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Teletext Recovery Work

In 2022 I began my journey with recovering the wonders of teletext from home-recorded VHS tapes.

This page isn't here to serve as a "what is teletext" or "how to recover teletext" (the latter will come later), but is here to serve as a public view of my progress of recoveries; and importantly as a way that people can download my recoveries if they so wish.

Table Structure

Further Notes

Guides

As teletext recovery can be considered a bit of a dark art still, I have created a series of guides that explain various procedures you might go through when performing teletext recovery operations.

Tools

If you're new to all this and unsure what to do with these T42 files, or if you want to play with teletext then see these links to various useful tools:

Recoveries

These are all my recoveries, some of them are extremely poor and some are nearly perfect. Download the .t42 files from the right-hand side of the table. If you want the nicest, cleanest captures you'll want the Final column, if you want the original capture you'll want the Deconvolved column and if you want a stream that has the duplicates removed you'll want Squahsed.

If the Deconvolved column states !JUNK! then I have looked at the data and can't see anything of value. This is usually due to the tape being in such poor condition a recovery has failed. Data is still available if you want to try and repair the data given.

Some files have the extension of .tidy at the end. Fear not, they're T42 files as you'd hope, just trimmed down to remove some excess off the end.

Capture Name D# Date Time
approx.
Service Channel Programme Playing
Genome URL [if BBC]
Tape ID Notes VCR Deconvolved Squashed Final
memorex.vbi 0002 30/08/2003 TBC TELETEXT C4 Angela's Ashes "Angelas Ashes"
Memorex E180
Possible 1st Gen
Good overall quality
No Ghosting
Steady picture
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3957 pgs
jvc.vbi 0003 27/07/1997
28/07/1997
23:45-02:00 CEEFAX BBC1 Havana (1990)
Genome
Unlabelled
JVC XR
1-YSL60
Pos. 2nd/3rd Gen
Good overall quality
No Ghosting
Steady picture
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1167 pgs
jvc-2.vbi 0003 15/07/1997 TBC TELETEXT C4 Brookside [p] Unlabelled
JVC XR
1-YSL60
Pos. 2nd/3rd Gen
Good Overall quality
No Ghosting
Steady picture
Short capture
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178 pgs
jvc-3.vbi 0003 08/07/1997 19:20-20:00 CEEFAX BBC1 EastEnders [p]
Genome
Unlabelled
JVC XR
1-YSL60
Pos. 2nd/3rd Gen
Good overall quality
No Ghosting
Steady picture
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1137 pgs
menthis0.vbi 0004 26/09/1993 20:00-TBD TELETEXT ANGLIA Memphis Belle (1990) "KEEP - MENTHIS BELL"
Generic E-180
Pos. 2nd/3rd Gen
OK overall quality
Minor Ghosting
Steady picture
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menthis1.vbi 0004 22/09/1993 22:00-22:15 TELETEXT ANGLIA ITN News "KEEP - MENTHIS BELL"
Generic E-180
Pos. 2nd/3rd Gen
OK overall quality
Minor Ghosting
Steady picture
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new2004-HMARK.vbi 0006 TBD TBD Hallmark
Sky
Adverts
Junctions
"NEW TAPE 6/2/04"
FUJI E-180
0193G2EA(?)
Pos. 2nd/3rd Gen
OK overall quality
Slight ripple in picture.
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new2004-SKY.vbi 0006 TBD TBD Sky One
Sky
Buffy the Vampire Slayer "NEW TAPE 6/2/04"
FUJI E-180
0193G2EA(?)
Pos. 2nd/3rd Gen
OK overall quality
Slight ripple in picture.
Start of capture is interrupted
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new2004-BBC.vbi 0006 TBD TBD BBC1 EastEnders "NEW TAPE 6/2/04"
FUJI E-180
0193G2EA(?)
Pos. 2nd/3rd Gen
OK overall quality
Slight ripple in picture.
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BBC1-19831223.vbi 0008 23/12/1983 22:02-22:57 CEEFAX BBC1 The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Genome
"THE DIRTY DOZEN"
MEMOREX E-180
ASF203
Good quality
Possibly 1st/2nd generation.
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252 pgs
BBC1-19961028.vbi 0010 28/10/1996 22:12-22:50 CEEFAX BBC1 Billy Collony's World Tour of Australia
Genome
"Australia Tour Billy Connelly"
