Monday, 24 May 2010

Coming up ... huge irritation

I have just caught up with the lunchtime BBC 1 show from the Chelsea Flower Show, presented by a woman who has really irritated me. It's such a shame to be irritated by one of the few television programmes I have any interest in watching. And the cause of my irritation? Two words ... "coming up".

The show lasted just twenty nine minutes including opening and closing credits and started with the irritating bint addressing the camera and stating the general topics that were going to be covered. Fair enough, I knew to expect a review of some show gardens, flower arranging tips and behind the scenes shots of exhibitors putting the final touches to their displays. I can cope with that, in fact it's rather nice to know there is a flower arranging bit because that means I'll have a chance to pop to the kitchen and make a cup of tea.

But then those dreaded words "coming up" and a whole series of clips from the things that will be shown over the next (by then) 24 minutes. Why? Why show a tiny extract from something I only have to wait a blink of an eye to see in full? And then, once I've blinked and the item is running it loses impact because I know the most interesting bit already.

This reminds me that the last time I watched a full 30-minute news bulletin on the BBC a couple of items were covered and then, half way through the show, the newsreader said "coming up" followed by clips from items I couldn't possibly have to wait more than ten minutes to see.

Do they think we all now have the attention span of a tadpole? Is it a reward for us taking the trouble to tune in, we've been good boys and girls so we are allowed to see the best few seconds twice. Or is it just a practice from commercial television when they try to ensure you don't turn over during the advert break? I don't know. But I do know it is incredibly irritating.


john miller said...

"Do they think we all now have the attention span of a tadpole?"

I, too, get vastly irritated when the BBC constantly suggest that I have

simon said...

Isn't this something they got from barristers?

1. Tell 'em what you're going to tell 'm
2. Tell 'em
3. Tell 'em what you've told 'em

Or something like that.

Stan said...

I caught part of this today and do you know what annoyed me .....

Some chap, discussing a bee friendly garden, claiming that bees were threatened with extinction due to climate change.

There is no scientific evidence to support that claim - but he said it anyway and most people will just assume that is the case.

It's not - but it just goes to show the depths the BBC will plumb to promote a particular world view.

Word: verification - "honicap" - is this context sensitive?

TheFatBigot said...

So very true Mr Simon, QCs are the worst.

I watched that programme last night Mr Stan and share your frustration. Honey bees are under threat, and have been for some time, from the veroa mite - a nasty little thing that eats bees. There doesn't seem to be any evidence that bees, or indeed veroa mites, are in the least bit sensitive to tiny changes in average temperatures.

If they can live comfortably during a summer averaging 16C one year and then 22C the next, it is patently absurd to suggest that a decade later they are in danger because a year averaging 16.1C is followed by one averaging 22.1C.

Anonymous said...

I too get very irritated by this and I thought I was the only one, so thanks for highlighting it!

It's the BBC being bone idle. Instead of actually doing some work and giving more news/information/insight etc, they can just be lazy.