24 NOVEMBER 2021
Time for another dose of Digi recoveries - six editions from its middle period, all found by Jason Robertson - The Teletext Archaeologist himself. Quick! There they go now: 31/7/96, 15/2/97, 5/9/97, 12/9/97, 19/9/97, 17/10/97. They were all cleaned-up and organised by the inimitable Mr Andrew Nile - ruddy great thanks to him and Jason for their superb efforts once again.
This is a particularly interesting batch, as we see what appears to be the first ever mention of puffy jackets on Digi (15/2/97), Biffo being told to "watch the sneaks, man" by one of them (17/10/97), the results of the latest poll on whether to keep The Man (19/9/97) - and Biffo runs into Calley from Grange Hill at ECTS (12/9/97), as referenced long ago in the Do You See? guide to Digi. And of course, the Man Diaries all now have a home where they didn't before:
17 NOVEMBER 2021
It's another bumper crop of recovered Digi in this update, and this week we're treated to a whole bunch from early 1994 (plus more besides): 25/1/94, 1/2/94, 15/2/94, 5/3/94, 26/2/96, 14/6/01. There's plenty of Man-related revelations and sinister goings-on with Doctor Derek Doctors and his cult in there. We also now have a complete and error-free version of 18/1/94, which is significant because it of course features Pat Walker's transformation back into The Man, which you can now see as originally intended.
All of these editions were recovered by the anonymous gent, and cleaned-up and organised for us by Andrew Nile - both of whom show no signs of slowing down, and we're the lucky ones who get to benefit. Huge thanks to Andrew and the Gent for everything they're continuing to do in bringing this amazing old material to light again.
10 NOVEMBER 2021
Our fine friends the anonymous gent and Andrew Nile have been busy again, bringing us another six recovered editions of Digi from its classic 98/99 era: 19/10/98, 28/9/99, 5/10/99, 12/10/99, 26/10/99, 2/11/99.
These were all recovered by the gent and fixed-up by Andrew - gratuitously large thanks as ever to them both for all the work they put in for us lucky lot.
3 NOVEMBER 2021
Back to the recoveries today, and the anonymous gent has come up trumps, treating us to six more editions, including three crackers from 1994: 19/3/94, 29/9/94, 9/12/94, 5/1/00, 23/7/01, 3/1/02. They were all fixed up by the super-gent that is Andrew Nile, who continues to do the absolute business for us - huge thanks to both of them.
31 OCTOBER 2021
Just a quick one today. All of the reveal-o-pics that Biffo created as backer rewards for a random selection of supporters who donated towards Digitiser The Show Level 2 have been added to their own page as Twitter embeds. Eventually I'll add them as images alone so they load quicker and you can see them more easily, but seeing as there are 142 of them... this will do for now.
Elsewhere, I've also added another two chats with Biffo to the interviews page.
27 OCTOBER 2021
As I write this, the total raised in the Digitiser The Show Level 2 Kickstarter has just swelled to over £70,000 - a frankly staggering amount. Congratulations to Mr Biffo, and well done to everyone who chipped in to make it happen. There are still a few hours left if you haven't donated to it yet.
On the update front, there are another five recovered editions of Digi for you, all unearthed by Adrian Burke and fixed up by Andrew Nile, and all from 1998: 6/4/98, 23/5/98, 11/9/98, 28/12/98, 31/12/98. Huge thanks to Adrian and Andrew for their stellar efforts - as always, I'm blown away by the effort these guys put in for us.
From these editions, I've added three more Man's Daddy jokes (how they were missed at the time, I do not know - must have been a good Christmas in the Bellston house), and a couple of Man Diaries:
20 OCTOBER 2021
There are six more recovered editions of Digi eagerly awaiting your gaze, all of which have been lovingly fixed-up by the deft hand of Andrew Nile, and were recovered by:
The very biggest of love-ups to Andrew, Adrian, and Tom for their relentlessly excelent work, which is as always appreciated a quite stupid amount.
Plus I've put Biffo's highly entertaining recent interview withthe What's Wrong With Wolfie? podcast on the interviews page.
Last but not least: there just eight days left to back Digitiser The Show Level 2 on Kickstarter - do not miss out. No. Don't.
13 OCTOBER 2021
The Digi recoveries just keep coming, and this week we welcome back Adrian Burke, who has recently got his hands on a batch of 200(!) VHS tapes, the fruits of which are already flowing: 26/3/97, 25/1/99; while Jason Robertson is back with another clutch too: 20/8/99, 3/11/99, 23/11/01 (also found by Adrian), 26/8/02, 1/9/02. Stupidly great thanks to these guys for these editions - and to Andrew Nile, who is doing some invaluable work for us fixing all the editions up and keeping track of what's coming in. It's just daft how much work they all put in for our benefit - I'm incredibly grateful, and I'm sure you are too (yes? Yes).
From these last couple of updates, I've added 12 more reveal-ohs, a couple of Insincere Daves, a new Rapping Shoe rap, another letter to Digi, a mugshot for "Virtual" Eric to the characters page, and the Man Diary from this update's 1997 edition:
So there we are, a positively "stuffed" update. And don't be slackin', now: go and back Digitiser The Show on Kickstarter if you haven't yet. There are two weeks left and we're just five grand away from Ste Pickford doing the artwork, which really needs to happen. Go: give Biffo money! You know he'll spend it "wisely"...
7 OCTOBER 2021
Another week, another 7 recovered editions of Digi for you: 20/5/00, (courtesy of the anonymous gent), 17/6/00, 12/7/00, 22/5/02, 24/7/02, 26/7/02, 2/8/02 (all recovered by Jason Robertson).
Once again Andrew Nile was there putting in all the effort cleaning them up and organising these editions - huge thanks to him for all the crucial work he puts in, as well to the two excellent chaps above who provided the recoveries.
Finally, remember to back Digitiser The Show on Kickstarter. It's going great guns but the pledges have slowed down as we approach the mid-point of the campaign. Don't miss out on that lovely merch - and help to create another slice of Digi brilliance into the bargain.
1 OCTOBER 2021
Another 7 recovered editions of Digi for you in this update, all brought to you thanks to the stellar efforts of Andrew Nile, and recovered by:
The anonymous gent: 17/12/01
These all span the period known to us as 'Digigate', so no funnees, sadly, but some interesting stuff, and noteworthy reviews (Shenmue 2, Doom on the GBA) - plus predictions for 2002 - make these worth a look still.
Ruddy great thanks as ever to everyone responsible for putting this material cosily in our laps - for the hard work of the guys doing the recovering, and to Andrew for all the elbow grease getting them ship-shape.
And don't forget to back Digitiser The Show on Kickstarter!
28 SEPTEMBER 2021
The Kickstarter for the new series of Digitiser The Show is now live! In fact, it reached its funding target of £25,000 in just two and a half hours.
As an incentive to keep the pledges rolling in, Mr Biffo gave me his consent to add the Man's Daddy jokes from the first series campaign's digital joke book. Because another £10k was added before 10pm tonight, you can see another 90 - yes, NINETY Man's Daddy jokes right now!
I gave the backers 10 hours to reach that target, and they needed less than five - and it's still going strong. Never underestimate the power of Biffo.
The jokes have all been added to the bottom of the page (before The Man's jokes). They start from:
QUESTION: What noise do ducks make under water?
And finish with:
QUESTION: When will these jokes stop?
ANSWER: Almost immediately
There are some fantastic backer rewards available, so even though it's fully funded ON DAY ONE of the campaign, I highly recommend you get over there and get yourself some sweet, sweet Digi swag.
22 SEPTEMBER 2021
Are you ready for more Digitiser The Show? The Kickstarter campaign for the second series - billed as Level 2 - launches on 28 September. But that's just a few days away! It promises to be another injection of glorious televisual anarchy, and you can get some sweet, sweet backer rewards if you get in on the ground floor. Next week!
And from all-new Digi, to new-old Digi, in the form of six more recovered editions, provided once again by that nice Mr Andrew Nile, which were recovered by:
Big love-ups to the excellent sorts who provided all of those editions for us, and especially to Andrew for continuing with the runnin' around' and the fixin' it togeth'.
Finally: back Digitiser The Show Level 2! About which, there is now a video by a man... a Biffo-man:
15 SEPTEMBER 2021
The Digitisier recovery juggernaut just keeps on powering along, with another five editions of Digi, cleaned-up by the legend that is Andrew Nile: 22/6/01 (thanks to the anonymous gent), 27/6/01, 28/6/01 (revovered by Tom Pitt), 29/6/01 (recovered by both Tom and the anon), 6/7/01 (anonymous gent again).
Huge thanks to all three gents for the incredible, invaluable work they continue to do for the cause - it never ceases to amaze me that we have people in the community willing to do this stuff for us.
7 SEPTEMBER 2021
How was Digi Live for you? By all accounts, it looked to be a smash hit on a grand scale. Congratulations to Biffo and the team for "pulling" it "off"!
And now back to the important business of recovered editions of Digi - Andrew Nile is showing no signs of slowing down, bringing us another six bulbous outings for your ocular pleasure: 31/5/97, 16/1/01 (both recovered by Tom Pitt), 22/1/01, 9/4/01, 8/5/01, 9/5/01 (all recovered by Jason Robertson).
Big sloppy thanks as ever to those three superstars for resurrecting this brilliant material for us - there really is some excellent stuff in this batch.
31 AUGUST 2021
Happy transfer deadline day! Sorry, wrong website. But we do have some new additions for you. Seven new editions of Digi, that is - all courtesy of Andrew Nile, who has again done sterling work cleaning them up for us.
Here they come now:
Gratuitously filthy thanks to all three of those most excellent fellows for their contributions and all the help they continue to provide.
As for other updates, I've also added 14 more Snakes pics, four from Insincere Dave, and a Wizard of Oz script-oh (right at the bottom of the page there - not sure how that originally slipped through the net).
Finally, do enjoy Digitiser Live this coming Saturday, those that are going - I hope you all have an absolute "blast". And all the very best to Biffo, Sanja and the crew for the performance. I have a feeling it'll be something special.
23 AUGUST 2021
And on this day our great benefactor Andrew Nile bestowed upon us such a bountiful harvest of recovered Digis. Eight editions, in fact! Chock full of all the things you love they are, too:
Thanks so much to Andrew for cleaning them up and organising them, and of course to our anonymous friend and Tom Pitt for all their work unearthing these delights for us. We applaud your efforts once again!
16 AUGUST 2021
Our good friend Andrew Nile has been busy this week, and brings us six more editions of recovered Digi: 30/9/96,(recovered by Adrian Burke), 29/7/00, 14/8/00, 17/8/00, 2/9/00, 1/12/00 (all recovered by Jason Robertson). These are some hefty editions, with a fair few appearances from classic Digi characters.
Thanks as ever to Adrian and Jason for unearthing yet more teletextual gold, and to Andrew for doing the absolute business cleaning them up to such great quality images.
Lastly, the Man Diary from the '96 edition has been added to the archives:
8 AUGUST 2021
Another three editions of Digi have been added to The Vault - and they're nice early ones, too: 4/2/93, 23/4/94, 15/8/95. The '93 and '95 editions were both recovered by Adrian Burke, while that engorged '94 outing comes courtesy of the anonymous gent. All three were fixed-up by Andrew Nile, who's doing a stellar job of processing and organising the recoveries that are coming in.
Grandiose thanks and effusive praise to all three lovely individuals who provided the material that's gone into this update: it is hugely appreciated.
Finally, the two Man Diaries from these editions have been added to the archives:
2 AUGUST 2021
A couple more unearthed editions of Digi for you in this update, from two Januarys six years apart. Both of them were recovered by Adrian Burke: 12/1/95 (fixed-up by Andrew Nile), 27/1/01 (fixed-up by Adrian himself - his first attempt at doing so. Looks pretty good to me!). I've also upgraded the 13/8/93 edition with newly-resampled pages produced by Alistair Cree (there's nothing new here, but it's all now correct and CRC-confirmed).
Huge thanks to all three excellent gents for keeping us running - and special thanks to Matt Barney for essential behind the scenes technical assistance, which has really helped me out. I continue to be amazed by the goodwill and dedication of the community in keeping our little show on the road - what a bunch of swell types they all are!
26 JULY 2021
The post-Tim Bisley era gets underway with the return of an old friend, in the form of Andrew Nile - who has graciously and heroically stepped in to help with compiling and fixing-up the recoveries. And? And here's the first one now: 8/11/94 - recovered by Adrian Burke, from an Evan Scanlon tape.
Huge thanks to the three gents involved in brining this to us, and especially to Andrew for stepping into the breach so we can continue seeing these great recoveries. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's incredibly grateful he's rejoined the fray.
There's a fair amount of notable material in this single edition, which has yielded a Man Diary, two more letters for the You Have Messed-Up page, including a classic Mean Machines one, which has prompted me to update the Digi/MMS feud page with it, and a Digi-obsessed MMS editorial column which I inexplicably missed when I first wrote that feature (see issue 27 - Jan 1995).
10 JULY 2021
It's with a heavy heart that I bring you this update, as it comes with the announcement of Tim Bisley's retirement from the teleetxt recovery scene. Tim has contributed an insane amount to the cause of Digi recoveries, and it's the understatement of the millennium to say that his efforts will be missed. He truly has been a titanic figure in the community, and has made my job so much easier with all the running between contributors and cleaning-up of editions that he's done. Tim - I salute you. Well all salute you. His departure is, happily, due to very positive life events, so we should all be very glad and thankful.
What an incredible run it's been since he started contributing in October 2019. He should know that the whole community owes him a monumental debt of gratitude. We all wish him well in the next chapter of his life.
With Tim moving on, that of course means there's a vacancy for anyone who might want to help out with the collating and cleaning-up of recovered editions of Digi. He's going to share all his workflow files on Github, and will hand over the outstanding Digi teletext t42 files to anyone who wants to pick up the baton from him - if you're interested, please do drop me an email to email@example.com.
Does anyone else have a tear in their eye?
1 JULY 2021
More of a small but perfectly-formed update this time, with four editions of Digi, all recovered by Jason Robertson: 18/5/93, 11/3/00, 7/4/00, 5/6/00 (it's currently a mystery who provided the tapes, but if we ever find out I'll credit them). The most significant find in this batch is of course a first teletext glimpse of The Man's pet, Duncan, in the '93 edition - that's another grail found! I've added his image to the characters A-Z in place of the cartoon version from the image on the homepage.
Thanks to Jason for this brilliant selection, and to Tim Bisley, who continues to work tirelessly away bringing this stuff to us in such pristine condition.
