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UKTV Gold, (previously known as UK Gold until March 8, 2004), is a British television channel that shows mainly classic BBC entertainment programmes. It launched on November 1, 1992, currently available on Sky Digital, Virgin Media, and terrestrial subscription via Top Up TV.

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      10.05.2010 18:59
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      Golden British comedy including Last of the Summer Wine

      When you glance at television schedules these days if you are like me you won't find much in the way of new British comedy that really makes you laugh. There are of course tremendous panel shows like Have I Got News For You and when it comes to situation comedies I think Outnumbered is extremely clever and hilarious but apart from that I am left scratching my head at some of the series that get commissioned or broadcast.

      The BBC often show repeats of programmes like Dad's Army and Porridge which have stood the test of time and even if you have seen these episodes many times before they can still be more amusing than some new offerings.

      For this very reason the channel now known as GOLD is very popular due to the fact that they broadcast many classic and well loved British comedy series. There is a great selection on here of really vintage favourites like Steptoe and Son, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? and The Good Life. There are series I remember watching during the nineties as a teenager like Men Behaving Badly and Game On.

      If some nights I have not been able to sleep or I'm just not tired I have tuned in to the channel and have been able to watch The Royle Family which I really love and sometimes GOLD has special marathons when they will play many episodes of a certain series back to back, they did this once with Blackadder which I particularly enjoyed.

      Many sitcoms that would be in your top ten are definitely shown on this station, The Vicar of Dibley, Only Fools and Horses and Yes Minister to name a few. I think it is fair to say that GOLD really leans toward comedy but they do every so often show drama and entertainment like Johnathan Creek along with the occasional film.

      There is a show on here that everyone would get some kind of enjoyment from and I love to watch some of these and be reminded of what I was doing when I first saw them.

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        12.01.2010 14:21
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        A TV time capsule...for better or worse!

        I remember when this channel used to be UK Gold, but thankfully despite the name change, the quality of the content has not foundered, and this is still as aggressive as ever a collection of the very best "gold" or "old school" British comedy. It is a resultantly by its nature a channel more likely to appeal to older viewers, but plenty of their programming has aged extremely well, and will appeal to youngsters too, such as classic sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf. Furthermore, despite its name, there is plenty of US programming thrown in the mix.

        This is admittedly your dad's channel more than yours, with some of the highlights being The A-Team, Blake's 7, Dr Who, Quantum Leap, It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Dallas, and many others. Even some of their more tawdry programming, such as classic episodes of Holby City and Casualty, has a perverse time-capsule quality to it, as though you're in a psychological experiment, being forced to plough through some of the worst TV of all time, and there is a certain unintentional amusement to it. I don't think the guys at UKTV Gold think that Holby City is a great show, but they realise that nostalgia is an incredibly powerful thing.

        I prefer the channel's reprise of British comedies above all else, and it was this channel that well and truly got me into both Blackadder and Fawlty Towers, not to mention Monty Python by and large. They frequently air entire series of these shows in a row, making them convnient to Sky+ or simply watch as they go out. Also, they air them in episode order and don't throw on random episodes like a lot of other channels.

        For a palatable slice of nostalgia, there is no better.

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        03.07.2009 20:13
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        one of my top watched channels

        UKTV Gold was launched on 1 November 1992 and then it was called UK Gold (this is what I still call this channel cant get use to name changes) now the channel is called G.O.L.D which stands for Go On Laugh Daily which I think is great because for me this is what this channel does for me.

        G.O.L.D is a channel you have to pay for and is shown on sky, virgin and top up TV. The channel does stop running around 3am and starts again at 6am. There is also a G.O.L.D +1 which shows the same as G.O.L.D but an hour later.

        The main shows shown on G.O.L.D is mainly British comedy programmes these tend to be a combination of repeats of shows shown the BBC and ITV. There is also some times a film shown and these tend to be ones that are a few years old.

        My favour shows shown are :
        Absolutely Fabulous
        The Brittas Empire
        Dinner ladies
        Little Britain
        The Royal Family
        Only fools and horses
        There are so many more I love I could go one for ever

        G.O.L.D is one of the channels on my favours on my sky planner. My self I never tend to plan to watch any of the programs on this channel but if there is nothing else on I an always find some thing to watch. Even though all the shows are repeats and most of them I have seen before I think they are classics and the kind of shows you can watch again again with out getting bored of them.

