But there is no point in blaming the BBC. In the late 1990's I arranged for some colour NTSC masters of The Possessed, Nana and The Black Tulip to be returned to the BBC Archive from BBC Worldwide America. The Nana tapes (which were missing episodes at the time) were returned and archived. The others weren't sent. I only discovered this five years later and by a miracle the tapes were still in Burbank. I got them sent over, but they arrived when a lot of wiping of Quad tapes was happening. Yes, you've guessed it, the only colour copies of those two series were wiped due to a miscommunication. Cock ups do happen. We try and prevent that where we can and also to put things right when all is seemingly lost. It was me that suggested we get the Rentaghost copies sent to Pebble Mill from BBC Worldwide (where we were trying to make the video masters for Tim Beddows) because only then did we discover that many had been wiped in the early 1990's. Not even Worldwide knew. They were still selling the series. Paul
Are the black and white copies of Black Tulip and The Possessed suitable for chroma dot colour recovery I wonder?