We need a few new television programmes. So here are a few ideas…

It’s safe to say that television is a victim of the lockdown. I’m watching too much of it. I’ve managed to resist daytime quiz shows thank God. But while there’s lots of good stuff on the box, there’s also a lot of dreadful rubbish.And the problem is, when you’re watching television every night – I … Continue reading We need a few new television programmes. So here are a few ideas…

There’s nothing on telly you say? Well, there’s Friends 16 times in a row for starters. But when I was a boy…

Lockdown. Can’t go to the pub. Can’t go to a gig. Can’t get into a restaurant. So we stay home, open a bottle of wine and watch television. And there’s shag all on. Yes, I know there’s stuff on Netflix and what not. But I’m talking here about the channels I get as part of … Continue reading There’s nothing on telly you say? Well, there’s Friends 16 times in a row for starters. But when I was a boy…

Me and television. It was just one disaster after another…I never really threatened Gay or Pat or Ryan…

I bet you didn’t know I had a career in television. I did indeed. I fact, it had Gay Byrne quaking in his boots…with laughter. Because almost every time a camera was pointed at me, I made a complete and utter eejit of myself. THE TALENT SHOW EXPERIENCE Back in the 80s,  I was invited … Continue reading Me and television. It was just one disaster after another…I never really threatened Gay or Pat or Ryan…

The world is changing quickly and it’s not all for the better.

Another year passes. And the world changes. From my teenage years when my father put a lock on the (old, Bakelite) ‘phone in the hall, to my own teenage daughter staring at her “mobile”* day in, day out. *(It’s not actually mobile. It’s portable. Sorry. I’m a pedant.) But in the past few years lots … Continue reading The world is changing quickly and it’s not all for the better.

Repeats are fine – but they’ve got to be good (I said repeats are fine but they’re got to be good)

I suppose the only way most major tv channels can keep going is to show us repeats. And repeats of repeats. It would be impossible for them to fund new programming for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (This is what people call 24/7 though I often wonder why they don’t call it … Continue reading Repeats are fine – but they’ve got to be good (I said repeats are fine but they’re got to be good)