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BillHadersNewWife · 22/11/2019 14:10

I can't stand it....never could. I do it from time to time to please DH or the kids but really, it annoys me badly. I hate the way other people will speak during a show....or move their mug and stop me from hearing what's being said...or suddenly want to pause it etc.

If I watch alone, there are no interruptions....I DO watch with DD because she likes it a lot...and I don't show my annoyance but GOD! I like being alone for TV and films!

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Orangeblossom78 · 22/11/2019 14:12

It really annoys me when others chat about it and go on and on, otherwise I think it is nice to share watching stuff when people are so often on their own screens these days


KittenLedWeaning · 22/11/2019 14:15

YANBU. I watch very specific programmes (i.e. I am not a watch-for-the-sake-of-it channel hopper) and I want to hear them in full - not someone else yakking on, typically at a critical moment.

Nothing more annoying than an obvious joke in the making, then someone speaks so you miss the punchline; or a crucial reveal in a drama being drowned by someone commenting on the weather.


thenightsky · 22/11/2019 14:15

If I'm with other people, I find I need the subtitles on. Its like other people seem to absorb the sound too much Grin


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f00k · 22/11/2019 15:02

DS talks through everything! I love when he wants to watch something with me because there's only a few programmes we both like, but my god, the talking! We're both really into Junior Bake Off at the moment but I'm always missing what's been said because he comments on everything or tells me what's happening even though I'm watching! Then we both miss what it is they've been told to bake so we're both clueless! other than that I do love watching TV with him Grin


HurricaneWitch · 22/11/2019 15:46

I was watching TV with my parents over the weekend. As ever, we ended up watching a crime show.

Dad: "Have you seen this episode?"
Me: "No, I haven't."
Dad: "I think it's the one where they've chucked him down the well."



Pinkblueberry · 22/11/2019 15:52

It depends what I’m watching - some things I wouldn’t watch on my own because half the fun is chatting about/through it - stuff like strictly, and stuff like the crown where I want to follow and know what’s going on I prefer to watch by myself.


NearlyGranny · 22/11/2019 15:58

With DH it's smart or cynical comment. I allow him three before I will walk! He chooses carefully.

DD2 was a monster for this in the cinema when little. We had no TV at all until she was 3 and then it was only a videoplayer and screen, so perhaps she lacked experience of the medium. We saw The Secret Garden in a small cinema with a dozen others people and I was afraid someone was going to remove her bodily she asked so many questions. I couldn't make her stop!

The family joke forever now is her watching the four sisters all looking sad in Little Women and asking, "Is it their hair-washing night?" 🤦‍♀️


allfurcoatnoknickers · 22/11/2019 16:19

I agree. My Mum narrates the TV and it drives me nuts "Oh look, now he's getting in the car, I wonder where he's going. Oh, I don't like her dress, why would they put her in a dress like that" ARGHHHHHH.


WhentheRabbitsWentWild · 22/11/2019 16:25

@HurricaneWitch Grin

Reminds me of the time I was watching a two part mini series , The Ballad of Gary Gilmore, once . Had watched part 1 and my then DH came home and said what's this . I told him and he said "Oh, yea, they shot him in the end so he got his wish". I was gobsmacked as I had had no idea and not even seen part 2 at that point .


HurricaneWitch · 22/11/2019 18:50

@WhentheRabbitsWentWild 😁 It's maddening isn't it!


VirginiaCreeper · 22/11/2019 19:05

If anyone speaks while I'm watching tv I pause it until they have finished.


SimonJT · 22/11/2019 19:09

I hate people talking if I’m watching something (which isn’t that often), I recently had my boyfriend over who was speaking over the TV a little bit which I ignored, my so then pipped up “will you please shut up” I wonder where he got that from...


MrsBobBlackadder · 22/11/2019 19:12

@VirginiaCreeper that is exactly what I do. If I'm watching an hour-long programme with DH then it usually takes two hours Hmm

What really pisses me off is that I'm quiet during his stupid programmes.


Likethebattle · 22/11/2019 19:12

Mil does this especially if she can’t follow it. Like most things and will keep saying ‘do you know what happening I’m lost...did I tell you about Muriel...’ if you stopped gabbing you’d understand aaargh!


WhentheRabbitsWentWild · 23/11/2019 14:22

@HurricaneWitch , it most certainly is


GoGoLego · 23/11/2019 16:48

It annoys me when it's something like an interesting documentary or a drama where you need to concentrate on what's happening

I hate people who do a running commentary

However on the most part I find tv background noise anyway so don't mind talking


AloeVeraLynn · 23/11/2019 16:53

The passive aggressive pause is the best technique for this Grin they soon get the hint


ALongHardWinter · 23/11/2019 16:56

I know exactly what you mean OP. I prefer watching TV on my own. I had a particularly annoying ex who would start talking constantly the moment I tried to watch anything on TV. I swear he did it on purpose. One of a multitude of reasons that he's an ex.


Sweetpea55 · 23/11/2019 19:11

Stuff like The Crown I watch alone, fortunately DH works away all week so it's easy. If he watched it with me he would start making sarcastic comments and saying stuff like 'Who's that.' and ' What's she doing that for' I don't want to have to
explain every bloody thing every bloody time.


Zaphodsotherhead · 23/11/2019 19:17

The only thing I used to watch with XP was Doctor Who, because he just couldn't follow programmes, unless it was something with lots of blood, gore and explosions (ie, with not much plot to start with). He'd stay quiet, we'd get to the end of the Doctor, and then he'd look at me and say 'I didn't understand a word of that.'

It's a fucking kid's programme! And I'd have to go and explain the whole plot to him. Tbh, I think Ceebeebies would have challenged him too.


Proseccoinamug · 23/11/2019 19:36

I don’t like watching tv alone. I don’t take it in, my mind drifts. I need other people do keep me focused


gamerwidow · 23/11/2019 19:48

I like doing both. Dramas I like to watch by myself so I can take them in. Comedy I like to watch with DH so we can laugh together. Family shows like Series of Unfortunate Events or Good Omens I like to watch with DD so so we can share the show and talk about it later.

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