Post by Adam James Smith on Jan 24, 2004 14:59:13 GMT
does anyone know any more details of how and why around 20 or so early performances from 1964-65 TOTPs still survive? All I've heard is that an engineers preserved them. But was this done officially? And if not, when were they returned? Why did he pcik the clips that he did? And was Stevie Wonder's "Uptight" (apparently the only officially survivin g 1966|TOTP clip) part of the same reel or did that survivie separately?
I suppose because it's been covered many times before here. You can probably see the threads if you go back far enough. I take it you mean the performances such as used in sounds of the sixties? If so then a lot were recovered from private hands and from ex BBC staff. The few clips on video that were saved such as The Byrds are from a BBC technician who was reprimanded at the time for copying them for his own collection. No idea why he taped the clips he did tho. Personal choice? Today he's a saint as far as I can see.
Don't know about the Wonder clip. Think this came from elsewhere. Looks a bit ntsc to me.
Post by Laurence Piper on Jan 28, 2004 13:07:59 GMT
I'd like to know this too. Some 1965 clips were VT so they must have been kept as dubs of (at least parts of) the broadcast masters on 2". The rest are mainly t/rs so i'd say they were probably mainly snips of film, particular acts that appealed. Anybody know more?
Post by Richard Hunter on Feb 2, 2004 18:58:24 GMT
The technician you are all referring to is Bob Pratt who I started a dedicated "thank you" thread on about a month ago as he was mentioned as being the rogue techie who save some stuff from the mid 60's on BBC4's "Missing Presumed Wiped" night.
I think it would be great for someone to do an interview with him maybe Edward Russell from the Beeb's TOTP team? Why did he save those particular clips, how did he manage to sneak them out of Television Centre etc etc.