There are two kinds of Aussie movies. The postcard to Australia one and the new wave of darker movies, like Lantana, Animal Kingdom and Hard Candy. But in the 1980s Hollywood only had eyes for Mel Gibson and the brief supernova that was Paul Hogan, the genial Aussie stereotype men want to be and the alpha male women secretly want. His co-star in Crocodile Dundee, the beautiful Linda Kozlowski, did have him, Hogan dumping his wife for the exotic blonde. For a brief spell in the 1980s he was the darling of the Award ceremonies, somewhat absurdly nominated for an Oscar for writing Dundee. Unlike Gibson, a blue collar guy through and through, painting the Sydney Harbor Bridge for a living. Gibson, on the other hand, was born in New York and left when he was ten, in stage school by his 17th birthday. Hogan didn’t get on TV until he was 31, 46 when he appear in the movies.
Charlie (Hogan) is down in the dumps after losing his wife. Son Boots (Shane Jacobsen) decides to pull him out of the rut by take dad fishing, tricking him into a road trip to the northern tip of Australia. Dad always promised to take him to Cape Tribulation and Boots is going to hold him to it.
Pop doesn’t play ball early on and wants to go home and sulk. But once they roll into Queensland he is more on board and the father son bonding begins. On the way they pick up pretty hitchhiker Jess (Morgan Griffin), who has boyfriend troubles but helping the boys to come to terms with their loss as the road trip antics pile up, everything from a giant Koala, crazy yute drivers and a rodeo to negotiate between them and a safe arrival at the Cape.
Crocodile Dundee (1987) has made $383 million dollars to date. Charlie & Boots did just $2.633 in America, Hogan’s star long since dimmed. But I loved Crocodile Dundee and so why not see what the old man is up to, no better man than Paul Hogan to take you on an Oz nostalgia store.
It’s not brilliant and Hogan only really does comedy and so not very convincing as the grief stricken hubby early on. There is no chemistry between father and son but once the two hit the road the humor peps up. But it’s never more than a 3 star movie and the token totty of the hitchhiker and the barrage of sexist Aussie stereotypes do check the movie at regular intervals. All the Queensland women are rougher than sandpaper on a Kangaroos ass (fair comment) and at one point we even had corks on the hat. The only cliché we didn’t get was the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Charlie & Boots is pure Aussie nostalgia and a gentle buddy movie that will just about entertain but the beautiful and almost untouched Aussie countryside always the star of their movies.
The BBC is a channel that's been around for years now, and is the reason we pay a TV licence, to keep it ad free . But is the £140 a year fee justified - are they giving us enough quality content ?
I have to say that as someone who is currently unemployed, I find that the selection of programmes available to watch in the daytime is pretty dire . Now, if you like antiques or house programmes, you'll be in your element here, with shows such as Bargain Hunt, Homes under the Hammer, Cash in the Attic, and Escape to the Country taking up most of the schedule . These shows must appeal to some people (in fact, my mum really enjoys them) but not to me . I'd really like to see some good drama inserted into the schedule somewhere .
After that we come to the kids TV programmes. Now, whilst these aren't to my personal taste (and I happen to have digital so have the CBBC and Cbeebies channels already) I do think this is a welcome inclusion . OK, so my family watch it on the dedicated CBBC channel, but for people without a digital TV package, it's great to have a bit of timing in the schedule for the kids . It's good to see that classics such as Blue Peter and Newsround are still about, as well as newer shows such as Grandpa in my pocket and Gigglebiz.
Then we go onto the weakest link (repeats, blah) followed by the news, then the local news, then the One Show. And then, depending on the day, I finally get something nice and dramatic . EastEnders is on most nights, and I do love a good bit of soap misery. Then, on Tuesdays,. I get Holby City also, and on Wednesdays I get no EastEnders, but I do get Waterloo Road .
At weekends, I get the double delights of Doctor Who and Casualty on a Saturday - and absolutely naff all on a Sunday .
At most, I get 2 hours of good entertainment out of the channel on a good day , which is a real shame. I don't know if anyone else remembers, but when I was a child one of the highlights of a Sunday was a half hour episode of a classic children's story, and I would watch eagerly each week for the next bit . I saw The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe like this, and also Five Children and It . I wonder where this went - as a child it was the highlight of my week .
