Product Type: BBC TV channels
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Middle-class, fluffy and family-friendly...
Member Name: shaneo632
Advantages: Fine for the kids...
Disadvantages: Not for anyone with a brain...
To give this review some context, I generally watch BBC2 and Channel 4. I don't watch a lot of TV anymore and just stick with downloads or IPlayer as I'm just quite fed up with the output, frankly. I very rarely watch BBC1, because it is quite a "stodgy" channel compared to its more adult-friendly BBC2, and doesn't provide enough jusification for its own existence, in my opinion. For sure, I can't see where the rather extortionate TV license fee has gone in the last year...
It is difficult to think of a show that I ever regularly watch on BBC1, and the first things that come to mind when I think of the channel are some of my most despised shows, such as the dreadful Eastenders. While I recognise that it is popular, I just don't find it entertaining in any way. The only show that instantly comes to mind as watchable is The Weakest Link, and even that I can really give or take, because it's perhaps been over-exposed and Anne Robinson's evil gimmick has been done to death.
I can see how BBC1 appeals to middle-class families with very middle-of-the-road tastes, in that you'll be hard-pressed to find any programming with gratuitous swearing, violence or sex, but for people who want more out of their TV or want something that's intellectually engaging, it's just dead in the water. For someone that has been reared on gritty American dramas that aren't afraid to push the envelope, this is a channel that has very little appeal for me, and it's as though for fear of offending the tax payer, they've selected the most inane and harmless shows possible.
Although there aren't any adverts due to the TV licence subsiding it, I'd rather sit through adverts if it means I get something with more bite.
Summary: Toothless and born
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