At the risk of descending into uncritical nostalgia, there was a trailer that ran at the start of every single CiC Star Trek VHS tape that was so good, I would always watch it.
This is mostly an irrelevant aside, but a fun one, I hope you agree.
Let’s have a look at what BBC Video were flogging at the start of their comedy tapes.
But again, I’ve led us down a bit of an irrelevant side alley.
At the start of the 1980s, BBC Video had a rather halting kind of release schedule. And here’s why. The negotiations over the rights, royalties, and residuals were proving to be more complicated than expected. And no-one really had a clue what the new market was going to be like.
These negotiations were still on-going, well over a year later.
And it wouldn’t be until March of 1983 before a full deal was reached.
So then plans were hatched for a wide release of titles.
And this marketting material was then distributed.