At what point did antiques shows become prime time viewing?
I remember when I was growing up that The Antiques Roadshow would be on as I feasted on the family roast dinner. It was shit then, and yet I switched on the TV the other Sunday to find that it’s now on at 8pm. 8pm!!!
Dickinson’s Real Deal was on Friday night’s on ITV1 at 8:30pm! You finish your working week, you look forward to a night in with the missus and what greets you when you switch on your TV? David fucking Dickinson’s perma tanned face looking at some marble clock that’s older than time.
I can’t understand it. Why do TV channels think that the vast majority of their viewers want to see these shows over the weekend? On a Sunday night everyone is depressed. They know the start of the working week is around the corner and they need to be cheered up. A good film would work. Maybe a top notch American TV show. Or, as the BBC seem to think, we could all watch a fucking antiques show. How does that make anyone happy?
If this is the future of British TV I need to move jobs and countries. Maybe I’ll raid the attic and try to find a gold watch that might allow me to do just that. I wonder if Fiona Bruce can help?