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The Creeping Terror

Another death knell is sounded for early hours TV programming as the Quiz Call channel gets its own weekly slot on Five.

Viewers still watching Five after last Saturday's showing of Eyes Wide Shut might've had something of a nasty surprise, especially those expecting the scheduled repeat of Law And Order. Instead, anyone still awake in the wee hours of Sunday morning would have found themselves greeted with the unnerving sight of another "Participation TV" channel insinuating its way onto terrestrial airtime. This time, it's the Channel 4-owned Quiz Call which has chosen to set-up shop on its rival's turf.

This is nothing new, of course. Anyone reading this will no doubt be aware of ITV1's recent abandonment of its early morning scheduling in favour of a daily four hours of Quizmania, and latterly, The Mint. Quiz Call is currently only running once a week, but I can't help thinking this sets a very worrying precedent. Just the fact that two terrestrial channels are prepared to run this kind of programming should surely be a cause for concern.

After all, what does it say about the level of quality control on the commercial channels that they're happy to run with four hours of utterly worthless dreck just to bring a few extra pounds in?

God help me, but I do miss the bizarre hotchpotch of programming you used to find during the post-midnight hours on ITV. No-budget sketch-shows, failed soap-operas, cancelled US imports(all for some reason featuring Eric Close). Okay, you could argue that it's no great loss if you never have to see Shoot The Writers again. But call me a fool if I still can't help getting a little misty-eyed over the fact that all those shows have now disappeared into the ether for good. Perhaps just because the alternative is so grim, but there you go. I mean, surely Dare To Believe wasn't that bad?

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I used to love 4Later.

Remember Pets?

By John Hoare
April 26, 2006 @ 7:18 pm

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This is trend that's really bothering me, to. Wasn't there word recently that CITV was going to make way for one of these god forsaken quiz programmes?

Even pretty girls with tight tops will make me see the merit of this... this dross.

By Cappsy
April 26, 2006 @ 7:35 pm

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I was gutted at the disappearance of Cybernet a few months ago for this dross, now it's spreading.

By Daff
April 27, 2006 @ 12:53 am

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"Wasn't there word recently that CITV was going to make way for one of these god forsaken quiz programmes?"

Well, as yet it is just a rumour - basically, someone got the ITV Play schedule mixed up with ITV1. It's not entirely implausible, though. With the launch of the CITV Channel, it's starting to look as if the days of the CITV afternoon slot are numbered. It's already lost half an hour to, of all things, Rising Damp repeats.

By Phil_A
April 27, 2006 @ 9:20 am

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And you know who's to blame for CITV reaching the end of its terrestrial life? Noel Edmonds. Viewing figures for CBBC and CITV during Deal Or No Deal's slot have gone down dramatically since it started.

By Ian Symes
April 27, 2006 @ 9:54 am

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Rising Damp, you say? Dang my being at work then!

By Seb
April 27, 2006 @ 10:04 am

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