FINLANDIA E180
??22ENA
OK quality
Possibly 3rd generation
Some frequent drop-outs.
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BBC1-19961125.vbi 0010 25/11/1996 22:13-22:51 CEEFAX BBC1 Billy Collony's World Tour of Australia
Genome
"Australia Tour Billy Connelly"
FINLANDIA E180
??22ENA
OK quality
Possibly 3rd generation
Some frequent drop-outs.
Considering this, this capture has many perfect pages.
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C4-19961209.vbi 0010 09/12/1996 20:44-20:57 TELETEXT C4 The Real Holiday Show "Australia Tour Billy Connelly"
FINLANDIA E180
??22ENA
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SKYPREMIER-20000820.vbi 0011 20/08/2000 14:41-14:52 SKY TEXT SKY PREMIER Dr Dolitte (1998) "Dr Dolittle"
TDK E-240 TV
AGOD 914
Poor recovery, lots of missing data. Might require a re-capture to improve. Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending
BBC2-19941119.vbi 0013 19/11/1994 14:59-15:16 CEEFAX BBC2 Glenn Miller: America's Musical Hero
Genome
TDK E-180
E 180 TV EE
Great quality
Second generation
Recovery GREAT, many perfect pages
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1117 pgs
ANGLIA-19941215.vbi 0013 15/12/1994 22:39-22:54 TELETEXT ANGLIA Marquee TDK E-180
E 180 TV EE
Great quality
Second generation
Recovery GREAT, many perfect pages
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1345 pgs
BBC1-20081026.vbi 0014 26/10/2008 19:44-19:59 CEEFAX BBC1 Strictly Come Dancing
S6E12
Genome
BASF E180
267 8 S 24 082107 9
OK quality
Multi-generation
Recovery OK, mis-spellings
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BBC1-20081213.vbi 0014 13/12/2008 19:15-19:38 CEEFAX BBC2 A Life on the Box: Arthur Lowe
Genome
BASF E180
267 8 S 24 082107 9
OK quality
Multi-generation
Recovery OK, mis-spellings
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ITV1-20071226.vbi 0014 26/12/2007 22:33-22:48 TELETEXT ITV1 BASF E180
267 8 S 24 082107 9
OK quality
Multi-generation
Recovery poor
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ITV1-20070926.vbi 0015 26/09/2007 01:12-01:25 TELETEXT ITV1 FIDELITY Really short capture, missing a lot of content Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending
CARLTON19931227.vbi 0016 27/12/1993 TELETEXT CARLTON Wish You Were Here TBC OK quality
Multi-generation
Some recordings on this tape are good condition, others very bad
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C419971202.vbi 0016 02/12/1997 TELETEXT C4 Countdown TBC OK quality
Multi-generation
Some recordings on this tape are good condition, others very bad
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BBC120080414.vbi 0016 14/04/2008 CEEFAX BBC1 Watchdog TBC OK quality
Multi-generation
Some recordings on this tape are good condition, others very bad
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ITV120080415.vbi 0016 15/04/2008 TELETEXT ITV1 The Duke: A Portrait of Prince Philip TBC OK quality
Multi-generation
Some recordings on this tape are good condition, others very bad
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BBC120080512.vbi 0016 12/05/2008 CEEFAX BBC1 Watchdog TBC OK quality
Multi-generation
Some recordings on this tape are good condition, others very bad
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ITV120080512.vbi 0016 12/05/2008 TELETEXT ITV1 Cops with Cameras TBC OK quality
Multi-generation
Some recordings on this tape are good condition, others very bad
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TBC 0016 TBC CEEFAX BBC2 Natural World TBC OK quality
Multi-generation
Some recordings on this tape are good condition, others very bad
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BBCONE-19991201.vbi 0021 01/12/1999 12:10-12:20 CEEFAX BBC1 Call My Bluff
Genome
JVC XR
"A"
Good quality, occassional rolling line. Possibly first gen Samsung SV-651B Download Download Download
1211 pgs
BBCTWO-19991201.vbi 0021 01/12/1999 13:34-13:43 CEEFAX BBC2 The Arts and Crafts Hour
Genome
JVC XR
"A"
Good quality, occassional rolling line. Possibly first gen Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending
BBCONE-19991202.vbi 0021 02/12/1999 19:15-19:26 CEEFAX BBC1 Watchdog
Genome
