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Ghostwatch: 25 Years On

Article in the New Statesman (October 2017)

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LL
Larry the Loafer
I guess it'd be subject to the Mail saying something like "BBC celebrates drama that caused boy to kill himself" or something. I don't see why someone like UKTV wouldn't pick it up and show it on whatever channel they'd see fit.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member
Hell, stranger things have happened. A UKTV network (was it the old Horizons?) picked up repeats of Wanted, probably one of the least unlikely shows to be repeated ever, as it went out live at the time. Likewise with live episodes of Million Pound Drop that Challenge for whatever reason decided to pick up, even though most questions were purely topical and weren't future proofed as it was probably never intended to be repeated.

I'm not convinced there's such a thing as a "banned" TV show as such, not like advertisements for example where you're told by the ASA not to air something again in that format which pretty much bans it. Indeed in a lot of shows that have episodes that for whatever reason do not air on TV, when they come out on DVD the episode(s) in question are almost always there, which pretty much makes them DVD exclusives in a way. So I'd argue if something was specifically banned in a "we're not souring our name on this" way it wouldn't be pushed out on home media in any shape or form. Hardwicke House is probably the best example of this, blocked for DVD release by ITV.
LS
Lou Scannon
Hell, stranger things have happened.


Season 2 will be released on Netflix tomorrow. Wink

<gets coat>
CW
Charlie Wells Moderator
Looks like someone at BBC News has realised it's 25 years (maybe even read this thread), as the following article has been published today...
Quote:
Ghostwatch: The BBC spoof that duped a nation
It was billed as a spoof, but many of Ghostwatch's 11 million viewers were taken in by the BBC's fake investigation, which in one tragic case led to a teenager taking his own life. On its 25th anniversary, his parents and the creator of the show talk about its impact.

Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41740176
JA
JAS84
Hell, stranger things have happened. A UKTV network (was it the old Horizons?) picked up repeats of Wanted, probably one of the least unlikely shows to be repeated ever, as it went out live at the time. Likewise with live episodes of Million Pound Drop that Challenge for whatever reason decided to pick up, even though most questions were purely topical and weren't future proofed as it was probably never intended to be repeated.

I'm not convinced there's such a thing as a "banned" TV show as such, not like advertisements for example where you're told by the ASA not to air something again in that format which pretty much bans it. Indeed in a lot of shows that have episodes that for whatever reason do not air on TV, when they come out on DVD the episode(s) in question are almost always there, which pretty much makes them DVD exclusives in a way. So I'd argue if something was specifically banned in a "we're not souring our name on this" way it wouldn't be pushed out on home media in any shape or form. Hardwicke House is probably the best example of this, blocked for DVD release by ITV.

There's a few banned episodes of the Pokemon anime. Reasons include epilepsy, realistic firearms, a racist character design, and the 2011 Japan earthquake. And yes, some of them are even missing from the DVDs and streaming services.
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Banned_episodes
HC
Hatton Cross
Adrian Chiles on Five Live talked to the producer, director and author of this drama this afternoon.

It's on iplayer from around 12.35pm.
Well worth a listen.
IS
Inspector Sands
Also available on the I Was There podcast: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02nrv8p/episodes/downloads
RM
Roger Mellie
For example, many viewers seem to believe that Piers Morgan is a broadcaster. Wink


And that Keith Lemon is a real person (as opposed to a character created by Leigh Francis)

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