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Autumn’s top TV delights

As the nights draw in, the leaves change from green to orange, and the temperature becomes decidedly chilly, we’re looking forward […]

28.09.17 in Lighter side

Cooking shows to feast on this autumn

The new series of Great British Bake Off might be the talk of the telly but what other cooking shows will […]

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30.08.17 in Everything

A treasure trove of TV

The summer is drawing to a close, Love Island feels like a distant memory and it’s the time of year where […]

31.07.17 in Lighter side

Too sunny, too rainy – how the British summer could cause Freeview interference

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15.06.17 in Lighter side

Who’s the daddy? Our top TV dads

Father’s Day, 18 June, isn’t just about remembering to get your dad a tie, a pair of socks or miscellaneous toiletries. […]

12.05.17 in Everything

The best and worst of Eurovision

Since its launch in May 1956, The Eurovision Song Contest has provided us with laughs, shocks and utter joy. It’s cultivated […]

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                    [post_content] => As the nights draw in, the leaves change from green to orange, and the temperature becomes decidedly chilly, we’re looking forward to cosy evenings on the sofa with the TV. Check out these shows for some top autumn TV watching.

Blue Planet II

via GIPHY The wait is over. Sixteen years after the original series, Blue Planet II makes a very welcome return. Expect all manner of amazing sea creatures, beautifully filmed in the deep blue sea. Even the prequel is well worth a watch, with its Radiohead-Hans Zimmer collaboration providing the backdrop to Attenborough’s soothing narrative.

Doctor Who

via GIPHY Who? Doctor Who. That’s who. And for the first time, a female Who too. Peter Capaldi will have his last outing as the Doctor in this year's Christmas special, 'Twice Upon a Time'. Next year, Jodie Whittaker is set to take over for another thrilling series of Cybermen, time-travelling, and of course, Daleks. What’s not to like?

Peaky Blinders

via GIPHY Critically acclaimed gangster drama Peaky Blinders will be back this autumn for a hotly anticipated series four. The premiere will see Tommy Shelby receive a mysterious letter on Christmas Eve telling him the Peaky Blinders are in "danger of annihilation". Keep an eye out for Tommy Shelby and his gang in mid-November…

