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      28.02.2011 11:42
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      London - British Jews should specify their position in the Middle East conflict by abstaining at least from fighting in and with the Israeli army in occupied Palestine.

      TheyBritish Media outlets are busy analyzing "The Promise," which is Peter Kosminsky's new four-part drama about British involvement in Palestine and the establishment of the Israeli state. The serial indeed shapes a new era in British mainstream media and their coverage. To show such drama that stands by justice is a turning point in educating the British public about their history and the great mistake committed by their ancestors.

      Without a doubt, Channel 4's coverage on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been the best when compared with the biases of the BBC. Maybe this small space of freedom in Channel 4 allowed such event to be made. This reflects the lack of censorship unlike BBC, Sky and others. Yet we should not be 100% optimistic about this series given that many of the ideas justified the Jewish migration to Palestine.

      The Telegraph published a preview on 4th of Feb 2011 by Michael Hogan. The subtitle mentioned the great historical mistake by stating, " Peter Kosminsky's new four-part drama about the British peacekeeping force in 1940s Palestine. " The Telegraph's writer Michael Hogan seemed to have ignored many chapters in the history of Palestine and the newly established Israel. Michael Deacon from the Telegraph also references the British peacekeeping campaign.

      Britain never came to Palestine as peacekeeping force; it did go, however, as a colonial power that helped in the establishment of Israel on the land of Palestine. By referencing the "British peacekeeping force," readers are given the impression that there was a civil war between Jews and Arabs in Palestine, where in Great Britain benevolently provided forces to end the conflict and maintain peace.

      Indeed such a headline manipulates the readers' minds. Britain was an occupier and its forces were for the maintenance of its occupation of the Middle East. Britain not only helped in the creation of Israel, but also aided in Jewish immigration from Europe and other places in the world to Israel and with the implementation of the unlawful Belfour declaration. If British forces played a peacekeeping role, then why were Jewish gangs permitted to be armed? Why were those gangs allowed to commit massacres against Palestinians? If it is peacekeeping, why were those forces pulled out of Palestine in the absence of peace? Why were Jews permitted to remain armed, while Palestinians are not?

      The Jewish Chronicle Newspaper published an article on the 24th of Feb 2011 titled, " The Promise has an 'anti-Israel premise'," and included an interview with Amir Ofek, the press attaché at the Israeli embassy in London. Mr. Ofek considered The Promise series as "anti-Israel propaganda." He added that, "In my 15-year career, I have never seen anything like it in the western media. I'm aware of artistic freedom, but nevertheless I feel this is worse than anything I've seen."

      It is worthwhile to stop on this comment and make some clarifications. It seems Mr. Ofek is very upset over the series, which is balanced in comparison to what has been previously done by mainstream media. Yet, as previously mentioned, the series could be construed as being biased toward Israel. This is very clear in the statement made by Channel 4, which was cited by the article.

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      A Channel 4 representative said the central characters "consistently and sympathetically present a contemporary Israeli perspective," and the Holocaust was "powerfully evoked" to explain the longing for a Jewish homeland. "To do justice to such a complex and sensitive subject, Mr. Kosminsky and his team spoke to hundreds of people from all sides in the conflict.

      It is very upsetting to hear such statements by Mr. Ofek. People should be encouraged to learn and seek more information on what happened in Palestine and is currently happening now. People in Britain should learn that their government was the key reason for the plight of Palestinians prior to and after the Nakba (Catastrophe). Britons should know the daily practices of racism and apartheid committed by the Israeli army at the checkpoints and occupied Palestinian cities.

      The promise is indeed one-step in the direction toward the mainstream public become more informed and knowledgeable about facts that have for far too long been ignored in mainstream education and media. Mainstream education and media have for far too long perpetuated the dogma and narrative articulated by the Israeli government, ignoring the facts and historical accounts that were not in line with political agendas and interests.

