On a good week I only watch maybe 4-5 hours of TV. It’s not to say that the TV is not turned on more than that, but the programmes on are usually not something I make an effort to watch but is often just background, (in fact, the film Zulu is on at the moment, which is a still enjoyble despite the large number of times I’ve seen it.)
A couple of TV polls caught my eye this week. The first is Time’s best of TV for 2005. Being an American list, I’ve only heard of the first 2 items (Battlestar Galactica and The Office) but I’ll be looking out for the rest. I find it interesting that they put a sci-fi show in first place but Galactica is good drama that is just set in sci-fi world. It’s been one of my favourites this year and looking forward to the new episodes in January.
The other is a poll of the UK’s most missed programmes. 5 out of the 10 are sci-fi, and you could probably add Buffy to this as well ( I wonder if Doctor Who would have been in the list if it had been done last year) So despite my perception of mainstream media normally disregarding such programmes (you rarely see them reviewed) they are well regarded.
.1 Star Trek
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
4. Fawlty Towers
5. Blake’s 7
6. The X-Files
7. Babylon 5
10. The A-Team
I’m surprised that Stargate is on the list as 2 series are in production (in fact the original is going into a 10th season) and new episodes are a regular on terrestrial TV at the moment. I guess it was not on when the poll was taken.