Five Things You Can't Do On British Television

  • Am Vor 7 Monate

    Tom ScottTom Scott

    Pull down this description for information on all the shows I mention, plus all my references, and some advice if you're looking to subtitle your videos!

    🔤🔤 SUBTITLES 🔤🔤

    15% of my viewers watch with subtitles! They're helpful for folks without headphones, or in loud environments, or who can't hear well, or who just like subtitles. More people will watch if subtitles are an option.

    Before 2020, DE-film had a volunteer community-captions system. Alas, due to spam (and, I suspect, the difficulty of porting it to the new Studio), DE-film turned it off. So your options are:

    OPTION 1: DO IT YOURSELF

    If your video is one or two people talking, you can add subtitles easily with DE-film's tools: support.google.com/youtube/an... - that's also possible for more complex videos, but it can be time-consuming.

    OPTION 2: PAY A SMALL AMOUNT

    If you can afford an editor, you can afford subtitles! They only cost $1-2 per minute of audio.

    For simple audio, try Rev: www.rev.com/blog/coupon/?ref=... To be clear, that's an affiliate link: you get $10 of captions free (enough for up to an 8-minute video), and I get a kickback from them. However, my opinions of Rev are mixed. They have downsides, and they may not be the right option for you!

    Advantages of Rev:
    ✅ Extremely fast turnaround
    ✅ Easy, simple, automated, self-service
    ✅ Reasonable price

    Disadvantages of Rev:
    🚫 Rev is a gig-economy company, with everything that entails. In 2019, transcribers raised issues including low pay. www.theverge.com/2019/11/25/2...
    🚫 Accuracy is usually acceptable for clear speech, but not the near-perfect results you'd expect from a more high-end subtitle company.
    🚫 They're limited to their simple, narrow, house style. That isn't ideal for videos with long sentences or many speakers.

    For more complicated audio or for multiple speakers, try Caption+: caption.plus -- a small company that produces extremely high-quality subtitles for a reasonable price.

    Advantages of Caption+:
    ✅ Exceptional subtitle accuracy.
    ✅ Hand-tweaked broadcast-standard subtitles that are perfect for accessibility, and which the audience love.
    ✅ Can use positioning and per-speaker colors, and match other style requests.
    ✅ Still a reasonable price.

    Disadvantages of Caption+:
    🚫 Not automated: you're dealing with a human by email, and paying invoices.

    OTHER COMPANIES: I also used 3PlayMedia once, but unfortunately can't recommend them based on that experience. DE-film also mention ceilo24 and Amara, neither of which I have experience with: cielo24.com/ amara.org/

    📺📺 SHOWS 📺📺

    Here's a list of all the shows mentioned, with links where available. (Where Amazon links are listed, those are affiliate links, where I earn a commission from sales.)

    The Demon Headmaster is available on DVD from Amazon UK: amzn.to/37Cb68U - and the 2019 revival is available in the UK on BBC iPlayer: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode...

    Derren Brown: The Events: How To Control The Nation is available for free on DE-film: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyIil... - although it lacks the live broadcast cut-ins.

    The pilot episode of Crisis Command: Could You Run The Country? has been uploaded to DE-film here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjkSe... - normally I wouldn't link to an unofficial upload, but the series will likely never be repeated or see a commercial release.

    Ghostwatch is available on DVD from Amazon UK: amzn.to/3kweAgL - I should absolutely have put the ghost in the background of one of my shots here, I regret missing that joke!

    The full Ghostwatch continuity announcement is here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDSZW...

    Who Wants To Be A Millionaire have an entire DE-film channel. de-film.com/us/Millionaire... - and yes, Jeremy Clarkson is the host now, I suspect that'll surprise a lot of people.

    📙📙 REFERENCES 📙📙

    Ofcom Broadcasting Code: www.ofcom.org.uk/tv-radio-and...
    On sports: www.ofcom.org.uk/tv-radio-and...
    On access: www.ofcom.org.uk/tv-radio-and...
    On advertising: www.ofcom.org.uk/tv-radio-and... AND www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/asset...
    "Only five complaints" about the Derren Brown show is from Broadcast Bulletin 148 [PDF]: www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/asset...

    Ghostwatch, and the "full tabloid fury afterwards", is well-documented in many places, so I'll leave researching that to the reader. Don't have nightmares.

    📝📝 CONTACT 📝📝

    I'm at tomscott.com
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    and on Instagram as tomscottgo

Hanif Sulistiyo
Hanif Sulistiyo

Huh. I've always wondered why Channel 4 was called Channel 4. But now I know. Thank you.

