1. Earliest remembered television
Astro Boy, from when I was about four. It was at a neighbours house because we didn't have one at that point. The next telly that made an impact on me was watching the moon landing sitting on the floor looking up at the TV attached high on the wall of the preps classroom. I don't think I was all that impressed by it either.
2. TV series you would want on a desert island
I'm not sure I'd be watching telly on a desert island. Wouldn't I be fishing or looking for food or building a raft or something? But if there was a boredom factor and we had electricity etc, I would want something really long running and either a) convoluted like Twin Peaks with the young and delightful Kyle MacLachlan, oh still my beating heart or b) really inane like Neighbours (if G was there, Neighbours would be a good choice because then he wouldn't be moaning about missing it) or c) Star Trek, for solidarity, because being marooned would be like being adrift like they were in Voyager maybe?
3. TV that made you laugh
Recently, The Ronnie Johns Half Hour which G made me watch. I kind of hated it because it is just so wrong, but at the same time I had tears running down my face. And The Wedge, especially the pokie ladies, the teacher and the pyscho school girl. Once again just so wrong. Oh and Kath and Kim, of course because that's where I come from. Noice.
In times gone by, The Goodies, the Young Ones and Fawlty Towers,
4. TV that made you cry
The news. Sometimes frequently. Bad things that happen to babies or children, refugees, war and bushfires. All these things have been known to make me cry.
5. TV crap that you enjoy
I have to admit to really enjoying reality TV, which G hates, especially Big Brother because it clashes with the news and he reckons that none of the people on it are very likeable. Which is not the point. Survivor, not all series, some catch some don't but I became fanatical about the the Australian one set on the Eyre peninsula. Idol. We both enjoy a talent quest and I think it makes for perfect Sunday evening viewing, especially in the middle bit before all the interesting contestants have been voted off. I've also been watching Wife Swap USA on Saturday nights which is pizza night. I'm not sure about this one, I think it may be a short lived fascination.
6. TV that irritates you
I added this question in myself so I could mention Smallville which I find intensely irritating. G lurves this program, so it has become non-negotiable. There's something about the contant meaningfullness of the narrative which sets my teeth on edge. The characters are forever saying things like, "the truth is..." or having a meaningful moment after some great crisis, like every five minutes. I know it's based on a comic book but it's all so high school intense, with no lighter moments or changes of pace to create tension. Urgh.
7. TV that you'll never forget
I can't remember. Oh I know, Prisoner which was mandatory viewing when I was in boarding school. Can you sing along to these words? "On the inside the sun still shines, And the rain falls down, But the sun and rain are prisoners too, When the mornin' comes around..."
8. Favourite TV adaption
I love a good telly drama but for the life of me can't remember. I'll come back and add it in if I do.
I know that I'd love someone to do a really femmo version of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series. They could film the mountainous bits in New Zealand and the Drytown bits in Central Australia. It could be a cult hit.
9. Favourite nerdish program
The new Doctor Who. I want it back on telly now. Although maybe I should get it on DVD because I'm sure it would bear watching repeatly. Not just because it is beautiful to look at, but because I'm sure there are many plot twists and subtexts I missed the first time around.
10. One TV program that you're currently watching
Jamie Oliver's new series. All about cooking from his garden, complete with garden staff at his spread in the country somewhere. And he uses shabby chic mixing bowls with reall chips. Not very hygenic but total swoon material. The food looks pretty good too, eventhough G complains everytime he sees meat being prepared that it's a gore fest (I'm not vego, only G is) and he thinks Janie O is somewhat naff. This is my tradeoff for that Smallville rubbish.
11. One TV series that you been meaning to watch
There's nothing on the radar at the moment. Although I wouldn't mind getting the Sopranos or Six Feet Under on DVD because they kind of passed me by. On too late or some such.
12. Now tag five people
I'm not tagging anyone. If you'd like to do this meme, please do. I've even left the questions in a block below so it's easy to cut and paste them because that's the bit about meming that I don't like, transcribing the questions.
Earliest remembered television
TV series you would want on a desert island
TV that made you laugh
TV that made you cry
TV crap that you enjoy
TV that irritates you
TV that you'll never forget
Favourite TV adaption
Favourite nerdish program
One TV program that you're currently watching
One TV serieds that you been meaning to watch
Now tag five people