Tuesday, 13 September 2016

The Problem with TV

In the UK you need a TV licence to watch TV, so unless you use Netflix and the like, you have to pay up. This is something being given a renewed focus recently as the BBC are renewing their creative efforts and making you pay for BBC iPlayer.

Problem is, most British TV is terrible.

Take away sports and the news and the majority of TV is has been celebrities, barely competent contestants and terrible writing. The X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing, Great British Bake Off, Britain's Got Talent. Or day time TV like Loose Women and Jeremy Kyle. Then there are tired retreads like Still Open All Hours or Robot Wars. Or middle class masturbatory dramatisations of the British Empire and it's like in Victoria, Downton Abbey et al.

There is very little in the way of substance, in the way of interesting stories and compelling characters. There’s no Orange is the New Black, no Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. No Daredevil, no House of Cards, no Parks and Recreation. Even the English Office is terrible whereas the US Office is a classic example of great modern comedy.

Sits not all terrible; Doctor Who is good, Sherlock is good and the panel shows like QI are good. But Sherlock airs for three hours every two years and there's only so much one can take in terms of panel shows. Most British TV is made up of soap operas, reality shows and failed attempts at rebooting old classics. It has next to nothing to offer.

Until the likes of the BBC realise this, they will not have the young audience and, as their current audience literally dies out, they will find themselves in dire straits. Most young people want quality TV, until British TV creators give us this, we’ll stick with Netflix, Amazon and the like.

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