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Old 28-12-2010, 18:37   #1
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Royal institution Christmas lectures 2010 - What are the BBC up to?

Good grief..

What are the BBC schedulers on? I mean this is a set of lectures for Children? So what do the BBC do? Schedule them for 8pm or 3:05AM on BBC Four.

I mean, why bother?

Why not just show them at 4am only and say if you want to watch them PVR them?

I was going to sit down and watch these live with my 6 year old as I thought they'd be on (as they were with channel 4 / 5) in the late mornings / early afternoon but the BBC are continuing being ashamed of science and embracing the usual daily drivel so this will be impossible.

Ah well just as well PVRs came about I suppose.

After all, we cant miss the 19th repeat of Robbie the reindeer or 4 hours of the fall of the roman empire can we?

lame BBC, lame.
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Old 28-12-2010, 18:39   #2
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The Christmas lectures have been pretty poor for years. Scheduling is the least of their problems.

I agree that it's a poor show given the number of channels though.
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Old 28-12-2010, 18:52   #3
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I'd definitely agree with that. I tend to watch it anyway just for nostalgia but its suffered tremendously from the "must be hip and grab the 'braniac science abuse' crowd" in the last few years.

Mind you most science programmes (with some notable exceptions) have been lobotmised in the past few years.

Even the recent "mad and bad" documentary ABOUT science on the BBC was dumbed down and used as a weapon for beating anyone who thinks proper science should still be on the TV.

But I digress, I'm still flabberghasted the BBC couldnt find 3 hours over 3 days in their daytime output to show these

No one can tell me there's no room in the schedules when BBCs wednesday morning output looks like this

BBC 1
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Homes Under the Hammer Then BBC News;
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM To Buy or Not to Buy
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Cash in the Attic
12:15 PM - 01:00 PM Bargain Hunt
01:00 PM - 01:30 PM BBC News at One
01:30 PM - 01:45 PM South Today
01:45 PM - 02:45 PM Only Fools and Horses
02:45 PM - 03:40 PM The Young Ones (Six well-loved celebrities spend a week living as though it were 1975)
03:40 PM - 05:15 PM Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)
05:15 PM - 06:00 PM The Weakest Link

BBC 2
08:30 AM - 09:00 AM Great British Railway Journeys
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM Indian Hill Railways
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Wild China Beyond the Great Wall
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Who Do You Think You Are?
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM Victorian Farm Christmas
01:00 PM - 03:15 PM Cromwell (1970)
03:15 PM - 03:30 PM Coast
03:30 PM - 04:15 PM The Indian Doctor
04:15 PM - 05:00 PM The Weakest Link
05:00 PM - 06:30 PM Strictly Ballroom (1992)
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM Springwatch Christmas Special

Now at least BBC2 has some kind of an effort there (if you like india / china and/or trains) but on the whole BBC1 is a very very sick joke for a Christmas schedule
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Old 28-12-2010, 19:46   #4
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What are they about this year?
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The shabby treatment scheduling wise is a bit disappointing given that they got them back from C4, they could have at least binned off the 'who do you think you are' repeats from BBC 2 for them. Why 3 days and not 5 days i wonder?

Used to be a big deal for me growing up, got a stack of videos somewhere for some of the old ones that i probably won't ever be able to watch again.

What are they about this year?

looking at digiguide seems to be materials science based, going to set the sky+
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Old 28-12-2010, 22:47   #6
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Wasn't bad, but preferred the plants theme last year. The presenter today seemed to be a bit nervous and felt like he was all over the place trying to link things together.
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I am enjoying the Indian Hill Railways programme.
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I am enjoying the Indian Hill Railways programme.
Good for you, I meant no disrespect regarding the listings content as such. BBC 2 is at least showing something better than the normal daytime drivel that BBC 1 is oozing out tomorrow morning.

Anyone who claims to need the 177th repeat of homes under the hammer.. you're on your own
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Presumably they were "assigned" to BBC4 at some point, and that doesn't start until 7pm, so they were doomed from the start!
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Originally Posted by edz2k4 View Post
No one can tell me there's no room in the schedules when BBCs wednesday morning output looks like this

BBC 1
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Homes Under the Hammer Then BBC News;
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM To Buy or Not to Buy
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Cash in the Attic
12:15 PM - 01:00 PM Bargain Hunt
01:00 PM - 01:30 PM BBC News at One
01:30 PM - 01:45 PM South Today
01:45 PM - 02:45 PM Only Fools and Horses
02:45 PM - 03:40 PM The Young Ones (Six well-loved celebrities spend a week living as though it were 1975)
03:40 PM - 05:15 PM Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)
05:15 PM - 06:00 PM The Weakest Link
Yep, that's a disgrace. I hate the fact that those crappy "Watch Estate Agents prattle on" and "Ebay for those with time to spare" shows are now all over the weekend schedules. They barely have a place on morning TV, to let them out and then go as far as to play them on bank holidays is beyond a joke. I say Bring back the likes of 'Call My Bluff', I'm sure Sandi Toksvig isn't busy.
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I say Bring back the likes of 'Call My Bluff', I'm sure Sandi Toksvig isn't busy.
I agree - and maybe Ask the Family?

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Watched the first one today after recording it last night and it was OK, thought he was trying a bit too hard to be fun and fast paced for the short attention span generation e.g. using the green screen etc. Is it just me or did they used to be more lecture and less constant demonstrations in the past? i'm becoming a grumpy old man.

You can listen to Sandi Toksvig every weekday from midday on London's LBC 97.3FM on SKY Channel 927

I like her and all but her showing up on channel 927 would be a bit of a mood killer. That is an old blog entry - the radio stations on Sky have been moved to 01## type number for a while.

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LBC 97.3 is available on Sky Digital channel 0112 and Virgin Media channel 973.
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