I really don’t understand the scheduling on BBC Three (so-called because three is the number of good programmes on the channel). On the one hand, they fill their schedules to the brim with repeats, and repeats of repeats. I can understand this because BBC Three has a low budget.
It also fills its pre-watershed (and increasingly its post-watershed) hours with terrible programmes with that woman telling parents how to do their job. I can also understand this, because BBC Three’s target audience likes lots of swearing, and you can’t say “fuck” before the watershed, unless you’re a six year old kid, in which case you get thrown into a room on your own by a woman who is being given instructions through an earpiece.
So when BBC Three gets new comedy programmes coming in, why do they broadcast them at such weird hours. The BBC Three repeat is of course Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. It is to BBC Three what Friends is to Channel 4, Only Fools and Horses is to BBC One and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is to BBC Two. People never get tired of watching them apparently.
The new series of Two Pints is being trailed quite extensively, with extra emphasis on the newness of it all (no doubt they’ll slap a ‘BRAND NEW’ DOG all over it, because that is what you have to do if you endlessly repeat the same programme over and over again). We can assume that the new series Two Pints is the biggest thing for BBC Three since series 2 of Little Britain (Two Pints is a bit like Little Britain, except none of the other channels want it).
So what high-profile time are they putting it on at? Sunday at 10pm. Nobody watches television at that time. That’s why BBC One put Panorama there; it’s why ITV1 put The South Bank Show there; it’s why BBC Two have put every single duff comedy they have ever had there.
I don’t suppose it matters much, given that it will be repeated for ever and ever until the next series comes along in a year or so. But BBC Three is a serial offender. Series 2 of The Mighty Boosh — which is easily the best comedy programme of the past few years; just about the only good thing BBC Three has — was shown at 11pm. Tumbleweed-o-rama. Even when it comes to repeating programmes, BBC Three’s behaviour puzzles me. Monkey Dust, the only other decent programme on the channel, was hardly ever repeated.
Next week sees another new progamme coming to BBC Three — Matt Berry’s and Rich Fulcher’s new programme, Snuff Box. Not only is this being shoved in at 11pm, The Mighty Boosh actors’ sketch show is clashing with repeat run of The Mighty Boosh on BBC Two. It must take real genius to schedule these programmes to clash.
As for Snuff Box itself, it might turn out to be rubbish. There is a clip here which is quite amusing although nothing special — I did laugh at the ‘parking lot’ bit though (only because I could predict the lyrics though I think)! It could be half an hour of pure whimsy (not unlike The Boosh then!), which could be good, or not. I’ll watch with interest.