I suppose I am in a minority of one in finding the whole X-Factor and Strictly Come Dancing scene a total bore. This twenty-first century “Opportunity Knocks” seems to have captivated the entire country.
However, when it starts appearing on national news bulletins as if it is real news, someone needs to speak out for sanity.
On 17th I was quite contentedly watching Sky News’ endless repeating of the same stories until suddenly there was something new. They mentioned that last night was the final of Strictly Come Dancing.
That’s fine, I thought, perhaps then we’ll get some peace and looked up to see a couple of individuals in star sprangled outfits cavorting across the dance floor.
Nothing wrong with that, a quick mention of a popular reality TV show, but then it started to tell us more about the competitors and after what seemed like five minutes of this drivel I turned over to BBC News 24 for more sensible output.
Barely had I settled into that half-waking awareness which occurs when you are trying to learn php while listening to some background telly, when, damn it all, BBC start going on about Strictly Come Dancing.
I was so annoyed that I missed closing a quotation and failed the test on php lesson six!
This is ridiculous when more coverage is given to a reality TV programme than to all the omitted news stories of the day. What about what was going on in Zimbabwe, how pirates are enjoying 3D plasma TVs in Somali, analysis of what we can learn from Brazil’s economic success?
No, none of that even appeared on either news channel, but we heard all about Strictly Come Dancing and its ratings war with X-Factor. Good grief, they even pushed the Pandas into a reduced slot, but then that was just Scottish news!
I suppose now, if I dare to switch on the telly, I’ll be bombarded with the winning moves of a couple of nonentity celebrities, I’ve never heard of, skipping around the ballroom with lovable Forsyth making an exhibition of himself in the background. Think I’ll look out of the window instead. Far more interesting watching the snow drip to the ground from the old birch tree.