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          15.06.2009 18:00
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          You'll love this channel for a few months, then tire of the endless 'repeats'

          G.O.L.D. (Go on Laugh Daily - seriously, this is what it stands for now!), was, as other reviewers have said, UKTV Gold.

          The trouble with this is that they've changed the name of the channel and they've changed the number I have to tap into my remote to watch it, but the content has remained the same.

          For some, it may be great to have 'The Royle Family', 'Only Fools and Horses', 'Open All Hours', 'The Vicar of Dibley', etc. on repeat ALL the time; which for the first six months to a year of receiving the channel was fine. However, it is now repeats and re-runs 'ad nauseum'.

          They often have a comedy film on a Friday evening, which can be a bit of a hit or miss affair, dependant upon your taste in comedy.

          They also have back to back shows of, for example, 'Fawlty Towers', on a Saturday, so, if you want to catch a whole series in one sitting, then this is the channel for you.

          One final drawback with this channel, is that they try to re-package the same programmes as something new - for example, they had Saturday Stacks - which in reality was 'Only Fools and Horses' again!

          The main advantage of this channel is that you know that it's safe to watch and that the comedy is good - as long as you don't mind the repeats.

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          24.01.2009 14:03
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          This channel has recently been rebranded as G.O.L.D and can be found on Sky channel 110. There is also a +1 hour channel as well. You would think this channel would be right next to the original one? No, it is way up as channel 133. Anyway what is this channel and is it any good? Depends what you like.

          This is all older shows and mainly british sitcom. So what shows can I expect to see on here?

          The 2 ronnies
          Only fools and horses
          Ever decreasing circles
          Last of the summer wine
          The good life
          Duty free
          The vicar of dibly
          My family
          One foot in the grave
          Keping up appearances
          To the manor born
          the brittas empire
          Faulty towers

          Although I may be a bit young to remember some of these shows and the other ones I remember being played in my house when I was 8 or 9 year old. The good thing about these shows are that they weren't full of smut and so on. Just good clean family fun, the best kind of shows.

          Some people may not see the appeal of these shows now, but there nothing wrong with a blast from the past. This channel is part of the entertainment mix on Sky

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            19.05.2008 21:50
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            Good comedy channel

            UKTV Gold is one of those safe channels that you can always find something to watch on. The reason for this is the fact that it primarily shows classic British comedies. On my Virgin cable package it can be found on channel 124 with a one hour delay channel on 125 so you have two chances to watch each show.

            The downside to this channel is that the entiure schedule is made up of repeats but in most cases these comedies are of such good standard and quality they are the sort of shows that you are quite happy to watch over and over again. They also have the occasional film which is also a comedy with films such as Trading Places and A Fish Called Wanda.

            It is the comedy classics that make this channel, they do show a lot of Fools and Horses re - runs and some of these are excellent and certainly stand the test of time. At the moment they are also showing The Royle Family which is a great comedy as well as Open All Hours which I really like.

            This one of thoise channels that I always check out if there is absolutely nothing else on as it is a pretty safe bet most of the time.

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              03.12.2007 20:46
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              Great classic TV shows

              Launched in 1992, UKTV Gold is a UK digital television channel, and is part of the UKTV network, which also includes UKTV Drama and UKTV Food, amongst others. Up until 2004 it was known as UK Gold, but changed its name when UKTV rebranded all of its channels.

              The output of this channel is virtually all repeats (hence its name), although not all are of UK programmes, which makes the channel name sometimes seem quite odd. There are times when I have considered that a more appropriate name would be USTV Gold. Because it is a commercial channel each programme is interrupted by adverts, even the programmes that were not designed with this in mind, such as Eastenders and Casualty, and this can disrupt the viewer's attention, particularly as the placement of the commercial breaks sometimes seems quite random. This is one of my criticisms of the whole UKTV network.

              UKTV Gold is available on both the Sky (on channel 109) and Virgin Media (on channel 124) digital platforms, and also via Top-Up TV (channel 17). A timeshifted channel is also available, showing the same programmes but an hour later. A spin-off channel was launched in the 1990s, known as UK Gold Classics. This channel went through numerous name changes right up until its recent rebranding as 'Dave'. I can only ask - why?

              Some of my favourite programmes on UKTV Gold include:

              EASTENDERS
              Unfortunately the episodes currently being shown are much more recent than I would like. I'd love to see a return to the earliest episodes from the mid-1980s, just to see Den and Angie's glory days once again.

