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madmusician777 posts since 2 Jun 2006
Anglia (East) Look East
The first part nearly overran into Midnight!


There's absolutely no way it would have overrun into midnight. Even the most half-arsed village hall band knows they should stop for midnight. It was the whole point of the programme!


But it did Steve. The band started singing AFTER their Countdown clock had told them to stop. The BBC did cut away and faded out "Get Happy" to cover the fireworks. There was 15 seconds between them cutting away and showing Big Ben. The whole build up had been ruined by the stupid singers continuing to perform. I wish the BBC would cut away from the concert at 11.55 so we can have a proper build up. It all felt flat this year.


Their countdown screens did also say 'Slow montage into Get Lucky', though, so whilst I too initially thought that they were counting down to a hard-opt into the fireworks feed, perhaps it was for something else.

I agree with you, though, that Nile Rogers did go on too long and if we were supposed to see Nile go out onto the balcony for a nice transition into the fireworks feed, then that was lost because he went too late, and they had to cut away.
gordonthegopher197 posts since 10 Feb 2007
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The first part nearly overran into Midnight!


There's absolutely no way it would have overrun into midnight. Even the most half-arsed village hall band knows they should stop for midnight. It was the whole point of the programme!


But it did Steve. The band started singing AFTER their Countdown clock had told them to stop. The BBC did cut away and faded out "Get Happy" to cover the fireworks. There was 15 seconds between them cutting away and showing Big Ben. The whole build up had been ruined by the stupid singers continuing to perform. I wish the BBC would cut away from the concert at 11.55 so we can have a proper build up. It all felt flat this year.

Yeah The singer had to touch Nile's arm and point to the screen saying NILE - WALK NOW
Steve Williams2,170 posts since 1 Aug 2008
Yes I think in previous years the performer has gone out on the balcony to talk about how the concert was going with the presenter. I assume Nile Rodger’s speech about his health accounted for this being cut?


I'm sure that's not been the case - I remember having this exact same conversation when Queen did it the other year and they were still doing The Show Must Go On until about thirty seconds to midnight. But there's absolutely no way they would have overrun into midnight. It wasn't like they were doing improvisational free jazz, they've performed these songs hundreds of times before and know how long they last. The other post said that it went to Big Ben with fifteen seconds to go, but they were there by midnight, so what's wrong with that? The options are performing right up until midnight, or stopping with minutes to go but then you have an awkward gap - and I can't think a couple of inarticulate vox pops would be any more exciting than the band continuing to play.

I'm afraid I simply can't believe that Nile Rodgers and his band would have blithely performed through midnight. They're professional entertainers, their set list was approved and they knew why they were there. It may be the case that the timings were a bit tight because people wanted to touch Nile or something, but there was no way they would have kept going.

And even if they did, there's no way the Beeb would have missed midnight.
Jenny1,369 posts since 28 Mar 2001
I notice the McMafia trailers now have a copyright symbol after the title, rather than a registered trademark symbol. I was a bit surprised the latter passed compliance in the first place...
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skyQhater (previously itv2010V2) 218 posts since 30 Sep 2017 Recently warned
I notice the McMafia trailers now have a copyright symbol after the title, rather than a registered trademark symbol. I was a bit surprised the latter passed compliance in the first place...

They probably put the wrong symbol in and it remained until the BBC spotted it.
Change back to ITV1, as it's less confusing than calling the channel ITV and calling the company ITV!
JoshX (previously LuckyC) 448 posts since 21 Dec 2014
Anglia (East) Look East




Saw this on my feed. Has this been done before?

Long behold, it did actually work.


It's not even realistic.
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skyQhater (previously itv2010V2) 218 posts since 30 Sep 2017 Recently warned
Another ECP failure - this time at the end of Homes Under the Hammer this morning on BBC ONE NI:


Anything that means we get to see that lovely BBC graphic on air is a bonus in my book!

2 times already this year... and we're not even halfway through January!
Change back to ITV1, as it's less confusing than calling the channel ITV and calling the company ITV!