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      02.06.2008 22:31
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      In these days of DVDs, the Internet and TV on-demand, I find I watch relatively little so-called "live" TV anymore. Aside from the BBC, most channels are jam-packed with adverts; and even with the BBC, why would you want to stick to their schedule when you can catch up with the highlights on their much-promoted iPlayer? The best comedies and dramas - both recent and from years gone by - can be viewed on DVD at your convenience, so there's little need for UKTV Gold or Virgin 1; highlights of reality shows, should you be that way inclined, can be found on YouTube with no need to endure incessant prompts to ring in and vote for Britain's best celebrity typist. In 2008, there's very little appeal in tuning in to watch stuff on the box at the scheduler's behest.

      Trouble (Sky 177, Virgin 140) is a significant exception to that rule for me. While I certainly enjoy watching my favourite shows at my control - i.e. on DVD or on demand - sometimes you just want to sit back, relax and enjoy some quality entertainment without having to navigate through menus - or, horror of horrors, decide what to watch full stop. Trouble fulfils that role for me: it's easy to sit back and leave it on, confident in the knowledge that nine times out of ten there'll be something worth watching on.

      A bit of background information: Trouble began in 1997 as a teenage-aimed slot on the now-defunct TCC (The Children's Channel). It later became a daytime programming block on Bravo before becoming the official replacement to TCC when that shut down in 1998. Its defined target audience is the 15-24 young adult demographic; in recent years it has attempted to establish its focus is firmly on such viewers by pressing for a move in its EPG channel number on both Sky and Virgin Media from the kids section to the general entertainment section.

      But who really cares about demographics and all that stuff, outside of the station controllers? The important part of the channel is its programming, and in this arena it does not disappoint. American sitcoms from the past two decades are undoubtedly the key cornerstone of its output. The hilarious "Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" is arguably the channel's flagship show, having aired consistently on the network since its inception; but a range of other comedies have always sat alongside it. In the early years of the channel, Peter Engel sitcoms ("Saved By The Bell" and its spinoffs, "Hang Time", "California Dreams") dominated; at the turn of the century, the channel had a more urban focus, with "The Wayans Bros" and "One On One" becoming mainstays. More recently, though, the focus has been more on hip, cult hits: "How I Met Your Mother", "Grounded for Life" and "That '70s Show" are among the channel's most acclaimed shows, so it's no surprise to learn that they - deservedly - dominate the comedy side of primetime on Trouble. At weekends the underrated "Martin" and "Steve Harvey Show" get outings, too.

      Older sitcoms have also becomed increasingly common in recent years. Channel 4 '80s classic "Desmond's" has had a regular slot on the channel for around a year as of time of writing, while "The Cosby Show" and "Diff'rent Strokes" are both also in rotation. It'd be folly to argue they sit perfectly alongside much more self-aware - and, let's face it, intelligent - shows like "How I Met Your Mother", but they're undoubtedly a pleasant watch, and it's nice to have a place for classic sitcom on multichannel television now that Paramount is dominated by "Scrubs" and "Two and a Half Men" reruns. (As hilarious as those shows are, it's nice to have some variety.)

      While sitcoms are Trouble's bread and butter, however, the channel have always found room for a substantial dessert of drama. In early years teen melodrama was the order of the day, as "Dawson's Creek" and "My So-Called Life" got well-deserved re-runs; nowadays, though, the focus has shifted to sharp, "hip" US cult hits like the supremely intelligent "Veronica Mars" and quirky mystery series "Kyle XY" and "Whistler". Both shows get slots in primetime; slots they'd never get on a more mainstream channel. It's nice to see them getting the treatment they deserve here.

      Trouble is not perfect, however, and its lineup does have a few flaws - I cannot comprehend how the mediocre sitcom-by-numbers "Girlfriends" and "All Of Us" continue to comprise hours of programming a day, and I can give or take midnight-to-1am closer "The Secret Life Of Us" too. But you can't expect a channel to air programming consistently to your own taste, and for my money Trouble comes closer than pretty much any other channel right now.

      From a technical perspective Trouble looks sharp and uncompressed on Virgin Media (I can't speak for Sky as I don't have it), though it suffers from the problem of many non-terrestrial channels in that the - admittedly few - widescreen programmes the channel airs are broadcast either letterboxed (i.e. a widescreen frame in a full-frame box that won't fill a widescreen TV) or cropped. Still, I'm optimistic that when a greater percentage of their programmes come in 16:9 format, they'll begin transmission of anamorphic widescreen programming.

