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Spencer For Hire5,851 posts since 13 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
A NSFW one here from LWT, I remember seeing this go out. Worth it just to hear the shock in Peter Lewis' voice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOLrnyUeMc4


It’s a surprise anyone noticed the cut from Richard Littlejohn and Peter Stringfellow to a pair of tits.
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BBI45827 posts since 2 Aug 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
An odd one from S4C (perhaps not a 'breakdown', but still a mistake), in which it seems the computer playing the closedown screens overnight is rebooted, complete with Windows dialogue!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5ab4UMG2Tc

Bloody Windows Updates!


It wasn't a Windows Update. That's Windows NT4, it didn't do updates automatically you had to go and get them yourself via the really secure method of, um, Internet Explorer. Somebody's deliberately restarted that machine presumably without realising its output was being broadcast.

Thanks for spoiling a joke. I knew it couldn't actually be updating, but rather making the point about updates happening at a bad time.
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Andrew13,614 posts since 27 Mar 2001
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
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And then there's this one from the day before the 1987 general election which caused a bit of a stir and a few problems for ITV. All caused by apparently a VT which was unexpectedly being left in remote at Thames so kept stopping
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qAKvHRGqys


I like that from Redvers Kyle, ‘we are looking into it technically and hope to get something soon’
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Inspector Sands13,678 posts since 25 Aug 2004

I still wonder how or why LWT was picking up Germany Channel. Mind you it no worse than what you saw on benny hill

You've made that comparison before and you're still wrong.... unless you saw some very different Benny Hill shows to everyone else!


As to why RTL was available in LWT that night, well there are some possible legitimate reasons why it could have been... but the most likely is that someone working in lines wanted something to watch to liven up their shift


It’s a surprise anyone noticed the cut from Richard Littlejohn and Peter Stringfellow to a pair of tits.

I was going to make a similar comment, albeit with a different 4 letter word Wink
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Si-Co2,141 posts since 2 Oct 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
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And then there's this one from the day before the 1987 general election which caused a bit of a stir and a few problems for ITV. All caused by apparently a VT which was unexpectedly being left in remote at Thames so kept stopping
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qAKvHRGqys


I like that from Redvers Kyle, ‘we are looking into it technically and hope to get something soon’


That PPB breakdown seems so much messier due to the combination of Thames and YTV pres and apologies. I wonder what other regions did? Was it also going out on the BBC via Thames?

As to why RTL was available in LWT that night, well there are some possible legitimate reasons why it could have been... but the most likely is that someone working in lines wanted something to watch to liven up their shift



Could the cock-up (excuse the pun) have originated at BT Tower? It’s not unknown for the wrong station to be fed out due to a switching error.
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Whataday9,959 posts since 13 Sep 2001
HTV Wales Wales Today

Some old clips from the Broom Cupboard are prime examples of what I mean. The first one shows Andy Crane frantically controlling the desk to get himself back on air when a transition to Neighbours goes belly up before he openly asks whoever's next door if he should carry on.


Am I alone in thinking that Andy comes across as a bit of a tit here? He was in as a guest and probably wouldn't have had talkback, surely Simon would have covered the cock up in a much calmer way had Andy not panicked and jumped in?


I don't think either of them would have had talkback. They were basically in control of the output at that stage weren't they?

It would be a travesty if we didn't mention the anecdote I bring up every few years. The one where the duty director of S4C spooled back through the ads at the end of a day's transmission (unaware they were still broadcasting), pausing on a saucy shot of a naked wooden lady in a Natrel ad. It took a while before he realised and cut transmission.
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Steve in Pudsey10,069 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I don't think either of them would have had talkback. They were basically in control of the output at that stage weren't they

Not really. The output of the Con mixers were sources on the network mixer next door. They controlled what happened during the link, but not playing in programmes or timings etc.

The broomcupboard presenter did have talkback - there is a clip online of a link with a gag too convoluted to explain which involves Phillipa Forrester arriving mid link and having to plug her earpiece in.
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