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Has TV lost attraction

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Jackthelad Sun 23-Mar-14 10:19:11

Are you happy with the TV programmes on offer; The soap operas that keep regurgitating the same story, which ever one you tune into, or the endless one after the other on cooking, or make overs of some else's house, but worst of all the mindless adverts that take up 15 minutes in every hour and at the end of them on most occasions you have no idea what it is they are trying sell you. The number of available channels continues to proliferate often at additional cost only to offer you the same old viewing fare.

Ariadne Sun 23-Mar-14 10:26:21

Certainly the recent programmes about WW1 have been exceptionally good, from the Three Cousins to 37 Days - I would not have missed one of them. And, before that, Simon Schama on the history of the Jews was very interesting.

I think one just has to be selective. With ITV programmes, I find the best thing to do is to record them, the whizz through the advertisements!

So, no real complaints here.

kittylester Sun 23-Mar-14 10:44:48

No real complaints here either - we find it difficult to catch up with stuff we have recorded. confused

Gally Sun 23-Mar-14 10:53:25

I was thinking that last night Jack. The choice was abysmal and most of what was on was being regurgitated for the umptytumpth time. Saturday night viewing has always been bad.....
However, during the week there is some amazing viewing on offer, so I shouldn't grumble too much and of course, I now have the wonderful Humax Freesat to use (courtesy GN) grin

mollie Sun 23-Mar-14 11:25:59

If I had to stick with just the main channels I'd be bored by now but satellite offers an interesting range of options. It's interesting this has been raised - apparently more and more Hollywood actors are opting for TV parts rather than simply doing film work and there is a debate as to whether this heralds the death of film...

FlicketyB Sun 23-Mar-14 17:05:26

I never seem to have time to watch television, it is really has lowest priority on my list. It is generally associated with being ill, exhausted with tiredness or doing the ironing. Even as a child I had very little interest in watching television, or going to films for that matter. I am just not good at sitting still and just watching.

It has been interesting to note that DGD's interest in watching a screen is also limited. She likes specific programmes or DVDs, but even then will wander away half way through it. If a programme comes on she isn't interested in she just turns the television off. It causes intense irritation to her younger brother who has to have his screen watching rationed as he can sit in front of a screen for hours at a time

jinglbellsfrocks Sun 23-Mar-14 17:17:32

I seem to be getting in more dvds of films these days, either from charity shops, or Amazon or especially for Saturday evenings.

jinglbellsfrocks Sun 23-Mar-14 17:19:36

Have only just got around to watching No Country for Old Men. It was very good!

Tegan Sun 23-Mar-14 18:09:52

What will happen to a lot of the channels that show old programmes eg Yesterday, Drama etc if the main stations cut back their new productions as they won't have any repeat programmes to show? Last nights programme about the Plantagenets was brilliant and I'll be quite happy to watch that again when it is most likely shown on BBC4 eventually. I won't rant on about the wonderfulness of BBC4 as I know I sound like a record that's stuck blush. As for films, there's often something good on Film4 and The Quiet Man [one of my favourites] was on telly yesterday; unfortunately it coincided with Ch4 Racing. Have throughly enjoyed the programme I've just seen about collectors.

boheminan Sun 23-Mar-14 18:36:53

I don't have a TV. I got rid of it a couple of years ago, saving myself a few pounds a month, plus a lot of exasperation at the awful programme choice. If there's anything I really want to watch now - well, there's always I-Player, which doesn't cost anything.

Tegan Sun 23-Mar-14 18:57:02

People can only watch programmes on iplayer cause other people pay for television licences confused....

absent Sun 23-Mar-14 19:14:07

It's like the girl with the curl – when it's good, it's very very good but … Unfortunately, for a long time before I left the UK, most of it seemed if not horrid, certainly banal or boring. I tended to find my relaxation in other ways, notably reading.

FlicketyB Sun 23-Mar-14 20:12:35

Having been visiting elderly friends and family in care homes for nearly 40 years I have noticed that it is now unusual for care home residents to have televisions in their rooms and to have them on, they are frequently not on in the day room either. When I started visiting friends in care the television was ubiquitous and on, in both residents rooms and in the day rooms

rosesarered Sun 23-Mar-14 20:19:03

That's very true FlicketyB when I used to visit care homes for the elderly [40 years ago] the tv was always blaring on in the main lounge, I used to feel so sorry for the residents.I am glad that is not the case now.

rosesarered Sun 23-Mar-14 20:20:55

I like tv but am selective, and as we have Sky+ there are some good programmes to watch. We also watch dvds. However, because we record a lot and then watch later, we can whizz through the ads in seconds, which is great.

