A BBC analysis of 19 chocolate products between 2014 and 2018, revealed that 18 of them had shrunk in size. The worst hit by โ€˜shrinkflationโ€™ in the study was a four-pack of Snickers, which reduced by 28.1%, from 232g to 167g theboar.org/2018/11/how-sโ€ฆ
The Young Ones comedy had bands playing at random parts in episodes so it was classed as 'light entertainment' and not a sitcom, as the BBC has no budget for sitcoms at the time eightieskids.com/you-wontโ€ฆ
In 1989, a man placed a ยฃ30 bet that as of January 1, 2000: U2 would still be active; Cliff Richard would be knighted; EastEnders would still be a weekly BBC show; and Neighbours and Home and Away would still be on British TV. He was given odds of 6,479-1, and in January 2000 collected ยฃ194,400 bettingdoctor.co.uk/blog/โ€ฆ
A 1949 BBC memo forbade employees to use desk lamps unless the main room light was on. The head of the Variety department believed that a man working at a desk in a confined space with only the light from a low-wattage lamp would nurture furtive ideas and produce degenerate programme material. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angโ€ฆ
Several people accused actor Kiell Smith-Bynoe of putting on blackface when he appeared in a promotional film for the BBC. He is in fact black. inews.co.uk/culture/televโ€ฆ
In 1990, BBCโ€™s Tomorrowโ€™s World featured a white, sticky coating with astonishing heat-resisting properties, Starlite. In a demonstration, a raw egg painted with the stuff stayed raw in the heat of a blowtorch. The inventor died in 2011, having failed to strike a deal with any manufacturer. sciencefocus.com/science/โ€ฆ
Ridley Scott, director of Alien, was originally assigned the role of designing the Daleks. The responsibility was then given to Raymond Cusick after Scott left the BBC. bbc.co.uk/programmes/artiโ€ฆ
An ethical hacker called Jim Browning (Alias) routinely tracks down internet scammers who exploit old and vulnerable people online. He managed to shut down a company that scammed people with the help of BBC recently. youtu.be/le71yVPh4uk
On April Fools Day 1965 the BBC aired an interview with the supposed inventor of "SmelloVision" who cut onions and brewed coffee to prove he could transmit scents through a television screen. Viewers called and confirmed that they had received the smells. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smeโ€ฆ
In 1978 Sex Pistols member John Lydon (AKA Johnny Rotten) called out Jimmy Saville as a sexual predator during a BBC interview. The clip was edited out before broadcast louderthanwar.com/interesโ€ฆ
A parking garage in Derby, UK was once listed by BBC Focus as one of the 10 most secure locations in the world, along with Fort Knox, Air Force One, and Area 51. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolโ€ฆ
The first time "Fuck" was ever said on TV was in 1965 when British critic Kenneth Tynan inquired "What exactly is wrong with the word 'fuck'?". Four house of commons motions signed by 133 Tory and Labour backbenchers were tabled and the BBC broadcasted a formal apology. theguardian.com/media/200โ€ฆ
David Tennant was so popular as the Tenth Doctor in Doctor Who that the BBC considered cancelling the show upon his exit rather than casting a new Doctor, as they thought the show would fail without him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenโ€ฆ
David Bowie founded the โ€œSociety for the Prevention of Cruelty to Men with Long Hairโ€ when he was 17. The BBC interviewed him about it on which he stated โ€œIt's not nice when people call you darling and that" davidbowienews.com/2014/0โ€ฆ
In 2008 the BBC created a film trailer for a nature documentary featuring flying penguins. It was hosted by Monty Pythonโ€™s Terry Jones and directed by Prof Alid Loyas, an Anagram for April Fools Day. Indeed, the trailer premiered April 1st, as an elaborate April Fools prank made using CGI. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flyโ€ฆ
TV's first spinoff was "The Adventures of Champion", which was spun off from the Gene Autry show in 1955-56. Champion was Autry's horse. The show was re-run many times from the 1970's to the early 90's by the BBC under the title "Champion the Wonder Horse". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the BBC series Casualty. At 34 seasons and more than 1100 episodes it is the longest-running emergency medical drama television series in the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casโ€ฆ
