Tuesday, 17 November 2009
I can't check it out with anyone...whether it was our television..or our sitting room..because my mum and dad are long gone and one of my brothers would have been a baby at the time, the other not yet born.
But it was very exciting. A few years later the memory becomes clearer when I can recall such wonderful programmes as Watch wih Mother, Andy Pandy, The Flowerpot Men, Muffin the Mule, Noddy and Big Ears (when political correctness didn't exist and there was nothing wrong with calling him Big Ears...and a golliwog was a golliwog...just a word with no racist undertone).
We only had one channel of course, the good old BBC. Transmission was only at certain times of the day, and it was very much a family past-time, to gather round the box and watch together.
Other channels were introduced over the years, and then satellite and cable TV arrived. Now we have a vast choice of programmes to watch 24 hours a day.
I'm not good with too much choice...I find it difficult to make decisions at the best of times. So when I first moved to Turkey I wasn't unhappy at having very little choice of English programmes to watch. I could only get BBC World...which is very similar to the UK BBC24....just rolling news interspersed with current affairs programmes. If the wind was blowing in the right direction I could occasionally manage to get a Greek channel, which showed films with English subtitles. But it was sufficient for me.
Then Digiturk arrived and there was more choice. We had movie channels, reality TV, Discovery, History, sports channels, etc, where one could change the language with the click of a button on the remote. And we had BBC Prime.
I guess I've always been loyal to the BBC, who give us good dramas and documentaries, so I've never bothered with all the other channels on offer. But the problem is that BBC Prime just appears to have bought up old dramas, documentaries, comedies, etc, for transmission worldwide. Everything's out of date, nothing is current. Oh except for Eastenders..if you can count being two weeks behind the UK episodes as being current.
When I arrived back from England last week, I discovered that BBC Prime has now become BBC Entertainment. Oh...I thought...maybe it's all going to change. Maybe they've had a bit of a shake-up and we are suddenly going to get some of the same stuff that the UK are getting. No such luck...it's still constant repeats of old programmes. I just wonder how many times people can be forced to watch repeats of Only Fools and Horses, Cash in the Attic and the Antiques Roadshow, without their eyes glazing over.
Sometimes they introduce a new series (well "new" being about 2 years old)...I watch and enjoy, and eagerly await the next series, only to find that they have no intention of showing subsequent series. But they will of course repeat the first series endlessly...aaargh!
Recently someone gave me a link to a website which I could download to my laptop which shows all current UK TV programmes. I haven't used it much, but I have to confess to becoming intrigued by the X-Factor and such daily programmes as Jeremy Kyle and Loose Women...I know, I know...not as intellectually stimulating as a good BBC drama or documentary, but very enjoyable!
The signal isn't always good enough so it's all a bit hit and miss at the moment, but I realised last night that because this site has more to offer, I haven't switched on my TV since the day I returned from England.
So I think it may well be time to cancel my monthly Digiturk subscription and get rid of the television altogether.