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      18.02.2010 12:52
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      My views on television and what it means to me. I hope I've converted you :)

      What is your favorite channel?

      Dawn news, the first English news channel in Pakistan. It can be credited with showing unbiased news from all its angles which is more than what I can say for a lot of news channels abroad. It does not sensationalize news like other locals news channels either. I love how their documentaries cover a large range of topics from all areas of life.


      What is your view on television?

      Its awesome. Its my life. I think TV has become more than JUST entertainment now. It can be used to bring more serious issues to light and make people aware of them (I learned about The Invisible Children in Uganda through Veronica Mars). Watching TV is essential for a well rounded personality. I find people who do not watch TV boring and limited.


      What TV do you have?

      I have no idea.


      What is your favorite program?

      Veronica Mars without a doubt. It has an amazing storyline with brilliantly developed characters and a clever quick witted script. It revolves around a teenager who works part time as a private investigator and follows her adventures and love life as she goes about her day. House the drama based on solving medical mystery comes a close second.


      What do you think of adverts?

      Depends on the show I'm watching. An ad in the middle of a show with a lot of suspense is just annoying, you lose the thread of the story/emotion over the break. But with heavier shows like Fringe the break is welcome and allows me to go over the storyline and the facts in the meanwhile.


      Conclusion
      I would be lost with it.

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      05.01.2009 23:46
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      Give me a good book anyday!

      I'm not a big T.V. fan.
      There, I've come out with it.
      The amount of strange looks I get as people talk about the latest happenings in Big Brother, as I pull a 'what the hell is going on?' face, is unbelievable. I find most programs boring, repetitive and unbelievable, and I would rather curl up with a good -or even a bad- book than sit in front of the telly all night.
      I do have a couple of exceptions to the rule. I love the American program Bones, and can watch repeats of it over and over again. I find it such a different show to anything else that's on, and the attention to detail is fantastic. I also watch X Factor when I can, simply because I think you can actually see the talent grow in some of the contestants before your very eyes.
      The last program I do like to watch is Never Mind The Buzzcocks. I used to enjoy the previous series starring Mark Lamaar as a teenager, but lately I find the newer series with Simon Amstell even better. I love the dry humour, and the fact they're not afraid to let their personalities affect their work. If Bill Bailey wants to start making alien noises in the middle of the show, he's going to do it!
      Apart from those, I find many programs uninteresting now- I probably watched too much of the thing growing up!

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        23.12.2008 11:04
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        My changing views on TV

        There was a time when the television ruled my life. Every thing revolved around the 15 inch screen in the corner of my parent's living room that my father referred to as "the idiot box". We did nothing until we had consulted the TV guide and if the guide said 'no' because something was on then we stayed in.

        During those times I watched some real trash. I was an avid soap fan and watched them all and had a set routine - Neighbours, Home and Away, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and East Enders. And if I missed an episode then I would be distraught even though it would be easy to pick it up again the following day.

        Looking back it was such a waste there I was watching everyone else live their life instead of living my own. I guess it gave us something to talk about at school, as well as keeping us from clogging up the street corners, bus stops and being a menace to society.

        One thing I used to find interesting was that UK soaps focused on what we would not want to be. Take East Enders for example, whilst I am sure that many people would want breakfast in the café every morning, would you really want to work on a market stall, go for a drink with the same people in the Queen Vic, go to bed and then wake up and repeat the process every day? Whilst they don't have the materialistic way of life and have to 'keep up with the Jones' there is no variety.

        On the other hand look at the US equivalent. Take Beverly Hills 90210, or the OC (for those of you that are too young to remember), for example. These series are based around the ideal and what many people aspire to be - the big houses, millennium swimming pool, the nice cars, eating out, the wild parties, the successful job and the like. Is it really like that in the US? Do American school children really drive to school in Porsches? (Luke Perry had a fantastic one in Beverly Hills).

        My parents never had Sky TV and I was always envious of my mates that did have it. Whilst I used to have 4 channels of fun (even when channel 5 was released we could not pick it up, even channel four was a bit hit or miss even with our aerial booster) my friends had loads of channels and the choice was endless, music, sport, news, shopping, entertainment, wrestling etc. At that time I would have loved Sky, although I would have turned in to a total lard a**e and had no social life whatsoever and changed my name to "Mike TV" in the process.

        Despite always wanting Sky TV I have never subscribed, even when I moved out of home since I could never justify the expense.

        When Freeview was launched I admit that I did get excited at the thought of all those free channels, even though my love of TV had somewhat diminished. The general public were finally going to get the amount of TV channels they deserved without having to pay extortionate amounts of money. Fantastic.

        The problem with Freeview is that in order to get a signal you need a better aerial than to receive analogue TV. Whilst this is not a problem in most areas are places whereby the signal is not strong enough. My parents live in a small village near the North Norfolk Coast and the signal there is awful. We always had to run a booster to get normal TV and the picture quality depended upon the atmospheric conditions. Even now it is not possible to get Freeview in my parent's village so they are going to struggle when analogue is switched off. Luckily I do not have the same issues where I live.

