OK, so most people are going to think that this is going to be a thread comparing British shows to glossy over-airbrushed American ones. It's not. It's just that flipping through the channels on my TV there's an abundance of programmes that have been filmed on video, that have had a really awful 'filmic' effect applied. It looks like they've just run it through some process that removes half of the video fields! Everything is nasty and aliased and jaggy. Examples of shows that look like this include: Little Britain (BBC-3) Shameless (Channel 4) Peep Show (Channel 4) Nathan Barley (Channel 4) Why is this done? Coupled with the horrible compression on so many channels (the BBC ones look especially bad), it makes some programmes just truly unpleasant to watch.