It seems that the BBC lacks original content a lot of the time, with most shows being about houses, antiques, z-list celebrities dancing on ice, or a load of brassy birds auditioning to be in a musical.
And, although the BBC is apparently advert free, they feel the need to display the BBC one logo, with swimming hippos or lawn mowing housewives between each programme, to remind us which channel we are watching . You know, I'd rather have an advert that told me something about something than a pointless screen saver.
The BBC has some good programmes, but sadly (at least for my personal taste) they take up very little of the schedule, with the rest full of tedious unimaginative crap. And this tedious crap I am obliged to pay for .I wouldn't mind if the BBC produced more good quality dramas, or some interesting documentary's, but sadly for the amount of BBC programming I watch, I don't think this is good value .
However, the TV licence is not the topic of this review, so taking that out of the equation, I'm awarding three stars to the BBC . It has some good stuff, but most of it bores me .
BBC One has been established for just less than 75 years and is still producing many television programmes of various genres, in order to provide for different audiences. But is it doing enough? Has BBC considered everyone when scheduling their television? I spent this afternoon researching into the channel...
====Children's TV Programmes====
Between 3.05pm and 5.15pm on a weekday, BBC One plays a variety of programmes aimed at children. The main programmes that are on from Monday to Friday are 3rd and Bird, Dirtgirlworld, Dennis & Gnasher, Shaun the Sheep, Muddle Earth and Newsround. The shows are usually linked together by a few moments with the CBBC presenters - a diverse range of vibrant, overly enthusiastic young men and women.
3rd and Bird is an animated series aimed at pre-school children. The voices of the characters sound like young children. I find it quite sweet, but I don't think I could stand it being on everyday! BBC One claims that in every episode the characters "learn lessons about diversity, tolerance or perseverance."
Dirtgirlworld encourages youngsters to care for the environment, whilst Muddle Earth and Dennis the Gnasher are cartoons aimed at the slightly older child.
Shaun the Sheep is quite entertaining for a wider range of ages and created by Aardman Animations - makers of Wallace and Gromit.
Through researching the main programmes the BBC offers for children, it is clear to me that the focus is too heavily on animation. I'd like to see more quality children's drama like The Sarah Jane Adventures.
However, most of the shows are educational in some way, without boring its young viewers. Newsround is probably the prime example of this. It presents the news in a way that interests our youth and encourages them to get involved in the show.
I also feel slightly let down by the total abundance of children's television at the weekend. Thankfully, Doctor Who will soon be starting again on a Saturday evening, but whatever happened to Live & Kicking!?
====BBC News and Weather====
BBC One provides both regional and national news shows at various times of the day and is accompanied by a great website.
They stick to a fail-safe, classic way of delivering the news to their audience, with headlines, followed by a more in-depth analysis of the news, which sometimes include interviews.
The presenters remain neutral, politically and otherwise, unless they are on regional news where, understandably, they promote local people and events.
I can't help but notice though, that the women are all slim and pretty, whilst most of the men are ageing and not very attractive! Hardly seems fair...
Recently, BBC News has gone down in my estimations, after misreporting statistics from a Unite Against Fascism protest I attended this weekend. On the other hand, I was surprised to see the Sky News report was much more balanced and accurate.
Great Britain is renowned for being a country of rain, rain and more rain, with our very changeable weather. I suppose it is a difficult job to accurately report on the future weather, but I just wish they got it right more often!
====Drama on BBC One====
As some of you will already know, EastEnders is one of my favourite programmes and is one of the most popular on BBC One. Episodes air four evenings a week, with an omnibus on Sunday.
For its 25th anniversary, EastEnders did a live episode which revealed who killed Archie Mitchell. Nearly 17 million viewers tuned in that night, compared to their usual 10.8 million.
I think EastEnders is great at consistently producing quality, realistic drama. The acting is mostly at a very high standard and it tackles some very important issues, alongside everyday matters that we can all relate to.
The daytime Soap on BBC One is Doctors, which has just reached its 10th Anniversary with just under 3 million viewers.
I think Doctors does the best it can with a much lower budget. It has tried a few different ways of filming and storytelling and has also covered some important topics. It is not nearly as captivating as EastEnders, but is still rather watchable and throws a bit of medical education into the drama!
