The Secret Show (partially lost miscellaneous media from animated show; 2006-2008)


The Secret Show (miscellaneous media)
TheSecretShow.com from 2008.
TheSecretShow.com from 2008.
Status Partially Lost

The Secret Show was a BAFTA-winnng, independently-produced animation series made for the BBC, by Collingwood/O'Hare Entertainment. It was about the semi-secret organisation U.Z.Z. and their top agents Victor Volt and Anita Knight, dealing with the dastardly machinations of Doctor Doctor's T.H.E.M. syndicate every second Tuesday, as well as saving the planet several times over from other villains such as The Impostors, Reptogators, and Prince Spong of the Floaty Heads. First devised in 2004, it premiered on CBBC in 2006 (in the UK) and on Nicktoons in 2007 (in the US).

Although the series itself is available online if you know where to look, a considerable amount of media related to it is currently unavailable.

Found/Partially Found Media

The Nicktoons American dub (Partially Found)

Upload of "Booger Ball" showcasing major differences from the original.

Paired with "Wedgie Attack" in the second of the double-billed episodes in Nicktoons broadcasts, the episode "Bogie Ball" had every use of the word "bogie" redubbed into "booger" for all voice lines, and the title-card was changed accordingly. Edited portions of it were uploaded by YouTube User TheSecretShow4You from their own camrip, although in very low quality.

Two masters found at Collingwood's studio

Additionally, the episode "The Z-Ray Goggles Of Power" was redubbed to say "ZEE-Ray Goggles" instead of "ZED-Ray Goggles" when aired on Nicktoons.

It is unknown how many additional episodes were redubbed as only 1 of the 26 Nicktoons double-bills has surfaced - that being Dr Hypno Returns Again & Secret Sleep, neither of which appear to have been modified - although as of 02/11/17, master copies have been located of two further double bills, being Booger Ball & Wedgie Attack, and Flick The Switch & Giant Brain Of Terror. It is currently unknown which of the latter two were modified, nor which format - if they are in PAL then it will be in far superior quality than any broadcast even disregarding the footage being uncompressed.

The Martian Dub of "Super-Vic" (Found)

One of the most famous pieces of lost media from the show, this was exclusive to the Australian release of the Volume 2 DVD - although TV listings suggest it may have briefly aired on Nicktoons. It was a self-satirical in-character commentary on the episode "Super-Vic", showing the main cast supposedly "redubbing the episode into Martian for the benefit of those watching on Mars", seemingly on their first take. Naturally the "Martian" is nonsense and the redub devolves into everyone arguing over what the Martian language supposedly is, and what actually happened during the episode's events. Remaining elusive for many years, it was found and uploaded onto Google Drive and shared on Tumblr in its entirety in late 2016.

The 2004 'Lucky Leo' pilot (Found)

The original number on Leo's plane in the 2004 trailer and the original pilot.
Leo's plane as it appears in the final episode.

Before the series was picked up by the BBC, a pilot episode called "Lucky Leo" was fully made in 2004 and later recycled into the series 2 premiere episode of the same name in 2007. As Tony Collingwood explains:

"I wrote Lucky Leo as the pilot episode, and we made it at our own expense to pitch the series. ... Lucky Leo went out as episode 27, with some very minor changes. I think we just re-timed the gag at the end when all the meteorites miss the “lucky” Earth. Apart from that – the episode is exactly the same as the pilot. We held the episode back in case we fell behind in production, and could throw that one in to catch up! So we used it half way through to give the crew a breather!"

Update as of Nov 2nd, 2017 - The pilot is finally able to be declared found, having been kindly and generously presented by Tony Collingwood himself to user MK Inst on an extremely rare 2004 publicity sampler DVD. Far from being "exactly the same", there are numerous differences: The entire SFX track is completely different - using temp stock effects because the foley hadn't been recorded yet - about 70% of all the voice lines are alternate takes, the UZZ Base is an old design with satellite dishes on the sides, a few scenes are edited quite differently, Anita isn't a mermaid, the Credits Sequence looks unlike any other version and the animations in the Briefing Room are very different too, utilising flickering shadows from the fireplace - an effect which was later dropped completely.

