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Well, that has always been the case, think back to the umpteen repeats of Only Fools and Horses, Birds of a Feather and Men Behaving Badly in the past, the former especially was on pretty much every week for years on end. And those were in the days when most of the UK had four and a half channels (including C5) and people would watch the same channel all day, which absolutely doesn't happen now.

So often scheduling is less about stringing hits together than it is trying to get from teatime to bedtime as cost-effectively as possible. And with the Beeb's mantra now being fewer, bigger, better there is going to be more gap filling around the margins, but I do not believe there are significantly more repeats on BBC1 now than in previous years, even in the current circumstances.

I never understand why the go to sitcom for BBC One to repeat on a Friday or Saturday is nearly always Mrs Browns Boys, and nearly always an episode from Series 1 or 2, and never later episodes or even one of the specials.

Does BBC have a special agreement with Brendan O'Carroll on the constant repeats of the show? Brendan once said he planned to milk the cow of the show to death, and he has done. 2020 marks the end of the Christmas specials deal he had with the BBC.


There is an episode from Series 3 on tomorrow night - the 9th time it has been repeated on BBC One - pretty much all at the exact same time of night - which is about the same amount of repeats as Series 1, Episode 1. (Yes, I'm board).

I guess half of the specials aren't repeated as much due to being Christmas themed. Do the New Year eps tend to be New Year themed?


Not usually, from the episode synopsis and reviews I’ve seen.
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AN
Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)

Well, that has always been the case, think back to the umpteen repeats of Only Fools and Horses, Birds of a Feather and Men Behaving Badly in the past, the former especially was on pretty much every week for years on end. And those were in the days when most of the UK had four and a half channels (including C5) and people would watch the same channel all day, which absolutely doesn't happen now.

So often scheduling is less about stringing hits together than it is trying to get from teatime to bedtime as cost-effectively as possible. And with the Beeb's mantra now being fewer, bigger, better there is going to be more gap filling around the margins, but I do not believe there are significantly more repeats on BBC1 now than in previous years, even in the current circumstances.

I never understand why the go to sitcom for BBC One to repeat on a Friday or Saturday is nearly always Mrs Browns Boys, and nearly always an episode from Series 1 or 2, and never later episodes or even one of the specials.

Does BBC have a special agreement with Brendan O'Carroll on the constant repeats of the show? Brendan once said he planned to milk the cow of the show to death, and he has done. 2020 marks the end of the Christmas specials deal he had with the BBC.


There is an episode from Series 3 on tomorrow night - the 9th time it has been repeated on BBC One - pretty much all at the exact same time of night - which is about the same amount of repeats as Series 1, Episode 1. (Yes, I'm board).

I guess half of the specials aren't repeated as much due to being Christmas themed. Do the New Year eps tend to be New Year themed?

They used to be themed like a festive episode number 2, but more recently they aren’t

I wonder if they might be a funny length though and therefore not able to repeated. They could repeat them when they use it on a Saturday night though, although never do.

Regarding the comparison with Only Fools and Horses, there were many more standard episodes of that made though?
VA
valley
Strictly It Takes Two is being done from Elstree Studios Stage 6, with The Hospital Club having closed permanently. https://bbcstudioworks.com/news/bbc-studioworks-fundamental-in-the-delivery-of-all-new-strictly-come-dancing/
SO
Soupnzi Recently warned London London

Well, that has always been the case, think back to the umpteen repeats of Only Fools and Horses, Birds of a Feather and Men Behaving Badly in the past, the former especially was on pretty much every week for years on end. And those were in the days when most of the UK had four and a half channels (including C5) and people would watch the same channel all day, which absolutely doesn't happen now.

So often scheduling is less about stringing hits together than it is trying to get from teatime to bedtime as cost-effectively as possible. And with the Beeb's mantra now being fewer, bigger, better there is going to be more gap filling around the margins, but I do not believe there are significantly more repeats on BBC1 now than in previous years, even in the current circumstances.

I never understand why the go to sitcom for BBC One to repeat on a Friday or Saturday is nearly always Mrs Browns Boys, and nearly always an episode from Series 1 or 2, and never later episodes or even one of the specials.

Does BBC have a special agreement with Brendan O'Carroll on the constant repeats of the show? Brendan once said he planned to milk the cow of the show to death, and he has done. 2020 marks the end of the Christmas specials deal he had with the BBC.


There is an episode from Series 3 on tomorrow night - the 9th time it has been repeated on BBC One - pretty much all at the exact same time of night - which is about the same amount of repeats as Series 1, Episode 1. (Yes, I'm board).

I guess half of the specials aren't repeated as much due to being Christmas themed. Do the New Year eps tend to be New Year themed?

