Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Now I'm not one to Complain but Daytime Television...
Being forced to iron shirts today I treated myself to a period of watching Daytime TV while doing so. This was not good! Having around 50 channels to choose from and finding nothing to watch is a somewhat sad experience. Apart from several shopping channels offering important things like priceless jewllery at knock down prices, or beauty treatments that layer a womans face with enough paint to cover the Forth Bridge and those offering a variety of health giving machinery that once bought lies in the garage for ten years unused there was little to entice. The inumerable unfunny American comedies that fill the screen, all with canned laughter that is added by someone who is not watchign the programme I suspect, all wth at least two hundred episodes to come offer little cheer, as do the 1970's cop thrillers filled with actors who died before most of the stay at home mums watching were born.
How dreich is this I thought, even the news programmes, the word 'news' is not to be taken literally here, offer little of thought but much emotion. Women's troubles, babies, film/record/other stars, personalities with no personality, deep caring moments that vanish the minute the object cared for is out of sight and all with too smart men and flighty women who apparently entice the viewers. I am well aware of what they entice in me! As for Victoria Derbyshire on two channels at once well, I had better keep my opinion to myself! How did she get her job?
The British drams, much more modern being only 20 years old also fails to excite. 'Monarch of the Glen?' A pastiche that makes any other soap look like reality. 'The Sweeney?' A rough, tough piece of nonsense that made a name in the 70's but did not deserve it then either. It does make the real police on those 'cop patrol' programmes look realistic however. And as for the constant hour after hour of programmes in which someone opens a garage or a locked storage unit or looks into a shed somewhere and finds riches beyond his wildest dreams please, please, go away!!! These appear to be on three or four channels and never end! Surely someone somewhere has become a millionaire and moved on by now?
Now, 'Four in a Bed,' and 'Come Dine with Me' just what is all this tosh about? I confess I can only stand a few minutes but why are people filmed having dinner? I'm scared to ask what the other one is all about! Then there are the house programmes all of which are designed to make you yearn for that million pound house in the country/by the sea/in the sun. Like the antiques programmes the base is simple, appeal to peoples greed and they will come and watch. It succeeds! The houses look good but do you wish to live beside those people? Movies, how many do we need? I watch none yet on offer in the morning I note more US drivel or aged Black & White films that may have been made during the war, though which war is not always clear.
And then there are the adverts! Apart from BBC one and two these appear every few minutes and follow a simple pattern. You ask about PFI, Insurance for the aged, Lawyers because you deserve it, charity for babies/animals/hungry/only £2/£3/£5 a month always followed by the same trailer for a crap programme you saw the last time the ads were on and will see again every few minutes throughout the day!
There were only two programmes this morning that I could begin to watch. One featured Tony Robinson walking through History he said, although I preferred to turn the sound down and avoid his inane chatter while watching and 'Coast' always worth a look but again with sound muted as all too often the voice gets in the way of the pictures. I look to the 'Yesterday Channel' to offer history but all too often that also gives dross instead of history. An excuse to show old cheap programmes rather than something worth watching. It is worth a peep mind just in case.
I only ironed three shirts, that was enough to cover me for the period ahead and force me back to doing something useful at the computer.