The BBC have revealed that they have changed their Christmas Day TV schedule for BBC1 by cancelling the late-evening movie, Groundhog Day, and replacing it with the coverage of the mammoth FA Cup saga between non-League Droylsden and League One side Chesterfield.
Groundhog Day, a film starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell, relates the story of Pittsburgh TV weatherman, Phil Connors, who finds himself repeating the same day over and over again during a hated assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event (February 2) in Punxsutawney.
The Cuptie has more than a passing similarity to the film, in that, play has commenced on three occasions, but, due to a series of unforeseen circumstances, is yet to be resolved.
The first match between the sides was abandoned at half-time due to fog at Saltergate with Droylsden leading 1-0.
The rearranged match ended 2-2, when Chesterfield allowed the non-league side to equalise with an uncontested goal after the evil Jack Lester scored following a throw-in, instead of giving the ball back to the Droylsden 'keeper.
Last week's replay was abandoned with 18 minutes left, due to floodlight failure with Chesterfield leading 2-0.
THE MATCH DOESN'T SEEM TO WANT TO BE ENDED.
BBC executive Matthew Dipstick said today:
"We have taken the step of rescheduling our Christmas Day programme, and have ditched Groundhog Day in favour of The Droylsden v. Chesterfield Saga, which is almost the same, but a damned sight cheaper."