JVC XR
"A"
Good quality, occassional rolling line. Possibly first gen
Squashed T42 has many good pages
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ANGLIA-20000212.vbi 0021 12/02/2000 17:56-18:06 TELETEXT ANGLIA Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed JVC XR
"A"
Good quality, occassional rolling line. Possibly first gen Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending
ANGLIA-20000213.vbi 0021 13/02/2000 18:30-18:40 TELETEXT ANGLIA Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed JVC XR
"A"
Good quality, occassional rolling line. Possibly first gen Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending
ANGLIA-19990717.vbi 0021 17/07/1999 16:17-16:21 TELETEXT ANGLIA JVC XR
"A"
Partial, very short recording
Good quality, occassional rolling line. Possibly first gen
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BBCONE19991102.vbi 0022 02/11/1999 12:00-12:18 CEEFAX BBC1 Call My Bluff
Genome
"G Painting"
Sony CD
E180
F2246148
Very good quality.
Possibly first gen
Squashed T42 has many good pages
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C4-19990212.vbi 0022 06/02/1999 23:02-23:06 TELETEXT C4 UNKNOWN "G Painting"
Sony CD
E180
F2246148
Partial, very short recording
Good quality.
Possibly first gen
Squashed T42 needs work
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ANGLIA-19991112.vbi 0022 12/11/1999 20:16-20:20 TELETEXT ANGLIA Who Want's To Be a Millionaire "G Painting"
Sony CD
E180
F2246148
Partial, short recording
Good quality.
Possibly first gen
Squashed T42 needs work
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BBCTWO-19991130.vbi 0022 30/11/1999 CEEFAX BBC2 The Arts and Crafts Hour
Genome
"G Painting"
Sony CD
E180
F2246148
Good quality.
Possibly first gen
Squashed T42 needs work
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BBCTWO-19991208.vbi 0022 08/12/1999 CEEFAX BBC2 The Arts and Crafts Hour
Genome
"G Painting"
Sony CD
E180
F2246148
Good quality.
Possibly first gen
Squashed T42 needs work
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BBCONE-19961231.vbi 0023 31/12/1996 19:00-19:19 CEEFAX BBC1 The Only Fools and Horses Selection Box
Genome
"Q"
Maxell
3 HOUR Z
Very good quality.
Possibly first gen
Squashed T42 has many good pages
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BBCONE-19970101.vbi 0023 01/01/1997 19:59-20:17 CEEFAX BBC1 Ronnie Barker - a Life in Comedy
Genome
"Q"
Maxell
3 HOUR Z
Very good quality.
Possibly first gen
Squashed T42 has many good pages
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BBCONE-19871230.vbi 0024 30/12/1987 12:10-12:22 CEEFAX BBC1 Montreux Rock Festival 1987
Genome
"Q"
Granada TV & Video
E-180
D690Y
Good quality. Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending
C4-20050911.vbi 0025 11/09/2005 22:37-22:47 TELETEXT C4 Angela's Ashes "N"
Memorex
E180
C10117M
OK quality Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending
C4-20050822.vbi 0025 22/08/2005 15:18-15:48 TELETEXT C4 Rising Damp "N"
Memorex
E180
C10117M
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C4-20040308-AFT.vbi 0026 08/03/2004 TELETEXT C4 Laughter in Paradise (1951) "J"
Sony
E180
K3396169
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C4-20040308-EVE.vbi 0026 08/03/2004 20:45-20:56 TELETEXT C4 Salvage Squad "J"
Sony
E180
K3396169
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C4-20031013.vbi 0026 13/10/2003 14:34-14:45 TELETEXT C4 The Golden Salamander (1949) "J"
Sony
E180
K3396169
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BBCONE-19940611.vbi 0027 11/06/1994 18:40-19:12 CEEFAX BBC1 The Paul Daniels Magic Show
Genome
"J"
JVC XR
E180
Good quality Samsung SV-651B Download Download Download
C4-19940611.vbi 0027 11/06/1994 22:17-22:28 TELETEXT C4 The Unpleasant World of Penn and Teller "J"
JVC XR
E180
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BBCTWO-19941016.vbi 0027 16/10/1994 12:45-12:56 CEEFAX BBC2 Snowy River: the McGregor Saga
Genome
"J"
JVC XR
E180
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C4-19940322.vbi 0027 22/03/1994 04:04-04:09 TELETEXT C4 French Schools Program? "J"
JVC XR
E180
Good quality
SHORT CAPTURE