BBC was cautious about producing realistic documentaries about the effects of Nuclear War. They feared a realistic portrayal would result in mass suicide. It only changed in 1982, with cold war tensions increasing. scotsman.com/arts-and-culโ€ฆ
Before 1975, the BBC overwrote or destroyed old show tapes. Hundreds of Doctor Who episodes were thought lost forever, until a worldwide hunt began to turn them upโ€”e.g. 2 in a London Mormon Church, and a goldmine 9 in Nigeria (employees had ignored instructions to burn them). 97 remain unfound. mentalfloss.com/article/5โ€ฆ
The song "Monster Mash" was banned by BBC in 1962 from airplay on the grounds that it was "too morbid." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monโ€ฆ
The BBC almost didn't air the first report from the Belsen concentration camp as they couldn't believe its content. They only relented when journalist Richard Dimbleby threatened to resign if they didn't. bbc.co.uk/archive/richardโ€ฆ
On Halloween night 1991 the BBC broadcast a one-off drama, 'Ghostwatch', which portrayed itself as a live investigative broadcast from a haunted house. 30,000 people complained about being tricked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghoโ€ฆ
The game MindQuiz was pulled out of store shelves after a mother of a son who died of celebral palsy got her ranking rated as "Super Spastic" and reported it to BBC. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_neโ€ฆ
David Bowie was turned down by a BBC talent selection group just before his breakthrough, stating โ€œamateur sounding vocalist who sings wrong notes and out of tuneโ€. theguardian.com/music/201โ€ฆ
The BBC had no policy of archiving material until 1978, and most of the material before this date is lost. This includes The Beatles' only live appearance on Top Of The Pops and many episodes of Doctor Who. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wipโ€ฆ
In 1971, the original tapes for Monty Python were almost erased and destroyed by the BBC. This was intended as a cost saving measure to reuse the tapes. Terry Gilliam bought them all and saved them. edition.cnn.com/2009/SHOWโ€ฆ
For BBC TV widescreen test transmissions in the late 90s the soundtrack was an Aphex Twin track with permission given by Richard James himself in a phone call with the engineers creating it who got Warpโ€™s number from a phone book youtu.be/Ok06G7E07Ik
According to a 2001 study, sponsored by the BBC, France 3 and Discovery Channel, Jesus's skin would have been more olive-colored than white or black, and that he would have most likely looked like a typical Galilean Semite of his day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racโ€ฆ
A BBC reporter saw a Queen death reporting rehearsal and thought it was real, and tweeted that the Queen was in hospital, then that the Queen had died - as in the scenario. Since the Queen was in hospital for a check-up on that day, many news outlets assumed the info was true and reported on it bbc.com/news/uk-33432647
Today I learned of Guy Goma, who was accidentally interviewed live on BBC News as an expert while only there for an interview as an accountant bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-3626โ€ฆ
The BBC were infamous for "wiping" tapes of their shows (fans of Doctor Who know this story very well). But it's even worse then you'd expect. It's estimated 60 to 70 percent of all BBC programming produced between the mid-1950s and mid-1970s was deleted. mentalfloss.com/article/5โ€ฆ
BBC once mistaken the UNSC logo of the video game Halo as the United Nations Security Council logo independent.ie/business/tโ€ฆ
A Belgian Catholic priest and professor of physics named Georges Lemaรฎtre proposed the "hypothesis of the primeval atom" in 1927, it was published in the December 1932 issue of Popular Science, and then in 1949 astronomer Fred Hoyle coined it the "Big Bang Theory" on a BBC Radio broadcast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoโ€ฆ
