Discovered to our dismay yesterday that DVDs do not last for ever. The makers of Restoration Man, Tiger Aspect, had kindly sent us DVDs of our two episodes - the original restoration and the re-visit. Neither will now play, sadly for us. Googled it, like you do nowadays, and it appears this is a well known problem - especially if DVDs are left exposed to light.
But all was not lost, our re-visit programme is still on the Channel 4 website at
The link itself may eventually go so I must discover how to create copy DVDs - which will be kept in a dark place for posterity. Maybe.
All is not lost - far from it. Right up there on our third floor - the roof room - is a Personal Video Recorder about which I had quite forgotten. It makes no noise or fuss. It just does what it is told.
I looked at its library today and, lo and behold, there was our original Restoration Man programme, and our re-visited programme,safe, sound and very viewable. In fact it has recorded every single Restoration Man episode - and every Father Ted, and every Foyles War and much more besides - 350 hours of television in all and there are still 117 hours-worth free.
I expect if I r.t.f.m.* I shall discover how to put our programmes onto clean DVDs - to be kept henceforth in the dark.
* r.t.f.m. read the f-----g manual.