24 JUNE 2021
It's another blast of recovered Digi for you now, from its very earliest days, right on into the new millennium. Courtesy of:
These editions were all fixed-up by Tim Bisley - thanks again to Tim for his tireless efforts, and to all those who recovered the editions above, or supplied the tapes for us.
And that: is: that. That!
19 JUNE 2021
A more compact update this time compared to recently, but there's still some lovely stuff to be found in these latest four recovered editions of Digitiser. Courtesy of:
The anonymous gent: 10/7/99 (tape provided by "Ben")
All of which were fixed-up by Tim Bisley, who not only continues to do a brilliant job of that, but is also doing the running collecting all the files from people. Thanks to everyone involved in bringing this great stuff to us once again.
14 JUNE 2021
It's another stuffed-to-bursting update, with 12 more editions of Digi added to the site, courtesy of:
All of the above apart from 30/10/99 and 24/1/01 have been fixed-up for us by Andrew Nile, while the other two were smartened-up by Tim Bisley, who also did all the running and organisation as usual.
Eternal thanks once again to all the many contributors who have allowed us to see this material - you are solid gold excellent fellows.
From this little lot, I've added the latest Ring-sir!, 20 more reveal-ohs, another outing for Insincere Dave, one more letter, The Punster is in the characters A-Z (though he's effectively the same character as The Pun-Meister), and the EastEnders entry of the Do You See? Digi A-Z has been updated to include the tale of how a tribute to Frank Butcher came to nestle on the pages of Digi the evening he departed the soap. Oh, and as far as my investigations have shown, the Planet Of The Budgies film script appears to have been the only scene ever published from it, so rather than starting a whole new page, I've added it to the bottom of the Planet Of The Apes page. Please excuse this outrageous transgression.
And with that... the backlog was cleared! It doesn't happen very often, so I'm going to enjoy that feeling. Ahhhh!
8 JUNE 2021
May the... just kidding. A wide-ranging update for you now, with stuff going on all over the shop. Starting with five vintage editions of Digi recovered by Jason Robertson: 2/9/98, 3/4/99, 15/10/99, 22/10/99, 29/10/99. The latter three were all liberated from tapes provided by John Veness (and in fact the first two may have been as well, we don't quite know at this point). Huge thanks to Jason and John for their contributions, and to Tim Bisley for doing his usual sterling fixing-up/organisational job.
I've managed to get through some of the recent backlog too, meaning that we now have no less than ten new characters in the A-Z: B2, Beggs, Bergerac, The Firelighter, Flipper, G.E., Humpty Dumpty, Piltdown Man, Commander Richard Lipzt, and The Rone. Not only that, but the latest Ring-sir! is also in place (it's a bit of a good one), there are five new Snakes pics, seven more Morse & Lewis, two from Insincere Dave, and five more letters to Digi are in the You Have Messed-Up page - including the infamous "S. Twain is an anagram of W. Stain" reply. We're getting all the classics now.
1 JUNE 2021
May the June the 1st be with you! The hits just keep coming, with yet another "knapsack" full of recovered Digis for you:
Adrian Burke: 13/4/02 (tape donated by Evan Scanlon, fixed-up by Andrew Nile)
All of the above were cleaned-up by Tim Bisley unless otherwise stated.
Thanks as ever to all the heroic individuals who brought us this feast of Digi, including Tim Bisley, who once again organised and fixed-up (unless otherwise stated) these editions. He truly is Super Dude 73.
24 MAY 2021
May the 24th be with you! It's another feast of recovered Digi in this update. Let's dive right in...
All of the above were cleaned-up by Tim Bisley unless otherwise stated. He continues to be the biggest possible credit to the Digi community and deserves our unending thanks - as do all of the other fine folks above, who are helping us absolutely gallop along with the recoveries.
As well as the newly-recovered editions, there are 8 new Snakes pics, one each of Zombie Dave, Insincere Dave, and Morse & Lewis; and I've added Dan Tootill's Paul McCartney simu-sing to the celeb pinups gallery. As ever, the Man Diaries that weren't already in the archive have also been added:
17 MAY 2021
May the 17th be with you! That is funny joke. And now: on with the Digi recoveries! Here come nine more plump editions just for you...
Adrian Burke: 30/6/99 (tape donated by Evan Scanlon)
The anonymous gent: 29/1/01 (fixed-up by Andrew Nile)
Unless otherwise stated, all of the above were fixed-up by the indispensable Mr Tim Bisley.
Thanks to everyone who contributed in some way to this update - these editions were a real team effort, with so many different people in the teletext community chipping in.
As well as the newly-recovered editions, I've dispersed the fruits of the last few updates across the site: 15 images have been added to the Snakes page - including what looks like their first couple of appearances from June '98 - there are 23 more Reveal-Ohs, 14 more letters to Digi are now in the You Have Messed-Up page, there's a new Zombie Dave, a new Insincere Dave, and one more top 10; plus the two Man Diaries that weren't already in the archive:
10 MAY 2021
May the 10th be with you! Hello, yes? I have been "indisposed", but am now "better". The Digi recoveries wait for no man, though, and just look at how many have come in since the last update.
As well as all the fine individuals above, we of course have Tim Bisley to thank for his essential work organising efforts and fixing-up all these editions into the sparkling condition you see them in.
28 December 1996 - WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ
6 June 1998 - CELEB STAND-IN
12 June 1998 - MAN AND GRETL
13 June 1998 - EASTENDERS VIDEOS
1 July 1998 - ROBOT FRIEND
6 July 1998 - MEDUSA STAND-IN
8 July 1998 - LIGHTER MAKER
24 July 1998 - GHOST TRAIN
17 October 1998 - GORILLA WATCHER
26 November 1998 - PUNCH AND JUDY
24 December 1998 - SANTA'S HELPER
30 APRIL 2021
Time for another bumper crop of recovered Digi for you, recovered by:
Tim Bisley is the tireless hero who keeps organising it all and cleaning the pages for us - eternal thanks to him for this mammoth job and all those above who have contributed towards allowing us to see these brilliant editions again. I've added the Ring-sir! from 16/5/98, and the seven Man Diaries that weren't already in the archive:
20 November 1997 - PAST LIVES
27 November 1997 - INVENTOR
4 December 1997 - SHOE ELF
11 December 1997 - FIFTH TELETUBBY
21 January 1998 - THE INCREDIBLE HULK
4 February 1998 - BALLOON ATTEMPT
9 May 1998 - ASTROLOGY SECTION
23 APRIL 2021
Fancy another update? Just a quick one? Of course you do. Another five recovered editions of Digi have been added to The Vault courtesy of the following fine individuals:
Adrian Burke: 27/9/97 (tape donated by Evan Scanlon)
Thanks as ever to Tim Bisley for his vital part in bringing us these recoveries in such great condition, and to everyone who contributed them to the Digi preservation cause. The five Man Diaries from these editions are now in their archive, too:
19 APRIL 2021
Ready for your next helping of recovered Digi? He comes the spoon, heaped with delights from... the anonymous gent: 22/4/94; Adrian Burke: 6/5/97 (from a tape provided by Evan Scanlon); Jason Robertson: 5/7/97, (tape donated by "Forsyth"), 11/7/97, 18/7/97, 8/8/97, 15/8/97, 29/8/97 (tapes donated by John Veness). Tim Bisley continues to work like a man possessed to bring us the shiniest versions possible of all these editions. Huge thanks as ever to everyone who contributed and allowed us to see this stuff - I say it every update, but I and the whole Digi community really are eternally gratefully for everything they do. The spoils from these editions have been divided up across the site once again, with Digi's three jokes from 1997 added to the Man's Daddy page, the tribute to Frank Butcher is in the celeb pinups gallery, and three new pages have been added to the lair of Dr Derek Doctors. The 14 most recently-recovered Man Diaries have all been added to their archive, too:
28 January 1994 - JOINING A CULT
4 February 1994 - IN THE NICK
8 April 1994 - UNDER THE KNIFE
22 April 1994 - THE INVISIBLE MAN WITH A LONG CHIN
7 May 1994 - JOURNEY TO HEAVEN
28 December 1994 - CHRISTMAS 1994
16 August 1995 - ADULT CIRCUS
26 August 1996 - GIANT CATCHER
6 May 1997 - DRIVING INSTRUCTOR
11 & 18 July 1997 - SUPER-HERO
8 August 1997 - GIANT CLAM
15 August 1997 - HAUNTED HOUSE
29 August 1997 - BAD SPACESTATION
14 APRIL 2021
It's a big welcome back to Adrian Burke for this update, who's been busy recovering more long-lost editions of Digitiser for us, from tapes donated by Evan Scanlon. As if that wasn't enough, the anonymous gent is also back with more early editions too. Here they all come now: 28/8/93 (thanks to Adrian), 28/1/94, 4/2/94, 8/4/94 (thanks to the anon), 7/5/94, 28/12/94, 16/8/95, 25/12/95 (missing 3 pages found, making this edition complete), 26/8/96, 1/3/03 (all thanks to Adrian again). Tim Bisley has once again done a superb job of fixing them all up and coordinating the submissions for us - profuse thanks to him and all these excellent individuals, who just keep the Digi recovery train powering along.
10 APRIL 2021
Another lovely big load of recovered Digi is now nestling comfortably in The Vault: 31/12/93, 7/1/94, both thanks to the anonymous gent, while Jason Robertson gives us: 8/11/96, 15/11/96, 29/11/96 (from tapes donated by John Veness), 14/4/97, (tape donated by John Sinclair), 14/6/97, 18/6/97 (tapes donated by "Forsyth"). The anon has also given us a new recovery of 25/2/94, so the charts have been added to it, along with a clean-up of the existing pages, many of which had a few words and/or rows missing. As ever, Tim Bisley is the genius who fixed them all up nicely for us. Thanks so much to all involved in getting this material to us, it's hugely appreciated.
The 7 Man Diaries from these editions have all been added to their archive too:
5 APRIL 2021
There's no other way of saying it: this update is huge. So much recovered Digi has been added that we might as well get right to business.
Editions recovered by:
Massive thanks to the whole team of people involved in getting this little lot to us - it beggars belief that this has all been submitted in less than a week. We truly are lucky to have so many people working to allow this material to be seen again.
The 13 Man Diaries included have all been added to their archive too:
4 & 11 March 1994 - DOING MUSIC
18 March 1994 - PRIVATE DICKS
25 March 1994 - BEING A SKELLIE
6 September 1996 - MONKEY TRAINER
13 September 1996 - SUPER-HERO
20 September 1996 - CAVEMAN
27 September 1996 - ENGLISH TEACHER
18 October 1996 - TV ADVERT PRISON
25 October 1996 - MEDIEVAL ALCHEMIST
14 November 1997 - CAVEMAN NEIGHBOURS
28 October 1998 - BIG TOMATO
23 January 1999 - PRACTICAL JOKES
1 APRIL 2021
I promise you this update isn't an April Fool. Except: it is! But only in that it's one of the most sought-after editions of Digi out there: the 1996 'Gamma 7' April Fool grail. 25 years ago today, Digitiser fans nearly had a coronary when we saw that index page - and now we can relive those terrifying moments. We have Jason Robertson to thank for allowing us to see this again, who recovered it from a tape donated by John Veness; while Tim Bisley did the fabulous clean-up and organisational work. I've also added the Man Diary from this edition to the archive:
30 MARCH 2021
More Digitiser VHS recoveries by Jason Robertson for you now: 12/6/96 (tape donated by John Sinclair), 16/8/96, 23/8/96, 30/8/96 (all from tapes donated by John Veness), 10/6/98 (John Sinclair with the tape again). As ever Tim Bisley has done a superlative job organising it all together and smartening-up the images. Thanks and sweeping cap-doffs to all the gents involved for this great work. The choicest chunks from these and recent editions have been dispersed across the site, including: Ring-sir! regulator prank, 4 Man's Daddy jokes (near the top of the page as they're all oldies), 2 celeb song/story-shows (Chris Barrie and Liam Gallagher), 1 little Morse & Lewis pic, and 11 Man Diaries to the order of:
3 April 1996 - CEREAL GIFT DESIGN
14 & 17 April 1996 - BALLOON CHALLENGE
3 & 4 May 1996 - TEST PILOT
12 June 1996 - PERFUME COUNTER
16 August 1996 - BOXING CAREER
23 August 1996 - GIANT CATCHER
30 August 1996 - BORED MAN
17 November 1997 - PAST LIVES
11 June 1998 - MAN AND GRETL
25 MARCH 2021
The avalanche of recoveries coming in from Jason Robertson continues to shatter the stillness, with another six belters from 1996 crashing down around us: 3/4/96, 10/4/96, 13/4/96, 17/4/96 (from tapes donated by John Veness), 3/5/96, (from a tape donated by JimTheSchoolGirl), 4/5/96 (a Veness-tape again). But that's not all, because we have a new face taking to the teletext recovery slopes in the form of Xed, who's given us this splendid pair: 17/11/97, 2/12/00. As ever, the tireless Tim Bisley has coordinated it all and cleaned everything up until it sparkles. Massive great thanks to all involved in this work, which continues to knock these socks off: mine (and yours).
