Yeah, well, given that there have been plenty of cases, even this century, where “lost” episodes were returned without any prosecutions (and then copied and returned to the ‘owners’ perfectly intact), I’m somewhat sceptical of this particular story.
Having said that, I don’t doubt that there are probably one or two episodes still out there somewhere, but they are most likely in archive boxes that the owner has forgotten or is unaware of, rather than closely guarded secrets!
I seem to recall them doing the same thing in Hollywood. Lots of famous actors got sucked into the investigation for possessing copies of movies. Roddy McDowell was one of them.
Serious Crime Squad.
I can never tell the difference between an actual British bureaucracy and a Monty Python sketch…
A lot of their little skits practically wrote themselves.
I got a copy of The Shadow trailer. Kinda neat relic that I can’t actually WATCH, but still.
I say digitize what you have in as high of resolution as you can get it, and then dump it on the internet somewhere anonymously. Lost media no longer lost!
Icon checks out.
Threw me at first; I was wondering where’s Boba Fett…
I used to oscillate between Boba Fett and The Shadow, but with Covid I had the same avatar with the mask for a long time.
I remember peoples avatars even over names half the time, so it throws me for a loop when people change them. But I decided to freshen things up. I should do the same for my profile pic at work and on FB, as it has to be 5 or 6 years old now.
I’m a little worried myself.
I found a ‘lost’ episode from next year.
All of which are hired for their inability to smile or crack a joke.
This article has been disputed by John Franklin, himself. The original interview was supposed to be about the Film Is Fabulous event, but the interviewer focused on the DW missing episodes and took him completely out of context.
Franklin released a statement on Twitter (via Tim Burrows from the DW Missing Eps podcast) and has asked for the article to be pulled.
Fortunately I remembered this was your avatar from a while ago, so the connection was relatively quick. I’m visually oriented, so I remember faces and images more readily than names.
I was initially thinking of using a head shot from “Fox Maiden” by Susan Seddon Boulet as my avatar, then hesitated because I didn’t have the artist’s permission. Now I worry it is a little late to adopt an avatar, not that I have any particular image in mind.
Never mind about Dr. Who … tell me more about that missing Basil Brush.
It’s never too late!
And I don’t think there is anything wrong with using media or other’s art as an avatar. Just as long as you’re not posing as them or taking credit.
If you want a fox, earlier this summer this little rascal hung out in my back yard for an hour, killed a sparrow, and left. I have some video, it was real Wild Kingdom back there for a little while, with other birds dive bombing him and him jumping in to a tree for a bit. Too bad I didn’t have a good SLR with a zoom lens.
Meh quality, but I cropped it. Though you can find better images online I am sure.
Yeah, collectors concerned about any repercussions from the BBC can hand them into the BFI anonymously and they will act as an intermediary and hand them to the BBC.
It’s a 1970s comedy. I dread to think what it’s like.
I remember, just like I remember how most of the repeated 70s comedies I saw as a child seemed unfunny at best and bigoted at worst.
Yes, I did undestand that Alf Garnett was supposed to be the bad guy, not that it stopped the far right from adopting him as one of their own (to the horror of his Jewish socialist actor Warren Mitchell).
Yes this article is bullshit and it was known to be bullshit when boingboing reposted it.
There have been strong rumors for years that 2-3 episodes are in the hands of collectors and this was said by someone involved in the home video releases of classic Who on the podcast Radio Free Skaro. In fact, on this week’s episode of RFS they read a quote from Franklin (it might have been from the other person involved in organizing the convention for missing media) that said that they were only repeating the 2 episodes found rumor that they had heard on RFS. So there is ZERO new information here.
RFS is where I got this info, as well. And the person quoted was Tim from the Missing Episodes podcast. Basically, as you say, he was just regurgitating what Vanezis had said.