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    Default Things you no longer see or hear on TV

    This discussion isn't about individual programmes that are no longer shown, but is instead about captions, audio quotes, and other mundane features that were once commonplace on TV but have since fallen out of use.


    The Thames or Carlton to LWT handover on a Friday evening.

    ITV start up sequences shown after TV-AM or GMTV.

    In vision continuity.

    Pages from Ceefax shown on BBC1 and BBC2 in the morning after 8AM or the early afternoon.

    Colour Production - still being used on new programmes in the mid 1980s.

    Cue dots in the corner of the screen. Occasionally seen on a small number of live programmes.

    A <insert ITV company of your choice> production for Channel 4.

    Subtitles on P888

    "More details are available on Ceefax page XYZ"

    "Answers on a postcard please"

    "Send a stamped addressed envelope to..."

    "In this week's edition of the Radio Times"

    "Cut out the coupon in your TV Times"

    "In NICAM Stereo"

    "Set your video recorder for..."

    On ITV "The film will continue after the news". This was when films were frequently split in half for News at Ten.

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    Flight arrivals
    Holidays teletext

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    Newspaper listings..As london except...when regional itv was best.
    Invision tv announcers...they became almost friends. ATVs weekend guy was Peter Tomlinson who introduced the Friday night horror film surrounded by his teddy bears then did the closedown and back on air for tiswas, which he mentioned, next morning.
    The sunday god slot 6.15- 7.25pm
    Progs for schools.
    The Epilogue. a 5 min' religious message before the national anthem then closedown, watching the white dot dissappear
    Westerns..cowboys ruled the airwaves.
    Adjusting the vertical/horizontal hold on your set.
    p.i.f.
    interludes.

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    Apologies for technical problems/breakdown in transmission. Often accompanied by a picture of a clock or timer, or later, a still of a picture from the programme being transmitted, with a looped audio message relating the problem and how long it would be before service resumed. Thus, programmes scheduled afterwards would be introduced with a "running approximately xx minutes late" (a bit like trains!). Used to always be annoying if you'd set your video to record, and then missed the end of your favourite programme. On odd occasions, the entire schedule would be changed, or a programme removed to try to catch up the time lost.

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    I suppose the most obvious one, which I'm sure the majority of us remember, the "Testcard" -

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    The white dot disapearing at night on shutdown after the national anthem

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    News flashes, especially when it was just a caption that appeared at the bottom of the screen, then a proper announcement at the end of the programme.

    The BBC 1 mechanical globe.

    Early computer generated BBC 2 Logos, =2= & the pastel TWO.

    The CBBC logos generated by a BBC Micro & no announcer.

    The CBBC Broom Cupboard, especially when they used to sign off early for viewers in Northern Ireland.

    There used to be lots of opt outs for viewers in the home nations, & occasionally English regions, I was peeved when repeats of Star Trek on Sunday mornings were replaced by Rugby League highlights here in the North West!

    Musical acts on Blue Peter trying to play the end theme & normally making a complete mess of it.
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    We still got the cue dots up here in Granadaland. Certainly on live broadcasts.

    'We seem to be experiencing some technical difficulties...' cue some library music from the Ceefax vaults until they can return to the programme.
    ​https://www.change.org/p/the-bbc-repeat-your-treasure-trove-of-single-drama-such-as-play-for-today-and-screen-one-on-bbc4-now

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    There seemed to be a lot of loss of sound & vision in the past, with captions telling you it was a temporary fault.

    BBC2 & Channel 4 seemed to like filling in time with some public domain music & cheap montage of stock footage.

    TV shows where the interior is shot on videotape & exteriors on film, Monty Python did a sketch about this.

    Strikes by studio staff seems to be a thing of the past. I'm too young to remember the 1979 ITV strike but remember when TV-AM had to show lots of old American shows for weeks, which wasn't so bad. Also the BBC was once affected by a journalists strike & couldn't have any news for a day or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Tim View Post
    Apologies for technical problems/breakdown in transmission.
    They still officially exist but have been very rare in recent years.

    Often accompanied by a picture of a clock or timer, or later
    There used to be timeclocks as well. ITV had different designs for each region.

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Tim View Post
    I suppose the most obvious one, which I'm sure the majority of us remember, the "Testcard" -
    Have testcards completely vanished or are they still occasionally shown?

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