Missing Episodes Find

At an eagerly anticipated press conference, the BBC has announced that it has discovered 42 missing episodes of The News, dating from the 1960s. The episodes, which had been lost for almost 50 years, were in the very last place the BBC looked - because, hey, that's always the way, right kids?

History nerds are particularly excited about the find, as the programmes contain reports on Belgium's first expedition to Venus, the reanimation of Oliver Cromwell and Nottinghamshire County Council's declaration of war with Norway - events which many experts had previously disputed due to the lack of documentary evidence. One programme also contains a brief interview with the doctor who invented a cure for hiccups, and it is hoped that its rediscovery might mean relief at last for the many thousands of people who suffer from this debilitating and highly comical condition.

As one excitable geek put it, "This is perhaps the greatest discovery in the field of historical research since archaeologists recovered a woodcut of Henry VIII's biplane from the wreck of the Mary Rose."

Along with the recovered episodes, the BBC has also found Bruce Forsythe's first hairpiece, a series of highly incriminating pictures of Lord Reith, and the keys to Valerie Singleton.

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