October 16, 2007

Dear BBC, re: Bloody Snooker

Dear BBC

You've cancelled Top Gear for Snooker. Why? Surely a programme that is under near constant criticism by the media doesn't make it to 10 seasons by being unpopular. I think Top Gear is one of the best programmes made in Britain at the moment and absolutely will not accept that snooker achieves even the merest fraction of an iota of a crumb of a percentage of the ratings and following that Top Gear has.

The practice of replacing perfectly good, and absolutely fantastic, regular programmes with utter rubbish like ephemeral sporting events is archaic, irrational, nonsensical, and stems from TVs infancy when there wasn't enough time in the day for one channel to fit everything in.

So why not do everyone a favour and create "BBC Pointless-Crap-That-No-One-Cares-About" for things like snooker, football, and any other upstart rubbish deluded enough to think itself superior to any other programme on TV today (yes, inferior even to that human cesspit that is Channel 4's "Big Brother").

Yours

Someone who wishes you'd see sense.


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  1. I feel I should point out, however, that I have nothing against people playing sports. I myself really enjoy playing pool and snooker. Also, although I can’t stand it, I don’t care if people play football.

    What I can’t see the point of is watching sport, especially something as slow-paced as snooker.

    What I especially hate is televised sport displacing programs I want to watch.

    Also I feel I should point out that I did actually send this to the BBC (without the letter opening and closing); I’m not just hoping they’ll stumble across it here. I know it won’t achieve anything, but if no one complains it’ll only encourage them…

    16 Oct 2007, 00:48

  2. I thought TG has become rather stale. Rehashing old ideas and the programme format has become crushingly predictable and tired. I’d be disappointed if the beeb recomissioned another series without a significant overhaul. It all looks a little too comfortable and predictable for me.

    16 Oct 2007, 10:25

  3. Why should those who like snooker be forced to miss out on live coverage of it so that you can watch a pre-recorded program?

    16 Oct 2007, 15:58

  4. Why should those who like snooker be forced to miss out on live coverage of it so that you can watch a pre-recorded program?

    I can’t really comment on that, because:

    What I can’t see the point of is watching sport, especially something as slow-paced as snooker.

    I’d happily choose playing a game of snooker with a friend over watching Top Gear because it’s more fun. However, I would like to have the opportunity to record Top Gear so I can watch it later.

    A better idea, that I’ve just thought of, is that since analogue TV is going to stop soon everyone should be thinking of getting digital or forgetting about telly. Therefore, since the technology already exists, why not have the analogue BBC 2 as scheduled with the regular weekly showing of Top gear, but have digital BBC 2 broadcast both Top Gear and the snooker?

    16 Oct 2007, 17:07

  5. ... why not have the analogue BBC 2 as scheduled with the regular weekly showing of Top gear, but have digital BBC 2 broadcast both Top Gear and the snooker?

    Because that would just be too sensible. Honestly, you don’t think the BBC would be that thoughtful do you? :p

    17 Oct 2007, 09:34

  6. steve

    It is even worse to remove the repeat showing, and not even reschedule it. I couldn’t watch Top Gear on Sunday. I just sat down to watch it (Wed 7pm) and snooker is on. I think the only other showing will be a week on Sunday at 3am in the sign zone. Surely it could be shown late at night on BBC1 2 3 or 4. Oh no, I forgot, Two Pints of Lager Double bill repeats take up al the time. The BBC are Idiots!!

    12 Dec 2007, 19:59

  7. rich

    whoever richard winskill is needs to put brain into gear before typing. if you don’t like watching snooker then keep it to yourself. millions of other people clearly do and get over it, as snooker is on tv about twice a year. use your brain.

    16 May 2008, 12:53

  8. b

    has it occurred to you that the BBC does not base all of its programming decisions on you?

    12 Oct 2008, 13:01

  9. mike

    I don’t see the point of watching anything you could do yourself. Why watch Eastenders when you can get drunk and argue in the street yourself? Jackass is a waste of time as you could cut your nadgers off with a rusty saw yourself quite easily. X-Factor? Anyone can sing badly.

    The owner of this blog is a bit of an arse, really.

    Oh, and Ronnie Wood turned up in the audience for the snooker several times. They’ve even interviewed him between matches. So sucks to whom?

    16 Oct 2008, 11:21


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