The James Whale Radio Show (Live Sound Loss) - 1990
During a broadcast of late night show 'The James Whale Radio Show', something apparently trips out allowing you to see both lighting and sound disappear live on air, followed by Whale mouthing about the fact his microphone has gone and a lot of arm flailing. Initially they attempt to cut to a pre-recorded letters segment, but with it still being devoid of sound a swift decision to go to a break instead is made. After the end of the break, they attempt to re-run the letters segment. Initially still silent, with two different sound fault captions, the latter only fading up at the same time as sound is finally restored.
TTTV Next Mistake - 1995
This happened after the premiere of the Return of the 4 Musketeers on ITV in 1995. Everything seemed normal, until a promo for the film Die Hard came on. Although its not very obvious on this video file, as well as the sound disappearing, the picture has taken on a judder. The junction continues to get even messier as the next slide comes on...
Channel 3 North East - ITN VT Clock - 1996
CITV Watership Down - 2000
Whats the best time to tell everyone whats going to be on tomorrow? During the middle of a programme of course!! This mistake came up in the last 5 minutes of an episode of Watership Down, where someone accidentally switches on the audio of the studio feed, and we can just about hear Tom and Andrea rehearsing their script (or one can only assume that's what they're doing). Of course, there was no apology made at the end... possibly just hoping no one had noticed!
BBC News Ending - 2001
TTTV (Picture Fault) - 2001
BBC One Power Failure - 30/6/2001
Long before everything was outsourced to dedicated playout centres, all the BBC channels were fed out from Television Centre in London - leaving quite a big point of failure in the broadcast chain. In proof of this, on Saturday the 30th June, at 9.22, after a failure with both the main power and backup systems, the BBC effectively ceased all broadcasting for a short time. A power cut at Television centre in London knocked out all BBC television broadcasts for around 20 minutes. Here is the file showing what happened when BBC1 finally came back on.
BBC Two Power Failure - 30/6/2001
Home and Away Aspect Ratio Mistake - 2/8/2001
Yorkshire 2001 - Mistake
Yorkshire 2001 - Mistake 2
BBC1 Comedy Mistake - 2002
BBC1 NE and Cumbria - 2002
On the 6th of June 2002, BBC1 in the North East opted out of the network to repeat 'Auf Wiedersehen Pet', which was missed by many first time round after lightning knocked out the Pontop Pike transmitter. Not being used to opting out in this slot for some time in the North East, when they came to playing out the regular ident into the 10 O' Clock news, things went a bit wrong!
Calendar - 2002
A mistake from Yorkshire's flagship news programme Calendar. Instead of cutting to the news opening titles, someone accidentally switches on the feed for the subregion, where Nicola Crompton is busy revising her script. Listen to her voice change as she suddenly realises she's on air. Thanks to Ashley B for the clip.
CBBC Channel Advert - 2002
CBBC Sheeep Mistake - 2002
BBC1 Wallace and Gromit - 2002
Over Christmas 2002, the BBC started to air a load of new Wallace and Gromit short films. This mistake happened leading into one of them. The ident played as normal. It then stayed on screen as the programme music began playing in the background. A few seconds later, A caption was hastily thrown up. I managed to catch the end of it, with some of the music over the breakdown caption, then the announcer saying we can now return to Best Inventions... yes, completely missing the Wallace and Gromit segment that night! Although the looks may have changed several times, the BBC were still rocking those same breakdown tracks they'd had for years.
Super RTL Banner - 2003
There's nothing broadcasters love more than to ruin programmes with annoying banners and other screen junk. Nice to see this practice backfire on the German channel Super RTL then. Their banner appears, but the advertising text is nowhere to be seen. Eventually, the top half of their web address crawls onscreen.
ITV News Breakdown - 2003
UK Gold Breakdown - 2003
ITV NC Markets - 2003
Sky Sports Breakdown - 2003
Calendar (Report Cut Short) - 2004
S4C Election - Graphic Error - 2010
BBC Four (Breakdown) - 2017
BBC One Wales (Drone Racers Mistake) - 1/1/2018
A slightly bumpy junction around the first Drone Racers ident on BBC One Wales. After the end of the New Year 2018 programme, an initial trailer is played out by Wales, followed by a clean playout of the new Wales branded Drone Racer ident. After this they crash back in to the network feed partway through the next network trailer, before giving us a brief glimpse of the generic BBC blocks. Start off 2018 as you mean to go on!
BBC Two NI (ECP Mistake) - 1/1/2018
E4 (ECP Mistake) - 2018
BBC One (Continuity Mistake) - 2018
BBC One Scotland (Continuity Mistake) - 2018
How the same BBC News at Ten mistake went out in the nations varied. In Wales and Northern Ireland, they used the clean feed so after their own announcements were able to cut to the news intro unaffected. Scotland cut to the dirty network feed, similar to the approach used in the English regions, resulting in a brief flash of the network ident and them getting the tailend of the botched network continuity after their own link.
BBC Two/News Channel (Sound Error) - 2019
BBC Two leads into a regular 9am News Channel simulcast on May 14th, only for faults to become immediately apparent. Although the headline bed plays, no audio from the studio can be heard as a result of sound desk problems. After several moments of even the headlines freezing, the channel crashes back to a pre-record from an hour earlier, still during Breakfast at that point. The problem would be fully resolved with a studio switch a short while later.