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  • LeoliansBro 25 Mar 2013 15:12:04 44,245 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    LeoliansBro wrote:
    elstoof wrote:
    I would happily pay double the licence fee if there was some sort of checklist with which I could decide where each portion of my donation went.
    I suspect this wouldn't change their output one iota.
    Probably not, in fact it would probably make it worse given the state of the general populace, though it would at least make for a more democratic approach.
    Well, the commissioning of programmes is based on viewing figures laced with the BBC's charter to produce quality programming. You could actually argue that your solution reduces the impact of the latter criterion, and so could lead to 50 more weekly episodes of Eastenders and no Arena or Storyville.

    Which would upset me muchly

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • localnotail 25 Mar 2013 15:18:42 23,093 posts
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    Old Grey Whistle Test was groundbreaking stuff, musically speaking. They used to schedule it for 30 mins but as it was the last show, they could let it run on for much longer :D

    X201 wrote:
    @localnotail

    First I knew of Pebble Mill closing was the pictures of the bulldozers :(
    It's still not been redeveloped yet. We used to go there when I was a student and annoy Anne & Nick by doing stupid things in the distance behind them.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Tom_Servo 25 Mar 2013 15:22:28 17,961 posts
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    RedSparrows wrote:
    BBC4 alone is worth the price.

    MORE TRAIN DOCUMENTARIES PLEASE.

    I'm being serious.
    I'm a big fan of the series with Portillo.

    As for the BBC, I love it. Sure, stuff like Eastenders might not be to my taste, but they obviously cater to some people's tastes. I don't think we'd get quality programming like the stuff we get on BBC4, or aforementioned documentary shows like Storyville otherwise.

    I think Sky are trying to branch out a bit with their investment in original programs and channels like Sky Arts, but no one does it like the Beeb, frankly.

    (And this is all before we get to radio, by the way)
  • DaM 25 Mar 2013 15:25:03 13,210 posts
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    RedSparrows wrote:
    BBC4 alone is worth the price.

    MORE TRAIN DOCUMENTARIES PLEASE.

    I'm being serious.

    BBC 4 documentaries are great. Canals, motorways, bread...best things on TV!

    If I was able to direct my licence fee, it would be to the BBC News, BBC4, Radio Scotland. And maybe a quid for BBC3. £1.50 tops. BBC3 & 4 would never happen without the licence fee.
  • X201 25 Mar 2013 15:31:15 15,476 posts
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    The World Service in the early hours of the morning is brilliant, I go to sleep with my radio on and get woken up by all sorts of things.

    The Happy Days theme tune in German was the weirdest.
  • RobTheBuilder 25 Mar 2013 15:34:02 6,521 posts
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    The whole point of the BBC is that you DON't say where it goes. They cater for everyone. You get Eastenders AND Train documentaries. You get BBC One AND BBC Four. Radio 1 AND Radio 3.

    People complain about licence fees and so on, but it goes to something that in cultural terms gives us far more than we pay for.

    If the BBC closed the cultural and social gap it would create would be immense.

    If anyone cares I've written a little piece about TVC here too: http://the-ad-pit.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/dont-know-what-youve-got-til-its-gone.html
  • RobTheBuilder 25 Mar 2013 15:34:44 6,521 posts
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    @X201 Montag, Dienstag, glücklich tag!
  • X201 25 Mar 2013 15:37:24 15,476 posts
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    LeoliansBro wrote:

    Well, the commissioning of programmes is based on viewing figures laced with the BBC's charter to produce quality programming.
    The latter more than the former with Early Doors, it didn't get brilliant ratings but it was recommissioned based on the audience appreciation of it, a good thing too.

    Brilliant comedy and a real shame it didn't get the audience it deserved.

