Was It Better Back Then?

I was doing a bit of research for this book thing and I wanted a T.V. programme from April 1974. Amazingly you can view copies of the T.V. Times from years ago. I guess if your not British or you’re not ‘old’ you haven’t a clue what I am rattling on about. It was a magazine that contained ITV programmes listings, you had to buy the Radio Times if you wanted to know what was on BBC. Bear in mind we only had three channels BBC 1 and 2 and ITV. No Freeview or Netflix back then. In fact we didn’t have a video recorder never mind Blockbusters.

T.V. TimesOn further scrutiny though I realised that on Saturday alone we had The Fabulous World of Skiing, The Saturday Morning Film, The Woody Woodpecker Show and an afternoon of Sport, complete with ‘All in Wrestling’ and the old ladies who regularly rushed to the ringside to hit Mick McManus or Steve Logan (they were the ‘Baddies’) with their handbags and all before 6pm. Choice is great but now it sometimes takes me longer to find something to watch than it does to watch it 🙂

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About charliecountryboy

Carpenter and Carpentry Lecturer. Writer, 5k and 10k runner, musician. Curious about life and all those wonderful people in it.
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76 Responses to Was It Better Back Then?

  1. I think more choice is a bad thing when it comes to going shopping with my wife and daughter… but not sure on this one. On the one hand it means that more people’s interests are catered for, on the other it makes it hard to find what you want… but you may always find something you hadn’t ever thought that you’d watch and like… however it encourages more time to be spent on TV… so I can only be a fence sitter here, although personally I spend more time reading than I do in front of the box, unless the world cup is on.

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    • I see where your coming from, if I watch anything on TV it’s usually a drama and these days it’s usually Netflix so I can get exactly what I want, but it does mean a lot of trolling through stuff to find it. I agree with the reading by 9pm I’m usually immersed in a book anyway 😀

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  2. Great post Charlie. The more you have, the higher your expectations. I remember watching ‘Saving Pvt Ryan’ and thinking ‘awesome’ same as the first time I saw ‘The longest Day’. For me TV is as good/bad now as then, it’s just now there’s so much more chaff to rummage through. And you’re unlikely to find the likes of ‘Love thy neighbour’!

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  3. Ana Daksina says:

    Hey, but you’re not jumping up and down adjusting the rabbit ears…

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  4. Carolyn Page says:

    Things don’t change much around the world, Charlie. Those TV programmes (or very similar) were here in Oz, too!
    I can remember, way back, the kids from our neighbourhood would all be sitting in our loungeroom watching the tele. We were the first in our street to have one… You can imagine the thrills and awe it sent through all of us. That was in the fifties; things sure have changed.. 😉 😉
    Good luck with your research. 🙂

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  5. 🤣🤣🤣The good ole day’s! Fun remembering though, thanks for the trip down memory lane😊

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  6. It is probably best to go back to the early beginnings. And yes, at this point, it was better–

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  7. Rakkelle says:

    It does take much longer to find something to watch. Too many choices. I sometimes spend an entire hour scrolling through my choices and then, after all that end up saying, “Screw it!”; and end up picking up a book instead. 😁

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  8. Rakkelle says:

    Exactly! Or wait til next season to find out who shot JR. You remember “Dallas”? 😂😂😂

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  9. chattykerry says:

    We have about 600 channels on our cable set-up. I watch very few of them but truly enjoy binge watching Netflix or HBO series. Now I can indulge in Science Fiction every single night!

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  11. Danny says:

    A blast from the past.

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  12. Cherryl says:

    I like the choice you get on Netflix as it means you can really filter to your interests…i don’t really bother with TV anymore!

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    • Yes I agree, but sometimes there is so much choice I spend half an episode searching and changing my mind. I guess I need to be more decisive 😂😂 Thank you for reading 😀

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      • Cherryl says:

        You are right lol, but I have had a few recommendations from people I know, liked the sound of the things they’d watched and started watching straight away – then Netflix gives you those recommendations based on things you’ve watched (rated highly) so that helps a bit – but yes you can go on an on swiping and searching, trying to decide (like too many sweets in a sweet shop) 😊📺

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      • Yes those are valid points 😀. So now I have to ask, have you watched Luther? I just finished it and you know what it is – when you really liked something you just need to shout about it lol

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      • Cherryl says:

        No I haven’t but so many people have been raving about Luther that I’ll have to add it to the list!!! I’ve been watching episodes of ‘Black Mirror’ recently – a bit weird but it’s keeping me curious 👀

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  13. I made a valuable purchase at Amazon.com a few months ago — an Amazon Fire TV Stick, just under $40 American, and instantly began streaming old movies and TV shows from the beginning of the TV era up to the latest shows everywhere in the world. Most are free, but a few of the movie channels cost a minimal amount. Guess I sound like a commercial here, huh? I’m not, just really loving all the free movies and the old TV programs I’m watching now.
    Over here we had the TV Guide to let us know what we could get on our own three channels, after ABC became a new network to go with NBC and CBS. Who would ever have thought back in those days we would have come as far as we are now? Actually watching live TV from other continents! Ah, well, after watching a man walk on the moon nothing seemed impossible — even having a computer in my home!

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    • Haha I have a mate who’s always selling the idea of his FireStick as I say I struggle with the choice on Netflix lol. Yes we’ve certainly come a long way, thank you for the input 😀

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      • Thumbs up to your mate! Some days I spend more time scrolling thru the choices than actually watching the movies, but on the bright side, most of the time a movie will act as an instant sleeping tablet for me. The more I want to see the movie from beginning to end the faster that sleeping tablet works.0

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  14. Oh the heady days of Mick McManus and Big Daddy……

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  15. What memories! I’m convinced that all this choice has not improved the quality of TV.

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  16. Sia Billion says:

    Great post Charlie? Anyother site to see your more work or do ya have Instagram?

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  17. Tejasv Kalra says:

    Great Post!
    I also feel that the old times were better…

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  18. You owe us a post friend 😉

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  19. Wilt says:

    I watched ‘the Beachcombers’ when I was in England late 70s. Weird to see a show there whose setting is right in my back yard.

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  20. Interesting post! I think it was better, too

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  21. Agreed. The good ‘ole days of TV programming bring back memories of “The Banana Splits” after school and Saturday cartoons. To this day, when I hear the woodpeckers pounding on an oak, I say, “Hi, Woody!”

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  22. Carolyn Page says:

    In a reply, Charlie, to ChattyKerry, you mentioned having watched Luther in a week. I’d been bypassing this series for some time, until I read this!
    Now we are watching a couple of episodes nightly! What an incredibly interesting/psychological thriller! It is such good acting I find myself thinking about it during the day! Don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a series so much.
    Just saying… and… Thank You… 😀

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