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.
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