20014,865 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

Sorry I missed the chat for this, what was this pilot for?


The new revamped format, made while the show was off air for 2 months during a musician's union strike.

Made on the cheap with a ramshackle set and by getting members of the crew to stand in as various musical acts.

Quite laughable viewing in many parts (epecially as the Number 1 is just a still photo of Olivia Newton John moved around the screen occasionally) though of course it was never intended for broadcast.
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buster1,752 posts since 15 Mar 2006
London London
Seeing as it was in Eldorado's publicity snaps too it looks as if whoever produced them at the Beeb at that point was just considerably out of date with their branding - wouldn't happen now!

Odd choice of backdrop for the first one too. Not only is it a bit rubbish to look at, was that high wall at the back of Bridge Street short lived (assuming that's where is it taken)? Or is it just the angle as the Elstree houses at the back normally appear in shot much more.
buster1,752 posts since 15 Mar 2006
London London

Sorry I missed the chat for this, what was this pilot for?


The new revamped format, made while the show was off air for 2 months during a musician's union strike.

Made on the cheap with a ramshackle set and by getting members of the crew to stand in as various musical acts.

Quite laughable viewing in many parts (epecially as the Number 1 is just a still photo of Olivia Newton John moved around the screen occasionally) though of course it was never intended for broadcast.


You can see how much of the applause was canned, given the amount you hear it and the complete absence of any in the studio.
james-20014,865 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
To be fair, you can tell the canned applause on the regular episodes too, especially as it was always the same recording over and over. They changed the recording every few years, but you still got familiar with it very quickly. The mid-80s episodes it's very obvious as it begins with a whoop and has someone whistling a few seconds in, and it's played several times every edition.
ChipperBird64 posts since 20 Jun 2017
Anglia (East) Look East
Yeesh the Pilot really was a rush job. "Forget about the script because we have too!" while you can see the Director in-shot counting them into the lead for the "what's on tonight bit"

Then horrible pauses between the captioned name and the co-host actually reading it. The background music sounds so horribly cheap as well.

I bet the BBC technicians pretending to be Saxon rather enjoyed the experience. I'm afraid they have no future career in professional miming however.