      For those that are bothered by such things, Trouble has a small translucent on-screen DOG present throughout all programmes, as well those useless reminders of what's up next (though thankfully they're more subtly placed than on the likes of the ITV channels). The channel offers a "+1" service (Sky 178, Virgin Media 141) that broadcasts all programmes shown one hour later - can be useful, as Trouble don't have an iPlayer-like On Demand service yet. Most programmes broadcast on the channel offer subtitles for the hard of hearing. Adverts comprise around 1/4 of the channel's airtime, comparable to most other digital channels.

      Trouble broadcasts from 7am to 1am (8am to 2am on the +1 service). Programming is generally suitable for those aged 12 and up (naturally programmes before 9pm are more likely to be family-friendly than those after, though generally innocuous shows occasionally wind up in late slots too.)

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        27.01.2003 17:12
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        This is by far my favourite channel of all the channels I posess through sky digital. Its packed with comedy programmes, competitions and game shows 24/7. The newest addition to this channel is ‘Jesse’ from the makers of ‘Friends’ this comedy is about a single mum juggling her job, ex-husband, a rather large family and a problem-boyfriend. Its fab! Game shows such as ‘Date My Sister’ can be really cheesy and annoying, but other more long-term game shows such as : ‘Cruel Summer/Winter’ and ‘Undercover Lovers’ are definitely worth watching. For one weekend a month Trouble hosts a ‘Who Da Man Weekend’ this gives you the chance to vote a show and watch it. The options for Who Da Man Weekend are: -One on One -Fresh Prince Of Bel Air -In The House and -My Wife and Kids ……………………………& #8230;…………………………̷ 0;……………………………&# 8230;………………. Also featured are ‘celebrity extra’ and ‘freakin famous’ shown twice every weekday to bring you up to date with the news and gossip on the celebrities. All the shows are american, and although I rarely find my younger brother watching Trouble, I do occasionally catch my parents watching it! This channel is perfect if you are having a sick-day, such as I am today ! As most do, Trouble has its own website with games, chatrooms, newsletters etc. I do not know too much about this website as I havent visited it in a long time! ……………………………& #8230;…………………………̷ 0;…………R
        30;……………………………&# 8230;….. CITY GUYS : American teen Comedy about 2 rebellious friends from opposite sides of the tracks. A coloured dude and a white dude checkin out the ‘honeys’ in their public high school. DATE MY SISTER: Siblings embark on a secret project to set each other up with a perfect date, choosing the location, testing out the guys they have met and picking out an outfit for the final result! FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR: Oh come on, y’all must know this show by now? American sitcome about a streetwise kid moving to Bel Air to live with his rich uncle, and leaving behind his mother in Philidelphia. Starring Will Smith. FREAKIN’FAMOUS: If your into the bizarre side of things tune in to catch Kaspa and Spoonface deliver the latest goss on celebrities around the world in this interactive show. THAT 70’s SHOW You’d never guess when this was set!! About a gang of teenagers struggling slowly through life endrugin relationships arguments and family crisises, and usually hanging out on Red’s drab basement! CRUEL SUMMER / WINTER This game show is only shown once, sometimes twice a year. 10 students apply to be taken into Summer/Winter school. Nothing they can do is correct, they are critisized and patronized, they face some of their worst fears and perform the unspeakable until winning the final prize. No pain no gain! SAVED BY THE BELL BAYWATCH STEVE HARVEY SHOW MALCOM AND EDDIE JUST DEAL TWO GUYS AND A GIRL HANG TIME The down side to this channel is that, unlike Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Sky One, they do not have a second channel to echo the first channel. So if you miss a show there is no way of watching it again! Never watched these shows? Never looked at this channel? If you own Sky take a look! Channel 607, I can’t guar
        antee it will amuse you, but it definitely amuses me! Though my mother may hide it, I know she loves it too!

