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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 »
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
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
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
I miss BBC Ceefax - Kessuki
3 items from 2014