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biggest leap forward on british tv in 45 years on july 1st

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Posted on 13 Jul 2012 12:36:01 BDT
R. A. Caton says:
Thanks Mr Payne - Not all the old stuff was better of course (but the rubbish tends not have survived!) Mr Dobey - don't judge B/W tv by the quality of todays archive releases; they are often kinescopes that were filmed during transmission off a slow phosphor CRT - they started out flat and with inadequate blacks. I recall that the 405 line B/W pictures back in the day looked crisper and with better contrast than a contemporary B/W 625 line believe it or not - possibly because of the coarser black grid inbetween the lines!. A good B/W picture is better than a bad colour picture - quite a few colour sets in the old days had the contrast and colour set way too high with orange skin the order of the day and a film copy of those would be ghastly.
The other thing that needs to be remembered is that in the days of 3 channels max shows would get audiences in excess of 12 million instead of the 6 million which people would kill for now - there is no incentive to make good shows if they aren't seen to have a quick financial return. Reality shows are cheap... endless footage of police and customs people are cheap.And cheap is the order of the day, now.

Posted on 3 Jul 2012 13:18:34 BDT
I don't think he said black and white TV was better Michael....just that the quality of the programmes back before colour TV was better. Given the tripe that is shown now, he has a very valid point.

Posted on 30 Jun 2012 22:53:54 BDT
wow some guy thinks black and white tv was better? no way!!!! the programs were fine but even today the lack of colour is not a good thing , unless you were using black and white for effect. but monocrome is as flat visually as mono is for listening in many regards.

Posted on 29 Jun 2012 19:05:21 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
R A Caton makes a good point, although proportionately there was as much dross in the 60s & 70s as there is now. However, because there is just so much television nowadays the dross seems overwhelming. I also think programmes I used to enjoy have been spoilt by over-exposure and constant repetition on channels like "Dave".

Posted on 29 Jun 2012 17:54:05 BDT
R. A. Caton says:
I fail to see how colour was that great an advance - except that it made set designers work harder (some of the sets in the B/W days wouldn't be out of place in minimalist theatre). And as for digital.... I bought a box, and had a great time watching QI, Have I got News For You, Mock the Week.....until I found the same episodes repeating over and over, Feature films appearing on different days on different digital channels but with advertisements every 10 minutes or so...and adverts synched across Freeview so that if you channelhop all you get is adverts adverts adverts - back in the early '60s and '70s it seemed that there was less TV but what there was, was better. And I recall MGM cartoons being shown in the early '80s which you can't even see now on DVD.... frankly I wonder I bother with a tuner when a monitor and DVD player would do.

Posted on 28 Jun 2012 20:55:43 BDT
gille liath says:
Hello! Can anybody hear me? Testing, testing...

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2012 20:03:36 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
I want the Crackerjack cabbage

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2012 15:45:54 BDT
Valley Lad says:
And indeed you are Correct !
So you get the "Crackerjack" Pencil !!!

Posted on 28 Jun 2012 15:21:14 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
My understanding is that the first transmitted BBC colour broadcast was during the second week of Wimbledon 1967.

Posted on 28 Jun 2012 11:57:53 BDT
gille liath says:
Never mind 45 years ago, what's happening now that's so amazing? Is it the completion of the digital switchover - because that's been a bloody nuisance?

Posted on 28 Jun 2012 11:43:53 BDT
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Mrs Fox says:
If we are in July then the obvious choice would be Cricket possibly "The Ashes".

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2012 11:40:02 BDT
Valley Lad says:
As Both Events are in May or June, they were not broadcast in Colour until 1968,
Keep trying !

Posted on 28 Jun 2012 11:37:29 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jun 2012 11:40:22 BDT
Mrs Fox says:
The FA Cup final, Wimbledon, The Grand National or one of the other big horse races?

Posted on 28 Jun 2012 08:20:07 BDT
Valley Lad says:
Posted on 27 Jun 2012 13:17:59 BDT
Paul Tapner says:
I'm probably wrong but was it the investiture of prince charles as the prince of wales?

Well that was in Colour, but did not happen to 1969.
First Colour Broadcast was a Sport, but what ?

Posted on 27 Jun 2012 13:17:59 BDT
Paul Tapner says:
I'm probably wrong but was it the investiture of prince charles as the prince of wales?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2012 09:17:43 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
I wish.

Posted on 27 Jun 2012 07:26:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jun 2012 07:27:14 BDT
Valley Lad says:
Wow, 1st reply, and 50% correct; 625 Lines started April 20th 1964, with the Launch of BBC-2 on 625 Lines on UHF,
The 2nd Part "Colour" you are 100% correct.
And the first Live Outdoor event Broadcast in Colour Was .............................. ?

Posted on 27 Jun 2012 02:29:24 BDT
mister joe says:
your mum?

Posted on 26 Jun 2012 22:27:17 BDT
Sou'Wester says:
Pamela Anderson was born.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2012 20:07:20 BDT
625 Lines and colour?

Initial post: 26 Jun 2012 14:58:38 BDT
Valley Lad says:
British TV opened using 405 Lines in London, November 1936;
But This coming Monday July 1st 2012; 45 years ago British TV had the Biggest Leap Forward in its development since 1936.
:What Happened: on that Day 45 years ago this coming Monday ????
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