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Adanor

Dedicated Member
I did wonder if they filmed inside Cleggy's the time the dog walked past the door, so I asked Alan Bell, he said that was a experiment with a backdrop in the studio, and that they never actually filmed inside the house as the layout was totally different
I heard it was like my house, you walk directly into the kitchen!
 

Sarkus

Dedicated Member
They *did* film inside the real Howard and Pearls' house, at least twice.
Your task, should you choose to accept it is to tell me which episodes!
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Do you mind if I ask your source? I'm pretty sure Bell in his book is pretty clear on the subject and I believe we've had posters here involved with the production who've said it never happened.
 

theatrically_inclined

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Do you mind if I ask your source? I'm pretty sure Bell in his book is pretty clear on the subject and I believe we've had posters here involved with the production who've said it never happened.
My "source" is very detailed examination of the programme recordings and comparison with the real location. One of the instances I'm referring to has a continuous camera shot from outside to inside. The exterior is clearly the real location, not a backdrop - you can compare it to a later shot in the same episode, as the exterior seen through Clegg's door is different, less detailed, and obviously a studio backdrop.
When reproducing a real location as studio set, it is not necessary to exactly replicate the location (often the studio version is entirely original) - on the occasions I'm referring to the interior does match more closely that would be necessary for a sitcom set. Also, I suspect you may be overthinking the "use" of the real interior. It was not "extensive" use it was quite subtle.
Furthermore, you will find inaccuracies in what people remember from so long ago, and differences in the recollections of people discussing the same events. Having read nearly every published reference about the show, and a few less well publicised articles, it is clear that some of the recollections are entirely wrong when compared with other first-hand accounts of the same event - who knows who was right?
As for Alan Bell, he does also say in his book "... because I don’t keep a diary, the accuracy of dates isn’t guaranteed." it is reasonable to conclude that dates are not the only things he was uncertain of.
 

Sarkus

Dedicated Member
My "source" is very detailed examination of the programme recordings and comparison with the real location. One of the instances I'm referring to has a continuous camera shot from outside to inside. The exterior is clearly the real location, not a backdrop - you can compare it to a later shot in the same episode, as the exterior seen through Clegg's door is different, less detailed, and obviously a studio backdrop.
When reproducing a real location as studio set, it is not necessary to exactly replicate the location (often the studio version is entirely original) - on the occasions I'm referring to the interior does match more closely that would be necessary for a sitcom set. Also, I suspect you may be overthinking the "use" of the real interior. It was not "extensive" use it was quite subtle.
Furthermore, you will find inaccuracies in what people remember from so long ago, and differences in the recollections of people discussing the same events. Having read nearly every published reference about the show, and a few less well publicised articles, it is clear that some of the recollections are entirely wrong when compared with other first-hand accounts of the same event - who knows who was right?
As for Alan Bell, he does also say in his book "... because I don’t keep a diary, the accuracy of dates isn’t guaranteed." it is reasonable to conclude that dates are not the only things he was uncertain of.
What is the specific episode and shot you are referring to?

From your more detailed response I think its clear you are playing a little bit here with technicalities, though. Yes, the camera may have technically gone slightly into a doorway, or you could clearly see something dressed up behind the doorway to roughly match the interior setup we normally saw. So, in that sense you are correct. I would argue, though, that those are much different circumstances than the times they actually set up full cameras, microphones, and lighting inside one of the locations and filmed a full scene there.
 

maltrab

Administrator
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My "source" is very detailed examination of the programme recordings and comparison with the real location. One of the instances I'm referring to has a continuous camera shot from outside to inside. The exterior is clearly the real location, not a backdrop - you can compare it to a later shot in the same episode, as the exterior seen through Clegg's door is different, less detailed, and obviously a studio backdrop.
When reproducing a real location as studio set, it is not necessary to exactly replicate the location (often the studio version is entirely original) - on the occasions I'm referring to the interior does match more closely that would be necessary for a sitcom set. Also, I suspect you may be overthinking the "use" of the real interior. It was not "extensive" use it was quite subtle.
Furthermore, you will find inaccuracies in what people remember from so long ago, and differences in the recollections of people discussing the same events. Having read nearly every published reference about the show, and a few less well publicised articles, it is clear that some of the recollections are entirely wrong when compared with other first-hand accounts of the same event - who knows who was right?
As for Alan Bell, he does also say in his book "... because I don’t keep a diary, the accuracy of dates isn’t guaranteed." it is reasonable to conclude that dates are not the only things he was uncertain of.
I think you need to reveal your observations, it would shed a light on your studies and enlighten us all to what you discovered, I have watched scenes many many times then spot something that has been overlooked, so we all look forward to seeing something we have all missed
 
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