What do you watch on TV? Do you watch TV?
We live in a digital era, a world of entertainment on demand where you don’t need a TV aerial, SKY cable or a TV guide to tell you what tonight’s viewing choices will be. We flip open a laptop, tablet or phone, find something to watch on Netflix or some free online streaming site. Whatever your mood, there’s an abundance of choice out there and something for everyone, all the time and whenever is convenient for you.
Back in the day, it was all about racing home after basketball practice or mass on a Saturday evening to watch Dawson’s Creek or the big big movie and then dancing around the sitting room with the aerial to get a half-decent reception that didn’t have lines running across the screen. We even had to endure these things called ads… how times have changed.
As it goes, I don’t watch that much TV. I love movies and I will watch an episode of a TV show I like most nights of the week. But I’m not really into lying in front of the TV remote in hand, just randomly flicking to see what’s on – it drives me mad. I’d much rather a book and a bath.
One of the pearls of on-demand tv out there at the moment is Channel 4‘s On Demand TV streaming. They kindly put up nearly all of their programmes for you watch online and in their generosity, they extend this service free to Ireland, as well as the British isles. I, for one, am very grateful. Nobody does documentaries (or drama) quite like Channel 4. Everything they make has a Channel 4-esque feel that, immediately recognisable and needing no introduction.
What to watch on Channel 4 right now – The Secret Life of 4,5 and 6 Year Olds and The Secret Life of Brothers and Sisters. If you are ever having a bad day and need a pick me up, the best thing you can do for yourself is put this programme on for an hour. So funny, so honest and ultimately so life-affirming, it is just wonderful. Watching a group of 4 year olds interact with each other, seeing how they react to different situations and just hearing how they talk to each other, it’s just so funny. The series then compares the behaviour of the 4 year old group with that of the 5 year olds and then another group of 6 year olds. It’s very well done and so interesting to see how big the differences are.
The newer series of Brothers and Sisters sees some of the old kids return but this time alongside a sibling to see how they interact with their siblings when other children are around. Also with hilarious results – although I was taken back to being ignored as the uncool little sister many times while watching this.
Just to give you a taster, some of the best quotes were:
– When asked what’s it like having a little sister? 7 year old Tia says “It’s like a dream come true. And a nightmare”.
– When asked whether it was better being the older or little sister,”I like being young because I won’t die as fast as Mia.”
– 7 year old George to his big brother when they were competing against each other to come up with as many descriptions for eating a slug as they could – “We don’t need adjectives you know”.
Hilarious and ridiculously cute at the same time. Happy watching!