I looked at the guide for tonight,
Anxious to see who was in the limelight,
BBC2 has Portillo riding a train,
We’ve seen them before, but we’ll watch them again,
After that, Dad’s Army is on,
It might be old, but still it’s fun,
BBC1 showing Last Night of the Proms,
I didn’t even catch the first; where have they all gone?
Britain’s Got Talent on ITV,
Oh please, oh please, won’t someone save me?
Something called Kingsman on Channel Four,
I wonder, will I be begging for more?
The Yorkshire Vet on Channel Five,
Eee bah Gum, lad, just nod and say “aye”,
A million more shows, but by now we can see,
In my best Yorkshire accent, there’s nowt on TV.
inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 12 September, 2020, television.
Now, let’s see, there’s probably bits of this need an explanation for international readers.
Portillo is an ex-politician-turned-TV-presenter. He rides on trains and does travel shows.
“Dads Army” – we all know that, right? If was a British sitcom of the 60s/70s, about a Home Guard platoon in WW2.
The Proms concerts are actually a decent set of classical music concerts. There is a “season” of them every year. If they get any media attention at all, it is likely to be broadcast by the BBC on one of their radio channels, The last night, however, is very flag-waving, with patriotic music like “Land of Hope and Glory”. Our country gets very nostalgic about when we enslaved half the world. I presume that with Lockdown this year, everything ison its head.
“Eee bah gum”, “aye” and “nowt” are all Yorkshire terms, which I’m sure everybody recognises.
Any other ambiguities, post a comment.
And, by the way, you are absoletely right. The poem nearly ended on Line 2 but I changed the rhyme!