      The Promise brings to the attention historical facts that are true and still taking place in Palestine. Checkpoints in West Bank still hinder the life of Palestinians daily with great humiliation. The very solid aspect is the lack of fictional and imaginative scenes in the promise. All what we have seen are true things like the stoning of Palestinian school kids by the settlers in Hebron. The same scene had been taken two years ago and is available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dYl-ZiLIhs
      Terrorism was present in the series. It was brought in many times; yet this time Palestinians were not accused of doing it alone as always Media show them. Jewish gangs were shown exploding and carrying out various terrorist attacks against British army. It provided the image, which is correct, that the Israeli state itself is built based on terrorism.

      Israeli state terrorism commenced in 1948 was factually portrayed in The Promise. It has shown how Palestinians were ethnically cleansed and massacred by Jewish gangs and, in many occasions, under the eyes of British soldiers. The complicity of the British army was clear in allowing Jewish gangs to be armed in face of the innocent and defenseless Palestinians. Such actions have been documented by new Israeli historians like Ilan Pappe and others. Through The Promise, Israeli terrorism stretches from 1948 to 2005 where Israeli soldiers stormed houses, arrested, killed people and used them as human shields.
      Loyalty is also present in Peter Kosminsky's four-part drama serial. Jewish loyalty to the dogma of Israel is strongly defended through many characters like Eliza, Paul, Len's girl friend and some of his comrades in the British army, who appeared to work for the Jewish gangs at that time. Yet focus on loyalty should shift on Eliza's character, which represents a very factual/ contemporary and true issue of Britons serving in the Israeli army.

      British Jews should specify their position in the Middle East conflict by abstaining at least from fighting in and with the Israeli army in occupied Palestine. They should determine whether they are Israelis or Britons; and, they should realize that participating in a war with other states against a country, which is at peace with Britain, is great crime of British civil laws.

      All organizations and media outlets should strive to maintain independence from the political agenda of governments and the states the government officials represent. At a very minimal, especially for those outlets that do intend to represent a political perspective or narrative, biases ought to be presented so that opinions and interpretations can be understood as one of many that exist. While facts are unbiased and speak for themselves, it is the way they are selected, presented, and interpreted that lead to the perpetuation of biases. The Promise is one-step in the direction to overcoming the one-sided narrative that has been for far too long put forward as the only one that is accepted, legitimate and unquestionable. It is time for an end to the blind acceptance of the Israeli government's narrative that omits the Palestinian facts and narrative.

      By Sameh A. Habeeb
      A Palestinian Journalist based in London

      Read more: http://www.paltelegraph.com

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        10.05.2010 01:54
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        One of Britain's best broadcasters

        Channel 4 in my experience has always had a great mix of programmes which along with the BBC stations makes it one of the best available and I include in this everything available on your various Sky packages. With comedy, drama, documentary, news and quiz shows there really is something on offer for everyone. The network has always had a reputation for being different or experimenting with new shows that others have questioned the merit of who just found completely objectionable. I cannot mention and describe every show that has ever been shown on Four but I will talk about some of my current favourites and some from the past that I can remember.

        The station have always been extremely good at selecting the best of the sitcoms available from the United States and when I was a lot younger I loved watching Cheers followed in more recent times by Friends and Frasier which at one time were all over the schedule.

        Everybody Loves Raymond has good amusing moments especially when you learn about the characters and I liked King of the Hill which was on at night time and I think it is still shown in the very early hours of the morning some days. Roseanne was a cool show and I always remember her laugh and her appearance changing on the opening credits and Home Improvement with Tim Allen kept me entertained in the early evenings as well.

        There is brilliant light entertainment, I enjoy 8 Out of Ten Cats and quiz shows Deal or No Deal and Countdown, I really enjoyed Fifteen to One back in the day and I really don't know why that is no longer filmed because I am sure there would be an audience for it.

        Following on from the popular American comedy there is drama from the States as well such as ER, The Sopranos, Ugly Betty and recently I have quite liked Glee and shows like The OC which are often classed as teen dramas. Hollyoaks is the daily soap opera offering from the channel and The Simpsons is also shown pretty much every day. British drama also gets a fair share of time as well with programmes like Shameless and Skins really breaking the mould.

