Good old Channel 5. This programme is very, very cheap. It consists of existing footage (some of which is clearly ripped from commercial videos) and links that are shot behind-the-non-existant-scenes in a TV studio. That said, it’s actually not that bad. It’s pedantry, on prime-time terrestrial television. OK, so most of research is done by looking through sites like this, this and this, and the presenter, Rob Deering, can be a sneery cunt, but the mistakes featured are amusing. Personally, I’m in the pro-pedantry camp, as long as it’s just for fun. See this article, which was written by John, but we have identical personalities anyway.

Where was I? Oh yes, TV Mistakes Uncovered Uncut. The 7th December 2003 edition featured a mistake from Confidence and Paranoia, which according to their caption was made in 1992. Isn’t in ironic, don’t you think? The mistake was presented thusly:

DEERING: (from an editing suite) Actors, eh? They get their lines wrong. They surreally mouth the lines of other actors. This is a clip from Red Dwarf, the kitchen sink comedy, which accurately depicts the realities of life on a deserted spaceship. With a hologram. And a robot. And a cat who’s a human.

RIMMER: You will not… you will not be better until they’re gone. They know that, and now they’ve stopped you from getting any treatment.
DEERING: (voice-over) See how Lister mouths someone else’s line.
RIMMER: Where’s Paranoia?
CONFIDENCE: I dunno, is it some place near Uruguay?
[As he says this, LISTER mouths along with the line. This is highlighted by an eliptical shape being drawn around his mouth. We cpin back to the beginning of the line, this time the picture is enhanced so that LISTER and CONFIDENCE fill the screen.]
DEERING: (voice-over) Once more…
CONFIDENCE: I dunno, is it some place near Uruguay?
DEERING: (voice-over) What are you playing at, Scouse Boy?

I’m sorry, but “Scouse Boy” made me laugh. I’m a sucker for rubbish insults. Interesting to hear the Dwarf referred to as “observational”; it’s usually billed as ‘zany’ or ‘madcap’, or something similarly ridiculous. I approve of this, as it emphasises the character-based comedy, and nobody comes away with the false impression that the show is a spoof or a suchlike.

The show went on to feature production errors from South Park and The Simpsons; two shows that are utterly realistic in every way, and would never intentionally show characters surviving from falling down a canyon or being dying and being resurrected every week. But I do love the show. Someone pointing out that Anthony Head’s glasses keep coming on and off, or that a crew member can be seen on the restaurant set of Fawlty Towers, or even that a newspaper switches hands while Mackensie Cunting Crook hits someone over the head with it, is a marvellous thing. If only the presenter stopped referring to ‘nerds’, ‘geeks’ and ‘computer programmers’, it would be perfect.

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