Thursday, 23 April 2015
139 Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Television Set And Go And Do Something Less Boring Instead ?
First watched : 1973
A programme that was never as interesting or clever as its smartarse producer Patrick Dowling intended when he came up with the concept in 1972. A TV show that told you not to watch it ! ; that'll answer all those fuddy-duddies who say we're turning kids into couch potatoes ! And of course we can fill a gap in the holiday schedules with something dirt cheap that doesn't require any professional scriptwriters, presenters etc.
"Something Less Boring " usually consisted of some crafty task or magic trick that a viewer wrote in to suggest the resident gang of kids might like to do. Generally it would engage your typical kid for less time than the programme's 15 minute running time.
Despite an obvious overlap in content with shows such as Blue Peter and later, Multi-Coloured Swap Shop , Why Don't You ... ( its usual abbreviation ) lasted a staggering 42 series before its termination 20 years ago. I guess the low budget always won the argument. It has some cachet from once being produced by modern day Dr Who guru Russell Davies and among its young presenters was one Anthony McPartlin without that other guy glued to his arse.