It’s no secret that my preference in TV viewing tends towards what could politely be termed the lower end of the intellectual spectrum of programming (and is often referred to by some of my ruder friends as ‘all that shit you watch, Caroline’).
Although I don’t watch soaps any more, my TV viewing over the last several years has included such gems on occasion as Jordan and Kerry Katona’s reality TV shows, X Factor, Big Brother (not so much in the last few years, but I used to be glued to the first few seasons), America’s/Britain’s Next Top Model, Glee, Gossip Girl, Shameless …. anyway, you get the idea.
But, without realising it, I seem to have gradually changed.
I am deliberately avoiding even a minute of the new series of Celebrity Big Brother because I don’t want to get sucked in and waste my time on it, and have also decided not to watch The X Factor this year (SO tired of the format – boring, boring, boring – and it goes on for MONTHS. Also can’t stand the media hype around it.)
I gave up Glee a few episodes into the second season as they didn’t seem to have anything new to say, and gave up Gossip Girl because the storylines got so ridiculous in the third season, I just couldn’t be bothered with it any more.
Likewise, neither Kerry or Katie Price have anything to say that I want to hear these days. I look back and am quite amazed they ever did, really.
So. This weekend I watched a drama serial on DVD which was shown on Channel 4 earlier this year, called The Promise.
And not only was it gripping, entertaining and a cracking story, it actually taught me a lot about the history of Palestine/Israel over the last sixty or so years – a subject about which I was previously woefully ill-informed.
Perhaps my taste in TV really is changing …?
Although I’m still LOVING The Real Housewives of Orange County, and I can’t imagine myself watching anything featuring Jeremy Paxman anytime soon, so maybe not.