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Steve in Pudsey10,178 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
These have turned up on YouTube this morning




Incidentally, why were Phillip Schofield and Sarah Greene the main talking heads in the documentary? They are not really people who I would associate with Christmas Tapes, but I'm wondering if there was a Going Live sketch in one of the tapes which they were going to use but found that they couldn't clear it after they had recorded the interviews?
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ChipperBird64 posts since 20 Jun 2017
Anglia (East) Look East
There's a few things that would of been nice to have addressed in the 30 minutes, things like the Doug Who? Joke and the story behind the Englebert Humperdink musical number. Also lack of "(He's a) Sports PA" with maybe some notes on what some of the terms/references meant.
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Steve in Pudsey10,178 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Sports PAs were a recurring theme through the Christmas Tapes so probably worth more of a mention of the background, particularly as one Brian Barwick features early in his career - he went on to be head of BBC Sport, then FA chief exec and is now running Rugby League.
VT Tea probably could have been explained too. But I think it got the balance right in terms of the amount of detail given the time available.
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bluecortina850 posts since 26 Jul 2012
Sports PAs were a recurring theme through the Christmas Tapes so probably worth more of a mention of the background, particularly as one Brian Barwick features early in his career - he went on to be head of BBC Sport, then FA chief exec and is now running Rugby League.



Wasn’t he also ITV2’s inaugural controller?



.. and controller of ITV Sport.
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Philip Cobbold922 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Didn’t LNN have a a Christmas tape? When did they stop?

One is embedded earlier in this thread.

In terms of smaller operations making Christmas Tapes, honourable mentions to Molinaire (on YT with lots of citv outtakes iirc) and, believe it or not BBC Newcastle did their own for several years

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EMyXYwuPRg


Also one from BBC East Midlands.

Joe6,538 posts since 9 Oct 2005
Meridian (South) South Today
I guess the documentary was aimed at a particular audience. Yes, it could have gone into detail on many aspects but I think it was intended to be a surface look at the tradition, keeping the casual viewer in mind. For what it was, I thought it was great.
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