===Casualty and Holby City===
I don't take much interest in these two programmes, finding them a bit repetitive and samey.
I know they're not always medically accurate, but I think they do the best. The acting is quite good and there are often great special effects. I should think this attracts a similar audience to ITV1's The Bill.
I have mentioned this already, but Doctor Who returns very soon and our family can't wait. I believe this is the best show for the whole family to watch. There is a great mix of science fiction adventure and human relationships. Doctor Who often tackles issues like racism and war in an entertaining and thought-provoking way.
There are some other great dramas I have seen on BBC One, for example, Torchwood, Lark Rise to Candleford and Mutual Friends. But there just aren't enough of these types of programmes! I really think that BBC One must continue focusing on this area and improving the regularity and quality of dramas.
I find that daytime television on BBC One doesn't compare well with their rivals at ITV, who have the greatly popular This Morning and Loose Women under their belts.
There are several programmes about making money at auctions and a couple more about houses. Not my kind of entertainment!
Although they have recently started showing a new series of Missing, which I find a little more worthwhile.
In the light entertainment category comes The Weakest Link and Mastermind, which have remained the same for a number of years. The quiz show format goes down quite well in the early evening.
The One Show is a magazine-style programme that has cropped up over the last couple of years. Presented by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley, they interview various celebrities, discuss relevant topics and educate their audience on history, gardening, nature, the environment and science. I think The One Show is quite a good idea, but for me the show can be dull one day and really interesting the next, depending upon what they have planned.
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross is a late-night programme that interviews stars from both the UK ans America. They have some brilliant guests and I always find it enjoyable to watch.
Jonathan Ross, as we all know, has received various criticisms over the past year, but I still find him humorous and entertaining.
Reality TV shows like Strictly Come Dancing and Andrew Lloyd's Webber's searches for musical stars are, in my opinion, much better than those you will find on other channels. I'm not entirely sure where all the profits from votes are going, but on the whole they are pretty good entertainment that the whole family can experience.
====Is the TV licence good value for money?====
Last year one would expect to pay £142.50 for their annual TV license. This money is mostly used to fund all BBC services, including their TV channels, radio stations and the website.
When considering a person's opinion on the Television Licence, I would say that, generally, people tend to fall into these three groups:
* People who are against this fee being a legal requirement and believe it should be optional.
* Some believe the cost should be lower in order to make it better value
* Those who are content with the service, feeling reasonably happy to pay the cost.
I fall into the last group, particularly with the company's efforts to make it affordable for all, with a variety of payment schedules to break down the cost. I know this is a subject that can cause a lot of debate amongst members of the public, so to keep a bit of focus to my review, I have decided not to go into this issue in too much detail.
Overall, I believe that BBC One has a handful of TV programmes that the whole family will enjoy, with the rest being aimed at specific audiences.
I think that children have a good range of programmes in the small slot they have, but this should include more shows with real people in them, rather than animals or animations.
There are very few things that are aimed specifically at the elderly, but I suppose BBC One presume that they enjoy the selection of daytime programmes provided, alongside evening programmes, like EastEnders.
Again, I can't think of anything in BBC One that is aimed at minority groups, but a lot of their programmes, namely EastEnders and Doctor Who, incorporate characters of all different ethnicities, religions, both sexes, those with disabilities and characters of most sexual orientations (although I am yet to see a transgender character). I believe this helps to tackle discrimination and makes acceptance of different individuals more likely in society. In my opinion, it is particularly good for children to have a wide variety of role models when they're growing up.
For adults, I can see there is a wide range of different programmes, so I suspect everyone will discover something they enjoy on BBC One.
BBC One always goes that extra mile to support charities, with big events held every year for Sport Relief, Comic Relief and Children In Need. They do very well to utilise celebrity faces in order to encourage the British Public to fundraise and sponsor.
I am certain that BBC One is a very good quality channel and is in fact the most watched in the UK. Naturally, not everything on there is to my taste, but it is the channel that I place the most faith in.
The BBC in general is possibly the biggest waste of money one can have and sadly for us all we are forced to pay for it whether we like it or not, which other company would get away with forcing people to pay for its services even though they didn't need or want them?
