TV use to be entertaining and had a multitude of programs to keep the viewer wanting more. We used to have 'The Good Life', 'Porridge', 'The Sweeney and 'Upstairs Downstairs'. There were so many good programs to watch every day, all different and fresh. TV used to be such a pleasure.

Now though, what do we have? Copy cat shows that are trying to update themselves. Strictly Come Dancing; which itself is a copy of Come Dancing, Xfactor which is a modern version of Opportunity Knocks, Britain's Got Talent; again copying Xfactor.....which is copying Opportunity Knocks. Can TV Executives not come up with shows that are completely new and fresh. Shows that are entertaining but also Original and not a carbon copy of another show. It would be so nice to settle down in the evening and be able to watch something more inspiring.

I notice too that nowadays the programmes are very noisy and harsh. All the lights and audience screaming and cheering. The voice overs (especially XFactor) are so over the top. It is all becoming very American I fear. My children tell me it is because I am getting old, but when I discuss this with friends and family (all are not old either), they agree with me. I will be watching a program at a decent volume level, but when the adverts come on it all becomes very over the top and noisy. Why oh why must the ads be so loud. It does not encourage me to buy the product being advertised because I end up muting the TV and not listening to it anyway. So the ad has done completely the opposite of what it set out to do.

I remember when TV used to be entertaining, interesting and fun. A really good mix of programs. None of this noisy and over the top rubbish. Even soap operas now are not like real life. I mean, Crossroads, Coronation Street and Emmerdale were all very good years ago. They all used to have story-lines that were more like real life. Now, they have story-lines that are are too over the top, too depressing and not at all facing reality. More fun and reality is needed in these shows I think.

I don't know, maybe it is just my age. I think we should have a survey on this to see how the public feel.