I cudda been more specific with the title of this post. Could have said, “My Current Love Affair with the BBC“. But then at least half o’ wunna (and I being generous) wudda neva stop to peep at this post.
Sorry to disappoint!
Now that you’re here, please read on. 🙂
But yes, a period of subpar health created the opportunity for me to watch quite a bit of TV, which isn’t quite in-keeping with my 2019 “read more” goal, but it is what I could manage at the time. Never underestimate how taxing it can be to hold a book when one isn’t feeling 100%, let alone turn the pages and concentrate on what is being read.
What’s funny is that while living in the UK many, many moons ago, I did not really have much of an appreciation for the BBC channels. Granted there were far fewer channels on offer back then (dem got nuffffff now), but currently I am only moving between BBC one and BBC TWO… and I’m kinda hooked.
I put down my previous lack of enjoyment of the BBCs to: i) being less than ocularly encouraged by the bleak landscape and seeming lack of vibrancy on the sets of the TV shows (evidence for this being my greater tolerance of “Neighbours”, set in Australia and hence featuring sunshine, compared with sayyyyy, Coronation Street); ii) seeking familiarity and hence preferring to watch that which I was used to, namely North American TV shows and CBC Channel 8 (not sure if it was channel 8 back then but you know what I mean); iii) being a student at the time and having several alternatives to watching TV e.g. sitting in the kitchen, warming myself and melting Wispa chocolate bars on the radiator (yesss, cuz they taste so much better in a semi-molten state), awaiting a scrummy “student meal” like spaghetti with sweetcorn AND butter…with a “steak” from ASDA if yuh splurging and have the time (note, I was not a fan of the popular and much simpler meal of spuds and baked beans); playing Trivial Pursuit with whoever else was free and also seeking warmth and perhaps company in the kitchen; going out to catch a movie at the Odeon, to grab a meal (KFC usually cuz I was a student; Jade Garden and the Mark Addy as a treat), to go bowling or to the pub for a pint (pronounced “poinnnnt”) – sweet cider for me… not a fan of yeasty beer; playing tennis or football with “The Wimps” (affectionate collective name for my closest friends at Uni…hope dem ain’t reading dis LOL) … in the cold (cuz to me it was always cold) or, heaven forbid, indoors in the confined space of a Chandos Hall double room; shopping trip to Arndale Centre (yep, that’s when I clean forgot that I was a student and had a student budget….hmmmmm! nuh wonder I was eating spaghetti with sweetcorn and butter); and I believe it is only fitting that studying be mentioned in this list.
Oops! I digressed a bit, down a path of sweet nostalgia. In hindsight, dem was some great days. At the time, they were good days, but the cold and my lack of psychrotolerance had me longing to return to the 246 Bim Rock.
Back on track….
I think what is most intriguing to me about shows on the BBC one and TWO, is their ability to turn what may perhaps be the most potentially mundane of topics into a show that I feel the need to watch. And I am not suggesting that this is typical of all of their TV shows, but it is certainly true of “Antiques Roadshow”, “Best House in Town”, “Escape to the Country”, “Great British Railway Journeys”, among others. Why I am watching these? Could it be that I’m getting old? Nahhh! #remainingindenial #stillinmuhlate20s
A couple days ago, I found myself watching “Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors”…and I thought, “Who the hell am I?”.
I think it has a bit to do with the British accent, which I really like…..and lemme be clear which accent I mean, cuz some Brits iz barely sound like dem speaking English. I mean the Idris Elba kinda accent… maybe biased a bit there by other Elba attributes, but hope you know what I mean. I love any British accent that I can follow and I’m quite entertained by all others. There is something about that “BBC News accent” that can entice me to listen to news items that wouldn’t normally catch my attention. The British also seem to have a knack for storytelling… well, perhaps not all Brits but de ones pon tv. And their sense of humour is fantastic. Such wit, sarcasm…. I luvvv it!
So as I watch episodes of their gameshows, e.g. Priceless, Think Tank and Eggheads, I am so entertained by the witty remarks and banter that I can look past the fact that I ain’t know de answers to most o’ de questions.
I love “Mock the Week” which reminds me of “Whose Line is it Anyway?”, and Brexit provides a tremendous amount of fodder for the comics.
I even stumbled across a most hilarious comedian, Gina Yashere, during the BBC TWO equivalent of CBC Channel 3’s “Closed Down” where they show a wide variety of short clips. She near kill muh wid her set about the career choices of a Brit of Nigerian heritage. Here’s a link if ya want a good laugh: Gina Yashere Live at the Apollo
As I contemplate on it a bit more, I think what I appreciate about the BBC programming is their focus on quality rather than sensationalism and their delivery of informative and pleasant stories of human interest, laced with that trademark British humour. Shucks, I am getting old. LOL
I look forward to episodes of “Africa with Ade Adepitan”, “Masterchef UK”, “My Million Pound Menu”, “Natural World”, “Would I Lie to You” and more, not abandoning the North American Channels that I “grew up on”, but opening my eyes and mind and embracing an alternative….and dare I say, a better one.
So if you’re a diehard ABC/NBC/CBS/BET/Lifetime/LMN/OWN, or heaven forbid FOX News, watcher, I encourage you to give the BBCs a look….and see if your taste is maturing like mine LOL.
Laterz, lemme catch the tail end of “Homes Under the Hammer”.