Despite my last blog post discussing whether social media and technology is deterring us from truly socialising, my main life goal is to be involved in the television industry. Hypocrisy, thy name is Fiona Lockwood!
But in all honesty Television is being over-indulged – it is also an amazing medium that can bring people together, make you laugh, make you cry, make you gasp, gulp and grind your teeth to the bone! It can be educational, informative and is one of the biggest talking points the next day at the office.
I’m about to begin my second year of University. And I’ve decided to look further into TV formats for our non-compulsory module. I love British television, I think we have a very unique sense of humour that we filter perfectly through our much-loved programmes. To reel off a few, The Royle Family, Miranda, Two Pints of Lager and a packet of crisps, Ab Fab, Vicar of Dibley, A bit of Fry and Laurie, QI, My Family, Steptoe and Son, Peep Show, Blackadder…etc, etc. They’re classic, because they’re relatable. They depict certain aspects of life and classes of British citizens throughout the century (and more for Blackadder!). The general themes are usually very simplistic, but so brilliant.
The only problem we tend to encounter is that these shows we adore, aren’t so popular elsewhere. Mainly because, as I said, they often rely on being relatable. But when a British show is recognised as being entertaining internationally. It always ends up getting re-made and comes out completely different to its original state. An example you say? The Inbetweeners. Perfect as it was, picked up by America, and just ruined it. I’m sorry, but it’s true. It lost what it was supposed to be and because it was torn apart so much it lost its comedic value. The characters did not work, just watch the British runs, and stop complaining about our accents! I actually remember looking at threads and reviews on the American version of the show and the people who had also seen the British version much preferred the original.
Anyway, expect to see a lot of format TV show reviews coming up: This morning, Loose Women, Alan Carr’s chatty man, The Royle family, Miranda and reviews on many, many more! From chat shows to talent shows and so on.