              WOGAN: NOW AND THEN
              This is a new programme, not a repeat, but is made of new interviews and clips from Terry Wogan's chat show from the 1980s. The great joy of this programme is seeing what his original interviewees look like now. My favourite episode was the one where he re-interviewed the stars of the 1980s mega-soap DALLAS.

              DALLAS
              Which brings me nicely onto... DALLAS. Years ago UK Gold showed DALLAS from the beginning right the way through to the end, over 300 episodes later. Although the channel recently re-broadcast the first 5 seasons (the show ran for 14) they took it off the air, and have just started showing those first 5 seasons again! It's a good job I have the DVDs so can carry on watching Season 6 onwards. On another note, UK Gold also showed the DALLAS spin-off KNOTS LANDING many years ago, but have not shown it for a very long time. I'd love to see it return.

              DOCTOR WHO
              UKTV Gold shows both the episodes from the modern and original eras of the show, and it is great to watch these shows again and again. It's great how much DOCTOR WHO seems to have taken over the world over the last few years!

              CHARLIE'S ANGELS
              I love watching this show - what's not to like? A group of pretty ladies fighting crime - that's what TV was made for. It is amusing seeing the fashions that were in style back in the 1970s. Farrah Fawcett was a real angel!

              Overall, if you enjoy reruns of classic UK and US TV shows, then this is the channel for you!

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                11.10.2003 21:56
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                One of the first things I noticed about UK Gold that amused me was the amount of non-UK programmes. "Quantum Leap" used to be on every day, along with other programmes whose names now elude me. A more fitting title would be 'BBC Greats'" except that this would interfere with the establishment of BBC Three. Being one of the higher budget satellite/digital channels, with a place right near the top of the listings with channel number 109, UK Gold is obviously a popular destination for many a bored or simply interested channel viewer, although for me it does not provide quality programming until around 8pm. Comedy classics which are funny, such as "Fawlty Towers," and ones that are not, "Are You Being Served?", are always at hand to tickle your pre-watershed funnybone when the sci-fi has stopped on Sky One. However, I feel that one of the greater benefits of UK Gold is to the heavy-duty sci-fi fan: While Star Trek's license on satellite firmly belongs to Sky One (with E4 showing the sixties ones), UK Gold are not permitted that particular 'BBC Great.' However, the channel currently shows episodes of Doctor Who at 6pm every day; this will doubtless have attracted digital customers alone! On a more personal level, the highlight of UK Gold has always been its tendency to show Red Dwarf regularly. And not just the very first series which the BBC has repeated again and again in recent years and is now available on DVD and remastered videos in every WH Smith, I'm talking about the early 90s episodes that can only usually be seen by getting deleted second hand videos at high prices off eBay. So whether you're a Red Dwarf, Doctor Who or Porridge fan, UK Gold might be the channel for you. The only problem is that like all other channels in history, the programmes shown in the day are low-budget rubbish. Apologies if you're a fan of those programmes, but it always seems a shame that afte
                r dishing out the extra money for Sky Digital every month there is still plenty of below-par programming. Good job I only watch it round my friend's house! Oh yes, and there are adverts too.

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                  15.04.2003 22:17
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                  UK GOLD is like every other channel on SKY. Constant repeats and endless advertisements. Most programmes have been aired dozens and dozens of times and even more so with GOLD +1 and GOLD2. I contacted SKY and asked why the same programmes are repeated over and over through the year with some episodes being aired 50 , 60 times or more and that I am still seeing the same programmes that I was watching more that 3 years ago. I was told that this was to ensure that every subscriber has the chance to see every programme. They also said that they have no plans to stop showing repeats. SKY claim to have no control over the programmes on other channels but isn't it funny how every single channel on SKY has the same repeat pattern. Even BBC3 and the news Channels. We wouldn't buy a magazine with every page repeated at least 3 times and then buy the same issue again a couple of months later so why do we accept this with SKY TV. Did you know that there are more new programmes on BBC1 and BBC2 in one day than there are on every SKY channel put together. There is also more advertising per channel than terrestrial tv. And we pay a subsciption charge for the pleasure. And remember, all the programmes that are shown have already been aired on terrestrial tv anyway. I for one will be terminating my subscription as I have no desire to be ripped of any longer.

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                    03.10.2001 03:54
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                    I absolutely love UK Gold! It is ever so entertaining and my family and I usually end up watching comedies on UK Gold together when there's nothing on the television. The good thing about UK Gold is that it shows the good old programme everyone used to watch - much better than most of today's dramas. My favourite programme on UK Gold is Neighbours. Although this dates back from 1994, it is way better than the rubbish they show on today's version. I also watch the classic BBC comedies such as One Foot in the Grave, Dad's Army and Last of the Summer Wine. Generally, this is the best channel on Sky Digital (apart from UK Gold 2). Anyone who is interested in the above types of programmes should order UK Gold and UK Gold 2 today!

