Sunday, September 26

TV stay home: everyone hails the medium that kept us entertained in 2020 | TV

me You know it’s tedious to look back on 2020 and force everything through the prism of the coronavirus – “Hey, do you remember that absolutely horrendous one-year spectacle that we all almost lived through? Well, let’s take a look at the horror again, shall we? – but it’s a bit unavoidable when recapping what is arguably the strangest year on television since the format was invented. Each of us has watched more television in the last nine months than at any other time in our lives. And yet, with so little new production, our viewing habits have become strangely out of date. I’m bored with live TV and bored with set-top boxes, so what else can I do? Read a book? Behave.

The first thing we have to face is the brief Zoom era of Lockdown 1.0, which was not very good. It’s hard of me to point people out, but Steph’s show Channel 4 was an early example of the way colliding with necessity, when a cheerful Steph McGovern tried to put on a light magazine show from the comfort of her own home. Yes, it was rubbish (and Steph’s less limited packed lunch The variation of the study shows that the desperate broadcast from a home was the faulty part, not the rest of the show’s format), but more importantly, it started airing on March 30, the date we still think we would all be. back at work. in a couple of weeks, and the mere fact that someone tried to launch a magazine show to keep us all entertained amid a global emergency that shaped history is something to be commended.

Then we started to get by. This was officially the year that TV presenters started getting very far away, and that will likely continue into 2021. Some formats have coped with social distancing pretty well, because they were basically socially distanced anyway. Sunday brunch he’s done well, proving that Tim Lovejoy is some kind of TV roach that even nukes can’t end, and once he was rebooted, the bombastic Sky guys yelled opinions at each other while not touching at all. -all football coverage remained practically the same. Our standards may have dropped a bit. The Queen’s Gambit and Undoing Both were celebrated simply because they were new televisions, rather than good televisions, but I suppose one of the main symptoms of the coronavirus is a loss of taste. However, it should be said that I can destroy you, Normal people and Industry more than made up for, say, Netflix The stranger.

Part of me is hopeful for the next two years of television; At least the writers have had nine months to come up with stellar ideas, and those scripts that didn’t go into production before the pandemic have had almost a full year of polishing. But I don’t want to diminish the here and now Television has been there for us, and for that reason, one of my shows of the year was The Great Briton Bake Off – normally something I dismiss as silly for people who only go to Glastonbury to drink gin, but this year it was elevated to essentially a public health service, with the cast and crew bubbling together to make a cozy competition show that is felt like a quiet island of normality.

So that’s 2020: it’s not the best year for innovation, nor for the premium quality drama we’ve grown used to in the golden age of television, but it has continued and that’s something to be thankful for, at least. .

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