BBC 1 is a prime example of what a waste of money the licence fee is, my wife watches Eastenders for some strange reason but other than that we watch absolutely nothing on BBC 1 these days and the reason why is simple, there is nothing worth watching.
Their daytime TV is atrocious and come evening time you get nothing much better, I mean with programmes like Cash in the attic, Bargain Hunt, murder She Wrote, and their attempt at football coverage with the likes of match of the day.
When it comes to live football or other sports they struggle badly to get the rights to anything worth watching and the only thing I did enjoy on the BBC sport wise was their snooker coverage but this has been far surpassed by Eurosport, so I no longer watch that on the BBC either.
As for movies well that is the biggest joke of all, you have got no chance of seeing a movie on BBC 1 unless it is at least six years old and every other channel has lost interest in it, I mean take last night's late movie for instance, the ancient and awful "arachnophobia".
BBC 1 and the rest of what the BBC has to offer is not a service I want nor one that I would recommend to anyone yet here we all are having to pay through the nose for it and with no option to opt out, many would say Sky TV is a waste of money or that Sky Sports and Sky movies were overpriced but the one main difference is f you don't want them then you simply do not pay for them but with the BBC they have got you by the short and curly`s, if you own a TV set you have to pay for their tripe.
When I started writing this I was thinking I would have to give the BBC 1 channel two stars because they do produce Eastenders which my wife watches and does seem to do well with ratings but I have become so maddened thinking about giving them cash for a service I do not want, I have decided to give them the single star that I think they deserve for robbing me blind.
I mean imagine going into Asda and a shop assistant filing your trolley with stuff you didn't want and forcing you to pay for it, do you think they would get away with that!
I guess most discussions or reviews of BBC1 inevitably focus on the debate over the funding of the whole of the BBC and with BBC1 the flagship of the whole corporation as it is the one that attracts the most viewers although I daresay that the BBC website in its various guises probably has by far the greater audience on a daily basis.
I'm not one of those that slams BBC1 as I think it produces some of the best TV around and is far superior to its main rival the rather trashy and down market ITV with its obsession with ratings and advertising revenue that is why you get dross like X Factor on the station.
BBC1 has been resposnible for some of my all time favourite comedy shows like Porridge, Dads Army and Only Fools and Horses which are pure genius and shows that are unlikely to ever be matched again which is a shame but shows these days, especially comedy shows never seem to have the creative writing legs to match their longevity, mind you Porridge only managed two series.
The other strength of the BBC is in the quality of its nature programmes such as Blue Planet and Earth, these shows would never get made by commercial channels due to the risks and BBC1 is the place gto go for such quality. I also find the news service to be excellent on BBC1 and it is a station I can trust for my news rather than the bias you get on Sky with Murdoch pulling the strings.
It is not all good, the show does pander to the ratings as well with soaps like Eastenders which leave me cold but then variety is the spice of life and it does have a need to cater for all tastes I guess.
I remember when BBC1 was one of the 3 only channels there was to watch, oops I am showing my age, but in those times I found it a very good channel and I have watched it ever since and found it to be exellent.
Now it is one of hundreds of available channels to watch but it is a popular one and it does lots of variety of programmes, although some of them are repeats but I myself do not mind that as long as it is not everyday, but they do tend to repeat alot nowadays.
They do soap operas, Eastenders probably being the most popular, they do documentaries, and they do home programmes which I love to watch during the day, they do some history ones too and alot of the programmes can be informative, which is good, they also do sports when they are say the Olympics or World Cup, that kind of thing, they have a nice cookery programme I love to watch on a Saturday called Saturday Kitchen and it is super.
They have the news programme breakfast show on until 9.15am and then they start the usual morning programmes, which tend to be the same but rotated and not always repeated.
A good channel to watch and it can be found on 1 on freeview and 101 on Sky, they do not have any advertisment breaks on this channel which can be a bonus, but sometimes the programmes can be quite long and a short break inbetween would be good, but only for a couple of minutes in my opinion, just to have small break.
The programme has some nice presenters, on the DIY ones they can be quite humourous which I find myself good as I love to see alot of humour put into a programme, and this channel does that at times but not always enough.
