David Mercier

10th Dec 2004

Blackadder (1986)

Duel and Duality - S3-E6

Deliberate mistake: There are a lot of jokes with the name of the book "The Prince and the Pauper." However the book was published in 1881, 51 years after the Prince Regent died.

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David Mercier

10th Dec 2004

Blackadder (1986)

Duel and Duality - S3-E6

Deliberate mistake: There are several historical dates wrong in this episode. For a start, Prince George didn't become Prince Regent until 1811, and yet this is set before the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 (as Black Adder gives Wellington some advice on it). Similarly, Wellington didn't get the title "Duke of Wellington" until 1814. Again inconsistent with being pre-Trafalgar.

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David Mercier

9th Dec 2004

The Simpsons (1989)

Barting Over - S14-E11

Continuity mistake: When Homer shows his "incriminating photos," you can see that in them, he is bald. We know from several previous episodes that Homer had hair when Bart was a baby. He even has a bit of hair when Lisa is born.

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David Mercier

7th Dec 2004

The Net (1995)

Continuity mistake: Just before the guy crashes the plane into the towers, he reports his height as 1,300 feet. There is an almost instant look at the console in front of him and you can see the altimeter is saying he's at 700 feet. Whatever the hackers can change (they seem to change his GPS system reading) they cannot change this which relies on sensors mounted in the plane itself.

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David Mercier

26th Nov 2004

The Simpsons (1989)

Diatribe of a Mad Housewife - S15-E10

Continuity mistake: During the "performance" at the end of Marge's book, "Ned" is skewered by a harpoon and falls off the cliff. When "Homer" walks up to the cliff edge you can no longer see the rope trailing from the end of the harpoon. However, moments later he gets his leg caught up in it and is pulled over himself.

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David Mercier

25th Nov 2004

The Courtroom (2004)

Show generally

Factual error: Despite the several episodes containing serious offences like murder, you never see two barristers on any side. It is usual with serious offences for each party to have one Queen's Counsel and a junior, and although there are exceptions, we never ever see this very common practice in any episode.

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David Mercier

22nd Nov 2004

The Simpsons (1989)

The President Wore Pearls - S15-E3

Continuity mistake: When Lisa goes into Principle Skinner's office to resign, there is a mug and some papers on the desk. When she wants to use the microphone, the desk is clear.

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David Mercier

20th Nov 2004

Friends (1994)

The One With Ross's Sandwich - S5-E9

Revealing mistake: Joey's bucket of chicken is, rather obviously, a KFC bucket with "Finger Lickin' Chicken" stuck over the original KFC lettering - you can even see the picture of Col. Sanders.

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David Mercier

18th Nov 2004

The Courtroom (2004)

Show generally

Factual error: An error which arises from having the same characters in different episodes is that the frequently-featured barristers vary the cases they deal with to a laughable extent. One Queen's Counsel (A barrister appointed as counsel to the British crown) was seen defending a murderer in one episode and prosecuting a trivial offence in another. Someone of this seniority would not fluctuate workload like this.

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David Mercier

18th Nov 2004

The Courtroom (2004)

Show generally

Factual error: During an episode which concerned a sweet shop owner charged with touching a young girl, there were two instances where a question of law arose. The judge should have sent the jury out of the court to discuss this with the barristers, but he didn't and exposed the jury to biased information.

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David Mercier

15th Nov 2004

The Simpsons (1989)

Bart Carny - S9-E12

Continuity mistake: When Bart starts Hitlers' car moving, for a couple of shots the "Iron Cross" disappears from the side of it.

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David Mercier

15th Nov 2004

The Simpsons (1989)

Bart Carny - S9-E12

Continuity mistake: Up until the point at which Skinner starts throwing rings at the block in front of the Spanish lamp, the block simply doesn't exist. It only appears once he starts throwing the rings.

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David Mercier

15th Nov 2004

The Simpsons (1989)

The Simpsons mistake picture

Bart Carny - S9-E12

Continuity mistake: At dinner when the carny dad is doing his cigarette trick, the shot changes to Bart and Lisa and they have piles of food on their plates. About 10 seconds later Marge gathers the plates up and there is nothing on them. Are we to believe that they ate all this food in such a short space of time?

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David Mercier

15th Nov 2004

The Guru (2002)

The Guru mistake picture

Continuity mistake: Near the start, the man's mother puts a yellow dot on his head (just before he gets in the taxi), right in between his eyebrows. After the older woman has kissed him, it suddenly changes to being white and is suddenly a line which goes further up his forehead. And when she kisses him she doesn't touch it so the change can't be put down to her smudging it.

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David Mercier

14th Nov 2004

The Simpsons (1989)

Insane Clown Poppy - S12-E3

Continuity mistake: When Krusty is telling his daughter that he lost her violin, keep an eye on the door of the appartment. A grey bar appears and disappears on the door underneath the "eyeglass" between shots.

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David Mercier

13th Nov 2004

About a Boy (2002)

Continuity mistake: In exactly the same scene that the remote control mistake occurs in, you can see that when Hugh Grant gets up and the shot changes his beer bottle has suddenly changed position from the last shot.

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David Mercier

Continuity mistake: During the fight with the skeletons, just before the first Argonaut is killed, he is about to climb a ledge and puts his sword down. Once he has been stabbed the shot changes, and you can see the sword is no longer on the ledge where he put it.

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David Mercier

Continuity mistake: When Talos is holding the Argo at least 100 feet in the air, we are treated to several shots of men falling out and you can see the boat is still sitting on the water.

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David Mercier

Show generally

Factual error: Throughout this series we are treated to a set of the House of Commons. Whilst it's almost accurate in nearly every detail, it misses out one crucial aspect. The set only has 4 rows of seating, the real House of Commons has 5.

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David Mercier

Revealing mistake: There are several instances where you can see that the bandages used to wrap up the girls are pre-assembled. When the first girl is "waxed" you can see there are no joins between the bandages, they are all in one piece - almost like a body stocking. You can also see this later with Elizabeth, and it becomes more significant because you see the bandages being wrapped around her head as normal, and then when Watson pulls them off, they come away in one piece like a balaclava, which of course shouldn't happen.

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David Mercier

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