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    I was rather surprised to see from my TV Guide magazine that ITV have got Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on the Spring Bank Holiday Monday in the afternoon - the original Gene Wilder film from 1971, while BBC 1 have got normal weekday programmes on at that time, but BBC 2 have got the Guys and Dolls on - step forward Brando and Sinatra! Pity that they have This Morning on as usual in the morning (natch) and as recently as a few years ago that was also given a day off for family films - I was concerned as a result that it made its first appearance on Christmas Day last year. I know that people have DVDs with films on them; people go to the cinemas (which I believe will be opening again soon if they haven't done so already); as well as the movie channels on Sky and Freeview, but it wasn't the same as it was in the 1980s and 1990s.

    I remember reading about complaints elsewhere that run of the mill series like Murder, She Wrote were being seen on a Bank Holiday Monday schedule, and comments like they would have preferred to have seen Angela Lansbury in something lie Bedknobs and Broomsticks - I know that it got an August Bank Holiday slot in 2004 (my birthday incidentally just like this year), even if I was visiting the Newlyn Fish Festival in Cornwall on that day! What has improved was the Saturday afternoon-alike coverage of sport on BBC 1 and ITV which thankfully has gone now, (probably around the time when World of Sport was axed), but I am certain that horse racing still gets shown in that slot now and again.

    At least when it comes to the May Day Bank Holiday a few weeks ago, one has the World Snooker Final to fall back on, but apart from that, Bank Holidays seem to be a normal affair with "business as usual" programmes - even the odd James Bond and Superman films would turn up here. Turn the clock back to the late 1980s and we had the ITV Telethon on the same Bank Holiday, raising money for charity, and even I donated £5 to Telethon as a goodwill gesture. This is why I look forward to events like Christmas and Royal Weddings - at least if it is a Bank Holiday, you are guaranteed to have special programmes on to keep you amused.

    Bank Holiday television ain't quite what it used to be, do you agree?
    I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
    There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
    I'm having so much fun
    My lucky number's one
    Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

  • #2
    Certainly do agree
    i always looked forward to Disney time usually shown on Bank Hols

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    • #3
      You make the point George that everybody has dvds which these days can be picked up for a quid each but i think the plethora of streaming platforms is another reason programme schedulers seem like they can't be bothered showing what at one time would have been considered a treat on a bank holiday. Bond was considered a staple of any bank holiday but you can practically switch your tv on anytime and find a Bond film is showing, the magic is gone as we have become a nation of "on demand" gluttons. I can literally switch on my ahem...."customised" fire stick and watch anything at anytime.
      Ejector seat?...your jokin!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by George 1978 View Post
        I was rather surprised to see from my TV Guide magazine that ITV have got Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on the Spring Bank Holiday Monday in the afternoon - the original Gene Wilder film from 1971, while BBC 1 have got normal weekday programmes on at that time, but BBC 2 have got the Guys and Dolls on - step forward Brando and Sinatra! Pity that they have This Morning on as usual in the morning (natch) and as recently as a few years ago that was also given a day off for family films - I was concerned as a result that it made its first appearance on Christmas Day last year. I know that people have DVDs with films on them; people go to the cinemas (which I believe will be opening again soon if they haven't done so already); as well as the movie channels on Sky and Freeview, but it wasn't the same as it was in the 1980s and 1990s.

        I remember reading about complaints elsewhere that run of the mill series like Murder, She Wrote were being seen on a Bank Holiday Monday schedule, and comments like they would have preferred to have seen Angela Lansbury in something lie Bedknobs and Broomsticks - I know that it got an August Bank Holiday slot in 2004 (my birthday incidentally just like this year), even if I was visiting the Newlyn Fish Festival in Cornwall on that day! What has improved was the Saturday afternoon-alike coverage of sport on BBC 1 and ITV which thankfully has gone now, (probably around the time when World of Sport was axed), but I am certain that horse racing still gets shown in that slot now and again.

        At least when it comes to the May Day Bank Holiday a few weeks ago, one has the World Snooker Final to fall back on, but apart from that, Bank Holidays seem to be a normal affair with "business as usual" programmes - even the odd James Bond and Superman films would turn up here. Turn the clock back to the late 1980s and we had the ITV Telethon on the same Bank Holiday, raising money for charity, and even I donated £5 to Telethon as a goodwill gesture. This is why I look forward to events like Christmas and Royal Weddings - at least if it is a Bank Holiday, you are guaranteed to have special programmes on to keep you amused.

        Bank Holiday television ain't quite what it used to be, do you agree?
        People's expectations have changed George. It's largely no longer the case that famillies huddle around the box and share the experience of Bank Holiday viewing as they might have done in the past. It was almost a ritual and I say that in the nicest possible way. The old films remain the same, it's us that have moved on.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by W1 Rover View Post

          People's expectations have changed George. It's largely no longer the case that families huddle around the box and share the experience of Bank Holiday viewing as they might have done in the past. It was almost a ritual and I say that in the nicest possible way. The old films remain the same, it's us that have moved on.
          I have to admit that I do miss that "the whole family does everything together" aspect of British life - as someone who has traditional views, I do miss that. But of course, variety is indeed the spice of life and what one person likes, the other person doesn't like.

          I suppose that Sunday opening of shops is one example - however, I think that going to B&Q or Ikea on a Sunday to do some DIY or garden shopping is better than the pre Sunday Trading Act 1994 and staying at home with nothing to do because no shops are open. I prefer the shops being open on Sunday rather than the 1980s and before.

          Kudos to ITV for showing Willy Wonka however - all I can say is that this year, the August Bank Holiday is on my birthday, and so I will certainly be making plans to be entertained on that day! (and no COVID situation will hopefully ruin my plans).
          I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
          There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
          I'm having so much fun
          My lucky number's one
          Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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