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Wankety Wank!!!!!!!!!11111111

On Friday, Challenge did the best thing since they acquired the rights to Knightmare again: the start of a repeat run of Les Dawson Blankety Blank episodes. I honestly – no joke, no exaggeration – count them as some of the best, funniest television ever made.

Sadly, take a look at the video above, taken from the end of the second episode. At 18 seconds in, I’m afraid I made an extraordinary noise.

To Challenge’s credit, they apologised – if only all TV stations would do that when things like this happened. Despite my childish headline, they get huge bonus points for that, and it’s something other channels could learn from. The problem is, it’s not even that unusual for programmes to be ruined in this fashion – and most of the time, there’s not a snifter of an apology.

So, a plea. To all television schedulers in this world – and, indeed, anyone who happens to pass an eye over end credit DVE offsets (they are generally scheduled these days, rather than an operator manually pressing a button) – please, please get this right. There is very little which hurts viewer experience more than misplaced credit shrinking over the final part – the climax – of a show. It absolutely kills it.

UPDATE (19/01/14): Here’s another (rather belated) example. Knightmare, Series 2 Episode 6, broadcast on 9th August 2013.

WELL DONE CHALLENGE, HAVE A BISCUIT.

■ Posted 10th November 2013 @ 8pm in Television. 1 Comment.

1 Comment

Nissemus on 11 December 2013 @ 8pm

And there was me thinking all these channels still had a live continuity announcer sitting in a little studio. Another illusion destroyed!


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