Smeg. Ups. Rough. Cut.

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Brought to you by SOTCAA, and it’s no secret if you’re a long-time reader of this site that we aren’t exactly their biggest fans. But enough of all that for now: there’s no denying that this is absolutely fascinating stuff, with loads of clips that made neither the final Smeg Ups tape, or indeed the DVDs. (At a guess, clearance issues for guest cast members could explain some of this.)

It looks like the video cuts off before the end – and it’s notable that some of the material that shows up in the final edit of Smeg Ups is missing, such as the chicken-moving from Emohawk. It also looks like this rough edit is different from the one screened at the second Dimension Jump convention – I seem to recall that included VI clips only, whereas this is far closer to the final product (whilst still being massively unfinished).

No doubt we’ll get round to doing a full dissection of the piece, to be published at some point in 2014. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy… erm, Craig being vaguely homophobic.

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  1. Andrew, I think they’re calling you a cu

  2. God they talk a lot of bollocks over there. Even more than certain people in this vicinity.

    Graham Linehan attempted a Young Ones-style cutaway in The IT Crowd, where Jen found herself in a Gulag-type wilderness whenever she nipped outside for a cigarette. A reasonable enough bit of comedic business, but – being the 00s – this wasn?t allowed to remain a throwaway gag: it had to be (a) totally unambiguous about what it was spoofing so that all the Big Brother fans could laugh along too, and (b) talked up by critics beforehand as a ?classic moment? so that everyone could prepare their responses in advance. It?s a form of officially-endorsed weirdness – it?s OK to include a ?What the fuck?? sequence so long as it?s been explained beforehand and it?s blindingly obvious what?s going on. A background gag forced to take centre-stage. Fisher Price comedy in action.

    Actually that’s not a bad point being made there. Apart from the fact that The Young Ones was blatantly trying to be as surreal as possible with those kinds of moments and they didn’t care that there were no laughs for about 5 minutes or so because no-one was gonna turn over (not that they should have thought about doing but people are fickle), whereas The IT Crowd would never want or need to go that far, AND it would be ratings suicide (not that I would turn over, obviously). I love surreal stuff such as sketches in The Wrong Door (BBC3 show that you won’t have watched because you’re too good for it, you’re probably even skipping the bracketed parts of this post because you’re too cool and impatient to read them, the same way as you wouldn’t read Pratchett’s footnotes in the Discworld series because you’re just so amazing you DON’T NEED to read them, not that you’d be reading a Discworld novel because they’re not proper fantasy like Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy or Song of Ice and Fire or Tek-war by William Shatner)

  3. Tek-war is Science fiction.

    See, I read the brackets!

    I saw the Wrong Door for the first time the other day. Mixture of funny and wha…? Which I suppose was the point.

    I liked the invisible man gags (well a couple of them). And the rude alien gags, whilst childishly puerile made me chuckle. Although I’m a tad embarrassed about chuckling.

  4. Captain Bollocks, he was a great man.

    Awesome.

  5. >The Day Today – pilot additional material (19.4mb)

    Oh wow. Where do they GET this stuff?

  6. It’s never them that gets it. As much as they take credit for their “discoveries” it’s 99% of the time people they know who do all the hard work finding tapes and paperwork, who then copy it for Mike and Joe (who are the only two left) as a favour. They then, often breaking confidentiality agreements in order to do so, post their ‘exclusives’. This they do in order supposedly so people will keep reading it and eventually agree with all their arguments. No, really.

    This latest incarnation of the site is insane to the point where it’s actually quite disturbing to see what they are printing. They’ve turned into comedy David Ickes. Most of the stuff in the post linked above is stuff copied for them ages ago when they hadn’t pissed all their allies and contributors off.

    I’ve burned bridges permanently with this post I suspect. Sod it, life’s too short.

  7. I couldn’t access those Smegups. Clicking the link took me to a page with a Megupload thing.

    I installed it thinking maybe it was required to access the files…

    Now, for some reason, I get redirected to a Megaclick website when I go to a certain web address. In this case theHungersite.com which I go to daily (i.e. the one where you can click a button and donate food for free. There’s a whole bunch of other charity sites there too. I don’t know why that new add-on would stop me accessing this one site… very strange.) It still does it now I’ve uninstalled the Megaload tool bar.

    I’ll do the whole ‘restart computer’ thing, see if that rectifies matters. Just be warned, there’s something dodgy on that site.

  8. G&T Admin

    Ignore the shit on the right, you don’t need it. Look at the top of the page, enter in the code and press the download button.

  9. >Ignore the shit on the right, you don?t need it. Look at the top of the page, enter in the code and press the download button.

    Ah, right. Download in process. (Trust my small brain over-complicating things. Dur…)

  10. I’ve down loaded it, but none of my players are playing it? was it an RM file for every one else or just me? do I need new software to play this?

  11. G&T Admin

    You need Realplayer. Can someone who knows more than me suggest the best version to download these days?

  12. > Andrew, I think they?re calling you a cu

    ?

  13. Some decent stuff there – makes you wonder how it’s come to be lost all these years, especially with the various configurations of the outtakes we’ve had. Perhaps they’re saving it for ‘Just The Deleted Smegs’.

  14. G&T Admin

    >Cup of tea?

    You steaming cup of Darjeeling.

  15. G&T Admin

    >Some decent stuff there – makes you wonder how it?s come to be lost all these years, especially with the various configurations of the outtakes we?ve had. Perhaps they?re saving it for ?Just The Deleted Smegs?.

    Hang on, it wasn’t lost, was it? The stuff on there that hasn’t been released presumably had rights issues or something else preventing its release, so you won’t see it on a commercial release.

  16. not that you?d be reading a Discworld novel because they?re not proper fantasy like Robin Hobb?s Farseer trilogy…

    I’ve read both. (Altho’ I’m slightly fonder of her Tawny Man trilogy. Not by a whole lot, however.) I like both, quite a lot (Monstrous Regiment and Night Watch are possibly my two favorite books ever).

    No, it’s the folks who don’t read Discworld novels who’re the philistines =P …

  17. > Hang on, it wasn?t lost, was it? The stuff on there that hasn?t been released presumably had rights issues or something else preventing its release, so you won?t see it on a commercial release.

    Yeah, no doubt that’s the case with the guest star stuff, but there are clips on there just featuring the regular cast that’s worth seeing and hasn’t been released officially. Captain Bollocks, for instance – unless Captain Bollocks has been registered to DC Comics, which wouldn’t surprise me.

  18. G&T Admin

    >Yeah, no doubt that?s the case with the guest star stuff, but there are clips on there just featuring the regular cast that?s worth seeing and hasn?t been released officially.

    In which case, it just *has* to be that it was deliberately held back by GNP…

  19. >Captain Bollocks, for instance – unless Captain Bollocks has been registered to DC Comics, which wouldn?t surprise me.

    sounds like a character from a porn film! these were quite good, i’d not watched the smeg ups for a while, so this was a nice trip down memory lane.

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