Vor Stunde
Maria Rodriguez
Maria Rodriguez

The nervous fertilizer summarily trip because father-in-law histomorphometrically note before a wary prison. awful, super gemini

Vor 15 Stunden
TMAH
TMAH

Fascinating, especially the stuff about the subtitles. Sky is notoriously bad for this - anything on demand, subtitles do not work. I *think* they've finally introduced it to the Sky Go app, but on SkyQ - no way.

Vor 19 Stunden
Gideon Gluckman
Gideon Gluckman

Are you at Crystal Palace in this video?

Vor 2 Tage
ellis
ellis

Should be illegal to have adverts on subscription services. If I pay £40 a month for sky sports, I don't want to be watching ads, why am I paying that money if your just gonna show adds anyway

Vor 2 Tage
ellis
ellis

Why does bbc not have adverts? Not complaining, just wondering.

Vor 2 Tage
Edgar Ustinov (Baka Shinji)
Edgar Ustinov (Baka Shinji)

*hypnotises Britain* *gets fined* 😐

Vor 4 Tage
Victor Pikeman
Victor Pikeman

Dang why dont they add Braill onto tv shows as well

Vor 4 Tage
Piper Rei
Piper Rei

I have noticed british tv does less of those cliffhanger type commercial breaks though

Vor 4 Tage
Ray Rowley
Ray Rowley

The Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 'time for a break' bit is permissible because it is part of the program ie the program. The channel itself did not put in an add break in the middle of a sentence but rather at the end of a scene. The producers (admittedly working with the channel) scripted it but it was a planned break not interruption.

Vor 4 Tage
Kill it with fire
Kill it with fire

On the Austrian thing, are you sure it‘s nordic skiing and not alpine skiing? because alpine skiing is really big, especially the world championship and nordic skiing is... i mean it‘s there but it‘s much more of a niche sport, at least to watch.

Vor 5 Tage
Deron Georgie
Deron Georgie

Bri sh

Vor 6 Tage
ElementaryDrW
ElementaryDrW

That number for ghost watch looked familiar... Then I realised it is one number missing from the old Live and Kicking number from Saturday morning kids TV. 0181 811 8181

Vor 6 Tage
Calibered
Calibered

The ad break was better than a rick roll

Vor 6 Tage
RandomGuy
RandomGuy

I ended up here from computerphile and honestly I don't think I'm doing anything else today.

Vor 7 Tage
C B
C B

Ghostwatch scared the living piss outta me !!!! :)

Vor 10 Tage
Mason Wyberg
Mason Wyberg

6:09

Vor 14 Tage
itsstolenmoney nitwit
itsstolenmoney nitwit

I remember a tv program, in the run-up to one of the Olympics, on which the presenter hypnotised me, into agreeing to pay lots of money to watch them. A few days before they were to begin, a special television arrived, that would only work if you kept stuffing ten pound notes into a slot at the side. Through having been hypnotised, I found it hard to concentrate on what the commentators were saying, but whenever I pressed the special button for subtitles, next to the money slot, the screen would go blank for five minutes, so I gave up. On one day the javelin-throwing was interrupted by a news announcement that there were flying saucers over the Houses of Parliament, which seemed a bit unlikely. But they kept announcing it every hour (in between advertising slots), so I guess they must have had their facts straight. It was the best Olympics I ever watched, except for the one when they had competitive flying.

Vor 14 Tage
Dominic Manester
Dominic Manester

This really highlights how draconic and backwards our society really is. Also, you shouldn't HAVE to include subtitles, even if you are a big channel. Enforced niceness isn't niceness, its fascism with a smile. I think accessibility is a good thing but I draw the line at trying to force people to do it.

Vor 14 Tage
Lünkel
Lünkel

"Requiring accessibility is literally facism" is one hell of a take my dude. Idk if you've noticed but companies very rarely do something good for society that costs them money unless you legally force them to. Also I don't think disabled people should have to hope someone is gracious enough to let them live in society with some standards, that seems more like a right to me.

Vor 6 Tage
Emma Strange
Emma Strange

Who said anything about niceness? It's about everyone is the country having the same rights as each other. Making it so society is only accessible to the able bodied is literally what the nazis did.

Vor 8 Tage
BzERK IE
BzERK IE

ghost watch scared me as a kid. and i'm lucky to have found a copy

Vor 15 Tage
Iain Harper
Iain Harper

I knew cliff hangers / we'll be right back were wrong! bloody adverts!