Marcella

Another popular series due to return later in 2017 is ITV’s Marcella, a London based crime drama written by Swedish novelist Hans Rosenfeldt, who also created The Bridge. Anna Friel plays Detective Sergeant Backland, a troubled character who in the first series became a suspect and a witness in the murder case she was trying to solve. What are you looking forward to watching this autumn? Tweet us at @at800tv. 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Stay tuned, you’re in for a treat… Come Dine With Me Switch over to Channel 4 for three courses of blood, sweat and beers. While the quality of food is questionable, the bickering and point-scoring makes it a sure-fire hit. What’s more, who doesn’t enjoy watching a group of strangers come together for a side of entertainment ranging from opera singing to a neon rave party? The Big Family Cooking Showdown Bake Off favourite Nadiyah Hussain has teamed up with Zoe Ball for BBC 2’s fun-filled show where families across the UK endeavour to turn ordinary food into something extraordinary. There’s conflict and comradery in the kitchen as the families go head-to-head. The competition gets heated, but it’s set to warm your heart. Great British Bake Off Series 1 via GIPHY Mary Berry withdrawal symptoms? Fear not… Series 1 of The Great British Bake Off is available on Freeview’s Really channel. The original gang, Mel and Sue included, are back together on our screens this autumn. For Bake Off veterans, series 8 is also available on Channel 4 - you really can have your cake and eat it! Dinner Date Think lovechild of First Dates and Come Dine With Me and there you have it: ITV’s Dinner Date. The show’s singleton must pick their favourite three menus before embarking on a series of blind dates. The favourite is rewarded with a meal out while the losers are forced to eat their ready meals with only the cameraman for company. Love and lasagne – what more do you need? Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA via GIPHY After a fiery cooking show? Look no further: Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA on More4 is the hottest of the lot. Gordon Ramsay visits failing restaurants and whips them into shape. However, hell hath no fury like Chef Ramsay, so viewers beware of his potty mouth. The food might not be so appetising but for entertainment value it’s 10/10. Don’t let Freeview interference spoil your viewing experience. 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The X-Factor, Strictly and The Great British Bake Off are all back! But what happens if you’re just not in the mood for another autumn of classic TV? Don’t panic, pop the kettle on, grab the remote and get ready to explore, because there is a whole host of TV shows to match a variety of moods and activities. For those lazy Sunday afternoons Every now and again we all deserve a day stretched out on the sofa, indulging in comfort food, and watching on our favourite TV classics. The channel for the job? ‘5 Star’. Filled with popular noughties shows, you can expect back to back episodes of ‘8 Simple Rules’ and ‘My Wife and Kids’. The jokes still get us giggling, and no matter how many episodes of ‘That 70’s Show’ we watch, we can’t stop swooning over baby faced Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis unknowingly falling in love. Image result for that 70's show Got a pub quiz coming up? Challenge’ is the channel that gets your brain fired up and has the whole family shouting at the screen. There’s ‘The Price is Right’ and ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’, but the ultimate game show fantasy has to be ‘The Crystal Maze’. Nothing quite compares to those classic boiler suits and the idea of racing through the zones towards the dome. “Start the fans please!” Image result for the crystal maze For when you’re attempting to tackle some DIY If your biggest DIY project to date is constructing flat pack furniture, ‘Home’ is the channel to help you up your game. Between ‘Ground force’ and ‘Escape to the Country’ you might think you’ve got it sussed, but don’t start knocking though the walls just yet! By the time you’re a few episodes deep in ‘DIY SOS’ you might reassess your ability to safely demolish your kitchen. Trust us when we say it’s easier just to watch Nick Knowles and team do their thing from the comfort of your sofa. Don't forget the tissues; this show is often an emotional roller-coaster. Image result for DIY SOS For some quality time with your dad We all know that no matter what your age, regardless of whether you even live at home, Dad’s in charge of the remote. We all want a quiet life and it can be easier to leave the viewing schedule to your parents. That’s where ‘Yesterday’ comes in. With endless history documentaries and shows like ‘Porridge’, this is the channel that will have your dad crowing ‘they don’t make television like this anymore!’ and he’s right, they don’t - and ‘Blackadder’ is still funny at any age so go on, make the old man happy. Image result for blackadder For when you’re feeling brave Really’ is filled with more than just a few reality bites kind of shows. From the weird to the kind of wonderful you’ve got to be feeling adventurous to check out this channel which features shows like ‘Most Haunted’ and ‘Motorway cops’. Things get a little spooky with ‘Ghost Adventures’ so be careful not to spill your tea! Image result for ghost adventures For when you’re hosting a dinner party Channel your inner Nigella - even if you’ve never set foot in the kitchen. ‘Food’ gets your mouth watering and will see you rolling up your sleeves with shows that make whipping up a six-course dinner easy. Prefer to start smaller, maybe with a few cupcakes? ‘Extreme Cupcake Wars’ will have you push your piping skills to the limit. http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/cupcake-wars/on-set-with-the-celebrities-of-cupcake-wars   If you’ve noticed new Freeview interference, it might be due to 4G. Call us – we’re happy to help! 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When we’re blessed with clear skies and soaring temperatures the high pressure that brings this weather can also affect Freeview signals. Usually, a signal from a television transmitter can only be received by those homes that have aerials with a direct line-of-sight to the transmitter. On a warm summer day however, the hot air can get trapped under colder air high up, creating a layer which acts like a mirror for television signals, reflecting them back towards Earth. This can cause signals from different transmitters to overlap and result in Freeview interference. Too rainy? But the rain is never far away on our island. While we might enjoy lounging in front of the telly during bad weather, your TV signal could be affected by strong winds, unruly tree branches, wet leaves or flying debris – none of which are your aerial’s best friend. We hope you have a great summer! From the BBQ’s to the beaches and a clear Freeview signal. Weather is not the only cause of TV interference. More information can be found here. And, if you do experience Freeview interference which might be due to 4G, we’re here to help. [post_title] => Too sunny, too rainy – how the British summer could cause Freeview interference [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => sunny-rainy-british-summer-cause-freeview-interference [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-07-31 15:10:25 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-31 14:10:25 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://at800.tv/?post_type=updates&p=49017 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => updates [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 47985 [post_author] => 63 [post_date] => 2017-06-15 09:56:16 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-15 08:56:16 [post_content] => Father’s Day, 18 June, isn’t just about remembering to get your dad a tie, a pair of socks or miscellaneous toiletries. It’s a day of celebration. We thought we would share our five favourite fellas featured on Freeview. These dads are good, bad and totally mad…  

Ned Flanders – The Simpsons

Overzealous Ned would diddly-definitely win the theoretical award for biggest goofball. He is relentlessly loving even in the face of adversity and never fails to make us giggle with his comical phrases and earnest nature.

Pete Brockman – Outnumbered

Pete – outnumbered by his inquisitive children – might look permanently confused, but don’t be fooled. He’s the glue that holds the Brockman family together. From witty quips to historical insights, he’s a full-time father, teacher and legend.

Uncle Phil – Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Lumbered with a torrent of weight-related jibes from his cheeky offspring and the young Will Smith, which he bravely takes in his stride, Uncle Phil is the head of America’s most loved family. He may play the stern authoritarian but deep down he has a big heart – and a big appetite, as Will would say.  

Hal Wilkerson – Malcolm in the Middle

Hal is a bit of a bad dad. He passes off the blame in nearly all situations (usually to his kids) to escape his pending telling-off from Lois; the family’s matriarch. But he’s so entertaining we’re inclined to let that slide. From tantrums to rare moments of tenderness, Hal consistently proves to be one of the most dynamic on-screen dads.  