21 MARCH 2021
If you follow this site on Twitter, then you may have seen the news that Jason Robertson - the esteemed Teletext Archaeologist himself - recently put the mother lode of Digitiser recoveries in the hands of Tim Bisley to process for us. Ridiculously, over 100 editions are coming our way. Tim's done the business on the first eight, which I've uploaded and can be seen.... NOW: 16/5/95 (from a tape donated by John Sinclair), 24/1/96, 31/1/96, 7/2/96, 14/2/96, 28/2/96, 13/3/96, 27/3/96 (all from tapes donated by John Veness). Huge thanks to all four of these gents for their contributions - and to Matt Barney as well, who has made my life infinitely easier by coming up with a swanky way to save time creating the pages for these editions, for which I am forever grateful. And finally: the eight Man Diaries from this batch are all in their archive now, too:
16 May 1995 - IS THE MAYOR NOW
24 January 1996 - BEING A BARBER
31 January 1996 - BEING AN A&R MAN
7 February 1996 - HIS WOODEN SON
14 February 1996 - BEING A COWBOY
28 February 1996 - FAST-FOOD FRANCHISE
13 March 1996 - SOLD INTO SLAVERY
27 March 1996 - BEING A HYPNOTIST
14 MARCH 2021
We've reached the end of Adrian Burke's incredible run of recoveries in this update, meaning we're now all up to date. Hats off to Adrian, and to Tim Bisley for putting in the elbow grease fixing them all up. Here come the latest editions, look: 20/11/93 (recovered by Tim Bisley himself), 20/11/96, 23/11/96, 16/1/97, 27/6/97 (all thanks to Adrian Burke). What a run this has been - eternal thanks to Adrian and Tim for all the epic work. Of course, now we've reached the end, it means I've been able to clear the backlog too. And? And: the recent Dr Derek Doctors find has been added to his page, nine more letters to Digi are now in the You Have Messed-Up letters page, there are 11 more Reveal-Ohs, three more for Mr T and one for Morse & Lewis, and I've added a link to the Under Consoletation interview with Biffo to the interviews page. On top of all that, I've put the eight Man Diaries from this batch in the archive:
18 January 1994 - WALK ON! WITH PAT WALKER
25 February 1994 - AS A CHAIR
4 November 1994 - THINKING HE'S "BYRON"
29 April 1996 - ON INSECT ISLAND
20 & 23 November 1996 - SECRET AGENT
16 January 1997 - DEL BOY-STYLE TRADER
27 June 1997 - DEAD CELEB PARK
8 MARCH 2021
This is an extra special update, as not only do we have a bumper crop of 16 (mostly) complete editions of Digitiser - all recovered by Adrian Burke and cleaned-up by Tim Bisley - but in adding them to The Vault, it means we now have 1,000 editions of Digi represented by at least one archived page. That's about a third of all the editions ever broadcast by Teletext! The mind boggles. Not only that, but there's some brilliant relics unearthed in this batch, starting with one of the biggest grails that was still outstanding - The Man's return and face-melting transformation back from being Pat Walker. I highly recommend getting stuck right in: 18/1/94, 25/2/94, 4/11/94, 29/4/96, 30/6/01, 14/7/01, 27/7/01, 4/8/01, 14/8/01, 14/9/01, 29/9/01, 29/12/01, 31/12/01, 12/1/02, 23/11/02, 7/12/02. Enormous thanks as ever to Adrian and Tim for their heroic efforts - it's staggering how much recovered material has been added to the site since January thnanks to these guys. Adrian has given us over 100 editions! And there's still more to come...
2 MARCH 2021
There's ten more complete editions of Digi for you in this update, as Adrian Burke has brought us a lovely selection of recoveries from 2000 and 2001: 1/4/00, 3/4/00, 26/8/00, 4/10/00, 6/10/00, 1/1/01, 10/1/01, 13/1/01, 24/3/01, 31/3/01. Once again, massive gratitude to Adrian for providing them, and to the tireless Tim Bisley for his invaluable work cleaning and compiling the little critters. I've added the juiciest cuts from these editions across the site: Donny Rich now sits in the characters A-Z, as well on the reveal-o-page along with new Rollo Benny, Digi's take on Pokémon, and more besides; and Relapse's appearance on the mini news bucket makes it onto The Snakes' page. Brap!
24 FEBRUARY 2021
It's an all-1999 batch of Digi recoveries in this update: 2/2/99 (courtesy of Alistair Cree), 3/2/99, 23/2/99, 2/7/99, 16/7/99, 4/12/99 (all thanks to Adrian Burke). Once again the clean-up and coordination is done by the excellent Mr Tim Bisley - huge thanks to all three gents for their amazing work. The choicest chunks are all nestling in their respective pages - the two new Zombie Dave finds have been added to his page, we now have an image of Quaker Jones after all this time, so that's been added to the characters A-Z, the multi-page Santa story from 4/12 is in with the Reveal-Ohs, and I've put the three Man Diaries from this batch in the archive:
18 FEBRUARY 2021
Time for more recovered Digi, coming courtesy of the irrepressible duo of Adrian Burke - who's re-done some of his early efforts with improved quality - and Tim Bisley, with the miraculous clean-up: 7/5/93 (gaps filled), 11/5/93, 6/1/94 (index only), 23/1/96, 1/12/96, 1/9/98. We're all in their debt - which I mean very much metaphorically, in case any lawyers are reading. Once again, the richest pickings have been dispersed across the site like so: I've added Father Mange Tout to ("tutu") the characters A-Z, and put the three Man Diaries from this batch in the archive:
12 FEBRUARY 2021
Special delivery! We have a large consignment of recovered Digi from the Adrian Burke warehouse, which has come via Tim Bisley to make sure it's all spick and span first: 12/11/94 (gaps filled), 18/10/96, 22/11/96, 4/11/97, 13/1/98, 20/1/98, 27/1/98, 30/1/98, 25/8/98 - thanks as ever to these tireless heroes. As well as this, I've added another 35 reveals to their page, and put the Man Diaries we didn't already have from today's batch in their archive:
7 FEBRUARY 2021
Another fulsome update and more fulsome praise for Adrian Burke and Tim Bisley, who continue to work their socks off recovering old editions of Digi and making it all ship-shape. Here's the latest batch: 19/1/96, 2/2/96, 9/2/96, 8/3/96 (missing charts added), 9/3/96, 15/3/96, 9/4/96, 19/4/96, 6/5/96, 7/6/96. Enormous thanks as ever to this amazing duo. Once again, the richest pickings from these editions are now nestling across the site: the Man's Daddy page has two long-lost jokes from Daddy (near the top) and three from Digi (near the bottom), and we have eight more Man Diaries:
19 January 1996 - BEING A VET
2 February 1996 - IN ANCIENT GREECE
9 February 1996 - HIS WOODEN SON
9 March 1996 - SHIPWRECKED
15 March 1996 - SOLD INTO SLAVERY
19 April 1996 - BEING A GENETICIST
6 May 1996 - TEST PILOT
7 June 1996 - BEING A STREAKER
1 FEBRUARY 2021
Adrian Burke and Tim Bisley have gone into overdrive! The prolific duo have given another us nine editions of Digi from their recovery exploits: 27/6/94, 10/1/95, 17/1/95, 13/2/95, 14/2/95, 7/3/95, 19/5/95, 9/6/95, 4/12/95. Medals all round for those excellent gents and their remarkable efforts. The proceeds have once again been dished out across the site: Love Wire has been added to the fake adverts, "TOP 10 FAILED RESTAURANTS" has been added to the top 10s, and we have nine more Man Diaries:
27 June 1994 - FLYING
10 January 1995 - EASTENDERS
17 January 1995 - ADULT EDUCATION
13 & 14 February 1995 - AND HIS BEATLE BAND
7 March 1995 - IS A GHOST NOW
19 May 1995 - IS THE MAYOR NOW
9 June 1995 - SURGEON'S ASSISTANT
4 December 1995 - UNDER THE SEA
28 JANUARY 2021
There's just no stopping the Adrian Burke juggernaught, with another five editions of Digi added to the site - 15/3/94, 30/8/94, 14/10/94, 18/11/94, 3/12/94 - with ruddy great thanks to Adrian, and the ubiquitous Tim Bisley for all their work. These editions have all been pumped thoroughly for their goodness, which has been slapped liberally across the site: miffed 1950s British comics character Stevens now finds himself in the characters A-Z; there's another two top 10s, a (terrifying) depiction of Morrissey has been added to the celeb pin-ups, and we have five more Man Diaries:
25 JANUARY 2021
Adrian Burke and Tim Bisley continue to do the business for us, with more recovered Digi coming in thich and fast. The latest nuggets look like so: 22/3/94, 2/8/94, 30/1/95, 7/2/95. We also have the index pages only for 21/10/94 and 28/10/94. Eternal thanks to Adrian and Tim for all the amazing work they do for the cause. The richest pickings from these finds have all been dispersed across their various pages, in the form of the grail that is Mr Hurley and his Curly Pearlies's portrait at last sitting alongside his bio in the characters A-Z; there's two new top 10s, Captain Picard has been added to the celeb pin-ups, and Prints has a new outing, which is also among four more Man Diaries:
22 JANUARY 2021
Time for another dose of recovered Digi direct from the desk of Adrian Burke: 29/3/94, 11/8/94, 18/8/94, 16/9/94, 23/9/94. Tim Bisley is the man responsible for the smartening up of this parade of beauties once again - ruddy great thanks to the two gents as ever for their hard work. The fruits of these five editions have spread out across the site in the form of Tricky Dicky being added to the characters A-Z, three top 10s, and five Man Diaries:
18 JANUARY 2021
There's more very early Digi for you in this update, as Adrian Burke has been busy unearthing a load more editions from 1993: 21/5/93, 16/7/93, 17/7/93, 30/7/93, 13/8/93. Huge thanks to Adrian for the hard work, and to Tim Bisley for his continuous tireless efforts to corral everything together and clean it up all spick and span-like. Aside from that, the baby steps towards clearing the backlog from last year keep going, with the You Have Messed-Up letters page now totally up to date.
13 JANUARY 2021
This update sees recovered Digi from the earliest months of its life, thanks to a new gent on the recovery scene, Adrian Burke, who's been in touch via the Teletext Facebook group. Adrian has kindly provided us with a couple of complete 1993 editions, and a snippet of another: 8/2/93, 7/5/93, 11/5/93 - all of which were extracted and cleaned-up by the colossus known as Tim Bisley. Lovely great big-ups to these two excellent fellows. Meanwhile, the backlog is almost completely cleared: loads of new reveals have been added, the characters A-Z is now up to date (with new additions Broton Chronos, Cake and de Bono, Captain "F", Mr Harrison, Ian Beale, WH Smith: Refereee; and images added for the first time to the entries for Balls For Eyes, Cyber-X, Soccerman 2001, and Wyatt Earp & Josef Engels); and there's new Man's Daddy-style Digi jokes (at the bottom of the page). On top of all that, both Prints and Dr Derek Doctors have their own special character pages all to themselves. Cha!
2 JANUARY 2021
Happy New 2021! I trust you all had a splendid Festive? For the first update of the gleaming new annus, we have three complete recovered editions of Digi for you: 8/2/95, 15/2/95, 22/2/95 - all of which are especial thanks to Tom Pitt, with Tim Bisley doing the heroic fixing-up and collating. We also have a single frame recovery from 7/5/93, provided by Adrian Burke on the teletext Facebook group (EDIT 4/1/21 - and now expertly restored and spruced-up by Tim Bisley!). Elsewhere, it's still catch-up from the big backlog, so we have 24 new Digi top 10s (starting at OUR TOP 10 NEW EASTENDERS PLOTS), 17 Man's Daddy/Digi jokes (recently shared by Biffo for all your Christmas cracker needs), four more pieces of advice from Mr T, the Captain Kirk celeb pin-up from one of the editions above, a Wizard of Oz script extract from as far back as 10 February 1996, and finally, the three Man Diaries from the editions above have also been added to their archive:
21 DECEMBER 2020
There's a whole bunch of different stuff in this Christmas update: starting with another three recovered editions of Digi. Once again supplied and cleaned by Tim Bisley, they were all recovered by the anonymous gent: 22/4/93, 16/7/96, 25/9/97. Massive thanks to these gents again for their efforts. Catching up on the backlog, all the Morse and Lewis finds - 26 of them - have been added to their page, and 12 Snakes outings have been added to theirs. I've also added links to all the Digitiser 2000-era Christmas Pant-ohs to the pant-oh archive index - PLUS - with Biffo's permission, the full script for the 2020 pant-oh, A Christmas Carol - a true classic - has its own page on here including the embedded video of the audio play. Finally, the Man Diaries from the recovered editions above are now sat in their archive:
Have a wonderful, safe Christmas everyone.
15 DECEMBER 2020
The drive to add all the recovered material to the variously-themed pages continues "apace": in this update we've got new Man's Daddy jokes, which go right back to his very first appearances in March '95 (and are thus at the top of the page... apart from the later ones which are at the bottom), more fake adverts, loads of celebrity pin-ups (including simu-sing and simu-recite), and appearances from both Zombie Dave and Insincere Dave. Enjoy!
9 DECEMBER 2020
What do we have for you on the day Super Page 58 turned 23 years old? Well, two new recovered weekend editions of Digi for a start: 9/10/99 (thanks to Tom Pitt), 28/4/01 (courtesy of the anonymous gent, tape donated by Julie Embury) - both of which were of course cleaned up all nice-like and sent over by the inimitable Mr Tim Bisley. But that's not all though - and what is not all is that all the editions of Ring-sir! found since August have been transcribed and added to the Ring-sir! archive. The number of editions has almost doubled in one fell swoop! See the telephonic prankingtons now:
22 OCTOBER 1994 - SUPER CONSOLES
1 APRIL 1995 - ORGANISING A SHOW
29 APRIL 1995 - GAMES HELPLINES
27 JANUARY 1996 - NEW TV SHOW (MISSING LAST PAGE FOUND)
1 JUNE 1996 - POINTLESS E3 LIE
22 JUNE 1996 - ARCADE SHOP
18 AUGUST 1996 - N64-OH CALLS
11 JULY 1997 - MARKETING
9 OCTOBER 1999 - BUYING A DREAMCAST
22 JANUARY 2000 - GAMES DEVELOPER
10 SEPTEMBER 2000 - PLAYSTATION 2 PRE-ORDER
5 DECEMBER 2020
The first update of December sees a single new edition of Digi unlocked from its VHS prison, and given a good polishing-up by your friend and mine, Tim Bisley: 30/3/96, which was recovered by the anonymous gent, from a tape donated by one "Stevie". Profuse thanks to all three of these excellent people for their contributions. Elsewhere, I've begun the process of getting all the material found since August filtered onto their various pages, starting with all the Man Diaries - 80+ of them, in fact! Look, here they come now:
21 January 1994 - DISCO GIGS
25 June 1994 - IN THE USA
2 July 1994 - IN CAPTIVITY
9 July 1994 - IN THE 4TH DIMENSION
16 July 1994 - WITH A FAMOUS POP SINGER
25 August 1994 - TIME TRAVEL
1 & 3 October 1994 - IN THE FISH FACTORY
15 October 1994 - ON THE RUN
22 October 1994 - INVENTOR
14 November 1994 - BEING A SCULPTOR
11 February 1995 - AND HIS NEW HOTEL
18 March 1995 - AND HIS SPACE SHOE SHOP
1 April 1995 - IS A HOLIDAY ENTERTAINER
22 April 1995 - IS AN ARCHITECT
29 April 1995 - HAS WON THE LOTTERY
6 May 1995 - IS RUNNING FOR MAYOR
13 May 1995 - IS THE MAYOR NOW
3, 8 & 10 June 1995 - SURGEON'S ASSISTANT
17 June 1995 - IN BORSTAL
3 August 1995 - SQUATTERS
10 & 12 August 1995 - ADULT CIRCUS
7 October 1995 - WORKING ON A PLANE
27 January 1996 - BEING AN A&R MAN
30 March 1996 - NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
15 April 1996 - BALLOON CHALLENGE
18 May 1996 - BEING A CYBORG
1 June 1996 - BEING DR WHO
8 June 1996 - BEING A STREAKER
14 June 1996 - SCENT DESIGNER
15 June 1996 - LANDSCAPE DESIGNER
22 June 1996 - BEING A JEDI KNIGHT
6 July 1996 - SMALL BRICK PARK
13 July 1996 - TRANSPORT CAFE
20 July 1996 - IMAGE CONSULTANT
27 July 1996 - HUMAN GUINEA PIG
3 August 1996 - MEDIEVAL BAKERY
10 August 1996 - BACK IN PRISON
17 August 1996 - BOXING CAREER
24 August 1996 - GIANT CATCHER
31 August 1996 - BORED MAN
6 March 1997 - MODERN ARTIST
19 April 1997 - VILLAGE POLICEMAN
7 June 1997 - PRIME MINISTER
12 July 1997 - SUPER-HERO
30 July 1997 - BEACH PUMPKIN SHOP
4 August 1997 - ON HOLIDAY
6 August 1997 - GIANT CLAM
13 August 1997 - HAUNTED HOUSE
20 August 1997 - MAN LOVES DODDY
27 August 1997 - STAR TREK
3 September 1997 - DAIRY FARMER
10 September 1997 - PLUMBER
17 September 1997 - BLUE PETER
24 September 1997 - SHORT-SIGHTED IDIOT
1 October 1997 - VAMPIRE BABYSITTER
8 October 1997 - HOLLYWOOD STAR
13 & 15 October 1997 - PRACTICAL JOKES
29 October 1997 - PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR
5 & 7 November 1997 - ROMANCE GUIDE
10 November 1997 - CAVEMAN NEIGHBOURS
9 & 10 December 1997 - FIFTH TELETUBBY
17 December 1997 - DEPARTMENT STORE SANTA
24 December 1997 - HAUNTED CHRISTMAS HOUSE
8 & 15 May 1998 - ASTROLOGY SECTION
30 June 1998 - ROBOT FRIEND
10 July 1998 - LIGHTER MAKER
17 July 1998 - POODLE PARLOUR
7 August 1998 - CLOWN HOSPITAL
12 & 14 August 1998 - CARTOON KIDNAP
21 August 1998 - PEARLY GATEKEEPER
28 August 1998 - FREAK SHOW
26 January 1999 - ANIMAL ORCHESTRA
11 February 1999 - CRASH TEST DUMMY
30 NOVEMBER 2020
The mega-batch of recovered Digitiser is all now sitting in The Vault, with the latest additions looking like this: 9/9/00 (kindly provided by the anonymous gent, tape donated by Julie Embury), 6/3/01, 22/5/01, 6/9/01, 8/9/01, 23/7/02, 23/8/02, 18/9/02 (all courtesy of the legendary hero that is Tom Pitt). And of course, we have the tireless work of Tim Bisley to thank for getting them to us, and cleaning them up into the shiny state they're all in. It's been one hell of a run getting this little lot archived, and I'm stupidly grateful for the efforts of everyone that has got us here. Now I "just" have to add all the new discoveries to the various (non-Vault) archive pages!
