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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The big news from Channel 4 this week is that Jeremy Paxman will be involved in their election coverage, though we’re doubtful this will include an all-night results show as they surely don’t have the resources and about 95% of the coverage involves simply reporting the results which you can’t really do in any kind of alternative way. The channel’s in a bit of a state at the moment but the next episode of this series looks at the impact it made in its golden age, which we would suggest included the period Grade was in charge with ace shows like GBH and The Big Breakfast. What we love about the billing for this episode is that it suggests Ant and Dec Unzipped was one of the most important shows in the history of Channel Four. And that’s right!
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- In 'McCloud', iMatt says: "Pretty much inspired by Coogan’s Bluff starring Clint Eastwood?"
- In 'Paddles Up', Graham says: "Watching Paddles Up was very educational and I believe young people do white water rafting in Northampton."
- In 'Brass', Damian says: "It’s BLACKGUARD-not ‘blaggard’."
- In 'The Official Doctor Who Fan Club returns', ann marie louuise white says: "I am biggest fan in the world be course I love doctor who Matthew Robert Smith he is so lovely young Man in..."
- In 'Falling Down ', Gary Turner says: "An amazing film that’s still relevant today than it was when it came out in the 90s. Michael Douglas turely electrifying performance as..."