        Whilst the number of channels has increased, in my opinion the quality of the programs has gone the other way. The celebrity/ I want to be a celebrity culture and the reality stuff have definitely taken a hold of the TV. Every channel has Z list celebrities dancing (although this is one of the better ones), camping in jungles, cooking for other Z list celebrities etc in order to raise their profile and get back in the public eye. Why they put themselves through this is beyond me, come on people - have some dignity!

        My love for soaps has also diminished with age. I find the story lines drag on too long, are too far fetched and are so far from real life it is laughable, although I appreciate a lot of the population think otherwise. With the increase in channels I find that if you miss the regular time for the soap it will be re-shown later on in the evening, the following day or you can watch a full week's worth in one sitting twice over if you wish. It is heaven for soap fans.

        The increase in channels has been a big disappointment. The quality of TV has not improved at all. There are no additional cultural programs, travel programs, wildlife programs, documentaries etc there are just re runs and repeats which, in all honesty get really tiresome. I used to really enjoy Top Gear but I have seen all the episodes so many times on Dave that I am now bored of Jeremy (although I have never liked him), Richard and James. It has got to the point where I am not even watching the new series.

        The above has applied to many TV programs, including The Simpsons, and the more I watch the more I find that I am getting more and more bored of TV. It has got to the point where I prefer to surf the net, write reviews or do something else although the TV will always be on for background noise.

        The introduction of Freeview could have really changed TV and made it brilliant. The increased channels potentially provided so much scope for improvement but it has not been capitalised on. Personally I think that there are too many channels for them to air British programs, series, Soaps and the like, hence the re-runs. Maybe if it adopted more of the Sky theme and had channels of a specific genre and used international programs and series it would work, but then I guess it would just be another Sky that we would have to pay for.

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          11.11.2008 22:11
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          im paying to much for nothing

          At the moment t.v is rubbish.
          For the amount we are paying for a t.v lisence then on top of that paying for sky and on top of that paying to watch certain boxing matches and football ones and theres hardly anything to watch so basicly paying for diddly.

          All there seems to be on is the general soaps which have been on for years.And either a few rubbish reality shows.And the best programmes you have to wait yearly for such as im a celebrity,x factor,britains got talent,such and such.

          It really annoys me when you have to spend around half an hour flicking threw to find complete rubbish.

          My point is why are we paying so much money to watch nothing ahhh really annoying.

          And i pay for all my music channels and can only watch around ten as the rest all fizz up and dont play and cant see the video not at fault my end this really does iritate me.

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            09.08.2008 23:11
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            Make the televsion better

            Well in general i don't really think much to whats on the television at the moment. It seems to be full of reality shows, cooking shows and a load of rubbish. I find it very hard to find anything good on the television that i can just sit down and watch from berginning to end without doing anything else. We haven't long got freeview but i still struggled to find anything to watch without doing anything else. There is lots of stuff on that i use as just background noise that i have on while doing other things, like writing on here and chatting in other forums. I do like television background noise while doing other things as I do spent most evenings alone at home once the children have gone to bed and it is better company than the radio. But I honestly can not remember when I actually last sat in front of the television and just watched the television without doing anything else

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              11.04.2008 10:37
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              Reality good fun

              "Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity"

              The Apprentice 2008

              Wednesday at 9pm on BBC 1
              After show at 10pm on BBC2

              Repeated Saturday midnight...

              16 chefs, two pots, and one kitchen-it must be 'The Apprentice'! So here we all are for series four, Sir Alan Sugars search for his successor still going strong. His first big hope was Tim, a very likeable Afro-Caribbean, English guy, who worked on the London Tube and ticked all the boxes, his honest and hard working approach impressing Sugar. He could see lot of himself in Tim but Tim couldn't see a future in Sir Alan, soon unhappy at Sugar enterprises after being bunged on a ridiculous healthy & beauty project selling dodgy slimming aids. I think they call it constructed dismissal. Tim would not be the man. His replacement was as female version of Tim, single parent Michelle, seeing off a mouthy lesbian Brummie girl to win the six figure salary by having the more pert breasts and fluttery eye-lashes. But she too lived up to her name and reputation, getting pregnant by one of the other contestants soon after, plonker Sayed, no less. Goodbye Michelle. Alan's caustic comments about women and babies in the work place would be spot on. So another series was needed, this time Sir Alan falling for the charms of likable Cambridge graduate Simon Ambrose. He is currently working on Sugars airport hotel complex near Stanstead. History shows they are normally gone when the next series hits our TV screens so expect a surprise resignation soon from Mr. Ambrose. Alan clearly doesn't trust these plonkers to run his business, and the fact the show has become BBC flagship entertainment that has to be made come what may, joining new Dr Who for their crucial spring schedule, his worries can be indulged.
              But we all know the show is no longer about winning the top job with the man who loves playing the gnarly businessman, but about keeping Sir Alan's profile high as his business empire crumbles into dust, 16 hopeless plonkers dressed like estate agents there to help it on its way. And what fun it is. Anyone who has had the misfortune to own an Amstrad product will now know why it's so poorly made. Nope, it's all about the journey of the contestants and how much TV time they can accrue to pursue other careers, usually in the media. One of this year's 16 has already put up her own website to pitch for media work and appearances off the back of the show. One suspects she will be trying to attract publicity with her antics in the coming 12 weeks, although so far it's been refined to a silly beret.