        There was recently a series about different stages of Queen Elizabeth's reign which was similar in style to some of the docu-dramas on BBC Four and there have been countless informative documentaries about too many subjects to list here. A few years ago Time Team visited my home town which was a show I enjoyed anyway so it was exciting to watch this edition when it was aired.

        Father Ted was absolutely brilliant and of course Ali G was first seen on Channel 4 as well. There are often a good range of films shown at different times although they are mainly shown on sister channel, Film 4. Embarrassing Illnesses is a programme I really like to see although it can be really tough and difficult viewing at times depending on what health issues they are detailing, some of the footage can be extremely graphic. Despite this I think this show is invaluable at helping people to realise it is ok to visit their doctor and may encourage them to do so if they recognise certain symptoms themselves.

        Big Brother was a series that divided opinion and young people are well catered for by T4 at weekends and during the school holidays. When I was younger I loved Saved by the Bell, Hangin' with Mr Cooper, The Secret World of Alex Mac and an Australian show called Pugwall and I remember repeats of Trumpton Town.

        I always enjoyed their Italian football coverage but when I heard they had purchased the rights to broadcast the England cricket team's test matches I was worried as I had always seen it on the BBC of course without advertisements but it was revolutionary and the coverage of the 2005 Ashes series was top class.

        These are some of my favourite highlights from the channel which I think offers something for everyone whatever you like. Channel 4 divides opinion and is not afraid to do something different but because of that attitude and thought process it has been able to produce or source some absolute classic pieces of television.

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        09.03.2010 19:42
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        pretty good tv channel

        Channel 4 is one of the current 5 major terrestrial channels that are broadcasted on UK television screens. The channel first came to UK screens in 1982. The station is funded with adverts which are shown during and in between programmes but it is actually publicly owned by the Channel Four Television Corporation. The channel was initially established to provide a rival to the BBC and ITV stations in order to get new and diverse programmes on UK screens. The channel has a remit and has certain public service obligations it has to fulfil in terms of it's programming. This means it has to broadcast programmes which are diverse in nature and cater to a wide range of tastes and also have programmes that are educational and ones which are creative and innovative.

        The channel has a number of different styles of programme which help it to cater to different people. These include the likes of news, documentaries , drama programmes, entertainment programmes and also game shows.

        I don't really watch channel 4 during the daytime but some of the most popular programmes during the day include the game shows Countdown and Deal or no deal. I do watch Deal or no deal from time to time and it is still quite a good show and is made popular and helped by having a decent host in Noel and also the different characters that go on the show.

        There are then programmes such as Come dine with me which is also currently quite popular. Other shows I have watched or do watch include the likes of Skins, Desperate Housewives, Big Bang Theory, friends, Secret Millionnaire and Fonejacker. Another popular show was Big Brother which has declined in more recent years. There are fashion and beauty shows for those who like that kind of thing with the likes of How to look good naked and 10 years younger. There are cooking shows with Jamie Oliver and also Gordan Ramsey as well as home shows such as location,location,location as well as many others. The news coverage on the channel is also pretty decent. The only type of show which I am a fan of that it doesn't really cover is sport but I guess this is covered in other channels.

        Channel 4 is a pretty good channel and has a good range of shows which caters to different tastes. It appeals to quite a wide demographic with the wide range of programmes on offer. I think in terms of programmes on offer and ones that are interesting and popular then it is probably better than those on the BBC and ITV. Those channels may have some good programmes but Channel 4 probably has more that are interesting and watchable. Overall I would give it 4/5 stars.

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        18.01.2010 11:28
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        Channel 4 is a Terrestial Television Channel that features quite a few good Television programmes. If I didn't have Sky Tv, then it would be 1 of the few channels I would most watch, but I do watch it quite a lot anyway. I think this channel has been out since 1980.

        Thesedays on SKy and Cable there is a few other Channel 4 Channels as well. You get Channel 4 HD Channel 4 + 1 hour, More 4, More 4 + 1 hour, E4 and E4 + 1 Hour. The E4 channel often shows new shows ahead of them being on Channel 4, and More 4 is often shows that have been on Channel 4 at 1 point.

