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BBC p!sses on own legacy; general concept of creativity [May. 12th, 2007|01:26 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
Under new guidelines regarding end credits, Monty Python's Flying Circus as well as some other less historically significant programmes could not have been produced as broadcast. Still, at least they'll get the brand across eh?

I love the BBC, I really do, but sh!t like this makes it incredibly hard to argue the case for them.
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[User Picture]From: missfrost
2007-05-12 12:48 pm (UTC)
Incredible. I already hate the squishing effect when you're trying to catch an actor's name, but to specify credits must be squishable is bizarre. Presumably it's a ploy to keep you watching, but they've rather missed the point that programmes can use the credits to keep you watching by including extras.
I can't think of a BBC example (suspiciously) but Press Gang with its voiceover, Police Squad with its extra action, and Xena/Hercules with a hilarious unique "disclaimer" right at the end of the text are good examples of this.
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[User Picture]From: braisedbywolves
2007-05-12 04:02 pm (UTC)
The Day Today used to have stuff during the credits - Chris Morris shooting up, a party breaking out in the newsroom, that sort of thing.
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[User Picture]From: tomatorama
2007-05-12 01:17 pm (UTC)
Wow BBC, LOSE. How about not squishing credits in the first place? Can't read them, and ruins the atmosphere. I don't like when programmes start and then have the titles 10 minutes after the first scene when it is a drama and the first scene involves people you've never seen before. Like with House or Monk, sometimes when it's on the DVD recorder, I don't know which one it is, or if it's something entirely different. Casualty is doing well to put its titles first. Oh and Lost LOSES for various reasons including having opening credits still going up after the first ad break. I would never say hey no programmes may do this now. Maybe just a screen at the beginning saying 'Sup, it's Monk not House or something else'.
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[User Picture]From: braisedbywolves
2007-05-12 03:59 pm (UTC)
Seriously? Lost's credits are kind of exemplary - 10 seconds of title, then everything else is ignorable. I mean, you do understand that this stuff is made in America, where there's an ad break after those first 10 minutes?
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[User Picture]From: tomatorama
2007-05-12 06:33 pm (UTC)
I like the 10 second title. That tells you what it is and that's that. But I was waiting for a programme that was still doing credits after the first break, it seemed to be heading that way, and Lost sticks in my mind as the first one I noticed to do that. Just kind of distracting.
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[User Picture]From: frightened
2007-05-12 04:31 pm (UTC)
Well that's crap, boring and petty. Bad BBC! No biscuit!
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