What’s new? Everything!
For our 25th anniversary we’ve completely rebuilt TVARK. We’ve re-thought the lot, moved to a new server and built – from the ground up – a proper place for our decades of work. Along the way we’ve taken care to preserve the familiar TVARK experience that so many told us they missed. Returning visitor or first-timer, we’re immensely grateful that you’ve come to have a look.
Most won’t notice any change to the graphic design of the site and we were keen to keep it ourselves. Everything beneath its surface is new nonetheless. The world has taken to living in its phones since we established our style, so the rebuild introduces a TVARK that’s just as lovely under your thumb as it is on a laptop.
You’ll find thousands of new posts waiting for you, now that we’re back. Quite early on in our rebuild video uploads to the site resumed. Our VHS warriors have kept themselves busy as the new site rose round them.
The team has also been stepping up in terms of research. For the new clips especially, detailed data is laid out right below each video on the new site. Added to that, a load of effort has been put into improving the metadata on the forty thousand videos posted in years past.
Another modern adaptation is our use of AI upscaling to magick extra detail into some of the older clips. TVARK now has the nicest-quality examples of classic telly you’ll find anywhere and the number of finessed clips just keeps going up. We can’t keep our hands off our own vids and that’s no bad thing!
Our teletext service SPARK has remained online during construction, as have our social media posts to Facebook, X and Instagram. We’ve begun posting to Mastodon, Bluesky and Threads as well, while everyone waits for the current social media free-for-all to settle down. We also found time to launch our new TVARK Forum, when our friend Rob Francis closed his popular TV Live forum. With all those services ticking along, we’ve never really been away.
The latest new thing on TVARK is our fully-built Talent section. It’s got loads of pages of biographical details for the creatives behind the clips, including offsite links to their own online offerings. Of a few features planned for the old site, Talent is the one we chose to carry forward. It’s allowed us to better focus on our core content and our mission to reliably deliver it.
It’s a huge relief to have a television museum that suits the resources available to manage it. It’s still a lot to do on a non-profit budget and it’s doubtless added new quirks to any hiding in our older content. Please reach out and contact us if you spot anything out of place. We welcome all your feedback as we welcome you in to enjoy the brand new TVARK!