Category: Continuity

  • TV50 Continuity
    TV50 Continuity

    On 1st November 1986, the BBC celebrated 50 years of television, with its themed strand TV50. Here’s some of the continuity and trails that aired on that day. And here’s some nostalgic in-vision continuity …

  • Why Doctor Who VHS Tapes Weren’t Released Until 1983
    Why Doctor Who VHS Tapes Weren’t Released Until 1983

    At the risk of descending into uncritical nostalgia, there was a trailer that ran at the start of every single CiC Star Trek VHS tape that was so good, I would always watch it. This is mostly an irrelevant aside, but a fun one, I hope you agree. Let’s have a look at what BBC…

  • A Bit Of Bitesize. Nice
    A Bit Of Bitesize. Nice

    Here’s John Thompson doing a bit for Bitesize circa 1997, and helping those taking their exams with revision and whatnot. Really nice.

  • The Saturday Night Armisclips
    The Saturday Night Armisclips

    I really enjoyed The Saturday/Friday Night Armistice when it was on, and every now and then I seek it out again and rewatch it. In researching this blog, I also realise that it may have been directly responsible for my Seinfeld obsession. On the 16th March 1995, the Birmingham Daily Post featured a long article…

  • Laugh Track Partridge
    Laugh Track Partridge

    Just where did the seemingly prevalent misconception that the first series of I’m Alan Partridge didn’t have a laugh track, while series two did, actually come from? I remember a friend bemoaning this fact to me at the time of the second series being broadcast, and I was perplexed by it. I didn’t have a…

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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