Finally, at the age of 36 - 37 in a couple of weeks - I am no longer able to programme a video recorder.
Trying to tape four programmes this week, I succesfully taped one of them, and got two completely unrelated programmes as well. Admittedly, this is all my own fault, as part of it was failing to press a button, part of it was getting times wrong, and part of it was forgetting about the clocks going back. But there was one particular disappointment, and it really shouldn't have happened.
You see, it turns out that I don't understand BBC Three as I am two years too old for its target demographic, presumably.
BBC Three has some pretty good programming. It broke Little Britain, it's bringing us Torchwood, and The Smoking Room and Nighty Night rank as two of my favourite comedy shows of the last couple of years. But it's programming policy comes across as verging on the schizophrenic. Maybe I am just too old to understand it.
Take "Funland", which I recorded last Wednesday. I taped episode 1, watched, it last night and enjoyed it, foolishly thinking that episode 2 might be tonight. No, it isn't. I was lulled into a false sense of security by the channel's old policy of airing a show four or five times in a week, then airing the next episode, then airing the previous episode again a couple of times so people could catch up. Not Funland. I've already missed episode 2. And episode 3. And their repeats Tonight's showing is episode 4, and episode 5, with episode 5 repeated tomorrow and episode 6 the day after that. They've only recently added schedule information to their Funland Page so I can work out when the episodes I missed actually were on. Last Friday.
I was out anyway, and if I'd set the video recorder I'd probably have taped the wrong channel anyway.
And now I'm left wondering when they'll be repeating the whole series as a Funland Sunday Marathon. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.
Posted by Douglas
November 2, 2005 11:45 AM
Welcome to the multichannel future.
As always, be careful what you ask for - you just might get it.
Posted by scooter
November 2, 2005 12:19 PM
Pity, I really liked the first episode.
S'pose we can get the BBC DVD when it is O.U.T.
It is Jeremy Dyson after all - vacuum cleaners and drama, what a talent.
Posted by TWG
November 2, 2005 12:54 PM
You're almost 37!? I remember when you were almost 18.
That must have been years & years ago.
I messed up videoing Funland 4, but I think I managed to get the repeat last night.
The previous night, I set the video to record Rosemary's Baby but taped BBC2 instead of BBC1. Ah well.
The BBC forgot to put the clocks back on part of the network too apparently so maybe some people actually got what they wanted by forgetting to change theirs'.
I'm only 33, but I don't understand either, in particular why they make half-hour episodes and then **show them in pairs back to back**. If I had had to set a VCR, I would have missed at least half the episodes shown up to now, but as I have no life, I just sit on the sofa tuned to BBC3 and wait for Funland to happen. It is absolutely bloody brilliant.
*rubs fingernails on front of jumper*
i've managed to catch all the funland episodes so far and love it. i heard a rumour that it's going to be shown on bbc2 soon. that bar that they use for mercy's club is actually called gaietys and it's a gigantic karaoke bar that fills up with show folk from the peirs and theatres after 11pm. there's nowt like 'proper' singers belting out classics for each other.
Ah, the sophisticated labour-saving joys of the Sky Digital "series link" feature (he says smugly).
What I can't understand about BBC3 is their bizarre obsession with screening multiple re-runs of Two Pints Of Lager & A Packet Of Crisps, virtually every night of the week. I mean, it's not as if it was any good in the first place...?