24 NOVEMBER 2020
We have another nine full editions of Digi for you in this update, all of them recovered and restored by our superstar team of Tom Pitt and Tim Bisley. They're nestling safely in The Vault right now: 28/8/98, 31/7/99, 20/12/99, 13/6/00, 28/10/00, 16/11/00, 18/11/00, 1/2/01, 27/2/01. Galactically large thanks to this tireless duo for their unceasing services to Digitiser recovery!
18 NOVEMBER 2020
A mountain of Digi may have been uploaded less than a week ago, but the recoveries just keep on coming. This time, they're very kindly supplied by:
The anonymous gent: 27/1/96
Tim Bisley is again the tireless man responsible for liaising and cleaning them all, except the 2001 edition, which was all thanks to Andrew Nile. Let the gratitude gush and overflow in each of their directions - heroes, one and all!
12 NOVEMBER 2020
Are you ready for this? No fewer than 41 recovered editions of Digi have just been added to The Vault, meaning we now have more than 20,000 archived pages from more than 900 editions. Crikey.
Tim Bisley is once again the indefatigable hero responsible for coralling them all together and cleaning them up, but I must also give huge credit to Matt Barney - a long-time friend of Super Page 58 - for working to create a script that would automatically generate all the pages for me, thus saving my sanity. He is a most excellent fellow indeed, and I'm forever in his debt. If you have need of any development skills, you should get in touch with him post haste.
Now, let's take a look inside this enormous treasure trove, provided by...
Tom Pitt: 9/7/94, 16/7/94, 25/3/95, 1/4/95, 22/4/95, 29/4/95, 17/6/95, 3/8/95, 10/8/95, 18/5/96, 1/6/96, 8/6/96, 15/6/96, 22/6/96, 10/8/96, 30/7/97, 6/8/97, 13/8/97, 20/8/97, 1/10/97, 8/10/97, 15/10/97, 29/10/97, 5/11/97, 10/11/97, 9/12/97, 10/12/97, 17/12/97, 24/12/97, 13/3/98, 20/3/98, 27/3/98
4 NOVEMBER 2020
There's a vast payload of recovered Digi wating in the wings to be uploaded - that's coming soon, but in the meantime we have a more manageable batch for you. And? And here they are: 22/2/93 (recovered by Dan Farrimond), 29/7/95 (index page only, recovered by Tom Pitt), 7/8/99 (thanks to Ant Purves), 24/12/99 (thanks to our anonymous friend), 29/12/99 (Ant again), 4/3/00 (anon again), 15/1/01, 30/12/01 (also recovered by Ant, who gives us Cyber-X at last!). All of these pages have had the clean-up magic performed by Tim Bisley, who has been exceptional (and exceptionally busy) in his efforts to chase up and coordinate all of these editions. Every one of these gents has done superb work for the Digi community - effusively lewd thanks to them all.
20 OCTOBER 2020
This latest update includes some real classic recovered Digi - in fact, it finally unearths three grails we've long been waiting to see! Soccerman 2001? Hmm? Balls For Eyes? Uh-huh? Wyatt Earp & Josef Engels? Oh yes? Hey: even the near-mythical Birdok makes an appearance in the Jez San interview. Don't be wasting no time now, guy: 4/8/93, 25/6/94, 2/7/94, 15/10/94, 11/2/95, 18/3/95. It's Tim Bisley and Tom Pitt that we once again owe a huge debt of gratitude, and this time they've been ably assisted by the most excellent Alistair Cree in the clean-up process. Massive thanks to all three super-dudes!
16 OCTOBER 2020
Word has reached me from the distinguished Mr Tim Bisley that there's a pile of around 70 - SEVENTY - recovered editions of Digitiser coming our way. Here are another five from that staggering pile that Tim has done the business on: 25/8/94, 1/10/94 (huge thanks to Tom Pitt), 12/7/97 (courtesy of the anonymous gent), 17/9/97, 24/9/97 (both thanks to Tom again). As if that weren't enough, Tom and Tim have even provided cleaner vesions of some pages from 30/4/94 and 3/10/94 - though these are only for superfans and teletext code afficianados, as they're outwardly the same as they were before, and are just confirmed correct. Everyone involved in this little industry deserves masses of credit for the work they do. Seventy editions?! The mind boggles.
14 OCTOBER 2020
The Do You See? Digitiser A to Z has been updated for the first time in 20 (TWENTY) years! It's now the most exhaustive and comprehensive guide to Digi that you'll ever find anywhere. Everything that has come before has been leading to this.
9 OCTOBER 2020
The gush continues: no less than 430 new pages of recovered Digi are now in The Vault; 10 brand new editions, and 3 newly-completed ones that previously had gaps. This stonking feat is all down to the marvellous Tim Bisley and Tom Pitt once again, with one edition provided by the mysterious anonymous gent. Look at them now: 3/10/94 (thanks to anon), 6/5/95, 13/5/95, 20/5/95, 12/8/95, 19/8/95 (gaps filled), 27/7/96, 3/8/96, 14/9/96 (gaps filled), 21/9/96, 27/8/97 (gaps filled), 3/9/97, 10/9/97 (all of these thanks to Tom Pitt). And of course, Tim Bisley's diligent restoration services are responsible for them all looking so great. These most excellent dudes have outdone themselves yet again - thanks chaps!
5 OCTOBER 2020
Here comes the flood. The Superheroes of Teletext Recovery have ramped-up output on an industrial scale lately, and this jet-blast from the Digi hose is just the start: 278 pages, across 12 editions, 7 of them entirely new! Once again with remarkable clean-up and liaison work by Tim Bisley, we have new stuff in the order of: 21/1/94 (4 new images added to an existing edition, thanks to Jason Robertson, with Lee Thacker providing the tape), 8/6/95, 7/10/95 (both thanks to industrial recovery magnate Tom Pitt), 15/4/96 (Jason again, tape by Carl's Tech Shed), 6/7/96, 13/7/96, 20/7/96, 4/8/97, 13/10/97, 4/3/98, 10/4/98, 17/4/98, 24/4/98 (all thanks to Tom once again). There's some jaw-dropping work going on by this gang at the moment, with some quite brilliant discoveries. Thank you so much, gents!
30 SEPTEMBER 2020
The Digi recoveries continue to come in apace (and I'm reliably informed we're about to be deluged with a whole load more very soon). Tim Bisley has been the conduit/fixer-upper once again for this little lot: 26/8/93, 29/11/93 (both recovered by a new gent who wishes to stay anonymous), 14/11/94, 25/7/97, 17/7/98, and 5/2/94 has been updated with cleaner pages - all of these have been contributed by the prolific teletext recovery whirlwind known as Tom Pitt. Big, big, thanks to all three of these most excellent individuals!
24 SEPTEMBER 2020
The superheroes of teletext recovery are back with the absolute Digi mother lode for us in this update. We have complete editions thus: 21/1/94 (thanks to teletext recovery godfather Jason Robertson), 27/5/95, 3/6/95, 10/6/95, 17/8/96, 24/8/96, 31/8/96, 10/7/98 (all recovered by Tom Pitt and cleaned-up and supplied by Tim Bisley); plus the Tim/Tom team have also discovered the missing pages from 7/11/97, which now completes that edition. Huge heaps of gratitude go out to these three most excellent fellows for their efforts. There's some solid gold material in this lttle lot, mostly spanning arguably Digi's most anarchic era, so I wouldn't waste any time if I were you. Get: on it.
14 SEPTEMBER 2020
We thought we'd reached the bottom of Tom Pitt's pile of Digitiser VHS recoveries: we were wrong. He's already back with more, via the inimitable Mr Tim Bisley, who's cleaned-up another three complete editions that Tom has uncovered for us. Excitingly, they're all from the first few weeks of Digi's life, dating all the way back to January/February 1993: 16/1/93, 23/1/93, 6/2/93. We also have a sparkly new updated version of 9/1/93 provided by Tom, which replaces a recovery that wasn't as high res and contained some errors. Massive thanks once again to these hardworking gents for their stellar efforts. It's a bit good, this teletext recovery business, eh?
8 SEPTEMBER 2020
Four more complete editions of Digitiser are now ready for your lovin', with eternal thanks as ever to the Tim/Tom axis of messrs Bisley and Pitt: 22/1/00, 25/4/00, 2/5/00, 16/5/00. But that's not all, because they've also brought us the missing reveals from the 16/12/95 edition too - and when you catch sight of that advent image reveal, you'll know it was worth it (I've left the old and new side by side for "maximum" "impact"). Much appreciation to the T-Men!
6 SEPTEMBER 2020
Time for a "clutch" of Digi recoveries all from the Space Year 1999 AD now, courtesy of the Tim Bisley/Tom Pitt production line, which just keeps on pumping out the quality. Regard-le-pompt: 18/6/99, 25/6/99, 25/8/99, 26/8/99. Watch as ruddy great dollops of gratitude are thrust into the productive pair's laps. Thank!
1 SEPTEMBER 2020
Super-gents Tim Bisley and Tom Pitt are back once again with the
ill behaviour splendid Digi recoveries, this time bequeathing us a batch of six editions, with 200 pages-worth of goodness: 22/10/94, 7/6/97, 26/12/97 (partial recovery), 30/6/98, 26/1/99, 11/2/99. Ludicrously large thanks to them for their stellar efforts: Tom for the recovery work, and Tim for cleaning them up all nice and shiny for us.
24 AUGUST 2020
We're back with another multi-flavoured updated, starting off with one new recovered edition of Digi - 22/8/97, with big old thanks as ever to Tom Pitt for unearthing it, and Tim Bisley for cleaning it up and sending it over. The other main update is to the You Have Messed-Up: Letters From Idiots page, which has been updated with a total of 154 of the most interesting/funny/sardonic responses to letters from Digi's readers. That's the first update the page has had since it first went up two years ago, so I had some work to do gathering all the letters that have been recovered since then! Other than that, we also have six new Man's Daddy jokes (plus one Daddy-style joke circa 1997, before he was brought back as a regular character); I've added "Clarkuss" and an image of Oberon Talc & Dogson Dagg to the characters A-Z, the Mr Biffo interviews page has had a new interview he gave to the Dis Is Your life podcast added to it, I've stuck a load more reveals up, and added the Star Trek Man Diary from the recovery above to the diary index. Lastly, I recently made an appearance on the esteemed Teletext R podcast, where I was interviewed all about Digi and this site. It went pretty well. So well, in fact, that according to Biffo it's possibly the best podcast about Digitiser ever, so you might like go and have a listen if you're "so inclined". Aaaaand that about does it.
21 JULY 2020
It's a varied update this time around, kicking off with three newly recovered editions of Digi, once more supplied and tarted-up by Tim Bisley: 7/5/96, 22/8/96 (both by anon), 7/9/96 (recovered by Tom Pitt). Big thanks as ever to these prolific gents. I've already added the spoils to their respective pages, so there are three more Man Diaries (see below), one new top 10 ("sentences using every letter of the alphabet"), and 20 reveals. I've also revameped the Mr Biffo interviews page - there are now 40 of them listed on there going all the way back to 1996 - that's 10 times as many interviews as there used to be. Now, how about those Man Diaries:
10 JULY 2020
The vast backlog of material from the last two months of recoveries have now been added to the site in their various homes: we have new stuff from Morse & Lewis, The Snakes, Insincere Dave, more fake adverts, more celebrity pin-ups, a new Ring-sir!, 31 extra Digi top 10s, 4 Digi jokes (not technically The Man's Daddy, but in his style - they're at the bottom of the page), and no less than 61 Man Diaries (see below). On top of that, the characters A-Z has been updated with the following parade of little guys: Advent Animal, Britt Slaps, Called Spite, Captain Five Skills, Catkin Hard, Dougli Starman, Gus Mann, Howard Howe, John Meccano, King, Lucy Parve, Niels, Odin, Pagan James, Robertson Sexus and Sarcastic Dave. Phew! Now, how about those Man Diaries:
29 December 1993 - WALK ON! WITH PAT WALKER
26, 27 January 1994 - JOINING A CULT
2 February 1994 - BIRTHDAY ENTERTAINER
5, 8 February 1994 - IN FRANCE
16, 19 February 1994 - IN HELL
26 February - DOING DISCOS
2 May 1994 - SMASHING THE SYSTEM
16, 21, 23 May 1994 - OLD FOLK IN THE ATTIC
27, 30 May 1994 - BEING A COPPER
3 June 1994 - BEING A FIREMAN
13, 17 June 1994 - THE MAN WITH A LONG CHIN'S CELEBRITY PALS!
