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Lord Mayor's Show is a bit of an own goal for BBC

14 November 2011 6:43 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Corporation wiped several episodes of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's groundbreaking 1960s comedy series Not Only But Also yet has kept every Lord Mayor's Show

Was there ever a more shocking example of cultural vandalism than the BBC's wiping of several episodes of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's groundbreaking 1960s comedy series Not Only But Also? Granted, tape was very expensive in those days, and judgements had to be made about what was worth preserving; but any sympathy you might have for the poor saps who had to make those calls tends to dissipate with the knowledge that every single one of the Lord Mayor's Shows from that era – possibly recorded over Pete and Dud – was kept.

I am guessing those old Lord Mayor's Shows are not the most in-demand items in the archives, especially as the BBC still broadcasts the event every year. Colour and pageantry, »

- Martin Kelner

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