ADAPT Live @ Being Human Festival, Bradford

Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th November 2017

National Science and Media Museum, Bradford

Pioneering ex-BBC television crews responsible for bringing colour into our homes in the late 1960s will bring TV history to life in the foyer of the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford later this month (November 23-24).

ADAPT LIVE, part of the Being Human festival, will reunite veteran TV crews to demonstrate the skills that brought us some of Britain’s earliest colour TV shows.

During ADAPT LIVE, participants – all of them former television producers and technicians who worked on BBC outside broadcasts during the 1960s and 1970s – will share stories, host live demonstrations and screen footage to share how television used to be made.

The event will include a rare opportunity to see working demonstrations of historic television camera, including the iconic Pye PC80 and EMI 2001, which were among the earliest colour cameras regularly used in the UK.

The exhibition includes:

  • Live outside broadcast with original kit from late 1960s/early 1970s.
  • ADAPT footage screening and live Q&A with experienced directors, cameramen, sound and lighting engineers.
  • Memory Booth – Your opportunity to tell us about your memories of 1970s TV and your thoughts about the ADAPT project.

The exhibition is FREE but booking is required for the Q&A via the Being Human Website

To find out more about the ADAPT project visit:

For further information about ADAPT Live, please contact

Producer Amanda Murphy

Research Assistant Stephanie Janes


ADAPT at the Nordic Media Festival, Bergen

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ADAPT project leader Prof. John Ellis will be speaking about the ADAPT project at the Nordic Media Festival in Bergen on Fri 11 May:

“In an ambitious experiment, 20 retired BBC employees filmed while recreating a simple live broadcast using the equipment they used in the 70s. For the first time, we see how difficult it was to make direct TV in the BBC in the 70s during the heroic first period of broadcast history.

With this experiment, Professor John Ellis presents unique knowledge of the interaction between technology and human beings, and a wonderful glimpse of how much television media as a profession has changed from the 70s to today.

This session is part of NMD SIDETRACK.” (Description from Nordic Media Festival programme)

For more information about the festival, visit