1, 5 July 1994 - IN CAPTIVITY
7, 8, 11 July 1994 - IN THE 4TH DIMENSION
13, 15, 21 July 1994 - WITH A FAMOUS POP SINGER
22 July 1994 - FORMER COMPANIONS
29, 30 July, 4 August 1994 - HEALING FEET
5 August 1994 - WITH CAPTAIN FIVE SKILLS
12 August 1994 - HAVING FEVER
19 August 1994 - IN HOSPITAL
8 October 1994 - GETS SHRUNK RIGHT DOWN
29 October 1994 - IN COURT
5 November 1994 - THINKING HE'S "BYRON"
19 November 1994 - PATERNITY SUIT
17 December 1994 - BEING FATHER CHRISTMAS
17 January 1995 - ADULT EDUCATION
4 February 1995 - WITH POP STAR "PRINTS"
4 April 1995 - IS A WEREWOLF
10, 11 April 1995 - DESIGNING FUN FAIR RIDES
15 April 1995 - DESIGNING EASTER EGGS
18 April 1995 - IS AN ARCHITECT
25 April 1995 - IS A WRESTLER NOW
27 July 1995 - FAKING HIS DEATH
22 September 1995 - AT HIS FRIEND'S
18 November 1995 - TOURIST GUIDE
26 December 1995 - CHRISTMAS STORY
22 January 1996 - BEING A BARBER
20 April 1996 - BEING A GENETICIST
11 May 1996 - BEING A GIANT
2 May 1997 - DRIVING INSTRUCTOR
25 May 1997 - MOVIE SPECIAL FX
10 June 1997 - WINDOW CLEANER
19 July 1997 - TOY STORY MAN
31 December 1997 - SECRET AGENT
11 May 1998 - ASTROLOGY SECTION
30 September 1998 - PAVEMENT ARTIST
24 October 1998 - BIG TOMATO
3 JULY 2020
Another engorged update for you now, with recoveries from a total of 15 (FIFTEEN) different editions of Digi. As has been the case for the extraordinarily fertile last couple of months, they're provided and cleaned-up by super-guy Tim Bisley, with the recovery work being done by the prolific pair that is Tom Pitt and the gent who wishes to remain anonymous. Please observe: 31/12/97, 3/4/98 (h/t anon), 25/5/98, 30/9/98, 12/4/99, 25/12/99, 8/4/00, 10/4/00, 17/4/00, 10/7/00, 4/8/00, 22/8/00 (all by Tom Pitt), and the final three from anon: 26/7/01, 2/8/01, 31/10/97 (gaps in the charts filled only).
24 JUNE 2020
Six days is a long time when it comes to Digi recoveries at the moment - just that short wait has seen another 364 images from 13 editions (9 brand new, the others filling in gaps in existing pages) turn up via that man Tim Bisley. Let the feast begin: 12/5/93, 11/7/94, 13/7/94, 20/7/94, 21/7/94,4/2/95 (all recovered by our anonymous friend), 27/7/95 (recovered by Tom Pitt), 22/9/95, 26/12/95, 22/1/96, 24/5/97 (h/t anon), 4/5/98, 11/5/98 (h/t Tom Pitt). I say this every time, but I'm enormously grateful to them all yet again for their superhuman contributions. The whole Digi community is. I've also given a home to the stunning final episode of Mr Biffo's Lost Footage - if you haven't watched it yet, you really should you know.
18 JUNE 2020
We're staying in Digi's early days for this update, with another seven recoveries across 1993 and 1994: 11/3/93, 18/3/93, 25/3/93 (thanks to Tom Pitt for these three), 26/1/94, 26/2/94, 5/7/94, 7/7/94 (and thanks to our anonymous benefactor for these four). As ever, Tim Bisley deserves immense credit for doing all the running and cleaning these up, and Tom put in a huge amount of work to enable a poor quality tape to produce the splendid goods we have before us. All three of them really are most excellent fellows.
14 JUNE 2020
Time for a tour through Digi's earliest days in this update, with six recovered editions from 1993 and one from 1994. They're once again provided by your friend and mine, Tim Bisley, who continues to do tireless work getting hold of all this material, with the recoveries themselves being made by Tom Pitt and the same anonymous gent of the past few weeks. Point your eyes here now: 1/6/93 (h/t Tom), 23/7/93 (h/t anon), 27/8/93 (h/t anon), 4/12/93 (h/t Tom) 18/12/93 (h/t anon) 29/12/93 (h/t anon) 2/2/94 (h/t anon).
7 JUNE 2020
A quick blast of complete editions from Digi's eary and late periods in this update, unearthed by an ensemble cast of recovery heros, and coordinated by Tim Bisley: 4/3/93, 10/4/93 (both provided by Tom Pitt), 10/6/97 (thanks to Jason Robertson), 29/3/02 (thanks to Andrew Nile).
3 JUNE 2020
The updates continue coming "thick" and "fast". Tom Pitt and Tim Bisley are back yet again with another batch of Digi recoveries, plus there's one more contributed by our lovely anonymous gent. All have been recovered by Tom and cleaned-up by Tim unless otherwise stated. Now look here, will you: 8/4/93, 27/4/98 (gaps filled), 24/10/98 (h/t anon), 27/3/00, 17/7/00, 24/7/00.
1 JUNE 2020
Back again? Well: the well of Digis just keeps on spurtin' and gurglin' the good stuff. It might "blow" its "top" at any moment! We have another 318 recovered pages from 12 editions (9 of which are brand new, and 3 fill in the gaps in incomplete editions), courtesy of - you guessed it - Tom Pitt and Tim Bisley. Somebody give those boys a medal. One of these editions is kindly provided by the gent from a few weeks ago who wished to remain anonymous. Hey! Ho! Let's blow (go): 16/1/95, 4/4/95, 10/4/95, 11/4/95, 18/4/95, 25/4/95, 20/4/96, 2/5/97, 19/7/97 (anon), 20/4/98 (gaps filled), 18/5/98 (gaps filled), 1/6/98 (gaps filled).
29 MAY 2020
The dream team of Tom Pitt and Tim Bisley are back yet again with more wonderful Digi recoveries, all from 1994 this time round: 16/2/94, 2/5/94, 23/5/94, 30/5/94, 13/6/94, 4/8/94. Spoilt rotten, we are. I'm not sure there are enough sweets in the world to thank them for the bounty they're bestowing lately.
26 MAY 2020
The Digi windfall keeps on giving: Tom Pitt's back with yet more early '90s recoveries, ably assisted by the scholar and gentleman that is Tim Bisley with the cleaning and the organising. There are some significant discoveries in this batch, so you'd better not waste anymore time here: 31/8/93, 30/9/93, 14/10/93, 11/11/93, 27/1/94, 8/2/94.
20 MAY 2020
Prepare to be soaked in another torrent of brilliant complete early '90s editions of Digi - once again recovered by Tom Pitt and coming to us via the tireless Tim Bisley. Look, here they come now: 28/5/93, 16/5/94, 17/12/94, 15/4/95, 18/11/95.
16 MAY 2020
It's an absolute Digi bonanza of an update this time, with yet more incredible recovered editions - this time recovered by four separate heroes. Tim Bisley has done some sterling work coordinating things and cleaning up submissions from others. Let's not hang around, because there's some absolute gold to get through: 5/2/94 (recovered by Tim Bisley), 19/2/94 (the missing 10 pages have been added, recovered by MarcPL), 21/5/94, 30/7/94, 8/10/94, 29/10/94, 5/11/94, 19/11/94 (all recovered by newcomer Tom Pitt, and what superb editions they are), 27/7/95 (partial recovery, from Tim again), 11/5/96 (recovered by Jason Robertson from a tape submitted by John Veness). Enormous thanks to everyone for these brilliant efforts, it's been such a treat to see them. Do check out Jason's new teletext archive, as well, it's simply phenomenal. Finally, the wonderful most recent episode of Mr Biffo's Lost Footage - How Are Babies Made? - has been added to the site as well. Bonjour le pompt-de-do!
8 MAY 2020
The final batch of complete 1994 editions of Digi provided by our anonymous benefactor via Tim Bisley are now nestling safely in The Vault: 29/7/94, 5/8/94, 12/8/94, 19/8/94. Tim has also provided an edition from 1999 which he recovered himself - sadly the recording was poor and quite a few lines have been lost, but most of what's there is still readable: 9/3/99. A thousand thanks once again to both Mr Bisley and Mr Unknown for these lovely recoveries. Do we think we know when Onion Owl appeared now? Judging by Captain Five Skills, I'm thinking it was late July/early August '94, which would fit with when the X-Head comic strip was published in Mean Machines Sega. Hopefully we'll see him one day.
6 MAY 2020
Another four complete 1994 editions of Digi, bequeathed by our anonymous benefactor via the conduit of Tim Bisley (who also did an excellent job of cleaning them up), have just been added to The Vault: 1/7/94, 8/7/94, 15/7/94, 22/7/94. What a treat they are too - engorged thanks once more to Mr Mysterious and Tim.
4 MAY 2020
Ladies and gentlemen, we have another new teletext recovery gent among us - though he wishes to remain anonymous. The mystery man has been in touch via fellow recovery star Tim Bisley with a "clutch" of full 1994 recoveries of Digi. Tim has cleaned them up for us, and the first four are live for you to regard right this very now: 27/5/94, 3/6/94, 17/6/94, 24/6/94. Mr Mystery, whoever you are - thanks!
29 APRIL 2020
There's new stuff all over the bloody shop in this update - starting off with two new full recovered editions of Digitiser from 30/3/99 and 6/4/99, provided by the excellent Mr Tim Bisley; three more Digi Top 10s, an extra Rapping Shoe rap (at the very bottom of the page), one more Man's Daddy joke (again towards the bottom, before The Man's jokes), a single Snakes cartoon from the early Digitiser 2000 days (right at the end), 2 more star pin-ups have been added in the form of The Mitchell Brothers and Tommy Tallarico, 18 more reveal-ohs have been dotted throughout their page, the latest episode of Mr Biffo's Lost Footage can be watched on here, and four more characters have been added to the characters A-Z: Duddly King, Homer Simpson, Howard String, and Willy Wonka. Finally, another 10 Man Diaries have also been added to the archive:
12 July 1994 - WITH A FAMOUS POP SINGER
13 August 1994 - HAVING FEVER
12 November 1994 - BEING A SCULPTOR
25 March 1996 - BEING A SMUGGLER
22 December 1997 - HAUNTED CHRISTMAS HOUSE
20 November 1998 - MINNIE THE MONKEY
13 March 1999 - CAT WORMER
30 March and 1 April 1999 - POET LAUREATE
6 April 1999 - LONELY HEARTS
22 APRIL 2020
It's a varied assortment for you in this update: Insincere Dave now has his very own page - I'm sure he's worth it!!!!!!! - and Morse and Lewis' recently recovered exploits with cursed relics has been added to their page. I've also given a home to the full video of Digitiser Live 2019 now that's been shared, and the latest Monkeys episode of Lost Footage. On top of that, and I appreciate you'll probably be far less excited about this than I am, I've completely redesigned the site navigation system so that there are now landing page menus for the About Digi, Characters, Archives, Other Stuff, and Mr Biffo categories of content. Site info is still in the drop-down, but it's much tidier now as a result. It should make it far easier for you to get around the site - especially if you're viewing on mobile. There was just too much stuff for the drop-down menus to cope with before - I'm a victim of my own success!!!!!!!?!!!
14 APRIL 2020
A whole new section has just gone live on the site to keep a record of all the Digitiser-related live events that have taken place over the years. There's information, photos, video, and audio from everything from Mr Biffo's panels at retro gaming conventions, Digifest 2016's Digi love-me-do, all the way back to Biffo's Digi leaving party in 2003. The full video of Digitiser Live 2019 isn't included just yet - it'll be added once Biffo shares it beyond backers and Patreon supporters, which should be fairly soon. There's still loads of other material on Digi Live, though, and Chunky Fringe is covered in full - with all the details and extra video content you could possibly want. I've also got around to reorganising the Biffo videos page, which now has links to each and every episode of the shows it has listed, which are embedded on their very own pages right here on the site. Which is nice. Now stay safe, you lot, OK? OK.
30 MARCH 2020
More recovered Digi for you in this update, with lashings of thanks going once again to Tim Bisley for his stellar efforts in liberating them from their VHS prisons. There are four editions from 1999 this time, with highlights including the start of the spoof scripts appearing on the Man Diary page, and a performance from Morse that Linda Blair would be proud of: 19/1/99, 13/3/99, 16/3/99, 23/3/99.
22 MARCH 2020
We have the latest fruits of superstar teletext recovery gent Tim Bisley's work in this update, with six lovely complete editions of Digitiser from all across its history. Nestling comfortably in the The Vault now are editions from 12/7/94, 22/12/97, 16/2/98, 2/10/99, 18/6/01, and 27/10/01 (one of the early editions from the controversial 'Digigate' era, and the one from which Panel 4 columnist Stuart Campbell had his final column for Digi excised, a furious piece raging at Teletext's treatment of Digi. According to Biffo, it didn't exactly help Digi's cause). Anyway. That's over 200 images of Digi goodness for you to douse yourself in while you're social distancing (you are social distancing, aren't you?)
19 MARCH 2020
No, this site hasn't succumbed to coronavirus, thankfully - I haven't had access to my PC for the last 3 weeks amid an epic house decorating endeavour. Aaaaanyway, we're back now, and - hey, how about we complete the archive of Biffovision columns? The final four articles Mr Biffo contributed to Edge are now on the site, making 66 of them in total. They are: 183 (Christmas 2007), 184 (January 2008), 185 (February 2008), and 186 (March 2008). And then? Then regular updates can resume once more. Stay safe, everyone.
