The Bits in Between...

The Bits in Between...

An interview with Andrew Martin a BBC preservation expert

Andrew Martin, an expert from the BBC's archives, tells us why the bits in between television programmes aren't just the times you can nip out and make a cup of tea.

Transcript

The Bits in Between...

The BBC archive mainly holds complete radio and television programmes, but, in addition to that, there are an awful lot of what you might call the wallpaper or the glue that holds television together, which is all the bits in between. Idents, the thing that comes on the screen saying that this is BBC One or BBC Two or Three or Four, whatever; trailers; continuity announcements.
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They're an essential part of television and yet they're not the main purpose of it.
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They actually tell us quite a lot about the style, the kind of attitudes of television in their particular era.


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