A pink slip for the BBC graphics department

There's a BBC graphic artist who may well have been called in for an uncomfortable meeting with his boss this week after this classic appeared on air.

Needless to say it's not the first time a TV graphics department has screwed up. There's nothing funny about the disappearance of Molly Bish but it's hard not to suppress a giggle at the appearance of the suspect in this local news footage.

And it's back to the Beeb for one of the funniest unscripted moments in the history of children's TV. I suppose the Blue Peter team were asking for trouble when they decided to bring an elephant onto a live show. "Oh dear. I've trod right in it," says John Noakes. The same could be said for the whole team.

I also seem to recall another Blue Peter classic where fellow presenter Peter Purvis stood at the ornate door of a cathedral and exclaimed: "What a lovely pair of knockers."

Or maybe I'm imagining that one.


  1. The first one is certainly a serious offense but then again it could be advertising for Father's Day ...afterall, what bloke wouldn't like some of those on his special day?

  2. That is hilarious. I can't believe they let that slide.

  3. That's embarrassing tv at its worst. It was funny how they first tried to act like nobody would notice the elephant peed and then pooped. It just got worse from there.
    Have a nice weekend, David.

  4. Those guys deserve a Blue Peter Badge for puttin' up wi that wee feisty ellie. that made me giggle.

  5. Hi there, you're right about the 'what a lovely pair of knockers' comment happening but it was Simon Groom who uttered the immortal line in an episode broadcast in 1980. Classic! Really enjoyed this, thanks :-)

  6. Ah...bet its fun to watch but not fun for the guys who committed them, in the next meeting with the boss....

  7. LOL...these were fun! Especially the Blue Peter video!

    I do often wonder how many of the graphic mistakes over the years have been 'intentional'-- like they thought they were being clever...

  8. HA! Thanks for the giggles. :)

  9. maybe it was a subliminal message from the graphics guy Empress - a guy, obviously. I know, funny eh - Oilfield. Thank Robyn. I love the show must go on attitude of the Blue Peter team. for sure Scots Lass. TV isn't the same. we need sticky backed plastic. Oh was it Frog, yup now I recall it, you are right. I'd like to be a fly on the wall, Rek. I know e.a.s - the Blue Peter one is the best - always happy to oblige Daisy


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