Long wait pays off for family

VIDEO A family were bowled over when they saw one of their home videos on television, 15 Years after sending it in to You've Been Framed.Julie Betts posted the footage of her son coming a cropper on his battery powered quad bike in 1993.

A FAMILY were bowled over when they saw one of their home videos on television, 15 Years after sending it in to You've Been Framed.

Julie Betts posted the footage of her son coming a cropper on his battery powered quad bike in 1993.

They waited patiently for a reply, eventually giving up hope of it being shown.

But 15 years on, out of the blue, the Betts family received a letter at their Robin Drive home informing them that the hilarious gaffe would be shown on ITV that weekend.

Mum Julie opened the letter and couldn't believe her eyes. She said: “We couldn't believe it when the letter came through the door.

“We never expected to see it on the television after this long and we'd even forgotten we had a copy of the video in the loft. It happened in our old house in Myrtle Road so it's a good job we sent them a change of address letter.”

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The video shows Josh when he was barely a year old and an unlucky coming together with the kitchen table.

Josh, now 15 and a student at Chantry High, said: “I was sitting on my mini quad bike in the kitchen and was busy looking at mum who was filming me. When I pulled away I didn't see where I was going and bashed my head on the kitchen table.”

The Betts' had enough time to let relatives know that the blunder was due to be shown on national television but it was too late for Josh to let school friends know.

Now everyone can see his home video howler on the Evening Star website but it will be difficult for his classmates to recognise him.

Mrs Betts said: “Josh and his dad have changed a little bit over the last 15 years. Now we're waiting to receive the £250 which was probably worth a lot more back then.”

The show's makers accept clips can take several years to emerge.

A statement on the ITV website says: “Once on our files, your clip is then available for 'possible' use in one of our shows.

“We cannot give any guarantees, however, that a clip will be selected. As we only make one new series each year, clips can be on our files for some time, possibly several years.

“You are free to withdraw your clip for any reason at any time, at which point we will delete it from our files.

“If your clip is selected for a show, we will contact you in writing letting you know the transmission date.

“We receive an incredible number of tapes every year, so we need you to be patient with us. Pop the tape in the post and then forget about it for a few months!

“This is another reason we suggest you send us a copy of your tape -otherwise you could be without your favourite funny video for quite a long time!

You've Been Framed!

It has been a popular ITV series since it was launched by Jeremy Beadle in 1990.

Lisa Riley and Jonathan Wilkes - currently appearing at The Ipswich Regent - have introduced the show.

Now Harry Hill provides commentary over the clips.

The pilot show was presented by Richard Madeley - but he never made an actual series.

In 1992 the show attracted 19 million viewers - making it one of the most popular shows of the year.