              But for all this posturing and pruning there are some guys and girls on the show that want to get on in life, looking to jump out of their mid five figure salaries and go for the big six . This years16 (now 13) are the usual gaggle of upper working-class middle manager clichés (straight from The Office sitcom!), complimented by a couple of public schoolboys and blue-collar grafters for Sir Alan to gleefully sneer and put down in the appraisal interviews for the series to come. The toffs never stand a chance. But it's the production team that picks the 16 and it's only the finger from SAS who can get rid of them. These sixteen are anything but the right people for the job but make for bloody good TV.
              Sugar is from humble Jewish barrow-boy stock and he's never going to employ anyone that is posh or who has a good job, this year at least a quarter of the team allegedly earning 100k a year, the salary on offer, which begs the question why they are here. With an ethnic minority male winning in the first year and a female single parent the second, maybe its time for an Asian contestant to go all the way to pull in the viewers this time. The 16 are formulaic to say the least and this is the first year we haven't had a black male to complete the rainbow business nation. It may be the BBC but all television has to be cynical to some extent. Remember, Sir Alan Sugar's reputation depends on the show.

              -The Boys-

              Team Renaissance

              Alex Wotherspoon
              Nicholas De Lacey Brown
              Raef Bjayou
              Simon Smith senior TV engineer
              Lee
              Ian Stringer
              Kevin Shaw
              Michael Sophocles

              -The Girls-

              Team Alpha

              Zara Dhada
              Helen Speight
              Jenny Celeier
              Lucinda Ledgerway
              Jennifer Maguire
              Shazia Wahab
              Lindi Mngaza
              Claire Young


              -Episode One-

              After a brief introduction to Sir Alan, all 16 are assigned their first task, here trying to sell fish at Islington Market. The boy's are a shambles, egos and then class war ripping the team in two to ignominious defeat. Posh and unexplainably arrogant Nicholas De Lacey Brown was put on costing, and for some reason didn't have a clue how much a lobster cost, deciding a fiver would do it. The retail price was nearer twenty quid, one of many fatal mistakes he would make on day one.
              Team leader Alex Wotherspoon, hair gelled and confident sales manager type, could only watch on as his efforts of leadership were ignored because he didn't have the right 'redbrick' degree. The girls, on the other hand, were getting on swimmingly under the leadership of 'shouty' and confident Claire Young, a senior retail buyer. It's fair to say the two team leaders had the biggest egos by taking the poison chalice so early on. It's usually a fatal decision.

              Alex, who's first job was turning manure-according to his BBC bio page on the official website-applied the same line of work to talk his way out of being fired, taking the two posh boys into the boardroom to face Sir Alan's prepared and abrupt put downs, the barrister with the double-barrel name unable to defend himself in the court of Sugar, slung out on his ass for being a complete pratt. Here endeth Nicholas De Lacey Browns media career. Exeter university drama student Raef Bjayou, equally pompous and annoying, will live to fight another day.

              -Episode two-

              The teams were assigned the task of running an overnight laundry service, something the girls should be right at home at. But team leader Jenny (this year's psycho cow, filling the Katy role) had as much idea on pricing as De Lacey did on the last task, bizarrely agreeing on a five pound per item cleaning fee? Costing more than the actual clothing! The IQs are clearly running lower than the number of decent contestants left out there for the show when you have people of that caliber and dimness making it to the final cut.

              The boys had no problems, winning the task with military precision, posh boy Raif enjoying being leader, even having the working class lads doing all the skivvy work in the boiling washhouse. His hair is most odd, like a tidal wave of Harmony Hairspray smashing into Sri-Lanka! Ex army Simon Smith, a senior TV engineer (he fits satellite dishes on council houses), said it was like being back in the army with a posh officer giving the orders. The male bonding was homoerotic at points.

              The girls were not so keen on the patronizing task, refusing to change out of their high heels and Gucci to do the priority washing and ironing, image more important than results with this lot of cackling and pruning females it seems. They were beaten badly, bitchy team leader Jenny turning all the blame onto Asian girl Shazia and posh girl Lucinda, the later looking irked to say the least having to do proper work.

              Bizarrely, Shazia that got sacked, her simple error deemed more serious to Sir Alan than the cretinous leadership by Jenny, her costing of £5 per item enough to have her shot in the boardroom. The East End Jew Sugar couldn't wait to sack Muslim Shazia in my opinion, she the one who made the one million pound law suit against bosses like Alan in her recent past. Was it racist? Who knows, but it was certainly wrong. There seemed to be no other reason than the above. I suspect it was more to do with the produces wanted to keep psycho Jenny in the show and they whispered that in Sir Alan's ear in the meeting to swing it at the end. Sugars an odious creature at the best of times and living of past success, not the sort of person anyone would want to work for.

