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
Local weather conditions causing some transmission problems on a June afternoon in 2001. Maggie provides viewers with continuity apologising for the problems beyond their control.
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, they completely missed out Wallace and Gromit that night! Interestingly, its the same music that was used during the big power failure above.
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.