Best TV mistakes of 1971

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The Conspirators - S7-E5

Factual error: Devlin proclaims himself to be a staunch Irish Republican but he refers to the Northern Irish city of Derry as "Londonderry." This is the name imposed upon the place by the British and is despised and rejected by Republicans. Devlin would refer to the city as "Derry."

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The Man Who Broke the Bank at Red Gap - S2-E17

Factual error: An egotistical, prissy and dishonest lawyer like Mr. Fletcher wouldn't make the mistake of allowing his name to be misspelled on his office door. It reads "Winfred Fletcher." His first name, as it's pronounced throughout the episode, is "Winford." (00:26:50)

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Take Seven - S1-E3

Visible crew/equipment: When Danny is walking towards the cabinet with the alka seltzer in it, you can see a white cloth moving fast in the left upper corner for a second. (00:13:30)

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Revealing mistake: During the opening theme, when the children are watching the magician, you can tell they were not actually filmed together. The magician scenes are filmed more professionally using a sharper tape or film image, whereas the children scenes look more like a standard fuzzier film-type such as on a projector (primarily used at that time).

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