Lost Media

Commentary on "Flick The Switch!"

Previously completely unheard of, this redub was meant to have been released on the cancelled Volume 3 DVD, which never made it to market despite reportedly being complete. It was uploaded by an anonymous affiliate of Tony Collingwood to YouTube in late 2016 but was immediately blocked by the Content ID system, leaving it inaccessible before it caught any public attention.

According to Mr. Collingwood himself, “I enjoyed writing [The Martian Dub] – and we had a blast recording it with the actors. We did another episode like that as a DVD extra, where Changed Daily held a post-mission briefing, with the entire cast commenting on how they did during the episode. Not sure if that ever made it out into the world?”

The Sounds Of The Secret Show

The only image of the 3rd short, the thumbnail of the blocked video.

Following the production of "Actors Playing U.Z.Z." and "Artists Drawing U.Z.Z.", a further making-of was short known as "The Sounds Of The Secret Show" was made for the ill-fated Volume 3 DVD. Having been previously unheard of, it was uploaded to YouTube with the "Flick The Switch!" commentary and befell exactly the same fate. It is 9:27 long, the Farmer From Devon re-appears as he is visible in the thumbnail, and it would've been about how they made the foley and sound-effects used throughout the show.

There was a 4th BTS film made - in addition to another two Professor Professor Lectures which were also slated to have one on each volume - called The Music Of The Secret Show, which featured Roger Jackson, the series' composer.

The CBBC Platformer

Gameplay demonstration.

The first truly interactive media made for the show, a 2D platformer game titled "Find The Secret Thing" was available on the long-gone Secrets & Spies section of the CBBC website between roughly 2006 and 2009. Predating the TheSecretShow.com website, it was the first game made by Complete Control for Collingwood/O'Hare. A video showcasing parts of it was uploaded to the developer's Dailymotion and Veoh channels. The game's original filename was "framework.swf" in the "spies" directory on the site.

The original promo advert for the game when it first launched.
Screencap of the single capture the Wayback has of the platformer's homepage on the CBBC site.

TheSecretShow.com

The site's homepage during a brief Christmas update.

The show's official website was launched in late 2006 on the 25th of October, created by the same team who did the CBBC Platformer, and was an impressively complex and intricate flash-based tie-in to the show - so much so that it won a BAFTA for Interactivity in its own right. It had dozens of different animated screens and set-pieces, all designed to be as faithful to the show as possible, utilizing archive voice clips from the episodes but also having new lines especially recorded for different pages. It apparently also had a "promo site" full of teasers online in the weeks leading up to its launch, which is now completely lost. The main site was active until 2014, and may even have remained online into the first few weeks of 2015, but ultimately disappeared quietly with only a single Wayback capture actually working out of the hundreds taken.

Rare shot of the U.Z.Z. Leaderboard when it was still active.

The Wayback's archive kept the site technically "still alive" until mid-2017, whereupon seven of the most important .swf files keeping it functional became inexplicably corrupted on the Wayback's own captures. Thus, after over 10 years, the site was finally gone for good, as the loading screen now forever stuck at 0%.

However, a coalition of fans managed to cobble together almost everything from their own archives, which are hosted on Google Drive - and thanks to Glynn Hayward all of the files known to be needed for the site to run survive here, but a compiled version does not exist at this time.

The Blogs and Messages

The site had various places with update blogs - most of which made in-character as many of the cast - about either the site itself, upcoming episodes of the show, or just general articles that merely provided snippets of expanded canon not seen elsewhere. One can be partially seen in the above shot of the U.Z.Z. Leaderboard, but they were also present on the website's splash page, the info page, and in the Newsroom. Very few survive as screenshots but many exist as text only, saved from two of the site's XML files. A few examples:

  • Rare shot of the T.H.E.M. Leaderboard when it was still active.
  • The only two surviving captures of the site's update blog, text-only included.
  • A small selection of the salvaged articles and messages.

The Downloadables

Part of the downloadables section. Over 40 different files could be accessed from here.