        You get programmes like Big Brother, Come Dine With Me, Dispatches, Countdown, some good films on here sometime as well, The Simpsons and Friends used to be on here, but not sure if they still are, and Hollyoaks as well. I would say there is a good mixture of programmes for all ages on this channel, and along with the fiction programmes, there is some gritty real life shows as well.

        A good informative and entertaining channel

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        12.01.2010 14:02
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        Robust US programming

        Channel 4 is by far my favourite terrestrial TV channel, offering a unique and very eclectic mix of programming that ranges from brainless reality TV to intellectually engaging films. I'm not a fan of everything they do (see: aforementioned brainless reality TV), but there's enough of the good stuff that the bad is mostly cancelled out, all the more important now that C4 have finally cancelled Big Brother!

        It is easy to trace their mission statement from simply their soap output: they aim at a less middle-class, more open-minded and younger, more daring target audience, with the likes of defunct soap such as Brookside pushing the envelope with regard to sexuality and violence. Of course, their flagship soap nowadays is Hollyoaks, which is very much aimed at youngsters. I don't watch it, but it typifies what Channel 4 are trying to do, and that's break down the very stodgy programming that you'll see on the likes of BBC1.

        What I respect C4 for more than anything else is that they were the first network brave enough to begin importing some of America's best shows; it was a sure gamble, but has certainly paid off, particularly with their biggest successes such as Friends, The Sopranos and, of course, ratings monster Lost. This channel got me into so many great shows, and of course one cannot forget their own home-grown programming, particularly their excellent comedy Peep Show, which began with humble origins in 2003 and has grown into a cult classic now. Also, their teen show Skins gained a lot of acclaim and drew big numbers for the network frequently. C4 also borrows a lot of film programming from their sister channel Film4, meaning you get the sort of films that other channels wouldn't dare show.

        Channel 4 is a great channel, and with its mix of tastes, the most accessible channel in my opinion.

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        09.11.2009 15:05
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        I don't really watch television during the day but when the kids have gone to bed I like to sit down and relax in front of the TV, I have always liked watching television and like nothing better than a good drama or entertaining reality show. We don't have Sky just freeview so we don't have lots of choice for something to watch but my favourite channel has got to be ITV, a close second though is Channel 4. I think this channel is great and over the last few years has had some really great programmes on.

        Channel 4 was first broadcast in 1982 (the same year I was born). My first memory of watching this channel is watching Brookside, this also started in 1982 and I loved this soap opera. I was sad when it ended but I've kind of replaced it with Hollyoaks. I always watch Hollyoaks and although it might be a bit of a teen soap I still think it's great, maybe I'll still be watching it when I'm 40.

        Throughout the day I will not normally watch Channel 4 unless it is the weekend then I sometimes watch T4. On a weekday morning there is usually repeats of programes like Frasier, Will and Grace, and Everyone Loves Raymond. The news will be on at noon and then in the afternoon there is usually an old film. So basically Channel 4 fills its day with old films and repeats, not my thing really.

        Once we get to 4.10pm though that is when the channel starts to get good, this is the time Deal or No Deal starts. I don't watch it as much as I used to but when it first came out I thought this was fantastic. I forgot to mention Countdown which is on before this but I've never liked Countdown and now they've got rid of Carol Voderman I'm sure even less people watch it.

        The Paul O'Grady Show, The Simpsons and Hollyoaks all then follow. 7 O'clock is alway the news, I find the news on Channel 4 quite boring and would much rather watch it on ITV.

        I think most of the great programmes on this channel are on at 8pm and 9pm. Some of the great shows to come from Channel 4 include.....
        Come Dine With Me, Big Brother, 10 Years Younger, Location Location, How To Look Good Naked, The Home Show, How Clean is your House, The F Word, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, The Secret Millionaire and my all time favourite 8 out of 10 cats. There are probably more great shows I have forgotten about but there really is so many.

        Channel 4 also seems to have very good films on and for the sports lovers there is always Channel 4 Racing.

        Overall I think this channel is great, I think maybe is used to be a little boring years ago but it has improved so much and I find it such an entertaining channel, definitely one of my favourites.

