For those of you who like to settle down to a nice, traditional Christmas Day musical, 1998’s offering from Carlton Cinema – the digital film channel from Carlton Communications – may have made you think you’d had too many sherries.
Viewers tuning in to slap-your-thigh classic “Oklahoma” on Carlton Cinema might have noticed that the film’s end came half way though, closely followed by the beginning and finally ending in the middle. With two reels to choose from, Carlton had mistakenly played the second half first.
The channel blames the mistake on teething problems with its new scheduling system and says sherry had absolutely nothing to do with it.
Nonetheless, the mistake did not seem to disrupt viewer enjoyment, The Diary has learnt that despite Howard Keel belting out “Homa-okla” in the mistimed finale, only one viewer rang to complain.