They tend to do the same kind of morning programmes that capture the audience, I myself like these programmes but I know alot of people who find it boring, each to their own but nowadays you can soon find another channel to watch if you do not like one.
I like this channel and it suits my programme choices, and I do not mind a repeat so long as it is not all the time as we now can tape programmes and do not need it.
Good channel to watch.
The BBC stands for British Broadcasting Corporation. It is a TV channel that shows many British TV shows, and a few select international shows. I only tune into the BBC occasionally because as a TV channel, it just doesn't do enough to inspire a range of people, and the range of shows and programmes are very limited.
The BBC are however one of the most reliable channels, and I've rarely had a problem with the reception.. whilst other channels sometimes filter out over heavy rain and storms.
Despite the lack of commercial adverts, the amount of times "Being Human" is advertised on BBC is just as annoying. There are SOME quite interesting commercial ads out at the moment, such as the Volvo one, and the fact that BBC's stand on no adverts is supposed to appeal backfires. However, the amount of annoying adverts we do miss from watching BBC is in some way good (Go Compare).
Most importantly, what shows are on BBC? Apart from the news, a string of property programmes and documentaries, you'll be pleased to know that they do have SOME good TV Shows. My personal favourites are Heroes (before it got bad), Nature Documentaries such as Planet Earth, Springwatch etc. They do a range of British Soaps such as Eastenders, but I'm really uninterested. Also added to the schedule are some comedy talk shows and so on. Overall, I'm not a great fan of the shows on BBC but I can see how some people can like them; it just doesn't appeal to me enough. Nonetheless, I would go to the BBC for their news and weather programmes! Once in a blue moon, they also show some decent films, but this is rare compared to other channels.
And comparing it to other channels we shall. In this day and age, the battle for consumerism and the brand is very important. Out of the thousands of channels that exist, they have to fight for viewers, and I really don't think BBC stands a chance in this battle. Compared to ITV and Channel 4, BBC is perhaps in the middle, with Channel 4 ruling the roost. What has BBC got to learn from Channel 4?
Channel 4 shows a range of up to date and modern programmes that are popular and are mostly US hits. It is a HIT for a reason, and they made the right move showing them. They have UK shows as well and have a very solid afternoon line-up (countdown, deal or no deal etc...) which the BBC lack. The variety that Channel 4 presents is much greater than BBC and I think that is where the BBC is empty and must improve on.
Overall, The BBC is a respectable TV channel that really lacks an up to date line up of shows, and perhaps have an image of old fashionedness. They are great with their news updates and the documentaries, but when it comes to hit dramas and entertainment shows, it just doesn't appeal to me as much as other channels. Nonetheless, I do tune in every so often, but no more than necessary. Background telly is reserved for Channel 4.
BBC 1 was launched way back in 1936. The corporation is funded by the public paying A TV licence fee. The licence issue has always come under a fair bit of scrutiny over the years. Many people think it should be scrapped, and therefore we should have a choice to weather we watch it or not. Personally I think nowadays the licence fee of around £107 is definitely worth it.
Over the last few years or so The BBC have branched out into more digital channels such as BBC 3 and BBC4, but BBC1 has always and still is the 'flagship station'.
The programme catergories are: SPORT, NEWS AND WEATHER, DRAMA, COMEDY, DOCUMENTARIES and of course REALITY TV
Always been my channel for sport. Think that's probably due to the fact there's no commercial break half way through a sporting event. On the commercial channels this is very irritating and puts me off completely. BBC1 analysis has more substance to it than ITV. The punditry stuff is always more entertaining than it's counterpart.
COMEDY AND DRAMA has shown some ground breaking programmes over the years. Some of the best sitcoms of all time have been pioneered here. ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES, FAWLTY TOWERS, THE OFFICE and many more. Sustainable, good quality drama such as DR WHO, SOAPS SUCH AS EASTENDERS AND OTHER POPULAR DRAMAS LIKE CASUALITY AND HOLBY CITY
NEWS AND WEATHER is really much of a muchness as far as I'm concerned and REALITY TV on any channel would would bring on the nausea!
WILDLIFE DOCUMENTARIES WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH have always been excellent. Great visual material and of course legendary narration from the man himself.