29 FEBRUARY 2020
Another four Biffovision columns for you in this update, with only four remaining to complete the set. This is what's new on the site: 179 (September 2007), 180 (October 2007), 181 (November 2007), and 182 (December 2007).
24 FEBRUARY 2020
Teletext recovery hero Tim Bisley has come into possession of a brand new batch of around 100 tapes, and the first Digi fruits of this pile are now nestling comfortably in the Vault: he's kindly given us a total of 147 recovered images to enjoy, spanning editions from 13/8/94, 12/11/94, 25/3/96, and 20/11/98. Lots to enjoy in this batch already; let's hope things continue in such a rich vein!
17 FEBRUARY 2020
Quite a varied update for you this time - we have a brand new page of Digitiser pin-ups and celebrity portraits, a flood of new reveal-ohs have been added to their page (the bulk of them are about half way down, but they're dotted throughout), and the most recent two fake adverts have been put on theirs. On the recovered teletext front, Tim Bisley has been doing more good work, giving us a full edition of Digi from 13/12/95, and he's managed to fill in the gaps on a previous submission of his from 1/3/97. It doesn't end there, though - I recently got my hands on issue 16 of Sega Pro from February 1993. This is the edition that included a news story on the launch of Digi - but what we didn't realise until now is that the accompanying images were never-broadcast pre-launch test pages from 1992! Excitingly, Tim was able to examine these pre-historic pages and accurately recreate them in a teletext editor - they now sit on their own unbroadcast 1992 page within the Vault. This is a monumental discovery, and I'm hugely grateful to Tim for being able to resurrect these pages for us to enjoy and gawp at. We all owe him our thanks on this one. What else could still be out there...?
10 FEBRUARY 2020
Four more Biffovision columns for you in this update, as we creep towards the end of the run - just eight left to be added now. This is what's new on the site: 175 (May 2007), 176 (June 2007), 177 (July 2007), and 178 (August 2007).
3 FEBRUARY 2020
A whole load of Digi pages have been added to the Vault - 279 images from 12 editions, in fact. Watch out, here they come now: 20/9/99, 4/3/00, 5/7/00, 15/7/00, 19/7/00, 8/8/00, 20/1/01, 27/12/01, 29/12/01, 13/3/02, 12/6/02, 29/6/02. As ever, profuse thanks go to: Andrew Nile for providing most of them (please note the 4/3/00, 29/12/01, 13/3/02, 12/6/02, and 29/6/02 editions are his 'offcuts'; recoveries from just a few minutes of recordings, so are missing pages and/or have a number of errors). To: Tim Bisley for kindly giving us the ediiton from 27/12/01. And to: Jason Robertson for providing the 20/1/01 edition. I was able to find the remaining three single-page updates hidden away in the vastness of the web, cold and shivering, from where I rescued them and have given them a new home here. Aww.
27 JANUARY 2020
Step right up, ladies and goyters, because this one's a doozy: a whole sweeping update to clear away the backlog of the last couple of months. Get a load of this lot: 3 Ring-sir!s (Saturn Stuff, Counterfeit Goods, PlayStation Profanity), 5 more Snakes, 8 pics of Morse & Lewis, 44 more reveal-ohs, 11 extra Digi Top 10s, 1 more Mr T outing, 2 for Zombie Dave, 29 Man's Daddy jokes (plus 3 Daddy-style jokes that were reveal-ohs, down the bottom of the page), 2 new fake ads (plus a star profile from Davros), images from the last missing edition of Super Control - number 8 - (plus a couple more from Mega Drive Advanced Gaming issues 18 and 20, with immense thanks to the man they call Reversible Sedgewick). And on top of all that? Atop all that sits a whole 22 more Man Diaries:
1/1/94: WALK ON! WITH PAT WALKER
30/4/94: SMASHING THE SYSTEM
24/9/94: BEING A TEACHER
31/12/94: PHOTO ALBUM
1/1/95: NEW YEAR'S PARTY
6/3/95: IS A GHOST NOW
6/4/95: IS A WEREWOLF
9/4/95: FUNFAIR RIDE DESIGNER
21/11/95: TOURIST GUIDE
23/3/96: BEING A SMUGGLER
5/4/96: CEREAL GIFT DESIGN
10/5/96: BEING A GIANT
18/7/96: IMAGE CONSULTANT
1/3/97: MEDIEVAL TORTURE VICTIM
1/5/97: DRIVING INSTRUCTOR
16/5/97: CRISP MAKER
10/10/97: PRACTICAL JOKES
17/11/15: CHARITY WORKER
20 JANUARY 2020
It's another four Biffovision columns for you in this update. Not many left to go before we complete the collection now! Here's the latest batch: 170 (Christmas 2006), 171 (January 2007), 173 (March 2007), and 174 (April 2007).
13 JANUARY 2020
Tonight's update is a double-double-header. No, I'm not stammering; nor is it what Shaun Ryder calls a really-well headed goal in the game of football - it means we have two things twice, or something. Regardez: two new editions of Digi have been recovered in the forms of 22/4/00, (thanks to Tim Bisley) and 11/7/00 (courtesy of Andrew Nile); plus another two Biffovision columns in these shapes: 167 (October 2006), 169 (December 2006).
6 JANUARY 2020
Bon anniversaire! The first update of 2020 is here! Here is the first update of 2020: the next four Biffovision columns are ready for you now. Here they come, look: 160 (March 2006), 161 (April 2006), 162 (May 2006), and 163 (June 2006). Here!
30 DECEMBER 2019
Happy New Annus! In the words of BW in this update, how was your festive? Well, the festive isn't over yet, as here's one last big present for you: a full 10 (nearly) complete editions of Digi! That's 417 new images in total, sarge. Go on and start 2020 the right way by showering yourself in the brown goodness: 24/9/94 (thanks to Andrew Nile), 1/1/95 (thanks to Alistair Cree), 15/7/95, 23/3/96 (both thanks to Tim Bisley), 14/9/96, 20/2/01, 12/3/01, 13/3/01, 11/8/01, 1/9/01 (all thanks again to Andrew Nile). Toot-toot! Well done.
23 DECEMBER 2019
Your yuletide update is in the shape of this shape: the Biffovision shape. Four more columns have been added like a selection pack of "choc", in these varieties: 155 (November 2005), 157 (Christmas 2005), 158 (January 2006), and 159 (February 2006). Have a lovely festive break, everyone!
9 DECEMBER 2019
It's Biffovision time again with this update, and another four of Mr Biffo's Edge columns have been added to the archive: 145 (January 2005), 146 (February 2005), 148 (April 2005), and 149 (May 2005). Thanks to John Veness for providing images for issues 145 and 146.
4 DECEMBER 2019
The teletext recovery dream team of Tim Bisley and Andrew Nile has come up trumps again, with another five complete editions of Digi - adding 243 more images, and sending us over 11k in the archive. And what a great batch they are - we see here for the first time since September 1993, the near-mythical, phallic-haired EastEnders crooner, Danny Taurus! Watch out, here they come now: 24/4/93, 18/9/93, 30/4/94, (thanks to Tim Bisley); 12/8/00, 4/12/00 (thanks to Andrew Nile).
2 DECEMBER 2019
We're heading back to Mr Biffo's 'Biffovision' columns for Edge again this time: his articles from issues 141 (October 2004), 142 (November 2004), 143 (December 2004), and 144 (Christmas 2004) are all now available. Thanks to John Veness for providing images of the latter two, where things take a turn very much for the 'Biffo'...
28 NOVEMBER 2019
And the hits just keep on coming! There's another nine complete/near complete editions of Digi for you in this update, plus a little extra one-image find from early '93. We have a full 269 images in this haul, so you'd better get started: copious thanks as ever to Tim Bisley (for providing Digis from 22/1/93, 1/1/94, 21/11/95, 10/5/96, 16/5/97, 10/10/97) and Andrew Nile (for 31/3/98, 22/7/99, 4/11/99, 23/3/01). You fine fellows are doing Important Work and we're all extremely grateful.
25 NOVEMBER 2019
There's another four of Mr Biffo's 'Biffovision' columns for Edge magazine in this update - specifically, from issues 134 (March 2004), 135 (April 2004), 138 (July 2004), and 139 (August 2004). Many thanks to John Veness for providing images of 134 and 135 for me to transcribe.
21 NOVEMBER 2019
Time for another Digi bonanza, as we have yet another eight full editions and 300 images, with eternal thanks once more to those superstars of teletext recovery, Tim Bisley (18/7/96, 24/6/97, 21/2/98, 4/4/98, 6/3/99, 15/12/99) and Andrew Nile (7/2/98, 20/2/02). There's so much great stuff in these ones, so you'd better waste no time and get stuck right in.
18 NOVEMBER 2019
It's a break from Digi recoveries for this update - right now we return to adding Mr Biffo's column for Edge to the site. Editions of Biffovision circa 2003 from issues 126, 127, 128, and 129 are all live now. And there's much more where they came from...
13 NOVEMBER 2019
The recoveries just keep coming: there's another four to add to the pile now, thanks to that ever-diligent pair Tim Bisley (17/4/93, 20/11/93) and Andrew Nile (11/10/99, 16/2/02). Thanks to these gents we're racking up Digis at the double!
7 NOVEMBER 2019
Another deluge of recovered Digi has just burst through the pipes, and it's Tim Bisley (31/3/93, 14/6/93, 6/3/95, 6/4/95, 8/4/95, 5/4/96, 1/3/97, 25/2/99) and Andrew Nile (1/5/97, 21/9/02) who are responsible for getting us emphatically over the 10,000 images mark. Better call a plumber, I guess.
2 NOVEMBER 2019
Time to strap in, because this is quite the update. A full 8 (EIGHT) editions of Digi been added to the Vault: 23/4/93, 7/8/97 (both thanks to recovery newcomer Tim Bisley, who has also converted the Larry Bundy Jr photo from 30/1/98 into teletext form), 31/10/97 (thanks to Jason Robertson), and 27/7/98, 31/7/98, 4/11/00, 2/2/02, 15/3/02 (all ecovered by Andrew Nile). This has all turned up a fair bit of extra material, so we have the following Man Diaries added to the archive - Giant Clam, Puffy Jacket, Cereal Manufacturer - plus 4 more Morse & Lewis pics, and 2 very early Snakes outings on the Tips page. On top of all THAT, I've also unearthed the letter to Mr Biffo from Teletext, giving him the gory details about Digigate, which I've linked to on the Timeline page, added a question about Ring-sir! to the FAQs, and finally - thanks to that 1993 edtion of Digi above - given The Man Who Taunts Fear his proper teletext image on the Characters page. That should all keep you occupied for a bit...
17 OCTOBER 2019
Yet more teletext recovery heroics from Andrew Nile have given us another eight full editions of Digi that have just been added to the site: 25/7/98, 13/10/01, 10/11/01, 19/1/02, 4/5/02, 2/7/02, 9/11/02, 14/12/02. That's 369 new Digi images. Crikey, aren't we being spoilt?
5 OCTOBER 2019
A major new page has gone live in this update - there now exists a comprehensive set of Digitiser FAQs, with full Mr Biffo endorsement and trivia contributions!
22 SEPTEMBER 2019
Another four full editions of Digi have been added to the Vault, all from 2001, once again courtesy of Andrew Nile: 25/5/01, 26/5/01, 12/12/01, 15/12/01. On top of that, we now know that it wasn't only the pages of Super Control that The Man appeared in, but Mega Drive Advanced Gaming as well - I've found myself with five issues of containing Digi-related material, with the images all added to the Super Control page. And? And! With The Man's Daddy being victorious in the recent Digitiser Characters World Cup that I ran on Twitter, he posted a whole load of new jokes in celebration - which have been added to his joke page. Hurrah!
12 SEPTEMBER 2019
It's a real mixture of an update tonight, starting with the unearthing of a new Man With A Long Chin comic strip, from the pages of Super Control #10 - the last issue of the Maverick mag to be published, in March 1994. We also have another four editions of classic Teletext Digi added to the archive thanks once again to Andrew Nile: 21/6/97, 13/10/00, 22/1/02, 8/3/02. That's 159 more images in total between them. These recent additions to the Vault have yielded four new Man Diaries, which I've transcribed and are now included in the Man Diary archive: Paranormal Investogator (24/1/97), Human Guinea Pig (31/1/97), Freak Show Owner (7/2/97), and Hairdresser (21/6/97). On top of that, there's a couple of new Morse & Lewis images at the start of their page, and new Reveals of Cracker and a Man's Daddy-style joke. Yessssssss!
5 SEPTEMBER 2019
A brand new feature has just been added to the site in the About Digi section - a brief guide to Digi and its history, to help fill people in on its remarkable story (in briefer terms than the tens of thousands of words in the timeline feature!).
3 SEPTEMBER 2019
We have more wonderful Digi recoveries from Mr Andrew Nile for you tonight - five full editions, and 198 new images of goodness are waiting for you: 7/2/97, 30/10/00, 9/11/00, 5/4/02, 17/7/02.
24 AUGUST 2019
Another 168 images from five full editions of Digi have been added to the Vault, thanks once again to the VHS recovery powers of the marvellous Andrew Nile - 24/1/97, 31/1/97, 22/3/02, 7/10/02, 11/1/03.
13 AUGUST 2019
This is an especially engorged update tonight - not only do we have Andrew Nile's latest Digi VHS recoveries - 4/7/93 (featuring DIY "Kelly" and the Comic Trolley!), 11/7/93, 17/1/97, 6/6/02 - but I've also added a whole load of material from other recent recoveries. Which means: the 1993 and 1998 Christmas Pant-ohs, a Christmas 1998 Ring-sir!, loads of Snakes, including their 1998 'Christmas special' and few more from those halcyon in the run-up to the release of The Phantom Menace; a little more Morse & Lewis, a couple of reveal-ohs featuring The Devil, who I've added to the Characters A-Z along with Connis The Cow-bag, Fat Nost, The Quoon; a clutch of extra Digi Top 10s - and - And! These here Man Diaries:
6 AUGUST 2019
This site now has its very own 'About' page! Originally written for the Chunky Text teletext service that ran at Chunky Fringe on the afternoon of Digitiser Live, you can now read The Story Of Super Page 58...
4 AUGUST 2019
What have we got for you today? Only another seven full editions of recovered Digitiser, thanks to the continuing outstanding efforts of Andrew Nile. A total of 252 new Digi images have been added to the Vault, from 9/4/94, 3/1/97, 10/1/97, 29/6/99, 1/3/02, 5/10/02, and 2/11/02 - and that last one is historically significant, capturing the moment when the humour started to return post-Digigate. We now have over 8,000 images from more than 600 editions of Digi. That's around 1,500 more images than when the archive launched less than three months ago - maybe we will get everything one day after all.
