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Old 29-01-2012, 2:16 PM
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Over the last few years I've been finding it harder to locate telly and radio that is relevant to the way we live now. So much 'entertainment' seems artificial and pointless. (We gave up live telly and the TV licence when our TV died in 2010 and only watch online after the broadcast now.) I wondered whether it was worth having a thread for any OS/MSE programmes that people notice... a sort of ongoing OS 'Radio Times' - not for criticism, just a list to flag up what is out there?.

I've just come across this late night book on BBC iplayer:
Deep Country by Nigel Ansell (serialised in 3x 15 min episodes late on Sunday nights)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode...try_Episode_1/
[Neil Ansell is in search of solitude. He takes up home in a dilapidated cottage in a very remote part of the Welsh countryside, on his own, with no electricity, gas or water. He has only wildlife around him for company as he makes the cottage habitable. Read by Matthew Gravelle.]

There's Superscrimpers on 4 which has it's own thread.

And Martin's current media work:
http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/sit...ography#second

There's also, and I would count this as relevant because it shows how tough it was for many people 50-60 years ago in the East End of London, the serialisation of Jenny Lee's autobiography on BBC1 (6x 1 hour episodes - Episode 3 tonight}:
Call the Midwife
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode...ife_Episode_1/
Drama set in the 1950s, based on Jennifer Worth's memoirs. Newly qualified midwife Jenny Lee arrives in the East End to embark on a challenging career alongside an order of nuns.

Does anyone have more to add?

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Old 29-01-2012, 3:19 PM
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Our evenings are currently spent watching old episodes of Heartbeat and Born and Bred on ITV3!

Someone mentioned To the Manor Born the other day and I'm trying to track that down on DVD - sounds like good Sunday afternoon watching!
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I'm also finding tv less and less inspiring these days. There are a few 'old style' or nostalgia programmes on some of the freeview channels, but they tend to run endless repeats.

I find radio has a much better selection and variety of programmes, but it depends on each person's taste.. For money advice you could try Radio 4's Money Box / Money Box live. Then there are book programmes like Open Book or A Good Read. Radio 3 also has some interesting stuff as well as classical music (which I know isn't to everyone's liking)

Also, you can often download radio podcasts for free. I just got David Attenborough on Desert Island Discs which I think i'll listen to tonight - better than anything that's on telly
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I watch very little tv these days. Like you, Broomstick, I'm finding Call the Midwife brilliant. As well as being an entertaining drama, if satisfies my passion for history - even if this history is from the time of my childhood!

I found the recent series on Sicily good, too, as I love Italy - sorry can't remembee the presnters' names. It included food, history and art - all worth watching. Countryfile can be a good programme, but imo, John Craven's highly aggressive style and some unbalanced reporting can spoil it somewhat. BBC4 sometimes has brilliant music programmes, especially on rock, but I can't abide radio in any form. I haven't the patience to listen to 'talk' and would rather choose my own music.

Basically, most tv just irritates me!
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Old 29-01-2012, 6:53 PM
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during the day - the tv is mine! (evenings are spent on here so OH watches what HE wants to watch).
I find I alternate between True movies and Food Network with occasional sojourns to digital tv for such gems as Midsomer Murders or Lewis, I also like Flog It and Dickensons Real Deal (I have a lot of old 'stuff' and live in hopes that one of MY things will turn out to be priceless. my telly watching finishes with either 'Pointless' or Eggheads. Just to keep my brain sharp! That is, of course, when I am not watching CBeebies! (with 4 year old grandson I hasten to add).
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What about Antiques Roadshow? I absolutely love it! I really loved all the shows like life of grime and where clothes come from, I know it's "reality TV" but it showed you the inner workings of everyday things that you take for granted and wouldn't otherwise get to see.
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Old 29-01-2012, 9:17 PM
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j.e.j., I listen to quite a lot of radio while I'm doing other things whether working or cooking or whatever, and I'm very fond of the Paul Temple serialisations to listen to while I sit and knit or sew - it's 'me' time!