Sometimes it's hard to justify some of the salaries given out to BBC CELEBRITIES. When Jonathan Ross leaves in the summer, I'm sure eveyone's licence fee could be reduced!
The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) launched BBC One in 1936 with a different name; BBC Television Service it was renamed to BBC1 in 1964 with the introduction of BBC Two (then changed again from BBC'1' to BBC 'One' in 1997 for some reason)
BBC One is its main broadcasting channel.
The channel like all BBC television services (I believe) is paid for by the British public through the TV license which is under £150 at the moment. Which means we get to watch programmes All. The. Way. Through. With out any adverts at all (still get some trailers in between programmes promoting other BBC programmes/ services but that's acceptable)
So what does it show? Pretty much everything; News. Chat shows. Educational shows. Films. Dramas (usually costume). Kids programming. Sport (recently the league cup final). Soaps (East Enders and other dross). And Comedy (nearly all of it bad).
Is it any good? Well yes and no. The range is so diverse obviously you won't like everything but for me personally I have to side a little on the 'no' side. It's just all a little too eager to please for my taste, it's not edgy and a lot of the time it's not interesting.
The comedies like My Family or Vicar of Dibley are just so unfunny I want to shoot myself. The Soaps are just embarrassing in their plotlines and the acting is often very shocking (I only watch when I have to I promise).
Obviously it's about personal taste and to me watering down programs so the whole family can watch just destroys any semblance of reality (no swearing in the dramas and soaps! But murder and teenage pregnancy that's fine) and the entertainment shows all seem to be about dancing for some reason.
I love the odd games of football the channel shows but Sky has the majority of games unfortunately, I like the snooker coverage and the tennis but they could do with showing a bit more. Other shows I watch include Planet Earth, Jonathon Ross, Have I got News For You, Gavin and Stacey and that is it. A poor return for £150 quid for me personally but I do recognise that the channel isn't really for my demographic and I do watch a lot of the news on so its useful for that (and tele text too), also a huge majority of the programmes have subtitles which is nice of them.
An ok channel showing programmes made mainly for people who like their comedy, drama and entertainment to sit firmly in the middle of the road - which you have to pay for as well. But I would readily pay more if they decided to be more adult orientated and edgy.
BBC1 is the main/flagship channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The channel was launched in 1936 and was the world's first regular public television channel to be broadcasted. Like the other BBC channels, it is completely funded by TV licence payers money which means there are no commercial adverts during or in between programmes like on other channels such as ITV.
The channel has a range of programmes which are meant to cater for young and old as well as a variety of tastes or well that is the idea. There are children's programmes on usually from around 3pm -5pm during weekdays under the CBBC/Cbeebies name on BBC 1. There are also a number of daytime programmes which include the likes of bargain hunt and homes under the hammer , Doctors and US classic Diagnosis Murder.
The drama programmes include the likes of Eastenders and Casualty. There are also quite a few entertainment shows such as Strictly Come Dancing. I watch some of these from time to time but would not call myself a regular viewer of these shows.
The programmes I most regularly watch are the sports ones and especially Match of the Day which is probably in my opinion the best programme on the BBC. There is also football focus on a Saturday but this has a rival now with the Sky Sports news channel. The BBC have also got formula one back on the channel and that has been a plus for them as well.
The BBC recently has decided to scrap some of its niche radio stations which are 6music and Asian Network. Jay Sean, a now mainstream Asian singer from the Uk who recently had a number 1 in the US like many others have been angry with the decision.
"I can't believe they're trying to shut it down," he wrote on Twitter. "This is crazy. We (Asians) have no mainstream platforms as it is."
I think they could have saved these stations or at least if they are going to have an overhaul they should do it with some of their BBC TV programmes as well. It should also aim to appeal to a wider demographic and alot of the programmes do not generally do this. There are some popular ones like Eastenders but the actual quality of the shows overall has probably gone down in recent years in my opinion.
There are extra BBC channels as well such as BBC 3 and BBC4 and I wonder how popular many of the programmes on there actually are as I don't tend to watch them and don't hear alot about them. There may be a few decent shows but they could be moved to the main channels (BBC 1 and 2).
Overall the channel is half decent and there are a few good programmes but overall it can and should be better than it currently is.
