->''"Gentlemen! I have bad news. This room is surrounded by film!"''
-->-- ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''

From the very beginning of regular television broadcasting in Britain in 1936, up until the 1980s, British TV drama and comedy shows were made using multiple electronic (video) cameras in studios. That was fine for the interior scenes, but when it came to location shooting, the cameras and (after their introduction in 1958) videotape machines were so big and heavy they needed large outside broadcast trucks to transport them to the location, to say nothing of the complex power supplies providing their multiple operating voltages. The cameras also required very high light levels to avoid picture noise, which compounded the impracticality of working with them on location. Consequently, many shows used 16mm film and audio tape recorders for exterior footage, since the equipment was much more portable (often battery-operated) and film was easier and more forgiving to light and could be edited easily. This meant that interior and exterior shots have a completely different look.

Although somewhat jarring to today's younger audiences, the lack of visual continuity was taken as normal by British viewers (and overseas viewers of British imports). There were exceptions: for example, as early as 1975 ''Series/DoctorWho'' was occasionally produced on videotape, even for on-location exteriors. In the US and West Germany, most shows were done completely in either film or video, while most other countries avoided outdoor shots as much as they could until the arrival of colour TV and U-Matic tape in the 1970s.

By the mid-1980s, this dual format began to be phased out as so-called "outside broadcast" cameras became more efficient. Productions therefore began to adopt either completely filmed or completely videotaped formats. It almost completely died out in the late [=2000s=], as productions switched to using HD video cameras, which gave a look in-between video and film.

An unfortunate side-effect of Video Inside, Film Outside is that it has rendered most, if not all, of these productions unsuitable for high-definition remastering.

The rough American equivalent is the [[http://news.cnet.com/8301-33620_3-57410231-278/the-soap-opera-effect-when-your-tv-tries-to-be-smarter-than-you/ "soap opera effect"]], so named for the fact that many soap operas are shot on video to save money. This is chiefly a problem that comes up with top-of-the-line high-definition televisions, which have features designed to smooth out motion blur that, effectively, double the frame rate and produce an image reminiscent of a daytime soap. Or a British videotaped costume drama.

!!Examples are far too numerous for a comprehensive list, but include:


[[folder:British examples]]


[[folder: 1960s ]]

* ''Series/NotOnlyButAlso'' - notable in that the colour videotapes were wiped and only the film sketches survived.
* Future Creator/MontyPython members Creator/TerryJones and Creator/MichaelPalin appeared in several late 1960s series using this technique for which only the film segments survive after the videotapes were wiped for re-use, including ''Twice a Fortnight'' and ''The Complete and Utter History of Britain''.


[[folder: 1970s ]]

* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' has several sketches {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing this.
** "Society for Putting Things on Top of Other Things". A character (on videotape) looks out of the door. The moment he does so the scene switches to 16mm, and he declares, "Good Lord, I'm on film! How did that happen?" After repeating the experience with the room's other doors and windows and determining that they are "surrounded by film", the characters come up with the idea to dig an underground tunnel; while not actually shown, it would have worked because such a scene would have been filmed on set and thus on video.
** A sketch in which Creator/GrahamChapman's army officer character tries to halt a sketch that's on film. "You can't stop this sketch! We're on film!" "Well, that doesn't make any difference to the viewers at home, does it?"
** The sketch immediately following the first appearance of the Spanish Inquisition, where Graham is recruited by a BBC executive, played by Creator/JohnCleese, to be TheStraightMan in another sketch. As they walk toward the location of the other sketch, Cleese observes that "We're on film at the moment."
* ''Series/{{Porridge}}''
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''
* ''Series/{{Colditz}}'': Except for the final episode (which was entirely on film). The series also used it for effect like ''Doctor Who'' - the Colditz courtyard was a studio set, shot on film to reinforce the idea it was outside.
* ''Series/DadsArmy''
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' got into this in a big way in the 1970s after spending the 1960s preferring to shoot everything, even "outside" scenes, in a studio on video.[[note]]Though even then there were occasional exceptions, with the show's first film-outside moment occurring in the last story of the first series.[[/note]] In the 1980s, as technology improved, it transitioned into doing location shooting in video as well. It's been commented that ''Series/DoctorWho'' fans are rather good at spotting the difference because of the levels of use. (It should be observed that the quality of the film stock used on the show was grainy and poor.) It would be less noticeable on black and white episodes, which only exist as film copies of the original videotapes - except that for remastering purposes a technique called [=VidFIRE=] was developed, in order to restore the smoother 'video look' exclusively to scenes shot in the studio. Ultimately, due to a combination of difficulty with some film stock towards the end of his first season, as well as a severely reduced budget, starting with Creator/ColinBaker's second and final season, and lasting the whole of Creator/SylvesterMccoy's tenure, the series was shot exclusively on video.
** Due to a strike, the first Creator/JonPertwee story, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace Spearhead from Space]]", was shot entirely in film. The result of this was that "Spearhead from Space" could be remastered for, and released on, Blu-Ray, which no other Classic ''Who'' will ever be able to be unless the EnhanceButton becomes reality.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]", The first Creator/TomBaker story, actually shot a handful of exterior scenes in video, to aid with the special effects needed in that serial.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E3TheSontaranExperiment The Sontaran Experiment]]" was all shot on videotape despite being set entirely in a BBCQuarry. This was for several reasons - one was to save money as it was a [[BottleEpisode two-parter with virtually no budget]] that ended up in the season as an artifact of the new production team's desire to abolish the 6-parter format, and the other was as an experiment to see if it was possible to do everything on video from then on. (Until 1986, it wasn't.)
** For the serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E2PlanetOfEvil Planet of Evil]]", interior scenes were videotaped in the studio and exterior scenes on the alien planet were filmed on location -- the location in question being another studio, namely Creator/EalingStudios, which required the use of film as opposed to videotape at the time.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E3TheStonesOfBlood The Stones of Blood]]" was another story that used videotape for location sequences long before this was the norm. Mostly this was just due to the director's personal distaste for mixing video and film, but it did come in handy when the circle of stones that the story focuses around had to be recreated in the studio for the sequences set at night, which would have been ''much'' more obvious had the daytime sequences been shot on film.
** "Twice Upon A Time" caused some InternetBackdraft from a few highly esoteric corners of ''Who'' fandom due to the 1960s footage being used in that story not having been [=VidFIREd=].
** Sometimes used for effect:
*** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E2TheCurseOfPeladon The Curse of Peladon]]", the arrival sequence outside the Citadel is shot on film despite being in the studio in order to give it the sense of being a real place.
*** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin The Deadly Assassin]]", reality is all video with smooth motion and bright (some would say rather lurid) colours. When the Doctor enters the {{Cyberspace}} nightmare-world, it's all film, including the few studio shots (such as the MiniatureEffects with the crocodile), with everything in a drab and muted, grainy colour palette (helped by the cheap and nasty-quality film) with the exception of the Doctor's [[EyeOpen ridiculously blue eyes]]. The whole effect is to indicate unrealness to everything there except for the Doctor's mind.
*** In the serial "[[Recao/DoctorWhoS20E2Snakedance Snakedance]]", a 'ritual' segment set in wilderness yet clearly produced in studio is shot on film to ''appear'' as if it had been shot outdoors. (And/or to subtly emphasise the trancelike nature of the ritual by introducing a visual disconnect.)
* ''Series/TheOnedinLine''
* ''Series/TheGoodies'' played with these limitations somewhat by having most of the dialogue-based scenes filmed indoors in videotape, while a lot of the filmed outdoor scenes were silent (with a Bill Oddiefied score) experiments in slapstick comedy. Averted in the three Christmas specials which were entirely on film, and have obviously ADR-ed dialogue.
* ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'' with the exception of ''The Revenge of Jedikiah''.
* The Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries had this.
* ''Series/FawltyTowers''
* ''Series/TheSandbaggers''
* ''Series/ToTheManorBorn''
* ''Series/SapphireAndSteel'': The third serial, revolving around a strange family living in an apartment building, uses film for establishing shots of the building and for a sequence set on the building's roof, and video for all interior scenes. (The other serials are video-only, with even the outdoor scenes being studio sets.)
* ''Series/SecretArmy''
* ''Series/SomeMothersDoAveEm''
* ''Series/OpenAllHours''
* ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey''
* ''Series/TheGoodLife''
* ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine''
** Only the first 12 series were made this way. Series 13 was shot entirely on video, from Series 14 the studio audience was dropped and the show was produced entirely on film (until the move to HD in the mid-00s anyway).
* ''{{Series/Survivors}}'' was notable for averting this trope by filming a large percentage of its run entirely on location, a first for the BBC and unusual even today. Much of the camera work ended up being carried out by the Outside Broadcast team, who normally covered sports fixtures or concerts.
* ''Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall''
* The ConceptVideo for Music/DavidBowie's "D.J." (1979) uses this, with the side effect that it furthers the contrast between the title character's public and private lives. On the filmed city streets he's happy, confident, and surrounded by his fans, but in the videotaped studio -- where he's presumably alone -- he's having a dangerous mental breakdown.
* ''Series/MindYourLanguage'' is known for this as well, and it particularly stands out as the outdoor film shots are grainier than the indoor video shots.
* ''Father Brown'' (ATV version starring Kenneth More.)
* ''Edward VIII'' (aka ''Edward the King'' in the USA). Because of the show's perceived prestige, as a CostumeDrama about UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily, the exterior footage was shot on more expensive but better quality 35mm.
* ''Series/VanDerValk'': First two series only, where the exterior location footage was shot in and around Amsterdam while interiors were taped at Teddington Studios. Subsequent series were shot entirely on film in the Netherlands, except for one episode that was shot on location in London.


