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JamesM0984
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Friday night, 1:30-2am, I've come in from a late shift and there's, being blunt, very little in the way of content on TV. News Channel, gambling, signed repeats... not a lot of original stuff. You used to be able to find some real gems at night - edgy stuff, foreign imports, maybe a movie, stuff that was a bit offbeat... now though, there seems little to be said for night time TV.

It's a far cry from even a few years ago. I'm not expecting the BBC to cater for late-night viewing because they barely have the budget to keep BBC Two on-air during the daytime, but there must be an audience out there for this sort of stuff? That didn't suddenly appear in the late 80s and then drift away surely?
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Neil Jones4,905 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
Satellite and cable TV took the majority of the stuff that would have aired overnight, the foreign imports and the obscure movies (see TalkingPictures, the True channels and what is now Christmas24 for all that).

Roulette seems to be the in-thing at the moment. Years ago there was the "Quiz TV" stuff but that genre strangled itself with the fall out that followed around TV competitions generally.

It could have been so different as discussed here, though the end result as we now know it may have been the same anyway:
https://tvforum.uk/tvhome/itv-night-time-franchise-1980s-41990/
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Markymark6,276 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
Additionally, services like Netflix have an abundant library of premium content that viewers can choose - so you don't necessarily have to watch low brow content to wind down to.


Indeed, and what’s wrong with using iplayer etc to watch stuff, and/or PVR recordings ? Mrs Markymark who suffers from bouts of insomnia currently goes downstairs and watches Mad Men on Netflix in the middle of the night
VMPhil9,210 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Friday night, 1:30-2am, I've come in from a late shift and there's, being blunt, very little in the way of content on TV. News Channel, gambling, signed repeats... not a lot of original stuff. You used to be able to find some real gems at night - edgy stuff, foreign imports, maybe a movie, stuff that was a bit offbeat... now though, there seems little to be said for night time TV.

It's a far cry from even a few years ago. I'm not expecting the BBC to cater for late-night viewing because they barely have the budget to keep BBC Two on-air during the daytime, but there must be an audience out there for this sort of stuff? That didn't suddenly appear in the late 80s and then drift away surely?

Multi channel TV has kind of done away with the need for the BBC or ITV to provide comprehensive night time programming. I have zero interest in signing up to or using Netflix, Amazon etc., I usually find something good to watch if I find myself in the position to watch TV in the early hours.
Brekkie30,734 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
HTV Wales Wales Today
Additionally, services like Netflix have an abundant library of premium content that viewers can choose - so you don't necessarily have to watch low brow content to wind down to.


Indeed, and what’s wrong with using iplayer etc to watch stuff, and/or PVR recordings ? Mrs Markymark who suffers from bouts of insomnia currently goes downstairs and watches Mad Men on Netflix in the middle of the night

Sometimes at 2am in the morning you want someone to choose what to watch for you.

It's not just 2am though - even 10pm onwards has become somewhat of a wasteland most nights.
Shouldn't that have been posted in the "John Logie Baird has Invented Television" thread?
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