Things That Have Long Since Disappeared But Still Make Good Subjects For Idle Conversation #375: defining days of the week with TV channels.
For an entire generation, surely Thursdays was always BBC1 night. Top Of The Pops followed by EastEnders followed by Tomorrow’s World was something stamped inside your head with as much force as a school timetable. There was no point ever thinking any different. There’d be no family arguments over what to watch because there was no reason to ever switch to the other side. It was the perfect appetiser to a Friday. A siren song that trumpeted the imminent arrival of the weekend.
Mondays, however, were – for at least one person – ITV’s domain. A cold compress in the shape of Coronation Street, Fresh Fields and World In Action. The reality was inevitably different, but the perception is of those programmes always being on and always being on Mondays. A positive disincentive to welcome the start of the new week.
Call it what you want – more sensible scheduling, less channels to choose, more variety of programmes, a less complicated existence – but no longer will you ever get the kind of free association that would forever equate early Sunday nights with BBC1 and late Sunday nights with ITV and Friday evenings with BBC2.
And that really won’t do, because how else are you supposed to remember what day of the week it is other than by the names of television programmes?