Casualty? Really? Well, fair enough – hospital dramas seem to go down well on BBC One. Not my thing at all, but for this and Holby City to run for so long and still be getting viewers, I can only assume it’s good at what it does. Always strikes me as cheesy nonsense to me, but then I suppose if you’re scripting a hospital drama and you put a couple of kids playing by a railway line, it’s hard to keep finding ways for them to hurt themselves. I would love there to be a single BBC medical dictionary, with the various afflictions already covered by either hospital drama crossed out, and the various writers frantically searching through for something interesting that hasn’t yet broken out on the ward.
More baffling still is the idea of taking a taking a successful and long-running panel show, and creating an extended version that runs the following day. Such is the case with Have I Got a Bit More News For You on BBC Two. I mean, fans of the show will watch it the first time round, but why would they watch it again for an added five to ten minutes? Maybe the hardened fans are now skipping the first airing just to watch the second, but why then would you create an airing show that pulls viewers away from another airing of the same show? I have tried to watch this extended repeat, but found myself watching a repeat, and little else.