Our modern digital cameras recorded participants’ reactions as their memories flooded back. We watched as teams worked together to once again perform their role in the complex television production chain. By observing teamwork we captured the subtle dynamics of television labour often ignored by the traditional interview.
The reenactments were a combination of free-flowing television production activity and semi-structured interviews, and the resulting video material sits somewhere between oral history and television documentary.
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We filmed hundreds of hours of footage during our reenactment experiments. We have now edited these rushes into many series of videos which aim to offer an insight into each stage in the historical television production process.
This site has just a few videos embedded in it. For our full collection of videos, please visit the project’s long-term data repository on the Figshare website. There you will find three versions of almost everything: short (i.e. bitesize); medium (i.e. highlights); long (i.e. real time).
This website also offers a Timeline which enables you to explore the chronological development of some of the key production technologies highlighted by this project.
Finally, we have produced a series of ‘Stories‘ – in-depth, interactive accounts of television history and production culture.