|"Dad's Army" was recorded between April 15th 1968 and July 29th 1977. The first three episodes were made in black & white, while from Series Three, first recording May 25th 1969, it was in colour.
From what I recall, there was very little editing, the programme being shot in the 'standard', efficient Comedy style, with editing only being required for joining up sections and adding any retakes. I can also remember playing in to Ian Low on one episode in, I think, VT's 9 & 10, although I cannot remember the title.
More memorable for Lime Grove stalwarts was Series 3, Episode 20, "The Day the Balloon Went Up" where the platoon captured a runaway barrage balloon. This episode resided in the "Emergency Standby" cupboard and I still think of the country going into World War 3 to an episode of "Dad's Army".
|The series has been repeated many times and has been a subject for the "Missing, Believed Wiped" brigade. Like most programmes of that time, "Dad's Army" was transferred to Film Recording, often for overseas sales, and tapes were wiped, as television did not have the importance it has today.
VT Engineers and Editors were aware of the importance of certain programmes - in fact the 'story' of Nat King Cole's last concert in the UK, recorded in black & white and saved from Tape Servicing by one Dave May is a prime example. Also, the problems re-introducing it into the system in later years are worth remembering.
Despite Yvonne Littlewood's best intentions it was never shown in full as the Cole family would not give consent, and, in the end, parts of it became a documentary.
|I digress (sorry!). Recently one episode of "Dad's Army" has been restored to full colour by using the subcarrier dot pattern on the black & white telerecording - obviously the sub-carrier filter was not in circuit!! The episode was originally recorded in the Summer of 1969 and, watching the restored version, it is amazing to see the wonderful dirt and image stability correction that has also been applied to what must have been a fairly scratched, dirty and weaving film recording.
There was a link to the Colour Recovery Group's website on the previous page but this has now expired. Also, at the front of the recent BBC2 transmission was an excellent piece to camera by Ian Lavender (Don't tell him your name Pike!) which explains the process. You can view it by clicking the camera icon as usual. I apologise if we are upsetting/offending anyone concerned with this by showing the clip, but it is a very clear explanation of what could be a valuable technique for the future.