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16 April, 2004

Friday Five (16 April)

Last Friday, 9 April, no new questions had been posted when I checked, so I completed a set from the archive.  When I checked this week, a set of questions for 9 March had appeared; they must have gone up late.  However, there were no new questions for this Friday, 16 April!

I was tempted to complete the 9 April questions a week late, but they're not particularly inspiring, so it's back to the archive, to the nearest date to 16 April in 2002: 19 April.  As will become apparent, this is going to be short ;)

1. What's your favorite TV show and why?

'ER'. I watch for the interaction of the characters, for the human elements more than the plot itself.

A few years ago, I was pretty stressed and life wasn't fun. 'ER' represented a scheduled break, an opportunity to step outside my own concerns for an hour. I think I appreciated the opportunity rather more than the programme content itself. Thankfully, my situation has improved, so 'ER' is less important to me.

2. Who is your favorite television star?

I'm barely aware of TV stars, as I watch so little TV. I make a point of watching 'ER', and if there's a good film being shown, I'll either watch then or video it for a more convenient time, but otherwise I simply have better ways to spend time. I tend to watch whilst eating my evening meal, but often couldn't tell you what I'd watched even half an hour later.

I make a point of not visiting certain people on certain evenings, as I know they'll be watching TV. Some will switch off or set the video, but I don't like to knowingly disrupt peoples time. Others will leave the TV on, and I'll spend an evening as I could have done at home - and wouldn't have chosen to.

That's a protracted way of saying I don't watch enough TV to have a favourite star. I didn't even question the concept of TV 'stardom', either.

3. What was your favorite TV show as a child?

As a young child, 'Play School' (and yes, over a quarter of a century later, I do remember it). A little later, I remember liking Johnny Ball's various popular science series. After the age of about eight, I don't recall my TV habits.

4. What show do you think should have been cancelled by now?

Most of them! Most comedy programmes, in particular. The vast majority appeal to a sense of humour I don't share, seemingly focussing on ridiculing the character defects of others. I find David Brent of 'The Office' or Alan Partridge pitiable, not laughable. Such humour also reinforces social cohesion, which I don't support: the desire to conform and to shun those who don't.

5. What new show do you hope escapes the axe this season?

Of the very few new programmes I've seen within the last 3-4 months, I wouldn't make a point of watching any future series.

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