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Old 21st Aug 2023, 6:45 am   #1
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Default Rank Bush Murphy Film from 1963/4

Can see a TV125 just after 5 minutes in.
Also TR82 and VTR 103 radios being tested.
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Old 21st Aug 2023, 10:19 am   #2
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Wonderful, very happy days indeed.
Picture, sound?, DOOR.
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Old 21st Aug 2023, 10:31 am   #3
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I remember all of the models shown in this film, & worked on them at the time!
Makes me feel old & nostalgic. Whatever happened to our great British electronics industry...

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Both the physical scale of the production line, hand assembly using discrete components and the destination of export receivers possibly explains the contraction of British radio and television manufacturing.

The British Empire was in decline and so the guaranteed market for UK products followed.

European manufacturers had already established themselves in the American market with high-end products which were also popular in Europe.

In the UK sets had to be built to an affordable price and with purchase tax at 33% TV rental and indeed, where I once lived, radio, was the norm as the man in the street didn't have the disposable income to purchase them, unlike their European cousins.

Cars were seen as the big export potential and government funding and manufacturer's convergence were promoted whilst electronics, except for military use, took a back seat.

Thorn had rental outlets tied to their products which allowed them to invest in new model design and the change to automated production.

The high demand for colour television, together with the adoption of the Telefunken PAL system and 625 line broadcasting, opened the UK to European imports and then those from Japan.

Large grants were given to Japanese manufacturers to set up shop in the UK which helped bring modern manufacturing and far better standards in component supply, a hallmark of Japanese set reliability, but at a cost to home manufacturers.

Many books have been written of past mistakes and in today's climate, probably only need the names responsible to be updated.

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Old 21st Aug 2023, 4:24 pm   #5
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There are some hilarious moments in that film!
The 'hip, swingin' teens' jiving to Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass played on the SRP31D at 7:40, closely followed by the couple in their living room - bloke relaxing in the armchair smoking his pipe while his wife has the job of getting up to change the channel.
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