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Neil Jones5,127 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

YouTube Gold

YouTube seems to have started trying to eliminate black bars completely where possible when you play videos through the browser, and it just looks incredibly odd when you're so used to seeing that sort of material with black bars at the top and bottom. I came across a 2.35:1 ratio film of something a short while back and it was so awkward to watch without black bars I had to blow it up to full screen to get them back.

I still (and probably never will) have no sympathy for people who think squashyvision and stretchyvision are acceptable ways to watch archive TV programmes though.
Neil Jones5,127 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

The Crystal Maze

Its an interesting choice, the original show made a deal out of "four adventure time zones" (until Ocean came along) but the choice of games for it may make it look like a mismash of styles. Time will tell.

Re: Budget, well Crystal has never been cheap. The original show was apparently £125k an episode.


I recall reading the original plan was for the 4 zones to change every series, but the sheer expense of filming a single episode meant only the Industrial Zone was changed, a few series in.


There's all kinds of things they wanted to do and then never did for one reason or another:
https://www.buzzfeed.com/patricksmith/to-the-crystal-dome

But yes, the original set cost a fortune to build and another fortune to run, it ate electricity like there was no tomorrow.
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Neil Jones5,127 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Channel 4

E4 music only came about because E4 used to be full of live coverage of the Big Brother house (indeed Big Brother coverage was the only reason the channel came on air during the day) and when a series of Big Brother ended Channel 4 needed something to fill the gap on E4 with, hence E4 Music and this trailer:


Ironically enough when 4 Music came along, E4 Music disappeared shortly afterwards.
Neil Jones5,127 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Favourite TV Breakdowns

I don't doubt what you're saying, but I'm not aware of any particular reason why it would change just for one episode, it's documented they had a string of players ready for both sides (indeed this is how the Jive came about, somebody got bored and was waiting his turn). I have an abject feeling that if there were two "white player" contestants and only one "blue player" contestant then it was more likely to be probably a special or an insert in something else or maybe a spoof?

However that being said, the Sky One version (from 2000) inverted the positions around, so the quizmaster (Liza Tarbuck in that particular incarnation) was on the right, the players were on the left and the twin pair were on the left of the players row with the single on the right as you looked at it. It was the only incarnation of the show to do it that way, everything else was the traditional route. However that was never aired on ITV (the 1994 Sky series was but STV didn't take it).
Neil Jones5,127 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

TV Forum

Ah, the famous Scunthorpe Problem, right? Where an innocent word happens to contain a swear word?




Seems to have attracted a big list of "affected" media in the comments, though half of me is interested to know what game apparently censors "hello" (see the "Generic User" comment), but the other half says they've just made that up for hope of "being" the top comment on a Tom Scott video...
Neil Jones5,127 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Popular Programmes in 2000

ITV held the day of promise (to this day I'm unsure what the company got out of that, it was a telethon to pledge promises rather than money)


"make a mark on history", apparently.


Although looking at some of the promises on the featured plaque, quite what some people were on is even more mystifying than what ITV were going to get out of the scheme. But yes, it was a very strange thing that died on its arse.
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Neil Jones5,127 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

BBC News Channel Presentation - 21/03/16 onwards

I don’t know if people still try and avoid the results to watch MOTD highlights but if they do, they will won’t have liked that.

“Can Man City do the treble, join us after the news”
The BBC News now, with Kate Silverton
“Man City win the FA Cup”


Surely it's common sense to note that if there is a news bulletin after Eurovision and it was FA Cup day (and the Treble was in the offering) it was almost certainly going to have top billing regardless of who won, and therefore that begs the question of why would one continue to watch a news bulletin if they're waiting for the highlights programme?
Neil Jones5,127 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Eurovision 2019

Possinly. That and a nul point would probably see bye bye UK.


How would it mean "bye bye UK" when we qualify automatically?

In terms of the BBC withdrawing because the whole habouring murderers of British citizens issue.


Best result of the entire night, I've just spotted you've being banned for a week for being an idiot.
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Neil Jones5,127 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Eurovision 2019

And that is why they are millions of people whose life is stressed out by the mocking tones of the technopille's towards those who are a little less technologically skilled.


Let's be honest here, how much technical know how do you need to click on a link, click on another link and then click on the big "print" button? Programming a VCR is more complicated.