Monty Python sued ABC over their censorship of season 4 of their show. ABC had cut punchlines and entire characters. The judge and jury watched two versions of a season 4 episode; a BBC one they laughed at, and an edited ABC one which no one laughed at. The judge ruled in ABCโ€™s favour. montypython.com/tvshow_Moโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest, an April Fool's Day prank pulled by the BBC in 1957. Their highly respected news anchor reported a good harvest due to the disappearance of the 'Spaghetti Weevil', accompanied by footage of people removing spaghetti from trees. This sparked many complaints. hoaxes.org/archive/permalโ€ฆ
Just before Live Aid, Freddie Mercury was told by his doctor not to do the show because of some vocal trouble. He of course, ignored it, and went on to deliver a 20 minutes show that, according to a BBC poll, is the greatest live performance of all time. attitude.co.uk/article/quโ€ฆ
"Creep" by Radiohead was banned by the BBC in 1992 for being too depressing faroutmagazine.co.uk/beatโ€ฆ
Petra, the Blue Peter dog for 15 years, who was so loved there is even a statue of her at BBC television centre, was actually a replacement. The original Petra died two days after her debut and the show makers hastily found a lookalike to avoid upsetting the viewers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluโ€ฆ
In 1942 the song "Deep in the Heart of Texas" was banned by BBC during working hours on the grounds that its infectious melody might cause wartime factory-hands to neglect their tools while they clapped in time with the song. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deeโ€ฆ
In 2017, the CIA released over 470,000 files that were on Osama Bin Laden's hard drive to the public with the exception of copyright material and some porn. It was found he had Final Fantasy 7, Ice Age, and Resident Evil along with several BBC and CNN documentaries on him. cia.gov/news-information/โ€ฆ
On April 18, 1930 the BBC made an announcement at the beginning of its daily radio program that there was no news. For the rest of the 15-minute time slot, the station played only piano music and it became known in history as The Day Without Newsโ€™ atlasobscura.com/articlesโ€ฆ
In 1990, BBCโ€™s Tomorrowโ€™s World featured a white, sticky coating with astonishing heat-resisting properties, Starlite. In a demonstration, a raw egg painted with the stuff stayed raw in the heat of a blowtorch. The inventor died in 2011, having failed to strike a deal with any manufacturer. sciencefocus.com/science/โ€ฆ
The BBC once managed to convince people that spaghetti grew on trees by showing a three-minute 'documentary' on April's fools day youtube.com/watch?v=YCks8โ€ฆ
Today I learned the BBC runs a pidgin English news service. bbc.com/pidgin/world
A then unknown Bob Dylan starred in the television play โ€œMadhouse on Castle Streetโ€ on the BBC in 1963. It was later junked and no copies have survived. It is considered a lost artwork. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madโ€ฆ
When Queen Elizabeth II dies, the BBC will cancel all comedy programming for 12 days businessinsider.com/what-โ€ฆ
On Halloween 1992, a BBC mock documentary "Ghostwatch" was mistaken for a real one amongst most of its 11 million UK viewers (receiving 20,000 complaints about its scary content), and was never broadcast again after that experience mentalfloss.com/article/8โ€ฆ
In 2002 the Irish folk anthem A Nation Once Again won BBC World Service's poll for the world's most popular song following an e-mail campaign urging Irish expats to vote for it. breakingnews.ie/showbiz/iโ€ฆ
Today I learned about how BBC once convinced people Spaghetti grew on trees. In 1957,BBC broadcast a 3min program about Switzerland farms growing Spaghetti trees. The farmers harvested them and put in the sun to dry them.The presenter explained Spaghetti always grows to the same length. People believed it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaโ€ฆ
Today I learned about a journalist/broadcaster from BBC who was assassinated at a bus stop in London by the KGB. A 1.7mm pallet was shot in his leg from the tip of an umbrella. The coating of the pallet melted and allowed the deadly toxin "Ricin" to be absorbed in his bloodstream. He was dead 4 days later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoโ€ฆ

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