POGS Sun 23-Mar-14 21:58:37


I watch far too much t.v really but I do enjoy it.

I have a diverse taste when it comes to what I like to watch and I often find I enjoy progs. I wouldn't have given much of a chance just by reading the t.v mag.

To me t.v is educational, company, light hearted, interesting, a brilliant source of escapism and can make me laugh. I think free view has opened up such a wider choice of progs. I find I have to tape so many shows.

The one thing I do have a bee in my bonnet about is the BBC news, or the lack of it. Often I have mentioned that the BBC has lost it's mojo and suffers from lazy reporting, often behind other news channels with breaking news, very weak interviewers and presenters, has become boring and repetitive and does not give enough international coverage. Obviously I am talking about free view 80 as opposed to the main BBC news which could not cover the wider reporting due to time allocation.

I am mind you a fan of many American shows such as The Good Wife, The Americans, West wing, Greys Anatomy etc etc. etc. Hence the need to tape so much. W e do have some very good British progs though don't we! Actually I think we are very lucky to have so much choice.

So, one happy viewer here.

Jackthelad Mon 24-Mar-14 09:08:21

I was interested to read the comments about TV in Care Homes because for some time I have come to believe that TV is the opiate of the masses giving solace to the couch potato. So if a resistance moment has taken place in Care Homes maybe there is hope for the rest of us. TV is much like the Curates egg good in parts; it is just finding the good parts that suit your taste. despite the continuing dumbing down. Mind you I can remember sitting in front of the screen many years ago entranced by the Potters Wheel Interlude, but that was when TV was still a novelity

NanKate Mon 24-Mar-14 16:41:17

About 2 years ago I decided to stop watching Coronation Street as there was no longer the humour I used to enjoy. What a relief and I haven't missed it once.

I saw last week 'Turks and Caicos' with Bill Nighy in it, it was just great. You can still watch that for a couple of days I think on Iplayer.

Don't have satellite so I don't have the pleasure of watching all the tennis I would like. Will get that eventually.

Saturdays on the TV I agree are dire and I usually record something for that evening, or read one of the many books that are stacking up in my bedroom.

harrigran Mon 24-Mar-14 17:02:43

Do not watch live TV at all. DH and I record plays and documentaries to watch at a time convenient to us. Soap operas are dire and most story lines have been used before.

Tegan Mon 24-Mar-14 19:38:22

Been pondering this subject all day. Thinking back over the years the programmes that have stuck in my mind have always been series; Forsyte Saga; Roots; Dallas; Civilisation; Centennial;the Great War; Alan Bleasdale stuff;Poliakoff [sp]; Dickens adaptations; Life on Earth etc Now, that might be because they were on for weeks at a time therefore permeated my brain but, speaking to my daughter today I've realised that young people tend to watch either films or series such as Breaking Bad or The Wire. I think a lot of young people still tend to watch Eastenders [why??].

Deedaa Mon 24-Mar-14 21:34:03

Your list of memorable programmes is pretty much the same as mine Tegan although I would add I Claudius; Poldark and The Ascent of Man. I was horrified to read yesterday that the BBC is to remake Civilisation - "For the digital age" the aim is to make it attractive to today's audience so perhaps thy intend to employ the team behind The Tudors!

POGS Mon 24-Mar-14 21:37:00


Thanks for your kind response to my post!

From a couch potato suffering from overdosing on the opiate of the masses. grin

grumppa Mon 24-Mar-14 21:49:19

I agree with you POGS; there's much to enjoy and plenty of choice in Freeview. Yes, there are lots of repeats, but a lot of the repeated stuff is good quality: Morse, Lewis, QI, even Poirot.

I don't watch the BBC news Channel, but when I'm abroad I am occasionally reduced to watching the BBC world channel. Now that really is dire.

Joan Mon 24-Mar-14 22:14:33

Australian TV is full of sport, building programs, cookery programs and cookery competitions, talent competitions such as 'Australia's got talent - most with rude judges, and all running over time so you have to watch the horrible ending where competitors suffer nastiness, as you wait for your own program to come on.

