TV and film’s biggest myths…

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Mark Twain once said that a lie can go halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. And that was in the 18th Century. In the age of the internet, the slumbering truth would barely have flipped its eyelid open. 

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This especially goes for TV and film, who have both seen various myths raise up over the years and gain a foothold as generally accepted fact. Well no more! For RadioTimes.com have collected together some of popular culture’s most notorious myths and debunked them back to the 18th Century. Myths such as…  


MYTH: “Beam me up, Scotty” is a recurring phrase in Star Trek 

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TRUTH: Yep, the words, “Beam me up, Scotty,” are never said in Star Trek. The command, usually uttered by Captain Kirk to Montgomery Scott whenever he needs to be transported back to the Starship Enterprise, has only been said as a variant, including “beam me up”, and “Scotty, beam us up”. Never the less, James Doohan, who played Scotty, still chose the line as his autobiography title.