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The Secret Story of the BBC Christmas Tapes

Sunday 23rd December - BBC Four (December 2018)

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XI
Xilla
What tape is the sweary old guy ("Jesus Christ couldn't tell me what to ****ing do!") footage from? I remember it popped up in TV Offal.

Actually surprised Offal wasn't mentioned actually, VLS dug deep into the tapes for that.
SP
Steve in Pudsey
I think that was from a YTV tape
HC
Hatton Cross
Which in turn came from Channel Television, I seem to recall.
BC
Blake Connolly Founding member
Col posted:
Good to see the clips weren't censored either for the time slot, and also a nice acknowledgement of the same tapes produced by the ITV companies.


Is my hearing going or did they redo the Kenny Everett spoof continuity announcement from Good King Memorex with somebody else?


The well-known comedy talent agency that manages Everett's estate didn't give permission.
rdobbie, UKnews and Steve in Pudsey gave kudos
JA
james-2001
It's a Mike Smith situation then. Speaking of which Sarah Greene was actually the first talking head we saw!
HC
Hatton Cross
Col posted:
Good to see the clips weren't censored either for the time slot, and also a nice acknowledgement of the same tapes produced by the ITV companies.


Is my hearing going or did they redo the Kenny Everett spoof continuity announcement from Good King Memorex with somebody else?


The well-known comedy talent agency that manages Everett's estate didn't give permission.

Would that be the ones who are hard 'Taskmasters'?
BR
Brekkie
What we Were Watching: Christmas 1988, which also aired last night, is worth a watch as well.
ST
Stuart
What we Were Watching: Christmas 1988, which also aired last night, is worth a watch as well.

I watched it, and it had some good clips. I'm not a fan of Grace Dent, so if I hadn't been semi-inebriated, I probably couldn't have coped with her.


I was astounded at what classed as 'entertainment' when I was a youngster. It was certainly very 'light' on the entertainment side. Shocked I suspect more fun has been had during a tube strike.
VM
VMPhil
I thought ‘Bros: After the Screaming Stops’ was possibly the best BBC comedy of 2018.
ST
Stuart
What we Were Watching: Christmas 1988, which also aired last night, is worth a watch as well.

As an aside, I noticed that as part of the end credit sequence they showed what looked like an excerpt from the RadioTimes of the day, with a double title for the programme with Ronnie Corbett & Bruce Forsyth . . . was this to avoid issues with who was top billing?
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A former member
Here is that gem, which does have some funny moments..........

HC
Hatton Cross
I thought ‘Bros: After the Screaming Stops’ was possibly the best BBC comedy of 2018.

Which for those paying attention, the title was of course, in a question asked to them by Sir Tel back in the 1980's - which I thought was a very nice touch.

Yes. Just at several points when it was about to swerve dangerously into 'Spinal Tap' territory, a quick downbeat subject brought it back into focus.
I did wonder whether someone around them used the 'your Mum would hate to see you argue like this' line to bring the lads back into line for the live concert.

Wonder what the third member (and argubly the most sucessful after the break up of Bros) Craig made of it all - considering he wasn't even mentioned, and only briefly seen on screen in archive clippage form.

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