28 JULY 2019
Another decent update for you tonight - this time it's a transcript of the 2005 Retro Gamer feature on Digi. It features an interview with both Mr Biffo and Mr Hairs - possibly the first time this has been done - and covers a nice amount of Digi history.
25 JULY 2019
How was Digitiser Live for you? What a superb show. Thanks to everyone who came to Chunky Fringe in the afternoon, too. The first post-Digi Live update is ready for your eyeballs - and they're in for another treat. We have seven new (nearly) full editions of Digi in The Vault thanks to both Jason Robertson and Andrew Nile: 6/5/94, 1/8/97, 25/12/98, 16/5/99, 24/12/00, 24/12/01, and 9/9/02. Go look now, as there's some brilliant stuff - especially in the 25/12/98 edition, which is surely ultimate Digi: a Pant-oh, Ring-sir! AND Snakes Christmas special. Don't cuss Relapse, man.
13 JULY 2019
Now - I hadn't planned on updating again before Digitiser Live. But that man Andrew Nile had something to say about it - specifically, that he'd recovered four full editions of Digi from Christmas 1993 to be added to the Vault. Including the first ever Digitiser Pant-oh, Chinderella! Oh yes - strap yourselves in, because here we go: 20/12/93, 24/12/93, 25/12/93, 27/12/93.
4 JULY 2019
It's another pleasingly bulbous update for you tonight: we have a grand total of 316 new Digitiser images across 8 editions now added to The Vault. Courtesy of TV Whirl Terence, we have an incredible early edition from 19/2/94; Andrew Nile gives us more top notch work: 26/6/01, 26/1/02, 11/3/02, 4/7/02, 13/8/02; and I've even found a near-full edition hidden in the depths of Archive.org from 22/2/97; plus a single screen of Mr T's Problem Page from 18/7/00. I'm shocked at how many are still coming in - thanks to the continuing the sterling efforts of the recovery heroes. On top of this, and in some cases as a result of them, I've updated the characters A-Z page with images of Dr Tina (plus a better bio) and LAPD (AKA NYPD); added a new Top 10, and a single image of The Snakes showing how they deal with wasps that stray onto their patch. That do it for you? See you at Digitiser Live on the 20th - do come and say hello!
28 JUNE 2019
The characters A-Z page has finally been updated! That's right - only took 18 years to do it. It's chock full of new names and images, so you better go check it out right now, man.
12 JUNE 2019
That man Andrew Nile has been busy again, and that's very good news for us! His recovery heroics have gifted 169 new Digi images to the Vault, across 4 editions - 3 of which are complete, and the other is just missing a couple of frames. These editions are: 2/4/99, 21/4/00, 11/11/00, and 15/9/01. Andrew is really coming up with the goods at the moment, and isn't showing any signs of slowing down, so be sure to thank him - he's doing a brilliant service to the community.
2 JUNE 2019
Well, it's a lovely big update tonight, with hardly an area of the site going without. This is all due to work on the Vault having unearthed a number of extras that needed to be added. We have new stuff in the Digi Top 10s, Edward Lear limericks, fake adverts, reveals, Snakes, Morse & Lewis, Zombie Dave, Super Control images from issue 9, two more Man Diaries (Practical Joke Fun from 30/5/98, and Department Store Santa from 18/12/97), and the backer special episode of Digitiser The Show has been added (which features me and my big face - see the 15.32 mark). Not only that, but less than a month after it launched, we already have a whole load more recovered Digi screenshots to go in the Vault: five full editions and a handful of other images. They are: 2/4/99, 4/1/00, 22/10/01, 27/2/02, 26/10/02 (courtesy of Andrew Nile, who's given us our first glimpses of Digigate-era pages with the 2001 and 2002 editions there), 30/5/98 (thanks to Jason Robertson), and 22/2/00, 30/8/01, and 22/9/99 (thanks to the wizadry of Alistair Cree - who also re-did his recoveries from 17/3/97 for us so they're even nicer). Gratuitously huge thanks to all for their contributions.
11 MAY 2019
It's here! It's here! It's finally ready! Yes: after more than eight months of work, Super Page 58's Digitiser screenshot archive - newly entitled The Digitiser Vault - is here. Ready for you to browse to your heart's content. The largest collection of full Digitiser pages anywhere on the internet is right here waiting for you to dive in.
The archive would not have been possible if not for the extraordinary efforts of a number of people. Eternal thanks go to Jason Robertson - The Teletext Archaeologist himself – for his incredible contributions to the community, including a large number of editions of Digitiser; Alistair Buxton, for uncovering many editions of Digi, and for creating the original code that allowed the recovery of teletext from video tapes in the first place; Dan Farrimond for being a legend of teletext art, a cornerstone of the community, and for his Digi recoveries; Ant Purves for making an astonishing number of editions of Digi available; Alistair Cree for his fantastic efforts, allowing us to see a number of key editions, and for general encouragement and support; Wagoo for saving dozens of TV card teletext files of truly classic Digi for over two decades; TV Whirl Terence and Alan Wilkinson for their recoveries of Digi from the early 2000s; David McCaffery for having the foresight with his old Digi-Me-Do page to save screenshots from a TV card - and to everyone else who contributed images to this archive, who remain unknown or anonymous. We’re all grotesquely grateful.
Thanks also to Paul Dunning for his help locating more archived images and ensuring they could be displayed in the best possible way, David Walford for the lovely Who-pics, and to the most excellent Matt Barney – long-time friend of Super Page 58 – for his invaluable technical help, which dramatically shortened the amount of time it took to finish creating this archive.
11 FEBRUARY 2019
Zing! Biffo has re-uploaded episode 1 of Digitiser The Show, now remastered with the sound and frame rate issues resolved, so I've updated its corresponding page on the site. You can embed-it-up all you want now, guy.
31 JANUARY 2019
Hello Graham! And also hello to non-Grahams. Look: it's the first site update of 2019. It wasn't all just a 2018 wonder! And what do we have for you on this chilly January evening? Well for starters, there's new images from issues 4, 5, and 6 of Super Control, featuring The Man's comic strips, a Q&A - and! - the full unexpurgated Digitiser/Super Control Lard Challenge! Only three issues of Super Control featuring Digi remain to be tracked down (8, 9, and 10), so if you have or know of any, then by all means please do mail me-up here: firstname.lastname@example.org. As if that weren't exciting enough, thanks to Alastair Buxton's fine work recovering teletext from old video tapes, a number of new Morse & Lewis images have been added to their page - including the classic reveal-o-story that featured Cracker. He does like cakes. Elsewhere, a whole 'slew' of Christmas-themed Man's Daddy jokes have been added - 36 in total, plus another four courtesy of The Man himself, from the period (1997) when his Daddy was on unexplained hiatus. Finally, thanks to another teletext recovery hero - Alistair Cree this time - we have one more new Man Diary added to the archive: 17/3/97 - Stage Magician. Go get 'em, kid!
(What's that? The screenshot archive? Yes, it is very much still happening - it gets a little bit closer to coming into existence every day. It's just that I miiiiiiiight have underestimated quite the amount of work that was involved. Sit tight, though, it'll defiitely turn up at some point.)
16 DECEMBER 2018
And so we reach the end of Digitiser The Show series 1, and what a blast it's been from start to finish. Episode 6 is up on the site now, and I've also added all of The Man's Daddy's jokes that have appeared throughout the episodes too. All together now, one last time: moc-moc!
9 DECEMBER 2018
Episodes 4 and 5 of Digitiser The Show are now on the site. I've also added the 2018 advent calendar images to the reveal-o-page - one of which is of The Man's Daddy, so I've also added that joke to his page.
25 NOVEMBER 2018
Episode 3 of Digitiser The Show is now up. This episode is commonly known as the one where Paul Gannon nearly dies.
18 NOVEMBER 2018
Digitiser The Show episode 2 has been added - why not go and play along with Mockety-Moc?
6 NOVEMBER 2018
It may not be the screenshot archive yet (work continues on there), but this update should keep you going for a while. Thanks to the rediscovery of a huge cache of recovered Digi screenshots (thanks to Alastair Buxton and all who helped locate them), we have a nice big update for you: 25 Man Diaries have been added (see below), 2 editions of Ring-sir! from 1997 and 1999, what seems to the first ever Rapping Shoe rap from October 1997, 4 new fake adverts - including 1995's Rock Meister, the rock answer to 'Das Techno Zone' - and a whole load of Digi collaboration images from the recently-acquired issue 3 of Super Control. I've even updated the Digi timeline with a few corrections and clarifications that this collection of screenshots were able to illuminate (good luck finding them in there, mind...). There's loads to get through, so you'd better start digging in:
-22/12/93: WALK ON! WITH PAT WALKER
-20/5/94 - 24/5/94: OLD FOLK IN THE ATTIC
-31/5/95: HOSPITAL PORTER
-23/6/95 - 24/6/95: HYPNOTISED COPPERS
-29/7/95: CENTRE OF THE EARTH
-?/10/95 - 1/11/95: HALLOWEEN PARTY
-2/11/95 - 3/11/95: IN LOST PROPERTY
-4/11/95 - ?/11/95: ROMANCE GUIDE
-?/2/96 - ?/2/96: HIS WOODEN SON
-29/3/96 - ?/?/96: NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
-?/4/96 - ?/?/96: ON INSECT ISLAND
-?/5/96 - 2?/5/96: BEING A SUPERMODEL
-30/5/96 - ?/6/96: BEING DOCTOR WHO
-?/9/96 - 4/10/96: ENGLISH/OVERSEAS TEACHER
-?/11/96 - ?/?/96: LIMERICK RECITALS
-?/2/97 - ?/2/97: FREAK SHOW OWNER
-20/6/97 - ?/6/97: HAIRDRESSER
-13/9/97 - ?/9/97: BLUE PETER
-24/10/97 - ?/10/97: PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR
-?/11/97 - ?/11/97: ROMANCE GUIDE
-27/12/97: FESTIVE FUN
-20/2/99 - ?/2/99: MONKEY TEACHER
Only a small update for you this time, as I'm concentrating on harvesting Digi screenshots for the upcoming archive feature. Nevertheless, there have been a few little tweaks to the Digitiser timeline of events, and I've added the two recent fake adverts that Biffo produced for National Teletext Day.19 SEPTEMBER 2018
This is going to be the last update for a litle while as work will soon begin on the world's first consolidated, fully catalogued and indexed Digitiser screenshot archive, which will come before the end of the year. As for this update, we have a mammoth set of Man Diaries, with all of the Digitiser 2000 entries being added, plus a couple from the very earliest days of Digi on Teletext - see below. There's also three more fake adverts (including 'Das Techno Zone 3'!), and an extra little Rapping Shoe rap for you. Why, I've even found the time to add a couple of extra items to the Digitiser timeline of events. Good, eh?
-24/5/94: OLD FOLK IN THE ATTIC
-11/3/95: WORKS ON A GHOST TRAIN
-13/11/14 - 15/11/14: UKCP AND BROWNAROUND
-1/1214 - 3/12/14: FATHER CHRISTMAS
-9/1214 - 11/12/14: VLOGGING
-1/1/15 - 2/1/15: BACK TO THE FUTURE
-18/1/15 - 20/1/15: BEING A MURDERER
-6/2/15 - 8/2/15: HOW TO BE AN INVENTOR
-23/2/15 - 25/2/15: DANCING WITH MADONNA
-20/3/15 - 22/3/15: TOP GEER PRESENTER
-15/4/15 - 20/4/15: AVENGER
-24/4/15 - 26/4/15: MOLECULAR GASTRONOMY
-21/5/15 - 23/5/15: EUROVISION
-27/7/15 - 29/7/15: JAPAN
-1/12/15 - 3/12/15: MISERY AND GREGGS
-23/3/16: BACK IN TIME
-29/4/16: WORKING IN A SAUNA
-6/5/16: MAYOR OF LONDON
-20/5/16: POOING ON THE QUEEN
-27/5/16: ANDREW LLOYD-WEBBER'S CATS
-10/6/16: MALE STRIPPER
-17/6/16: BODY PARTS RESTAURANT
-29/7/16: HORROR WRITER
-1/1/18 - 2/1/18: TIME MACHINE
-3/1/18: QUEEN SINGER
Right, this is a big one - for the last three months I've been working on putting together a comprehensive Digitiser timeline of events. And it's finally done - for the first time ever, we know dates and order for key events. I couldn't have done this without the input and guidance of Mr Biffo, and the information provided by so many Teletext sites and recovery geniuses like Jason Robertson.And especially to the lovely David Walford for the image of Dr How. Thanks to you all. Enjoy!
3 SEPTEMBER 2018
It's another fine crop of Biffovision columns for you this week, with four more being added to the site. And? And: I've only gone and managed to acquire a whole 'slew' more for the purpose of the transcription purpose. Those will be coming soon, but possibly not just yet, for other plans for new content are afoot. This is what we have for you right now, though:EDGE #165, AUGUST 2006 - IS SONY HISTORY?
EDGE #166, SEPTEMBER 2006 - REFUND, SIR?
EDGE #168, NOVEMBER 2006 - DOES GAMING NEED CELEBRITIES?
EDGE #172, FEBRUARY 2007 - IS LENGTH EVERYTHING?
27 AUGUST 2018
Happy Bankuss! There's another four editions of Biffovision for you to gorge yourselves on today, plus I've added an image from the November 1993 issue of Super Control about Digi and The Man to the collaboration page. There be beasties (Biffovisions) here:EDGE #147, MARCH 2005 - GIRL TALK: IS YOUR BOYFRIEND A VIDEO GAME ADDICT?
EDGE #153, SEPTEMBER 2005 - SECRETS AND LIES
EDGE #156, DECEMBER 2005 - LISTING BADLY
EDGE #164, JULY 2006 - FEELING GREEN
20 AUGUST 2018
The Biffovision archiving continues: another four of Mr Biffo's columns for Edge have been added to the site, and there are still plenty more where they came from (I am quite literally in a transcription frenzy at the moment). See? See here:EDGE #133, FEBRUARY 2004 - ON STAYING 17 AND GROWING BREASTS. KIND OF...
EDGE #136, MAY 2004 - WORK, DAMMIT
EDGE #137, JUNE 2004 - SCRIPT FOR A TESTER'S TEAR
EDGE #140, SEPTEMBER - A TALE OF TWO DAVIDS
13 AUGUST 2018
First up: hello to all the fine Digi folk I met at PlayExpo London at the weekend. It was lovely to finally make contact with your carporeal selves. Second up: we have another four Biffovision columns for your delectation! Reading them back as I was transcribing the copy, it's remarkable how prescient some of them still are - and in some cases, how little things have changed in 15 years...
