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BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:48 pm
by Simon36
I’ve no idea why this randomly popped into my head. Sometime around 2001, the BBC broadcast a trail (for itself) which caused something of a stir. A lot of people complained about it and it was pulled from further broadcasts. I never saw it but I remember it being talked about; i have a vague memory of it being something to do with the viewer feeling like they were falling off a cliff or something. Does this ring a bell with anyone?

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:10 pm
by Cole

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:34 am
by Simon36
Cole wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:10 pm
Was this it? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4463108.stm
Ah, nice one. It wasn’t the faces one, but the cliffhanger one that’s mentioned at the end of the article. Thank you!

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:21 am
by brigham
I remember the hideous head one; it produced the same uneasiness I got from Doctor Who's 'The Faceless Ones'.
The BBC was on form then. They made you sit up.

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:49 am
by Simon36
And here it is. What on Earth were they thinking!

https://youtu.be/3RiuETHf63M

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:34 pm
by Brock
Simon36 wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:49 am
And here it is. What on Earth were they thinking!

https://youtu.be/3RiuETHf63M
That was horrible. How on earth was it supposed to promote BBC One?

Incidentally it was 2003 rather than 2001.

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:12 pm
by Cole
Simon36 wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:49 am
And here it is. What on Earth were they thinking!

https://youtu.be/3RiuETHf63M
I don't remember the trailer, but that was pretty unpleasant. Also noted that would have cost a few bob to stage only to be used a few times...

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:22 am
by Brock
Cole wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:12 pm
I don't remember the trailer, but that was pretty unpleasant. Also noted that would have cost a few bob to stage only to be used a few times...
That's what I was thinking - at the start I thought it must have been a trail for a new series or even a film, rather than just for a channel. How could they possibly justify the expense?

I'm still scratching my head trying to work out the message. "Everyone likes to watch"? Were they suggesting that BBC One viewers are all goggle-eyed idiots who are so absorbed that they'd rather let someone die than stop watching?

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:38 am
by brigham
WOW!
The BBC really WERE on form then!

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:44 am
by Simon36
The Creative Services department at that time, who made the trails, had huge budgets and a massive amount of creative freedom, ironically unlike the chain of command in programme making itself! I think the fact that there were awards available for the best trails was perhaps more of an end goal than the suitability of something for a channel. It all seemed to be getting awfully self-congratulatory at the time.

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:12 am
by brigham
My first thought was 'if only they would put that much effort into the actual dramas...'
Then I remembered that they did.

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:49 pm
by Brock
Simon36 wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:44 am
awards available for the best trails
Oh, that explains it all. Who gave out these awards? Presumably not anyone who actually watched the programmes.

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:10 pm
by Mark
Brock wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:22 am
Cole wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:12 pm
I don't remember the trailer, but that was pretty unpleasant. Also noted that would have cost a few bob to stage only to be used a few times...
That's what I was thinking - at the start I thought it must have been a trail for a new series or even a film, rather than just for a channel. How could they possibly justify the expense?

I'm still scratching my head trying to work out the message. "Everyone likes to watch"? Were they suggesting that BBC One viewers are all goggle-eyed idiots who are so absorbed that they'd rather let someone die than stop watching?
No, the two biscuit chompers were supposed to be viewers at home watching ( that's why they didn't help her) it was just a way of saying TV viewers love a good Drama.

Bit of a waste of money though.

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:58 am
by Simon36
Mark wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:10 pm
Brock wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:22 am
Cole wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:12 pm
I don't remember the trailer, but that was pretty unpleasant. Also noted that would have cost a few bob to stage only to be used a few times...
That's what I was thinking - at the start I thought it must have been a trail for a new series or even a film, rather than just for a channel. How could they possibly justify the expense?

I'm still scratching my head trying to work out the message. "Everyone likes to watch"? Were they suggesting that BBC One viewers are all goggle-eyed idiots who are so absorbed that they'd rather let someone die than stop watching?
No, the two biscuit chompers were supposed to be viewers at home watching ( that's why they didn't help her) it was just a way of saying TV viewers love a good Drama.

Bit of a waste of money though.
I think that’s the biggest misjudgment of all. If the “viewers” had been on the edge of their seats or clutching each other in suspense, it could have worked, but they are just utterly indifferent, which gives the thing completely the wrong tone and makes them look inhuman. The whole thing feels like a criticism of television and suggests it makes us sadistic and dehumanised.

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 10:04 am
by Brock
Simon36 wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:58 am
The whole thing feels like a criticism of television and suggests it makes us sadistic and dehumanised.
Precisely.

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:37 pm
by spflog1
That really was horrible. I can see what they were aiming for but it failed big time and turned into something seriously unpleasant.

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:51 pm
by Mark
I agree it was misjudged, but the portrayal of the ' Armchair viewers' was more realistic I thought, who sits on the sofa biting their fingernails? , it's usually a family size Pizza, these days!

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:33 am
by brigham
Mark wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:51 pm
I agree it was misjudged, but the portrayal of the ' Armchair viewers' was more realistic I thought, who sits on the sofa biting their fingernails? , it's usually a family size Pizza, these days!
A jaded society, as far as television is concerned.
We've all had too much of a good thing!

Re: BBC trail that was pulled

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:27 am
by Mark
brigham wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:33 am
Mark wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:51 pm
I agree it was misjudged, but the portrayal of the ' Armchair viewers' was more realistic I thought, who sits on the sofa biting their fingernails? , it's usually a family size Pizza, these days!
A jaded society, as far as television is concerned.
We've all had too much of a good thing!
Convenience food to watch convenience TV.