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Initial post: 21 Mar 2012 15:19:14 GMT
Nick Welch says:
How great to see that Acorn Media are to release a DVD of 6 episodes of Dixon in June. Though it would be great to know the title of each of the 6 episodes. Anyone know what they will be.?

Posted on 23 Mar 2012 12:12:15 GMT
Possibly the only 6 black and white episodes the BBC still possess ?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2012 17:09:28 GMT
Limogne says:
In the 1960s I had a summer holiday job in the BBC Film Library, and that meant removing all the telecine versions of Dixon of Dock Green, and sending them for 'junking' as it is called. In other words, the silver was stripped off, and the film base sent off for recycling. As far as I know, only a few sample shows were retained. The vast majority were destroyed.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2012 17:22:48 GMT
Nick Welch says:
What a shame to have to do that and to think that the BBC had to resort to such measures as recycling, I guess that is why so many other programmes have been destroyed, and feel sure now they are regretting their action. Anyway we shall wait with anticipation to see the titles when further information is available.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2012 17:24:30 GMT
Nick Welch says:
No it says that the six episodes are in colour.

Posted on 2 Apr 2012 15:33:00 BDT
Nick Welch says:
Still no news about the titles of the episodes, and see that Amazon are now saying release date is July, though other companies are saying June 11th. Wonder if the BBC may think to show any episodes or get remaining cast members onto any chat shows to promote the DVD. Know that Peter Byrne(Andy Crawford) is still going strong and has been on tour in Agatha Christie Company tours in the recent past

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Apr 2012 08:23:44 BDT
Limogne says:
In the early 1960s the BBC were just beginning to record programmes on 2" Ampex tape machines, and the advent of VHS home video was years away. The black & white Dixon of Dock Green episodes were recorded on a telecine machine on 35mm stock. Each programme consisted of 9 thousand foot reels of film -- three each for positive, negative, and soundtrack on magnetic 35mm, and this took up a great deal of storage space. At that time, the idea of selling programmes for people to watch at home was unthinkable. Programmes were archived as a historical record, but only if they were deemed worthy and representative. I'm afraid that Dixon of Dock Green was treated as 'disposable'.

Posted on 14 May 2012 11:30:28 BDT
Valley Lad says:
Until the late 1950s almost all TV was live, only way to record anything was on film, very expensive, early 1960s with the arrival of Ampex.
Video recording became the way, but at that time no one thought there would be any future intreast in the TV shows, so after broadcast the Video was re-recorded over, also a cost cutting exercise. a huge amount of classic TV has been lost, so sad.
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