Vor 15 Tage
D Eleqtronica
D Eleqtronica

5:52 this is my favourite part of the video 😭🤣

Vor 15 Tage
MrConminer
MrConminer

12 minutes per Hour 😂 ever watched the channel ProSieben in Germany?

Vor 16 Tage
SP4CEBAR
SP4CEBAR

Right after the "Time for a break" a YouTube add started playing, very clever

Vor 17 Tage
Tony Dorr
Tony Dorr

I never realized how far behind the UK was in adopting cable and satellite television. And the reason game shows can break that rule is because they're not. By announcing that they're taking a break, they haven't interrupted the flow. Now if someone was mid sentence in a sitcom and it suddenly cut to commercial, that would break the rule.

Vor 17 Tage
Ethan Forsyth
Ethan Forsyth

6.9 Programmes with Prizes *Nice*

Vor 17 Tage
Mark Henderson
Mark Henderson

Am I the only one that noticed the video is actually speed up?

Vor 18 Tage
assorted bile
assorted bile

The broadcaster and entertainer Clive Anderson has been shot dead by TV host Noel Edmonds at his house in Cornwall.

Vor 19 Tage
bazza_oz
bazza_oz

I have lots of time in Melbourne lockdown 4.0 Bring on the full subtitle rant. Or sell it I will pay for a DVD of it :)

Vor 19 Tage
TheWoundedCat
TheWoundedCat

I remember ghost watch that show scared the crap out of me as a kid

Vor 19 Tage
dielaughing73
dielaughing73

Clarkson presenting _Millionaire_.. how depressingly predictable

Vor 20 Tage
Cp. Chaos
Cp. Chaos

„Take a brea...“ „*ad*“

Vor 21 Tag
Samuel Parker
Samuel Parker

"1080p50" now that's British

Vor 22 Tage
Elijah Marshall
Elijah Marshall

Lolol In the US you can do literally anything your mind can imagine on television except curse or show nudity.

Vor 22 Tage
Sturm [ʃtʊɐ̯m]
Sturm [ʃtʊɐ̯m]

It's kinda funny how the the brain doesn't really work sometimes.

Vor 22 Tage
Isimarie
Isimarie

I think as a YouTube channel the least you can do is tell YouTube what language your video is so they can auto caption it

Vor 24 Tage
Ezic
Ezic

12 mins of ads per hour?!?!?!?!?! In america, its 12 mins of ads in 11 minutes.

Vor 24 Tage
Ezic
Ezic

I wish america was a bit more like this.

Vor 24 Tage
Hazel S
Hazel S

and the host says "take a break" *add rolls in* THAT WAS SMOOTH

Vor 24 Tage
Leander van Rees
Leander van Rees

As someone hearing impaired I strongly appreciate your case for subtitles and for always including them yourself! ❤️

Vor 24 Tage
strippinheat
strippinheat

A powerful medium getting regulated? America: "That's unpatriotic!"

Vor 24 Tage
SteveVi0lence
SteveVi0lence

Wrong

Vor 23 Tage
Peeps40836
Peeps40836

6:09 I haven’t laughed that hard for quite some time.

Vor 24 Tage
Petra Crack
Petra Crack

Literally just as the host of who wants to be a millionaire said "time for a break" there was an ad break on my video.

Vor 24 Tage
Eeri Kuusvuori
Eeri Kuusvuori

Sidemen reacts video coming up

Vor 25 Tage
Lexo Bischof
Lexo Bischof

7:50 isn’t allowed ??? Then why the hell did YouTube show me an add exactly at this point

Vor 25 Tage
LiamW-2003
LiamW-2003

"Commercial breaks must be taken in a way that doesn't disrupt the flow of the program, so on Who Wants to be a Millionaire is on the edge, all dramatic, and the host says" :- 15 SECOND UNSKIPPABLE AMAZON ADVERT

Vor 25 Tage
Andrew Jenks
Andrew Jenks

Before I clicked on this video I wondered if Tom was gonna mention hypnosis.

Vor 26 Tage
Sam M (Nytegaunt)
Sam M (Nytegaunt)

A point on the last part. If they have been doing it for 20 years then the break is part of the expected flow.

Vor 26 Tage
Koito rob
Koito rob

I'm old enough to remember when there were only THREE channels. How about a rule that ensures all Youtube channels are presented in English? Too many of these foreigners releasing content that i find interesting and they can't be bothered to present it in English. The lazy sods! 😂

Vor 26 Tage
Tom Kipling
Tom Kipling

... the internet is an international medium, the world does not revolve around English speaking countries. this take is utterly brain-dead

Vor 9 Tage
Joejitsuway
Joejitsuway

The law about ads interrupting the flow of entertainment... I actually interpreted that differently. I assumed they were referring to going to commercial mid sentence or something like that, like what you see on randomly placed YT ads.

