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RDJ1,914 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

When Gameshows Go Horribly Wrong

Yes, how did we get through five pages without mentioning that beauty.

I've seen a clip of Bradley Walsh's Wheel Of Fortune where a contestant spins the wheel the wrong way, completely buggering the mechanism and writing off the rest of that day's filming.


I think that was on 'It Shouldn't happen to a Gameshow host'.
I remember the wheel making a big clunk noise and stopping very quickly. Then you see men lying underneath the wheel as they fix it.

I do hope someone uploads the 'It Shouldn't happen....' series on to YouTube. It was repeated many times and the only one on Youtube is the Newsreader episode.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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RDJ1,914 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

Newsnight Disco

Just as the lights went off the first time, there were a lot of chime noises in the background, sounding like someone was using a touchscreen to control something.

It's definitely worth a watch, in any case - I don't think they had more than a couple of minutes of stable lighting.


I heard that. It was getting faster and faster until the lights just blew.

Also when the full house lights came on, it make the studio look like a bright daytime TV show being broadcast in the afternoon. Surprising what a few lights can do!
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
RDJ1,914 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

Eurovision 2017

Why is there such a big gallery team located in the UK?

As far as I understand, they would only be displaying British relevant graphics (as well as blocking advertising), monitoring the televotes and controlling the spokesperson feed. Yet they have a full gallery team on board?
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
RDJ1,914 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

UK General Election

GMB have just been behind the scenes of the studio of tonight's ITV Election Debate.

It's the same set and podiums as 2015. Indeed you can tell that it is exactly the same as they're still displaying the old UTV logo in the background and on the podiums. I wonder if they will notice before 8pm?
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
RDJ1,914 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

When Gameshows Go Horribly Wrong

Danny Kendall's death scene on Grange Hill is another example of this.

Clips on YouTube of the episode in question show's his lifeless body slump out the car with a close up of his face as it fades to black. A lot of people state that they remember on the original broadcast that he actually blinked, presumably as to not to scare younger viewers who might be watching at the time.

Indeed just like the Snake Charmer, I believe this was discussed on another show who may have shown an amended clip. I believe Channel 4's 100 Greatest Kids TV Shows may have shown this clip as I vaguely remember some discussion about the actor blinking on the death scene in question.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
RDJ1,914 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

Eurovision 2017

You only have to look at the UK chart positions of the songs we send in order to tell you if we're being robbed or not.


2016 - Joe & Jake - 81
2015 - Electro Velvet - 114
2014 - Molly - 23
2013 - Bonnie Tyler - 93
2012 - Engelbert Humperdinck - 60
2011 - Blue - 16
2010 - Josh Dubovie - 179
2009 - Jade Ewen - 27
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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RDJ1,914 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

BBC News Channel Presentation - 21/03/16 onwards

Was that former Thames TV announcer Tom Edwards during Hugh Pym's NHS cyber attack report on the Ten? He was referred to as "Tom" - no aston appeared.


Did look very much like him! Unmistakable gravelly voice.


Not looking quite as suave in a dressing gown and cannula in his hand. I hope he does get better from whatever he is in hospital for.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
RDJ1,914 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

Eurovision 2017

As Mel handed back to the stage for the interval act, it had already started behind her by at least 20 seconds but then they cut to the start. Are the links filmed during the rehearsals or have the BBC got the stream on a time delay? I don't really understand how they managed it.

They just delayed the live broadcast for this part. There was an ad break after it so they could easily cut into this.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
RDJ1,914 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

The One Show

The Prime Minister is on the show today and there's been some amendments to the set because of this.

I can see that there is no view outside so presumably the blinds have been pulled down, and some extra screens have been placed in the middle to cover up the blinds.

I presume this is to prevent any paparazzi from photographing through the window or to prevent any security incidents.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
RDJ1,914 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

Good Morning Britain

I wouldn't be surprised to see GMB share a studio with This Morning, though that might be problematic on the occassions when GMB is extended through to 9.25am (didn't they even go to 10.30am once?).

Grays Inn Road is a good call but I don't know if they'd get away with a virtual set for GMB.


They broadcast until 10.30am unexpectedly due to the Brussels bombings last year. Otherwise the latest it broadcasts is 9.25am at about a rate of once a year.

Obviously they are able to switch over the Lorraine studio to the Loose Women studio in the space of 3 hours and they're two very different sets. If they kept it to just minor modifications I'm sure they could switch the GMB set to the This Morning set in a space of 2 hours. Usually the times when GMB extends to 9.25am, an ITV News Special usually replaces This Morning and the whole morning schedule anyway.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
RDJ1,914 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

UK General Election

Why are they not using Sky Mobile?


The SIM's will only be used for submitting the results, therefore those SIM's are all Pay As You Go.

Sky Mobile is only available on contract. And only uses the O2 signal. Therefore if somewhere doesn't have a good O2 signal then they're in trouble. Hence why they have both O2 and Vodafone SIM's available.

Also the network is only a month or two old. Sky would never want to face the embarrassment if it was their own network that caused their results to come in delayed.
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
RDJ1,914 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

The new NEW Central West and BBC Midlands thread

As a set I think it is a nice change. But this was their chance to give the programme a total revamp with the backdrop, music and titles, just like other regions have done when they have revamped.

But alas it still looks practically the same as what they had before, just minus a desk. The set would look a lot more impressive if they didn't decide to use exactly the same backdrop as before.

To compare the two main presenter shots, you'd barely know anything has changed, though you can see there there has been a tinkering with the colouring.

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Though they are using the weather screen to its full advantage as a walk up reporters screen complete with a new podium.

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Last edited by RDJ on 2 May 2017 6:49pm - 3 times in total
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006
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RDJ1,914 posts since 25 Oct 2003
Central (South) Midlands Today

The new NEW Central West and BBC Midlands thread

Same backdrop if slightly amended, looks very small, no change to the titles, not keen on the sofa. Bit disappointing really.

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It looks like a smaller version of the East Midlands Today set.

Though the sofa won't really work when Midlands Today only has one presenter on at any one time. It's going to look pretty lonely.
Last edited by RDJ on 2 May 2017 1:44pm
Central News South
January 9th 1989 - December 3rd 2006