Thanks for the reminder about the Attenborough Desert Island Discs. I listened to the anniversary programme and really enjoyed that. There are lots of old episodes I now want to follow up on the archive.

adelight, I'd forgotten about the antiques programmes. Thanks for that.

I've just seen that Ep 3 of Call the Midwife is now available on iplayer so I'm going to take a break from the work I'd started and watch that right now.

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Old 29-01-2012, 9:22 PM
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I love Timeteam. channel 4.
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I love any programme with Neil Oliver presenting, and preferably history!
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Old 29-01-2012, 9:43 PM
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I love Radio 4 extra - it has polished up a lot of old favourites - from Round the Horne (!) to One Foot in the Grave.
I set to record the Crime & Thriller Hour every day, as I usually enjoy at least half of it, if not all.
On Radio 4 I usually find that either Book of the Week or the Woman's Hour Serial worthwhile; and don't forget The Archers!
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I watch An Island Parish, on iplayer. About the island of Barra. Wonderfully entertaining.
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First of all see if you can get it free, then see if you can make it. If you can't can you get it at a car boot sale, or a charity shop, and only as a last resort, go to a shop.
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Don't know about OS TV - but have just watched the BBC2 "toughest place to be...a binman" It really made us think how very rich we are compared with what we were watching.
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Old 30-01-2012, 12:23 AM
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I love any programme with Neil Oliver presenting, and preferably history!
My family are BIG fans of Neil Oliver
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I love any programme with Neil Oliver presenting, and preferably history!
Me too!
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Old 26-02-2012, 8:57 AM
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I love Radio 4 extra - it has polished up a lot of old favourites - from Round the Horne (!) to One Foot in the Grave.
I set to record the Crime & Thriller Hour every day, as I usually enjoy at least half of it, if not all.
On Radio 4 I usually find that either Book of the Week or the Woman's Hour Serial worthwhile; and don't forget The Archers!
I am so glad that the wireless is alive and well in lots of people houses I listen to Radio Four all the time as I can't abide mindless drivel on the commercial stations.This morning as I have for as long as I can remember I will listen to The Archers omnibus and catch up on Ambridge (sad i know) I usually have the afternoon play on whilst knitting and Money Box Live is a great programme especially when we have had a budget as it explains very clearly and concisely what the changes will be.
As I live alone its a great companion and wherever I am indoors I can have the wireless on and its a leasant voice that can be my companion during the days when I don't venture out ,especially in the winter when its very cold .I am a bit choosy what I watch on t.v. as I don't like 'reality' shows at all and I'm not keen on flashy game shows either The Antiques road trip on t.v. late afternoon is quite quirky and funny and I love to see what they seem to get for the old tut they have bought.
General knowledge quizs I enjoy and sometimes watch Pointless (mainly because my eldest DGS Danny is a researcher on there) I rarely watch stuff on saturday night as I find the quality of light entertainment appalling.I abhor bad language on t.v. and I'm not a prude but I just don't find it entertaing for people to swear and cuss.If I wanted that I would find a pub not my sitting room.I don't think I have heard mush cussing on R4 unless its been by accident and the drama is very good on there at the moment far better than T.V. I like Upstairs downstairs and history programmes but find animal stuff a bit 'samey' If I have seen one elephant I am not going to get excited seeing another one I'm afraid,the same with fish I prefer my fish wrapped in batter with a few chips.Its lazy entertainmant as no one has to do very much the animals or fish do it all.Nature programmes just aren't my thing but I can see why folk would like them though.Still the T.V. license is still the best value for money at the moment although I do get cross with some of the daft things that get on there, but that is what the switch is for and if you don't like it turn it off and do something else
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Old 26-02-2012, 9:14 AM
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I gave up TV about 18 years ago, and didn't miss it. All my chums however rallied round and one of them gave me a TV [I gave it back a few years later] and then I did Media at uni so had to have a TV and video [videos, remember them?], and moved to DVD after a bit. But I never really watched TV again 'properly' after giving it up*...I have worked from home for about the last 12 years on and off - and never ever have the TV on - and hence I might watch individual programmes but I'm completely a radio gal now.

