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Secret Origins

October 25th, 2006 (12:40 am)
creative

current mood: creative

Settle down young people, and draw up a chair while Grandpa Booster tells you all a story of days past.

Long ago in a faraway land called Britain, there was a television service. And this television service was young, and small, and consisted only of five channels. And these five channels were free to all who watched them and were broadcast daily across the whole land. Indeed, only those channels could be seen on an ordinary television.

Then came the evil Baron Murdock who looked upon the land and felt it ripe for a takeover. Unable to control the television media after his recent success in acquiring a newspaper, he decided to launch a new kind of television service - one which would require a satellite dish! But then his plans grew ever more cunning... "What I need," he mused evilly, "Is a way of getting people hooked and desperately needing my television service in addition to their regular service."

So he plotted, and he schemed, and he stole the football away!

And he plotted, and he schemed, and he stole Star Trek The Next Generation away!

And he forbid the showing of ST:TNG on ordinary, free to all television for two years, and that the football would be restricted to one hour of highlights per week, unless his evil demands were met. And the people grumbled, and the people moaned, and the people paid him for they were desperate.

And from then on, his evil plans expanded. The new series from America would be snatched up by the evil Baron and his confederates and held to ransom. The only way to gain access to this treasure would be through the Baron's satellite dish. And all across the land the people became used to satellite television, and terrestrial television (as the ordinary service became known). Indeed, to this very day, (even after cable television has come) 'terrestrial' is still used to refer to the main five tv channels free to everyone in the country.

Now, who wants to hear my war stories?

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Apologies to draconin and alixtii whom I confused when I started talking about the Torchwood viewing figures yesterday. Mind you, they're probably more confused now....

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Posted by: draconin (draconin)
Posted at: October 25th, 2006 04:08 am (UTC)

And the people of Australia, who had loosed the evil Baron Murdoch upon a cringing and defenseless world, looked at his work with satisfaction at the revenge upon their Colonial Opressors and said "Nyah, nyah!!".

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: October 25th, 2006 09:13 am (UTC)
Alias Bite Me [sabah]

And the people plotted, and the people schemed, and the people stole a small vial of burnt remains away from the people of Australia. "Hurrah for the Men in White!" said the people.

Posted by: draconin (draconin)
Posted at: October 25th, 2006 10:39 am (UTC)

And the people of Australia decided that the small urn of ashes was totally useless as a prize since the nasty Colonial Opressors never gave it back even when the good and virtuous Australians won it!

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: October 30th, 2006 11:56 am (UTC)
Alias Bite Me [sabah]

They were indeed willing to give them back, but the problem remained that they could not find a good and virtuous Australian in the first place.

:P

Posted by: In awe of sensible companions.... (wildecate)
Posted at: October 25th, 2006 07:59 am (UTC)

Telewest giving you grief?

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: October 25th, 2006 09:15 am (UTC)

Not really. I blame that entry on lack of sleep really. *grin*

Posted by: the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone (whiskyinmind)
Posted at: October 25th, 2006 08:38 am (UTC)
annie hall//forgot my mantra - me

And these five channels were free to all who watched them and were broadcast daily across the whole land.

although the fifth of these channels was shy and would only appear to those who lived in very flat parts of the country, or who didn't have tall houses next door...

(I still don't get Channel 5 except through my Sky signal) :)

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: October 25th, 2006 09:10 am (UTC)

(Same for me, as oddly enough moving down two floors in the same block of flats was enough to lose the tuned in version of Channel 5. Kinda annoying occasionally.)

Posted by: Episkopos Rev. Alixtii O'Krul V, TRL (alixtii)
Posted at: November 21st, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)

We lived smack in the middle of the West End and our reception for Channel 5 was still awful. I watched The Parent Trap on it once and the entire thing was in staticky black and white.

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