              -Episode Three-

              Alan's mistrust of Muslims seems to be continuing as he picked the remaining one to be captain of the girl's team, Zara, bound to be up for the finger if her bitchy team loses. Zara didn't look comfortable in the role, this time to run a themed pub for the day, she choosing Bollywood, the boys appointed captain in the anvil headed Ian (in many ways) going for Italian cuisine. Weasel bank manager Kevin (who looks like Little Britain's Matt Lucas... with hair....) offered to be head chef , Anthony Worrall-Thompson style (the worlds largest midget), whilst Zara went for Indian cooking and sari's to bring in the male punters, token pretty black contestant Lindi looking very good in satin.

              The girls cackled and bitched their way to victory by keeping costs down, the old student trick of a five pound of your meal and entrance voucher clinching it, the boys sulking off to a greasy spoon to lick their egos. Again the posh boys avoided the hard work behind the scenes and the blame was shifted on to the team captain, which this week was crap and so fired. Ian had been bought up in pubs where his dad was manager and head chef..

              -Tips-

              #1 Don't be on the girls team.

              Previous series have seen the girl's team lose the early challenges and so-the first five is series 2-and so take note

              #2 Don't be a team leader.

              New contestants watch the old series and know if you put yourself up to lead that week your chances of being fired are huge.

              #3 Keep your head down

              You can drift through the first four of five tasks by doing little as the egos destroy themselves.

              #4 Flirt with Sir Alan.

              The pretty girl's go further than the pretty boys with SAS, Michelle making the final two years ago on her breast thrusting alone. Apparently SAS is now a gay icon in the homosexual community in London and so this year's undisclosed-as yet-token gay contestant may also have a flirtation or two.

              #5 Grovel!

              Alan loves the words 'Sir Alan Sugar' as he does his own voice. Blow smoke up his arse and you will survive. Alan forgets it was the 2 million quid he gave to Blair that got him the gong and not his crappy companies and leadership skills.

              -Conclusions-

              Although the show is becoming 'The Office', little bank manager Kevin playing David Brent, its still great TV. The idea of the show in its forth season, more than ever, is about making you the viewer feel more adequate and able in life as you watch these guys mess up simple tasks. Most of the contestants are white with blue eyes and blue chip CVs, the rewards for winning the tasks even more cost cut than the talent on show.

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                14.03.2008 17:41
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                BBC Three is the best channel!

                What is your favorite channel?
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                My favorite channel has to be BBC Three. It has the very best programs that appeal to me and I love watching it. The channel begins every night at 7pm and shows go on into the early morning. Later into the night, there are shows with a bit more swearing, and these include shows such as Two Pints of Lager & a Packet of Crisps. There are many more random shows on in the early morning including Freaky Eaters, which is actually really interesting. It is a documentary featuring one person who has some weird habit in eating such as only eating crisps or chips. Overall, BBC Three is a great channel and features plenty of comedy.

                What is your view on television?
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                I think that television is rather necessary and I couldn't live without it. Not only does it provide a variety of TV channels to watch and entertain myself with, but it also enables more things such as games consoles. TV can be bad for your eyes, but it can also be very educational and provides comfort for the elderly that may have lost their husband/wife. Overall, television is excellent and provides something to do.

                What TV do you have?
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                I have one of those large Samsung 42". It has a black surrounding to the screen, which brings out the high definition and makes it look really clear. It is a great TV and very easy to use. It is of high quality but cost me quite a lot of money!

                What is your favorite program?
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                My favorite program has to be South Park. It is normally on Paramount Comedy, which is a channel on Sky. You can also find it on the newer channel 'Dave', which features repeats of some of my favorite programs. South Park is a cartoon comedy but has a lot of rude and offensive language in it and can be explicit. It is hilarious though and seems to mock real-life happenings and ideas through the lives of 4 children, who are the main characters. It has its hilarious moments and is fantastic to watch! Currently, series 12 has just launched!

                What do you think on adverts?
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                Adverts can't be helped and pop up in-between so many programs and even movies. Unless you are paying for one or the movie runs right the way through in one go, adverts will come up at some stage. If it wasn't for adverts then I wouldn't find out about half the things that are current such as sales in shops. Also adverts give you a break from the TV and allow you to quickly pop to the toilet or grab a snack or drink. Overall, I have become used to adverts and I am not too bothered by them.

                Conclusion
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                Television is great and plays a part in almost everyone's lives. So many people own a television, and some households have more than one. I have two high definition televisions in my house - 32'' and 42''. TV also enables video games to be played, which are much fun for everyone. Beside video games, the main point of TV is simply to watch everyday programs that we love! Television offers such a large range of things to watch from sketches to documentaries, the news and cartoons.

