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.