Aha, it’s not just me – finally flew into a rage-lite and emailed the BBC
“We have identified an issue on some Mac operating systems with particular Flash versions and settings. We believe the issue is caused by a combination of Mac OS X 10.6 and Flash 10.1 plugin.
We aim to release this month a completely new embedded video player to
the News site. The new player has been completely rewritten in
ActionScript 3 code and should resolve current issues, as well as being
significantly lighter in page load.
In the meantime, we could suggest you roll back your Flash plugin to a
previous version i.e. Flash Player 10,0,45,2 appears to fix the issue.”