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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

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Six Nations underway again

As rugby fans prepare for the forthcoming Six Nations championship's opening weekend, the news that a popular TV show has had to make way for BBC coverage has provoked viewers' fury.

The annual contest opens on Saturday at 2.30pm with the game between France and Italy in Paris. But the second match, The Calcutta Cup face-off between Scotland and England at Murrayfield, kicks off at 5pm.

This timing means that in order the show the game, the BBC has had to alter its early evening schedule, axing the popular Winter Wipeout, which features members of the public hurling themselves around a fantastic obstacle course near Buenos Aires.

"Here we go, stop everything... the bloody egg-chasers are at it again," said Mr Hoagy Carmichael, of Pittville, Cheltenham, who insists he is no relation to the celebrated Texan songwriter and musician most famous for his much-covered song Stardust.

"Wipeout is one of the few quality programmes on TV at the weekend. But when the rugby's on, everything has to make way. Bunch of lardy doctors and lawyers poking each other in the eye and biting each other's ears off - the same people who claim football's full of cheating.

"Who would you rather look at - that bunch of lumbering jerks or some babes cartwheeling all over the place and getting soaked... and Amanda Byram?"

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