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Teletext R Podcast, 15th April 2021 – Ian Irving (Ceefax/Intelfax)

If you’ve ever seen a teletext animation, there’s a very good chance Ian Irving had something to do with it. Arguably the world’s first teletext art superstar, he pushed the boundaries of the medium’s artistic capabilities in its formative years.

As a member of the original Ceefax team, Irving revolutionised the service with a variety of colourful header graphics, cartoons and illustrations as the medium grew from a novel experiment to a cultural and technological tour de force in the 1970s.

Participants: Dan, Carl and Ian Irving

This interview was originally broadcast as part of the #WeeklyTeletextArt livestream on 15th April 2021.



0:00 Intro
3:00 Teletext (Ceefax) and art in the early days
12:00 Ian’s website: teletext font designs, archived pages
15:00 Hands Up!
23:30 4-T The Dog
29:58 Ceefax and emergency broadcasts
35:40 4-T meets Turner? & 4-T fan feedback
43:00 More about Ceefax’s beginnings & Colin McIntyre
51:30 Any chance of a comeback for 4T the Dog?


4-T’s website (hosted by Ian) can be found at

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Teletext artist and head mad scientist at the UK Teletext Art Research Lab (TARL). | hello [at] teletextart (dot) co *dot* uk |

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