What do you want exactly, somebody from the BBC to come round your house and print a score card for you because you can't?
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Neil Jones5,127 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Eurovision 2019

The Eurovision scorecard on the BBC website don't work. Impossible to print properly. When put into landscape using Firefox it misses off the total box for the entire second half of the contest (replaced with a white strip). On goggle Chrome it's even more useless as Chrome doesn't give you the option to put it in landscape anyway.
Having to handwrite them instead.
I also miss a bit from the front but that is due to the ink being incorrectly fitted in my printer.


I might be a bit late to this party but whatever.

Yeah I hardly think saying "ink is incorrectly fitted in my printer" adds any disambiguation as to where the problem lies here (how can you "incorrectly fit" ink? Either it goes in or it doesn't, there's no halfway house!)

Firefox chopping off part of the document is almost always caused because you haven't told it to fit to the page so you're keeping it at 100% or whatever and its too big for a sheet of A4.

As for the "issues" you mention in Chrome, Chrome does not get to 60% of the web market share by not being able to print in landscape. in PDF mode it will usually default to the best option going if you print the PDF from the browser which for the scorecard is a single sheet of A4 in landscape mode. If you are not seeing this then it means your printer default configuration is wrong and Chrome will not know any better, so until you fix the underlying issue it will also affect your Firefox too.

As for "complain to the BBC", yeah good luck with that, nobody else has had a problem and any computer that's set up properly (and correctly) can open and print that document in about three clicks. The fact you can't suggests there is an issue with your setup and all Auntie will do is point and laugh and tell you to go away.

TL;DR - problem is an ID:10T error Very Happy Smile
Neil Jones5,127 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

TV Forum

Can I just ask for the reasoning for having a swear word filter? We're all grown ups surely?


Not everybody.
fellow TV Forum member Ethan05 has posted on Digital Spy previously and already admitted to being 12 years old, having being introduced to us from there for some reason I can't recall. Since Master Ethan posts on there and on here on the same sort of topics, its safe to assume its the same individual.

The chap who did all those "Slash TV" mocks in the Gallery a while back I think was only about 15 and I'm sure there is at one other member who's at least 14.

Now that being said, this is not Neopets or CBeebies, but I seem to recall Google can drop you down their listings if your site is full of material the spiders don't like:
https://www.freewebheaders.com/full-list-of-bad-words-banned-by-google/

However I dare say there is nothing that been said here that your average 13 year old hasn't already heard in comprehensive/secondary school playgrounds.
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Neil Jones5,127 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Jeremy Kyle Axed

Makes me wonder if they will pull production of Judge Rinder at some point as well


Why would they pull Judge Rinder?

Issues relating to pressuring people to be on the show?


Judge Rinder works on an emotional level, granted, but primarily you go there because somebody owes you money and you want it back, seems to be the common reason for TV courts. You don't go there because you think your brother's nephew's sister's Uncle Quentin is unfaithful and want lie detectors and DNA tests to prove that.

Presumably Rinder works in the same way as Judge Judy does, in which you get an appearance fee and agree to abide by the courts decision without an option to go back to a "proper" court at some point in the future unless its dismissed to allow that. Presumably there's the "sign your life away" clause that gives ITV carte blanche to air the thing day in, day out all over the world without consulting you first, the fact your relationship dies in the meantime is not their fault.
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Neil Jones5,127 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Jeremy Kyle Axed

As for Jeremy Kyle - I'm guessing there is no intention of ITV to air the unaired episodes from the wording of their statement. What will be interesting is whether they sell on the rights at some point once it's all died down and some digital channel gets the show that was banned from British television.


Plausible, it happens semi regularly in the US (more so with individual episodes of series that ABC/CBS/Fox/NBC don't air but they turn up on Adult Swim or syndication or whatever) and stuff ITV made and then didn't air got its first showing elsewhere so there is precedent for it (that and the entire opposite, effectively burying a show and then blocking all attempts years later to dig it up again).

The question is, would any of the digital channels want to buy the show for reruns since it would be a hot potato.
Neil Jones5,127 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today

Elections 2019

The choice of voting on Thursdays in the UK was made in 1913. Not everyone could vote anyway, so it didn't really matter which day was chosen.

Thursday was chosen because many of the electorate were assumed to be drunk on Fridays (when they were normally paid). Apparently we'd all be penniless and sober on Thursdays.


Only local elections in England and Wales are apparently required to be held on a Thursday, as is a general election under Fixed Terms Parliaments Act. Everything else including By elections can be held any other day (in theory) but are traditionally Thursdays.