    Edited by X201 at 15:37:47 25-03-2013
  • RobTheBuilder 25 Mar 2013 15:39:20 6,521 posts
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    @X201 I can't imagine a commercial broadcaster re-commissioning it with low ratings. Look at Blackadder, after that first series, I can't imagine ITV ordering another one.
  • X201 25 Mar 2013 15:47:08 15,476 posts
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    Only Fools and Horses had a difficult birth, the Beeb stuck with it for three series until it found its legs.
  • RobTheBuilder 25 Mar 2013 15:48:26 6,521 posts
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    @X201 Exactly. Two of the best comedies ever made in this country would have almost certainly been finished before they made good by any other broadcaster.
  • ScoutTech 25 Mar 2013 16:02:13 2,424 posts
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    DFawkes wrote:
    I remember thinking it felt like a big hissy fit since the government wouldn't let them raise the licence fee. Ooh, you won't let us fleece people for more money! We're selling off our iconic building now!

    Completely wrong of course, but this is the Internet so I'm sticking with hissy fit :p
    Wasn't it the Labour Gov that forced the sale and move? Supposedly in retaliation for the Iraq Dossier kicking they got given from the BBC.

    So yes a hissy fit but from a different group

    Edited by ScoutTech at 16:02:34 25-03-2013
  • danathjo 25 Mar 2013 16:03:27 7,384 posts
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    well world service will eventually move in and a couple of the studios are staying there, along with post production, or eventually coming back in two years at least

    not quite the same though
  • gammonbanter 25 Mar 2013 22:04:46 1,499 posts
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    I grew up in West London, walking past TVC always used to make me smile, the other Beeb building, where they film the One Show etc, is just around the corner - it's alright I suppose!

    Has any good original program come out of BBC 3!? It seems like every comedy that I see an ad for (on BBC3) is of the same ilk - i.e. shit!

    We tried drinking a beer from every world cup nation http://worldcup2014beers.wordpress.com/

  • localnotail 25 Mar 2013 22:25:15 23,093 posts
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    Prior to recent stuff,
    Other Older Shows Commissioned By BBC Three
    10:96
    15 Storeys High
    2004: The Stupid Version
    24 Hour Panel People
    28 Acts In 28 Minutes
    3 Non-Blondes
    Above Their Station
    AD/BC - A Rock Opera
    Adventures Of Daniel, The
    Barely Legal
    Brain Candy
    Brave Young Men
    Bright Side, The
    Catterick
    Celebrity Bitchslap News
    Chris Moyles' Comedy Empire
    Chris Ramsey's Comedy Fringe
    Clone
    Comedy Marathon Spectacular, The
    Comic Relief's Big Chat With Graham Norton
    Comic Side Of 7 Days, The
    Coming Of Age
    Coupling
    D.O.A.
    Dappers
    Dawson Bros. Funtime
    Dead Boss
    Delta Forever
    Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live
    For The Win
    Gavin & Stacey
    Gemma Factor, The
    Grass
    Greg Davies Live: Firing Cheeseballs At A Dog
    Grownups
    Him & Her
    Horne & Corden
    How Not To Live Your Life
    I'm With Stupid
    Ideal
    Impractical Jokers
    Inn Mates, The
    Ketch! And HIRO-PON Get It On
    King Is Dead, The
    Klang Show, The
    La La Land
    Laughter Shock
    Lee Nelson Live
    Lee Nelson's Well Good Show
    LifeSpam: My Child Is French
    Little Britain
    Little Miss Jocelyn
    Lunch Monkeys
    Marc Wootton Exposed
    Marigold
    Mark's Brilliant Blog
    Massive
    May Contain Nuts
    MeeBOX
    Message, The
    Mighty Boosh, The
    Mongrels
    Monkey Dust
    Mouth To Mouth
    Nighty Night
    Off The Hook
    One Non Blonde: Down Under
    Paul & Pauline Calf's Cheese & Ham Sandwich
    People Just Do Nothing
    Personal Affairs
    Persuasionists, The
    Placebo
    Pramface
    Pranker, The
    Pulling
    Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive
    Russell Howard Live
    Russell Howard Live: Dingledodies
    Russell Howard: Right Here, Right Now
    Russell Kane: Smokescreens And Castles
    Scallywagga
    Simon Amstell: Do Nothing Live
    Site, The
    Smoking Room, The
    Special 1 TV
    Stand Up For Sport Relief
    Stanley Park
    Tapeface Tapes, The
    Things Talk
    Three@TheFringe
    Tittybangbang
    Tom And Jenny
    Torn Up Tales
    Touch Me, I'm Karen Taylor
    Trexx And Flipside
    Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps
    Unzipped
    Vidiotic
    Visit, The
    Way To Go
    We Are Klang
    White Van Man
    World Series Of Dating
    Wrong Door, The
    Not a very high hit-rate, but some nuggets of good comedy there, especially Monkey Dust.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • TheSaint 25 Mar 2013 22:27:17 14,397 posts
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    Gavin & Stacy and Little Britain are probably the most well known things to start on BBC3. Can't beat a bit of Don't Tell The Bride either.
  • Razz 25 Mar 2013 22:28:59 61,205 posts
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    Damn I've lived in Ladbroke Grove for most of my life, as a temp, I've worked at Television Centre a few times over the years, it's sad to see it go.

