On my DVD Recorder and Foxtel copy of Countdown 14th June, 1981 there was a section of black nothing on Marc Hunter's 'Big City Talk' . . . This didn't just hap[en on my end did it as it is apparent on both recordings of mine
I got that too - so it must have been a fault with the source tape (or broadcast).
Yes me too!!
Yup, here as well
Yep same here which made me so annoyed as I'm a big Marc Hunter Dragon admirer. If it had to do it why couldn't it be somewhere less interesting.
Did it happen on the repeat? Or wasn't that episode repeated?
This Countdown show with guest host Marc Hunter was not replayed. It is most likely the transmission of the show itself. If there was a repeat of it would still most likely occur again. Annoyed as I wanted a good copy of Marc performing Big City Talk in the Countdown studio. Oh well I spose you can't always have everything.
I don't put the blackout in Big City Talk down to technical difficulties.
I put it down to whoever was in charge of censorship at the ABC at the time having a problem with the line " made a murder in the marketplace".
Given this was not long after John Lennon had been murdered,this might have had something to do with it.
And before everyone starts thinking my censorship theory sounds far fetched,go back to the End Of The Decade special for where they censored Rickie Lee Jones saying the word "sex" and the 1984 episode where they weren't allowed to say or show onscreen the word "sex" in Sex Crime (1984) as further proof that what happened to Big City Talk wasn't an isolated incident.