24 (update)

Yesterday I mentioned how the BBC had screwed up the transmission of Sunday’s episode of 24. I didn’t mention that I’d fired off a letter of complaint to various email addresses at the BBC, including the Radio Times.

Last night I got an email from the RT thanking me for my letter and telling me that it was being considered for publication.

Do I really want to be the kind of person who writes letters to the Radio Times?


  1. Sure. Here it is (if it does get published, I’m sure they’ll edit it).

    I was watching 24 on BBC Three last night. At about 22:50 during a typically tense 24 scene, a pre-recorded announcement was played over the top of the dialogue. This made the dialogue impossible to hear and therefore severely spoiled my enjoyment of the programme.

    At first I thought it might be an accident, but as the announcement wasn’t cut off but played to the end and as there was no apology for it over the credits (just the _same_ announcement played again) it’s hard to accept that explanation.

    It’s bad enough that we have to suffer a permanent logo on screen in case we’re too stupid to know which channel we are watching and that you have now started putting visual trailers for the next programme on before the previous programme has finished. But ruining the audio track in this way is just inexcusable. How can we phone in and discuss the programme on Pure 24 if we haven’t been able to to hear some of it?

    It’s easy to understand why people are downloading programmes from the US when the BBC treats the shows and it’s viewers with such disdain.

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