But, there IS the ABC, our BBC equivalent, with one or two good programs. Other than that, I watch wildlife or science, and old repeats of Foyle's Law, or New Tricks etc - all recorded to avoid the mind-numbing adverts.

But much of the time we watch DVDs. I got all three seasons of 'The Borgias' for my birthday. so we're currently wading through that particular batch of blood and gore. Jeremy Irons is worth it!!

Marty Tue 25-Mar-14 08:11:19

My husband and I flick through what feels like a million channels every night and normally can't find a thing to watch. I hate reality T.V. and think it's a cheap cop out for decent television. The only thing worth watching last night was Raiders of the Lost Ark that is over 30 years old!!! Ugh. I went to bed and read my book. I used to love the BBC productions from classic fiction. No one does it better. But they are few and far between these days.

ginny Tue 25-Mar-14 08:31:48

I think it is all a matter of personal preference.

I don't watch sport ( no, not even the Olympics ) very few detective type programmes, Top Gear, none of the soaps or 'Talent' shows.

I enjoy some of the cookery and food programmes and Sewing Bee and those that are about real people but not the 'Big Brother' type. Those about travel, nature and some quiz programmes.

I select what I want to watch or record and then I will turn the tv. off and go and do something else DH has very different preferences.

TV must be a lifeline for those who spend a lot of time on their own.

Having seen the offerings in some other countries I do think we do very well here.

HollyDaze Tue 25-Mar-14 09:10:26

I live a rather boring and uneventful life so tv, for me, is a good escape route if there is something on that I enjoy watching - sadly, that is becoming less frequent.

I tend to like lighthearted stuff (Merlin, Muskateers) and programmes such as Have I Got News for You and Question Time.

I find that, more and more, I watch things on youtube or buy DVDs - makes me wonder why I bother paying a tv licence!

It isn't always a case of being a couch potato - some people don't have the kind of lifestyle that they maybe would choose if they were in better circumstances.

POGS Tue 25-Mar-14 10:02:00


It looks like I would have a lovely night on 'the couch' with you then.

I am just looking at BBC News on Free view 80. It can't even report the correct information on today's Retail Price Index. They are reporting it fell to 2.7% from 2.8%. Sky News and BBC Teletext are reporting it correctly as 1.7% from 2.8%, a 4 year low. confused. Perhaps they just don't like giving out good news.

Happens so often, do you think the BBC move to Salford has caused the BBC problems?

mollie Tue 25-Mar-14 10:15:48

I'm another couch potato who substitutes the TV for an active outside social life. I pick and choose carefully, avoid soaps and game shows and the worst sort of reality show and somehow find enough to keep me interested and entertained. What I hate is the way that drama and comedy seems to be reflecting the worst aspects of modern life - all politicians are corrupt, the police are corrupt, everyone is only out for themselves, most people are idiots. I was glad to see Rev back last night. laughed at some of the grotesque characters of course but all the time I felt a sense of unease that - if the vicars are to be believed - it also reflected modern life. Perhaps I ought to stop watching the TV and turn on the radio. Or maybe get a proper social life?

NanKate Tue 25-Mar-14 10:19:54

Pogs how can the BBC justify spending so much money on a move to Salford ? It is beyond my comprehension.

Nothing against Salford.

Jillymouse Tue 25-Mar-14 13:18:18

There's not as much quality drama as there used to be I'm sure and ITV seems to do it better than the beeb now. As I like to craft, or knit, at the same time I usually listen to drama on the radio and I have stacks of story tapes and a subscription to Audible to listen to. I agree that Saturday night T.V is poor but perhaps we should make the effort and go out.

Nonu Tue 25-Mar-14 13:35:25

I find I am not so interested in the TV these days , even though we have cable . I am reading my books a lot more !

feetlebaum Tue 25-Mar-14 16:50:44

@Joan - One of the best series from Oz that I've seen lately is The Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries. Essie Davis looks wonderful in the part!

Joan Tue 25-Mar-14 21:13:18

Oh yes - I loved those! Essie Davis did a wonderful job, as did the designers. All that beautiful design - the clothes, the decor - all of it. There are plenty of the Kerry Greenwood books though:

My sister, who i totally blind, has all the audio books, and tells me they are really well acted.