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          One I have watched for years and will carry on for many years to come

          I am not a person who watches a lot of TV, I prefer to spend my time online, listening to music or reading books but when I am watching it I do spend a lot of the time watching Channel 4.

          Channel 4 first started transmitting 2 November 1982 and its target audience is varied with programmes suited for viewers of all ages with school programmes, documentaries, cookery and reality shows, comedies and films all being shown on the channel and of course its soap opera Hollyoaks.

          The channel transmits 24 hours a day and is a commercial channel using advertising to boost its earnings.

          It has a wide variety of UK and US programming, cult hits for channel 4 from the UK include Come Dine With Me, Countdown and Peep Show whilst it shows high quality US programmes including Desperate Housewives, E.R, The Simpsons and was the first UK channel to broadcast Lost before losing it to Sky.

          Channel 4 are not shy with the documentaries they use with factual programmes on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars over recent years, shows on sexual issues and orientations and stunned the viewers with the first televised autopsy carried out by Dr. Gunther von Hagens.

          Channel 4 has spawned several channels which all connect, these are E4, Film4, More 4, 4Music and Channel 4 Plus One.

          These additional channels concentrate specifically on one area which Channel 4 currently broadcasts programmes on.

          You can also watch Channel 4 online or via Virgin Media by using the 4OD (four on demand) service which is great for catching up with programmes that you may have missed if you do not have a facility to record straight from your TV and you can watch programmes on this up to 30 days after they have aired on the television.

          I would be very sad if this channel was ever to go as its highly entertaining and a great source of knowledge too, your bound to find something on this channel to suit your tastes.

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            07.06.2009 16:59
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            Well done the team at Channel 4 and keep up the new and exciting good work.

            Channel 4, when launched was the poorer relation of the terrestrial television scene. It always played 4th fiddle to BBC1, BBC2 (to some extent) and ITV1, but for me, that has changed thanks to some really brave program scheduling choices and some good solid hard work and creativity.

            For years, channel 4 seemed to just show low budget programs that never captured the imagination, but that all changed around a decade ago when the station took on shows like Big Brother, Friends and greatly improved the almost established soap in Hollyoaks. Added to this the good old favourites like Countdown, The Big Breakfast (oh how I miss that show during the Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen era) and The Simpsons and Channel 4 suddenly found itself to have a good solid stable of entertainment.

            They clearly set out to attract people like me, teenagers. Obviously I am in my late 20s now, but I am still hooked on Hollyoaks and Big Brother so they must be doing something right. On the back of these successes, Channel 4 has spawned a few new stations, including E4, More 4 and Film 4, the best of which being the brilliant E4. Now this is not an E4 review, but basically the two work in tandem and show some really cool and, at times, groundbreaking programs.

            Current Channel 4 favourites in my household are, along with Hollyoaks and Big Brother, The Secret Millionaire, 8 out of 10 Cats, Gok's Fashion Fix and the fantastic new comedy The Inbetweeners. Shows like this don't seem to get a chance on the other traditional channels and Channel 4 are to be commended for that in my view. They seem to be positioning themselves as a station for the younger population and in my opinion it is working tremendously well.

            I have such faith in the quality that Channel 4 now produce that if I see something that is even slightly interesting from a trailer, I will make a point of recording it just because of the expectation of it being really good.

            My one complaint is just the adverts as I don't want my programs being interrupted really, but there is nothing that can be done about that as it is part of the business model.

            Well done the team at Channel 4 and keep up the new and exciting good work.

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              15.05.2009 22:41
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              A channel that has a wide range of shows that I think will improve

              This is another of my favourite channels that is let down by adverts that are shown in between programmes. However it has some great tv programmes but I mainly enjoy the entertainment programmes that they show such as the Sunday Night Project.

              Channel 4 shows a wide range of tv programmes such as documentary programmes, drama programmes, entertainment programmes, news programmes, and quiz programmes. Due to the wide range of programmes that channel 4 now has I think it has improved greatly in recent years and now has higher ratings than it used to.

