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VMPhil9,983 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Seems Elliot Fletcher has apologised to Five Star after 30 years, as a direct result of the TOTP Facts Twitter account tweeting the video on Thursday:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-49794167

Erm, I thought it was quite clear that Twitter account was set up as a parody and is now pretending to be the real Eliot Fletcher. Kind of surprised that BBC News would report it as a news story.


In fact, a quick look at the account brings up this conversation: https://twitter.com/eliotfletcherr/status/470125831214231554
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Neil Jones5,631 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Anyway why is this even a story? Somebody swears on Going Live and they suddenly feel sorry about it 30 years later? Assuming this is the real Fletcher, why is he apologising now?

Pretty sure most of us do stupid things at 13 years old, but have either completely forgotten about it or did any required apologising for it up to a week later. That's the sort of thing that gets you bargaining kudos in the playground. After you leave high school it just looks sad.
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Inspector Sands13,963 posts since 25 Aug 2004
I think Eliot is now a TV director, his name in Imdb includes TOWIE.

Of course the other notable thing about that clip of him and 5 Star is that a young Michael Mcintyre is sitting in the background of the clip.

Quite an episode of Going Live that one as its April 1st and there was a great April Fool where Philip demonstrated a device that was essentially a voice controlled mp3 player.
james-20015,395 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
4/8/88 (the infamous All About Eve episode) scheduled for the 11th October. No mention of All About Eve in the episode description though, maybe they just don't want to draw too much attention to it, hopefully they'll leave it in.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00095kw

Rumours abound that someone at the BBC realised they actually do have a proper PasB of 23/6/88 (even though they used it for the Eurythmics performance in Big Hits 1988) in addition to the mute link/caption free copy, but seemingly came too late for them to be able to slot it into the schedule (unless there ends up being a last minute change on Thursday). The existence of the mute copy seemingly confused someone into thinking it was the only copy. Still no sign of a proper PasB of 14/7/88 turning up though.
james-20015,395 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Quite an episode of Going Live that one as its April 1st and there was a great April Fool where Philip demonstrated a device that was essentially a voice controlled mp3 player.


Also, that edition of Going Live was immediately followed by this:



I notice whenever they show clips of that on various shows we see Des shouting at someone in the gallery to sort it out, which as you can see here wasn't actually broadcast, presumably the "fight" was pre-recorded, and they decided not to air that bit. I guess pre-recording it was needed in case Des corpsed!
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Hatton Cross3,325 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
And for the first time, I've noticed the first line of the introduction makes no sense! He basically trails something for the week afterwards.

It almost certinally was a pre-rec, because (and I'm right in saying the opener most weeks was pre-recorded as it set the whole stall out for the afternoon, so had to be flawless. US sports shows do this as a matter of routine) for the whole sequence/joke to work, Des had to play it straight, the sound effects from the scuffle had to be clear and yet let the visuals do the distracting work for the viewers and for the timings to work exactly.
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kernow1,390 posts since 18 Jan 2006
A rather big fib appears to have been told on this weeks 7th July 1988 edition of TOTP.

Anyone else checked and discovered it?


Glenn Medeiros' 18th birthday?

According to Wikipedia, he was actually born on 24th June.
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