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Steph's Packed Lunch

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Spencer Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I have to admit, it’s nice to have a daytime TV programme live from a dockside location in a northern city again. I’m guessing there’s no room in Clarence Dock for a floating weather map sadly though. Wink

That said, and having watched half an hour, I’ve yet to be grabbed by anything. It’s all passable stuff, but nothing’s made me think I need to tune in again tomorrow - it’s all just very unremarkable. It’s early days though, and I’m sure there will be tweaks to the format.

The thing that struck me the most though when I first put it on was just how echoey the sound was. I know it’s not a purpose-built studio, but surely they could have done something to soften the acoustics. It sounds dreadful.
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gottago London London


That said, and having watched half an hour, I’ve yet to be grabbed by anything. It’s all passable stuff, but nothing’s made me think I need to tune in again tomorrow - it’s all just very unremarkable. It’s early days though, and I’m sure there will be tweaks to the format.

Early days? They've had a whole pilot series to work out the format. It might be in a different space and have a bit of an audience but there really is no excuse for the show to be as dull as it is now.

Some additional stats from Broadcast: it was half the average rating of the first series, well below the slot average of 236k, it was beaten by a repeat of Escape to the Chateau on More4.
Last edited by gottago on 15 September 2020 4:08pm - 2 times in total
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Soupnzi London London
Does anyone know how long this is commissioned for? Obviously for regional quota reasons and political reasons regarding Leeds, this prog will be given more leeway than others. But something as unsuccessful as this (assuming it doesn’t improve) will not just run forever.

This time they can’t use Steph’s neighbours as an excuse to ‘rest’ it (even if they’ve subsequently moved to Leeds Dock).
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gottago London London
Does anyone know how long this is commissioned for?

It's a sizeable commission this time. Seem to remember it getting an a four month order or something similar.
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Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Why on earth have they gone with the 100 minute run time for something that is just finding its feet

Surely it should be an hour long at this stage
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Castries New member
Turned it on and there was some dreadful 'world record setting' attempt at changing a nappy on a doll. Flicked back to the start, found it was all a bit shouty and echo-y. I just can't work out who would want to watch this - this has been dumbed down as far as TV can go, what a waste of the talent and Channel 4's remit.
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Cando London London
90k for this yesterday. Same as the Kitchen Nightmares repeat before it. Somehow even less than the dreadful home-based version.

Just the show C4 needs in its current precarious position. Rolling Eyes


It fell to 60k and a 1% share yesterday Surprised
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Meridian AM Meridian (South) South Today
It's just not needed. The target audience at that time already have the established This Morning and Loose Women.
And I don't think this Steph is the star they think she is. She seems shouty and annoying somehow. I'd never heard of her before this.
It looks and feels cheap and tacky. And feels too similar to This Morning, The One Show, etc. Rolling Eyes It's just not needed.
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Stuart West Country (West) Spotlight
Cando posted:
It fell to 60k and a 1% share yesterday Surprised

Isn't this already drifting into 'cancellation territory'?
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Meridian AM Meridian (South) South Today
90k for this yesterday. Same as the Kitchen Nightmares repeat before it. Somehow even less than the dreadful home-based version.

Just the show C4 needs in its current precarious position. Rolling Eyes


Because people were locked down at home when that was on. Ratings for most daytime things would have been higher at that time, surely?
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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Turned it on and there was some dreadful 'world record setting' attempt at changing a nappy on a doll. Flicked back to the start, found it was all a bit shouty and echo-y. I just can't work out who would want to watch this - this has been dumbed down as far as TV can go, what a waste of the talent and Channel 4's remit.


It certainly doesn't sound as compelling as what used to be on in that slot

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TheSebastian
It's just not needed. The target audience at that time already have the established This Morning and Loose Women.
And I don't think this Steph is the star they think she is. She seems shouty and annoying somehow. I'd never heard of her before this.
It looks and feels cheap and tacky. And feels too similar to This Morning, The One Show, etc. Rolling Eyes It's just not needed.


Desperately needs a cohost, it's tough to transition between all the items without awkward moments, and this show has lots.

It's still a solid show, but after a few days it's getting less so. Compared to the stuff STV locals used to churn out - Riverside Show and Fountainbridge Show - that were on a tiny budget, Packed Lunch is less entertaining for significantly more expensive.

Think the indie producers who moaned to Broadcast about the commissions the Steph Show /Packed Lunch /whatever they call it by the November relaunch, keep getting had a point about the poor track record of the winning prodco.

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