Our TV blogger, Lyndsey Finch, takes a look at the highlights and lowlights of what’s currently on our screens
With the average person watching a minimum of 4 hours of Television a day, TV Shows have well and truly become an integrated part of our daily life.
With numerous soaps for viewers to bathe in, comes the obvious deluge of EastEnders/Coronation Street/Emmerdale related press, but what about the other shows that we Worksopians watch at home with awe and trepidation?
This month has seen the Winter Olympics well and truly take over our daily viewing; BBC 2 must be rubbing their hands with glee as their viewing figures for the North soar.
My personal highlight has surely to be the Jamaican Bob-sleigh Team; first, last or anywhere in-between, overcoming the struggles of even getting to the Olympics this year has made them my TV Pick of the week. (Invariably, the did come dead last, but who cares? I’m already booking my tickets for Cool Runnings 2 at the Savoy).
This week also saw the Benefits Live Debate attract 2.7 million viewers. A topic that is possibly close to many locals hearts for one reason or another, the debate shone light on how those for and against our current benefits system think. With Benefits Street resident ‘Celebrity’ White Dee taking a front seat in this debate, she was scrutinised for claiming benefits on the grounds of her ‘Depression’ (Allison Pearson querying White Dee’s diagnosis of depression on the basis of the fact that she’s kind to her neighbours was a definite highlight for me).
Charlie Mullins, founder of Pimlico Plumbers has a very relevant point when he said that if these people clearly want work, why would you need to take their benefits away in order for them to get jobs? Wouldn’t it be easier to tackle the supply side?
He also made the solid point that he’s bored of hearing the parties blame one another, and I think he speaks for all of us there.
Surprisingly, the newly returned DCI Banks attracted a huge number of viewers this week, which surprised this avid television viewer; with is washed out Yorkshire accent and dismal script, I unfortunately couldn’t get through the second episode and had to make use of my pre-recorded episode of The Voice to see me through the weekend.
The Voice, also this week was a little wishy-washy, with the inevitable Kylie-isms (basically, some delusional form of sexiness that only the little Green fairy that is Ms Minogue could get away with).
Next week, however, is the final round of auditions, which should be a good watch if only to watch Will.I.Am panic in the last stages and embellish us with even more of his nonsensical anecdotes and metaphors.
This week also saw the Final episode of Splash! I admit, I was initially intrigued by this show on the premise of seeing Tom Daley’s naked torso, but despite its cringe-worthy Autocue, I actually enjoyed this show. It is one of the few reality shows where contestants are made to work hard in order to not show themselves up as the self-obsessed Z-Listers that we formally know them as (Danielle Lloyd, I’m looking at you). Perri from Diversity was a worthy winner, although his dancing credentials were a slightly controversial point of you were dragged into the Twitter debates that occurred.
In the next few weeks we see the return of Britain’s Got Talent with Simon Cowell once again taking the helm. I cant wait to see what delights him and David Walliams have in store for us...