Anyone else sick of Channel 5 showing programmes to do with the Royal Family?

marcaaron22

Active Member
Why is Channel 5 always showing programmes to do with the Royal Family, the odd one, ok, but it’s week after week of programmes..
Yes, I know, most will say, just switch the channel off if you don’t like it, that’s not the point, the programmes in my opinion are just a waste of programme space..
 

nvingo

Well-known Member
How is it a waste of programme space? Granted there is less space on Freeview since the government grabbed some frequencies for mobile data technologies and a mux was closed, but that mainly carried minority and +1 channels.
Even so, if you can't find a programme to watch live, you've probably got something recorded that you would prefer. Channel 5 is about 1/50th of the available channels now; think back to pre-1984 when any programme broadcast nationally would occupy 1/3rd of the available capacity.
 

Flashy

Well-known Member
Channel 5 shows them because enough people watch them to warrant companies paying to advertise before, during and after them.

With easier recording, Freeview, Sky, Netflix, Prime Video, catch-up services, pretty much every film made available with just a few clicks and umpteen other examples, one channel showing things I'm not interested in doesn't bother me.

That said, in my very early 20s I rang the BBC's helpline to complain about some rubbish being shown on another channel. They said they couldn't do anything about that, so I said they could stop showing repeats of Star Trek which would mean I wouldn't have to watch the other channel.

Seemed funny at the time as a probably slightly tipsy student. Less so now.
 

Sloppy Bob

Distinguished Member
I have this simple solution.

I don't watch Channel 5. I have no idea what's on it now, later or tomorrow.

that’s not the point
What is?

Programming on Channel 5 is paid for by advertising. They don't program in the public interest or your interest. They program what they think will attract enough viewers to watch to attract advertisers.
 

Greg Hook

Moderator & Reviewer
I used to watch Channel 5, but very rarely do anymore.
This was in the days when they would show CSI etc.

Now all they seem to show is soaps and those crap programs where celebrities you've never heard of discuss another much more famous celebrity in the guise that the program is revealing previously unknown information.
 

EarthRod

Distinguished Member
Why is Channel 5 always showing programmes to do with the Royal Family, the odd one, ok, but it’s week after week of programmes..
Yes, I know, most will say, just switch the channel off if you don’t like it, that’s not the point, the programmes in my opinion are just a waste of programme space..
I would guess it highlights there are very many people who enjoy programmes about the royal family (note removal of capital letters).

See no problem with that considering the royal family is built into the fabric of the UK and tourism is worth a bob or two.
 

aVdub

Distinguished Member
If my remote had channel buttons on it and was years and years old, CH5 and the bbc buttons would still look pristine.
 

vu599536

Suspended
For me it's programmes about Diana I am fed up with. She will be dead for 23 years at the end of the month. The same goes for any excuse for the Daily Express to make Diana headlines.
 

Flashy

Well-known Member
Again, blame the viewers/readers, not the channel or the paper. If such programmes/stories didn’t attract people in their droves, they simply wouldn’t be there.
 

nheather

Distinguished Member
Can't say I have noticed - mind you I hardly ever watch Ch5.

Out of interest, is it the Royal Family or just the tabloid parts of the Royal Family, William and Kate, Harry and Meghan and Andrew?

Cheers,

Nigel
 

brucer2

Standard Member
Plenty of other forms of media to watch!
 

sraper

Active Member
Why is Channel 5 always showing programmes to do with the Royal Family, the odd one, ok, but it’s week after week of programmes..
Yes, I know, most will say, just switch the channel off if you don’t like it, that’s not the point, the programmes in my opinion are just a waste of programme space..
My wife "loves" these programmes! I try desperately to find anything else to do around the house and still end up watching too many of them😭
 

mjn

Distinguished Member
I remember when Channel 5 first started and they had Kathy Lloyd on. How times have changed. :laugh:
 

aVdub

Distinguished Member
Police Interceptors - CH5

I remember one now....

Name: Dave Quickly
Car: Scooby
Fav Food: Kebab
Hates: Salad
 

Ste7en

Distinguished Member
There is still a Channel 5?

I honestly can't remember the last time I watched anything on Channel 5. It must be at least a decade.
 

krish

Distinguished Member
Out of interest, is it the Royal Family or just the tabloid parts of the Royal Family, William and Kate, Harry and Meghan and Andrew?
It's tabloid tittle-tattle of the past and present with the same contributors in all of them. Mostly the Queen's kids and grandkids. Probably that lazy fudgeer sister of hers too iirc.
 

gibbsy

Moderator
For me it's programmes about Diana I am fed up with. She will be dead for 23 years at the end of the month. The same goes for any excuse for the Daily Express to make Diana headlines.
Please let's have some perspective here. If our Queen of Hearts was still alive do you think we'd be having this Covid thing hanging over our heads. Certainly not. She would have stopped it. :lesson:

Well that's what the Express said.
 

Wahreo

Distinguished Member
It’s funny you should mention Channel 5 because I woke up this morning and my first thought was that channel and within minutes I was seething.
 

JSWolf

Active Member
If Channel 5 running documentaries about the Royals really bothers you that much, you need therapy. 🤪
 

sraper

Active Member
If Channel 5 running documentaries about the Royals really bothers you that much, you need therapy. 🤪
#firstworldproblems 🤣
 

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