I've finally had time to photograph and upload some stills of unrecoverable 'Morecambe and Wise Show' that Philip Morris returned to the BBC. As I've already mentioned, this print was in a terrible condition and it was hoped that immediate intervention may produce some results. The film was firstly delivered by myself to the BBC Archive at Perivale where it was examined by several experts, all of whom said it was too far gone to recover. It was then sent to Berkhamsted at the BFI's request, where they too declared it too far gone. Finally, I collected it with a view to trying something more drastic, but even I had to admit defeat.
Pics are at this link. Please note as with all my images, all rights are reserved. You may link but you may not upload or embed to your own sites. Any site owner that wants to do so, please contact me privately.
Thanks for sharing these pictures Paul, fascinating to see and really heart breaking. Just wondering if you could answer a couple of questions? Do you think the films demise was caused partly by its can being broken or do you think the film would have degraded like this even if the can was intact? Also what happens to this film now, will it be stored somewhere in the hope that new technology may some day be able to restore it or will it eventually be binned?