Shut Up, Network!

  • 6/02/2010 05:13:00 pm
  • By Mark Gibbings-Jones

Really, we know we’ve blogged this before, but it really should become an annual event, that we put up at the time of year that Eurovision comes around. A swearier version of Dinner For One, if you like. It’s that video of legendarily short tempered BBC producer Stewart Morris, and his gallery talkback track from Eurovision 1977. ROLLER!


If he’d been in the gallery for Eurovision 2010’s complicated pan-European flashmob dancing interval, his fury might well have actually destroyed Norway.

Anyway, here are a couple more gallery talkback videos from YouTube. First up, early 1980s Saturday morning kids show No. 73, with someone saying “oh bollocks” within about ten seconds. (HERE, as embedding is disabled.) From the same uploader, here’s the gallery chatter for a 1990 episode of Motormouth, in a similarly non-embeddable video.

You know what? We hate it when people disable the embedding on their YouTube videos. “Ooh, you’re not making this video go viral, so there.  No, you’ll have to get people looking at the full video page, which has my name on it, because I’m so very important. I’m very stringent with this policy, I’ll have you know. For example, I refuse to let people phone me. I insist that they actually have to come to my house if they want to tell me something. If they’re not willing to do that, I’m not interested. Additionally, I don’t own a television. If anyone wants to entertain me, they can bloody well come around to my house, and perform an episode of Luther, or Antiques Roadshow, or Match Of The Day, in my front room. Really. This is my policy… someone please visit me. I’m so very lonely.”

That is the thought process behind every single person who makes their YouTube videos embeddable.

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