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Sunday 26th October 2014
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What were BBC TV Test Films?

lanterns.jpgQuestion

When I grew up in the 50s, I remember there were test films on the TV. One I remember was a stowaway and being found by Nelson. The second was lots of Oriental people climbing ladders hanging lanterns up. Did these films actually exist and what were they?
Cheryl, Kensington

Answer

Name: Richard, Sydenham
Qualification: I have a memory
Answer: I remember BBC2 used to show test transmissions for colour broadcasting. I can remember seeing sailors climbing masts for example. It was testing the colour broadcasting, but most people will have seen them in black and white. You still get test transmissions on BBC HD during the day.