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BBCONE-19921220.vbi 0028 20/12/1992 17:10-17:33 CEEFAX BBC1 (?) Sony Pro-X
E180
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C4-19941227.vbi 0028 27/12/1994 17:03-17:22 TELETEXT C4 The Mousehole Cat Sony Pro-X
E180
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BBCONE-19941227.vbi 0028 27/12/1994 17:34-17:58 CEEFAX BBC1 Beatrix Potter: The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends - The Tale of Pigling Bland Sony Pro-X
E180
Nearly perfect recovery. Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending
BBCONE-.vbi 0028 03/09/1992 21:53-22:10 CEEFAX BBC1 Porridge Sony Pro-X
E180
High quality recovery. Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending
BBCONE-.vbi 0028 04/09/1992 19:52-19:59 CEEFAX BBC2 Gardener's World Sony Pro-X
E180
Very short recovery. Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending
BBCONE-.vbi 0028 15/12/1991 17:43-17:47 CEEFAX BBC1 Merlin of The Crystal Cave Sony Pro-X
E180
Very short recovery. Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending
BBCONE-.vbi 0028 19/05/1991 20:00-20:08 CEEFAX BBC2 Great Journeys Sony Pro-X
E180
Very short recovery. Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending
FrontRow-20000906.vbi 0029 06/09/2000 21:13-21:37 CABLE FrontRow Universal Solider III (1998) "UNIVERSAL SOLDIER III"
Scotch
E240
A0256
Good quality but bizarre capture result Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending
LWT-19981010.vbi 0029 10/10/1998 22:39-23:01 TELETEXT LWT The Big Match "UNIVERSAL SOLDIER III"
Scotch
E240
A0256
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MovieMax-20020318.vbi 0030 18/03/2002 22:03-23:25 SKY TEXT SKY MOVIEMAX Scary Movie (2000) PYE
E180
5K010131 0643
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MovieMax-20020308.vbi 0030 08/03/2002 00:00-01:44 SKY TEXT SKY MOVIEMAX Scream 3 (2000) PYE
E180
5K010131 0643
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ITVCARLTON-20000502.vbi 0031 02/05/2000 19:04-21:05 TELETEXT ITV CARLTON Emmerdale PYE
E180
5K010131 1113
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ITVCARLTON-20000502-EVE.vbi 0031 02/05/2000 21:05-22:03 TELETEXT ITV CARLTON Bad Girls PYE
E180
5K010131 1113
Due to how this was recorded I thought these were seperate days, this is a continuation of the previous entry. Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending
FIVE-20060317.vbi 0032 17/03/2006 18:01-18:12 TELETEXT FIVE Home and Away JVC (?)
E-180 M
H303EBSI
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ITV1-20060317.vbi 0032 17/03/2006 19:01-19:30 TELETEXT ITV1 Emmerdale JVC (?)
E-180 M
H303EBSI
Good quality
Long Capture
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BBCONE-20060317.vbi 0032 17/03/2006 20:00-20:30 CEEFAX BBC1 Hustle JVC (?)
E-180 M
H303EBSI
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ITV1-20060314.vbi 0032 14/03/2006 00:05-02:32 TELETEXT ITV1 Quizmania JVC (?)
E-180 M
H303EBSI
Good quality recovery, many good pages
Long capture so large deconvole file!
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SKYPREMIER3-20020226.vbi 0033 26/02/2002 21:04-00:06 SKY TEXT SKY PREMIER 3 The Haunting (1999) E180
5K010131 1113
"The Haunting"
Alright capture, spelling issues. Entirely about betting results. Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending
BBC1-20021229.vbi 0034 29/12/2002 14:28-16:50 CEEFAX BBC1 Eastenders
Genome
SONY
E240CDA
4G 40068
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ITV1-20021210.vbi 0034 10/12/2002 09:26-10:10 TELETEXT ITV1
CARLTON
Trisha SONY
E240CDA
4G 40068
OK capture, few corruptions. Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending
BBC2-19920118.vbi 0035 18/01/1992 15:53-16:29 CEEFAX BBC2 Annie's Coming Out (1984)
Genome
GOLDSTAR
E180S
13186C
Decent capture, needs spell check. Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending
ITV-19920124.vbi 0035 24/01/1992 16:08-16:46 ORACLE ITV CITV GOLDSTAR
E180S
13186C
OK to poor capture. Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending
ITV-19920215.vbi 0035 15/02/1992 17:31-21:40 ORACLE ITV GOLDSTAR
E180S
13186C
Poor capture. Samsung SV-651B Download Download Pending