It’s a hundred years of the BBFC – though it went a bit soft when it changed from the British Board of Film Censors to the touchy-feely British Board of Film Classification. And surely the reassuring words of Simon Bates were way more fun before a film than those endless piracy warnings. Anyway, to celebrate here’s a look at how, if their views were considered too liberal, local councils were still able to ban films anyway, most notably those councils who banned Life of Brian even though there were no cinemas under their jurisdiction anyway.
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Despite wearing the worst jumper in television history and getting the names of at least four songs wrong, Bates impressed the producers enough a few weeks ago to be invited back here, and indeed invited back every few weeks for the next eight years. Still he’s not on much and if you’re a fan of uncharismatic bespectacled men who look a bit out of place, you’re in luck because we also get Rupert Holmes. In fact it’s a right eclectic mix because the whole show lasts a whopping 45 minutes – so well worth recording the late one – and as they scour the lower reaches of the charts to fill out the line-up there’s a debut for a very famous band indeed.
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