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The 18 Most Wonderful British TV News Fails Of 2014

You can prepare for everything. Except when someone assaults you with a sex toy live on air.

1. When a weather front shaped like a penis emerged off the coast of Cornwall.

2. When the BBC committed one of the all-time subtitle fails to see in the Chinese New Year.

3. When ITV News called Ed Miliband "Labour Party Lady".

4. When the BBC's North West Tonight hired a presenter with a most uncanny name.

5. When Sky News' Ian King kept his cool when his Autocue failed.

6. When a BBC newsreader said Prince William had spoke of his passion for flying "despite having left the IRA".

He meant the RAF. Easy to confuse the two.

7. That time weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker had a stark warning for festivalgoers, according to this subtitle.

8. When Sky News politics editor Adam Boulton swallowed a fly live on air.

9. When a Sky Sports News reporter got a dildo in the ear on transfer deadline day.

10. When shadow chancellor Ed Balls was attacked by a spider live on air.

11. That time it looked like the BBC News Channel ticker said the Queen had tested positive for morphine.

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Although the full caption made it clear it was a "horse owned by the Queen".

12. When BBC newsreader Martine Croxall missed the start of a broadcast.

13. And when the same thing happened to her again a few weeks later.

14. When Sir Paul McCartney did a bodyswap with Manchester United's Juan Mata.

15. When this BBC Look North presenter mysteriously sank.

16. This BBC Breakfast subtitle.

17. There was also that time a dog did its business behind BBC Breakfast weather guru Carol Kirkwood. / BBC

18. And when Good Morning Britain's Susanna Reid asked actor Dan Stevens: "You must have had to beat off a lot of American men?"

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