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Colm (previously Col) 3,505 posts since 6 Jan 2003
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
They were animated a week later - apart from the Gloria Estefan playout, that is.

Perhaps they wanted to downplay the new graphics on their first week out - particularly as from now on, there's no more end-performance captions with their charming (well, I liked them) animation.

I do wish they'd have sorted out the sound issues with the second presenter's mic by this stage - mind you, many of us will be grateful they hadn't on next week's 9pm episode Wink
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james-20015,617 posts since 13 Sep 2015
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Whoever was doing the subtitles for the 12/1 episode thought Rod McKenzie was ROB McKenzie. They made the same mistake in the Story of 1989 even though his name caption was on screen at the same time.

There was some controversy over him a few years back when he got fired from Radio 1 Newsbeat over accusations of bullying, though that clearly hasn't affected BBC4 showing his episodes, though I think he only appeared twice anyway, this one and the 16th March (where he was actually credited as a presenter).
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Robert Williams739 posts since 25 Jan 2003
London London
Whoever was doing the subtitles for the 12/1 episode thought Rod McKenzie was ROB McKenzie. They made the same mistake in the Story of 1989 even though his name caption was on screen at the same time.

There was some controversy over him a few years back when he got fired from Radio 1 Newsbeat over accusations of bullying, though that clearly hasn't affected BBC4 showing his episodes, though I think he only appeared twice anyway, this one and the 16th March (where he was actually credited as a presenter).


He was recently featured as a guest on Shaun Tilley's 'My Radio 1' series https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07wb4c7 where he discusses his Radio 1 career (but not the controversies) and also talks about his TOTP appearances.
Steve Williams2,918 posts since 1 Aug 2008
The 12/1 episodes was far too rushed as well, some things barely got played at all. Especially the Duran Duran video.


Quite impressed at their attempt to seemingly play the entire Top 40 in half an hour, I was exhausted just watching it. A fascinating episode all round, I think, including the notorious "we forgot our undertrousers" Milli Vanilli performance.

The new big stage is bloody awful compared to the old one, but it does give us more chance to see the presenters awkwardly standing around during the performances. Rod McKenzie was really getting down to The Darling Buds.
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Lottie Long Legs (previously Skytower) 670 posts since 20 Apr 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
The 12/1 episodes was far too rushed as well, some things barely got played at all. Especially the Duran Duran video.


Quite impressed at their attempt to seemingly play the entire Top 40 in half an hour, I was exhausted just watching it. A fascinating episode all round, I think, including the notorious "we forgot our undertrousers" Milli Vanilli performance.

The new big stage is bloody awful compared to the old one, but it does give us more chance to see the presenters awkwardly standing around during the performances. Rod McKenzie was really getting down to The Darling Buds.


Yeah... there’s fast-paced, and there’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it.

Ever get the feeling that they kept letting off fireworks behind that new stage to make it seem more impressive than it was?! The “Tower of Power” (as I believe Bruno called it) sees Wrighty do some cringe dancing to Holly Johnson in a few weeks time.

Also... what, exactly, are “undertrousers”?! 😂😂 (yes, I remember the same excuse)