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Morecambe and Wise Video Film Archive Restoration

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'You Can't See the Join!' - Recovering Morecambe and Wise


Posted by BBC Research and Development on 29 Dec 2017, last updated 30 Dec 2017
A regular TV tradition at this time of year is the repeat of the Morecambe and Wise Christmas specials and 2017 is no exception - there is even a special BBC FOUR drama about the pair on air this evening too.
We thought readers might enjoy a good tale of some work we're involved with - to recover an episode of the comedy duo's TV series that was previously considered 'lost'. It involves some pretty advanced tech development work - a 'diseased' film, a trip to Nigeria, dentistry, lasers, X-ray tomography, algorithms and some goo... Television archiving expert Charles Norton writes about his involvement with the work in the first of this three part series.
In 1968, ITV lost Morecambe and Wise.
The famous comedy duo‘s contract with Lew Grade’s ATV company came up for renewal in early 1968 but Morecambe and Wise turned…