The site was full of hidden secrets for fans to find, unique downloadables hidden behind panels in the walls on different pages or requiring a 4-digit code (which could be found either on the website or in the show's episodes themselves) to unlock and download. However, these files were hosted externally on a separate server which the Wayback Archive was unable to access, and it is mostly these files that are currently lost.

All found downloadables are backed up here, and all known downloadables are as follows:

Thumbnails of all the lost downloadables
Type Name Status
Clips Trailer w/ SFX Watermarked
Creditless Intro Found
CD Outtake Found
Extended Bogie Scene YouTube Rip
PP Outtake YouTube Rip
Ringtones MP3 Found
Polyphonic Found
Music Instrumental Theme Found
Wallpapers Monday Found
Tuesday Found
Wednesday Found
Thursday Found
Friday Found
Saturday Found
Sunday Found
Mobile Lost
U.Z.Z. Found
T.H.E.M. Found
Screensavers U.Z.Z. (Win) Lost
U.Z.Z. (Mac) Lost
T.H.E.M. (Win) Lost
T.H.E.M. (Mac) Lost
Kooky Gadgets (Win) Lost
Kooky Gadgets (Mac) Lost
Top Secrets Desktop Calendar (Win) Found
Desktop Calendar (Mac) Lost
Changed Daily Cut-out Found
U.Z.Z. Agent Card Found
T.H.E.M. Agent Card Found
U.Z.Z. Door Hanger Found
T.H.E.M. Door Hanger Found
Limited Edition Downloadables Guide Found

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

5 months ago
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I loved this show
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Jsgobble

5 months ago
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very unlikely the old cbbc games will ever be found, good luck though
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Rhino Ryan

3 months ago
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Any update?
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Anonymous user #2

5 months ago
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Don't worry folks, I'll contact Tony Collingwood about the lost media!
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MKInst

5 months ago
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Already done! He's quite happy that people still remember the show, and he's the one who tried to share the "Switch" Commentary and BTS 3.
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MKInst

5 months ago
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A lot of the information on this page actually comes from my email correspondence with him. ;-)
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Markiegee50X

5 months ago
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i love this show when it first premiered on nicktoons in 2006
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Liamkasbar

5 months ago
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I'm 75% sure I played the CBBC game when I was young. I don't remember much about it, though.

I remember on the homepage there were "fluffy" bunnies on the homepage, and you had to click on them. Don't take my word on this, but I think that if you clicked them all, you unlocked some bonus content on the site.

I'm American, so I have no knowledge of anything that was UK exclusive.
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Anonymous user #3

5 months ago
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You're probably thinking of the TheSecretShow.com site, it opened with Ray using a huge mouse to click-delete all the bunnies. XD I have a working copy of the flash file that that is from, (in fact, I have working flash files for almost the entire site, bar two) but we havn't been able to properly rehost it so it works again yet.
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MKInst

5 months ago
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Bother, I keep forgetting to sign in - that comment was mine. XD

Also, the .com site wasn't UK exclusive, it actually even had an option on the homepage to select which country you were from - you got an easter-egg if you listed it as 'Martian'....
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MLF

5 months ago
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I remember when this played on Nicktoons Network.
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Anonymous user #4

5 months ago
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me too
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Anonymous user #5

5 months ago
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I will contact Tony Collingwood to open up a Collingwood & Co. (The people that made the show) YouTube channel and upload the lost stuff, okay?
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MKInst

5 months ago
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The problem is is that the account that uploaded the Flick The Switch Commentary and the 3rd BTS short WAS a Collingwood & Co channel - the BBC copyright-blocked it anyway!
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Anonymous user #5

5 months ago
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I know a other piece of The Secret Show that is lost media, the Spiderbike Attack game.
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MKInst

5 months ago
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I'm planning on making a separate article just for the TSS Website, which will certainly include a section on the Spiderbike game among many other things. ;-D
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Anonymous user #5

5 months ago
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BBC Copyright really is crazy now these days.
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Anonymous user #5

5 months ago
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They could just do it with the YouTube Channel name Collingwood & Co. and just add the Verified symbol then upload the lost stuff, that way the BBC would notice it was actually them, right MK?
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Anonymous user #5

