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ANGLIA TELEVISION 1966…. MY FIRST ‘DRAMA’ OB, ‘WEAVERS GREEN’.

February 2020.

For the first in this series of posts on my years at Anglia Television look here http://blogdavidtaylorimages.co.uk/television-sound-mixing/anglia-television-1966-to-1969-my-first-years-in-tv-sound/

Like all the Regional ITV Stations, Anglia TV served their ‘local area’ with a regular output of local programming, now sadly missing from television. For this reason we went off frequently to do Outside Broadcasts around East Anglia and also well into Lincolnshire beyond ‘The Wash’, as far as The Humber.
Mostly these were weekends away covering a Saturday football match and a Sunday church service, as both could be done by the same OB crew.

However Anglia took a very big gamble and decided to make a regular drama, a ‘soap’ called ‘Weavers Green’….and to do as much of it as possible with an expensive Outside Broadcast Unit, shooting in video.

Weavers Green was about a vets practice and their dealings with local community. Shooting was mainly undertaken around the real Norfolk village of ‘Heydon’ with occasional visits to other locations, as we shall see.

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ANGLIA TELEVISION 1966 to 1969…….MY FIRST YEARS IN TV SOUND.

FEBRUARY 2020

I thought it was about time that I talked a bit about my early working years and when I can, put in photos from my time in television sound. Those of us that were around in the 1960’s still remember what a primitive technological world we worked in but there are not many reminders of that around now.

I started in the summer of 1966 when Sid Denney, the Head-of-Sound at the ITV broadcaster Anglia TV, took a big gamble and let me join the Sound Department in Norwich. He didn’t have much to go on as there were no college courses at that time…I’d just showed an interest in sound and had been tinkering with tape-recorders, but Sid set me off on a really great career.

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