                Thanks for reading,

                - Recon -

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                  A great set of shows that everyone should try and catch up on.

                  How many shows end just as you start to enjoy them? I know it seems that whenever I start to watch something it seems to be coming towards the end of it's run. It is almost as if programme makers have a camera into my living room and say, "Dave is enjoying himself again, quick let us stop this schnell!". Do not know why programme makers tend to lapse into German but there you go. Anyhoo, back to my review and in no particular order...

                  5: Knightmare.

                  An absolute classic, this children's TV show seemed to end abruptly in the height of it's popularity. A team of competitors enter the magical dungeons with "Tregard", a wizened old adventurer as their guide. One bold adventurer is directed through perilous dungeons by his companions as he is almost completely blind due to an oversized horny helmet (I kid you not). Along the way there are numerous side quests, puzzles and objects to find and deploy, plus spells to cast, traps to dodge and monsters to escape from. In the early nineties "Knightmare" was at the cutting edge of children's television and used computer graphics to put players in the action. This was a programme that had scary giant tarantulas and flying dragons yet strayed between the fantastical and fearful to the hysterically funny. This was largely thanks to the creepy, cliched "Treguard" with his terrible one liners and the obvious frustrations of the young competitors as they told their friend to move a bit to the left so he stepped right off a precipice. Add to this some ridiculous use of objects and spells which became spelling tests and you had TV gold.

                  This is a show that is so made for a comeback in this day of CGI and I for one think a modern audience would love it as much as I did and still do!

                  4: Going for Gold.

                  Bare with me on this one! Outwardly "Going for Gold" was just another daytime quiz show but, like so many great shows, it was made great by a great host and ingenious concept. This was the Eurovision Song Contest in general knowledge quiz form as contestants from around Europe, or at least those with a decent standard of English competed in several knockout stages until it became a one on one battle. Things were helped along by the ever genial irishman Henry Kelly who encouraged the contestants and sympathised with them. The simple format, coupled with the competitiveness of the competing countries made this captivating stuff.

                  Of course, updating "Going for Gold" would be pointless as although it is horribly dated, it is also wonderfully cheesy. Providing they can get Henry Kelly on board, is definitely due a comeback.

                  3: Coupling.

                  I got into "Coupling" as it finished. Billed as the British version of "Friends" I actually think in many respects it was far better being both funnier and edgier. Revolving, as you may guess around the relationships of a group of friends, it shared many of the same themes. A coffee shop was replaced by a bar, the sexual relationships and insecurities of the characters remain the same but it is all more pronounced and ridiculous. "Coupling" is "Friends" with swearing and nudity and is all the better for it. With great actors such as Jack Davenport from "This Life" and "Pirates of the Carribean" fame and Sarah "Smack the Pony" Alexander this is a show that ended way before it was due. It is unlikely to come back however, as the actors have all moved on.

                  2: The Savages.

                  I have to admit that I have a softspot for "The Savages" as it is the show my wife and I watched as we were courting. However, I do not believe it is rose tinted glasses that make me wish for this shows return. Very much like "My Family" before "My Family" even existed this sitcom was based around a married couple and their two kids and it was their squabbles and problems that made it worth watching. Stand up comedian Marcus Brigstocke plays a cartoonist while Victoria Hamilton, who is more known for straight roles in period dramas such as "Pride and Prejudice" is surprisingly funny as a struggling travel agent. Geoffrey Palmer as the interfering father adds to the cast and as it was written by "Men Behaving Badly's" Simon Nye, the humour was right up my street.

                  After only one series it was axed, so absolutely no chance of a repeat although I have fond memories.

                  1: Futurama.

                  "Futurama" was always going to struggle as the new "Simpsons" and it was only after it finished that there was a public outcry yet I always preferred "Futurama". It is far more eccentric, the characters are funnier and the stories never dull. Whereas I have often found "The Simpsons" to be hit and miss, every single "Futurama" episode is a joy. The premise is simple Fry, a pizza delivery worker falls into one of the company's time capsules and doesn't emerge until the dawn of the year 3000. Here he befriends a beautiful one-eyed alien called Leela and a degenerate robot named Bender. The trio track down Professor Farnsworth, who hires them to work for his intergalactic delivery service. Together they traverse the cosmos delivering goods for Planet Express. With the whole universe and history to play with, the shows creator Matt Groening is obviously having a ball and it is with great sadness that I mourned the loss of "Futuruma" at the end of season five.

                  Is it likely to make a comeback? Probably not, with "The Simpsons" still a worldwide phenomenon there is no reason to bring it back.

                  Anyway that is the end of my ramblings for today. Some of the shows you will have heard of, others perhaps more obscure but if it makes you check them out then my work here is done.

                  N.B: I know there is a category for ten shows to make a comeback but I have already rambled for a thousand words and did not want to write a further thousand aimlessly!

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                    Television is growing all the time, people all want to be famous, - the best way, through television

                    TV - Television is great!!

