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Fictional Breakdown Slides/Test Cards

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NJ
Neil Jones Founding member
Because the TV Breakdown Appreciation thread was so successful, and we all like a bit of fiction, I thought it might be worth seeing how fiction handles breakdowns in their own little worlds. This will probably fall flat on its arse but whatever Smile

To open the discussion, here are four breakdown slides that have appeared on The Simpsons, some of which are more plausible than others:
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(image originally from awfulannouncing.com)

There are no doubt others.

Probably one of the better known fictional test cards which was used to open the Mitchell & Webb Quiz Broadcast sketches:
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There were a few of these with different text on the blackboard for each sketch.

Any other notable examples of fictional/parody test cards or breakdown slides?
jonO, Ghost and itvblocks gave kudos
IT
itvblocks
Not a fictional test card as such, because this was actually used when channels closed down on ITV Digital.

Good ol' Al and Monkey!

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This gives me a chuckle, though.

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SP
Steve in Pudsey
Channel M Manchester's famous Frank Sidebottom test card


And two different beers doing the same kind of thing




For fictional breakdowns, the live episode of Inside Number 9 springs to mind as one we discussed here at great length.
DA
davidhorman
Then there's Life On Mars, where the Testcard F girl turned to be
some sort of demonic being on a mission to drag Sam Tyler to hell.
ST
steddenm
There's a few on here.. https://testcard.fandom.com/wiki/Comical_Test_Cards
TI
TIGHazard


Because of course that fandom exists
GE
thegeek Founding member
There's Scarfolk's Test Card Witch.

Also a brief (almost too brief) moment of a programme slide on I'm Alan Partridge:
XI
Xilla
The videogame Sonic Mania has a stage set in a TV studio, the boss takes the form of a weather forecast which creates hazards for the player to avoid.

Defeat the boss, and the forecast is replaced by this!

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BC
Blake Connolly Founding member
Can't remember whether this Leatherface testcard was in TV Hell or TV Offal, but it was Victor Lewis-Smith's work, anyway.

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SH
Sh1ruba
Can't remember whether this Leatherface testcard was in TV Hell or TV Offal, but it was Victor Lewis-Smith's work, anyway.

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Jesus, that would've gave younger viewers nightmares on end! Shocked
JA
james-2001
Can't remember whether this Leatherface testcard was in TV Hell or TV Offal, but it was Victor Lewis-Smith's work, anyway.

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Jesus, that would've gave younger viewers nightmares on end! Shocked


Probably a good thing said shows were post watershed!
JA
james-2001
Xilla posted:
The videogame Sonic Mania has a stage set in a TV studio, the boss takes the form of a weather forecast which creates hazards for the player to avoid.

Defeat the boss, and the forecast is replaced by this!

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That does look TCF inspired which is interesting... any Brits working on the coding of the game? Was TCF ever used in Japan?

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