Best TV mistakes of 1981

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The Long Legs of the Law - S2-E1

Revealing mistake: At the very beginning of the episode, Leonard Pearce is waiting for the cue for his character to start looking for his teeth. He's standing in the living room, between his room and Del and Rodney's room. (00:00:25)

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Suggested correction: Not necessarily a mistake. If someone is looking for something they often try to think where it could be before they start searching.

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Episode 3 - S1-E3

Revealing mistake: At the point where someone gets a small bruise on the upper arm, the crew are all in a pile and thrashing about on the floor. There are 5 pairs of legs instead of 4. Arthur is in his pajamas, Zaphod is in orange trousers, Trillion is lying on top of Ford and Ford is too far away for them to be his legs. [The fifth pair of legs belong to the person playing zaphod's third arm - doesn't mean it's not a mistake, but that's where they come from.]

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Factual error: The Essenes climb Masada bearing the scrolls. Just as Joseph Wiseman is framed solo, a black SUV drives from left-to-right below him on the road.

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Plague - S2-E8

Revealing mistake: When Bill is pushed out of the helicopter and Ralph rescues him in mid-air, its obvious in some shots that it is two sky-divers dressed as Ralph and Bill. Firstly you can see the parachute back-pack bulges on both men. Also the wind is blowing up on Ralph even though he isn't meant to be descending.

Gavin Jackson
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The Clue in the Book - S1-E4

Other mistake: In the end credits, Juliet Waley is credited as "Juliet Way."

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Details at Eleven - S1-E1

Continuity mistake: Myron enters his own office after bailing the Simons out, and tells them to get out. Rick, sitting on his chair, lowers the hand with a cigar, but in the reverse shot Gerald McRaney is still smoking it, it's right in his mouth. (00:19:00)

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The Rich Get Richer - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: When Colt Seavers is chasing the villains in the golf cart, the camera equipment on the back of the cart keeps disappearing and re-appearing.

Gavin Jackson
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Tiptoe Through the Penfolds - S5-E3

Continuity mistake: Although Danger Mouse is supposed to be on his own, when he turns a corner in the car, in the overhead shot, you can see Penfold sat next to him.

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