To give this review some context, I generally watch BBC2 and Channel 4. I don't watch a lot of TV anymore and just stick with downloads or IPlayer as I'm just quite fed up with the output, frankly. I very rarely watch BBC1, because it is quite a "stodgy" channel compared to its more adult-friendly BBC2, and doesn't provide enough jusification for its own existence, in my opinion. For sure, I can't see where the rather extortionate TV license fee has gone in the last year...
It is difficult to think of a show that I ever regularly watch on BBC1, and the first things that come to mind when I think of the channel are some of my most despised shows, such as the dreadful Eastenders. While I recognise that it is popular, I just don't find it entertaining in any way. The only show that instantly comes to mind as watchable is The Weakest Link, and even that I can really give or take, because it's perhaps been over-exposed and Anne Robinson's evil gimmick has been done to death.
I can see how BBC1 appeals to middle-class families with very middle-of-the-road tastes, in that you'll be hard-pressed to find any programming with gratuitous swearing, violence or sex, but for people who want more out of their TV or want something that's intellectually engaging, it's just dead in the water. For someone that has been reared on gritty American dramas that aren't afraid to push the envelope, this is a channel that has very little appeal for me, and it's as though for fear of offending the tax payer, they've selected the most inane and harmless shows possible.
Although there aren't any adverts due to the TV licence subsiding it, I'd rather sit through adverts if it means I get something with more bite.
Every Christmas I look forward to watching BBC1. This year was a very bad year for the channel. I am a big fan of Doctor Who but even I began to feel that the station has given up on it's ambition to provide quality and diversity and has opted to promote the timelord at the expense of everything else. I was also very sad that on certain days over the holidays BBC seemed to be broadcasting literally back-to-back Hollywood movies and very few British ones. I thought the BBC was intending to promote more British movies but this Christmas, except for a few classic films, there was no showing of support for the UK film industry, which is odd as many are actually funded by the BBC. The overall schedule for BBC1 over Christmas were bad. The BBC seemed to be spreading itself too thinly this year. There was no theme, just a mix of this and that and no evidence the corporation is taking seriously the valid criticism it has been getting over the last few years from media and parliament regarding it's quality.
I do watch quite a lot of television and the channels I tend to watch the most are ITV1 and Channel 4, I also like ITV2 and BBC3. The channel I don't seem to watch very much is BBC1. There are some unmissable programmes that come from this channel but the majority of them just don't appeal to me.
One of the biggest problems I have with this channel is this is one of the main reasons we pay our TV licence, to fund this channel. At over £130 a year I think I'd rather watch adverts than pay it. If you had the choice to either pay the licence or don't have BBC then I think I could definitely live without it.
Compared to ITV I just don't think the BBC can compete, both channels have the news, I think ITV news is so much better. The daytime programmes on BBC aren't as good as on ITV, neither are the evening ones. When it comes to battle of the soaps I think Eastenders is the worst soap there is, I used to watch it but I don't bother any more, it is too extreme, miserable and far fetched. It really annoys me that Eastenders always wins all the awards when it is rubbish.
On an average weekday morning BBC 1 shows programmes like; Homes Under The Hammer and To Buy Or Not To Buy. I like the house programmes but I don't like things like Car Booty and Bargain Hunt which follow. After the lunchtime news there is a kind soap on called Doctors, I've never watched this. They then seem to show Murder She Wrote repeats, this programme is so old.
At tea time The Weakest Link is on, I don't mind this but prefer Goldenballs. The news is then on again and at 7 o'clock The One Show is on. I've heard this is a good show but being a fan of the soaps I'm always watching Coronation Street and Emmerdale at this time.
On an evening they have different programmes on every night but I never watch BBC on a night, none of their dramas or documentaries appeal to me, I might occassionally watch Crimewatch but that's about it.
Even though I never watch BBC1 there are 3 great shows on this channel that I think are great. I always try and watch Strictly Come Dancing on a saturday, I like this show. The Apprentice has got to be one of the best programmes on TV and I also really like Gavin and Stacey. The last two programmes though didn't even start on BBC1 though, they were just moved there when they were shown to be successsful on BBC2 and BBC3.
Overall I am not BBC1's biggest fan, there are much better channels showing much better programmes. I will watch the occassional programme but could easily live without it. Definitely not worth £135 a year!
