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PFMC841,552 posts since 28 Feb 2013
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The View looks to still be using those awful SD titles, surely they could finally update it to HD if they are changing the set? The DOG also needs updated to HD as well.

They also seem to love that green screen as Sport used to use it, then Weather and now The View. Can't say I'm a fan of it, it just looks so outdated, it would have looked great in the 90's or 00's, but we're approaching 2020, it comes across as very naff.
PFMC841,552 posts since 28 Feb 2013
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Channel 5 general discussion

They really could do with refocusing their channels.

5 USA is the only seemingly successful one as it has a clear name and focus/content but should it just be limited to American dramas and the odd film, and not show American comedies?

5 STAR could be anything going by the name. It houses a lot of American comedies in daytime and UK docs and reality in the evening so why not give it a name that better suits that?

5 SELECT is a complete waste and I imagine this will be the prime choice to go if Comedy Central is to launch on Freeview.

5 SPIKE could equally go and I would probably never notice. It hasn't really made an impact and doesn't have any standout content.

Paramount looks nice but doesn't have a lot of new content to draw in audiences.
PFMC841,552 posts since 28 Feb 2013
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The five main PSBs switching to 14:9

the not very good Stephanie Cole sitcom Keeping Mum


The main thing I remember about that show is the opening titles which had her in a chair spinning round and grinning inanely while the camera zoomed in and out with some incredibly cheesy music playing. I still giggle thinking about it, it was so ridiculous.

 

Here for your viewing pleasure:-

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PFMC841,552 posts since 28 Feb 2013
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Supermarket Sweep (pretty much) confirmed to return

The show was given an almost universal mauling over on DS.

The main Twitter comments I read last night ranged from simply "I love Rylan" to "God, these contestants are thick", but not a lot about the actual show itself, format, etc.

I see they are showing it at 8pm every night this week, and all week again for the next 3 weeks.
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PFMC841,552 posts since 28 Feb 2013
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Supermarket Sweep (pretty much) confirmed to return

A jackpot of £3000? That would have been big in the original run in the 90s. For 2019 it seems quite odd. Plus at 5 seconds for the correct answers is that how they are gonna pad this out to a whole hour?

The forced humour with the staff and security guard is also not necessary. It seems like there’s a lot of fat they could have trimmed to make it 30 mins as it doesn’t lend itself to an hour long format.
PFMC841,552 posts since 28 Feb 2013
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Ready Steady Cook to return

"Ready Steady Cook is a celebration of the much loved BBC One Daytime show, reimagined for contemporary Britain."

But it was never a BBC ONE daytime show, it always was a BBC TWO teatime show...? The odd celebrity special was on BBC ONE but in the evenings.

Anyway, it's mad to think that for the shows original run between 1994 and 2010 they made approx. 100 episodes a year on average, making a total of 1751 regular episodes, not including the 101 celebrity episodes, 6 one off specials and 12 daytime Celebrity Christmas specials.
PFMC841,552 posts since 28 Feb 2013
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Sony's Shenanigans

Going by the first days listings, is that really what they want their flagship UK channel to look like? All repeats of programmes already repeated to death on TV? Changing the name and giving it a fresh look isn't gonna improve ratings if they aren't showing anything people would want to watch.
PFMC841,552 posts since 28 Feb 2013
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Channel 5 general discussion

The 5 now appears to have been filled in whereas it is just an outline on all the other channels. I imagine they will all get this new filled in version of the logo at some point with or without rebrands. I think 5 USAs look is fantastic. It would be a shame to see it go if it wasn’t being replaced by something that was just as good.

I doubt we will ever get them for some time, if ever, but they really could do with launching 5 USA and 5 STAR HD channels.
PFMC841,552 posts since 28 Feb 2013
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Channel 5 general discussion

In fairness, 5 STAR is like the neglected channel in the 5 family, it usually gets the basic on screen look and the programming that no-one seems to want to watch. I doubt changing the logo or on screen look will change that too much. Even promoting it ahead of 5 USA and other 5 branded channels on Sky hasn't helped, it's still overlooked. I doubt any changes will make it a watched channel, unless they change the name completely, 5 STAR just doesn't mean anything and hasn't caught on with viewers.
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PFMC841,552 posts since 28 Feb 2013
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Sony's Shenanigans

And come January 2020 it will become Sony Movies Classic.

Annoyingly though, they are following the trend of showing a movie news update in the middle of the film, which created a separate EPG listing. Almost every second programme on the channel over the course of a day is a movie news update. Bloody hell.
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PFMC841,552 posts since 28 Feb 2013
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The Gay Byrne Irish Television Thread

Odd that RTÉ's promo videos for their schedules have such lovely graphics and animations, yet their two TV channels have awful looks and presentation. The way that video animates etc/ could easily be a good on screen look for RTÉ 2 (and lets face it, they badly need it). The 2017 (IIRC) video was beautiful and would have made a great look for RTÉ 1.
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