Merry Christmas VT

Ahh, we were all so much thinner back in the seventies.
One of the highlights of this year’s festive telly is It Started With Swap Shop.
As previously discussed in this blog, it will reunite Saturday morning presenters Noel Edmonds, Keith Chegwin, Maggie Philbin and John Craven.
Screened on BBC2 at 9pm on Thursday December 28, the marathon 130-minute show also features successors Saturday Superstore, Going Live and Live And Kicking.

This archive clip on You Tube reminded me of the old festive videos compiled by the BBC’s Video Tape department.
In the days before shows like It’ll Be Alright On The Night and Outtake TV were thought of, these prized compilations of bloopers were circulated privately within the television and media industry.
TV presenters, actors and performers who got into a bit of a mess in front of the cameras knew they might end up on the annual tape, and would sign off by saying: “Merry Christmas, VT.”
And then someone realised that, perhaps, all this material might actually make a hit series in itself…
Swap Shop Returns