                    ---INTRODUCTION AND HISTORY----

                    God bless Willoughby Smith in 1873 for the discovery of the photoconductivity of the element selenium and the invention of a scanning disk by Paul Gottlieb Nipkow in 1884.
                    Yes television is complicated and was black and white until the Russians in 1889 realised they could have colour televisions!

                    ---the UK's history---
                    The first British television broadcast was made by Baird Television's electromechanical system over the BBC radio transmitter in September 1929. Baird provided a limited amount of programming five days a week by 1930. On August 22, 1932, BBC launched its own regular service using Baird's 30-line electromechanical system, continuing until September 11, 1935.

                    Other countries such started television broadcasting much later, for example Canada started in 1952!

                    Tv's are extremely popular nowadays with most households having at least 1. The living room has developed into the television room and many bedrooms now have their own televisions.

                    Technology behind Tv is rather complicated so I will not explain the waves and frequencies. - However I can explain that the frequency name used for the United Kingdom is PAL - so when you buy a tv or PlayStation (/ PlayStation game)etc. make sure its PAL so it will work with UK tv's etc.
                    NTSC is for the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, and some other countries
                    SECAM - is for the french.

                    Tv's come in all shapes and sizes, from thin LCD's to the fat old style televisions. The 14" to the 40". Now to the 150" - thanks to the television projector.
                    I personally have a 5" tv in my room and a 22" downstairs. Both have their own freeview boxes - allowing the television to receive digital television (with no subscription)

                    -----Prices----
                    TV prices vary depending on the model you want. You can get television via UHF - just using an aerial and you will get local television channels - you don't need a satellite dish or to pay for any digital boxes.
                    In the UK there are 5 UHF channels. Technically they are free, however you need to pay a television subscription fee - i.e. own a tv license

                    A colour TV Licence costs £135.50 and a black and white licence costs £45.50.

                    You can buy your tv license online or via many methods - info can be seen at:
                    http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/index.jsp

                    You can buy digital boxes that allow you to receive other channels from all over the world, packages include SKY, NTL, VIRGIN MEDIA and many more.

                    ---Is a Tv license necessary----
                    You need a TV Licence to use any television receiving equipment such as a TV set, set-top boxes, video or DVD recorders, computers or mobile phones to watch or record TV programmes as they are being shown on TV.

                    If you use a set-top box with a hi-fi system or another device that can only be used to produce sounds and can't display TV programmes, and you don't install or use any other TV receiving equipment, you don't need a TV Licence.
                    (you only need 1 per household)
                    You will need to renew your TV Licence every year.

                    ----The best television channels----
                    Best tv channels in my opinion are:

                    1)SKY 1/SKY SPORTS
                    2)SKY MOVIES
                    3)CHANNEL 4
                    4)MTV

                    There are different tv channels for different people, from shopping channels like Bid Tv to baby channels like Cbeebies, from movie channels to adult channels. Television has almost every genre imaginable like cartoons, documentaries, soaps etc.

                    Amongst my favorite television programmes: Skins (E4/channel4), The simpsons (sky1/channel4), and dramas like lost/prison-break/meadowlands etc.

                    I have personally had Sky and NTL previously and now use freeview.

                    Television programmes can now be seen on the Internet, in fact you can watch live television from your computer, not only with a tv tuner but via the Internet (live streams)

                    Television has developed rapidly and there are many issues such as what can be shown and what cannot, over time the rules have been relaxed greatly - there is the watershed - i.e. adult content, violence etc cannot be shown till after a certain time (eg. 9.00pm) Also swearing cannot be heard until after (eg. 6.00pm)
                    obviously censorship laws vary from different countries, some have very relaxed laws eg. Russia and others more strict eg. Iran

                    Television is not only used for entertainment and marketing but is also used for political agendas - election parties advertise their candidates and their party on TV. Television channels make a lot of money through advertising - in between television programmes they display adverts. Some channels like the BBC do not have adverts.

                    Television along with technology has developed so greatly that now you can pause live TV, rewind and fast forward television! As well as record at a touch of a button.

                    For more information on freeview see my review on freeview.

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                      15.09.2006 01:00
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                      TURN OFF YOUR TV AND FIND SOMETHING BETTER TO DO!!!

                      I don't watch a lot of TV, it has to be said. I have certain programmes that I like to see (Deal or No Deal, Lost, Property Ladder, etc) but generally, it's hardly ever on. And when it is, I listen to it, rather than actually watch it. I know, that sounds so strange, but it's true.

                      Take this evening. The television was on - Anne Maurice on Channel 5 I think trying to find someone to take over her legacy, but I didn't really see much. I was painting a glorious brown acrylic canvas - Still Life in Brown I think I'm going to call it: wine bottle and wine glass and groovy funky swipes of thick acrylic in rich reds and browns and creams - delicious! - and so I wasn't facing the TV, but could hear what was going on.

                      This is often the way I digest the news, for example, I have it on, but I listen to it, whilst busy doing something else, like painting or drawing, or washing dishes. Well, maybe not washing dishes, leave that to the love-slave. He's proven himself in that area!

