For television stations around the world, December is the season of the Christmas tape
. Unlike ordinary blooper reels, Christmas tapes (also known as goof tapes) are produced as entertainment for the staff Christmas party, with the intention that they will never be seen by the general public. Tropes of the genre include
cruel practical jokes
, after-hours misuse of the studio's green screen
, in-jokes about unreliable equipment
, sarcastic assessments of colleagues' work habits
, and the usual piece-to-camera screwups
. The B-B-C's tradition of in-house production, however, has ensured that its Christmas tapes contain such oddities as indecent daleks
, Nazi weather presenters
and on one occasion, a rather bad
. Most links mildly NSFW.
posted by embrangled
on Dec 22, 2009 -
Park your carcass in front of the TV for the next six weeks. Here
is the upcoming broadcast schedule for every show that has even the tiniest connection to The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
posted by Kibbutz
on Nov 21, 2007 -
Was Christmas TV really ever all that special?
'Off The Telly' reviews three decades of Christmas Day television in Britain. "It's funny...that Christmas time is actually an excuse for some of the worst TV atrocities of the year to be inflicted upon us. Christmas telly does not equate with quality. And yet, never does TV become a more integral part of our own family or personal routines and traditions. And never are we so receptive to a gathering of disparate middle-of-the-road celebrities and their stale party pieces." And for the ultra-cynic, TV-Go-Home's Charlie Booker presents an alternative schedule
posted by feelinglistless
on Dec 24, 2001 -