A recent story for RedShark that looked at the BBC’s incredible work at trying to salvage an extremely lost episode of Morecambe & Wise from the late 1960s.
Here’s an excerpt:
Broadcasters rarely kept any videotape of programmes transmitted in the 1960s as reusing the tapes was an economic necessity. Some material though was ‘telerecorded’ onto 16mm film and these films – usually black and white – would be sent off to broadcasters around the world that wanted to screen the shows.
Once used they were then sent to landfill. This is why there aren’t many of them around.
However, in 2012 a rare film can continuing the second ever episode of The Morecambe & Wise Show was found in the film vault of Nigerian broadcaster RKTV, along with some early Dr Who episodes. The problem was that it was in a seriously bad condition, so bad in fact that the British Film Institute recommended it should be destroyed due to the sheer amount of acid vapour coming off the degraded acetate inside.
Read the rest here.