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          29.05.2002 03:31
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          Trouble can be found on sky digital,channel 607,this is a teenage channel aiming for ages 13 to 20, but that does not stop older people watching the channel here is a list of my favourite channels. Fresh Prince Of Bel Air is a very good show to watch with a funny storyline for each episode, Will Smith is the main character he is from Philly, he gets into loads of trouble, and he drags his little cousin Carlton to ,even though they are the same age Will is much bigger than Carlton but that does not matter,they are both funny the characters in the Fresh Prince Of Bel Air are as Followed; Will of course is the main character. Carlton from Bel Air is a bit of a No it all brives teachers with muffin, but other than that fuuny, like a sidekick to Will. Philip Banks is Carltons Dad, he is a judge, he likes to eat food and he is funny to. Geoffry is the Butler, he is very sarcastic to the family very funny. Vivian is Carltons mum, she is not that funny at all, but she is there. Hellory is Philips and Vivians daughter, she is not that clever, she likes looking good and shopping. Ashley is another daughter she also is not funny. Nicki is quite funny in a little kid way, but thst is that. One World is another good programme, two parents decided because they could not have children they would foster, kids from loads of different backgrounds came into the blakes house here are the list of the characters. Dave is the Foster dad he is not bad, can be funny in a way. Karren is the foster mum, she is not bad either. Ben he likes his looks and he is in a band. Jane used to be a bad person but is good. Marcey is a person who likes making money she would do anythink. Craig is the youngest foster kid, he is not that funny. Neil is from a gang was bad now a genious. Sue is a shopping person who likes her looks and she likes playing soccer. That 70s show is set in the 70s, the main characters are a
          s followed, Eric is a teenager who does seem to get into weird situations, Donnah is Erics girlfriend, Hide lives in the formans basement he is the funny person,Cellso is dumb but that can not be helped, Fez is a person who has lots to learn, Jakie is not funny she is not good. Trouble has loads more programmes the TV times which they show are good, but they need more programmes they do tend to show repeats sometimes here is a list of other programmes USA High 70s show Fresh Prince Parkers Searching for a supermodel Two Guys and a girl One World One on One City Guys Steve Harvey Show Making the band Hang time Saved by the Bell and more.

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            31.01.2002 17:08
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            This channel is very good for the teenage boys of this generation, but it is aimed more at the people who like garage and other such commercial music bands. This is not that good for me as i like the more alternative music as you might tell from my name. But as the channel and the programmes go, it is very good. There are numerous wicked channels like the fresh prince of bel air, two guys, a girl and a pizza place, my wife and kids ( the new programme that has just arrives , which i think is really funny). But still the programme is let down by the old, rubbish shows like saved by the Bell. That wasfunny when i was about twelve but now it is just pathetic. If they got rid of the shows like that the channel would be ten times better. The new game show, cruel winter, the sequel to cruel summer is one of the best on tv at the moment. the interactivity to show makes it one of a kind. If you go onto their website you will be able to choose who gets delt the cruelty. This has never been done before on a game show and it makes you feel that are really involved in the show. Interactivity is used alot throughout the whole channel. They now have daly votes on issues trhat is interesting to see what people think. The questions thast are asked are on topics like 'do you get nervous for exams' and 'would you talk to your parents about drug issues' but lets not forget the fun prorammes and music that ius shown in the channel. Overall i think that this trouble is fantastic. Thans for reading my opinion on Trouble.

