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Steve Williams2,519 posts since 1 Aug 2008
Here is that gem, which does have some funny moments..........


One thing they didn't mention is that during rehearsals, Marcus Mortimer the producer arrived in tears to tell them he'd just seen the schedules and they were being flung out at eleven o'clock.
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Hatton Cross3,019 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Yes. Admittedly I felt a bit bad after posting that, because as you say a lot of it was quite sad, but unfortunately a lot of the behaviour and dialogue of the Goss twins came across as ridiculous, as though I was watching a parody.


I wouldn't feel bad. Yes it's in parts sad, but in parts hilarious, as sweary flare ups started over at times, as something as insignificant as a drumbeat.

The editing was also very even-handed. It didn't take 'sides' with either Matt or Luke, so as a viewer you didn't end up rooting for either brother. You had the feeling they were as bad as each other.

Anyway, back on topic.
Where was Suzi Quantel 'He's a Sports PA' song in last night's show, eh? Guessing another insurmountable rights clearance issue.
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62305822,832 posts since 19 Aug 2005
STV Central Reporting Scotland
Here is that gem, which does have some funny moments..........


One thing they didn't mention is that during rehearsals, Marcus Mortimer the producer arrived in tears to tell them he'd just seen the schedules and they were being flung out at eleven o'clock.


I wonder why it went out so late, there could have moved CivvyStreet to else where and that would give them the 21.55 slot,
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Steve Williams2,519 posts since 1 Aug 2008
I wonder why it went out so late, there could have moved CivvyStreet to else where and that would give them the 21.55 slot,


Seemingly they just didn't fancy it. The bizarre thing about Civvy Street is that it was opposite Coronation Street,
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62305822,832 posts since 19 Aug 2005
STV Central Reporting Scotland
I had a chance to watch this gem and its was a pure delight could have been double the length and still lefts us wanting more. It's a shame BBC version was killed off in 1998. Its telling how much dislike there was to the BBC management during the mid 90s.

When did ITV kill of its xmas tapes?
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Steve in Pudsey9,538 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Think it might have been better as an hour rather than half an hour, personally.

It could easily have been longer. They didn't even get time to explain the phenomenon of performers cocking up then following it with "Merry Christmas VT" which was pretty indicative that the tapes were enjoyed well beyond the VT dept and of the TV factory that was TV Centre in that era.

Or the very respectful way the 90s tapes built on the heritage of the earlier ones - such as the reprise of a Dalek uttering "Bollocks" one year.

It's crying out for a feature length Director's Cut
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VMPhil9,071 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
By the way, the endcap is surely the closest to a pure BBC-only endcap you can get nowadays. BBC Studios, © BBC MMXVIII, that's it. Not even Albert & Sustainable were involved, and they're involved with every production nowadays!
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