I’m a telly addict. I have been from a young age. Saturday mornings in the 80s Saul household didn’t consist of football at the crack of dawn, rugby at lunch and fencing in the evening. It was more like cartoons in the morning, wrestling in the afternoon, down the Saturday market with my parents after lunch and back home in time for The A-Team and some Blind Date before bed.
Do I feel like I’ve wasted time? Not when I’m at a quiz night and the quiz master asks who played Des Clarke in Neighbours.
My useless encyclopaedic knowledge of all things television is just a starter. TV also taught me how to be a skilled fighter via Monkey Magic and how to build a machine gun using copper wire and a packet of Marlboro Lights. Thanks MacGyver.
Admittedly, my kids don’t watch as much TV as I did. They have a life. There’s ballet and tap on a Saturday, swimming on a Monday, science club on a Tuesday and gymnastics on a Wednesday. Oh, and they are about to be enrolled in Kung Fu, which will probably fill up Thursday (mummy really does know how to keep them busy).
But the black box on the wall can be a life saver. Especially when you’re trying to make lunch for a six-year-old, four-year-old and 6-month-old. It’s even handy when calming the rugrats down after an epic fight about who owns what in the house. (“Daddy paid for it so it’s technically mine” line doesn’t work no matter how many times I try it).
In homage to my TV addiction and the many times it has saved my life (sanity), here are my current favourite shows:
Justin Fletcher is a bit of a celebrity in the Saul household. We even went to see the genius live at Camp Bestival one year. Yes, the last sentence is nuts but true.
Classic! And when I tuned in for the first time since I was a kid, Indian-born Ajay and his family were now residents of Greendale.
Dear adults without children. Still missing The Fast Show? Well, this is way better.
64 Zoo Lane
I’ve always wanted live next door to a zoo and the theme tune is brilliant!
Grandpa in My Pocket
It took me a couple of months to figure out Grandpa is Roy in Only When I Laugh.