Fandango Provocatively asks a bunch of questions today about TV viewing habits.
There’s a big difference between watching something, and having the tv on in the background.
Weekdays, I put the TV on at 6:30 PM to watch the quiz show Eggheads. It gets exported so many of you will probably know it. This is a must-watch for me. I love quizzing.
That’s a thirty-minute show, I normally watch real time but record it just in case.
Straight after, I’ll put the Channel Four News on. The only news show I watch, although I also have the web. It’s an hour-long show and I might watch it for ten minutes, or the full hour, depending on the stories. This is suppertime anyhow so viewing is fragmented.
From 8 PM to bed the TV is background noise while I potter. For writing I prefer silence but I don’t write at this time of night.
8 – 9 I usually have MASH on, funnily enough. I’m no great fan but it is inoffensive and I generally can’t be bothered surfing to anything else. 9 – bed, they show reruns of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Did I mention I enjoyed quizzes?
This show is only ever a semi-watch, because 50 minutes of each hour are nonsey questions which even the cats know.
Sometimes I’ll put a movie or live soccer on but again – background noise. Soccer, I look up now and again, and an old movie, I know the plot so don’t need to pay close attention. Last one I saw was Memphis Belle, for example, which I’ve seen many times.
We have two TVs – mine, which used to be the family TV, is connected to a satellite dish, although I only buy the minimum subscription. Mrs Bump’s is Wi-fi only. We have a TV each because we are poles apart in terms of tastes (and taste!). I don’t watch tv anywhere else or on anything else. I was always against a tv in the bedroom, for example, because I wanted to be able to escape.