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Posted on 27 May 2010 11:30:06 BDT
Back in the days of four channels (or three in my case as the reception for channel 4 was terrible in our area, as was that for 5 some years later) and pre-VCR I rarely could compile a whole night's viewing with what was on offer. Sure there is a lot of dross now but at least there are more channels available to eke out a decent night's viewing and I think I could manage at a push. My main bugbears with modern TV is that the dross is of an even lower quality than before - lowbrow doesn't even begin to describe it, plus too many scraping the barrel 'reality' shows, ditto cookery programmes no variety on the music channels and the same films seemingly on a loop. As for quizzes, I don't bother with any these days. I tried watching Weakest Link once and I couldn't think of a duller quiz ever - crap format, too much chat, no tension. Also the UK History channel is a joke, with the schedule now being padded out with the likes of Catherine Cookson weepie dramas and Poldark, just because they are set in the 'past'. That is lazy, and when they do show factual stuff 70 percent of it seems to be limited to documentaries about WWII. That said, I would never get Sky because I don't like the idea of paying a regular subscription - I'd rather buy the right to watch it in one fell swoop, like a life membership or something.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2010 11:38:36 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 May 2010 11:39:20 BDT
I'm usually quite easy going but the likes of her and Davina McCall bring out the chainsaw wielding psycho in me. What ever happened to being chilled and cool? Why is it all about being emotional, expressing yourself etc? Even worse than these godawful presenters are the audiences in X Factor etc who scream, whoop and holler at the slightest instigation. It has to be said that it is mainly girls and women in their 20s . You can regularly see gaggles of teens jumping up and down screaming because they've managed get a pic of some minor celeb on their iPhone. What's happening??

Posted on 27 May 2010 11:39:18 BDT
Zelebrity Come Dine With Me, puts one off Zelebrities totally. So in that sense it is a good show. Look kids, even being a Zelebrity does not make you an interesting person, in fact some of them are such dullards that I wonder how they got where they are.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2010 11:42:00 BDT
I have often wondered why the audiences on X Facturd burst into applause for no discernable reason, maybe there is an electric current passed through the seating to jolt them back to wakefulness. Remember the show is edited and there are bound to be some horrific longeurs during the days filming.

Posted on 27 May 2010 11:57:16 BDT
Shrieking, whooping, hollering etc. Why do they do it? because they 'know' (or more likely 'feel') they have to do it, they've seen it on the telly. It's a self-perpetuating cycle.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2010 12:10:34 BDT
Lez Lee says:
I once took part in a BBC Scotland quiz show and a half hour show took around 3 hours to record. The audience was TOLD to make a lot of noise and in one of the breaks we were asked to clap and shout for recording to be used on other shows! Incidentally the warm-up man was much funnier than a lot of mainstream comedians.

Posted on 27 May 2010 12:48:29 BDT
Lez: Don't know how you stuck it for 3 hours, I usually have to switch it off after a few minutes. As you get older you apparently hear less of higher frequencies but even so all the squealing and shrieking makes me feel like my ears are going to start bleeding. I don't know how younger people with A1 ears can stand it, let alone what collateral damage is done to dogs, passing bats etc.

Posted on 27 May 2010 13:51:33 BDT
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TheFoe says:
I remember watching a lot of tv in the 80's because at the time there were some quality programmes. For me this would have to include; Tales of the unexpected, Tommorows World, TOTP, Doctor Who (much better than the crap Drs of recent times), Worzel Gummidge, The rock and roll years, repeats of the original Star Trek and Flash Gordon to name but a few. I'm aware some of these programmes aren't exclusive to the 80's but a lot reached their peak at this time. Of course there was some guff like Allo Allo and Hi de hi but in my mind the good far out weighed the bad, and at least we didn't have to contend with countless cookery programmes, mindless reality shows, and the literally criminal phone in shows that robbed well intentioned people out of money!

Posted on 27 May 2010 15:04:44 BDT
Huck Flynn says:
people like davina talk to viewers like they're 5 years old
in fact most advertising and promotion seems to be aimed at younger and younger customers
strange becuse the population is getting older - maybe BBC are ignoring oldies because they don't have to pay for their TV licences

Posted on 27 May 2010 19:08:47 BDT
Red Mosquito says:
I don't watch much telly but if you've got MUTV, Shedheads and Mega Machines on the goggle box what more does a gentleman (or a lady) need?

Posted on 27 May 2010 20:42:37 BDT
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Leftin says:
I gave up TV completely in '97, mainly due to the rank silage that is 'Reality TV'. It's boring, voyeuristic, creepy, unpleasant, and possibly worse. The licensing people took a lot of persuading that a household could have, gasp, no TV. When I eventually 'phoned them, after the Nth threatening letter, and politely told them how bad the whole scene has become, the guy on the other end agreed with me. That tells you something. :)

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2010 23:17:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 May 2010 23:22:48 BDT
zargb5 says:
I have sky hd, but am getting pretty pis**d off with it. the insurance for an hd box costs more than my house contents insurance (yes i live in a shanty town) I'm paying money not to watch tory loving sky news, 50 religious channels (i am a devout atheist) and 50 or so channels i wouldn't dream of watching unless under threat of instant execution.

