Post by Stephen Byers on Sept 26, 2015 10:12:59 GMT
Yeah - but it was the biographical history that was on the website too that was interesting. Luckily someone is going to webwhack the latest relevant version of the website on the Wayback Machine (Archive.org).
There are episodes of the Kid all over the web on OTR sites, Archive.org, YouTube (as you say), etc. However they are just repeating all the same ones - many poor recordings. What we need is interest from the Beeb / Network / Kaleidoscope to release the rare newly discovered episodes.
And its about time the Beeb aka Radio 4 Extra started to rebroadcast the few episodes that it does have.
The BBC are continuing to air newly discovered episodes from Transcription Services discs, rumoured to be originating from the archives of BBC Enterprises overseas sales operation in Bristol. The latest new episode, last heard in 1960, airs today on Radio 4 Extra.
Stephen's new hosting site is clitheroekid.ihostfull.com/ as of late July 2018. All the familiar details are there and if you have any stuff you feel can help the herculean task of cataloguing Jimmy's career there is an email link there to:ClitheroeKid@hotmail.com
At that News page link mentioned in my last post, above, the Jimmy Clitheroe site is reporting that 229 episodes of the show are believed to survive, including 175 held by the BBC (some tapes, plus rather more as TS disc edits), alongside 54 off air recordings. The inside source credited for the BBC details is Keith Wickham.
This indicates 61 missing episodes (of the 290 originally aired half-hours).
Re-reading that 'Wiped' article (I kept a copy of the original as reference), reading it a bit more carefully, and reading between the lines, I'm not convinced, now, that it ever claimed anything other than that 100 recordings had been obtained. It seems very careful to avoid saying how many of those, if any, were missing episodes. I suspect that very few were -- that most were better quality than what had been known before, but not actually missing.