Mid-Summer 1993 on BBC One was filled with repeats of BBC sitcoms. For example in early August 1993, on Monday it was repeats of So Haunt Me and Waiting for God. On Tuesdays it was The Good Life and May to December. On Thursday it was Keeping Up Appearances and on Friday it was Dad's Army. All in prime time, so we can see the effect on the 1993 budget issues with BBC One.
Yes, but I actually quite enjoyed the output in that summer, across BBC1 and BBC2 they had alternative comedy repeats five days a week - Monday KYTV, Tuesday French and Saunders, Wednesday Canned Carrott, Thursday A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Friday Alas Smith and Jones - and I watched them all. The Smith and Jones repeats were particularly interesting, actually, as they went right back to series one in 1984 which I'd never seen before. All kinds of obscurities got an outing that summer, old Wednesday Plays and everything, so it was quite interesting. The Radio Times put Dad's Army on the cover one week in July, though, ostensibly for its 25th anniversary, and it was a bit controversial and an admission they had nothing better to feature (wasn't even any new content for the anniversary, just more repeats). Mind you, they had a Dad's Army cover again last July.
In the book Fuzzy Monsters about Birt's BBC, it suggests that inside the Beeb they were admitting they couldn't afford to run a proper schedule all year round, and that on Saturdays repeats of The House of Eliot were barely getting two million viewers, although I question whether anything could have gone that low in 1993, summer Saturdays or no. Actually while entertaining I'm not sure about the accuracy of various bits of that book.
There was always a sensitivity about repeats in the summer, they always had loads more than ITV, and I remember in 1996 Alan Yentob pledged that there'd always been at least one new drama programme every Sunday of the year, which ITV had always been able to pretty much guarantee.