Satellite telly in Britain has been around since 1978, however Sky Channel broadcasting Australian Rules football and looped episodes of The Untouchables to a few enthusiasts with giant dishes in their back garden doesn’t really count. The satellite age didn’t really kick-off here until 1989 when a Rupert Murdoch-injected Sky Television went head-to-head against BSB. The stark difference between the two services was perhaps best symbolised by their radically different satellite dish designs: Sky’s was an ugly, wire-meshy, nobbly affair made by the bloke who ran Amstrad, whereas the BSB squarial was of a majestic white, adhering to that aesthetic so beloved of home make-over programmes – clean, sleek lines. Undoubtedly the squarial was the more elegant of the two but whose carried the most popular service? Well BSB offered state-of-the art D-MAC satellite technology and an eclectic mix of arts, sport and entertainment programming, but for those who chose Sky there was unlimited ALF, 21 Jump Street and The Price is Right .
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Creamguide's Pick of the Day
Not the greatest episode of the series last week, we didn’t think, but there were still lots of nice bits in it and we quite like how it would have wound up those people who think the only children who should appear in Doctor Who are Victorian ghost children. The story arc in this series has been pretty minimal, with Michelle Gomez making only the briefest of cameos, but here’s where it all pays off with the first part of the finale.
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Points of View
- In 'Play School', THX 1139 says: "I wouldn’t like to think there’s an Australian Hamble out there somewhere."
- In 'Creamvote #2 The most unforgettable news theme!', THX 1139 says: "Has to be Nationwide for me, the only one you can dance to. Though I don’t know why that would be important."
- In 'Play School', Scott McPhee says: "The Australian version of Play School is still on the air. The format is the same as the British one. The Australian Play School has the same props,..."
- In 'Love Thy Neighbour', Scott McPhee says: "In Australia, Love Thy Neighbour is back on television for the first time since the 1980s. I forecast letters of complaint being written to..."
- In 'Creamvote #2 The most unforgettable news theme!', Tony Perry says: "Such a tough one! News at Ten just shades it for me; whilst I think the WIA theme is a stunning piece of music, it..."