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The BBC recover a telecording of missing Steptoe!

Postby haroldsteptoe » Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:11 am

In conjunction with the ITV's Raiders of the Lost Archive it was announced that the first reel of Steptoe & Son's 1970 episode A Winter's Tale had been discovered by the BBC.

This is the first time that a telerecording of the first colour series of Steptoe has been found, albeit all the telerecordings are in b/w, which were for overseas sales. Previously all the series five episodes were present in the archive as open-reel skip-field recordings from the writers themselves. These previously lost recordings were returned to the BBC in 1989. Open-reel recordings are a poorer quality than the TRs and are in b/w too.

There is a colour signal present on the reel. It is hoped that it may be used at a later date to bring it back to it's former colourful glory.

RotLA is a hunt organised by the ITV in helping to find missing TV shows, audio, etc that are no longer found in the TV archives. The BBC did a similar thing called Treasure Hunt a few years ago, both have been very successful.

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Postby Archie » Wed Oct 17, 2007 3:21 pm

This is Excellent news :D
Hopefully more will turn up :o
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Postby haroldsteptoe » Wed Oct 17, 2007 3:31 pm

Only time will tell Archie. :)
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Postby Archie » Wed Oct 17, 2007 3:36 pm

Welcome to the forum incidentally :D :D :D
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Postby haroldsteptoe » Wed Oct 17, 2007 3:48 pm

Thanks! :wink:
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Postby Rian » Fri Oct 19, 2007 5:07 pm

OMG thanks so much
and a big welcome :D
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Postby Graham_S nli » Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:03 am

This is excellent news....

On the second released DVD for The 1970's Series "The Goodies"

A 1972 episode that was previously only available in B&W was restored from an off-air recording made in BBC Scotland on 2 inch tape (an episode of "Top Of The Pops" preceded it...).

Technically it was / is B&W but the colour signal on the film made it possible for the restorers to enhance it to virtually a colour episode (there is a slight quality difference that you notice if you are aware of it).

Lets hope they dig up even more! :D

BTW welcome to the forum haroldsteptoe thanks for the news....
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Postby bob » Mon Oct 22, 2007 8:56 am

Help I am intrigued . . . . and a bit stupid.


Are you saying a Black and white recording has colour on it !!!

How does this work ?

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Postby Graham_S nli » Mon Oct 22, 2007 11:06 am

Bob,

This link below from wiki about the episode in question might help you with an with your question but I need to look at the pamplet with the DVD at home which clearly explained that if a "colour signal" is present within technically a B/W recording it can be enhanced during restoration to almost a colour copy...

The most promising point is the quality difference that will be found between G & S's recording and the one found recently.

I really hope this is the tip of the iceberg, to find more episodes like this would be fabulous news...

[url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Come_Dancing_(Goodies_episode)
]Restored Goodies Episode[/url][/url]
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Postby taylorslade » Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:34 am

So is there a possibility that any of the other b/w episodes could be restored in colour?
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Postby Rian » Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:02 am

I must know now because i really do need to know!
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Postby steve sheffield » Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:07 pm

My son has the complete Laurel and Hardy box set and some of the dvd's have been digitally restored and you have the option to play episodes in colour or b/w So i'm sure if they can do it for Albert and Harold. :wink:
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Postby Rian » Wed Nov 19, 2008 9:57 pm

I really do hope so but Steptoe seems to be forgotten sometimes
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Postby PhilGlass » Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:04 am

I have been thinking about this - the original tapes were deleted, but surely when it was played overseas on it's first broadcast they were broadcast from duplicate tapes for that country so somewhere in the world there must be a colour version of these, surely.
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Postby taylorslade » Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:12 pm

Well guys I am 100% certain that when I was a little boy I seen Pot Black on the BBC in Colour....this must of been in the early 90's.

I am 100% certain...I remember because of the colours of the Snooker Balls.
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