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Old 10-05-2022, 17:37   #1
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Rediscovery of lost television episodes

I was wondering if any lost TV episodes have been found recently.
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Old 10-05-2022, 21:49   #2
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Re: Rediscovery of lost television episodes

I’m not sure how much publicity these things get, unless they’re Doctor Who.
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Old 11-05-2022, 09:00   #3
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Re: Rediscovery of lost television episodes

I still find it amazing the BBC taped over old shows to save money. Just the mindset that these works they created were disposable, one-time, things of questionable value compared to the medium they were stored on.
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I still find it amazing the BBC taped over old shows to save money. Just the mindset that these works they created were disposable, one-time, things of questionable value compared to the medium they were stored on.
Well the clever money's on NASA doing it to some of the missing Apollo 11 tapes too!!
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Re: Rediscovery of lost television episodes

All of the UK's television's first man in the moon coverage has been lost.

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I’m not sure how much publicity these things get, unless they’re Doctor Who.
When two missing series 2 Dad's Army episodes were recovered there was a lot of coverage in the news.
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I still find it amazing the BBC taped over old shows to save money. Just the mindset that these works they created were disposable, one-time, things of questionable value compared to the medium they were stored on.
The logic of television was its immediacy and its currency. In many ways it mimicked the function of the music halls that used to be in every town in the country, providing ready entertainment that was always changing as different acts came and went. Many serious actors wouldn’t go anywhere near it, even well into the modern era (Gareth Thomas famously got endless stick from his serious actor mates for taking on the eponymous role in Blake’s 7, and chucked it in after 2 seasons partly for that reason). The material resulting from television production was therefore not highly regarded as cultural artefact. Only when there was a hard monetary value to it did it begin to be properly preserved.

You can often tell which shows were made with an eye on international re-sale because they were usually shot on film and in colour, relatively early by historical standards, though this doesn’t ever have seemed to be a BBC policy and the best examples of it in UK production come from independent studios - the likes of Gerry Anderson for example. These shows have survived intact even right back into the 1960s because the film stock couldn’t be re-used.

Aside from the possibility of selling certain shows internationally there was no monetary value in programmes made for Saturday teatime television until home video recorders became widely available in the early 80s. That’s why the BBC carried on taping over stuff until the late 1970s, even after it had stopped doing so for selected examples of its output that it had begun to realise might have cultural value.
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Re: Rediscovery of lost television episodes

Gonna be really hard to find specific shows that have been lost then discovered then lost again then recovered again isn't it
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I still find it amazing the BBC taped over old shows to save money. Just the mindset that these works they created were disposable, one-time, things of questionable value compared to the medium they were stored on.
It wasn't just the BBC that carried out wiping. Most television companies did.
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