Embarrassed BBC officials have confirmed that a glitch on an old computer at Television Centre has led to Last of the Summer Wine being inadvertently re-commissioned each year for the last 30 years. Executives failed to notice that the system would automatically add the show to each year’s schedule, with many only reading as far as ‘Last of…’ and assuming that the programme was being cancelled.
The teatime show has become a timeless classic with geriatric audiences who have yet to realise that they are watching the same episode each week. Over the years, several cast members have been forced to resort to death to escape their relentlessly-renewed annual contracts, but most viewers have forgotten they were ever in the show by the time of the next episode.
A BBC spokesman confirmed that the Corporation is now launching a full investigation into why Antiques Roadshow continues to be broadcast despite having been consistently tedious since 1982, and how much it might fetch at a car boot sale.