Hey, nothing personal, but I pay a lot of money in order to get the set of channels that includes BBC America so that I can have BBC news in the morning. And hopefully other superior BBC programming. But what do I now get? Let’s look at this evening (written Jan 23). From 6:00pm to 2:00am there is an unrelieved series of “Top Gear” repeats. I’ve never watched one through, but it seems to be about a white man of a certain age (plus two more such buddies) and his obsessive attraction to motorized vehicles. Nuf said. So what breaks that boring stream of male combustion? At 2:00am we are offered James May's Road Trip. Not one, but three of them squished into an hour, before it is time to return to Top Gear at 4:00am.
Okay, so what about tomorrow? We’ve got the morning news from 5:00am for a few hours and then a couple of other loud white men and their shows – such as The Graham Norton show - before settling in to a day-time of Chef Gordon Ramsay having abusive temper tantrums – from noon till 4:00pm and then again from 7:00pm till the following morning’s 5:00 newscast. To be clear – Ramsay is interrupted a couple of times for some-white-man-or-other’s road trip, but only for one segment.
And so it is as the days pass. Big swatches of time split between “Top Gear” and various incarnations of Ramsay, with the occasional interruption of lesser pale males.
So I want to know: Who is programming this cacophony of sameness? And who is watching this shite? And can I get my money back?
P.S. A BBC World News channel has lately begun broadcasting.