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Neil Jones4,612 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
If we're doing Lottery cock ups, this is pretty spectacular. Only saved by the fact it's Millennium night and the chances of anybody watching being sober enough to care are slim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSXlMkpwP48


Fairly unique too by virtue of the fact Dale Winton just totally ignores anything Alan Dedicoat suggests to keep things moving, though I wonder if somebody issuing the same request in his earpiece would have had the same outcome.
Xilla194 posts since 29 Nov 2003
This isn't a breakdown per se, but it does involve stuff being put to air that we shouldn't have heard!

On 2nd December 1982, Channel 4 closed down for the night. Nothing unusual in that, but keep watching the video. We hear the phone ringing after it's gone off air, and what were presentation "looking into"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON7DT7nusHo


Definitely has an air of "bloke who's lost his car key and is frantically looking for it under everything" that one!

Came across a VHS with a poor quality Pages from Ceefax recording recently from 1999. Its from BBC2 Scotland and is the compilation that begins with the track "Sightseeing". The track plays fine, all the way through, then starts to play again, only for it to get stuck and loop the same half-a-second over and over again! Sadly the recording ends before we hear what happens next.

I actually recall it happening again on another occasion, with the same track. Ended up getting switched with a disc featuring a female Gaelic singer
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Steve in Pudsey9,478 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
If we're doing Lottery cock ups, this is pretty spectacular. Only saved by the fact it's Millennium night and the chances of anybody watching being sober enough to care are slim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSXlMkpwP48


Fairly unique too by virtue of the fact Dale Winton just totally ignores anything Alan Dedicoat suggests to keep things moving, though I wonder if somebody issuing the same request in his earpiece would have had the same outcome.


I wouldn't be surprised if Dale was hearing Alan through the same earpiece as the gallery talkback and didn't hear him over the chaos while the gallery were trying to rescue things.
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Whataday9,158 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today
With all respect to Deadly, I'm sure Dale was instructed by the gallery to fill with Barbara and took his lead from them rather than the voiceover artist. Either that or he was waiting for coherent instructions from the director. Don't forget there are important rules regarding the lottery draw so everything needs to be done by the book.

The greatest curiosity to me about that blooper is that those doors don't look as if they can't open any wider as the set is in the way. Perhaps they didn't rehearse with a full set?
Critique3,075 posts since 9 Aug 2009
Anglia (East) Look East
I hardly imagine that Deadly was just making it up as he went along though! And what Deadly says about being able to go up to the machine and do the draw from where it was stuck turns out to be exactly correct too.
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TonyCurrie386 posts since 19 Sep 2003
STV Central Reporting Scotland


Came across a VHS with a poor quality Pages from Ceefax recording recently from 1999. Its from BBC2 Scotland and is the compilation that begins with the track "Sightseeing". The track plays fine, all the way through, then starts to play again, only for it to get stuck and loop the same half-a-second over and over again! Sadly the recording ends before we hear what happens next.

I actually recall it happening again on another occasion, with the same track. Ended up getting switched with a disc featuring a female Gaelic singer


When we were still in Queen Margaret Drive, the CEEFAX music was played from a minidisc. Sony MD players have three modes - stop at end of every track, play track as a loop, or play the whole disc without pausing. Selecting the right mode involved finding the remote, going into one menu and then scrolling up and down to find a second menu and then finding the appropriate setting, using the right arrow key on the remote to scroll through the options and then selecting the right one. All in a dark and unlit corner of the control room. Sometimes colleagues were unaware of how to change the settings! Not long after these incidents I replaced the CEEFAX disc with one that had everything segued together on a single track and the problem went away!
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robertclark1251,263 posts since 13 Jan 2009
STV Central Reporting Scotland
Clean the wheels with alcohol and make sure that they're not simply dirty (not forgetting the track itself which can become oxidised after a while) - that's the usual cause of poor power transfer.


Thanks for that Tony. Incidentally, if you, or anyone else is interested, this is the most recent update from my layout, filmed last month. The layout is set in a fictional town in Lanarkshire in 1989, and yes, the trains run to time!

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