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                      02.08.2001 17:17
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                      UK Gold takes a lot of criticism as being a channel which simply shows old telvision programmes that nobody wants to watch. However, UK Gold makes for a good night of TV viewing and has many classic episodes of many quality programmes. There's been many a time when, bored with the product available on more modern Sky TV channels, I switch over to UK Gold to catch an episode of One Foot in the Grave or Blackadder. The point about programms such as those is that they are classics. They will never stop being funny, no matter how many times you watch them and it's good to be able to see them. UK Gold preserves classic British comedy and we would be worse off without it. Programmes like the Vicar of Dibley are no longer being made but that doesn't mean they should be forgotten about. It still makes quality TV viewing and, although there were not a lot of episodes made, it cannot be forgotton about? And what about the classic that is Fawlty Towers? Who can honestly say they would be happy is that disappeared from our TV screens and we didn't have the option of watching it again? Not me, for one. Those programmes are just the tip of the iceberg. Then you've got programmes like 'Allo 'Allo and much, much more. Don't be sceptical of UK Gold, if you don't like classic comedy then don't watch it. It does however preserve quality programmes which should not be forgotten about - and makes a quality night of TV viewing.

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                        22.07.2001 06:50
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                        The greatest hits of British telly (even though there are fairly liberally large chunks of Australian and US progs in there) - UK Gold, one of the most watchable of all TV channels, like a Showaddywaddywaddywaddy of video, blending the very, very dire with the very, very classic, but like it or hate it, this is nonetheless sure to jig more than a few memories for anyone above about six years old. Just check out this little list of things featured within just 48 hours at the time of writing - One Foot In The Algarve, Jack Dee's Happy Hour, The Ben Elton Show, Lovejoy, 'Allo 'Allo, The A-Team, The Bill, Neighbours, Blake's 7, Dr Who, Quantum Leap, It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Bread, 2 Point 4 Children, Goodnight Sweetheart, Are You Being Served?, Keeping Up Appearances, The Royle Family, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Clocking Off, Casualty, Heartbeat, Eastenders, Tenko, Dallas, The Flying Doctors, Holby City, Dangerfield, Love Hurts, Hi-De-Hi, Open All Hours .... Now like most of you out there, a fair few of these programmes are going to represent some of my worst TV nightmares, but even the worst are memorable and if you watch them for more than a couple of minutes you'll find yourself inevitably addicted and stuck on a visual roundabout that goes the full clock round and then kicks off again - you could be stuck on this particular conveyor belt for a very, very long time indeed... The standard fare you get with UK Gold is British comedy classics (with all that conveys) and reruns of British soaps) if you include stuff like The Bill, which I always feel is more sudso fare than straight drama, although it's nonetheless brillo. The comedy picks cover the best of sitcoms which we've known and loved for the last thirty years and I doubt if you can name a really good British (by which I mean BBC) comedy of that period which ain't become one of the staples of the Gold diet. Before I took on the Sky subscription wh
                        ich is almost a prerequisite these days, I used to be a major channel hopper, but would quickly identify that there was nothing but nothing on - I was quite relieved when the hundred odd channel package you get with Sky entered my life, although I soon found that even that many options doesn't guarantee something worth watching at all times (sorry, but at times we've had to settle for The History Channel, I'm afraid) and I've often found myself doing the full bit cycle through everything from channel 101 (BBC 1) to 977 (one of the mucky ones) UNSUCCESSFULLY - despite that, however, one channel which you can always find something quite distracting on is Gold - I mean, ferchrissakes even Rene from 'Allo 'Allo has his moments (ULP, what is the dave27 psyche playing at - I must be drunk). In many ways Gold is the answer to that TV addict's dream - MY ULTIMATE NIGHT'S VIEWING - try this lot for size ... 5.0 Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge 5.30 The Young Ones 6.0 Bottom 6.30 The Bill 7.0 Dallas 8.0 One Foot In The Grave 8.30 Fawlty Towers 9.0 Blackadder 9.30 Absolutely Fabulous 10.0 Are You Being Served? (Sorry, but Mummy likes it) 10.30 2 Point 4 Children 11.0 Casualty Come on, don't mock, you could actually enjoy a night like this on Gold at least once or twice a week and I can't think of anyone who would seriously not find that a pretty absorbing night - so pull up the popcorn and the lager (if you can stomach the combination) and get yer rocks off to this lot...

