Tuesday 21 November is World Television Day, offering no better excuse to sit back and relax in the comfort of your home and enjoy some quality time in front of your TV.
Times have changed since so many of us sat down on an evening in front of ‘the tube’ (from the days before plasma and LCD screens) and plotted their ‘route to midnight’. This usually started with the soap operas, followed by a documentary or a drama series, and finished with a film or maybe even more drama.
Family life used to revolve around the ‘magic’ of the television set, as they were once known, and before the explosion of the internet and social media, the world’s major events were brought to us by TV. The moon landings, Royal weddings (and funerals), and our nation’s great sporting triumphs.
But nowadays with 24-hour streaming and on-demand TV, to so many devices such as phones and tablets, how many of us ever take the time to focus on the box?
Here are a few suggestions why you should take the time in front of the TV, or at least some ideas of what you can expect if you do.
Binging on box sets is becoming more and more fashionable. Many of us spend many an hour watching back-to-back episodes of our favourite shows, or getting up to speed with a new series. Box sets provide hours of entertainment to help you escape from the outside world. Just try not to overdo it in one go – if you find a show that’s really addictive, it’ll be the next morning before you know it!
Take a TV trip down Memory Lane
With so many TV channels and catch up streams on offer, chances are there will be plenty of programmes you’ve seen before. That’s no bad thing, because like relaxing in your living room or den there is also plenty of comfort in enjoying a series you know and love. Everyone has a favourite, and if you prefer a comedy series you’ll know that some of the greatest jokes never get old.
There’s never been more sport on TV, especially if you have premium sports channels. Tonight there’s a collection of Champions League and Championship matches to enjoy, so if you want to watch the cream of European talent or the teams battling to make it to the promised land of the Premiership, there’s something to look forward to.
If football’s not your thing, you can also find plenty of rugby, cricket, boxing and many more. What’s more, sport is also a great opportunity to invite friends round enjoy the action together.
Maybe you’ll learn something?
More and more documentary series are on TV these days, ranging from nature programmes to hard-hitting series which give you a fly-on-the-wall glimpse of life in the emergency services.
Whichever takes your fancy, spending an hour or two in front of documentaries can be really educational and enjoyable, and in some cases can give you some real perspective if you think you’ve had a ‘hard day’ at work.
Soaps and reality
Maybe soaps are more your thing? If so, there’s always plenty to choose from. Or perhaps you’ve become a reality TV junkie? It seems these days that you can’t move without bumping into some form of ‘reality’ series.
Soaps and reality TV always divide opinion, from those who think they’re trash TV to those who simply can’t get enough of them. But the fact remains, if you want to tune out from the rest of the world for a while, they’re worth a watch.