I agree that there aren’t more repeats on BBC One now compared to years gone by. However, I don’t remember stuff being repeated 9 times. Yes, OFAH used to get repeated loads. I specifically remember the ‘Danger UXD’ episode with the blow-up dolls was on at least 5 or 6 times in the years immediately after it premiered. The problem is there are far fewer eps of MBB compared to OFAH.
SP
Steve in Pudsey Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)

I wonder if they might be a funny length though


I doubt it. Nothing else about the show is.
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RW
Robert Williams Founding member London London
I never understand why the go to sitcom for BBC One to repeat on a Friday or Saturday is nearly always Mrs Browns Boys, and nearly always an episode from Series 1 or 2, and never later episodes or even one of the specials.

Does BBC have a special agreement with Brendan O'Carroll on the constant repeats of the show? Brendan once said he planned to milk the cow of the show to death, and he has done. 2020 marks the end of the Christmas specials deal he had with the BBC.


There is an episode from Series 3 on tomorrow night - the 9th time it has been repeated on BBC One - pretty much all at the exact same time of night - which is about the same amount of repeats as Series 1, Episode 1. (Yes, I'm board).

I guess half of the specials aren't repeated as much due to being Christmas themed. Do the New Year eps tend to be New Year themed?

I agree that there aren’t more repeats on BBC One now compared to years gone by. However, I don’t remember stuff being repeated 9 times. Yes, OFAH used to get repeated loads. I specifically remember the ‘Danger UXD’ episode with the blow-up dolls was on at least 5 or 6 times in the years immediately after it premiered. The problem is there are far fewer eps of MBB compared to OFAH.

Assuming this is complete: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007bk6p then Danger UXD has had 14 BBC repeats since its original airing in 1989. The preceding episode, Yuppy Love (Del falling through the bar) https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012y1y6 has been wheeled out 16 times since it was first shown.
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JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
I remember that 2001 repeat run of OFAH listed on there, it even included the 1990 Christmas special which was very unusual, the other repeat runs I've seen run from the last episode of series 6 to the first of series 7, which if you're unfamilar with the series leads to you wondering who on earth this Raquel woman who's suddenly appeared is and why Rodney and Cassandra's marraige is on the rocks (though you need to see the 88 and 89 episodes to get a proper answer about Raquel too, and those weren't shown in the 2001 repeat run). I personally treat the 1990 Chistmas special as the first episode of series 7, seeing as it's setting up the following episodes, whereas most of the time in repeats (and the DVD releases) it gets treated as a stand alone episode, which it really isn't.
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UTVLifer Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Strictly It Takes Two is being done from Elstree Studios Stage 6, with The Hospital Club having closed permanently. https://bbcstudioworks.com/news/bbc-studioworks-fundamental-in-the-delivery-of-all-new-strictly-come-dancing/

At least we now know where ITT will be filmed this year as I didn't see any other options except Elstree or Riverside Studio 1 with ITV Daytime in TVC for the foreseeable
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Strictly It Takes Two is being done from Elstree Studios Stage 6, with The Hospital Club having closed permanently. https://bbcstudioworks.com/news/bbc-studioworks-fundamental-in-the-delivery-of-all-new-strictly-come-dancing/

Is that where Bit on the Side came from?
Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.
JK
JKDerry Recently warned UTV Newsline
They are using Stage 6 for It Takes Two, which is not part of the three Elstree stages which are run by BBC Studioworks under their partnership agreement with Elstree, they must have thought Stages 8 and 9 would be needed more for other productions, and so they couldn't use one of those stages which are run by BBC Studioworks.
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gottago London London
They are using Stage 6 for It Takes Two, which is not part of the three Elstree stages which are run by BBC Studioworks under their partnership agreement with Elstree, they must have thought Stages 8 and 9 would be needed more for other productions, and so they couldn't use one of those stages which are run by BBC Studioworks.

They'll have gone for stage 6 because it's smaller and cheaper than the Studioworks ones. They never need a large studio for It Takes Two.
VA
valley
They are using Stage 6 for It Takes Two, which is not part of the three Elstree stages which are run by BBC Studioworks under their partnership agreement with Elstree, they must have thought Stages 8 and 9 would be needed more for other productions, and so they couldn't use one of those stages which are run by BBC Studioworks.

They'll have gone for stage 6 because it's smaller and cheaper than the Studioworks ones. They never need a large studio for It Takes Two.

Yep, Stage 6 is 3,844 sq ft vs Stage 9 which is 7,550 sq ft. So it's slightly larger than TC2 or The Hospital Club.

Strictly It Takes Two is being done from Elstree Studios Stage 6, with The Hospital Club having closed permanently. https://bbcstudioworks.com/news/bbc-studioworks-fundamental-in-the-delivery-of-all-new-strictly-come-dancing/

Is that where Bit on the Side came from?

At least some of it was filmed on Stage 6, yes.

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