Whilst we’re on the subject of GOLD transmission errors, the below – broadcast yesterday – brings me out in FISTS OF RAGE. The dinnerladies episode Minnellium – and just as we get to the discovery that Anita was the one who abandoned her baby:
One of the most heart-wrenching endings they ever had to an episode: ruined. The last joke in the episode: ruined. One episode of dinnerladies: ruined. All because they triggered their pre-recorded voiceover in the usual place, rather than actually checking the end of the episode to see if it fitted.
Brilliant, GOLD, well done.
Addendum (23/10/11): So, here I was after publishing this article, thinking maybe I was being slightly harsh. Mistakes happen in transmission, after all. That was, until I read this tweet from a certain Jamie Graham:
“Predecessor UKTV Gold did exactly the same to that episode on both of my attempts to record in a few years ago, the ignorant swines.”
So, this exact mistake has been going on for years, then. On UKTV’s flagship channel. It beggars belief. The question is – is anybody responsible watching? Or are they watching, but just don’t care?