Mistakes

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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

Somewhere between Channel 3 North East/Yorkshire and ITN, the timings get a bit astray. Resulting in a cut across just a little too early and giving us a nice look at ITN's VT Clock.


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

A slight hiccup with the end of the news on the 22nd Of June 2001 where the correct music fails to play.


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

BBC1 got going again slightly before BBC Two - so here is the very ending of the second channel's return. With the announcer apologising, and trying to buy some more time.


Home and Away Aspect Ratio Mistake - 2/8/2001

Channel 5 have some fun deciding what aspect ratio to send out this episode of Home and Away in...


Yorkshire 2001 - Mistake

All that flashy technology for handling continuity at the Leeds centre, and they still can't get things right. In this mistake, the recorded announcement starts repeating itself in a loop. That would never have happened with live continuity! Thanks to Ashley B for the clip.


Yorkshire 2001 - Mistake 2

A different junction and announcer, but it's the same looping speech problem. Perhaps this was a cynical new attempt by Yorkshire to try and make themselves sound more regional, as in both mistakes it loops on the words 'From the Region'. Clip courtesy of Ashley again.


BBC1 Comedy Mistake - 2002

And heres another one of those 'new look, old mistakes'. This time its on BBC1, where the announcer is very kind and informs us that the Vicar of Dibley is now on! Or is it?


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

Ah the wonders of live TV! From August 2002, we get to laugh at the CBBC channel presenters being forced to improvise when a programme advert fails to play.


CBBC Sheeep Mistake - 2002

And another mistake from CBBC. This time, someone presses the button to shrink the programme 'Sheeep' down to the 'credit' box, during the programme, letting us see the presenters secretly reading the script, as well as giving everyone a preview of the competition question.


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.


ITV News Breakdown - 2003

This breakdown occured during the Weekend News and Sport on the 19th April 2003. Quite unusual for the modern-day ITV, they not only managed an apology, but dug out some music to play while they corrected the fault.


UK Gold Breakdown - 2003

Shame UK TV doesn't put as much care into their apologies. After this breakdown on the 25th May 2003, we're treated not to some funky music, but to the sound of running water instead. We're well on the road to getting the sound of paint drying now! Clip courtesy of Iam Burn.


ITV NC Markets - 2003

The ITV News Channel presents its market report under the new 2003 look. Listen as Nicholas Owen valiantly carries on whilst the graphics fail around him!


Sky Sports Breakdown - 2003

A breakdown during the cricket on Sky Sports on the 10/6/2003. Courtesy of Iam Burn.


S4C Election - Graphic Error - 2010

In a long running live show with lots happening, it's inevitable there'll be a few hiccups. Here the ticker goes a bit askew during the S4C election coverage.


BBC Four (Breakdown) - 2017

A breakdown during The Proms on BBC Four in July 2017, resulting in several minutes of animated slide with... well nothing else really.


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