a choice of viewing

The marvels of technology allow us to watch TV even if we don’t actually have a television set, and to watch programmes at times totally unrelated to when they are actually broadcast. I found this film on offer recently:

"The Thing from Another World" listing on iPlayer
What really caught my attention was how close I had come to missing it after all these years:
First shown  1951: available  till Tuesday
I wonder if they really did keep their word and remove it on Tuesday or whether, like David Bowie, they decided they “might be able to stretch it till Wednesday”:

Aliens in the permafrost didn’t really appeal, though, so I went looking for a crime drama. There are so many on offer; how is one to decide between them when their attractions are described so eloquently by the censors?

Contains infrequent scenes of mild violence
Contains mild murder scenes and one expression of racial prejudice
Contains infrequent use of moderate language and some mild drugs references

Contains occasional mild violence and infrequent use of mild language
Contains some moderate crime scene images

All of these warnings are from the Miss Marple series, so I’d be disappointed if any of the episodes didn’t have at least one dead body in it.

“Mild murder scenes” is one of my new favourite phrases, but the final warning has me marginally confused:

Surely even the most genteel murder must be a moderate crime?

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One thought on “a choice of viewing”

  1. Paddington, the recent film, nearly got a 15 rating for it’s “dangerous behaviour, mild threat, mild sex references [and] mild bad language”

    By changing the sexual references to innuendo, it got down to a PG(!), but the mild bad language was one mumbled use of the word “bloody”.

    Also in the PG category are “The Maltese Falcon”, “Carry On Screaming”, “Coraline”, “Dr. Strangelove” and “The Men from U.N.C.L.E”.

    Much safer than a really hard stare.


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