              The sunday night project is brilliant because it has Justin Lee Collins and Alan Carr presenting and I personally think they are hilarious. Another programme that has always had a high amount of viewers is the popular show known as Countdown. The show involves making words from a number of letters and the one who gets the the words with the highest amount of letters wins. It also involves working out how to get to a specific number by using only a few numbers in order to acheive it.

              Overall I think channel 4 has some great shows and it is improving all the time. I also think that in the future will continue to get better as they get more money and release bigger and better shows.

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              great betwork of channels

              On the whole, Channel 4, and its digital channels are a have a good variety of shows for all types of people. The channel started broadcasting in 1988, and is a commercial channel, so adverts are on this channel.

              *What Types Of Shows Are On Channel 4?*
              Lots and lots is the simple answer. In the daytime there aren't that many top quality programmes, I watch ITV for daytime. There are shows like Friends and Will and Grace though, also there are older type films and news at 12 noon.
              After three o'clock is where the fun starts. Countdown, followed by Deal or no deal are game show type shows, which are great entertainment. Deal or no deal is a fairly simple but effective show where players choose boxes with prizes in, but the banker tries to stop them from winning. 5 to 6 is the Paul O'Grady show, a chat show hosted by, Paul O'Grady, strangely enough. It is a fun show to watch, and it includes many daft things. Paul is a very funny host, and the audience are too. Then at 6 is The Simpsons, which needs no introduction. Half six is Holly Oaks, which is Channel 4 attempt at a soap, but don't really like it that much. 7 till 8 is the news.
              After that channel 4 has a lot of good shows, from drama, comedy, documentary and films. They have got great British shows, such as the IT Crowd, Shameless and many film that are British.
              Overall a great variety of programme.

              *Digital Channels*
              There are also digital channel run by C4. E4, Film 4, More 4 and 4 Music, these all have plus one channels. All these channels are available on Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media. E4 is a channel made to show in advance and explain more things on C4, so Shameless episode 2 would be on if C4 had episode 1. Film 4 is, well, films, there are a lot of British Films, but some are fairly old, there are only a few premiers per month. More 4 is a documentary channel, with a lot of educational shows on it, I personally do not watch this channel. 4 Music is, well, Music. A normal music channel with the "in" kind of music.

              Overall a good network of channels, that all have a good variety of shows. British shows are well supported on this network of channels.

              Thanks for Reading

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                Better Quality

                Of the five terrestrial television channels, Channel 4 is probably the best. Their range of programmes is very broad and, though I cannot claim to enoy everything they show, is generally of very high quality.
                Channel 4 usually compares well with the opposition, providing more quality entertainment than programmes that are likely to attract huge audiences. Take soap operas, for exmaple. While BBC and ITV flog the traditional, popular and intolerably bland "Eastenders" and "Coronation Street" respectively, both of which regularly draw over 16 million viewers per episode, Channel 4 targets more specific tastes with its' two soaps.

                "Brookside" is noted for being more realistic and grittier in approach compared to its' competitors. While this creates a more engaging and rewarding programme, the characters are usually a little more complicated and harder to warm to than the one-dimensional, predictable characters of "Coronation Street", for eample. The other Channel 4 soap opera "Hollyoaks" is deliberately targeted at a yougner audience and therefore targets youth-orientated issues. Both sacrifice popualrity for audience specialisation.
                This is not to say that Channel 4 is without its traditional favourites. At the teatime pre-5pm slot, while ITV and BBC capture the younger audience end of the market with children's programmes, Channel 4 has two hugely popular and firmly established quizzes. "15 to 1" is a competitive quick-fire general knowledge game hosted by the likeable William G. Stuart. "Countdown" which follows is presented by the marvellously eccentric Richard Whitely and is a highly original game based on word and number puzzles.

