Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Rant about television

Kudos to the ABC. Great stories made cheap.

But at least they are great stories.

Well, when I say great stories, I mean good stories.

Well when I say good stories, I mean Australian stories.

Remember "Behind The News"? BTN? It basically takes the top few news stories and explains them so that kids and rugby players can understand them.

In a time where our television is on either Big Brother, CSI or Dr. Phil, we should take the time to tune in to a station whose charter is to broadcast "... programs that contribute to a sense of national identity and inform and entertain, and reflect the cultural diversity of, the Australian community..." and "...programs of an educational nature". Once in a while we should take the time to sit with everyone in our household and watch something Australian and maybe learn something new about our great country or perhaps even learn something new about ourselves.

Is someone playing the anthem yet? Actually, I just wanted to say I think most American TV sucks really bad. Video-on-demand is where its at and the ABC have plenty of VoD for you to check out.

I am enjoying the new stuff coming out from the BBC too. It seems they have a budget. This must be new for them. Classic BBC titles I grew up with were obviously done in a very cost-effective way compared to their US counterparts. The Young Ones, Doctor Who, Keeping Up Appearances, Fawlty Towers*, Allo Allo, The Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy, Are You Being Served, Black Adder, Danger Mouse, The Goodies, and of course Sir David Attenborough's documentaries were on with American classics like Knight Rider, Star Trek, M.A.S.H., The A Team, Automan, The Greatest American Hero, Happy Days, The X-Files, and Roger Ramjet. What was a talking about? Oh yes, BBC seems to have money now. The new Doctor Who is quite a polished piece of sci-fi and the sets don't look anything like cardboard. The Walking with Dinosaurs/Beasts/Cavemen documentries were awesome and they did a fictional documentary about a future trip to the outer solar system called Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets that I really enjoyed.

Say it with flowers, send her a Triffid!

*I found a real place called Fawlty Towers. It's a fifteen-room two-star hotel in Rome.

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