A senior moment with John Docker: Most TV output is just trivia, porn and garbage

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I am glad to see I am not the only one frustrated by the digital switch over.

Anthony Martyn wrote to say his picture is no better after the expense of buying a new aerial and set top box (Mercury letters, July 29) and questions who benefits?

Well we all know the answer to that. The government for starters - by selling off all the redundant frequencies for megabucks, followed by the TV manufacturers and retailers who must be making a packet. No complaints about recession there I suspect.

Our household still boasts one of those good old fashioned bulky analogue television sets and I too am hard put to see any significant improvement in picture quality.

Indeed, it could be said the picture is better in many respects - it certainly doesn’t break up into a mosaic of pixels at the slightest opportunity and it can be viewed from any angle. Not true of the all-singing all-dancing skinny dippy replacements in other rooms!

As for paying for even more equipment to give us high definition, I for one don’t want to see the world through the eyes of air brushed artificiality - which is exactly what HD pictures look like to this old sceptic.

So are we benefiting from all the additional programmes we can now enjoy?

You must be joking. Endless repeats, B movies by the bucketload, trivia, porn and garbage just about sums up the vast majority of these so called advantages.

Should we really be pandering to such extreme tastes?

Maybe I am being unfair. Perhaps I should acknowledge the technical advances now available to us.

But I really don’t want all these gizmos - I just want to put my feet up, point the remote (I can cope with that) and enjoy some decent programmes for a change - without too many advertisement breaks. Have you noticed? They appear to be getting more and more frequent. And louder too!

So Mr Martyn, you are not alone. This digital dummy is with you all the way.

The sad thing is, after all the hoo-hah hype and vast media expenditure on the daily doings of that dappy robot Digit Al, when the screens start going blank the week after next I bet there will be thousands still left in the dark with howls of despair and dismay resounding throughout the land.

Logie Baird must be turning in his grave.

But enough, I promise not to keep twittering on about this particular subject – although I may not be able to resist the occasional ‘told you so!’

On a happier note, I was thrilled to see the Vulcan last week as it cruised - ever so slowly it seemed - over Oakham Co-operative car park. A fantastic sight that stopped shoppers in their tracks. What a pity the annual RAF Wittering family and friends day wasn’t open to the general public – it looks as if we missed a great show.