Legal stuff before I begin
Any TL;DR post will result in a report, not that this will be read, I just did this for poops and giggles really.
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This review may seem a little random and what not. That is because I have no idea if a TV channel has ever been reviewed at all and have no idea how to set about doing it.
This channel is only available in the UK, I think. Not sure if you crazy Yanks get it.
This review is mainly to let loose and be a bit silly while still recommending stuff.
Now forward, into the pages of history!
Now, a TV channel review. 'Why review a TV channel?', I hear you ask. I respond 'Why not?' You respond 'Why?'. I fail to think of a decent reason to do a review of a TV channel and tell you 'Just 'cos.' or 'Because I was bored, really.' followed by a shrug. Then, I actually think of a reason. It's a new and different direction to the usual movie and games reviews we see around. Sure, the idea at first may seem mad and a bit weird but that's OK. We all are deep down in our hearts. Or at least I think you are. Now, we begin the review. I shall pepper this review with clips from a few TV shows they show, just to show our American friends what they may or may not be missing out on.
Now, to begin, I shall tell you briefly about how Dave came to be.
Waaaaay back in the gold ol' year of 2007, a stirling year if I may say so, Dave came to be. After four stints as other channels, it was decided to move to relabel UKG 2(Or UK Gold 2) as Dave as 'Everyone knows a guy called Dave.' according to the mastermind behind the channel whose name Wikipedia helpfully leaves out. Thanks, Wikipedia(!) Anyway, after its launch, Dave has grown in the last 2 to 3 years and has become the tenth largest channel in the UK to date. Which is pretty impressive for a channel that is only two years old. Now, enough with the history, onto the review of Dave. Which is either going to fall flat or kick onto new levels after this. Or just stay the same.
WARNING: This vid contains traces of bad language and Frankie Boyle, a shock comedian so expect offensive jokes/language.
Now, the one thing I have noticed about Dave is that is seems to feature a lot of my favourite shows. Top Gear, Mock the Week, Whose Line is It Anyway?, Traffic Cops, Spaced and Red Dwarf. It seems to me that this channel has somehow tapped into my mind and gone 'Oh, he likes shows X and Y so we shall put them on for him.' Why this does seem brilliant and top notch for me and half of the British teenage population who likes things that explode, go sideways in a plume of smoke or slightly racist jokes from an angry Scottish guy, you have to remember. There are only so many episodes of the show in question so of course, they do end up showing repeats of the repeat of the repeat you watched about 4 weeks before hand. While I personally don't mind this, as I am a big fan of things that explode, things going said ways in a plume of smoke and slightly racist humour form an angry Scottish bloke, if you are not a fan of these said things or get worn out by repetition, repetition, repetition, repet- I'll stop now, but if you do get annoyed by repetition, this channel will either A) Annoy you massively or B) Annoy you slightly, while keeping you entertained while you feel annoyed.
Now, as mentioned in the title of this review, I sometimes refer to this channel as BBC 5. Why I do this is very simple to explain and prove. Nearly 90% of its shows are taken from the BBC. A full list of current and past programming helps me prove this. Look at the sheer amount of BBC shows that dominate that list. It is a staggering number of shows including BBC big hitters 'Top Gear' and 'Have I Got News For You?' which shows you that the guys at Dave are aiming high and hitting their marks if they are getting the BBC to allow them to show their biggest shows. While they do rely a lot on BBC shows to fill out the schedule, they do have a few shows that they themselves have commissioned like Argumental, which is shown in the clip just above this paragraph. These shows include, along with Argumental, Batteries not Included, World Rally Championship and Red Bull X-Fighters. Not a lot, granted but at least I get to watch men in cars drive on the very edge of their limit in World Rally Championship, men argue in Argumental, John Cleese being mad in Batteries Not Included and men on bikes doing all sorts of insane shit in X-Fighters and trust me, it is quite insane.
Now. Short review is quite short, yes. But this is because it is quite hard to think about what to review for a TV channel. I mean, you can do basically what I've done plus what exactly? I could mention the announcers, I guess? Yeah, the announcers will help me pad this out longer then it could have been.
Now, Dave employs an announcer to, well, announce stuff like shows and what have you. They interchange the announcers from time to time to keep things fresh, I guess. Don't actually know why they did this, maybe boredom or lack of actually keeping anyone locked up long enough to keep them under contract or some rubbish. Anyway, the announcers do a good job at announcing. What? I can't really go in-depth about how well they do now, can I? They sit in a booth somewhere and read something from a script. They do that pretty well, however so I guess that's a plus. Need to understand them when they tell you what show is coming up, don't you? Yeah, there isn't much to cover over this section. They read stuff from an auto-cue/script. They do it well.
One thing I can take an issue with is their editing of the programmes, however. They put most of their shows on in forty minute slots but more often then not end up ending about ten minutes before the end of that slot. Not really annoying, just a bit weird. Well, along with this, they tend to take anything remotely offensive out of the shows. For example, an episode of Top Gear where presenter Jeremy Clarkson makes a joke referring to truck drivers killing prostitutes and the entire scene that used before and after that joke is removed completely, which leaves the episode feeling disjointed and badly edited. While this has been done to obviously avoid complaints and to keep the Daily Mail readers quiet but it sometimes takes some of the best moments of the shows out completely. This editing only applies before the 9pm Water-shed in Britain because after 9pm, they believe anyone that can find this sort of comedy offensive has gone to bed or they are just too lazy to continue their editing policy. Which is good, seeing as most of the comedy shown after 9pm could be considered offensive by anyone over 60 or any one who reads The Daily Mail. This is the only issue I have, though.
Now, onto my recommendation. If that is actually possible to recommend a channel to people, anyway.
Dave is a good channel to watch for a quick 30 minute if you need to be made unbored. It is also a very good channel to watch if you are a big fan of any of the shows I have listed up there at the start of the review or of any of the ones that were in the handy link I used. You'll hate it if you don't like any of them, though. Which makes sense.
Well, thanks for reading this and I shall accept
crazed applause for trying something unique and different any comments or criticisms you care to give.