Christmas Eve on BBC1

Programs this Christmas Eve on BBC1 at three thirty John Cleese is Basil Fawlty
in Fawlty Towers It’s been an interesting fifteen years but all good things must come to an end I hope you enjoy your new [inaudible] oh fuck! At 4 o’clock, Under the Mistletow Yes, I am going, now. To give myself up But I have never felt more…awake oh fuck and shit! And at four forty five The Christmas Carol
#singing# Are we still going? Cunt! You’re a cunt! At 5.15, the Ken Dodd Christmas Special When Barbara Streisand was born the angels kissed her throat and she became a great singer. Unfortunately for the Asians Oh Bollocks! Followed at five forty five byte in the country
and Sue Lawley is all at sea You just keep breaking up and i just don’t know what the fuck I’m supposed to be doing at all at five fifty five the news from across the country in Nationwide The Common Market more than just the landscape of wine lakes and butter mountains. Fuck! And at six twenty five, Grandstand So from England’s point of view, everything worked out as
I’m sure they thought it would with a semifinal at Old Trafford against New Zealand, with the Oval… Shit At seven o’clock Mastermind introduced by Magnuss Magnusson
Which will include Australia’s own Mastermind John Bond. Oh Shit Then at seven thirty the final episode of doctor who.
Nobody in this fucking piece will shut up At eight o’clock a special presentation
of shakespeare’s as you like it ninny is this, thou scurvy patch? I do besiege thy greatness Oh for fuck’s sake! at nine o’clock comedy in the Beryl Reid Show.
Oh Shit! At nine thirty five, The Onedin Line Right, I want to see the [indistinct] oh fuck Then at ten o’clock Terry Wogan introduces
come dancing Now to the northwest, and it’s the Foxtrot. For them, Stuart Yo… oh shit! And at ten thirty, the Old Grey Whistle Test
With the Stranglers Any students from Guildford University? Fuck Off At five past 11, Better Golf. And this week special guest the true professional
Michael Parkinson. There’ll be some marvellous ones for the VTR Christmas Show from this series won’t there?
All the bloody effort that goes into it I’d just say bugger it if I were you, you don’t give a bugger
actually, ‘cos fuck them At 11.35, Isabelle’s Return.
Once we’re married nothing can part us. Oh fucking arseholes, I’ve just shit Programs this christmas eve on bbc two, err, one
Oh Fucking Arseholes. Can we do a take two on that again? this is bbc one and this is bbc two and this is television centre and this is David Dunsbury,
a Commissionaire on the main gate and this is the main gate and this is vision maintenance and this is
Pres A during the strike and this is the NODDY symbol and this is the symbol of peace and goodwill and this is a piece of good will and this is Benidorm, where I went on
holiday and this is a what is this This is Good Kink Memorex. A show with a royal
title featuring no royalty whatsoever after what happened last year now some boobs during the last year [laughter] what? Oh there’s somebody… Do you want to start again?

64 thoughts on “Christmas Eve on BBC1”

  1. Every year the BBC VT Dept used to produce a Christmas Tape which contained a combination of cockups and specially recorded spoofs etc and was intended for internal consumption and sharing with other broadcasters like ITV companies, but in recent years they've found their way onto the net.

    There are several other items from this tape which others have posted, they're in Related and have the BBC VT logo in the corner easily visible on the thumbnails.

  2. The Michael Crawford bit is, ironically, an outtake from the previous year's Christmas Tape, in which he is in character as Frank Spencer alongside newsreader Kenneth Kendall.

  3. Is there any chance of you uploading the previous year's one that you said about with Michael Crawford and Kenneth Kendall?

  4. I'll have another look at it, but to be honest I'm struggling to remember any of it that was particularly funny as a short clip – the humour (apart from the outtakes) was more subtle in "White Powder Christmas". Good King Memorex was much much better

  5. no… the point which you have so comprehensively managed to miss is that this was the VT Dept's Christmas Tape which contained lots of outtakes, and was intended for internal consumption only

  6. Indeed, a much better copy than mine (which cuts off after the Dalek segment, alas) — especially as mine's on a VHS tape since about 1984 so must be really horrible by now. I liked the "Edit Suite Two" parody of "Run-Around Sue".

  7. Do you know, I agree with this; a lot of the swearing on this tape is *very* unconvincing! Indeed, Pamela Stephenson (on a later BBC Christmas tape) cracked a joke – in mock frustration – that some people were cursing on camera just to make it onto the next Christmas tape. I suspect this had a ring of truth about it. Still, a real shame those killjoys running Auntie decided to put a stop to it all circa 1982-3.

  8. Also, why can't we see WPC, GKM and Flash Frames *in full* on YouTube? Someone must have these tapes somewhere, ready to be transposed…

  9. It is a blooper reel, which the tags make abundently clear.

    It was absolutely not ripped from another YouTube account, it was taken from a video file of the whole thing which I acquired. I look forward to your apology for libelling me πŸ™‚

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    I think the other copy I've seen was a slightly different edit, probably taken from somebody else's copy of it!

  11. Heh, heh – funny as f**k! Hearing the likes of Sue Lawley, Terry Wogan and Magnus Magnusson swearing just made it even funnier – well, you don't expect to hear it, do you? Slightly ironic that this TV schedule is better than the dross they put on at Christmas now, eh?

  12. On the end of the video
    who is this guy?

    I very funny this video… It makes
    me laugh on this video πŸ˜€ I hope you have
    many bloopers videos on BBC

  13. Also this ident appears that it was the real one in 1974 and but a different ident was used for BBC1 in that year if someone posts it on here and due to Kenny Everett putting his slight touches to 'Good King Memorex' and new-wave background music.

  14. I like the opening to this and the music. Think I may even remember it (I was 6). Christmas menus were quite exciting when you were a kid!

  15. Don't forget Frank Bough's extra-curricuar activities in the 80s! He wasn't quite the cheery family friendly face we saw on telly!

  16. Am I right in saying that these tapes were only circulated within the bbc and they were put together as a 'christmas treat' for staff only, I seem to remember the rumours about these years ago.

  17. Very true. There was a bit of a controversy when the 1978 tape, which had a sketch about Princess Anne, got into the hands of the Sunday People, who proceeded to turn it into a bit of a scandal.

  18. @lesterroberts1 no – this was a not-for-broadcast "Christmas Tape", made by the VT dept for the entertainment of themselves and the rest of the TV industry. Everett did bits for it, as did the likes of Noel Edmonds and Michael Crawford.

  19. Who are the BBC announcefrs featured in this clip at the end , when he says "THis is BBC 2, no, BBC One" and the one on the blue globe ident?

  20. @feckingbillgates The Christmas Tape itself was never broadcast – they were made for the amusement of the BBC staff only

  21. @northernanorak I wish BBC America would telecast these tapes but i bet they are nothing but memory given due to the erased random episodes of Dr Who and also erased the nearly the pre mid 1970s episodes of TOTP

  22. Anyone notice that the listings at 2:53 have a 'Hidden' message.
    Look at the first letter of the first 7 programs, then the second letter of the rest.

  23. Television Centre in the 70s must have been a magical place. When writers and program makers were allowed to experiment with almost any type of program. The imagination was free. Unlike today when most programs seem to be about fat families from Birmingham clear out their attic and sell it all at a car boot sale.

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