Not sure whether this is of interest but I've only just become aware of it ILEA TV. I don't know if any of these recordings are considered 'lost' and belong here. Feel free to delete if not applicable. ILEA TV was a cable TV network created by the Inner London Education Authority from the late 60s - late 70s. A youtuber called Nuthatch has uploaded a few music videos from ILEA over the last 2 days. The artists include Roy Harper, The Third Ear Band, Soft Machine, Kevin Ayers and Matching Mole. All good quality.
Post by Simon B Kelly on Sept 9, 2020 20:13:36 GMT
I'm guessing these were archived on Philips N1500 or something similar. In the "Mr Safety" clip he shows a shield and starts referring to the different colours on it, so presumably those shows were originally broadcast in colour.
...so presumably those shows were originally broadcast in colour.
Surprisingly I don't think that's the case here. I believe the ILEA were using old b&w professional broadcast kit, acquired after it had been retired from service. The 'Mr Safety' sequence will have been shot on a monochrome image orthicon cameras from the 1960s, probably the EMI 203 as used extensively by the BBC and others. The clue is the black halo which can be seen around bright highlights- example at around 3.27 into the clip. Whether or not the equipment was ex BBC/ITV I can't say for sure, but it was certainly long in the tooth by the time it was recording these programmes.
What an intriguing archive ( I wonder how on earth it has survived!) The programmes are produced to a very good standard.
EDIT: The cameras are indeed the EMI 203- one is briefly visible in the Soft Machine performance.