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Post by charliemonk » Fri Dec 15, 2006 11:41 am

Christmas T.V. was always so easy to plot when there were only a few channels, the films on every channel were alphabetised on a seperate list.
Even the daft obscure early morning ones. " The Christmas Alien " anyone?


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Post by verytalldave » Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:17 pm

Yes............I think the quality of TV when there was only 2 main channels was actually BETTER than it is today. You only have to look back at typical Christmas day programmes from the 1960's and 70's to see that. They were real entertainment specials and obviously must cost quite a bit to make. That is clear by the amount of repeats we are subjected to. When Christmas day TV highlights are repeats, then you know things are bad.
We may have more channels to choose from nowadays, but its all either rubbish "reality" shows or cooking programmes or old films.
Bring back variety shows, proper comedy and maybe even the odd sitcom or two.

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Post by charliemonk » Fri Dec 15, 2006 5:08 pm

The sad truth of it is that people actually become absorbed by the reality stuff.
I went to the shop today and the assistant asked me who I thought was going to win "X factor" when I told her I didnt watch it she looked really confused and a bit crushed.
It was Andy Warhol who said "oneday everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame" but these days Its harder to avoid being on telly than getting on it.

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Post by verytalldave » Fri Dec 15, 2006 5:53 pm

I know what X Factor is. I know what Big Brother is. And IACGMOOH. Even Celebrity (celebrity?) come dancing.
But other than stumbling across them while channel hopping or being forced to endure a few minutes because of my 2 daughters, I can honestly say I have never really watched any of them properly. I really cant see the point or where the entertainment value is. To be honest, and I am not trying to be sexist or anything like that, but I do honestly think that those type of shows appeal mainly to females. I do have a few theories why this might be the case, but for the time being I shall keep those thoughts to myself.
Television should be all about entertainment and providing a good spectrum of programme types and formats. TV bosses and their planners nowadays seem to have forgotten that simple fact.
I dont want to watch some clever ar*ed foul mouthed chef cooking a steak and then trying to balance it on top of a potato (who really does that in real life?). I dont want to see a well meaning but misguided gardener trying to rehab druggies who couldnt really give a toss. I dont want to watch 2 skinny tarts with the brain capacity of one retarded lemming trying to make some 58 year old fat slapper half decent by sticking her in a ridiculous pair of tight jeans. And I dont want to watch hours and hours of groups of one time footballers discussing 22 men kicking a ball about on a field.
I do want comedy shows that are funny. Variety shows. Good films. Good drama. Good nature programmes. Even the odd quiz show would be good.
Rant over.

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Post by charliemonk » Fri Dec 15, 2006 6:26 pm

Woww!!!
Really have struck a raw nerve here havnt I?
Have you ever writen to "Points of View" about it?
I am surely not the only one who has no interest in soap opera, reality, touchy feely, look at my t**d T.V.

Someones going to tell us to get back to the point I know but I really does have a valid context here.

Can I get a witness!!!!


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Post by Kool » Fri Dec 15, 2006 11:11 pm

Quick, before we get moderated... :twisted:

Being a girlie, yes, I do quite enjoy some reality TV, because I find people fascinating and because it tends to be the most interesting choice most nights, compared to the other dross that's on offer. Don't know what your "secret theory" is, VTD, but that's my reasoning. But given a choice, I'd rather watch quality comedy, variety, and oh how I miss good drama (that's not based on police or hospitals).
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Post by charliemonk » Sat Dec 16, 2006 10:49 am

I love too people watch too. But these are proscessed people, picked mainly because they are too stupid to know when they are being ridiculed.

Bringing me neatly back to T.V comedy, have you seen Tittybangbang. There is a character on that who is desperate to make her family appear disfunctional so she can be on a reality show.

So thats the kind of "Christmas T.V" I will be watching!!!

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Post by Xetal » Sat Dec 16, 2006 8:50 pm

charliemonk wrote:There is a character on that who is desperate to make her family appear disfunctional so she can be on a reality show.
She's got no chance of displacing the Queen in the dysfunctional family stakes! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
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Post by mitsy » Mon Feb 05, 2007 11:38 am

I really really wish there were still great comedy shows on telly. I have over 70 channels but struggle to find something decent to watch...... How I long for someone to create and pull off something as fab as Monty Python..

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Post by Xetal » Mon Feb 05, 2007 9:31 pm

The fashion in humour has moved on (a sure sign we're getting old.) It seems to be rather destructive these days, just like ours did to my parents' generation. I try to reassure myself that we took the mick out of institutions (like accountancy) but today's humour seems hell-bent on belittling individuals.

I try, but I think I'm just as likely to just be getting old... :D
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Post by starz92 » Tue Feb 06, 2007 7:11 am

yeah- I agree with mitsy. Even if they repeated Monty Python stuff- that would be fine by me!
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Post by Bluebottle » Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:41 pm

Try watching Paramount on Sky 8)
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Post by starz92 » Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:35 am

Yeah- but I'm not as rich as you guys. :cry:
We don't have Sky at our house. We have three channels, if we are lucky it's four, but BBC 2 constantly has a flickering screen.
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Post by mitsy » Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:24 am

I haven't got Sky, only free view. I refuse to pay more than the blooming extortionate TV licence for the crud they show. There are only so many times I can watch the same episode of The League of Gentlemen and I am already sick of Little Britain. Mind you The Life of Brian was on the other night Yaay.. Best comedy film ever.

1. Life of Brian
2. Withnail and I
3. What's eating Gilbert Grape

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Post by starz92 » Wed Feb 07, 2007 6:46 pm

I love What's Eating Gilbert Grape!
I loik: Anything Monty Python- I have reserved a Monty Python part of my bookshelves for MP books (next to my Shakespeares- god, how geeky!)
Stephen Fry (the man is a goddam GENIUS), And most things what make me laff. Quite mature things, too- like QI. And funny panel shows. Like Neva Mind The Buzzcocks, Have I got News for You, Mock the Week... can't think of any more- Oh yeah... was there one called "Shooting Stars"?
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