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Folklore: BBC TV Hoot'nanny Show early 60's

GUEST,Dave Smith 13 Mar 03 - 11:31 AM
MairSea 13 Mar 03 - 11:51 AM
Don Firth 13 Mar 03 - 12:24 PM
GUEST,Dave Smith 13 Mar 03 - 12:37 PM
GUEST,Steve Benbows protege 14 Mar 03 - 02:51 AM
GUEST,Mark Dowding 14 Mar 03 - 07:55 AM
Leadfingers 14 Mar 03 - 01:44 PM
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Subject: Folklore: BBC TV Hoot'nanny Show early 60's
From: GUEST,Dave Smith
Date: 13 Mar 03 - 11:31 AM

I would love to know if there are any TV video recordings available of the Hoot'nanny show from "The Place" in Edinburgh . That was early 60's in black and white.
I heard that the BBC destroyed much of its archive due to lack of storage space. Does anyone know if it's true. Could any of it have been released onto the market?
I have a few sound recordings on tape (personal use). I really wish I had made a lot more.
Dave


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Subject: RE: Folklore: BBC TV Hoot'nanny Show early 60's
From: MairSea
Date: 13 Mar 03 - 11:51 AM

I wish there were too. Have just been given some reel to reel to transfer onto CD but would love to 'see' some of the old programmes.

BBC destroyed too much of its old stuff and is living now to regret it.

Good Hunting.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: BBC TV Hoot'nanny Show early 60's
From: Don Firth
Date: 13 Mar 03 - 12:24 PM

Cinescopes or something like that, maybe, but the existence of videotapes from the early Sixties may be a bit doubtful. I did a television series on my local eductional station in 1959 and we had to do it live. Of all the TV stations in Seattle, only one, THE major station in town, had a videotape machine. At the time, they were about the size of a wardrobe and the reels looked like reels of 35 mm. movie film. Brand new technology, the machines cost over $50,000, and at that time, that was a lot of money. It was into the mid-Sixties before the other stations got them. Home units like Beta and VHS didn't come out until many years later. So it doesn't seem to hopeful.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Folklore: BBC TV Hoot'nanny Show early 60's
From: GUEST,Dave Smith
Date: 13 Mar 03 - 12:37 PM

Maybe I should be asking did any video ever get recorded in the first place? In magnetic format and analogue at that, it would have deteriorated anyway I expect.
I did see a White Heather Club video on sale in VHS but that was from a much later period.
Dave.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: BBC TV Hoot'nanny Show early 60's
From: GUEST,Steve Benbows protege
Date: 14 Mar 03 - 02:51 AM

Try the national sound archive at the brithish library. You know that when a book is published it goes to them, the same is true of records etc.
NOW, the problem is that the british library says that the B.B.C do not give permission for their stuff to be copied or looked at. If you can crack it then please send me a p.m of how you managed it. My mudcat name is as above "Steve benbows protege." Anything is worth a try and "If you don't ask then you don't get!"
Good luck and happy hunting.
    From memory the web adress is www.bl.uk


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Subject: RE: Folklore: BBC TV Hoot'nanny Show early 60's
From: GUEST,Mark Dowding
Date: 14 Mar 03 - 07:55 AM

I have previously been in touch with the BBC archive department about long lost folk radio shows as part of the Treasure Hunt appeal for missing TV and Radio programmes and also for episodes of "Ballad of the North West" that was broadcast on BBC North West (nothing survives of that unfortunately although rumours of private audio tapes have come to my attention.)

The address to write to for queries is:

BBC Archives
Windmill Road
Reynard Mills Estate
Brentford
Middlesex
TW8 9NQ

I'm not sure if BBC Scotland have a separate archive but someone should be able to help.

Whilst they can tell you if a programme still exists or not please be aware that they are unable to supply copies of programmes to people. "If it's not out on Video or DVD then we're afraid that we're unable to supply ad hoc copies"

Good luck with it and please let us know how you get on.

Cheers

Mark


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Subject: RE: Folklore: BBC TV Hoot'nanny Show early 60's
From: Leadfingers
Date: 14 Mar 03 - 01:44 PM

The Hootenanny Show was my introduction to Folk Music when I came home from Germany in 1964.So when my membership to the local Jazz club included membership of the local folk club, off I went.The club was being run by Louis Killen (recently back frome life in USA)and the
guest the first night I went was Redd Sullivan.That was the FRIDAY folk club in Hitchen later superceded by the present Sunday club.
Needless to say my interest in Jazz started waning and i have been into Folk ever since.All down to the Hootenanny Show.


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