Wednesday, 7 March 2018

"Cashback he explains!!!"



"Cashback he explains!!!"

YouTube is, of course, a goldmine for rare bits and bobs to do with old telly. I'll often take a wander through its lesser-trodden paths in search of rare continuity announcements and suchlike. Transfers of ancient tapes make interesting viewing as long-forgotten adverts give a glimpse into worlds long gone.

Often, if I want to check the end credits of something, it's quicker to look online, despite the DVDs being usually less than twenty feet away. So from my point of view, it's a useful research tool, but as always I'd say buy the offical releases if they're out there, folks!

A well-chosen screengrab can often lend new and unexpected meaning to a series. 'Bod On The Beach' supplied an absolute cracker which seems to owe more to the later stages of the pub crawl and bus journey home in 'Carry On At Your Convenience'...




PC Copper, Farmer Barleymow and Frank the Postman all seem to have been caught short in the sand dunes at the same moment. Aunt Flo turns her back on them in disgust, but Bod looks on curiously...

Sometimes YouTube also offers autogenerated subtitles, though these are subject to some severe mangling on occasion. I like to think that my voice is fairly clear on 'Round The Archives' but my reference to Ridge's neckerchief in our forthcoming 'Doomwatch' article caused it a few problems...



'Captain Pugwash' is an obvious one to try this out on - Peter Hawkins' nasal tones produce some wonderfully strange sentences. I shan't come over all crude with the low-hanging fruit of Master Mate, but instead point you to Pirates Willy and Barnabus, only one of whom escapes unscathed... Maybe there was a bad bout of seasickness in a cut scene?



Songs can offer some rich pickings, especially if the lyrics are quite specialised. Gareth Roberts' 'Dynasty With Lyrics' has actually been annotated with all the right words, so you can all sing along at home...



But his catchy 'Blake's 7' ditty 'All Kinds Of Space Debris' wanders into far more surreal terri*tory at times with, for example, Soolin being mistaken for a ceiling and something about a moist Prince...


But the real test of all this technology is to hit it with an overseas dub of a show and then select the English translation option. There's a clip of the German version of 'Revelation Of The Daleks' that appears to have been script-edited by Salvador Dali.



Though Terry Molloy was highly amused at the bit where Davros appears to be talking about his friend Boris...



And there's really no answer to that!



*Terri Nation? No? Oh well, please yerselves!



(By Andrew Trowbridge)

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