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Pundit Watch: Whispering Neville, Thierry's cardie and Pearce's bungle

16 June 2014 4:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Have you heard the one about Phil Neville's World Cup commentary. I Said Have You Heard The One About Phil Neville'S World Cup Commentary!

The BBC's World Cup coverage launched in full over the weekend and despite having approximately 456 pundits flown out to Brazil, somebody, somewhere thought it was a smart idea to give Phil Neville his first big co-commentary gig in the England v Italy game.

Don't worry, Phil, there's only 15 million people watching. Nobody will notice if you get off to a shaky start. Oh, hang on.

Barely registering above a whisper, Neville sounded like he'd come straight off the set of Jamaica Inn. Throw in a staccato presentation manner, which meant that he barely broke into sentences longer than half a dozen lines long (Was he actually being really smart and speaking in Haikus?), and you've got a recipe for one the most simultaneously snooze-inducing »

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World Cup Announcer Jonathan Pearce's Gaffes Set Off Twitter Storm

15 June 2014 3:06 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Former “Robot Wars” commentator Jonathan Pearce had a tough time telling goals from non-goals during the TV broadcast of Sunday's France-Honduras World Cup matchup in Brazil, and he caught major heat from the Twitter-verse over it. Despite slow-motion replays which showed the Honduras goalie inadvertently pushing the ball over the line and into the net for a goal, the British commentator seemed befuddled by the officials’ tech-aided call. Also see: Hollywood Kickin’ It at the World Cup: Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, Leonardo DiCaprio (Photos) “First they're saying it's not a goal, then they're saying it's crossed the line. Which is it? »

- Todd Cunningham

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Robot Wars was the start of the weekend! DS readers' BBC Two memories

17 April 2014 6:35 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC Two celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend and we've been asking our readers for their fondest memories and favourite ever shows from the channel.

Here is just a small sample of your replies.

The Day Today - Snossis

"No one's mentioned The Day Today! Groundbreaking stuff! Also, I'm Alan Partridge was probably the best sitcom of the 90s."

Robot Wars was the start of the weekend! - Bassebuwa

"Everyone born in the late 80s/early 90s will remember having their tea in front of The Simpsons, Fresh Prince and - to mark the start of the weekend - Robot Wars. BBC Two used to be incredible. It's a shame it's now a shadow of its former self."

Bring back Red Dwarf! - Pointy

"Red Dwarf and The Mary Whitehouse Experience meant a lot to the 11-year-old me. Thank you, BBC Two."

I miss BBC Ceefax - Kessuki

"Buffy The Vampire Slayer, »

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