Saturday, January 01, 2011

The King's Speech - great film about broadcast radio tech from 1930's

kings_speech.JPGSaw "The King's Speech" yesterday and can highly recommend it to anyone interested in 1930's era broadcast radio studio and control room equipment.

There are wonderful microphones, mixing equipment and switchroom gear presumably for an early BBC World Service. There's also a wonderful scene with an announcer preparing to speak, complete with gargling and throat spray action.

Aside from this interesting dimension for me, it's a wonderful film for the whole family, wonderful photography and masterful performances.

These are clipped from the trailer, hope that's ok.

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Looks like the levels going out to Australia are a bit low.

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Uncomfortable headphones.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

A great site for ancient BBC radio
studios and equipment.

http://www.roger.beckwith.btinternet.co.uk/bh/menu.htm

And NYE wishes to all the viewers.

Dave vk3ase

Anonymous said...

I'm sure wearing those headphones would be good therapy for people whose ears stick out!

Paul Plowman said...

That first picture is actually the control room of the derelict Battersea Power Station!

http://www.ukonscreen.com/bdefbgc-The-King's-Speech-(2010).html

As also seen in Monty Python's Meaning Of Life...
http://www.ukonscreen.com/scrnshot.php?meanin08