Date registered: Jan 2006
Location: Ye Olde Siamese Rub n' Tuggery
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Here it is, they wiped them because Video tape was rare and expensive then and was needed for re-use.....
"In an act of appalling corporate blunder, the BBC wiped or junked many
editions of Not Only...But Also from its archives in the late 1960s and early 1970s, as it did, so indiscriminately, with many hundreds of other programmes. Some editions therefore no longer exist, but surviving sequences were compiled into a one-off 40-minute programme, The Best Of Not Only...But Also, screened by BBC2 on 24 December 1974, for which Cook and Moore added new wraparound sequences, shot in New York where they were touring with the stage show Good Evening (see Behind The Fridge). Enough old shows were then scraped together (some were rescued from the archives of overseas TV companies to which, fortunately, the BBC had sold copies in the 1960s) to enable the BBC to piece together six half-hour compilation shows, screened on BBC2 from 4 November to 9 December 1990 as The Best Of What's Left Of Not Only...But Also (the highlights from which were released on video)".