A handful of full or partial episodes of the series on 16mm film are known to exist.
Four of these episodes were in Denzil Howson’s collection.
Work was proceeding on preparing these four episodes for digital scanning and restoration.
These four episodes have now been scanned at Cameraquip in South Melbourne on a Digital Vision Golden Eye scanner at 2K resolution. In addition the scans have been digitally processed to stabilise the image (i.e. to minimise the “jitter” characteristic of film) and to reduce somewhat the visible dust marks.
The results are very satisfactory.
Pieces of the “The Mystery of Muzzletwerp Manor” episode had been removed by Denzil for his “Magic Box” presentations about the history of early Melbourne television, so this episode required careful preparation of material from two reels. I decided not to attempt a difficult re-construction of that episode on film, which would have risked further damage to the film and loss of frames, but to have the pieces scanned separately and then re-connect them in the digital domain.
The scans need minor repairs, grading (adjusting tonal levels) and repairs to the soundtracks, after which they should look and sound very good. Better in fact than when they were originally broadcast on black and white television around 60 years ago.