New punters get amazing deals, making those that have had it a while wish they'd have waited a bit longer, but end up just getting ignored as we're already in the catch net. Ok you get to see premiers like 'lost' and 'V 2010' and 'caprica' 'BSG' etc but the documentaries are pretty awful compared to the quality the beeb put out. No other channel can do docs like the beeb, no one comes even close. The real good series i usually buy anyway eg 'the wire' 'generation kill' etc. Its a lot of dosh to fork out for sky and the beeb so i'll probably ditch sky in the short term. I hate most films which come out nowadays unless its a coen bros or terry gilliam. Adventure films are so predictable, idiotic - its like watching a playstation game without the controllers.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2010 10:36:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 May 2010 10:37:38 BDT
You've more or les summed up my reasons for not having satellite TV. Having spent Christmas with my niece who has Sky and seen what was on offer on Sky Movies - a handful of films I had seen before and the rest wall-to-wall garbage - confirmed my opinions. I don't mind the occasional action movie but most are junk and the good ones are repeated endlessly.

A number of contributors to the classical music forum are enthusiastic about Sky arts channel(s). Personally I think they are window-dressing and once Murdoch has succeeded in destroying the BBC (via his rubbish newspapers) they will be ditched.

I wish I could share your enthusiasm for BBC documentaries, too many of them are dumbed-down. Now that the Hitler channel, sorry, 'Yesterday' (formerly UKTV History) mainly shows naff period dramas there is little intelligent programming left.

Posted on 28 May 2010 11:02:34 BDT
Pat Roberts says:
I am so pleased i'm not the only one who thinks terrestrial tv has become so dire. I've lost count of the rubbish i've seen recently and bravo to Geoffrey Cryer for pointing out the naff Yesterday channel which now, quite right, seems to consist of boring, period "dramas."
When you think of what we are paying for it makes my blood boil. TV has just gone to the dogs. Who would willing sit there and watch this tosh for hours on end? There's enough gardening programmes, cookery, period dramas and history to keep you going for years but who honestly wants to watch this garbage day after day? The rest of the "real-life" programmes just highlights what is wrong with this country. Need more be said?

Posted on 28 May 2010 11:02:37 BDT
Pat Roberts says:
I am so pleased i'm not the only one who thinks terrestrial tv has become so dire. I've lost count of the rubbish i've seen recently and bravo to Geoffrey Cryer for pointing out the naff Yesterday channel which now, quite right, seems to consist of boring, period "dramas."
When you think of what we are paying for it makes my blood boil. TV has just gone to the dogs. Who would willing sit there and watch this tosh for hours on end? There's enough gardening programmes, cookery, period dramas and history to keep you going for years but who honestly wants to watch this garbage day after day? The rest of the "real-life" programmes just highlights what is wrong with this country. Need more be said?

Posted on 28 May 2010 11:16:42 BDT
Jessica, glad you mentioned paying for it. Anyone who thinks we only pay for the BBC (and whinge about the licence fee) or Sky must be living a Stone Age existence. We pay for the tripe whether we watch television or not, this makes it even more irritating.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2010 15:35:24 BDT
sistermoon says:
Yesterday ran a repeat of Pop Go The Sixties this weekend that I enjoyed, but that must have been an exception. ITV3 makes me annoyed because they seem to run adaptions of Agatha Christie novels on a constant loop; Steve Hackett's 'Carry On Up The Vicarage' (written in tribute to the novels) ought to be their theme song!

Re:whooping audiences - I had the misfortune to endure the Susan Boyle documentary on ITV1 this weekend and couldn't believe the audience whooping like she's the flaming Messiah.

Posted on 31 May 2010 17:43:58 BDT
Why limit it to terrestrial TV - 95% of TV is garbage - it is soporific and the drug that keeps the natives peaceful!!!

The endless soaps, sitcoms, police dramas, non-funny "comedies" etc etc etc - the same old cr@p being regurgitated time and time again.

"Some folks trust to reason
Others trust to might
I don't trust to nothing"

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2010 18:06:03 BDT
CHEEZE says:
To finsh your verse,CD
Why is tv so trite?

Posted on 8 May 2012 17:06:32 BDT
There are a FEW good (ish) programmes on sky.... warehouse 13.... erm..... can't think of anymore.... i only ever tape this then i can whiz through the mindless adverts. The films on premiere are becoming, no not becoming, already are 90% garbage. Last week we had Kung Fu Panda 2. Excuse me, isn't that a kids film? Who is responsible for these films and do they realise grown ups are watching too? What's more people are paying for this drivel and they have to nerve to show adverts as well. RIP OFF springs to mind. if you listen hard enough you can hear them laughing. And they are laughing at you. (And me).
As for ITV words fail me. Dire isn't a strong enough word to express the unfiltered , moronic, brain numbing garbage that they pump out. more laughter at our expense. Ok i know we don't pay for it but it's still an insult to intelligent viewers. Or does it all just reflect modern British society? God help us.

Posted on 8 May 2012 17:34:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 May 2012 17:34:44 BDT
Wharf Rat says:
What about a channel with nothing but adverts! whoops, it's already been
done, by Sky.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2012 17:43:39 BDT
And ITV are not far behind. Abysmal!

Posted on 8 May 2012 21:17:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 May 2012 21:17:57 BDT
The trouble with TV is that it appears to be the same themes repeated time and time again with simply different titles to the programs!!!

police/court dramas
hospital dramas
cooking & house buying/refurbishing
various antique/auction reality shows
talent shows with viewer voting
soaps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the dire (non)comedies
Oh I mustn't forget the perennial quiz show

What you're left with are documentaries & movies!

Signed: Grumpy Old Man.

Posted on 8 May 2012 22:02:57 BDT
Goodness what a bunch of whingers. All those end to end Jeremy Kyles and still you're not happy. I mean, well really, there is just no pleasing some people

Posted on 8 May 2012 22:22:01 BDT
Sparky says:
According to some sources we in the UK have the best TV in the world. It wouldn't surprise me if this is true, but who knows? Any foreign Johnnys or ex-pats out there - I bet you're watching the Beeb as we speak.
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