5 months ago
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This is a question for you to ask, because tomorrow I am going to contact Collingwood & Co. about what I said, what is your advice, do you think it will work?
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MKInst

4 months ago
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Sorry for the late reply, for some reason I haven't gotten any comment notifications - I say there's no harm in trying, although you could ask them to put the files on Google Drive or something instead/as well. Good luck!
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Anonymous user #6

4 months ago
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i may be wrong, but this was definitely a show on television.
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MKInst

4 months ago
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It most certainly was! Aired on CBBC, BBC TWO, and Nicktoons. Funnily enough, Disney XD in Germany aired almost the entire first series all through last august, so it's still around - although before that it hadn't been aired anywhere since 2014. Last //english// airing of it was in about 2010 I think.
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Anonymous user #7

4 months ago
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i guess it was so secret they had to hide it
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Anonymous user #8

4 months ago
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The show's name is oddly fitting
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Anonymous user #9

4 months ago
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apparently there was another game called "return of the secret thing". I know nothing else about it, other than the fact that is was on thesecretshow.com front page according to the wayback machine.
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MKInst

4 months ago
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Ah, that has actually been found. It's sometimes referred to as the "Skybikes" game, and was accessible from the Control Room on the TSS website after plugging in the batteries in The Lab. It too was thought lost for a while until my friend "Ray" recovered it - which reminds me, I really must get around to writing the article on the website at some point....
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Anonymous user #10

2 months ago
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Can you start work on the website article now, I am really dying to see it! ; - )
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MKInst

2 months ago
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I've been gearing up to it, I've been really busy the last few weeks, sorry. XP Will be able to do it soon though!
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Anonymous user #11

2 months ago
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What else are you putting up?
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MKInst

2 months ago
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I'm going to add all the thumbnails I have of the Lost downloadables, and possibly add a small mention of the Website Update blogs which are almost //completely// lost.
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Anonymous user #11

2 months ago
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A found a HQ CBBC Platformer picture.

www.completecontrol.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Secret-Show-10.jpg
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Anonymous user #11

2 months ago
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Hey, I got a idea, why not put it on your article.
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MKInst

2 months ago
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Y'know, I was going to add that when I saw it, but it's almost the same pic as in the Wayback screencap so I wasn't sure if I should clutter that section with it or not. XD
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Ryanskii

2 months ago
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It's not HIS article you dummy

It is the person who created it
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MKInst

1 months ago
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It //Is// my article lol, everything here is my writing and research. XD
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Anonymous user #12

2 months ago
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test coment.
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MKInst

2 months ago
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Test successful... XD
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Anonymous user #13

2 months ago
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Thank you MK, you see, I made that test comment to check if the lost media comments are broken but it turns out, it is not. I wanted to give you a picture of the Secret Show CBBC game, but apparently it will not allow the link that has the picture, so I'm gonna have to tell you how to get the picture.

1. Search the Secret Show website on the Wayback and search for archived pages under /media/news/ section

2. Click on the link that has /game with it and you will find the picture.

Good Luck!
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MKInst

2 months ago
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You mean the one with Victor and the Spiderweb? I actually already had that picture, but I didn't think it showcased very much of the game compared to the other pictures, which is why I never added it - I've saved pretty much every single file the wayback saved lol. Thanks for helping though, I might add it if you think it deserves a highlight.
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Anonymous user #15

1 months ago
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Well, it would be cool if I could see it, I think it deserves to be a highlight that is displayed on the article.
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Anonymous user #14

2 months ago
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Happy 11th Birthday Secret Show!!!
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Anonymous user #16

1 months ago
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you cant go to the website. this is one fucking secret
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MKInst

1 months ago
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That's 'cause it went down in 2014 - but I have some leads that point to it possibly making a return in some form...
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Anonymous user #17

19 days ago
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Congratulations on your big discovery of the original version of Lucky Leo!
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Anonymous user #18

2 days ago
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I hated this show because the artwork was hideous
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Anonymous user #19

1 days 7 hours 37 minutes ago
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BREAKING NEWS - The Sounds of The Secret Show and Flick the Switch commentary have been found at last!!!
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Ryanskii

1 days 6 hours 49 minutes ago
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hmm?
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