Telecine

Although you can read about the early days at Alexandra Palace in The 1950s by following the link to Arthur Dungate's AP website, we have very little information about Telecine (TK).
However, Bill Tucker has now corrected this with two sections, see below. Bill Tucker at the BBC follows him from the day he joined as a Technical Assistant in 1951 until he left in 1988.
Bill was heavily involved in Telecine and has recorded the development at Lime Grove and the subsequent move to Television Centre.
Life as a TK Operator describes the actual trials and tribulations of every day life in the TK area.
(Many thanks also to additional detail supplied by John Crane, Lawford Thomas & Jim Tucker in Bill's at the BBC, and Jim Tucker in Life as a TK Operator)

In 1993, at the request of Engineering Information Department, Geoff Rowlands & Lawford Thomas wrote an article for inclusion in their quarterly magazine ‘Eng Inf’ entitled "A Brief History of Telecine in the BBC". Unfortunately publication ceased and it never appeared.
They have recovered it from the original Wordstar files and it makes an appropriate companion to Bill's story.

Chris Packman has sent me an copy of an internal website from around 2001 showing the (then) new TK installation in Stage 6. I have adjusted it slightly for relevance and you can find it by following Stage 6 TK 2001 on the menu below.


Film Recording

Before VERA, before Ampex, the only way to record television pictures was on Film (FR). Some less informed production people assumed that a film recorder could also play back the material it had recorded, hence the legendary talkback call "...... can we see that back FR? .... Oh, I thought you were a Telecine in record mode". Bob Oakley puts the record straight and catalogues the story of Film Recording.