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Over 40 Years ago!

Ron Clark has just sent me these two documents which give a snapshot of daily life at TVC at the end of August 1975.
Many names and programme titles for the older Oldboys.

Firstly the Daily Duty Sheets for Friday 29th August 1975.


And the Studio Allocation Charts for Week 36.

Studio bookings


The pdfs that were here have been slowing things down a bit, and are now available in <Downloads>.

December 1961 Staff List

At last Thursday’s Television Recording Christmas Lunch I was given a document that may well be of interest to many of you – especially those of a ‘certain age. It’s the December 1961 Staff List.
1961 Staff List
This should have been posted yesterday, but the latest Windows 10 upgrade has created havoc here, and I’m only just able to handle graphics etc!!!

PS This will also go in the 1961 section on the main menu.

PPS. Pictures from the Christmas Lunch online by Monday.


Christmas is Coming!

Apologies for the absence of updates, but Mrs C J and I have just finished writing a book about the Great War which went to the printers yesterday afternoon. A 2½ year project it has taken up a lot of my time – I’m publishing it – but now I can return to the Oldboys website once more.

Nick Martin has just sent me the details of the Surbiton Christmas Lunch; Thursday December 4th is the date for your diaries, and you will find full details, and, in due course, a Menu at

Additionally, Richard Cox’s photographs of the last Oldboys Lunch at “The Black Horse” will be on the web in a couple of days.

Familiar faces

Ian Norman sent me a video of a live transmission from VT on Saturday, March 14th 1981. He was the cameraman for Swap Shop (Ikegami HL79) – you can find the full version in The 1980s under Swap Shop and in Programmes under VT on TV.

Two instantly recognisable faces in the still above, Murray Needham & Mick Goodenough, but take a look at the still below.

The first still is of the hexaplexer desk, with Al Goddard driving VT10, but who is the editor on VT9 (updating Grandstand titles) and who is the Sports PA?

New Venue for Oldboys Lunch

Yesterday’s Oldboys lunch was at a new venue, “The Black Horse” at Chorleywood Common. Chose by Howard Dell after a strenuous time spent trying different pubs in the area it proved to be a very good choice indeed. Pictures of the event are now in Past Events, Current Lunch.


The food was excellent and the portions so generous virtually everyone had the ‘small’ version! It was good to welcome Nick Pitt and Ian Howlett as well as Bernard Trim who will be unknown to many of you. His connection with VT machines was connected with their use as data recorders …… a subject still subject to the OSA!


March 16th 2013

Welcome to the new version of Happenings.

For quite a while I have been thinking about a better way of recording the events, information and disconnected things to do with the VT Oldboys. So, I have decided to attempt a Blog style for Happenings. This gives me the opportunity to categorise, back track and archive entries – it also gives you the opportunity to add your own comments (moderated, of course, to avoid the junk that clogs up the Guest Book).

I’ve copied across the majority of entries from the old version, only omitting time expired information.

Let me know what you think!

January 1st 2013

A Happy New Year to everybody – rather a significant year for the “Class of 63” as it will be 50 years since we joined (September 9th) and 20 years since we left (March 31st) – where did the time go?

A couple of pictures to start off 2013. The first is of a place you may recall – the Effects Workshop, with Robin Lobb (we believe) in the background.



And, a hang-over from last Autumn, taken on our way back from Telford – who nicked the gates to Wood Norton?