Our ABC makes some good drama - just not enough of it!! You might also like the Doctor Blake Mysteries too: these are set in the late 1950s:

Mishap Tue 25-Mar-14 22:35:36

There is a load of old b******s on TV interspersed with some real gems. I try and head for the gems: Young Musician, Cardiff Singer, the Proms (oh joy oh rapture - how lucky we are!!), BBC 4 with its art programmes and Transatlantic Sessions, some of the crime dramas (Shetland hits the spot) - well I could go on. They are on there amidst the pap, and make the license fee worthwhile.

ginny Thu 27-Mar-14 08:34:02

Having read through all the replies it seems that it really is a matter of personal preference. Many of the programmes mentioned as good by others I wouldn't want to watch and I'm sure vice versus. I do think we have, in general ,become too reliant on TV. for our entertainment. Whilst I realise that some people have no choice , we should cultivate more hobbies and interests. One other thing I have noticed is how many people use the TV. just as background noise as if they cannot bear the lovely sound of silence.

NanKate Fri 28-Mar-14 21:16:12

Valid point Ginny about watching too much tv.

However some of us with tinnitus avoid silence because we have such a clatter going on in our heads. I find playing CDs, or having the radio on helps distract me from the pulsing noise in my head 24/7.

Deedaa Sun 30-Mar-14 21:11:52

Joan I really enjoyed The Doctor Blake Mysteries although DH thought they were pretty boring. I liked seeing a different view of Australia, one forgets how much they were involved in the war.

annodomini Sun 30-Mar-14 21:25:36

NanKate, I only have mild tinnitus which is a constant buzz in the right ear. I too need some sound in the house to counteract it. TV or radio; I go to sleep with the radio on 'sleep' setting.

NanKate Mon 31-Mar-14 07:45:27

What's the sleep setting Annodomini ? I try and find a really dull programme and that get's me off to sleep at night.

FlicketyB Mon 31-Mar-14 17:16:12

Dh has just come back into the study after an hour listening to television to dull the sound of his tinnitus, which is particularly bad today.

NanKate Mon 31-Mar-14 17:22:03

I feel for him FlicketyB. I too find the volume goes up and down, but sadly we don't have use of the volume button. sad

EEJit Sun 27-Jul-14 10:29:40

TV? I've just about mastered he cats whiskers.

henetha Sun 27-Jul-14 11:04:28

I still enjoy tv and can almost always find something to enjoy. In particular wildlife documentaries, things like Coast, travel programmes like the recent ones about Australia, etc. And anything about history. And I love my two soap operas, it gives me something to look forward to. I record any late night films and watch them another day. And then there is the News of course; I am addicted to watching News bulletins!
To be honest, tv is wonderful for people who live alone. That doesn't mean that there is nothing else in my life, I do loads of other stuff, but come the evenings and it's just me and my telly.
(there is a bit tooooo much sport at the moment!!!!)

Tegan Sun 27-Jul-14 12:06:45

I'm rewatching the Simon Shama History of England series that's currently being repeated on BBC4 and loving it as much as I did first time round. Andrew Graham Dixons new series on The Art of China is starting this week and Wild China is being repeated [I can watch that on a loop]. The Dan Cruikshank series about Country Houses is being repeated late at night on [I think] 'Yesterday' but I keep falling asleep when it's on only to wake up when the following programme is on and it's about ghosts [and I'm on my own in the dark shock].

feetlebaum Sun 27-Jul-14 12:25:46

This summer has been the absolute nadir - a drought of anything worth turning on for, and that's with a huge range of channels to choose from.

Increasingly I find myself turning the TV off and returning to my desk, where I am typing this...

Roll on Doctor Who and Sherlock, to stem this cavalcade of crap...

Tegan Sun 27-Jul-14 12:40:26

BBC4 is 99% repeats at the moment; however that isn't a problem for me as I forget everything I've watched 30 seconds after it's finished [sometimes sooner confused].

rosesarered Sun 27-Jul-14 13:05:25

Summmer is always a bad time for tv. Come the Autumn there may be good new series heading our way. Hope so.

shysal Mon 28-Jul-14 07:47:59

I have been told that 'Bake Off' starts again next week, I look forward to it.
I do like to watch TV in the evenings, as I live alone and rarely go out at that time. I usually peruse the Radio Times and circle any programmes which interest me. At the moment there is almost nothing marked. I record all sorts of stuff to view at such times, such as Escape to the Country', documentaries and, oddly, 'Car S.O.S.'.