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Member Name: scobeyjohnson
Advantages: Massive vareity of programmes
Disadvantages: Commercials, shows you do not like
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.
Summary: One of Britain's best broadcasters