Wednesday, 26th November 2014

by Joshua Gaskell

An urgent message to writers of continuity announcements: before and after a comedy programme, ‘the maintenance of a continuous sequence in broadcasting’ (OED) need not extend to the announcer cringingly joining in with the jokes. In fact, if the programme in question is any good, their doing so will usually result in a bald instance of discontinuity: that between laughter and its absence.