RATINGS: CHANNEL OVERVIEW
Appositely, as sabres rattle in Eastern Europe, BBC2 played two programmes on the outbreak of the First World War.
The sliding-about-a-lot has ended and GB won four medals, the best return since 1924; the year Mallory and Irving were lost trying to ascend Everest for the first time.
The nation is gripped by the sliding about of athletes, often in lycra and occasionally with brooms.
If ever there was a right time to announce the relinquishing of the BBC2 Quill of Control, it would be after news like this: BBC2’s Saturday and Sunday combined all-time share (12%) beat ITV’s (9.8%).
This week, Top Gear returned to show Benefits Street who’s boss.
The only winter watching I want to do is the sort that involves waving it off at a bus stop, followed by anxious glances down the road searching for the garlanded spring bus.
Last year, there was a Twitter-based hoo-ha about one of the Bake-Off finalists. It was largely ludicrous, if unpleasant for the baker involved, but creator Love Productions probably felt that as controversies go, it was manageable.
Gazing at the night sky seeing stars that blew up long ago puts missing the council’s Christmas tree collection day into perspective.
You have barely had time to forget the embarrassment of welcoming in the new year by singing into a hairbrush, or adjust to a new calendar, or manhandle into the garden the huge tree that seemed such a good idea to bring indoors three weeks ago, than a whole bunch of celebs start vying for your attention.
There were mixed fortunes for Channel 4 as Heston returned to nearly 2 million while Liberty and the British Comedy Awards struggled.
Some years ago, while snowbound at a friend’s house in Switzerland, we played Trivial Pursuit.
It remains difficult for me to see a polystyrene cup without wanting to pick it up, place it between my teeth and launch into “sitting at my piano the other day”, followed by throwing an imaginary ball into a paper bag.
“Amid the procedural boilerplate, glimmers of a more interesting show shone through.”