Vor 26 Tage
Unitedkingdom Offiveeyes
Unitedkingdom Offiveeyes

Cancel the BBC people......

Vor 27 Tage
Opal Watson
Opal Watson

The ludicrous stepmother greely switch because guitar noteworthily frame pro a spiteful jellyfish. teeny-tiny, dizzy sentence

Vor 27 Tage
Awesoman9001
Awesoman9001

I want to watch Tom's entire subtitle rant..

Vor 27 Tage
Liam LMAO
Liam LMAO

At 7:47 Right when the guy says "Time for a break" I got a 1 minute long unskipable add All respects to you right there

Vor 28 Tage
Val Tranquil
Val Tranquil

Speaking as someone who is not deaf, but DOES have an auditory processing disorder, I too feel very strongly about the importance of subtitles

Vor 29 Tage
Alessio Muccio
Alessio Muccio

What a bastard ad placement

Vor 29 Tage
Rundy Law
Rundy Law

7-12 minutes of commercials per hour? I know American television sucks but that's probably half of what it is here, maybe even more egregious. Thinking into it we probably have ~20-30 minutes for ads in an hour, the average 30 minute program only has 16-20 minutes of actual screen time I feel

Vor 29 Tage
Marco Dunk Bohler
Marco Dunk Bohler

Damn, even though England is home to Wimbledon, those are some terrible tennis players in the background. Edit: I spelled though wrong

Vor Monat
Beth B
Beth B

Hard agree on the requirement of accurate closed captions on all videos (no cutesy asides, no edits, just captions), and adding in the audio description requirement for a big channel sounds great too. Captions take time to note down and timestamp, but do it anyway. It took time to edit the video together, but you had to do that. Do you really want your (potential) audience of deaf and hard of hearing viewers to just... leave?

Vor Monat
kaviru Perera
kaviru Perera

in sri lanka it is 20 minutes

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Yeezy Yankie
Yeezy Yankie

5:10 I think I will

Vor Monat
NickJennison
NickJennison

God damn it, now I NEED to see the other episodes of Crisis Command. Help?

Vor Monat
Tomato
Tomato

telly

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AND ANDREY ISN'T HERE
AND ANDREY ISN'T HERE

Tom Scott: *goes on a rant about accessibility and that all YouTube channels should have subtitles* Me: "And that, good sir, earned you a like from me"

Vor Monat
hee hoo
hee hoo

for a sequel to ghostwatch, there was an episode of a horror series called inside number 9 that was a live, special, episode premiere that kept cutting out and having audio problems, only then to reveal the newsreader that announced that the show was cutting to a re run, gets attacked by a ghost, and then the writers of the show backstage get attacked too

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Mark Harmer
Mark Harmer

Does anyone remember the squarial? That was a square dish which was marketed by BSB, British satellite broadcasting, and it didn’t have much commercial success. This was around the same era as the mad cow disease scandal in the UK, and a joke going around at the time was: “what’s the difference between BSB and BSE? Answer: you might get BSE”

Vor Monat
Mark Harmer
Mark Harmer

One comedian famously remarked about the debut of the US series 24, on British TV: “24, or as we in the UK call it, 18”

Vor Monat
P1ssedoff Christof
P1ssedoff Christof

Brass Eye presented itself as a news channel though.

Vor Monat
Huh Neat
Huh Neat

5:54 Tom Scott fans explaining why they wear the same red shirt every day to see if they get smarter

Vor Monat
ash.
ash.

OH LOOK AT ME A BOUGHT A LAMBORGHINI. *BUY SOME DAMN SUBTITLES.*

Vor Monat
Robin Hull
Robin Hull

When I was the Communications Manager at the Broadcasting Standards Commission our most press-covered research report was the annual look into bad language on TV and radio. We even published a list of the most offensive 28 words. I think the number one word was always the “C word.” I wanted to do a Top of the Pops style countdown, but the Director wouldn’t let me!

Vor Monat
SUPERGOAN
SUPERGOAN

The way the host said time for a break and I got two 30 second ads........

