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TV Habits

Something someone said on a thread got me thinking. How do you decide what you are both going to watch on TV.

HS and I both like dramas and tend to watch the ones that are often on at Nine ie Monday was a new series The Accused? We also have the same taste in films. We both love Strictly and X- Factor. However he hates soaps, so we have to compromise ie I watch some, but not all. Also he is not keen on programmes about animals. He also doesn't like TV on during the day so we both listen to radio 2. On the whole we both pretty much get to watch what we both want.

So how do you decide what to watch and can it be a source of conflict . . . .PLUS how important is TV to you?

Posted at 17th Nov 2010 - 09:13AM   Posted by Westerwitch   TV Habits Comments: 13

Fennie's Avatar I don't watch much TV these days. The news at 10 and occasionally a good series like Downton Abbey or Foyles Law. As we both like these there isn't much of a problem. Of course there are occasional clashes but I usually give way because television isn't really important to me. I don't really like sitting still and doing nothing and I'm out quite often anyway in the evening.

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Nov 2010 at 09:21AM

Inthemud's Avatar My hubby and I have very few programmes in common- he loves documentaries and anything to do with cars, lorries, transport- Ice road truckers being a favourite, so i often find myself watching what he wants if there is nothing much i want to see. However, when there is something I want to see that he doesn't like Holby, Downton Abbey, Mistresses etc I have to go upstairs and watch on little TV in bedroom ( I don't mind) The programmes we enjoy together are the reality ones- X Facto, Apprentice, I'm a celebrity and so on and Comedies.

Posted by: Inthemud on 17th Nov 2010 at 09:53AM

Inthemud's Avatar Oh and we both like Music programmes

Posted by: Inthemud on 17th Nov 2010 at 09:54AM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar I don't think we've ever squabbled about what we watch on TV. Probably because we don't watch a lot anyway as we are often out. Very little sport, no soaps, no American comedies. We both like a good drama especially on a Sunday night when we are usually both in and like a relaxing evening on the sofas.
If we have a conflict of interest, the one who has the strongest enthusiasm usually gets their way and we both have other places in the house to retire to and other things to do.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 17th Nov 2010 at 10:06AM

Twiglet's Avatar We happily compromise but then it might be easy for him - I do like "male" progs - sport, air/war/history, science, natural world etc. He seems quite happy to watch Strictly but can't dance so I imagine he just loves the colourful costumes!!!

Posted by: Twiglet on 17th Nov 2010 at 10:26AM

Cait's Avatar I check the listings each day and mark what I want to watch and try to book it.
M channel hops all the time and never reads listings, it drives me mad. He watches a lot of 24 hour news which also drives me madder. I don't watch a great deal of TV but have a few faves. Strictly is a never miss at the moment.....sad I know.
I could live without TV if I had to but not without Radio 4 which I love. Radio 2 too sometimes.

Posted by: Cait on 17th Nov 2010 at 11:56AM

Milla's Avatar sky plus can record 2 progs at the same time. Always pre-record so can whizz through the ads and, if nec, bits of the progs.
E normally "wins" anyway because he likes TV more than me. I tend to read through programmes anyway, just looking up occasionally to be annoying and say, "which one's that?" Plus this way, not caring so much, I retain (or say I do) some moral high ground!

Posted by: Milla on 17th Nov 2010 at 12:28PM

Resewnsally's Avatar We don't watch much "tv" I stopped watching the soaps over a year ago. We can download any series that we want to watch and store it on the PS3, same goes for films. We don't buy the dvd's unless we want to specifically collect them, as storing them doesn't waste discs. Other half is terrible looking after dvd's and cd's. Most often there is music on.

Posted by: Resewnsally on 17th Nov 2010 at 12:33PM

Preseli Mags's Avatar We've got really picky recently. B loves NCIS so we tend to watch that and The Event and Downton Abbey. We all love XFactor so that's our weekend guilty pleasure and then I adore Spooks (even though it scares the pants off me sometimes).

Mostly though we watch box sets borrowed from other people. At the moment we have the complete set of West Wing to which we have become a little addicted. We're half way through series two and for some reason I keep dreaming about Sam Sebold. Can't think why... Cool

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 17th Nov 2010 at 03:12PM

Milla's Avatar Really mourned (well ish) when finished WW, PM. Lucky you with about 5 series left to go. Just wait til you get onto Santos. Gorgeous!

Posted by: Milla on 17th Nov 2010 at 03:16PM

Pimsonthelawn's Avatar Don't watch much telly at all not seen a soap in fifteen years, sorry but don't like X factor or Strictly and we both agree on these although OH is firmly in control of the remote. Favourite programme at the moment is Autumwatch and just starting I'm a celebrity get me out of here. Midsommer Murders I have to watch on my own OH thinks the plots are so stupid and being his line of work criticises everything. I just like easy to watch stuff.

Posted by: Pimsonthelawn on 17th Nov 2010 at 09:16PM

Silverhead's Avatar We watch Weakest Link together, then the six o'clock news. After that I get "Emerdale" all to myself, then husband gets " Grand Designs" then Tele could go off unless there's something we both want to see.
Weekly we watch "Strickly" and our very very favourite Question Time . sad to say I love David Dimbleby and wish he could spend some time looking at me over those glasses EmbarassedEmbarassed

Posted by: Silverhead on 17th Nov 2010 at 10:49PM

Camilla's Avatar I am not really a telly person, but like to watch documentaries, costume drama's, and a few others I like. My husband has the most enormous TV in the lounge, the remote is firmly stuck to his hand, and beware anyone if they should switch it over or want to watch any other channel. He watches news almost 24/7 and war programmes but continually moans and moans if I wan't to watch anythink I like, he is like a Victor Meldrew.......sigh......

Posted by: Camilla on 18th Nov 2010 at 12:55AM

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