Friday, 22 October 2010

The BBC. It's what we should do.

A ray of hope rises in my heart that the licence fee freeze will prompt the BBC to do what it should be doing instead of wasting millions making programmes about lesbian bikers in Bristol - that is, show vintage British films. There are hardly any on TV these days, yet 1964 alone brought us Zulu, 633 Squadron, Guns at Batasi, Murder Ahoy! (Margaret Rutherford), Of Human Bondage, Night Must Fall, The Yellow Rolls-Royce and A Hard Day's Night. And many others. 

My BBC2 Austerity Dream Schedule would also include a Tom Sharpe season and at least fifty hours of documentary of blokes restoring stuff. Plus a daily half hour of Raksha Dave from Time Team visiting each one of Suffolk's 679 churches. 


What would you schedule?

14 comments:

Manganese said...

Vintage films would be good but vintage drama, produced by the BBC themselves, would be even better. If they haven't destroyed the tapes.

Hard to imagine now but there was play on every week in the 60s and 70s. They were often controversial and provided a talking point the next day.

English Pensioner said...

If I want to watch a repeat of an ITV series, sooner or later it is available on ITV3. Yet there are quite a few BBC series which I wouldn't mind watching again, but never seem to see the light of day. I would like to see "The First Ladies Detective Agency" of which I only saw the last episode, but I seem to remember many others, such as Poldark, that would be worth a second viewing.
Or do they make their money by selling the DVDs instead?

Gareth said...

There are a lot of BBC repeats on Dave, Yesterday and other digital channels that the BBC has an interest in.(several of them are owned by all the major telly companies together)

Coincidentally The BBC have been raiding the archives in recent months showing old documentaries and newsreels on BBC4. Probably tied into Open University in some fashion. All Our Working Lives has been a good one.

What you seem to be wanting is similar to me - for the BBC to return BBC 2 to what it used to be which was to cater for all possible tastes at different times of the day from film to cartoons to science to music shows.

Ciaran said...

I'd keep just enough staff in place to oversee the 24/7 playing of the various Fred Dibnah documentary series back to back, and send the rest off them off to get proper jobs.

Bob Dowling said...

I'd have the BBC to new drama productions of classic books. What I wouldn't have them do is to change the plots, insert new characters, etc.

Elby the Beserk said...

The Quatermass Series.

But we don't have a TV, so it doesn't matter really.

Demetrius said...

The Grove Family?

PC 49 said...

Dixon of Dock Green (or Tower Hamlets as it's now known). Ha bloody ha...

Kinderling said...

Wall to wall lectures in science, biology, math, astronomy etc etc

It's great to chill out to a new discoveries.

William Gruff said...

Shut the BBC down.

Raedwald said...

I'd second Quatermass Elby - superb stuff. And yes to education progs; I'm still waiting for someone with ability to get me to understand Quadratic equations ....

Scrobs... said...

"The richest prize in sport"! Harry Carpenter's excellent documentary on boxing from about 1967!

Definitely a classic, and discusses all the names from when boxing was different to nowadays...

Rush-is-Right said...

"The Ascent of Man" by Jacob Bronowski could do with another airing. Also "America" by Alastair Cooke. They don't make 'em like that any more.

Rush-is-Right said...

Oh and let's have a Hammer Horror season too. Kicking off with "Plague of the Zombies", followed by all those Dracula films with Christopher Lee. Top stuff.