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    Thinking about the Danny Baker (I know it was radio in his case but it doesn't matter), Have I Got News For You, and Jeremy Kyle incidents in the past week or so, it made me think of how many TV series had been suspended, postponed or even axed due to one thing or another. Perhaps they were shown at a later date around six months later, or were left to fester in the archives, never to be seen again? I don't want to talk about them, but about the programmes from the 1970s and 1980s. In many cases, they are things such as dramas that have been postponed because of similarities with real life events making the news, or something within that vein.

    One obvious example was the Michael Lush incident on the Late, Late Breakfast Show which I vaguely remember - I would have thought that the Saturday Roadshow and even Noel's House Party wouldn't have been made because of what had happened back in 1986. Mentioning House Party reminds me of the first edition of 1998 which was never transmitted because of a row over Edmonds' payment for the programme.

    There are those programmes which were postponed as a mark of respect - when Eamonn Andrews died during the early hours of Guy Fawkes' Day in 1987, (I remember going to school that morning where something special was happening in the hall), This is Your Life was suspended from the ITV listings and the three remaining editions that Andrews did were scheduled in early 1988 - only a few hours before, we saw that he surprised Northern Ireland comedian Jimmy Cricket with the Big Red Book - my late father said that Andrews looked a bit peaky in that episode at the time.

    There was also the showing of Mind the Baby Mr Bean which was postponed twice because of the similarities with the Bulger incident - on its first TX in 1993 it was replaced by the first showing of the Mr Bean in Room 422, and on the second, it was replaced by a repeat of an earlier episode. It was eventually shown in 1994 a few months after the case was concluded.

    I suppose that sports coverage such as the 1993 Grand National could be seen as marginal in that respect...

    Antiques Inspectors was hosted by Jill Dando and the first edition was shown the day before she was killed - the remaining episodes went out a few months later in an identical slot.

    And there have been programmes that have simply been postponed because of some news coverage breaking such as a Royal death or a shock resignation pushing regular programmes (but probably not soaps) to one side. It must have happened with regarding topical and satire programmes such as Spitting Image - the Have I Got News fore You example would be something similar to that.

    Can anyone remember any more? - Perhaps you had a video recording of it at the time? Long before home domestic VCRs in most places, I am certain from what I have read that the 1972 Olympic coverage being cancelled meant that the pilot of Are You Being Served? was transmitted a lot earlier than anticipated.
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    George, you have a remarkable memory for this type of stuff,i can't remember what i had for breakfast which is not really fitting on a forum named "do you remember"
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    The most famous such incident I can recall was when the snooker was interrupted by live coverage of the Iranian Embassy siege in 1980...
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    The comedy drama If You See God Tell him was put back a few times due to some controversial content.

    Sin On Saturday was dropped due to poor ratings & controversy over the studio discussion, not helped by having Oliver Reed being interviewed in one installment.

    There was sometihng with Frankie Howerd set in the Second World War in which was mothballed due to the Falklands & not shown for years afterwards. Soldier Soldier was also held back a few months because of the Gulf War.

    A few soaps have had to drop storylines due to their similarity to real life events.

    Occasionally some films have been rescheduled for similar reasons, I remember a screening of The Fugitive was replaced after a train crash happened a day or 2 before.

    Scum & possibly a few other one off dramas were unscreened for years.
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    Coverage of the grand national some years ago due to i believe a terrorist threat? (happy to be corrected)
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    JOHN GAUNT BEING SACKED.

    I REMEMBER WELL LISTENING TO HIM ON AIR AS HE SAID IT.

    Gaunt hosted a mid-morning
    current affairs show on Talksport. On 18 November 2008 it was announced that Talksport had terminated Gaunt's contract following an interview with Redbridge Council's Michael Stark on 7 November, in which Gaunt branded Councillor Stark a "Nazi", and "an ignorant pig" live on air in a discussion about whether smokers should be allowed to foster children in care. Gaunt felt that the policy was draconian and would leave children in care.



    where he believed that they would be in much more danger. He had criticised Redbridge Council in similar terms in his
    Sun newspaper column that morning.[5]Ofcom later found Talksport in "breach of broadcasting rules" as a result of the incident[6] and Jon Gaunt's appeal failed. "The broadcast was undoubtedly highly offensive to Mr Stark and was well capable of offending the broadcast audience."[7]
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    I remember James Whale being suspended from his radio show for plugging Boris Johnson's run for Mayor.
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    Michael Barrymore made a whole season of Kids Say The Funniest Things, which was pulled from the schedule after the Lubbock scandal, and never shown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tex View Post
    George, you have a remarkable memory for this type of stuff,i can't remember what i had for breakfast which is not really fitting on a forum named "do you remember"
    Well a lot of them are not really personal memories from the time itself, but memories from looking at Wikipedia and other factual TV history books.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tex View Post
    Coverage of the grand national some years ago due to i believe a terrorist threat? (happy to be corrected)
    Apart from the 1993 coverage, wasn't there something around 1997 which prevented the races from going ahead, and so it was held the following Monday?
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