We knew about Vera – we must be around 50…

Had a lovely afternoon helping Martin Parsons celebrate being 50. The gathering included some of the great names of London’s Post production scene and we chatted happily for hours.

I mentioned an item I’d read about on the TIG that had a link to some ancient footage of the BBC’s first video tape recorder (Video Electronic Recording Apparatus VERA). Classic stuff. It was shown live on the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs programme, Panorama, in 1956.

A delightful engineer and musician, Ian Chisolm remembered seeing one whilst training at BBC’s Kingswood Warren in 1967.

Considering VERA was completely obsolete even when it was being shown to the British public in 1956 it displays a certain stubborness to retain the thing for so long outside the science museum.

Slightly surprising to find so many people my own age. I never thought we make it this far!


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