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The Simpsons in the UK

There used to be a really good site called "Snipsons" which detailed all the BBC and Channel 4 cuts, but it stopped being updated circa 2001, obviously long before Channel 4 was running it.

Is the site still up or has been sold to a public domain?

Sadly it's been about a decade since this [simpsonscrazy.com] was last updated. I remember contributing to either this or the Snipsons website years ago - as mentioned on there, Sky began "uncutting" some older episodes early in the year 2000, mostly those with the words "ass" and "crap" which by then were deemed suitable for pre-watershed viewing, along with several violent moments in Treehouse of Horror and Itchy & Scratchy episodes. There's posts by a 13 year old me(!) on the uk.media.tv.simpsons newsgroup noting that, as late as February 2002, a few were still edited but had been restored by June of that year. Not sure if it was a deliberate decision to remove the cuts or whether Sky simply got new copies of the episodes around this time, as the older seasons would swap between Sky and BBC2 every so often.

Words such as "*******" and "wanker" remained cut along with most edits from about the late 1990s onwards, although these were significantly reduced in edits compared to the early-mid 1990s episodes.

Most websites from 2000 are gone - only stored on the Web Archive, if at all

This is the original Snipsons site
- http://web.archive.org/web/20010512123039/www.depro.co.uk/simpcuts-1.html
- http://web.archive.org/web/20010512123833/www.depro.co.uk/simpcuts-2.html
- http://web.archive.org/web/20010627060302/www.depro.co.uk/simpcuts-3.html

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Ghostwatch: 25 Years On

Re: continuity, there was also this piece of additional reassurance later in the evening.


Oh, that's not gonna help.

Given the tragic consequences of the broadcast, and the harm it caused, it's understandable that they don't celebrate it in any way. It sounds like the main problem was a lack of communication with continuity – if they got 20,000 calls to the show's phone number, surely you'd give a disclaimer straight after the end credits. They knew kids had been watching.

Not to knock the drama itself, which by all accounts was too good, but the programme was just mismanaged, not handled sensitively or smartly. Plenty of other examples of that attitude in TV history, of course.

Maybe there's something to the theory that this could only have happened around 1992. Would BBC 1 have shown something like this in the same way in, say, the '80s?

But, as the article states, it was British Tv's last hoax, due to sites like this and social media

Couple of points there... 1) Twitter and Facebook are a hoaxer's dream, 2) TV Forum would mainly focus on the hoax's wrongly-sized logos

I reckon TV could still hoax a lot of people. For example, many viewers seem to believe that Piers Morgan is a broadcaster. Wink