Yes, BBC2 is crap these days. We get the unfunny sitcoms, moronic
lifestyle shit, drama soaps, inappropriate sports, etc, that we've spent our
lives trying to avoid on other channels.
The following material has been on BBC2 between 1700 and midnight over the
last week or so: Some Mothers Do Have 'Em, Flog It!, As Time Goes By,
Delia's How To Cook, Escape To The Country, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Fresh
Prince Of Bel Air, Boxing, Weakest Link, What Not To Wear, Can't Take It
With You, As Time Goes By, three gardening programs in a row, X Files. And
if you think that's bad, take a look at the stuff in the afternoon. I would
guess that little or none of this material meets the original remit for BBC2
when the channel's rights to its broadcasting bandwith were originally
I suppose we should be grateful that we've still got programs like Horizon
and Timewatch, but even these aren't as good as they used to be. In
particular, the science content of Horizon has been dumbed down to such
neglible levels that it's a mere shadow of it's former self (and btw I wish
they would bring back its original rather haunting theme tune, and the
beautiful Carmina Burana theme for TW)
I'm sorry if I sound like an old nostalgia-isn't what-it-used to-be, but
BBC2 really did used to be really, really better.
It bought us: The original B&W Forsyte Saga, first class dramatisations of
many of the Hardy novels, Sartre's 'The Roads To Freedom', Kenneth Clark's
'Civilisation', Bronovsky's 'The Ascent Of Man', Galbraith's 'The Age Of
Uncertainty', all the Attenborough wildlife series (why is Charlotte
Uhlenbroecke on BBC1?), Ski Sunday in the days when it actually showed
breathtaking Alpine Ski racing and didn't waste time on ski holiday
lifestyle, French and German news broadcasts in their original langauges,
It's unfair to compare a lifetime of remembered highlights with one
presumably average week but just for the sake of argument, compare these two
lists, and you get a sense of why I'm having a rant.
It would be nice to have one channel, please just one, whose intellectual
content was guaranteed.
Post by Mark Carver
Post by Alan Pemberton
But the fact remains
that it shows the type of programme that BBC2 was set up for in the
nineteen-sixties. A proper public service broadcaster would have left
them there and set up a seedy digital channel for all the cheap
lifestyle crap instead of the other way around.
Quite ! I was amused by recent reports of the proposed ITV-3.
It was suggested that it could be ITV's version of BBC 4.
Well, C4 twenty years ago (when it was financed by ITV) was
ITV's version of the then BBC 2. Now of course much of C4's
programming is downmarket crap, that competes with all the
other junk on BBC 1 , 2, and ITV. BBC 1 is turning into ITV
(promos instead of ads). The only 'terrestrial' mainstream channel
trying to pull themselves upmarket is C5, though it's slow progress.