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Television Part 1

Television (Part 1)

It feels as if the volume of television I consume has been going down in recent years. Yes, I’ll still hunt down comedy programmes and I’m guilty of indulging in too much Family Guy on BBC3.
Generally I often find myself watching interesting stuff on C4, re-runs of Father Ted on E4 or something informative on BBC 2. That’s provided I’m not watching Sky Sports of course, but let’s not count that as television.

I really don’t watch much on ITV nowadays, perhaps a bit of Coronation Street, but not religiously, and maybe Harry Hill’s TV Burp if I remember it’s on. I can’t recall tuning in for anything else.
Compared to the other channels, I reckon that ITV accounts for less than 5% of my viewing habits. In fact ITV has been going down the pan for quite a few years in my opinion.

Yes I am a TV snob. The kind of entertainment served up nowadays is perhaps just not my taste.

It all started dumbing down a bit a few years back. Saturdays nights nowadays seem to be comprised of a talent show, some dancing show or something with Ant & Dec in. Before that we had whatever programme Cilla Black was doing.
OK, you could argue the BBC do their fair share of Saturday night talent and dancing shows, and will never be forgiven for the various incarnations of Noel Edmund’s programmes we had to suffer for years.
But whatever the BBC do, ITV somehow strive to make the same stuff, not only worse and with adverts, but with some kind of premium rate phone vote involved to boot.

I had the misfortune to leave ITV on the other night and inadvertently consumed their new Celebrity Mr & Mrs programme. Now this, for those that remember, was originally a classic daytime show (and daytime TV is always low budget) that used to run in the 80’s hosted by Derek Batley (who incidentally owns the copyright on the format and name).
Yes it was a cheesy program, but it took ordinary (??) couples and quized their knowledge about each other. What made it great was that there were always a couple of awkward questions in there that resulted in them giving conflicting answers, usually too much embarrassment. You knew there were going to be arguments backstage and for several days afterwards. The prizes were crap as well, which made it all the more funny. It wasn’t cutting edge stuff, but just plain old daytime tv, catering for low viewing figures. It didn’t pretend to be something it’s not.

This new version that ITV show is primetime and has celebrity couples being quizzed about each other in order to win cash for their nominated charity. You just know you are onto a loser when it has Philip Schofield hosting it. They have spent probably about 500 times more on the set and budget but the whole thing seems to be sterile. It’s as if the celebrities themselves have vetted the questions beforehand to ensure there is nothing either embarrassing or likely to expose how shallow their relationships are. It runs twice as long as the original and is just the worse excess of celebrity promotion excusing itself as entertainment. It is just crying out for some gutsy questions.

“So Mrs Terry, If John was late home from training, where would you likely call first?
A: The Chelsea Training Ground
B: The Wine Bar on the Kings’ Road
C: Mrs Bridge’s house”

That’s when it finally dawned on me. ITV is now the TV equivalent of a sanitized tabloid newspaper, feeding the frenzied public their fix of Celebrity lives, Celebrity based games shows and low attention span, un-stimulating pulp, but without the cutting edge, the scandal, or anything actually interesting.

………It’s Hello magazine for people who can’t read.

…..To be continued…

Angry Rant #2. CO2, My ar*e

Seen those adverts on TV telling us all that cars are the biggest contributor to CO2..?
Yeah, so the Government is telling us to drive 5 miles less a week…use Public Transport Etc.
So, I’ve got to get to London on 10th Feb…Car?..Well, there is traffic, parking….Oh and the Government says I should drive less..
Let’s see, Train..?

£140 !!

Please don’t forget I’m not on MP’s expenses or a Banker with a huge boner bonus!

So I’ll drive halfway there then, that’s about 120 miles I would have done less that week
if we had a decent affordable public transport system.

Tell that to the polar bears.

Roll On Summer

I am fed up with winter already. I can’t wait for summer (if what we
actually get can be described as summer !)

I am suffering due to the extreme lack of daylight
which I am trying to make up using a SAD light. It’s not the same.

I miss the warmth as well. I’m just not built for this climate. I should
live somewhere in the Mediterranean.

(There is lot of I am in this post, but yeah I’m just being selfish.)

Angry Rant #1 ..Pushy shoppers

People queing behind me at the shop checkout/sales desk….You are not going to lose you place in line if you actually leave two or three inches between my back and your shopping bags/trolley/basket !
I hate it…There I am waiting my turn patiently and the person behind you is pratically pushing you over ! I really don’t want my legs and back bashed just because you are an impatient pushy git !
Leave me a bit of room please, nobody is going to jump into a 3 inch won’t get to the checkout any quicker by assaulting me and if this carries on I will make sure I do slow you down by paying for my shopping with pennies.

Rant Over.

Up and Running…

OK, So now I’m up and running with this site. This is the first time I’ve used WordPress and it looks quite good. Now I have to experiment with the page layouts and customising it a little bit. I really want to make this main page wider, it sort of sits in the middle of the screen with a lot of ‘real estate’ spare either side.
I’ve no idea how to do that at the moment but I’m sure I’ll find out pretty quickly.