Father Ted

Last but not least is the brilliant Father Ted. He might not actually be a dad, but that’s just a technicality. Isn’t he a father figure to us all? Not all heroes wear capes - sometimes they wear dog collars and make a witty joke when you’re most in need of a smile. Did your favourite make the shortlist? Tweet us your number one TV dad at @at800tv. If you’ve noticed new Freeview interference, it might be due to 4G. If following your father’s advice doesn’t seem to resolve it, let us know – we’re happy to help! [post_title] => Who’s the daddy? Our top TV dads [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => whos-daddy-top-tv-dads [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-06-15 09:59:22 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-06-15 08:59:22 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://at800.tv/?post_type=updates&p=47985 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => updates [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 47199 [post_author] => 51 [post_date] => 2017-05-12 23:39:09 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-12 22:39:09 [post_content] => Since its launch in May 1956, The Eurovision Song Contest has provided us with laughs, shocks and utter joy. It’s cultivated a reputation as a haven for the proudly unusual, eccentric and exuberantly unashamed. While some acts, such as 1974 winners ABBA catapulted into super stardom, others, like British duo Jemini – became famous for one thing only – scoring ‘nul points’ and finishing in last place. So, ahead of this month’s competition, we’ve pulled together a collection of the best, the worst and the weirdest moments from Eurovision’s colourful history. 1974 - ABBA - Waterloo ABBA is the most famous act to come out of Eurovision, and have since graced us with numerous international hits from ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ through to ‘Dancing Queen’. The Swedish pop band swept the board in ’74 with ‘Waterloo’, and the track was later named as the best song in Eurovision history. 2006 - Lordi - Hard Rock Hallelujah Finnish death metal band Lordi both scared and delighted Eurovision viewers with their 2006 performance ‘Hard rock Hallelujah’. Decked out in monster masks and leather angel wings, they took to the stage and made history by becoming the first and only hard rock band to win the contest. 2012 - Buranovskiye Babushki - Party for everybody Picture this – six Russian grandmothers hitting the Eurovision stage while singing a song about partying. Udmurtian pop band Buranovskiye Babushki did just this in 2012, stealing the hearts of Europe when they performed ‘Party for everybody’, the upbeat song which secured them second place. The icing on top of the cake? They used the prize money to build a church. 1996 – Gina G – Ooh aah… just a little bit Ooh aah just a little bit more. Don’t say Eurovision didn’t give us anything. This classic song (which many may not remember came from Eurovision) was performed by Australian singer Gina G in 1996, and became one of Great Britain’s most successful Eurovision entries. 2003 – Jemini – Cry baby You win some you lose some, and we’re sorry to say Great Britain lost some with this performance. Still to this day, Jemini remain the only British act to have ever scored ‘nul points’, which is a victory in itself… kind of. Don’t let TV interference ruin this annual musical spectacular. If you notice new interference, it might be caused 4G. Contact us on 0808 13 13 800. [post_title] => The best and worst of Eurovision [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => best-worst-eurovision [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-15 12:00:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-15 11:00:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://at800.tv/?post_type=updates&p=47199 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => updates [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 6 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 50828 [post_author] => 63 [post_date] => 2017-11-01 16:02:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-11-01 16:02:06 [post_content] => As the nights draw in, the leaves change from green to orange, and the temperature becomes decidedly chilly, we’re looking forward to cosy evenings on the sofa with the TV. Check out these shows for some top autumn TV watching.

Blue Planet II

via GIPHY The wait is over. Sixteen years after the original series, Blue Planet II makes a very welcome return. Expect all manner of amazing sea creatures, beautifully filmed in the deep blue sea. Even the prequel is well worth a watch, with its Radiohead-Hans Zimmer collaboration providing the backdrop to Attenborough’s soothing narrative.

Doctor Who

via GIPHY Who? Doctor Who. That’s who. And for the first time, a female Who too. Peter Capaldi will have his last outing as the Doctor in this year's Christmas special, 'Twice Upon a Time'. Next year, Jodie Whittaker is set to take over for another thrilling series of Cybermen, time-travelling, and of course, Daleks. What’s not to like?

Peaky Blinders

via GIPHY Critically acclaimed gangster drama Peaky Blinders will be back this autumn for a hotly anticipated series four. The premiere will see Tommy Shelby receive a mysterious letter on Christmas Eve telling him the Peaky Blinders are in "danger of annihilation". Keep an eye out for Tommy Shelby and his gang in mid-November…

Marcella

Another popular series due to return later in 2017 is ITV’s Marcella, a London based crime drama written by Swedish novelist Hans Rosenfeldt, who also created The Bridge. Anna Friel plays Detective Sergeant Backland, a troubled character who in the first series became a suspect and a witness in the murder case she was trying to solve. What are you looking forward to watching this autumn? Tweet us at @at800tv. If you notice new Freeview interference it might be being caused by 4G, contact us on 0808 13 13 800.  [post_title] => Autumn’s top TV delights [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => autumns-top-tv-delights [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-01 16:18:14 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-01 16:18:14 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://at800.tv/?post_type=updates&p=50828 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => updates [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 46 [max_num_pages] => 8 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => 1 [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => e7a38112747c768fd300a6e5a7f02339 [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) )

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