Quote Originally Posted by flyinfiddlesticks View Post
Ah I see. I did load in a fairly dark place, with multiple curtains, but yes, I do see no frame numbers. So I guess it did see some light. Would the loading of the reel into the tank also require complete darkness? (daft question, i guess!)
Film has to be loaded in total darkness.

Quote Originally Posted by flyinfiddlesticks View Post
There wasnt any safelight, but it was during daylight, and the tank, while otherwise fairly light-tight - it does have an opening for the solution to be poured in and that doesnt have a lid, unfortunately - do you think that might affect this?
Sounds like a Paterson tank. They are made to be developed in daylight and you can pour chemistry in and out with no problems. Does the film reel sit on a central column and there's a funnel that clicks into place on top with a hole in the centre to pour chemistry in and out?

Quote Originally Posted by flyinfiddlesticks View Post
Is it okay if there is some light exposure between development and fixing? or would that harm the film too?
No, that will fog the film. it's not safe to have light on the film until after fixing.
Try again - it's a simple process once you get it right.