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            03.09.2001 01:41
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            My parents have had satellite television for the last couple of years and this channel is the first channel that I have ever really liked. Over the years, this channel has come to the forefront of teenage television. This channel is aimed at the teenage-early twenties market. This channel has had many revamps in the last couple of revamps for example It has changed its name from TCCC to trouble and also It has imported more American programs. I have decided to spilt this opinion in two the presenters and the television programs. Presenters There are six main presenters of this channel who are:- Lucie Cave – she is the main female presenter of this channel Sarah Cawood – she is the presenter from BBC’s live and kicking Joe Challands- he is a part time presenter on trouble TV. He also presents Channel 4 - Popworld Ortis – he is the main male presenter and he is also is the presenter from BBC’s live and kicking. Al – very funny Jason Bradbury – he was one of the roving reporters from the Big Breakfast. Programs The program’s that I will tell you about are:- The Parker’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air USA High That 70’s Show In the house Making The Band- Series One and Two Ready or Not The Parker’s The series is about a teenager Kim, who is upset when her mom decides to go back to school at the same junior college she goes to. Kim’s mother has a thing for the professor olglvee and she stalks him at any given moment. All of the episodes that I have seen has had me in stitches. This teenage sitcom was voted televisions number one ranked show among black Americans. Ready or Not Busy an Italian tomboy who is excellent at playing all different types of sport and plays the drums! Busy lives with her strict Catholic parents and her three older b
            rothers. Her best friend Amanda has a completely different lifestyle to her, rich parents and she wants to become a famous actress. This program shows the up and downs that they go through. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air This show was a hit back in the early 1990’s and I personally think it is one of the best comedy programs around. This show has brilliant titles with a song that starts:- Now... this is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down, and I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there I'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel-Air. This show is based around one main charter who is called Will. Will Smith brings his Philly flavor to the west coast to live with his rich extended family. Will then gets up to all sorts of trouble with his cousin Carlton. USA High This show is about secondary school seniors from vastly different backgrounds find themselves at the only American Secondary school in Paris. This programs is very “Saved by the bell”. That 70’s Show. This is my personal favorite show out of all of the shows that are on trouble TV. Set in suburban Wisconsin, the soul of THAT '70s SHOW is the Forman house where ERIC (Topher Grace) lives with his ultra-conservative Dad, RED (Kurtwood Smith); high-strung Mom, KITTY (Debra Jo Rupp) and college drop-out sister LAURIE (Lisa Robin Kelly).,Eric's friend HYDE (Danny Masterson) moved into the Forman basement after his mother left town. In the house This is a show in which a American football player is injured and he cant afford the house that he is living in. he then advertises this house and ends up sharing it with a divorced mother of two. He then becomes the children’s nanny. This is a very funny show. Making The Band- Series One and Two This is a documentary of the process that five young men went throug
            h to make the pop group “O-Town”. This program shows all of the trails and tribulations that they went through. Series two of the program shows how they deal with their stardom and it also shows them making all of the songs on there album. There are however a couple of bad points to this television station:- *They tend to repeat many their television programs, *There is hardly any British made television programs, *There is also an icon in the corner of the screen, that tends to spin around and it can get on my nerves. This channel can be found on Sky Digital - channel 607.

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              04.08.2001 21:01
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              Well i have been a Trouble viewer for around a year now, i have seen many things that have gone well......also not so well. Even though i love the show for the programs such as THAT 70'S SHOW, CITY GUYS, ALSO THE FRESH PRINCE. Now the trouble T.V team i think have aimed for a lil higher in the age ratings, such as 17-18, but do not seem to be getting many views. The new Crewl Summer show, for example was just placed there to get a highter age watching. This is a main thing i like about Trouble, is that all the shows are good, also you don't see programs like Rugrats and crap like that. I would like to see programs like Ally Mcbeal and more mature things on trouble if they are aiming for a higher age range. I just hope to see trouble does well for the time it has left, also i hope to see new programs and less re-runs of the same programs.......keep that 70's show going all the time! ;-) What do u peeps think?

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                06.01.2001 15:08
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                Trouble is a TV channel aimed at the Teen market and twenty something’s who still think that they are teenagers (that's me!) Most of the shows are American imports. You have nearly all the Peter Engel teen comedies like Saved by the Bell, Malibu CA and USA High to name but a few. They also have a few shows that they showed a few years ago on Channel 4 like Hanging with Mr Cooper and Blossom. They also have some fairly new shows, which are pretty good. One of the shows that they have just got in is that 70’s Show. If you haven’t seen it yet check it out because it’s fantastic. Also a great series is Making the band, which is a documentary about Lou Pearlman, the creator of Backstreet Boys, and N-Sync creating a new boy band. It’s fascinating watching the process they go through to get in the band. It’s compulsive viewing. Theres also Two guys, a girl and a pizza place. This basically wants to be Friends and isn’t too bad. Big Wolf on Campus is a no budget teen comedy about a new werewolf who faces different baddies each week in the town of Pleasantville. This is surprisingly good and reminds me of that classic TV series Eerie Indiana. My biggest gripe with the station is the number of adverts they show. Worse than that they rotate the same 20 ads over and over again. I watched the channel New Years Day afternoon because they were showing 5 episodes of That 70’s Show and during each advert break they showed the same advert twice. Arrrgh. They do have their own shows but these are really cheap productions and not very original. They have Room Raiders where two presenters decorate someone’s bedroom, a show about computer games and a couple of music programmes. The presenters are OK and fortunately not too irritating. Overall not a bad station really. If you’re into cheesy teen comedies then you should be in your element.

