TV, or no TV: That is the Question

Whether ’tis nobler in the the mind to suffer the post-watershed tr… Okay, let’s not go there.

I have a dilemma. A pretty embarrassing one at that. I’ve never been a great one for TV and haven’t had one in the house for years.

On account of this I’ve had numerous altercations with the TV Licence people. The last one ended with a letter stating they will not harass us again for two years. It arrived three days before we moved out of the property!

The trouble is, I’ve now redirected some of my writing energy into working on a screenplay. Now, I do watch a lot of movies, but movies are not the same as TV drama. And this one is a TV drama.

Can you see where this is going yet?

So, do I watch as many as I can on the catch up services on the internet, or do I get a dreaded box and do the research properly? Look at the time slots, the type of advertising (assuming it’s not the BBC), what comes on before and after the drama etc.

Yes, I know. If you want to write for TV you have to watch TV.

Thank goodness I moved house. If I had to buy a licence at that address after all of the arguments I’ve had about not having a TV they would be celebrating for week.

“Ha! Got her. She finally admits that she HAS been lying to us all this time. We win!” I can hear the champagne corks popping from here.

Now all I need to do is change my name. Any suggestions?

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2 thoughts on “TV, or no TV: That is the Question”

  1. sandman says:

    I’ve just now read all this business about the TV license. My god, what sort of nonsense is all that?!?! Thankfully here in the US we don’t have to get a license.

    In our house Mrs Sandman is the TV watcher – I could certainly live without it. In fact I more or less do, as she controls the remote and we definitely don’t have the same taste in programming 😀

    I wonder if you really do need to watch TV in order to write a good TV screenplay???

  2. Karen says:

    Hi Sandman, thanks for stopping by.

    Yes, it is nonsense and I think I’ve pretty much decided I’ll use the internet catch up services to look at the type of dramas that they’re currently showing.

    All I can do is write one and see what they say. It will be a fun challenge even if nothing comes of it 😀

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