When the Open University wasn’t occupying the whole morning on BBC Two on Saturdays, Ceefax was – a practice that continued until early 1989.

VIDEO: Pages from Ceefax. TX DATE: 28th November 1987. COPYRIGHT: BBC. VREF: 26372-01.

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[00:00:00] TELETEXT IN-VISION: the introduction of a formal daytime schedule on BBC One in October 1986 banished Pages from Ceefax from the schedule there, with the exception of Ceefax AM.

However, on BBC Two, in-vision Ceefax pages continued to be a regular fixture within the daytime schedule for some time yet – particularly outside of school term time.

In this clip, we see some of the news and paper review pages from a Saturday morning Pages from Ceefax in late-1987, which ran from 9am until 12pm.

68 sub-pages in this in-vision cycle. That’s a lot of pages!

The Ceefax tape accompanying the in-vision pages is Jewel in the Night, which was in service on BBC Two from 25th September 1987 until 20th March 1990. The tape was also available for use on BBC One during the same period (give or take a few days).

The tracks included in this clip:

[00:00:00] Maybe performed by The Bill Shepherd Sound. Incomplete.

[00:01:05] The Watchman performed by Orchestral Times.

[00:03:25] Melodie Pour Une Inconnue performed by Amplitude Ensemble.

[00:06:57] Please Go performed by The Bill Shepherd Sound. Incomplete.


Thanks to Al Dupres for identifying the Ceefax tape used here.

PICTURED: Ceefax news page. COPYRIGHT: BBC.

Posted by The Rewind Team

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