What Is Wrong With Television?
I watch TV. (For my non-English people type readers, that’s TeleVison, not something else that uses those initials. You filthy minded type – you won’t find one of those posts. Not on this blog). Not a huge amount, the odd film here and there, comedy shows, Doctor Who reruns, that sort of thing.
Whilst out on the training course, I was forced to watch terrestrial tv. My god, I had forgotten how dire terrestrial really is. I mean, I’ve read articles in the Private Eye about it, but I always assumed they exaggerated. It’s sheer unbridled awfulness caused me a mental anguish that I can’t even begin to describe.
Yes yes, I know, everyone knows that TV sucks. But until you actually witness it, you can’t know. The soap operas used to be held up as paragons of writing, they consistently brought out hard hitting entertaining topical stories that we could all believe in. Now? they’re mostly tat.
Now you could say that Rupert Murdoch has all the money in the world and so can afford to buy all the best programs from round the world (and yes, I agree that he doesn’t always get it right), but UK television companies also have loads of cash and yet they continue to turn out the same old trash day in, day out. Why can’t they spend some money on good programs. And I’m talking to you ITV and BBC. You may have slightly mollified me with Doctor Who but I still hold a grudge.
So I’m sticking to satellite television, at least I have a choice when rubbish comes on.