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                  28.11.2000 02:38

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                  If you are a teenager and you like comedies, you have come to the right place. Trouble offers lots of teen comedies, mostly American, most of which are shown every day, and most of the prgrammes are very popular. These programmes include Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Hang Time, Hangin' with Mr Cooper, City Guys, Weird Science and Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane. Trouble, unlike some annoying channels, shows the programmes in the correct order of the series instead of random episodes and the overall quality of programming is very good. For teenagers and young adults a must-see, but older adults steer clear. Four out of five as it doesn't suit all tastes but it is a good channel in my opinion.

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                  28.11.2000 02:06

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                  Trouble is a teen comedy channel that is available on sky digital channel 607. It shows mainly American comedy shows like Hang Time and The Fresh Prince of Bell Air. I think that the channel is mainly for nine to fourteen year olds. There are many competitions that you can enter and they have a website. This channel is okay but not as good as it possibly could be because they don’t have a wide enough variety of shows.

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                  14.10.2000 18:44

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                  Trouble is cool teenage channel with great shows such as CITY GUYS which is all about Jamaul Grant and Chris also in the show are Dawn(a nature freak),Cassady(a clothes fanatic),Al(a dodgy dealer) and of course El Train a complete clown. The show based in Manny High a New York high school features the group of friend doing weekly jobs for their head mistress Ms Nobel a fat women who's always in a jokey mood the show is a definate laugh packed with cool episodes

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                  07.09.2000 03:29

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                  Another channel for kids for I'd say this channel is more for teenager incontrast to kids, it is a good watch at times, and has been running for quite a while on sky television. It has a mixture of programmes including music, teenage drama's. Actually it has quite a big fan base and does well. It has however, alot of repeats on but then again that is understandable. I like the way they offer variety in their programme therefore can appeal to different people. All in all a good channel, which looks after the needs of the kids in the household.

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                  23.08.2000 20:13
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                  I don't know a channel like it, its one of the worst I know of, you would think it was run by 3 people in a caravan. All there programs are constantly repeated and I mean constantly, as soon as the series finishes they start it back up yet again. Saved By The Bell and all the other trashy American school shows have to be rated as some of the worst. Some of the acting is so poor and lets face it..who watches this program called 'Weird Science'? I can stomach one series of Saved By The Bell but when its like 7 and they have the same type of characters, a cool one, a brainy one, a geeky one, you just wonder if they are actually thinking straight. They all have the same story lines, smoking, drugs, getting in with bad company..wish they would be differet.

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                  06.08.2000 00:52

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                  The Parker is back on Trouble with a all-new series. Kim and Nikki have returned to your screens to entertain you once again. This hit show is about Kim and her mumma, Nikki. The show tells you about what happens in their lives. Nikki has a thing for Stanley. Whenever she sees him, she is all over him just like that! This hit shoes is bound to have you in fits of laughter as it is such a great comedy on the fab channel, Trouble! Watch The Parkers on Trouble! Everyday at 8 am and 4 pm. Don't miss it!

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                  26.07.2000 20:43

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                  I don't know a channel like it, its one of the worst I know of, you would think it was run by 3 people in a caravan. All there programs are constantly repeated and I mean constantly, as soon as the series finishes they start it back up yet again. Saved By The Bell and all the other trashy American school shows have to be rated as some of the worst. Some of the acting is so poor and lets face it..who watches this program called 'Weird Science'? I can stomach one series of Saved By The Bell but when its like 7 and they have the same type of characters, a cool one, a brainy one, a geeky one, you just wonder if they are actually thinking straight. Suppose if you want to relieve your youth you can with this channel but it won't be long before you start remembering why its so good to be an adult again :) Alex

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                  11.07.2000 12:42

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                  This is the channel to watch if you like saved by the bell, fresh prince of bel air, weird science. I think this is mainly aimed at teenagers. Broadcasted on cable and sky. I get this via sky digital, the picture quality is very good and so is the sound. As usual with these channels if you miss an episode you can see It again cause It will be repeated make no mistake about it. Hang time, for example has been shown that many times now it`s getting ridiculus. Overall a good channel with some cool programmes that are repeated far to often

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