                      Maybe I should just get a radio! I think sometimes, especially when we;re watching the news, we let the images tell us things that are not real, we don't listen to the words, we watch the pictures instead, and that's not always a good thing. Someone very important (my mum) always says to me "never believe anything you hear and only half of what you see" and sometimes I think that piece of advise is right on the button.


                      So back to my dainty little Television Set. Or Telly Box, as I like to refer to it as! My TV is very tiny, has very bad reception (ghosts on the screen, the ocassional fuzz, snow, you name it, my TV has it!), and I'm sure the speakers on it are getting a bit old, as it makes the most unusual noises from time to time. But I don't mind really - it's hardly ever on anyway, and I'm not one for these HUGE fancy WIDEscreen TVs that take up half your living room and create inordinate amounts of static on everything including your children's hair.

                      Nope, not for me. Give me a book, or a paintbrush, or send me out into the garden, and there I will find happy times and lovely smiles for my little face. I don't need TV to make me happy, I have so many other things to get starey eyes over!

                      Plus I have curly hair, and curly hair plus TV static makes for One HUGE Bad Hair Day!!!

                      My final thought on the matter before I float away to sleep is:

                      Switch off your big TV
                      and very shortly you will see
                      how much in the world there be
                      that is more fun than the BBC...

                      Thankyou for reading my little poem and have a lovely Friday!!!!

                      Kate x

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                        04.09.2006 22:34
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                        I ditched my TV, after several attempts at ditching it replacing it, it seems to have gone for good this time. I may borrow one again at Christmas, but that is unlikely this time.

                        There are several reasons for getting rid of it:

                        1, Despite not being a telly watcher, I leave it on all the time, I switched it on first thing on a morning and then it was on al day. BBC News first thing (and I have to confess I have never given this bit up, thank goodness for BBC online), CBeebies for the children, and then soaps and documentaries for us. An endless stream of low level noise.

                        2, Tweenies - an unavoidable mishap of childrens television. Whoever thought of this had obviously been a nursery nurse. These puppets are selfish, argumentative and generally unpleasant. I cannot abide it, why should I let my son watch a puppet laughing at another because he has a doll. I want my boy to be who he is, not who others dictate.

                        3, Childrens TV Presenters - At three and inbetween all programs on childrens channels these arrive, mini skirts, make up and salacious comments. What happened to Rod, Freddy & Jane, childrens programs where they dressed in clothes which were not dictated by fashion. Who said I wanted my children watching TV presenters flirt. Children are 'growing up' earlier and earlier without the help of supposedly childrens presenters encouraging certain behaviours.

                        4, Soaps - I confess, I let my son watch soaps at times. Well a lot of the time, and then it was pointed out to me, I am teaching him that arguing, cheating, violence, drugs, teenage pregancy and gangs were a way of life, this was normal behaviour. I am allowing him to grow up with the same attitude. Soaps are supposed to represent normal life and to an extent they do, but thank god I don't live in any of them places.

                        5, Lets be honest, even though we have 5000 channels there still isn't really anything on.

                        6, Because the telly is generally on most of the time in most households very little else gets done. I read to my son all the time, we dance, listen to music, draw, play out and walk. All in the same day, and most days how many other people say they do that?

                        I realise this is an extreme way of life, which most people would have difficulty comprehending and there are some things I miss. Like the documentries, Panorama and the News. I decided I would look into things like that when I wanted to know, I would research from books, the Library, the internet. And I would teach my son how to. My life seems less cluttered now, and I enjoy the way I live. My son can watch dvds anytime he likes, its not often but he does and I have some say in what he watches.

                        I would recommend trying to put your telly away for a month, any less and you don't get the benefits, you just spend a lot of time at other people's houses getting a 'fix'. Its worth trying as an experiment.

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                          23.08.2006 00:15
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                          leave Tom and Jerry cartoons alone

                          Tom and Jerry are seen as bad role models when they smoke ! How ridiculous. Its a cartoon it is surposed to be fun, to make you laugh, its a cartoon, things that cartoon characters do are fictional, they do the impossible, thats part of the reason they are funny, they can bash each other over the head, flatten it , after a few stars, they bounce back. Tom lighting a cigarette or cigar does not influence children, they understand that smoking is bad for your health, they also understand the difference between real life and fiction. The film industry is now going to go through all Tom and Jerry cartoons and delete the smoking parts. I think that we should give our children some credit and let them enjoy cartoons as they were made and intended, as we all did as children.

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                            21.08.2006 19:39
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                            She'll only stay until the wind changes....

                            Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’s a cross between Mary Poppins and a drill instructor!

                            The premise of this programme is that Supernanny (Jo Frost) visits a different household every week in order to straighten out the bad behaviour of the children. Jo Frost is a nanny with over fifteen years experience. She is energetic, fun and enthusiastic. Supernanny first appeared on our screens in 2004, and she became on overnight sensation. She has made “naughty step” and “your behaviour is unacceptable” national catchphrases.

                            The show always follows the same basic pattern.

