Anorak | A history of TV mix-ups

A history of TV mix-ups

by | 27th, March 2012

A HISTORY of TV mix-ups when things go deliciously wrong on the magic box:

Jocky Wilson/Jackie Wilson

The late Jocky Wilson has been remembered fondly elsewhere on Anorak, but one memory lingers: his “appearance” on Top of the Pops. Sure enough, as Dexy’s Midnight Runners blasted out “Jackie Wilson Says” Van Morrsion’s tribute to the Detroit-born boxer-turned-soul singer a backdrop hove into view featuring the “unmistakable” face of Scotland’s pre-eminent arrow-chucker…

Guy Kewney/Some other Guy

Guy Goma, to be precise. Goma had come along to the BBC for a job interview as a data support cleanser, but found himself being interviewed live on TV about the Apple versus Apple court case. The intended interviewee was Guy Kewney, editor of

“This has turned out to be a genuine misunderstanding,” said a BBC spokesperson. “We’ve looked carefully at our guest procedures and will take every measure to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

Famous last words.

Ben Walker/Michael Wolff

Three years later, lightning struck a second time at the BBC, when they sought the views of Ben Walker, baseball editor for the Associated Press. Unfortunately, they had to settle for dead-pan Michael Wolff, author of Rupert Murdoch biography The Man Who Owns The News…

Sarah Palin/Tina Fey

Tina Fey’s impression of Republican maverick Sarah Palin became a staple of US satire show Saturday Night Live. Everyone agreed the likeness was uncanny none more so than Fox News, who substituted her picture for the real thing…

Statue of Liberty/Mini Statue of Liberty

When the Post Office decided to honour Liberty with a postage stamp, they
Mistakenly used a picture of the miniature fibre-glass and Styrofoam replica at the New York, New York casino in Las Vegas. Easily done.


When Birmingham City Council decided to put a picture of the Second City skyline on a leaflet about recycling, nobody noticed

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