The Best of TV Licensing Excuses Animated by White Robot

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It can’t be said that the TV Licensing team don’t have a sense of humour. They might have a thankless job but even they can see the funny side when it comes to the ridiculous excuses they have to deal with. Now a team of BAFTA award winning Scottish animators have cherry picked the very best and made hilarious animations out of them.

They’ve created three in total. The other two are “Lost Weight” and “Stolen“. Co-writer and director of the short films, Will Anderson, said:

Our style of animation really lends itself to TV Licensing’s excuses. Using bold, vibrant animation we are able to develop the nature of the excuses, and abstract them with our sense of humour. The excuses were naturally funny, so it was all about how we could bring them to life. All of our work is particularly conversational, so it’s a good match.

Animator and co-writer, Ainslie Henderson, added:

As soon as we saw the list of excuses people had given TV Licensing I could see and hear Malkie and the Crows saying them. They were exactly the sort of thing he would say if he was caught without a TV Licence, so for us, it was a great fit.

TV Licensing have to face a wide range of excuses and the creativity of them is just astounding. Here are their top excuses of the year: 

  1. Why would I need a TV Licence for a TV I stole? Nobody knows I’ve got it.
  2. I have lost weight recently and had to buy new clothes. That’s why I could not afford to buy a TV Licence.
  3. I had not paid as I received a lethal injection.
  4. Apparently my dog, which is a corgi, was related to the Queen’s dog, so I didn’t think I needed a TV Licence.
  5. I don’t want to pay for a licence for a full year. Knowing my luck I’ll be dead in six months and won’t get value for money.
  6. I could not pay for my TV Licence because the Olympic Torch was coming down my road and I could not get to the shop as the road was too busy.
  7. I only use my TV as a lamp. If you switch it on it gives a good glow which allows me to read my book.
  8. The only was I can afford to pay for my TV Licence is if I sell my hamster, is that what you want me to do?
  9. Only my three year old son watches the TV. Can you take it out of the family allowance I receive for him? He watches it so he should pay.
  10. [Customer a presented half a torn paper licence to a visiting Enquiry Officer] I spend so much time at my neighbour’s house, we thought we would just share a TV Licence. My neighbour has the other half.
  11. I could not pay as I only have two pairs of pants and they were both in the wash.
  12. I got caught shoplifting so I’m barred from the shop that takes PayPoint payments.

Stephen Farmer, a spokesman for TV Licensing said:

Some of the excuses are simply hilarious whilst others show a great deal of imagination and creativity, but being caught without a valid TV Licence is a criminal offence and no laughing matter. Joking and wacky excuses apart, it’s breaking the law to watch live television without a licence so anybody doing this risks prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

The animations are a very cute and unique way to get the message across. Though there are some people dodging the costs, Stephen Farmer assures us that evasion levels are low, at around 5%. For more information head to

Source: TVLicensing

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