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1968 Bedford KM L Marconi TV Outside Broadcast Van

1968 Bedford KM L in Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll: The 60's Revealed, Documentary, 2008 Ep. 2

Class: Trucks, Simple truck — Model origin: UK

1968 Bedford KM L Marconi TV Outside Broadcast Van

[*] Background vehicle

Owner of this vehicle: PaulM

Comments about this vehicle


stronghold EN

2009-02-26 09:16


It seems to be a modified Bedford on the right (also used/made for? Yorkshire television)
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Sunbar UK

2009-02-26 10:46


Bedford VAS I guess.

Although it does not look exactly like the Bedford badge on the front to me, Bedford is likely.

edit: The Bedford badge was replaced with a Marconi 'M', the suppliers of the outside broadcast equipment.

-- Last edit: 2009-02-26 16:28:02

Sunbar UK

2009-02-26 10:50


Bedford confirmed...

The exact TV outside broadcast van as here, NUB327F

The vehicle details for NUB 327F are:

Date of Liability 01 02 2010
Date of First Registration 05 03 1968
Year of Manufacture Not Available
Fuel Type Heavy Oil
Vehicle Colour NOT STATED

Being moved after remaining unused for some time and restored

Current owners

-- Last edit: 2009-02-26 16:04:02

Sunbar UK

2009-02-26 16:44


Minimal front overhang and 18 foot approximate wheelbase would be a Bedford SB I think?

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Comments please.

The television outside broadcast van seen here also appeared later in restored condition in "The Royal" (episode unknown).


-- Last edit: 2009-02-26 16:45:09

Animatronixx DE

2009-02-26 21:55


Current owners write it was built by the Marconi Company. Marconi actually provided the electronics, but not the coachwork.

Sunbar UK

2009-02-26 22:48


I think the coachwork is by the same company as on the BBC OB van using an Albion chassis here...



Most of the features are the same as the 1969 Albion Clydesdale BBC Colour TV outside broadcast unit [CD21] but the body maker is unknown for the BBC vehicle also.

Sunbar UK

2009-02-27 10:45


After seeing the video clip (on the current owners website) of the van being driven, the steering wheel angle, driving position and windscreen height all indicate a Bedford TK chassis. So not a Bedford SB or a VAS bus chassis based body after all, but more like the TK pantechnicon (furniture van) bodies. The size of the wheels indicate its larger than a 5 tonner.

stronghold EN

2009-02-28 02:10


Good detective work once again Sunbar ;)
I wonder why they never restored it to it's original 'YTV' colours?

-- Last edit: 2009-02-28 02:11:22

PaulM UK

2009-03-16 14:53



NUB 327F belongs to me. She's actually a Bedford KML. 32 ft long, 12 tons of dead weight! Now kitted out with operational vintage Marconi kit such that anything from 1960 to about 1985 can be demonstrated. The bodywork was designed by Basil Francis at Marconi Chelmsford and made by Road Transport Services of Hackney in 1967. The body is all duralumin and is double skinned. Marconi made these trucks for service all over the world, hot and cold, and the standard of construction is second to none. The BBC and Marconi had fallen out by this time and the BBC no longer bought their kit unless they had to. Great shame as Marconi was undoubtedly the UK's biggest exporter of capital broadcast television equipment at that time and not having the BBC 'on board' was a handicap. The BBC wanted things done 'their way', the rest of the world didn't . . . (and still doesn't).

The colour scheme and logos resulted because of the Christmas special episode of 'The Royal' that she was used for. The ITV region in the story was Tyne Tees and YTV (makers of 'The Royal') wanted us to do it in that scheme. Tyne Tees did indeed have a similar truck and although the colour is close it's not quite right. We had a great time on 'The Royal' - the episode is called 'Famous for a Day' and so was NUB 327F!

You can see this truck and my other one, Bedford VAL OOW 999G ('Southern Television') every year at the Lincolnshire Steam and Vintage Vehicle Rally in August. They are both fully powered running their vintage kit and cameras. 'Southern' was in reasonably good mechanical order on acquisition but empty. Over many years the vintage gear has been put in and made functional. The 'Southern' livery was done with the permission of the copyright holder as it has with 'Tyne Tees'. NUB 327F was in very poor external condition having stood outside for 19 years with vandals taking pot shots at the windscreen and the thickest moss imaginable all over the body! Internally the truck was almost gutted and the current internals represent several decades of the Marconi OB truck building 'art' whereas 'Southern' is a period piece from 1968 with first generation colour equipment. 'Southern' cost about 225,000 UKP (Southern built it themseleves with Marconi help) 'Tyne Tees' cost 300,00 UKP as part of a turnkey project. It's about 10:1 since then so you can do the sums yourselves . . .


Paul M

Sunbar UK

2009-03-16 15:24


Hello Paul, and thanks for the information. :)

collindb UK

2012-02-13 16:27


Hello what a surprise to see NUB 327F still in one peice and roadworthy . I was the driver - rigger with that O B van from 1976 to about 1983 when it was given away free of charge to some enthusiasts at a heart hospital complete with a few ton of equipment cables cameras lenses lights . The O B was complete and fully serviceable equipment wise when it was delivered . having given NUB away it was replaced with a long wheel based Iveco with a silenced gene on board and suitable for a small crew use. Cheers Collin

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