Monday, January 08, 2007

Sky at Night

“At my age I do what Mark Twain did. I get my daily paper, look at the obituaries page and if I'm not there I carry on as usual.”

With so much cabbage on the TV these days you would have thought that the BBC would celebrate the 50th anniversary of 'The Sky at Night'. Presented by Patrick Moore in all that time bar 1 programme. But they have decided to put it on at 1.50am on Monday morning.

Scene at the BBC:
Programmer: "Oh that Sky at night , Noone watches it do they?. How come it has lasted 50 years?"
Ashlucher: "Yes indeed Miss lob it in with See Hear and the OU programmes"
Programmer: " Ah Glad you agree coz that wierd baldy bloke rang me up and complained you know!"
Ashlucher: "Oh you know best Miss, What's 50 years! anyway. I'm off to catch up on Celebrity Big Brother."

The fact is that it has been going for 50 years because it has a huge loyal audience. Not down to the xylophone playing Mr Moore but more in it has been the only programme on TV to cover the subject of astronomy. It might have had a bigger audience but it has always been scheduled at a ridiculous time.

I'm going to try and stay awake to watch. 2.50am over here, but i will probably not make it as usual. Instead of interviewing Piers Sellers they should have got Jade on.


Glynn said...

Perhaps they are thinking that star-gazers would be up at night anyway looking at stars and that.

Polarbear said...

Ay must be. I watched it was quite an interesting one with that spaceman on.