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TO POINT OUT We have never watched as little TV as we do now.

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GabbyLoggon Wed 22-Jun-11 09:39:11

When we were much younger we would settle down to 5 or 6 hours viewing on a regular basis.

Las night we watched half an hour. Now it is not just that TV has got worse. It is mainly I suspect because we have changed. TV has few new tricks to show us. How is it for you?

livetolaugh Wed 22-Jun-11 09:40:31

I have recently got a 47" 3D LED smart TV. I am in love with TV again. It's amazing,

MayorNaze Wed 22-Jun-11 09:41:50

ditto

i watch horrible histories blush

that's about it. and not even that really as i am usually cooking the tea

dh watches loads of documentaries which i can't really make a catsbum face about

but personally i really can't be arsed with it any more and get v cross when i have this convo with the dcs

"can i watch tv?"
"what is it you were wanting to watch?"
"dunno, just tv"

angry

MayorNaze Wed 22-Jun-11 09:42:09

ditto OP that is

thenightsky Wed 22-Jun-11 09:42:53

It's because there is nothing worth watching these days. I find I only watch about an hour and then I lose interest and go mumsnetting instead.

gethelp Wed 22-Jun-11 09:46:07

I think the bigger choice has made me more selective, I know a lot of it is complete garbage so I only watch a few things.
However I do think my kids have missed out on the classic movies and tv plays I loved when I was about 10, there was nothing else on so I watched them, they watch re-runs of Friends and Scrubs and that is because they have 'choice'.

Bloodymary Wed 22-Jun-11 09:47:12

We have been very limited for the last 5 days as little girl has lost the sky 'buttons'.
Its great as she gets on with her art and craft instead. grin

A 47 inch tv is huge, is it in a large room?

cumbria81 Wed 22-Jun-11 09:48:02

I don't have a TV but am afraid I don't do anythign worthy like reading Charles Dickens of an evening, I just piss about on the internet instead.

Euphemia Wed 22-Jun-11 09:51:47

It's not like we used to sit down and watch nothing but quality, though, is it?

The Golden Shot?
The Dick Emery Show?
The Black and White Minstrel Show?
Benny Hill?
Bless This House?
On the Buses?
I could go on and on and on!

We watched because there was screw-all choice: no videos, never mind DVDs; no computer; no video games; no garden with swing and trampoline and slide.

Just look at the viewing figures programmes used to get compared to what they get now: when we only had three or four channels, we just watched what was on!

GabbyLoggon Wed 22-Jun-11 09:54:50

Yes, I go back to the time when TV was new. If one was on in a shop window a small crowd would gather to watch it.

JudysJudgement Wed 22-Jun-11 09:57:13

i have the telly on in the background when i am on my laptop, but cant really say i watch, except the Apprentice, which is my fave

TheCrackFox Wed 22-Jun-11 09:58:41

If I had to choose between my laptop or my TV I would choose my laptop. There just doesn't seem to be anything that good on TV - Peter Andre, The Real house Wives of Orange County were just a sample of the shite that the TV companies offered last night.

fedupofnamechanging Wed 22-Jun-11 10:00:47

I watched Primeval last night. It's total shite, but Connor is lovely wink

zukiecat Wed 22-Jun-11 10:12:45

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GabbyLoggon Wed 22-Jun-11 10:14:10

yes, zukie 20 years ago I would have watched programmes like those on your list.

TheCrackFox Wed 22-Jun-11 10:15:41

River City? Really?

StanHouseMuir Wed 22-Jun-11 10:20:00

If I had my way I would remove all TVs from our house. It's surprising how little you miss it when it's not there.

Euphemia Wed 22-Jun-11 10:20:01

I watch mainly American programmes these days. Thank goodness for Sky Atlantic!

Oh and all hail the talented team involved in Horrible Histories. grin Best. TV. Ever.

AmazingBouncingFerret Wed 22-Jun-11 10:21:23

I would watch more TV if companies actually put on interesting, intelligent dramas/comedies. The more they churn out cheap to produce crap such as reality shows the less I watch.

Seem to be relying more and more on American shows for quality nowadays.

TimeWasting Wed 22-Jun-11 10:23:00

I watch far too much and hate it. It's addictive. I'm looking forward to getting rid of the damn thing soon.

GabbyLoggon Wed 22-Jun-11 10:23:58

QWe do watch

Panorama if its a good subject.

Kids/animals do the funniest things.

TV news.

Newsnight some nights.

Some footie and other sport.

Stewart Lee comic. Just finished a series.
#
some X-factor and BGT

zukiecat Wed 22-Jun-11 10:27:41

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bumblingbovine Wed 22-Jun-11 10:32:04

Dh and I tend to watch an episode from specific DVD sets we buy or rent. so maybe 1 or 2 (usually 1) episodes an evening (so between 45 mins and 1.5 hours) . We don't do this evey evening though, maybe 3-5 times a week

We have just finished series 1 of Spartacus and are also in the middle of series 2 of Heroes.

I was also watching Brothers and Sisters, the Good Wife and Parenthood ont he evenings where we don't wats a dvd. The first two have just finished sad so just watching the last one now. Dh doesn't watch these at all.

Overall Dh watches less than 1 hour a night across the week, I probably watch a bit more than an hour a day but nowhere near 2.

Quenelle Wed 22-Jun-11 10:51:39

At the moment we watch:

The Apprentice and The Apprentice You're Fried

I watch The Good Wife but DH doesn't like it.

Erm...

That's about it at the moment. The problem is finding something we both like. We do watch stuff on BT Vision, but there's not much there we both like either, except The Sopranos. We'll probably dig the Frasier box sets out and start from the beginning.

We love a good comedy but there aren't any about at the moment. If we had Paramount we'd probably be glued for the night.

Insomnia11 Wed 22-Jun-11 10:55:26

There's more to do nowadays.

Last night I watched the news and Today at Wimbledon FWIW.

I nearly typed Toady at Wimbledon. That would be even better. "Poop Poop!"

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