Raiders of the Lost Archive
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
Raiders of the Lost Archive is the biggest ever worldwide search for missing TV shows featuring some of the best-loved stars in the history of British television. These days if you make a great TV show it’s in the shops almost before the end credits roll. It’s available on DVD and copies are kept in the archives for everyone to enjoy – forever.

But that wasn’t always the case. 30 or 40 years ago, chances are your show may have gone out live and not been recorded at all – or if it was shot on videotape, soon after broadcast the expensive tape may have been reused to record something else. Or it may simply have got lost, lying unlabelled somewhere on some dusty shelf for decades.

That’s how literally thousands of shows featuring some of Britain’s favourite TV stars came to be lost. Over the last 12 months archive researchers working for ITV have been searching all over the globe for material thought to be lost. The results will be seen in a forthcoming ITV series which reunites some of Britain’s most po****r celebrities with TV gold they thought they’d never see again.

Raiders Of The Lost Archive, a four-part series, starts on ITV1, Tuesday, January 16, at 10pm. Since ITV is now free to air on satellite, it can be seen not only in the UK but anywhere within the footprint of Astra 2D at 28.2 East. Tuning information can be found here:
Work is still going on to find more material, including the 50 most wanted( http://www.raidersofthelostarchive.c...ostwanted.html ). I can remember watching many of the programmes mentioned, bu unfortunately that’s all I have - memories.

(Source: ITV via Ray Woodward)