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M0FYA Andy 20th Aug 2020 4:25 pm

Re: Technology related anachronisms on TV and in films etc.
 
The standard Gents Pul-Syn-Etic or Synchronome system of the 1940's advances the slaves every 30 seconds, but both systems could be fitted with additional seconds switches if seconds hands were required on the slaves.

Andy

slidertogrid 18th Sep 2020 9:26 am

When is a Bush a Thorn?
 
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When is a Bush Ranger mono portable a Ferguson TX9 ? When it's on TV it seems...
This is the TV programme "make me a dealer" The rear view of the set is a Bush Monochrome but then when you see the front view it suddenly becomes a Ferguson colour. What the motor trade calls a cut and shut ! :devil:

Nanozeugma 18th Sep 2020 9:41 am

Re: When is a Bush a Thorn?
 
I guess if this proves anything, it's an object lesson on how contrived these "programmes" are...

Radio Wrangler 18th Sep 2020 9:49 am

Re: When is a Bush a Thorn?
 
It's the importance of 'The Look'

Just think how much the TV producers had to pay to get a technician to saw two sets in two and glue the front half of one to the rear of the other.

The telly lot hired the use of a schoolfriend's parent's house for the first 'Last of the summer wine' film. The tale of what they changed to get the look right, and then had to replace afterwards.... Well Paul's folk were very, very, pleased with the full redecoration (to their tastes) new shed and new greenhouse on top of the fee!

The ends these people will go to.

But getting that telly working, now that took skill

David

rambo1152 19th Sep 2020 11:03 pm

Re: Technology related anachronisms on TV and in films etc.
 
I caught the last 20 minutes of "Genevieve" on TPTV this afternoon, an absolutely gorgeous video transfer it is too, surprised me by carrying the "ITV Studios" end-cap complete with the two-note wind instrument , just like after "This Morning".

But I digress.

There are many technical goofs in this film but one I've noticed that hasn't even been catalogued by IMDb, is the BBC interviewer at the start of the run who's microphone changes to a completely different model between shots.

rambo1152 24th Oct 2020 9:47 pm

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Technically not an anachronism, but another kind of temporal error.

Wouldn't it have been better to spin the turntable at a sedate 33 rather than 78RPM?

It would help with the visual narrative, as well as preventing people like me suggesting that the production staff have never seen a record before...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3cX_PV2070

Malcolm G6ANZ 2nd Nov 2020 7:19 am

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I was watching 'The saint' a few day ago, as one does. For some reason the walkie talkie they were using was a Sinclair Micromatic radio. Needless to say it gave perfect transmission and reception over several miles.
Malcolm

Richard_FM 2nd Nov 2020 9:58 am

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Malcolm G6ANZ (Post 1306215)
I was watching 'The saint' a few day ago, as one does. For some reason the walkie talkie they were using was a Sinclair Micromatic radio. Needless to say it gave perfect transmission and reception over several miles.
Malcolm

I remember Dusty Gizmos mentioning one being used in The Saint.

The same site identifies the tape recorders used in Mission: Impossible & Thunderbirds.

Pete_1966 10th Nov 2020 12:16 am

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Look up the official music video for Holly Johnson's (he was the lead singer from 'Frankie Goes to Hollywood') popular 1989 hit: 'Americanos' - it features an American family living in a big house with housekeeping staff. The family are watching a lottery draw on a large console TV in their plush living room while the housekeeping and maintenance staff are watching the same lottery on a table top RCA 14-S-7070-G television on the kitchen table. One of the young lads on the staff wins big while the main family have no luck, resulting in their daughter marrying one of the staff to share the loot! Brilliant song and a 'happy' video. Would love to know what is the make and model of the large console TV is in the living room, though - should be a good test for the members here. Also check out the official video of Holly Johnson's song: 'Atomic City' - at the very start, a Hitachi miniature portable TV is being watched by a young couple having a picnic before being lured into the underworld by a mysterious character who happens to be Holly himself. Another test for the members here to identify that model!

broadgage 10th Nov 2020 12:59 am

Re: Technology related anachronisms on TV and in films etc.
 
Something that I have noticed in several TV dramas, including Foyles war and others from that era is odd looking light switches.
Historically correct actual switches, but mounted on very over size wooden mounting blocks.

I suspect that these are non functional and affixed with blue tack or similar, and are very oversized in order to conceal a modern switch.

A very common error in TV dramas in general is when the actor turns on a switch and the room lighting comes up gradually over a second or two, obviously tv studio/stage lighting turned up on a dimmer.
In most cases, nothing important happens in that second or two, and the content could easily be edited to remove it.

rambo1152 10th Nov 2020 8:16 pm

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You were lead to believe that all the houses on Coronation St in the 1980's had switches mounted on surface mounted boxes, yet the wiring was fully concealed.
Yes the set walls were thin, but surely the carpenters could fake something that looked more believable.

They tried to avoid trivial edits back then!

On a typical soap, each scene was recorded as a single VTR take, the first and final scene included the opening and closing credits respectively, they were not done in "post".

Richard_FM 10th Nov 2020 11:06 pm

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Coronation Street was live in it's early days, sometimes one episode was shown live & the other episode for that week was made right afterwards and recorded. This was so the cast & sets didn't need to re-assembled later in the week.

Crossroads was shot as live for many years, which explains the hit & miss production values.

The Philpott 2nd Dec 2020 12:45 pm

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A smile moment last night on TV as the aircraft used in the cross-country low level navigation section of the (not very impressive) Dambusters documentary.....was a Diamond DA61- from Germany. (Engaged in a mock attack on the Derwent dam!)

