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  BBC Buffy U-turn angers fans
Updated 20 December 2002, 17.52
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The BBC's decision to screen a shorter episode of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer special has angered fans.

The famous Once More, With Feeling musical is eight minutes longer than the normal 45 minutes.

Back in October, schedulers promised CBBC Newsround that they would be showing the full length 53 minute version.

Yet, on Thursday night, the cut-down episode was shown. This added insult to the injury of a snooker interruption a week earlier.

Fact File
The missing minutes
Silent opening scene of the girls in the morning.
Part of Spike's song
Dawn's pterodactyl joke
Xander's reason for staying off work
Dawn's entire dance sequence
Big chunks of the final confrontation and parts of the last song

The reaction

The fans have not been pleased! One poster on our Buffy board, Ilúvatar, said: "Loads of stuff is missed out."

Another fan on the BBC's Buffy board posted: "I think it's terrible, that ... the finest hour of televsion has been cut by the obviously ignorant BBC2."

One poster, named ihatethebbc, simply said "Well done BBC for ruining a perfectly good episode of Buffy".

The reponse

The bit of the BBC responsible for Buffy told us that they apologised for the confusion caused by their previous promise.

The version of the show they played out was the one given to the BBC by Fox, known as the Official International Version.

The longer version was shown once on Sky One, but isn't now available to show on TV here.

However, it is available in the UK on video.

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