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Old 11th Sep 2018, 10:57 pm   #241
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A BRC1400 (poss HMV) TV used by the family in 'Back in time for the factory' . Unfortunately it showed the Dagenham Sewing Machinist's Strike. In colour.
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Old 12th Sep 2018, 9:04 am   #242
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From about the mid 60's all BBC news gathering on film would have been colour. I worked for a firm that put a magnetic stripe on the film before it went into the camera so they could record the sound at the same time.
I guess they either added the colour picture to the TV by computer or somebody had fitted a colour chassis to a set they borrowed. I haven't seen the program yet.
The first Colour TV I owned was in 1968 - the year of the strike.
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Old 12th Sep 2018, 10:31 am   #243
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Another example, though, where it would be so easy to do it correctly.
I know that even Shakespeare has anachronisms, but there's really no excuse.
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Old 12th Sep 2018, 1:12 pm   #244
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A BRC1400 (poss HMV) TV used by the family in 'Back in time for the factory' . Unfortunately it showed the Dagenham Sewing Machinist's Strike. In colour.
Yes I spotted it too, the picture did look like it was superimposed though.

They were watching some B&W programming at other times.

Some of the stock footage of shops were post 1971, I could see some decimal prices on display.
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Old 16th Nov 2018, 10:19 pm   #245
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The BBC programme (TV Memories) use a Philips mono set and superimpose colour pictures on it, call it minor, but I find it distracting. I appreciate they are trying to create nostalgia but colour was well established by this time.
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 10:33 pm   #246
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Another WW2 DAC90A in Mrs Wilson this evening. A pity, as most of the period detail is very good, and a lot of money has obviously been spent.
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Old 11th Dec 2018, 8:45 pm   #247
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Yes, I noticed that in Mrs Wilson when I got round to watching it last night.

A very good series for accuracy are the early Heartbeat ones. Real fires in the grates, correct rings and dialling tones on the phones and timely technology and cars. I suppose the 60s were more recent when it was filmed and more people remembered what was around
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Loads of good, period stuff on Mrs Wilson but apart from the Bush mentioned above, their home slide projector seems to be a very posh, professional, 1970s, Kodak Carosel which would be more at home in a lecture theatre.

OK, it makes a wonderfully evocative noise as the slides are changed, but surely an old Aldis with the lovely crinkly paint finish and its "primitive" look would have been more photogenic and more realistic for a middle class family living in a fairly modest thirties semi.

And the street lights and the odd house with UPVC double glazing stick out if to my eyes, but I suppose that's unavoidable really these days.

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Old 12th Dec 2018, 2:57 pm   #249
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Yes, I noticed that in Mrs Wilson when I got round to watching it last night.

A very good series for accuracy are the early Heartbeat ones. Real fires in the grates, correct rings and dialling tones on the phones and timely technology and cars. I suppose the 60s were more recent when it was filmed and more people remembered what was around
My Dad used to comment when a song wasn't right for the period, some early 1970s ones managed to slip through.

He was good at noticing some transport errors, like a lorry with a Long Vehicle sign on the rear & some trains not being right for the area if correct timewise.
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Old 22nd Dec 2018, 2:31 am   #250
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Not an anachronism, but "wrong" nonetheless.
The Channel 4 "Let the Bells Ring Out" Christmas promo shows various "bell" imagery, including a Friedland "Pushlite" illuminated bell-push, which lit up when pressed.

Dramatic licence I guess.

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Old 26th Dec 2018, 12:50 am   #251
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Spotted a couple of possibles in tonight's Torvill & Dean biopic-

Early on a row of period correct 13A sockets with what looked like a two button LCD display timer plugged in.

Mid '70s- a pile of what looked like VHS videocassettes with handwritten labels for various films.

A year or two later, perhaps, but '76/'77?

There were a few other unlikely (from an engineering viewpoint) scenes but not involving "our" equipment.
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Has anyone been watching the Halcyon Hotel on ITV?

In the last episode there was a scene in which two people are dancing to music coming from a gramophone.

A close up of the gramophone was shown and I took the attached photo - the record was going clockwise - I checked! Don't know where the tone arm was going though!

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i am always amazed by the almost HI FI quality sound wind up gramaphones seem to have when seen on tv
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 3:33 pm   #253
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Could that have been a strobing artefact like the wheels on wagons in westerns and propellers on planes?
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 4:19 pm   #254
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Recently I heard an acoustic gramaphone at "Milestones" (Basingstoke) it sounded very good indeed.
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 4:22 pm   #255
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"the record was going clockwise - I checked! Don't know where the tone arm was going though!"
As many phonograph units stored the soundbox and horn in a tray at the back of the box - to anyone who doesn't know better - the needle would be placed at a point closest to the record. They wouldn't have thought about moving the arm/soundbox across to the other side of the record so that the needle was trailing rather that facing the direction of rotation - plowing. Plowing the groove is often seen posted in various places.
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Old 15th Jan 2019, 4:54 pm   #256
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Recently I heard an acoustic gramaphone at "Milestones" (Basingstoke) it sounded very good indeed.
...and I heard an EMG (no less!) at the Museum of Mechanical Music at Northcleach, and quite frankly, it was a huge disappointment (no pun intended). Very thin and distorted to my ears.
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 4:33 pm   #257
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There's a white electric push button doorbell on Robert Shaw's house in the film Battle of Britain, very common in the 60's when the film was made, but nothing like that in 1940. Plus an outdoor light, with modern wiring. I seriously doubt he would have that at that time.
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Old 23rd Jan 2019, 12:06 am   #258
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I remember spotting the light when I watched this when I was young & even then thinking it was too recent. Also the house as an aluminium up & over style garage door, which according to IMDb even if such things existed in 1940 it might have been requisitioned for the war effort.
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Old 23rd Jan 2019, 12:42 am   #259
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...and I heard an EMG (no less!) at the Museum of Mechanical Music at Northcleach, and quite frankly, it was a huge disappointment (no pun intended). Very thin and distorted to my ears.
Probably hardened rubber in the soundbox - with the right material and in good shape, an EMG can sound startlingly real.
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Old 23rd Jan 2019, 8:56 am   #260
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Thanks Ted, that's what I guessed. But it surprised me that a museum run by very knowledgable folk would tolerate that.
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