family viewing is back in fashion, with smiling, happy groups of all ages sat together watching telly and smiling wanly. Photo: UnSplash | Glenn Carstens Peters
Many moons ago I used to write a television guide for the Bulletin, it proved so popular I was sacked after a while - but, never mind all that, I still have a rather obsessive interest in what’s on the telly and during these lockdown days it has once again come back to the fore. However, as someone who has an extremely low embarrassment threshold, I do prefer proper television programmes (no matter how old) as opposed to those buttock clinchingly awful ‘ “Hey guys, why not let us sing really badly for you from our front room.” I know that it’s probably me - but, come on really? Much better surely, to sit and watch twenty-five year old episodes of the gently amusing ‘As Time Goes By’ on the Yesterday channel, starring Judy Dench and the splendidly be-jowled Geoffrey Palmer. Anyway, I’ve turned from an occasional watcher of television back home in Majorca - you know the sort of thing, the occasional quiz show, a Netflix series - Match of The Day and Strictly on a Saturday night - to a person who gapes at the box almost 24/7. I can’t believe I’ve just written 24/7 - what has become of me?