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the coded messages in the announcement of the end of the show – Film Stories

Simon Mayo (host) and Mark Kermode (contributor) announced the end of their film program yesterday – or did they? Just look.

Relatively early in the recently released The Batman, there is a scene or two where Batman and Alfred (Robert Pattinson and Andy Serkis) try to work out a cipher to decipher The Riddler’s latest test set. However, who would have thought that just a week later this would be a dry run for an announcement on BBC Radio Five Live?

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As you may have heard, on Friday, November 11th March episode of Kermode & Mayo’s film review – Wittertainment to his many buddies – Simon Mayo announced out of the blue (though probably not for him) that the program was coming to an end. This after 21 years, Friday April 1stSt would mark the final episode of the show.

Upon verification, this was not an April Fool’s joke. But it’s not that either pretty much what he announced. If you missed the current parish bulletin, you can find it here.

Now this is suddenly like one of those endless trailer breakdown articles on the web, but let’s take a look at what was actually said.

Key phrases here, with my emphasis in bold.

“This show will end on Five Liveon April 1stSt“.

“We have decided to resign, to retire, to spread our wings“.

“We are far too expensive and there are far better things for the BBC to spend their money on.”

“April 1stSt will be our last show on Five Live“.

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Note the lack of any kind of finality, and twice it is noted that the show ends “on Five Live”. It won’t be her last show, it will just be her last show for the BBC. That is certainly implied here.

If there was any doubt, check out what followed.

Because Mark Kermode and his hands came along to complement the announcement, reminding listeners of one of the show’s mantras that “everything will be okay in the end, and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” . Mayo adds without looking up, “It’s not the end.”

But then Mark Kermode started quoting David St. Hubbins This is spinal tap, and unusually, Simon Mayo got one of Mark’s references right away, as if it had been pre-selected. This is the quote from the film read to Kermode.

“Well I don’t really think the ending can be judged as the ending on its own because how does the ending feel? It’s like saying when you’re trying to extrapolate the end of the universe, you’re saying if the universe is actually infinite, like – what does that mean? How far is all the way, and then when it stops, what’s stopping it, and what’s behind what’s stopping it? So what’s the ending, you know, my question to you is.

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The couple agreed that “in a lot of ways that says it all.” Now it’s been a while since I’ve been back in majesty This is spinal tapbut after consulting an expert on the film, they reminded me what David St. Hubbins is not We’re talking about the end of Spinal Tap altogether. In fact, it’s the end of a particular tour.

Then, just to tie this with something else, both Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo individually tweeted this image from the film.

Now I’ve gone through the well-known press photos for This is spinal tap, and I don’t think that’s one of them. This is also indicated by the picture quality. Well I believe this is a specially chosen screenshot with some meaning. And I may have had too much coffee, that’s from a moment in the movie where Spinal Tap are playing a gig in Tokyo at Kobe Hall. More importantly, it’s a gig that comes after they reformed in another arena.

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No way did the two choose this image at random, and – note that all of this took half the time it takes Batman to do anything The Batman – The clues are all there. I think now that we heard the announcement, now that we’ve gotten over the surprise, we just thought the couple would take their movie show — whatever form it took — somewhere else. It seems to me that the confirmation of this is capitalized on the continent where they circulated the announcement.

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If I were a betting guy, I’d suggest that a podcast is the likely home for it, given how the show otherwise gets beaten out of radio schedules and how many of us listen to the program that way anyway. But of one thing I’m as sure as I can be: Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo will still do a show where they talk about movies that Mayo refuses to watch jeremy and where Kermode bangs around The Exorcist.

I think the mystery that remains is what the BBC is doing with this Friday afternoon slot. But I couldn’t find any reference to it…

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