20 of the greatest subtitle fails in BBC history
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There are few things the internet takes such great delight in as minor errors on the BBC.
How we all chuckled when that guy inexplicably held that pack of printer paper instead of an iPad, how we enjoyed it when there were two minutes of accidental silence at the start of a news broadcast and how we laughed literally out loud when those cute kids interrupted that live interview about the political situation in South Korea.
But if there’s one thing that’s a consistent bringer of mirth on dear old Auntie, it’s subtitling fails, and there was another corker last September, when BBC Breakfast were unnecessarily rude about the Norfolk town of Cromer:
Presenter Dan Walker was quick to explain:
But too late: for it had spread across the internet like wildfire.
Naturally, it immediately reminded us of all of those other wonderful times the subtitling team has popped off for a tea and left it on auto with hilarious results and thought, “why don’t we put them all in one place?”
So we did. And here they are.
A nice ‘alt-error’ for the subtitling community here, as a mix-up meant that soap dialogue was shown over footage of Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. An error which seemed, somehow, extremely fitting.