*I did spend 3 months watching reruns of Seinfeld on Paramount when i was off work for 3 months with a bad injury. Up, downstairs with quilt, painkillers, snooze, seinfeld, snooze, seinfeld, painkillers, snooze, seinfeld, snooze, wake up, get dressed, make something for us for tea, painkillers, snooze, bath, pjs, painkillers, bed.

I will have 6 Music on all day every day if possible as it's packed with music that is good. Unlike R1 which is excruciating to listen to or R2 which is soporific. I have a Digital Radio Widget in the car now which I can also move to the Camper van when we are out and about. Yay. When it first started I was on the Breakfast show with Phil Jupitus and won a Weezer CD - so I've been listening to it now for 10 years. So glad I got a widget!

Sometimes 5 live for daily news but the sport coverage puts me off listening to that for too long. Yawn.

R4 is excellent, and was my station of choice before the Widget came along, I'd only switch to 5 Live when particular topics [like how to cook fish] came on.

TV - I like QI - and it drives me crazy when they don't tell you it's a repeat. I don't pay attention enough to know when the series are being first broadcast so I am often disappointed when I have sat down to watch it specially. I like HIGNFY. And anything with Lee Mack in it. I watch the odd Foodie or Growing Veg programme, particularly when colleagues are on it. I like the Hairy Bikers [in person] but the progs are a little meaty for me.

And I love programmes where I can learn how to do stuff. I was taught how to make my own pea and bean netting this week, and am now awaiting an ebay purchase of an old style shuttle [c'mon postie], and am in the middle of a 2.4 x 4.8 m net for my Climbers. We need an Old Style programme, where it teaches you how to do Old Style in a New Way. The Victorian progs were fine but it was a bit dank and dreary for me. Oh, and Alys Fowler's programmes are good, even if she herself is a little annoying. That reminds me I must tweet her about her Spring Forage she promised...
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Bring back listen with mother, housewives choice and women`s hour and percy thrower type gardening programmes
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I love shows like The 1940s House, Victorian Farm and Coal House, some of them are on youtube. I also enjoyed the Supersizers Eat shows.
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Britain's Heritage Heroes, we are watching this on V+ at the moment, better with a fast forward button for the long title sequence, but has shown all sorts of interesting stuff, from traditional crafts, artisan food/cooking/baking to restoration projects.

Call the Midwife was filmed partly on location at Chatham Royal Historic Docks.
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Bring back listen with mother, housewives choice and women`s hour and percy thrower type gardening programmes
Crikey you must be nearly as old as I am You'll be wanting Workers Playtime and Music While You Work in the mornings next
I love the old Kenneth Horne and Hancock programmes, and when I was little was convinced that Archie Andrews was a real little boy How convincing was radio to have a ventriloquist on there
I love plays, and Saturday nights when I was small was Henry Hall or Vic Oliver followed by Saturday Night Theatre.My two brothers and I would try to guess the villain in the detective plays and who ever was right got the first bit of toast off Mums toasting fork for supper that night.I would be sitting on the floor near to the big black range in the kitchen and my brothers would be at the table making their model airplanes with balsa wood and tissue paper and glue, and Dad would be in 'His chair' reading the newspaper and Mum would be always moving around doing something I can never remember her just sitting still she was always on the go and her fingers were never still We would knit or she would be sewing something (usually my noisy brothers clothes than she was always repairing) and I would be sitting in the glow of the range listening to the radio and knitting my dolls clothes.The feeling of warmth and security this memory gives me and its well over 60 years ago but seems like yesterdayWe never had a t.v. for years as my Dad wasn't very approving of the 'idiot box' and said if you have a radio then you can do something else whilst listening to it at the same time (great believer in multi-tasking was my Dad) whilst with TV you are just sitting staring vacantly at it.I can see his point but although I don't watch a lot of t.v. (I know where the button to switch it off it ) I think I would probably miss it for some things. Radio being more portable nowadays means that you can even listen whilst in the garden or car But Radio Four is definitely my choice of station
R.I.P Alan 17/5/1933-14/7/2003

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