It is only when you look at TV schedules do you realise that they have declared this time of year to be the long preamble to Christmas. With a lack of imagination it seems they roll out the same old dross every year. I suppose someone must like it but really it is mostly a re-branding exercise of old shows from the 70s and 80s when they were original! Take Downton Abbey, well that's Upstairs, Downstairs. Strictly Come Dancing is, well, Come Dancing from the 60s that nobody ever watched with a few celebrities added. Then there's BBC's new game show The Guess List, looks strangely like Blankety Blank to me. And so it goes on, regurgitate old shows, sprinkle in a few z-list celebrities and we have the magic formula.
With television now having hundreds of channels at our disposal you would think there would be more choice. There is even a channel that shows old repeats over and over again. Err, what's it called, now? Ah yes, BBC1! We have to endure this all the way to Christmas and although we don't watch soaps in our house my in-laws do, So come Christmas Day when we visit, we have wall-to-wall bumper editions of Eastenders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale that somehow all meld into one. While on BBC2 you have the whole box set of Morecambe and Wise and Dad's Army. Now, I liked them but, goodness me, how many times have we seen them. Aaaaaaaagh! I think I'll go down the pub... no, I can't, it's the only night of the year pubs are closed!
Clearly I am getting myself worked up just thinking about it, so long may the 'summer' continue before we have to curl up in front of the fire. It is a great time to get out and about, enjoy the lovely Devon weather and maybe visit an art gallery (you were wondering how I was going to get that in, weren't you?) and you never know you just may find the perfect Christmas present.