Thursday, 9 February 2012
The only "current" programme was the soap Eastenders and that was two weeks behind the UK. So we cancelled the Digiturk subscription and got shot of the TV.
I discovered a website on the internet which streamed live TV from the UK and I took out a monthly subscription which was a fraction of the cost of Digiturk. This worked well for several months until suddenly one day the site crashed and was out of action for over a week while maintenance was undertaken. Unfortunately when it was up and running again it had so many problems with some channels being unavailable for several days...usually when there was something I particularly wanted to watch...so I cancelled the subscription to that too.
Since then I've found a couple of websites that upload TV programmes after they have been transmitted so I can watch my favourite programmes free of charge, usually the following day. It's great because if I don't have time to watch, I can catch up whenever I want to. With the awful weather we've had recently, there's nothing better than having a pyjama day and watching back to back episodes of series like Masterchef!
I love the dramas and documentaries produced by the BBC and there are two that I am particularly enjoying at the moment.
"Protecting our Children" is a 3 part documentary about social workers in Bristol working in the area of child protection. It's of special interest to me because social work was my career before I moved to Turkey. Social workers generally get such bad press, particularly in the area of child protection. Although in recent high profile cases they may well deserve the criticism thrown at them, it's rare to find someone praising the good work that they do.
This programme in my opinion, is realistic and sensitively done, and is well worth watching. There's also this article in the Guardian about the programme which I found interesting.
"Call the Midwife" is a lovely drama about midwives in the 1950s. The BBC do period dramas so well. The costumes, scenery and continuity is first class. You might also be interested in this article in The Telegraph in which Monica Fitten tells of her experiences as a midwife in the 1950s.
Has anyone watched either of these programmes? Let me know what you think.