Carol Vorderman left Countdown, Richard and Judy left Channel 4, Fiona Phillips left GMTV and David Tennant is leaving Doctor Who; Rachel Rice won Big Brother…but nobody cared. In the same series, two unpleasant idiots were removed for unacceptable behaviour (one for spitting and one for….well, just being her); the BBC axed Grange Hill (flippin’ ‘eck Tucker!); Kerry Katona shocked everyone by slurring her way through an interview on This Morning and Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross proved, yet again, that they are stoooopid adolescents trapped in men’s bodies.
I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to see in 2009……so far, here is my list.
1. Broadcasters treating viewers like adults – A case in point, I was watching both Frasier and Two And A Half Men in the wee hours of the morning on the Paramount Comedy Channel and…..they were edited for language! Words like ‘bitch’ and ‘ass’ were muted. And don’t you get all smug E4 – the way you butcher Friends is an absolute disgrace. The irony is, one can see worse on Hollyoaks and that’s on much earlier! I really wish broadcasters would ensure that edited versions of TV series are not screened after the watershed. I cannot begin to tell you how much this annoys me.
2. Broadcasters treating viewers like adults. Part 2 – I am also sick of seeing programmes and movies scheduled for daytime, only to be cut-to-pieces for compliance reasons (Five and Ryan’s Daughter, ITV4 and The Professionals et al). Either schedule them in later slots, or don’t bother with them at all.
3. The Americanisation of our commercial breaks – The next time I sit down to watch something on terrestrial TV and an ad break appears within the first five minutes, I’m turning over.
4. The UK taking back the Christmas No 1 – Since 2005, the Christmas No 1 has been the domain of X Factor winners and it has to stop. Yes, the TV show is a huge ratings winner but why does Simon Cowell have to take over Christmas too?!? Don’t let him do it!
5. Less quantity and more quality in the soaps – I dip in and out of the four major UK soaps (‘Enders, Corrie, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks) and I honestly believe that the writing is not what it was in most of them, especially Emmerdale. Is there really a need for so many episodes of the rural soap each week? Haven’t the powers that be heard of the adage, ‘less is more’?
Today I am mostly lovin’ – The Blackadder Rides Again and University Challenge tributes on the Beeb. Both made for fantastic telly and it was wonderful to see The Young Ones again ("Crop rotation in the 14th century…")
Today I am mostly hatin’ – The fact that It’s A Wonderful Life was missing from the TV schedules, yet again this year. I’m beginning to think that UK broadcasters don’t have the rights to it anymore….
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