TV is advancing. It seems that every time I have a browse through the umpteen channels available to me, there is another one that has popped up. This gives you more variety. Sure, most of these channels are onea I wouldn't even look at twice, but if I wanted to, they're there.
So, where does this leave the thing that started it all: BBC 1? Well, this is one of the main reasons we pay our TV licence fee. Forget about all the salaries at the Beeb, as it is known: it's the funding of the shows on BBC 1 and other channels that our licence fee goes towards. So, this in effect makes it a channel that it costs to watch, right?
Well, in a way. So, what does BBC 1 have to offer? Well, we have the prime time slots where you get the hard hitting dramas, documentaries, topical programmes. Then there are the soaps such as Eastenders; there is the 9 o'clock news; the trashy daytime TV shows that are, for some reason, mesmerising; and kids TV in the afternoon.
Is there anything special about any of this any more? I find that every channel has something different to offer. Saturdays are a joy on TV for me. Once I have woken from my slumber, I love to watch Football Focus around midday, and then there's Grandstand, which usually has a good variety of sport, including some major event. Then the evening comes, and I'm quite happy to watch Merlin followed by Strictly Come Dancing.
Sundays aren't quite so good, although the recapture from ITV of the Formula 1 Grand Prix season has been a big bonus, particularly as we can now watch the races without having to endure aad breaks right at the crucial moments. And it's perhaps the lack of advertising that is quite appealing to me. The fact that you can get an entire programme without fear of your concentration wavering because you have to put up with 5 minutes of washing powder and gravy ads, right in the middle of a sporting event or a good film.
The BBC has this very much in its favour, but we do have to pay for it with our licence fee. Sure, this fee also enables us to watch TV full stop. No channels would be available without it, and it's important to realise that every channel is in the same boat, and it's not fair to sound out BBC 1 or even 2 for that matter.
However, the thing is that there are so many other channels that are easily accessible without having to pay too much more that have just as good entertainment, news and the like on them. ITV naturally is the closest rival, but the Sky specific channels as well as things such as Watch and Alibi are also streaking up behind, with Dave quite a popular channel too. The sport is mainly restricted to the Sky and Setanta channels, and even Channel 5 has the only 'terrestrial' coverage of US sports.
So, BBC 1, for me, still has a lot of appeal. Topical 'The One Show' is enjoyable and entertaining, and Friday night with Jonathan Ross I like too. Graham Norton is airing his current chat show, and that's good too, and there are other programmes that are far more appealing than other channels, at times. But it is fast becoming just as entertaining to watch any old channel, and now, instead of browsing by channel, I look for a programme I want to watch, and don't really take heed of the channel.
BBC 1, you have shone for years, and you still shine......a lot of the time. But the pretenders to the throne aren't pretenders any more. You are good, but so are all the others. I still recommend it for many shows, and for the lack of advertising, but it takes equal stakes in my TV watching time now.
Me and the BBC did not get off to the best of starts when I was old enough to be fully irritated by the fact that my license fee funds solely them. So perhaps I should take that into account when reviewing the channel.
The BBC offers a very mixed bag of programmes to be honest. The morning part of the schedule is the usual mix of day time television but for some bizarre reason I actually find that I enjoy watching the house programmes.
I have put this down to a blip in my faculties and thankfully normal service is resumed by the fact that I can't stand any of the offerings afterwards which include Cash In The Attic, Bargain Hunt, Murder She Wrote. In fact it's a mix of the mundane old repeats and the newer even more mundane bore shows.
In fact the BBC doesn't seem to offer one show during the week which is a must see show. The closest it gets to this is the long running Eastenders soap show and still to this day I am not sure if I really like it, or whether it's just force of habit.
The weekends don't seem to improve the lineup too much either. As I have mentioned before, I am a huge sports fan but the BBC does very little to quench that thirst as it's weekend view puller or former view puller Grand Stand becomes less relevant as they struggle to secure any sports event of any real interest.
Match Of The Day thankfully provides an hour or a little more decent entertainment but other than that, I struggle for anything particularly positive to say about the BBC's lineup. This could be a signal for me once again to launch into a verbal diatribe regarding how the licence fee doesn't represent any kind of value for money but I won't go there.