Dave

broadgage 23rd Jan 2021 8:06 am

Re: Technology related anachronisms on TV and in films etc.
 
Last nigh'ts episode of Foyles war involved a blown fuse in the home of a lady and and this being replaced by a "friend"
The friend stated that the problem was due to someone having "fitted a 3 amp fuse to the ring main"

Don't think that ring circuits were in general use then.
And if they were, failure of the ring circuit fuse would not extinguish the lights as occurred.
And 3 amps was never a widely used size for re-wireable fuses, then or more recently.
The most common sizes were 5amp, 15 amp, and 30 amps, with 10 amps and 20 amps being less common.

McMurdo 29th Jan 2021 11:37 pm

Re: Vintage Radios, TVs etc in films and on TV (NOT ANACHRONISMS)
 
The new C4 drama 'Its a Sin'. A New York hotel room with a Ferguson 3840. Did they make a 120V NTSC version?

cathoderay57 24th Feb 2021 9:38 pm

Lucy Worsley Blitz Spirit
 
I'm sure that many will have watched Lucy Worsley's Blitz Spirit on BBC1 last Tuesday. A good production and a few radios on display. Maybe I'm being pedantic (surely not, I hear you say) but I thought I saw the outbreak of war broadcast being listened to on an HMV 1356 Olympic which didn't appear until 1948.... Feel free to correct me if I am wrong, as I'm sure someone will! Jerry

Peter.N. 25th Feb 2021 11:44 am

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Pre production model?

nigelr2000 23rd May 2021 9:21 pm

Call the midwife tonight 23/05
 
Did anyone else spot the 1993 Roberts R250 revival being used in the doctor's home to listen to a broadcast from the BBC, I think the program producers must be mixing it up with the original R200 from the 60's shall I email and tell them or let it lie :) hee hee

duncanlowe 24th May 2021 9:17 am

Re: Call the midwife tonight 23/05
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nigelr2000 (Post 1377201)
Did anyone else spot the 1993 Roberts R250 revival being used in the doctor's home to listen to a broadcast from the BBC, I think the program producers must be mixing it up with the original R200 from the 60's shall I email and tell them or let it lie :) hee hee

I saw it but didn't realise it was a modern one.

bill knox 22nd Aug 2021 1:32 pm

Re: Technology related anachronisms on TV and in films etc.
 
Hi All

Just spotted this thread and it has made me laugh.

Going way back to "Heartbeat" when the village bobby used to go around on a small motor bike.

There were several shots of a Pye W15 on the back of the bike with a Cossor CC301 control unit up front, 2 very different manufactures and according to script it worked!!!!!!!!!

There were, I think in Z Cars several scenes where a Pye PF1 Transmitter was used to transmit and receive on the same unit.

Regards

Bill

Peter.N. 23rd Aug 2021 9:51 am

Re: Technology related anachronisms on TV and in films etc.
 
You may also notice that the police car radios work very well with no aerials.

Peter

merlinmaxwell 23rd Aug 2021 11:38 am

Re: Technology related anachronisms on TV and in films etc.
 
A Sweeney episode I saw had PF1's used as transceivers or so I thought, they where using the real "one box" PF1C type.

Steve G4WCS 1st Sep 2021 10:51 am

Re: Technology related anachronisms on TV and in films etc.
 
Has anyone been watching “Vigil” the submarine drama thing on BBC1? I wasn't allowed to pause it and take pictures of the telly, but for some odd reason the officers' “office” was crammed with random bits of old test equipment. Sure I spotted a Tektronix scope. R&S signal generator/comms test set, and some Marconi kit in there.

vidjoman 1st Sep 2021 10:59 am

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It's available on iPlayer in UHD 4K (if you've got a 4K TV) so you can get a still shot.

Station X 1st Sep 2021 11:16 am

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episod...iesId=p09pm7jp

Steve G4WCS 1st Sep 2021 2:13 pm

Re: Technology related anachronisms on TV and in films etc.
 
Thanks graham Ill have a look.

dave walsh 1st Sep 2021 2:53 pm

Re: Technology related anachronisms on TV and in films etc.
 
Yes I saw that but the gear looked good, within the bounds of artistic license, the context and the unavailability of the plans for one of our nuclear subs:D. It reminds me of the follow up to 2001 A Space Odyssey when the Russian Spaceship is all Victorian plumbing and calculators, not computers. The real Nuclear Sub might just be screens and waving hands or eye/thought controlled!
See my other thread today re TPTV and Test Gear8-\

Dave W

rambo1152 6th Sep 2021 12:24 pm

Re: Technology related anachronisms on TV and in films etc.
 
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Advance H-1 AF signal generator from 1952, teleported to an episode of "Poirot" set in the '30s.

David Simpson 13th Sep 2021 9:52 am

Re: Vintage Radios, TVs etc in films and on TV (NOT ANACHRONISMS)
 
Calling all ex Matelots, particularly sub-mariners - what's your views on BBC1's "Virgil" drama - Sunday nights 9pm ?
Quite an array of old test equipment, transceivers, etc., in background shots, from the 60's & 70's - Polaris era I would have thought, not Trident.

Regards, David

Phil G4SPZ 16th Jan 2022 4:39 pm

Re: Technology related anachronisms on TV and in films etc.
 
My wife was watching today’s episode of ‘Foyle’s War’ and alerted me to the presence of a wireless set in one scene. It was a 1953 Bush AC34. Yet in another scene there was a genuine pre-war Pilot Little Maestro.


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