Sometimes everything goes wrong (2)

Time was when television announcers used to appear in-shot when linking programmes or closing down for the evening. The BBC regional centres went on doing this after London had stopped. And another tradition which has lapsed was playing the National Anthem, together with film of the Queen on horseback during the Trooping of the Colour, at closedown.

These two traditions clashed some years back. At the end of the evening on BBC1, viewers in the Midlands heard the National Anthem but saw a rather annoyed-looking announcer. Worse, viewers in London saw the film of the Queen, but heard an annoyed voice saying 'I knew some silly bugger would f*** this up sooner or later.'

Posted: Sat - July 14, 2007 at 08:17 AM by Roger Wilmut          



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