EDGE #125, JULY 2003 - TOO MUCH, TOO SOON - AND WE'RE ALL PAYING FOR IT
EDGE #130, DECEMBER 2003 - ISN'T IT ABOUT TIME LARA CROFT WAS SACKED AS A VIDEOGAME FIGUREHEAD?
EDGE #131, CHRISTMAS 2003 - GAMES ARE NOT BOOKS OR FILMS. DISCUSS
EDGE #132, JANUARY 2004 - JOHN: WE KNOW HOW TO BEHAVE! WE'VE HAD LESSONS
7 AUGUST 2018
Wha? Wassat? 'Wha' 'at' is, is the first update of August. And we're now archiving Mr Biffo's monthly columns for Edge - Biffovision. The first four they published are live now. I've also gone and added new menu images for most of the content that didn't previously have them, and done some general site admin and stuff, but that's not interesting, so never mind that and just focus on Biffo's writing, alright? Alright:
EDGE #121, MARCH 2003 - THE ACCIDENTAL JOURNALIST
EDGE #122, APRIL 2003 - MR BIFFO MOST DEFINITELY DOES NOT LOVE 1982
EDGE #123, MAY 2003 - OKAY CLASS, TURN ON YOUR PS2S AND TURN TO LEVEL FIVE
EDGE #124, JUNE 2003 - THE GAMES INDUSTRY CAN EAT SHIT AND DIE
31 JULY 2018
The final update of July sees the cast of Digi's correspondents join us, as a whole page of the best letters to Digi has been added (of course, the criteria for 'best letters' being 'best replies from Digi'). All the old favourites are there: Hardy, Dantendo, Fassbender (lie). As a consequence of this page going up, I've also been able to add the last ever letters page to the 'final Digi' section, so that's now entirely complete. Don't be the king of the mess-ups: go read them now.
25 JULY 2018
This one has it all. As updates go, it would be easier to list the pages that don't have new content - but that's a stupid thing to do, so I'm just going to tell you what's changed instead. Get this down your face-hole: characters-wise we have more Zombie Dave, more Snakes, more Morse & Lewis, more Rapping Shoe, and more Mr T. There's even another three Man's Daddy jokes from New Year's Day 1999 (they're the ones immediately before the Edward Snowden joke). Plus? Plus! Another Ring-sir! has been added, from the final week of Digi in 2003; a whole slew of extra joke adverts are now present (including classics such as Totally Turts And Phants and The Tea Prancer) more reveals are on board, and I've even found the time to add some new photos from Biffo's March 2003 Digi leaving do. On top of all THAT - we even have another NINE Man Diary entries for you - see below. I need have a lie down after all that...
- -19/6/95: WEEKEND 17/18 JUNE
- -4/10/96: OVERSEAS TEACHER
- -11/10/96: CARTOON PRISON
- -13/4/97: VAMPIRE HUNTER
- -4/7/97: "BRIT-POP" BAND
- -18/9/98: UP A TREE RECORD
- -16/10/98: GORILLA WATCHER
- -30/10/98: CROW MUSEUM
- -6/11/98: JACK FROST
19 JULY 2018
The mission to continue documenting the major hallmarks of Digi continues: today's update is a brand new page of reveals! Obviously, with more than ten years of Digitiser having been produced, this is far from complete - but there's some lovely stuff in here, and I'll be adding to it as more gets discovered. Reveal button chak-chak? Chak-chak-reveal-chak-chak!
12 JULY 2018
On 4 July I was lucky enough to be invited up to watch a day of filming for Digitiser The Show. To say it was a fantastic experience would not be going nearly far enough - and you can now read a full report of the day's filming, complete with photos, to find out exactly why. Oh, and to learn about how the show's coming along too, that bit's interesting as well, I suppose.
10 JULY 2018
There's something a bit different for you in this update: we now have Morse & Lewis reunited and on their own page, plus a new page parading Digi's joke adverts from down the years. But that's not the really exciting thing! The really exciting thing is this thing: Paul Mallinson, ex-staffer of SNES mag Super Control in the early-to-mid '90s, has provided a wealth of pictures from their crossover with Digi during that time - and I've collected them together in a gallery page. So we have a few of The Man's comic strips, illustrations by Mr Biffo, and even an extra previously-unseen photo from the 1993 Digitiser / Super Control Lard Challenge. This is super-rare stuff, man: hardly anyone has seen it for years. And now it's here (here). Bo!
3 JULY 2018
A whole load of different stuff for you in this update - we have a few extra outings for not just Zombie Dave and The Snakes (scroll to the bottom of their pages for two updates each), but Mr T as well. He also has two more messages for you - go down to the bottom of the first section, above the problem page, and you'll find them both. On top of that, there's a few more Digi top 10s, and there's even some more Man Diaries from 1998 to for you to enjoy:
- -11/8/98: CLOWN HOSPITAL
- -16/8/98: KING OF THE SEA
- -25/8/98: PEARLY GATEKEEPER
- -30/8/98: FREAK SHOW
- -10/10/98: PIXIE HUNTER
- -23/10/98 AND 24/10/98: BIG TOMATO
26 JUNE 2018
Hot on the heels of The Snakes, now it's Zombie Dave's turn to get a page all to himself! This should bring smiles to the faces of his putrid friends among the living dead, all frrrrrgn wrrrrrnggggrrrrrrz, and anyone else in fact.
21 JUNE 2018
This is the moment many will have been waiting for since this site's return - including me. Yes, prepare to be cussed bad, as The Snakes get their own page at last. You can thank @wagoo on Twitter for sending me a bulging sack full of old TV card files, mostly from 1998, which captured a whole load of the reptilian duo's earliest appearances on Digi - including the very first one, on 11 August 1998. Massive respect, man.
13 JUNE 2018
There's a real treat for you in this update: the 10th anniversary article that Edge published about Digi in January 2003 has been added to the site in its full 5,000+ words glory. And there's more where that came from...
4 JUNE 2018
We've nearly exhausted the available Digi that's out there on the web to be archived, but there's still some more for you in this update. We have 11 limericks from that crazy Edward Lear guy, and a whole bunch of spoof scripts: five Star Wars, five EastEnders, and three Planet Of The Apes. All the latest stuff has been added to the bottom of the pages - it dates from July to September 2001, so like the recent Man Diary updates, this comes from the final days before the shadow of Digigate was cast across the land. As far as future updates go, I still have a lot of transcription to do as there are plenty of quotes to be added, but after that we'll be moving onto completely new pages of content for the site. Mmmm!
1 JUNE 2018
A mixed bag for this update, with a variety of stuff from the final days of Digi on Teletext from 2003. The last 13 Man Diaries to be published are now available (from the days where he only had half the usual space, as he was sharing a pages with the tips), along with The Man's Daddy climactic four jokes from Digi's big blowout last week on air (search for 'kraken', and they're the next four down). And! Not only that, but we get a couple of outings from Mr T as well! Once more, this is from the last week of Digi from March 2003 - search for 'homebuyers' to find the two that have been added. Now is the time for the listing of the Man Diaries:
- -13/12/02: CHOKED ON A CHRYSALIS
- -14/1/03 - 16/1/03: ARCHANGEL
- -17/1/03: HISSSSSSSSS
- -27/1/03 - 30/1/03: ZOO
- -12/2/03 - 14/2/03: HENHOUSE
- -4/3/03: WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE
30 MAY 2018
The final 19 Man Diaries of 2001 have been added to the archive tonight - these are the last ones missing for the whole year, and cover the 'golden period' that spanned summer and early autumn 2001, before Digigate kicked in and all the funnees vanished. There would be no more from The Man until late 2002, when Teletext conceded that they'd been idiots and allowed Biffo to restore Digi to its former glory.
- -20/6/01 - 21/6/01: DISEASE SPECIALIST
- -6/7/01 - 11/7/01: ZOOKEEPER
- -24/7/01 - 25/7/01: FLAMENCO DANCER
- -14/8/01 - 16/8/01: BRASS BAND
- -30/8/01 - 31/8/01: MONKEY SALESMAN
- -5/9/01 - 7/9/01: ICED YAMS STALL
- -1/10/01 - 3/10/01: HINGE MUSEUM
28 MAY 2018
Today we have a total of 52 Man's Daddy jokes added to the site, mostly from 2001 (do a search for "gruel" - they start directly underneath), which bump up against the infamous Digigate Teletext-enforced culling of humour. From my research, this seems to have come into effect around 15 October 2001, which corroborates Biffo's memories of how things played out. Thanks to Craig Cooper-Flintstone for sending me the ones about tomatoes etc. which he'd saved, as well. We also have a few more Man Diaries, this time from 1999, to add to the growing collection:
- -?/1/99 - 28/1/99: ANIMAL ORCHESTRA
- -29/1/99 - ?/?/99: STAGE HYPNOTIST
- -?/2/99 - ?/2/99: CRASH TEST DUMMY
- -?/2/99 - ?/2/99: DIMENSION EXPLORER
25 MAY 2018
Another big Man Diary update for you today, this time with 31 editions from 1998. In amongst them are extra entries for Wormery Owner, from 20/4/98, and Giraffe Journey, from 24/4/98. You can thank the nice Mr @wagoo for many of these, who supplied a bunch of old PC TV card files that he'd saved back in the '90s. While I don't have the software to access them properly, I was at least able to get at the text by opening them in Notepad. If anyone can open and display teletext VTP files, then I'd love to get your help in viewing them properly - not least because there are a few full runs of The Snakes' outings on the weekend letters page that it would be brilliant to have on the site. Mail email@example.com if you fancy doing a good deed.
- -?/1/98 - 16/1/98: ROBOT DESIGNER
- -?/1/98 - 22/1/98: PRACTICAL JOKES
- -20/4/98: WORMERY OWNER
- -24/4/98: GIRAFFE JOURNEY
- -?/6/98 - ?/6/98: CELEB STAND-IN
- -?/6/98 - ?/6/98: MAN AND GRETL
- -?/7/98 - ?/8/98: ESKIMO
- -?/8/98 - 1/9/98: FREAK SHOW
- -2/9/98 - ?/9/98: BIG-UDDERED COW
- -?/10/98 - ?/11/98: CROW MUSEUM
- -?/11/98 - 5/11/98: AFRICAN AMBASSADOR
- -6/11/98 - ?/11/98: JACK FROST
- -?/11/98 - 12/11/98: CACTUS SALESMAN
- -13/11/98 - 1?/11/98: BROWN SAUCE FACTORY
- -1?/11/98 - 21/11/98: MINNIE THE MONKEY
- -2?/11/98 - 30/11/98: PUNCH AND JUDY
- -1/12/98 - ?/12/98: PATENTS OFFICE
- -?/12/98 - ?/12/98: VET
23 MAY 2018
Twelve Man's Daddy jokes have been added - the first three on the page are from 1995, and the last nine (before the page gets into The Man's jokes at the bottom, after his daddy's) are more recent, from Digitiser 2000 (including the January 2018 25th anniversary material). Zing-zing-zing-zingers!
21 MAY 2018
Four editions of Ring-sir have been added to the site - two from 1995, one from 1996, and the special 2018 '25 Years Of Digitiser' run-out for Phoning Honey. The 'New TV Show' transcript is missing the last one or two pages, so if you have have them, please do mail firstname.lastname@example.org with them so it can be completed.
- -2 SEPTEMBER 1995 - OUR INVENTIONS
- -7 OCTOBER 1995 - OUR FUNNY GAMES
- -27 JANUARY 1996 - NEW TV SHOW
- -4 JANUARY 2018 - ONLINE HELPDESK PRANK
19 MAY 2018
The Man Diary archive has been updated again with 27 editions from 1996:
- -3?/12/95 - ?/1/96: VISITING DADDY
- -10/1/96 - ?/1/96: BEING A VET
- -27/1/96 - ?/?/96: BEING AN A&R MAN
- -?/2/96 - ?/2/96: HIS WOODEN SON
- -?/2/96 - 21/2/96: BEING A COWBOY
- -22/2/96 - 4/3/96: FAST-FOOD FRANCHISE
- -5/3/96 - ?/3/96: CRUISE SHIP CLOWN/IMPRISONED ON SHIP
- -?/3/96 - 20/3/96: RUNNING A JOKE SHOP
- -21/3/96 - ?/3/96: BEING A SMUGGLER
- -?/6/96 - 2?/6/96: LANDSCAPE DESIGNER
- -2?/6/96 - ?/?/96: BEING A JEDI KNIGHT
- -31/7/96 - ?/8/96: BEING A BAKER
- -1?/9/96 - 21/9/96: CAVEMAN
- -22/9/96 - ?/?/96: BOUNCER
- -?/?/96 - ?/10/96: OVERSEAS TEACHER
- -4/11/96 - ?/11/96: HOLIDAY CAMP ENTERTAINER
8 MAY 2018
The Man Diary archive has been updated with a whole raft of entires from 1995 - older than any previously on the site, including some gems featuring Prints and Frank Butcher.
Here's the full rundown:
- -20/8/95 - 2/9/95: WITH PRINTS
- -4/9/95 - 9/9/95: DOG FOOD FACTORY
- -13/9/95 - 19/9/95: AT THE FISH FARM
- -20/9/95 - 2?/9/95: AT HIS FRIEND'S
- -2?/9/95 - 2?/9/95: AND HIS BOARDGAMES
- -2?/9/95 - ?/10/95: WORKS IN ADVERTISING
- -?/10/95 - ?/10/95: WORKING ON A PLANE
- -?/10/95 - ?/10/95: BEING AN EXORCIST
- -?/10/95 - ?/10/95: HALLOWEEN PARTY
- -?/11/95 - ?/11/95: ROMANCE GUIDE
- -?/12/95 - 20/12/95: GERMAN CELEBRITY/TV PRANKSTER
- -21/12/95 - 2?/12/95: SANTA'S ELF
- -25/12/95: FRANK DIARY - WITH FRANK BUTCHER
- -27/12/95: OLD PRESENTS
- -28/12/95 - ?/12/95: CHRISTMAS VIDEOS
5 MAY 2018
The in-depth feature on the feud between Digi and Mean Machines Sega was added. As was this very update page; a new page to cover Digitiser: The Show; a dedicated contact details page to make it easier to "engage" with me; and a Super Page 58 sitemap to help with navigation if the links aren't accessible for some reason.
13 FEBRUARY 2018
After nearly 17 years without an update, Super Page 58 came back with a full site redesign and relaunch. Actual new content was even added. Including! The final ever edition of Digitiser from 9 March 2003; a nascent Ring-Sir! archive, which wasn't covered before; plus the 1995 Digitiser Pant-Oh. We're back, Daddy!