… umm … I won’t say there’s nothing on TV. It’s just not not-nothing.
There is much searching and changing of channels In this house and many shows are abandoned after the mandatory three minutes. I am working on it but the batteries in my remote have gone flat.
But I am on a mission.
A person I am closely related to, plus partner, has just returned from overseas. They are in hotel quarantine. There is only food and television to keep them occupied. I don’t feel too sorry for them as they are being well looked after – but they are bored.
They are relying on SBS and ABC for entertainment (otherwise known as the golden oldies). Just as an aside, the ABC is the only public service organisation that the Liberal party has left relatively untouched. The Coalition would lose its entire voting base if they tried to shut down either of these channels.
He-who-is-locked-away is watching Gardening Australia. How weird is life? If I had told my younger self that this was riveting stuff, I would have curled up in embarrassment and yet this is one of my all-time favourites. How retired am I?
I have mentioned Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds to him. I am confident it will go down well. I am expecting much gratitude and chocolates in the mail.
The TV gods are still sending me episodes of Taskmaster and QI. What would we do without these people and their complete understandIng of the elderly with no long term memory.
I have found two crime show on SBS: Masantonio (Italian) and Agatha Christie’s Criminal Games (French). Listen, neither of these shows is great but they ticks those boxes: no emotional involvement, likeable characters, obvious clues and a satisfying resolution. A little bit of fun for those who are desperate for a half an hour or so of fluff and escapism.
I do have a proper recommendation, though. I am watching The Durrells (ABC). It is based on the book My Family and Other Animals. It is the first book I ever remember reading, or having it read to me. A bit of this, a bit of the other. It was the one that started my life-long love affair with books. I don’t care how crappy the TV show could be, and it’s not btw, nothing could take away my enjoyment in it. Just let it be known that I might not be objective here.
Now, I would recommend The Dog House (Ch 10) – season 1 was excellent – but it has been taken over by tributes to Prince Philip. Not that I completely mind at the macro level, and, yes, it’s sad and momentous, but I don’t understand the logic of putting the same thing on on every channel. What is the thinking? Firstly, no-one is going to do this better than the ABC. Obviously. Fftt. And secondly, why would this enhance Ch 10’s ratings over Ch 9 or Ch 7? What could one channel say that is different to another? And thirdly, all channels? All day? Way to drive traffic to the streaming services. Even the most ardent of royalist has a limit.
So let me finish on a high note.