Which? Convo regular Alfa is here to debate a new topic – TV annoyances. What winds you up about telly these days? Is it the volume of ads? What about excessive narration?
I was watching Eggheads the other evening and they have introduced an annoying background beep. That got me thinking of other TV annoyances.
Let me jog your memory
‘Earlier in the program we showed you…’ – that is probably the one thing about TV programmes I hate the most. Sure, a brief ‘In this programme…’ introduction at the start of the programme is no problem. And even an ‘in the next programme…’ at the end can work.
But why do programme makers think we need reminding before and after every set of adverts? Can we really not remember what we saw 10 minutes ago? Do we really need another reminder of what we are about to see?
I find Border Patrol and Nothing to Declare interesting programmes but the format of splitting storylines into several parts, only to then keep reminding you what you have already seen drives me mad! Why can’t they show a whole storyline then go on to the next one?
Even Countryfile has adopted this annoying format and I can’t be bothered to watch it anymore. I might actually watch more programmes right to the end if the repetition stopped.
Can you hear me at the back?
Then there’s the annoyance of filling most of the screen with what’s on next or worse, an announcement before the current programme has even finished – this completely ruins the end of a programme. Plus, sometimes I like to read the credits but they are unreadable when squashed on one side of the screen to make room for what’s next.
Having to turn the volume down when the adverts come on used to be a big problem. This was greatly improved a few years ago but seems to be sneaking back again.
I also think the BBC are very bad at running programmes late and not adjusting their timings so the end of recordings are missing. I once wrote to the BBC when they ran a series finale late. I had recorded it on Sky and the climax was missing even though the extra 2 minutes were added to the end of the recording; their reply was a bit of an anti-climax.
Arrgghh, coming next…it’s over to you!
So, are you like Alfa – are you getting annoyed by TV? What are your top annoyances and do you have any tips to get around them?
This is a guest post from Which? Conversation community member, Alfa.