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                          22.05.2001 03:41
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                          How many times have you sat there with you Sky remote channel hopping through 100+ channels only to find nothing you fancy watching? Well if you are anything like me then 9 times out of 10 you will end up on UK Gold. This is my favourite TV channel, where else can I watch classic shows like The Young Ones, Red Dwarf, Faulty Towers and tons of classic British shows that would take forever to list. 24 hours a day, you can always depend on this channel to entertain you with a funny comedy or a classic soap. If there was only 1 channel, please let it be UK Gold!

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                            24.03.2001 23:05
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                            UK Gold was our main reason for getting Digital TV installed. It is a brilliant channel, with a great many of my favourite programmes being shown throughout the week. First of all, one of the whole family's favourites is Doctor Who, which is shown on Sunday mornings. They are currently showing the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) episodes, but usually go through the Doctors in rotation. I know I saw many of the Hartnell and Troughton stories for the first time on UK Gold. This is a wonderful programme, suitable for all the family. Another of my great loves is for 1970s sitcoms and UK Gold has plenty of these too, although Granada Plus is my preferred channel for these. There are some classic sitcoms on UK Gold though - 'Allo 'Allo, It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Dad's Army, Are You Being Served? - all from the Croft and Perry camp. Yes Prime Minister must be one of the all-time greats of comedy series and is also being re-run on UK Gold. It is just as funny as ever, with the incisive political wit still as relevant to Blair's government as it was to Thatcher's. You can watch the old episodes of the soaps, reminding yourself of great (or not so great) storylines of the past or getting to see episodes you missed the first time round. Neighbours and EastEnders are both in a timewarp here, although fans of Coronation Street and Emmerdale will need Granada Plus for their fix, with Brookside fans tuning in to Living for their repeatfest. For more recent sitcoms, UK Gold regularly shows The Vicar of Dibley - starring the wonderful Dawn French as the irrepressible vicar - and Gimme Gimme Gimme, starring Kathy Burke as a sex-crazed loud mouth and James Dreyfus as a bitchy gay wannabe actor. But if that's not to your taste, how about the late, great Gary Olsen in Two Point Four Children? Or Nicholas Lyndhurst, showing his talent away from being David Jason's sidekick, in the time-travelling sitcom
                            Goodnight Sweetheart? Or the always hilarious Neil Morrissey and Martin Clunes in Men Behaving Badly? Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased) is currently being shown on Saturday evenings. Although not pleasing everyone, I enjoyed the series a lot, even though I can't usually stand Vic Reeves! I do like Bob Mortimer though and with a cast also starring the beautiful Emilia Fox and the eccentric, but brilliant, Tom Baker, no wonder I love it. If you are more interested in drama, UK Gold regularly show the best of British - Casualty and Holby City (my two favourite medical dramas)are stalwarts of the channel, along with occasional appearances by such excellent programmes as Hearts and Bones - a series about a set of friends whose lives are intertwined - and Real Women. This stars Pauline Quirke (Birds Of A Feather), Michelle Collins (EastEnders, Sunburn) and Gwyneth Strong (Only Fools and Horses)as women facing problems in their life - adultery, infertility, growing older, etc. It is very realistic, not a "glossy" kind of programme, but the acting is excellent and you will sympathise and empathise with the characters. All this and I haven't even mentioned the repeats of The Bill, Birds Of A Feather and All Creatures Great And Small. The programmes regularly change, showing complete series of some before resting them for a while, so do check your television listings guide. But there's bound to be something you'll like. Do yourself a favour, flick over to UK Gold and enjoy the feast !

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                              19.03.2001 20:27

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                              Most of the shows on UK Gold aren’t really my type of programming with the exception of Red Dwarf and a few others, the choice of programming is however exceptional. It’s not free but available as part of a basic channel from most TV services airing twenty-four hours with repeats of shows such as ‘the royle family’, ‘fawlty towers’ and ‘men behaving badly’. There’s a variety of soaps such as ‘eastenders’, ‘the bill’ and ‘neighbours’. Most if not all of the shows on UK Gold have already aired a while back on channels such as the ‘bbc’ and ‘itv’ with the program selection not altering much at all over the years. I recommend this only if you like many of the shows, there’s better channels and this is simply full of repeats

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