I’ve often thought about my earliest memories of television (probably 1981) and I can remember watching classics like Jamie and the Magic Torch, Play School, Choc-A-Block but I also remember watching some very strange stuff for a 3-4 year old, like the Open University with lecturers still donned in kipper ties. Of course it was mainly the pictures that were fascinating me, along with any music.
Back in the day there was no 24 hour television, and with only 3 channels to choose from, things were somewhat limited.
I remember Test Card F well, waiting for the real TV to begin, and remember enjoying some of the cheesy music that almost always accompanied it.
Years later (around ’98-99), I rediscovered it, and somehow stumbled across this piece of music called Loose Cover and instantly fell in love with it and for some reason had it as a musical screensaver! (yeah, hindsight is a wonderful thing and all that!)
I’ve managed to track down a copy of it on Youtube for your enjoyment.
There’ll be more to follow on Apollo Sounds at some point if you insist.
What followed next?
This inevitably led to many many google searches, discovering other test cards, other websites, many of which sadly haven’t been updated for some time.
One of these searches brought up Charley Says….. a series of Public Information Films (PIF) from the 70’s and still used in the 80’s, with Charley being voiced by the wonderful Kenny Everett . Further googling ensued and before I knew it I was quite enjoying dipping into the past this way, and it didn’t stop at PIF films, I was turning up various editions of the Protect and Survive handbooks, and on it went.
So there we are. A little insight into why I’ve dedicated a section to TV Archives and Public Information Films. It’s all Google’s fault!
I’m not an expert on these subjects, I don’t pretend to be, I just enjoy the subject and the geekiness that comes with it. There’ll be more posts about some of the above to follow as we go along.