[[folder: 1980s ]]

* ''[[Series/{{Blackadder}} The Black Adder]]'' (the first series). The later series simply didn't feature any location shots, apart from the title sequences of ''Blackadder II'' and ''Blackadder Goes Forth'', plus some aeroplane footage in ''Blackadder Goes Forth'' which was [[StockFootage taken from]] the 1976 film ''Aces High''.
* ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'', except for the episodes "To Hull and Back" and "Miami Twice", shot entirely on film (and minus LaughTrack). However, there were also a few instances where outside scenes were actually shot on videotape; "As One Door Closes" (during the graveyard scene) and "The Jolly Boys' Outing" (where Del, Rodney and Uncle Albert are looking for a hotel to stay in) are examples of this.
* ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' (The 1981 BBC version.)
* Early seasons of ''Series/RedDwarf'' show this during the rare scenes in which the crew is not inside the Dwarf.


[[folder: 1990s and later ]]

* ''Series/OneFootInTheGrave'', from start (1990) to finish (2000).
* ''Series/WaitingForGod''
* ''Series/AsTimeGoesBy'', only for the first series.
* It's quite noticeable in ''Series/MrBean'', especially as the outdoor scenes are much more fast-paced (usually involving driving) than the slower and more meticulous studio scenes.
* Part of the {{Retraux}} feel of ''Series/LookAroundYou'' involves accurate use of this.
* Used for {{Retraux}} for the reconstructed ''Series/DoctorWho'' footage in ''Film/AnAdventureInSpaceAndTime''.
* In ''Series/ToastOfLondon'', it is used as StylisticSuck in the CutawayGag when Toast reminisces about his time playing an alien in a 1970s episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'' - the modern-looking digital production suddenly turns to ugly-coloured 4:3 (letterboxed) footage at 50FPS. The visual effect is so bang-on that it it looks almost like dubbed old footage.
* In ''Series/AbsolutelyFabulous'' film was very obviously used whenever the episode was shot on-location overseas. In the episodes that take the cast to Morocco, France and New York City, it's pretty obvious which scenes were shot on film (mostly anything outdoors that could not easily be recreated in a studio) versus the scenes still ''set'' overseas but shot on videotape in a TV studio back in the UK. Film is also used for some of the physically smaller UK locations (such Saffy's college lecture theatre), where it was difficult/impossible to both sufficiently light the room and fit a large videotape machine inside. By the time of the 4th series (aired in 2001), scenes set in Paris and even aboard the Eurostar were shot on-location onto digital tape.

[[folder:Other examples]]
* Season 2 of the original series of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', though there are only six episodes ever recorded on videotape ("The Lateness of the Hour", "[[ChristmasEpisode The Night of the Meek]]", "The Whole Truth", "Twenty-Two", "Static", and "Long-Distance Call"), using four video cameras on a studio soundstage at CBS Television City, as a cost-cutting measure mandated by CBS programming head James T. Aubrey. However, videotape was a relatively primitive medium in the early 1960s, thus the editing of tape was next to impossible. Even worse, the requisite multicamera setup of the videotape experiment made location shooting difficult, severely limiting the potential scope of the storylines, so the crew had to abandon the videotaping project.
* ''Series/GilligansIsland'' was shot entirely on film. However, while the island was a soundstage, everything on the water had to be filmed at a certain L.A. lake, so the film stock changes.
* ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall''.
* The early seasons of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' mixed video in the scenes with American actors with film in the Japanese ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' footage. And fitting the trope name, most of the former is on soundstages and the latter on outside locations (specially [[BBCQuarry the quarry]] every single Toei production uses for fight scenes!).
** An even more obvious example came from ''[[Series/PowerRangersInSpace In Space]]'', ''[[Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy Lost Galaxy]]'' and ''[[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue Lightspeed Rescue]]''- all three had various interior sets (mainly the Astro Megaship and the interiors of Terra Venture's command tower and the Lightspeed Aquabase) which would be shot on tape, but however they did it, it would have even smoother-looking footage than the normal American stuff.
* The Chemical Brothers' music video for "Let Forever Be", directed by Creator/MichelGondry, uses videotape for the real world scenes, and film for the fantasy sequences where the girl in the video imagines herself as part of a troupe of dancers. Gondry has said this was an homage to said British television shows.
* Happened during the early seasons of ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'', excepting for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6pH4glSGIk one episode]] where the entire cast involved themselves with a huge Ottawa-based charity walk.