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  1. BBC1 News Report strap, 1993.

    BBC1 News Report strap, 1993.

    (Source: www2.tv-ark.org.uk)

    Tags: bbc bbc one tv presentation breaking news

  2. At the moment, I’m making my way through Sorry! - the Ronnie Corbett sitcom vehicle which is much better than YOU think it is. But why spend time writing about how the show is great, when I could be moaning about badly designed DVD menus instead?

    Excellently, Series 1 of the show has Ronnie Corbett (and Robert Ross) commentaries on three of the episodes. You switch them on by going to the Commentaries menu - select one of the three episodes, and it plays the required episode with commentary. Fair enough - if you haven’t got commentaries on each episode, this is clearer than having a Commentaries On/Off selection switch.

    The nasty part comes once you’ve listened to an episode with commentary. From that point forwards, if you play one of the three episodes which includes a commentary, it will keep the commentary switched on… even from the Episode Selection screen. There is no way to watch those three episodes without commentary, without going into your DVD player controls and switching it off manually.

    How did something like this even make it onto the shelves? Exactly how much testing did they even do?

    I swear, if you respond to this post by saying “Sorry!!!!!!11111”, I shall come and kick you in the face.

    Tags: sorry! dvd menus ronnie corbett

  3. The Honourable Woman, Episode 3: “The Killing Call”. At 29:20 in, the domain chastelive.co.uk is flashed on-screen. Oddly enough, nobody has registered it yet.
Ripe for mischief.

    The Honourable Woman, Episode 3: “The Killing Call”. At 29:20 in, the domain chastelive.co.uk is flashed on-screen. Oddly enough, nobody has registered it yet.

    Ripe for mischief.

    Tags: the honourable woman bbc domain names

  4. Pizza Hut, “Two”, 1994.

    Some points to ponder:

    • What the fuck?
    • Seriously, what the fuck?
    • Yes, that is David Schneider. And Harry Enfield doing the voiceover. Two people very much associated with BBC2.
    • What the actual fuck?
    • Did the ad agency have permission to do this, from the BBC and/or creator of the 2 identity Lambie-Nairn, or is it a completely unauthorised parody? Note that the 2 symbol at the beginning is the actual footage, not a recreation…
    • Fucking hell.
    • Obviously, as a TV pres geek, the 1991 2 identity is extremely well known and remembered (and still making an appearance on BBC Two today in various forms). But this is a handy reminder that those 2 idents really did have a far wider cultural impact.
    • As amusing as the gag is, the co-opting of the BBC into a commercial makes me feel extremely uncomfortable - though, of course, that’s part of what makes the gag so striking. Could you imagine something like this happening today, either with the BBC’s permission or without? I bloody can’t.
    • Fuck me.

    Tags: pizza hut bbc2 adverts

  5. I’ve already got the latest Dirty Feed jingles via FTP… but it’s still ludicrously exciting to receive the CD master through the post.

    I’ve already got the latest Dirty Feed jingles via FTP… but it’s still ludicrously exciting to receive the CD master through the post.

    Tags: jingles jam creative productions

  6. From 13:26:

    "We haven’t had time to talk about Misfits. One of the characters is a teenager who can turn invisible. That’s not a superpower - I was invisible at school for five years.”

    Do you think, Sarah, that might just have been the entire point of the character? Didn’t we all figure out this fantasy teenage metaphor stuff with Buffy

    THIS JOKE QUITE LITERALLY DOESN’T WORK ON ANY LEVEL.

    Tags: sarah millican misfits

  7. » Once upon a Weatherfield

    There’s a really nice soaps promo running on ITV at the moment. OK, so the choice and style of song is a bit of a cliche, but it’s really well put together - and I’m a sucker for promos that use specially shot material rather than just bodging together a load of clips from episodes and hoping for the best.

    So, I search to see if ITV have uploaded it to their site. They have. Excellent. Always infuriates me when companies create nice promos and then don’t upload them anywhere online - missing out on the chance for other people to link to it and do their work for them. So, I settle down to watch it again before linking to it…

    …and am faced with a 30” advert for the Chelsea Building Society.

    Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not against adverts per se. (A well-made 30” commercial can be more entertaining than a badly-made 30 minute sitcom episode.) My issue is that I’ve already settled down to watch something that is promotional. To add extra promotional messages on top of that is ludicrous.

    This soaps promo is advertising showings of Coronation Street and Emmerdale - two soaps which already have advertising attached, whether watching it on linear television or on demand. The purpose of this promo should be to increase viewership for those ads - not use it as an excuse to throw an extra advert in front of something which is already an advert.

    Tags: itv coronation street emmerdale promos adverts

  8. A review of Strange Hill High from the August issue of SFX.
The cliche that good TV programmes are “wasted on the kids” has always pissed me right off. The idea that kids don’t deserve the best possible television offends me. What, only adults deserve things that are any good? In what possible way does that make sense?
(All of which reminds me of my piece I wrote last year, "On Television". One of my favourite things I’ve ever done.)

    A review of Strange Hill High from the August issue of SFX.

    The cliche that good TV programmes are “wasted on the kids” has always pissed me right off. The idea that kids don’t deserve the best possible television offends me. What, only adults deserve things that are any good? In what possible way does that make sense?

    (All of which reminds me of my piece I wrote last year, "On Television". One of my favourite things I’ve ever done.)

    Tags: sfx magazine strange hill high

  9. If Snickers are determined to run their Joan Collins ad from now until THE END OF ALL DAYS, why did they decide to drop the one bit that’s actually funny, with Stephanie Beacham?

    Tags: adverts joan collins stephanie beacham

  10. The title sequence for the pilot of Yes Minister really doesn’t flatter Paul Eddington in any way whatsoever.

    What the fuck was the person who drew that picture thinking?

    Tags: yes minister bbc sitcom