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Yes, this episode only has repeat view appeal to scrutinise the details of how they achieved the event, it’s a one shot deal otherwise. 

 

Even my raving at the other half to watch it on account of how great it was completely ruined the premise; if it was a genuine technical fault (as we were supposed to think) it would have been a terrible broadcast!

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9 minutes ago, Popo said:

Yes, this episode only has repeat view appeal to scrutinise the details of how they achieved the event, it’s a one shot deal otherwise. 

 

Even my raving at the other half to watch it on account of how great it was completely ruined the premise; if it was a genuine technical fault (as we were supposed to think) it would have been a terrible broadcast!

Totally agree. I loved this episode, and thought it was one of the most exciting pieces of live telly I've seen in years. But it's very much a one off viewing, and not really comparable to their normal shows. 

 

It was all about pulling the rug from under the viewers feet, and playing with the form. And they did it superbly. 

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23 hours ago, Don Wiskerando said:

That's not the story.  That's just the framing device for the real story in which Stephanie Cole is just playing Stephanie Cole.

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After watching it the second time (my mum hadn't seen it live so I tried to 'trick' her in regards to the sound issues when it was on iPlayer and my disgust that they didn't correct the live show) it became a bit more clearer in regards to what happened. It was probably obvious to most but for me when I was seeing it live I was curious as to what was going on rather than really knowing what the backstory behind the curse was.

 

Essentially they had a worker there by the name of Alan who died in a fire about 10 years ago I think it was? But I think it's also had a string of events in the past where other things had happened (hence the older footage). Alan appeared in some parts sending a warning through the transmission that the others want everone kept away. I think that was the general gist of it?

 

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We recorded it and were fooled by the technical problems. We switched it off to watch something else and I had a look on twitter as I assumed the guys would be gutted only to realise it was all part of the show.

 

We finished watching our alternative program and went back and watched it and enjoyed it :)

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I've finally got round to watching this on Netflix (only yesterday realised they're repeating it on BBC2), and it's the best TV I've seen for ages. I'm almost finished with series 3.

 

I rewatched The League of Gentlemen not so long ago, and thought it was quite dated in places. Inside No 9 shows how far they've matured in all aspects of writing - plot structure, the brilliantly well-hidden twists and counter twists, the ability to create memorable one-off characters, cracking dialogue, the swtich from hilarity to delicious nastiness. Even some of the lesser episodes have so much going for them. And as performers they've never been better. Steve Pemberton in particular is fantastic - I always thought he was the best and most versatile actor of the three (compare the average-bloke-down-the-pub Mike with the terrifying Pop, for instance).

 

The Devil of Christmas, though. Holy. Shit. :o

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Just binged watched all of this over the last week or so.  What a fucking stupendously great programme.   Best thing I've seen in ages.  

 

Hard to pick favourites, but I'd vote:

S1: Tom & Gerri

S2: 12 Days of Christine

S3: OH GOD THESE WERE ALL EXCELLENT, Diddle Diddle Dumnpling was probably my favourite though

S4: OH GOD THESE WERE EVEN MORE ALL EXCELLENT. Can't choose..  Though 'And the winner is' was probably the weakest / least twisted. 

 

Roll on Season 5.  :wub:

 

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On 29/01/2019 at 14:30, Hanzo the Razor said:

I hadn't at the time but have since! Fucking superb. Especially funny as my gf recounted a story of how her parents watched it live but bought into the 'problems' so much that they changed channel! Fucking hell lol. 

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I thought the reveal at the end wasn't needed as the idea itself was interesting enough.

 

Linesman Minnelli is going to take some beating jokes wise though.

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