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Grantchester set installation

Grantchester installation

ITV’s Grantchester is a detective drama set in 1950s England, in a small village of Grantchester near Cambridge. Here is a shot of the set of a projection room for the third episode of series five, transmitted on 24 January. The equipment was installed by PPT Curator Alex Cooper using some pieces of equipment supplied by the PPT from Halifax. Alex’s company, Regal Group, did the main work but has made a donation to the PPT for the items loaned.

For a limited time the episode can be viewed on the ITV Hub.

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FP 20

We have recently received a very nice FP20 we plan to keep. This means that the one we used to use as our test machine is now surplus to requirements as we need the space.

It is free to anyone willing to give it a good home although a donation would always be welcome.

Contact Dion Hanson on: 0116 279 3222 or


Thank you Sound Associates

Dion Hanson

A Kalee projector, which has been on loan to the British Universities and Colleges Film and Video Council's Learning on Screen for many years, has now been returned to us. Since we didn't have any manpower available, Graham Lodge of Sound Associates kindly agreed to collect and store it for us until we can get around to picking it up from them.

Ben Hodson, senior administration assistant at Learning on Screen, sent these pictures of the assembly being dismantled and loaded for transportation to Sound Associates.


Kent’s Museum of the Moving Image


Opened just last year, and built and developed over the past few years from a former care home, the museum consists of a permanent collection plus visiting exhibitions.

The museum is well worth a visit. Its standards of display, interpretation, captioning, lighting and curation are superb. Only two minutes walk from Deal Station at 41 Stanhope Road, the museum has a book and gift shop and a café serving drinks and snacks. It is open all year, fridays to sundays and Bank Holidays from 11am- 6pm May to September, and 12am - 5pm October to April.

Further information is on their website:

Milestone for Bradford Live’s Odeon project

A MILESTONE has been reached in the transformation of Bradford’s former Odeon building into a live music venue. The painstaking work to strip out the steel and concrete partitions that divided the 1930s building has been completed – allowing the full height and width of the original auditorium to be fully realised for the first time in five decade.

The Bradford Telegraph and Argos coverage with many stunning pictures can be seen here.




The three camera and projector system brought real big screen spectacle to cinemas.



New cinema history book


Former managing editor of Cinema Technology magazine, Jim Slater, and cinema enthusiast and historian Grant Lobban have put together a technical book containing a wealth of illustrations, many of which are actual clips from the films being discussed. With the inclusion of many stories from the authors’ own expansive careers, the book has at heart a personal touch and promises to delight all readers from the student seeking knowledge of expert film restoration to the film enthusiast wanting to know more.

All Shapes and Sizes is a real blockbuster of a book, taking the reader on an action-packed journey through the history of film and television. Highly readable and copiously illustrated, it explains the different technologies involved in a manner that is understandable to the novice while giving enough detail to satisfy the expert and the enthusiast.

The book could make an excellent Christmas present for anyone with even the slightest interest in cinema.

All Shapes and Sizes, An illustrated history of film in cinema and television
Jim Slater and Grant Lobban
Hardback (approx A4) 277 pages £24.99
ISBN: 9781789821499
Publisher AG Books, Andrews UK Ltd.
Available from Amazon
or from WH Smith or 01980 610544

David A Ellis

David A Ellis

David has written a number of articles for the website and Rewind magazine. All the website articles are now on their own page that can be found here...


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