The seemingly unlimited digital landscape and the current proliferation of the use of archive footage on British television invite the notion that the appreciation of archive material as a historical object is a rather contemporary popular development. It seems unusual then, to find a series devoted to archive television in the mid 1960s. Largely showing excerpts from 1950s programmes, Plunder recalled what presenter Michell Raper called 'the vanished joys of television'. This article will detail the use of archive footage within the series and consider the programme’s configuration of the idea of the 'archive'.

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Keywords BBC, archive, television archives, telerecording, outside broadcast, radio
Publisher Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
Journal VIEW Journal
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Note VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 4, No 8 (2015): Archive-Based Productions; 4-9
Kerrigan, Lisa. (2015). 'Plundering' the Archive and the Recurring Joys of Television. VIEW Journal, 4(8), 4–9.

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