Vor Monat
akasso alt acc
akasso alt acc

I GOT AN AD AT 7:45 LMFAO

Vor Monat
Cowboy Barbaryn (CowboyBarbaryn)
Cowboy Barbaryn (CowboyBarbaryn)

I wanna see the subtitle rant

Vor Monat
b4ssripper
b4ssripper

Average Tom Scott fan vs Average Michael Stevens enjoyer

Vor Monat
boredwithusernames
boredwithusernames

Spooky moment at 3:55 when you captioned "live" and "16;03". When I was watching this the time was actually... 16;03... spooky :) Good call on the ads by the way, a lot of media both on-air and online would do well to abide by this ;)

Vor Monat
mr harry
mr harry

Until very recently it was regulated that actors or celebrities appearing in a show could not appear in advertising broadcast during the show. It feels really jarring when it happens (deliberately) now.

Vor Monat
john doe
john doe

"Five things you can't do on British television" How about infomercials? Are they television shows or are they commercials? And do they have infomercials in the UK?

Vor Monat
CarMeier
CarMeier

Just watching a dude playing ball in the back

Vor Monat
Donthitmeimwoozy
Donthitmeimwoozy

1:21 "get out! Get out! You can't be in here"

Vor Monat
Dr. Insane Gaming2174
Dr. Insane Gaming2174

The war of the worlds 1938 radio broadcast caused multiple people to commit suicide because they did not know it was a performance due to a big show over extending their time

Vor Monat
Sarah c
Sarah c

4:16 fear it’s was 16:04 when that happened

Vor Monat
Karan
Karan

7:46 It happens all the time

Vor Monat
Video Hummus
Video Hummus

Meanwhile here in The US we have “opinion news”. Perhaps the worst, most toxic thing on television. I wish we had a “neutral” news rule here and treat all this opinion news crap like a Jerry Springer shows—because they essential are.

Vor Monat
Sujal Gupta
Sujal Gupta

Use YouTube Vanced they said. There will be no ads they said. Well, now i can't enjoy the brilliant ad placement on this video. :'l

Vor Monat
Sam Knapton
Sam Knapton

You also can't say anything funny apparently

Vor Monat
Salem Proto
Salem Proto

for the sub titles good job on having subtitles (says someone from a year later)

Vor Monat
Charlie.
Charlie.

Don't worry Tom, even with you missing a great joke opportunity with a ghost on the background, I still really enjoy your video

Vor Monat
Freddie Rhodes
Freddie Rhodes

The ad I got was for YouTube premium, telling me to buy it to stop ads. Damn, that's smooth Tom

Vor Monat
Scian Géar
Scian Géar

Same…

Vor 27 Tage
Eden Tenn
Eden Tenn

6:09 BUY SUBTITLES

Vor Monat
ΜΙΧΑΛΗΣ ΚΟΝΙΔΑΡΗΣ
ΜΙΧΑΛΗΣ ΚΟΝΙΔΑΡΗΣ

It shouldn't be mandated for private channels(YouTube or TV) to have subtitles, if you wish to have subtitles find a channel that has them or make your voice heard but don't demand it through legislative action.

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Axm
Axm

i knew you were gonna put in the demon headmaster

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Ben Willbond's Peperami Stick
Ben Willbond's Peperami Stick

OMG you me and the apocalypse!!! the ending though...

Vor Monat
Bowman C.
Bowman C.

It takes me, a complete amateur, about an hour and a half to make English subtitles for a English speaking YouTube video with around 3000-5000 words. That’s including pausing and listening to write down all the words, alining the time codes, and maybe slide in some person touches likes changing colour for different speakers; maybe change anchor point as well if I’m working with .ass; change font, font size and special effects to emphasis on their points. Of course translating to other languages take a lot longer. Depending on the languages and the topic, sometimes it take days of research because I essentially have to do the same research the content creator did in the targeting language.

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Matthew Columna Rivera
Matthew Columna Rivera

Subliminal messages... Yep! Can't do that. Actually the TV series _Brainiac_ buried some subliminal messages in one of their episodes, one of which told people they were thirsty. Lo and behold, I sought water 😂.

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Doreeto
Doreeto

i kinda want to hear the full subtitle rant now

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NATsoHIGH !
NATsoHIGH !

On American TV you hear "piss" and "fanny" on daytime TV and it makes me laugh. Cause they obviously don't mean the same thing here

Vor Monat
Vintage sonic 1
Vintage sonic 1

Shout out to the guy in the background.

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Pyromaniac
Pyromaniac

damn, it didnt give me the ad

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CubiePlays Extra
CubiePlays Extra

BBC Kinda broke the third rule but it was brodacasted in BBC 2 (Comedy) and add laugh tracks.

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