For day 10 of #blogeverydayofjune I am also taking up the TV Meme Challenge (thanks to Mal Booth).
Do you snack while watching TV?
Yes… toast with vegemite, rice cakes, a toasted sandwich, a bowl of cereal, chocolate.
What is your favourite TV show?
Anything British with a genteel murder… Poirot, Marple are faves. We also like British lifestyle shows… Property Ladder with Sarah Beany, Location, Location with Kirsty and Phil, Hotel Inspector with Ruth Watson, stuff like that.
What TV show makes you run to change channels?
Better Homes & Gardens. Probably anything on Nine or Seven.
How do you view your TV guide: online, on-screen, newspaper, magazine, other?
I usually ask Wayne what we’re going to watch. He goes through The Age Green Guide religiously every Thursday and picks out all the good shows. Plus he knows how to work the set-top channel guide thingy.
Have you ever been surveyed for your TV-viewing habits or do you know anyone who has been?
Do you watch TV news and/or current affairs regularly?
I used to be a politics junkie, but I found myself getting increasingly depressed about current affairs so I don’t watch any now. ABC News and current affairs seems to have become a talking version of The Australian.
At election time though, we are big fans of Antony Green and his computer.
Do you watch any TV “soaps”? (Truth please, even if it is embarrassing.)
Ugly Betty. And I am not at all embarrassed to say it!
What other series shows do you try not to miss?
Collectors on ABC, especially now it’s back on Friday nights. The opening theme is my official start to the weekend.
Any previous series or shows you really liked?
The Good Life, from the mid 70s, lovely gentle humour. Margo Leadbetter is one of the most brilliant TV characters to ever appear on TV. More recently, the first series of Absolutely Fabulous, and Dinner Ladies. From the US, the Mary Tyler Moore Show and Bob Newhart. Ooh, and Lost in Space!
Do you have pay TV or are the digital channels enough?
We get Foxtel for free because Wayne works for one of the channels. I don’t think I could live without it now.
Do you only watch certain TV shows online?
I don’t watch any shows online.
Do you regularly use services like ABC catch-up or other online replays?
Do you ever pay any attention to the adverts?
Only the really annoying ones. I try not to.
Do you multi-task while watching TV & if so what else are you doing?
I knit, sometimes read, sometimes play on the computer, sometimes cook.
Is there a TV show that makes you laugh out loud?
“The Dish” – ridiculously stupid TV gossip show with Danielle Fishel.
Have you ever said no to a social invitation to stay at home and watch TV? (Truth again please.) Mind telling us what the show was?
We hardly ever go out. If there was something on we’d record it and watch it later.
Do you record TV shows & if so why and how (VCR, DVD recorder, TIVO, laptop, etc.)?
We record it the Foxtel set-top box. Well, Wayne does.
Least favourite TV personality/actor/character?
Sam Newman. Everyone on the Footy Show. Boofheads generally.
Most popular TV personalities/actors/character?
Victoria Wood and the fab ensemble cast she put together for Dinner Ladies. Special mention to Celia Imrie.
Have you ever seen anything really memorable on TV (not news/events – made for TV drama, etc.)?
We were in Japan for the 2007 federal election. We were watching a silly Japanese game show which was interrupted for a news flash which showed Kevin Rudd and John Howard. Don’t know enough Japanese to work out what they were saying, but we figured Kevin looked pretty happy and John didn’t. Yippee.
Do you prefer TV series or stand-alone shows?
Series, but only if they don’t out-stay their welcome.
Is there a specific show you find yourself recommending over and over?
I think the only shows I would recommend would be documentaries that I think someone might be particularly interested in. We recently watched a doco on Gerry Anderson and the Century21 productions like Stingray, Thunderbirds, UFO. FAB!