Comic asides

Wednesday, September 20, 2006 by

Just lately there appears to have been an increasing jocular nature to continuity announcements on television, particularly on BBC2.

Last night while talking over the end credits (a particular bugbear of many, along with the dreaded credit squashing) of Have I Got News For You, the announcer gave details of a programme that was going to be on later in the evening. That programme was Dragons’ Den. Now, instead of just telling us the time it was going to start, he attempted to make a joke in relation to the show. His words were: “I’m developing a chocolate teapot, but just can’t get a handle on it.” Bizarre eh? This isn’t like the BBC! It’s getting to be like listening to the comedic announcers on BBC3.

Gone are the days when the only non-programme announcement following a show was something along the lines of: “And Christopher Biggins is now appearing in Don’t Forget Your Underpants Vicar, at the Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue”. Perhaps it’s a good thing, but I don’t suppose we will ever have a return to the time when BBC announcers spoke soberly with “proper” accents, or the days when credits were not spoken over at all…


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