                Channel 4 also show a large number of music programmes, including documentaries on more credible musicians than the pop stars favoured by ITV. They also cover dance and music festivals, and show the interesting 'Top Ten' series which focuses on the best performers of a particular music taste or genre.
                A particular success of Channel 4 has been their willingness to import some of the major American television shows onto British screens, with huge rewards for the channel. The two hugely popular comedies "Frasier" and "Friends" were particular coups for the channel, especially when they succeeded in securing new episodes of the latter before they reached Sky. These are, however, starting to look a little long in the tooth. The same is definitely true of the medical drama "E.R.". The newer comedy "Ally McBeal" has not been quite as successful as anticipated, although the teen soap-drama "Dawson's Creek" is going from strength to strength.

                Channel 4 does have a deserved reputation for being a good channel for comedy. In addition to the major American series it was the channel that brough the excellent "Father Ted", and currently boasts contributions from Graham Norton and Rory Bremner. They also dabble with some interesting dramas, with the new series "Teachers" arousing some interest, and the bizarre "Metrosexuality" arising from the ashes of "Queer As Folk". These are best described as programmes you will either enjoy immensely or detest, which is true of many of Channel 4's programmes.
                You can usually expect Channel 4 to add some kind of innovation or new ideas to their programmes. It was Channel 4 who constructed the immensely successful game show / fly-on-the-wall documentary hybrid "Big Brother" after it began to make waves on the continent. It was also Channel 4 who struck the best balance between having a modern-looking news programme (like Channel 5) and a sincere, serious approach (like BBC).

                In terms of sport Channel 4 have been showing the excellent worldwide sports programme "TransWorld Sport" for some time, allowinf more obscure sports to reach terrestrial screens. Channel 4's production of the cricket coverage has also been very well received as a major improvement over the old BBC approach. Hopefully their recent acquisition of the right to broadcast the FIA World Rally series will show the same kind of quality.
                There are only a few sour points to mention. While Channel 4's films are often very good, especially those produced through "FilmFour", they often frequently use old-fashioned, dated and low-quality films to fill awkward time slots. Midday and sunday are particular graveyards for cheap films. Production quality of original shows occasionally dips, especially with the frankly terrible "Driven", a less enjoyable variation of the BBC's "Top Gear".

                On the whole I find more worthwhile programming on Channel 4 than any other terrestrial channel. In terms of quality it frequently outshines the best of the other channels, and rarely stoops to the tedious audience-grabbing depths of ITV.

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                When switching on the TV the first channel i'll got to is channel 4 as more often then not they'll have something to watch.

                I have fond since watching channel 4 that they tend to aim it at the younger generation from late teens to late twenties especially I find at the weekend when T4 is on.

                They have quite a wide variety of programmes with comedy's to dramas to documentaries however it seems that channel 4 is a channel which isn't taken very seriously especially the soap Hollyoaks which is aired weekdays at 6.30 and an omnibus on a sunday it deals with very modern issues some of which are very controversial however they very rarely win awards for this.

                Some fo the programmes which are shown on this channel are The Simpsons, 10 Years younger, Location Location Location, 8 out of 10 cats, Big Brother and one of my favourites Shipwrecked.

                Channel 4 though must be doing quite well as it now has it's spin off channels Channel 4 + 1 which shows everything an hour after channel four as well as E4 which has all extra bits of shows or you can watch episodes on here a day early which I tend to do with Hollyoaks.

                I think its definatley a channel to watch.

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                17.02.2009 20:45
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                I highly rate channel 4 and think it's the best channel aviable

                Out of all the television channels, channel 4 is certainly my favourite!

                Channel 4 offers a huge variety of television programmes for all ages. Though I don't always like what is currently on, there are several programmes on a day that I thoroughly enjoy. I usually have a a line up for my evening as to what I'm going to watch and almost all programmes that are on that list are on channel 4.

