As far as I'm aware presenters technically have no ability to block showings of their episodes any more (they did on the UK Gold showings in the 90s, but things have changed since then, and even then it was only Mike & Noel who blocked). It's a bizarre situation and he seems to be getting special treatment not afforded to other presenters. I can't help but think if he was still alive we'd be getting his episodes regardless of what he thought. It wouldn't be as bad if he was just an occasional presenter, but he was the most prominent presenter at one time, he does 16 episodes a year between 1985-87.
The fact BBC4 seem to regularly tweet clips of Mike during their TOTP tweetalongs makes the situation even more confusing, along with including a clip of him introducing Wham appeared at the end of their TOTP Story of 1981 last year, and Radio 1 Vintage broadcasting an hour of his archive a few weeks ago.
You mentioned Noel- none of his episodes were blocked on BBC4, we saw all his surviving April 76-78 episodes (and the Xmas 75 edition in 2015).
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There's so many theories going round about the issue though, one of them is he took out an injuction due to BBC4 showing clips of him presenting TOTP with Jimmy Savile in the aftermath of that scandal that stopped them broadcasting TOTP footage of him, I don't have the slightest idea if that's true true though. Could explain why BBC4 still tweet clips of pretty much everything he did except TOTP though.
All sorts of stories, rumours and theories come from these situations, it could be as simple as respecting the wishes of a dead man (even if they'd not have been respected if he was alive- and of course he could have changed his mind then anyway) and not offend his widow, but it's such a shame the viewers (and the acts who appeared on his episodes) lose out.
Ghostwatch is after my time so I’ve never seen it fully, however I’ve read many things about it in the past and I think there was something about it in a BBC 4 show about how horror evolved or something like that, but I’ve got to say there’s something tremendously sad about the fact this a show that actually resulted in a death... never fully knew about that, that’s awful. To think potentially if there were just a bit more clarity about it before it aired someone would still be alive is crazy.
(but then again, many could just turn it off... perhaps it’s a ‘i want to look away’ but I can’t’ type of thing?)
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No, the British Medical Journal reported on children who had lasting trauma because of the programme. They shouldn't have watched it, of course, but the presentation was in some way "child-friendly": featuring a kids' TV presenter, the story being about a family with kids, and so on.
james-2001 has very clearly stated the name of who he's referring to, there. Mike Smith was on the roster of TOTP presenters for much of the 1980s (which is where the BBC Four repeats currently are).
Noel (Edmonds) - to whom I presume you are referring, 623058? - was on the TOTP presenter roster for a similar chunk of the previous decade, but I think had already well-and-truly left TOTP for good before even January 1979 (let alone the 1980s).