So, the BBC’s new Sunday night historical crowd pleaser is rubbish, apparently. I’m really sorry about this, for lots of different reasons.
Firstly, this seemingly neglected period of British history is populated by some interesting and influential characters, both male and female. It would have been nice to see them properly fleshed out and their motives and behaviour explored and explained, in an accessible way.
Secondly, the BBC can do this sort of thing really well.
Thirdly, I’ve done everything I can to renounce my long held position as Britain’s worst ‘late adopter’ as far as new TV runs are concerned. I rarely see anything at the time it first goes out on the TV schedules. Looking at Rogers’ Innovation Adoption Life Cycle, my TV viewing is firmly in the ‘laggards’ category. Sadly, this means that I am ‘very conservative, have a small farm and capital, am the oldest and least educated of the population’ (*).
In reality, I think my TV viewing habits stem from the fact that I tend to read so much, including TV criticism. If something’s deemed bad, I’ve missed it. Never mind. If the critics issue rave reviews, I’ve missed it. Doh!
A few examples. We still have an unopened DVD boxed set of 24 lurking about. I’ve only just seen the first DVD of Downton Abbey. Missed Broadchurch, obviously.
This time, as far as The White Queen goes, I’d done everything properly. I’d bought the Radio Times, seen the advert and set up the satellite box to record the whole series. So, it’s sitting there waiting to go.
Unfortunately, it’s been trashed by critics from the ‘quality press’ and I can’t be bothered to watch it now.
Pass me a book, I’ll stick with the laggards.
(*) the model was originally used to look at farming practises.