                            The Observation
                            Supernanny arrives in a suit, hair in tight bun, glasses, the lot. She then watches young Damien (or Damiens if you are unlucky enough) trash the house, have tantrums, swear, refuse to go to bed etc. The parents are always unable to cope. Very often, the parents undermine each other and don’t seem to communicate. This is my favourite part of the programme. People all over the country get to sit there at home and be all sanctimonious – “My child would never behave like that!” “That kid needs a bloody good slap if you ask me!”

                            The Intervention
                            Supernanny arrives back the next day without glasses, hair down, and wearing a blouse and trousers. Then comes the bit that the parents probably dread the most, as she delivers some home truths about their lack of discipline. She then spends the day helping the parents to implement new techniques to help them manage little Damien’s behaviour. The most famous is her trademark naughty step technique.

                            •When the child misbehaves, give them a warning. Tell them what they are doing wrong. Talk in a low authoritive tone
                            •If they continue to misbehave, they go to the naughty step. One minute for every year of their life. Explain why they are there.
                            •Go back and ask the child to apologise. If they do not apologise, you go away again and repeat the process until they do.

                            Other techniques include taking away a favourite toy when the child misbehaves, or giving them rewards such as stars to put on a chart. Very often Supernanny encourages the parents to interact with the children more, for example they might all play a board game together.

                            Going it alone
                            Once the new rules have been set, Supernanny goes away for a couple of days. She watches the video feed as it inevitably all goes pear shaped, and Damian goes back to tearing the house apart. Supernanny always gets exasperated at this point - “Give ‘im a warning!”, “You ‘aven’t explained what he done wrong!” “That’s it. I’m going back theah!”

                            The Reinforcement.
                            Supernanny returns and shows the very sheepish looking parents video clips of Damien feeding the goldfish to the dog and throwing bricks at his baby sister. She goes over her techniques for the millionth time and all ends well.

                            It is a shame that children don’t come with a set of instructions. I have felt genuinely sorry for some of the mothers on the show, who tend to be the ones staying at home being driven up the wall. Jo Frost is very sincere and sympathetic when she gives advice. You can see that she really does want to make a difference to these people’s lives, and more often than not, she does. No more screaming kids and better adult communication.

                            My one criticism of Supernanny is that she always seems to help families in the higher income bracket. I only remember one episode when she stayed with a single parent in a council house. However, I think it is fantastic to see Supernanny in action, as she sets boundaries and changes behaviour in a single bound. Naughty children beware!

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                              20.08.2006 15:29
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                              Watching telly is a waste of valuable time

                              I have a television in my living room but I hardly ever switch it on if I am alone. The choice of programmes is an endless progression of similar themes. Soaps, police or prison dramas, house improvements or house hunting, antiques or bargain boot sales.

                              Daytime television is the same. The adverts are obviously aimed at people who are not in work and in debt - do they think everyone has debt problems and have problems "obtaining credit".

                              I bought a Freeview box to see if the choice was any better but apart from a few documentaries, these seem to be mostly repeats.

                              But there are the shopping channels!! Pure entertainment!!! Where do they get the presenters who can spend a good half hour selling the virtues of these tacky products? How can anyone enthuse for more than a few minutes about a pink drinks chiller, for example.

                              I find myself being excluded from conversations when people discuss last night's television programmes - "did you watch...?"

                              When my reply is negative, they look at me as if I am some oddity. But then when I tell them about my hobbies and interests they reply "oh I don't have much time for that sort of thing." Well of course not, because watching telly is such a time waster!

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                                08.03.2006 10:29
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                                I'm sure I'm not the only person to find themsleves with loads of different TV channels yet I find myself watching only a small percentage of those vailable to me and wih a couple of exceptions most of my TV viewing is to be found on the five main channels that I could get before all the new digital channels arrived.

                                In fact I very rarely watch much of anything on ITV these days as the programmes it offers are pretty rubbish, you only have to look at the awful programmes it puts on during Saturday night to realise that it is lacking in creative ideas.

                                I still find the BBC able to produce the occasional gem and the best example of that was the Planet Earth programme that was shown on Sunday night. If you missed it don't worry as it will be shown again on Saturday on BBC2. This wildlife programme is what the BBC does best and the slow motion shots of the Great White Shark were just breathtaking as were the scenes featuring the polar bear, now there is something on ice worth seeing rather than a sequined ex footballer and some fifth rate soap stars.

                                For great comedy I like to watch BBC2 which tends to produce some great British comedy shows whilst C4 seems to be able to get the best of the material from America including the latest gem to be aired called "My Name is Earl" which is very funny indeed.

                                I do not watch a lot of C5 except for the fact that they do have all the CSI shows whichI really like especially the one set in Las Vegas although the New York version is very good as well and I'm looking forward to the new series of Law and Order which starts on Friday. On the downside C5 does tend to have some pretty awful films which it shows a number of times during the year.

                                As for te rest of the digital channels well apart from the Simpsons on Sky 1 I never really bother with them.

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