If my preference for British TV over RTÉ output makes me sound like a Westerner, so be it.
TV audiences have been fragmented. It broke into small pieces, like a plate dropped on a tiled kitchen floor, and could never be glued back on.
We know this has to be true because we’ve been told it’s true by countless articles, countless surveys and heads of traditional broadcasters.
Families no longer watch the same show at the same time. Teens are in their bedrooms watching Netflix or Disney+.
Since we are here, let’s clear something up. The ancient, idealized, cozy image of the whole family gathered around the television stems from a simple historical fact: households used to have only one television set. You watched what they wanted to see or you didn’t watch at all.
Today, even parents and partners are divided. One person may be in the living room watching a TV series or comedy, while the other may be in the kitchen or bedroom watching a movie or watching live sports.
But traces of those old habits remain – certainly in our homes. Most Friday nights we settle down to enjoy, as a family, a beloved talk show that has been running for years. We rarely miss an episode of The Graham Norton Program.
OH. . . sorry, do you think i mean Late show? No, I’m afraid not. I can’t really remember the last time we sat together and watched it. I guess that was when our three daughters were still young enough to care Late toy show.
Honestly, I can’t remember the last time any of us watched it. In the unfortunate event someone interesting joins, you can always follow RTÉ Player without having to sit through the entire show. It’s not always like this.
I was born in the same year as The Late Late, so I grew up with it during the Gay Byrne era, when it was really a must-see. I’ve gone through all of the most famous ones — Annie Murphy, Padraig Flynn, the Aids special (complete with a condom demo), Terry Keane, Gerry Adams — but I always enjoyed the show when Byrne interviewed Interviews with famous actors and comedians, a part of his job that he enjoys above all else.
I consider RTÉ output surprisingly low for the year
This may seem like an odd admission to a TV critic, but in addition to news, original TV series (with RTÉ usually not overloaded), several documentaries, period shows, and more. and live football (call it football if you like), I found RTÉ production surprisingly low during the year.
I do not watch Dancing with the stars, because I’m not interested in dance shows. i never watched Serious or. I also have a deep aversion to at-home makeup shows.
Unless I’m asked to review room for improvement (and if you’ve rewatched one episode you’ve basically rewatched all of them), I avoid it like the plague. The same goes for the endless cooking, lifestyle and property shows that show RTÉ producing in industrial quantities.
For the record, I’m probably even less likely to watch Virgin Media, since a lot of the content it shows I’ve watched on ITV.
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From an early age we were exposed to British children’s programmes
The truth is that I always watch more British TV than Irish TV. I am far alone. Growing up in Dublin, a part of what was once strangely called “multi-channel land”, in the 1960s and 70s we had BBC and ITV, which were here even before RTÉ. television broadcast began.
From an early age we were exposed to British children’s programmes, TV series, comedies, game shows and music shows. This will definitely inform your preferences.
Shows that I don’t care about all things GAA (try hurling fences on the concrete of a flat Dublin complex), don’t like rabid republican ballads (that’s The Beatles and the Stones spinning). on our tape recorders) and the fact that my grandfather served in the British Army during World War I and some would certainly label me a West Brit. Go ahead, throw that jagged rock and watch it bounce off my rock-hard head!
It is curious that back then, when I was deeply immersed in British TV, I still watched RTÉ more than I do now. From the 1970s to the ’90s, it was more productive, more innovative, more adventurous. If it rediscovers that mojo, I’ll come back (but I’ll still avoid room for improvement).
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/if-my-preference-for-british-tv-over-rtes-output-makes-me-sound-like-a-west-brit-then-so-be-it-42322492.html If my preference for British TV over RTÉ output makes me sound like a Westerner, so be it.