Letter: Tape that

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Sir: Monique Roffey ("Clive laughed, and suddenly I was sixteen again", 13 November) refers to "the live filming" of Clive Anderson Talks Back. Now what do you suppose live filming is?

If the show goes out live - in other words, in its full spontaneity - it is not going to be filmed. But it doesn't go out live; nor is it filmed: it is recorded on tape.

Videotape is as important a medium as film. It's a pity that commentators and even television practitioners have taken to describing all television as "filmed" even when it is not.

Yours faithfully,

W. Stephen Gilbert

London, N8

16 November