                I enjoy the comedy cartoon The Simpsons at 6pm, which is then followed by Hollyoaks at half past six. These are on every weekday and I enjoy both of them. From 8pm onwards it gets better. There tends to be some form of reality programme on at about 8 such as 10 Years Younger, Location Location or Gok Wan. I tend to watch one of these. Monday nights at 9 are usually some form of documentary. I notice that recently it has been to do with the monarchy and government. On the other nights there are different programmes, Big Brother takes it place at this time or 10pm when it runs. Recently on Tuesdays I have been tuning into Boys and Girls alone, a real life documentary and experiment to see how children can cope living in a world with no adults. A bit like Lord of the Flies! I usually enjoy the 10pm programmes, though there isn't always something interesting on. Currently Shameless runs at 10pm on a Tuesday, and The ____ and Me on Wednesday, which has shown some very interesting people, including child prodogies and women with insane implants! On Sundays channel 4 also usually shows a film at 8pm or 9pm such as the Devil Wears Prada, Mission Impossible 3 and My Super Ex-Girlfriend.

                Channel 4's sister channels such as E4 and 4 Music are equally as fantastic! and 4+1 means you can easlily catch up with programmes you've been an hour earlier. Channel 4 also offers a catch up service online called 4OD where you can also pay a small fee to rent films that they've previously aired.

                I highly rate channel 4!

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                  17.02.2009 15:22
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                  Great channel

                  Channel 4 is a brilliant tv station that I watch on a regular occasion. Some of my favourite tv shows are shown on channel 4, and they include the likes of The simpsons, Hollyoaks and Shamless. I would have to say that channel 4 is more of a channel aimed at young viewers in my opinion, and that is just based on the shows that are on.

                  There are a great number of shows on here, and I think that there news coverage is limited. Unlike the other tv channels, channel 4 only has one slot for the news at 7 o'clock. This backs up my theory of young viewers, as the young of today dont want to watch the news. They would rather watch a show like Shameless, which has to be the funniest show ever. I love it.


                  In addition to this, channel 4 is famous for the amount of documentaries that it produces. I find each and every one of these brilliant and interesting.

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                    21.08.2008 17:32
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                    a channel that promised much and delivered little.

                    Channel 4 or "4" as we are supposed to call it these days is a poor television station in my humble opinion, it burst on to the scene in November 1982 (yes it really was that long ago) promising so much, telling us that it would bring new viewing dimensions to our screens and that it would not only bend but also break transmitting rules to bring us the television programmes we really wanted to see.

                    Channel 4 tried at first to give us something different but soon towed the party line as we all knew it would have to and begun drumming out the exact same type of garbage as all the others or even worse. This station has had its share of decent shows but too few to consider it groundbreaking as it promised to be in my opinion.

                    WHATS GOOD ABOUT 4

                    Channel fours most notable show has surely got to be big brother but unfortunately big brother has gone downhill so much over the last few years that it will also appear in the what's bad about four category. This was beyond doubt a real winner for channel four for a few years and brought us some of what four had promised us but it has been running too long now and has become tedious to say the least.

                    Countdown is a game show on four that although I do not particularly like it myself has to be given some credit for the length of time it has run successfully for and the amount of fans it has gathered.

                    The same would go for Hollyoaks, a pathetic attempt at a soap opera for younger viewers in my opinion but loved by too many not to give it mention as a positive for channel four.

                    WHATS BAD ABOUT 4

                    I really could go on and on all day about the bad things but I will name but a few, starting with "Big brother", as I told you in the what's good about four this has to be included now in what's bad about four because they have proven with this show that they don't know when enough is enough.

                    This show has clearly ran its course and it is losing viewers faster than Gary Glitter lost fans and babysitting jobs but still they insist on keeping it going.

                    The constant documentaries on people who are so fat they have to appear on TV to be ridiculed or people that are badly deformed and channel 4 think it is a good idea to make shows about them is the biggest problem I have with the channel.

                    This type of TV is so poor it is unbelievable that it gets viewers at all but channel four pump hundreds of this so called entertainment out.

                    The channel 4 attempts at the news has to be termed laughable, they have the worst newsreaders and they are still trying to make news modern and something it is not so they need to just realise that it is the news just give us it as it comes and we will be happy!

                    So there you have my take on just another average TV channel, there is nothing outstanding about this channel and it offers nothing new so basically it is just another TV channel nothing more and nothing less, not the innovative brilliant channel we were promised and not a glowing light in the mundane run of the mill terrestrial TV offerings that 4 bosses would have us believe it is, just another TV channel.

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