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  • X201 25 Mar 2013 22:43:33 15,476 posts
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    @localnotail

    Monkey Dust series 1 is my most cherished DVD.
    Shame they didn't release the other series, would have cost a bomb in licensing though :-(
  • gammonbanter 25 Mar 2013 22:53:55 1,499 posts
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    TheSaint wrote:
    Gavin & Stacy and Little Britain are probably the most well known things to start on BBC3. Can't beat a bit of Don't Tell The Bride either.
    Gavin and Stacy is good, I think Lil' Britain has been spoiled for me by repeats. Pah, I hardly watch broadcast TV anymore any how, radio 4 play and a cup of tea - now that's entertainment!

    We tried drinking a beer from every world cup nation http://worldcup2014beers.wordpress.com/

  • graysonavich 25 Mar 2013 22:56:09 7,353 posts
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    Pulling is pretty underrated!

    But I've a massive crush on Sharon Horgan and will watch anything she's in...
  • Whizzo 25 Mar 2013 22:56:25 43,124 posts
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    I only visited Television Centre once, to see a taping of The Fast Show, it was "Brilliant!"

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  • elstoof 25 Mar 2013 22:59:12 7,354 posts
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    graysonavich wrote:
    Pulling is pretty underrated!

    But I've a massive crush on Sharon Horgan and will watch anything she's in...
    http://www.setcelebs.com/shane-horgan.html

    Phwoaaaar.
  • danathjo 27 Mar 2013 00:06:18 7,384 posts
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    So was there a special for the closing that I missed? something with Madness or sum fink?

    Would iPlayer it if I knew what it was called
  • Jazzy_Geoff 27 Mar 2013 00:37:49 7,767 posts
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    Only morons don't appreciate the BBC. It's a national treasure. I'll be sad to see TV centre go, especially as I live about 600 meters away from it. On the other hand I'm moving so meh.
  • RobTheBuilder 27 Mar 2013 00:49:03 6,521 posts
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    @danathjo There was a madness live at TVC, and a goobye TV centre show. Both worth watching.
  • danathjo 27 Mar 2013 00:50:52 7,384 posts
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    On the bright side New Broadcast House is a large and soulless place which plants and non communal bins are banned, and no one has their own desk as hot desking is 'the thing to do'

    But hey, at least it looks nice
  • danathjo 27 Mar 2013 00:52:11 7,384 posts
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    @RobTheBuilder have a week off, will make sure I check them both out!
    cheers
  • RobTheBuilder 27 Mar 2013 00:54:20 6,521 posts
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    @danathjo Shame, sad when people forget the heart of these places. It may be because it's news focused.
  • RobTheBuilder 27 Mar 2013 00:54:53 6,521 posts
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    @danathjo Yeah, worth doing. It's made me reminisce with clips of Going Live! and similar for the past few days!
  • danathjo 27 Mar 2013 01:04:00 7,384 posts
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    One of best memories is of getting my Blue Peter badge around the fountain of TVC with a work mate breaking the world record (or trying for it anyway) of mass hula hooping...until I kicked out to just outside the ring cause some ex bp presenters and kids needed to be on camera pfft whatever ;)

    And just walking around the place and there were heaps of quotes from Monty Python, Goodies (all the stuff I grew up with in Oz) around the place on the walls.
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