The UK release of the Series XI Bluray/DVD is a mere two days away. As is often the case with internet pre-orders, some lucky fans have already received their copies through the post. Imagine their delight as they rip open the packaging to take a look at their shiny Bluray steelbooks in the flesh for the first time. They turn it round to pore over the details contained on the rear. There’s a photo of the main cast, a list of exciting extras, the now-familiar series synopsis, and of course the list of… wait, that doesn’t say Twentica. And that doesn’t say Samsara. What the shitting crikey is happening here?
Yes folks, I can’t quite believe I’m saying this, but the slipcase for the Series XI Bluray steelbook contains the wrong episode titles. And I’m struggling even more to believe that I’m saying this bit, but not only that, they’ve actually printed the episode titles for Series XII instead. Needless to say, if you don’t want any further information, you probably ought to stop reading now.
Our heartfelt thanks to neildo for drawing our attention to this on the forum, and to all those who kept it discreet until we’d figured out what was going on. But it’s out there now – the merest of Twitter searches reveals these photographs, with all the gory details:
— Would I Lie To You? (@OllieBarrett87) November 12, 2016
I mean… it’s… I just… wow. Completely baffled and utterly speechless. It’s impossible to overstate how monumental an error this is. It’s one thing to have fucked up the cover art for a Bluray release, but quite another to do so like this, in a manner that also fucks up the next series of the show to some degree. Several hard-working professional people are going to be utterly mortified right now, so it’s probably best to react with amusement more than anything else, for their sake.
For so many reasons, it’s hard to know how to react to this. Whenever something breaks that the production would clearly rather hadn’t broken, it presents us at G&T with the dilemma of whether to bring it to a wider audience. But when the information has been printed out and mailed directly to the hardest of hardcore fans, and is presumably also winging its way to the shelves of retailers up and down the country, I don’t see how we can ignore it.
However, the spoiler policy still stands – any information gleaned from attending the recordings of Series XII episodes is not to be posted anywhere. If you were in the audience, please don’t use this knowledge to indicate which episodes are which, but everyone else is free to have a guess, and to speculate as to the content of the episodes, so long as nobody in the know confirms or denies.
But bloody hell, eh? Starbug photos posted by UKTV execs, the XI titles and synopses accidentally appearing online a week early, Krysis accidentally appearing online a day early, the XI DVD extras accidentally appearing online a fortnight early, and now this? As John Hoare pointed out back in April, why is it that the fans are so much better at keeping the show’s secrets than anyone who works on it?