Bob Patience, the executive producer, rang BBC Enterprises to ask for the clip. 'They said, 'Yes, fine, we can sell it to you,' ' Patience told Almanack. 'But it had to be cleared upstairs. Upstairs said no - they referred to the clip as one of 'the jewels in the crown'.'
A bit mean, we thought. We called the BBC. They were most defensive, claiming ignorance of the situation meant that they could not comment officially and citing things like copyright problems and departmental confusion. They wouldn't have refused permission just for fun, we were told. Of course not.Reuse content