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james-20013,676 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

The Secret Story of the BBC Christmas Tapes

and the 1987 Central Christmas Tape contained an outtake with Rik Mayall from Hardwicke House, in particular from one of the episodes that was never aired.


And as a result has made it into a lot of cockup shows, even though as you say the episode was never shown! And it's quite likely the producers of these shows don't know where the clip's from either.
james-20013,676 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

Top of the Pops

This is another of the times I really miss the BBC4 TOTP tweetalongs, they tweeted so much interesting stuff including part of the PasC (or PasB for live episodes) logs, which amongst other things told us what studio was used (moving between studios 3, 4, 6 and 8 from week to week), and likely would also have noted which episodes were made in stereo too.
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james-20013,676 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

Top of the Pops

Someone on DS said that this week's BBC4 episode sounded like it was in stereo- possibly the first one (barring the 1000th episode in 1983)? Though it wouldn't have been broadcast that way originally if it was made in stereo anyway. I imagine the BBC were upgrading the studios at TVC to stereo at the time, so it's possible episodes began being made that way, depending on whether they were done in a stereo studio or not.
james-20013,676 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

BBC One Christmas 2018

At the risk of sounding like a broken record ( I seem to point this out every year) - the BBC were restricted back in the day in that their Christmas idents were physical models that were set up in Pres B. Tying that studio up for a few days over Christmas was ok, but using it for any longer would have caused problems.


Though I'm sure if they really wanted to they could have filmed the models and played the recording rather than doing it live, so would have been able to keep them on air for longer.
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james-20013,676 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

YouTube Gold


And for completeness, probably posted before but what the heck, here is the said excellent Monkhouse documentary:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sifN_zrLLKA


I never liked that story Joe Pasquale gave about Bob while he was dying and was delerious talking about aliens and a Woolworth reciept. I'm not sure why either he thought it was appropriate to tell it, or why the programme makers thought it was appropriate to include.
james-20013,676 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

YouTube Gold

Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones' 1988 Christmas special, Alas Sage and Onion. The original broadcast apparently had a scene featuring a plane crash cut, due to it being shown shortly after news of the Lockerbie bombing, which must have been a real last minute edit. The scene was restored when the programme was released on DVD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEXUfENQCOE


A very early example of an indy production completely cocking up the BBC logo at the end of the show, which became very common in the 90s!
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james-20013,676 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today

The decline of BBC News online

The piece is clearly puff, but is in the entertainment section.

The integration of the Newsbeat copy is clearly the most jarring of the lot though, which can make the casual BBC News reader wonder what the hell they're reading.


Ah, but there's limited space on the internet, you see.


Well, the internet isn't that big
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