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It’s time to deck the halls

The beginning of December heralded the start of winter. Although the temperatures may be dropping, spirits are rising as a certain […]

28.11.19 in Everything

Autumn favourites

As the nights draw in and the temperature becomes decidedly chilly, we’re enjoying cosy evenings on the sofa watching some great […]

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09.10.19 in Everything

Let’s all eat cake

The Great British Bake Off is back. Series ten is underway and we’ve already seen some mouth-watering, scrumptious, impressive bakes. A […]

24.07.19 in Everything

Time to enjoy four new shows – and the return of one favourite – this July

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

The summer has got off to a bit of a shaky start. With above normal temperatures at Easter and just below […]

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And the winner is…

We love a bit of TV. Whether it’s trying to work out ‘who dunnit?’ before the end of the series, spotting […]

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If you’re planning to put up decorations this weekend, it may not be the singing reindeer that are causing new TV interference - there’s a small chance it may be due to 4G signals. We’re here to help – contact us on 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).
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                    [post_content] => As the nights draw in and the temperature becomes decidedly chilly, we’re enjoying cosy evenings on the sofa watching some great TV. Our top line up features several long running autumn favourites alongside some new entrants to the autumn schedule.

X-Factor

A new twist to an old favourite: Celebrity X-Factor. The format is the same but the contestants include stars from the world of film, online, social media and TV. The final is on Saturday 30 November and we’re on the edge of our seats to see who will be the winner.

Strictly Come Dancing

Another favourite that never fails to catapult us into a world of glitter, sequins, twists and turns. We’ve enjoyed spectacular sambas, feisty foxtrots and cheeky charlestons. This Saturday, it’s musicals week! Grab your top hat and celebrate one of the greatest shows on earth.

Jungle fun

I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! is back. We’re already squirming at the bush tucker trials and holding our breath through the dingo dollar challenges. Who will be crowned King or Queen of the jungle? We can find out on 8 December.

We’ve also been enjoying some new shows too including His Dark Materials, where the fierce hero Lyra, while searching for a missing friend, uncovers a dark secret which she is determined to investigate; a new version of the sci-fi classic, War of the Worlds, with aliens that threaten the existence of life and finally, Seven Worlds, One Planet, a jaw-dropping look at the biodiversity and the variety of life on our planet that also shines a spotlight on its challenges.

What are you watching this autumn? Tweet us at @at800tv.

If you’ve noticed new interference to your Freeview – there’s a small chance it may be due to 4G mobile signals. We're here to help – 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).

 
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In their earliest form, cakes were round and flat and turned once during cooking. They were essentially bread until eggs were added which altered the dough consistency giving it the texture we now recognise as cake. We now have cakes that have distinctive ingredients and, depending on how the batter is prepared, a range of textures and tastes such as sponge, butter, chiffon, flourless, layered, sheet, Genoise, angel and pound cake.

If you were asked what your favourite cake was, what would it be? In one poll carried out last year, the top five favourites in the UK were voted as being lemon drizzle, chocolate fudge cake, carrot cake, chocolate brownie and Victoria sponge.

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                    [post_content] => Summer finally feels like it’s here. Long, (mostly) sunny days, lighter evenings and possibly a long-awaited summer break. When the sun is shining, some of us head to our amazing beaches and like to explore the beautiful landscape. While for others, the summer means it’s time to slow down and spend time with our families and friends. Whatever you are doing, there are some exciting new shows as well as the return of a favourite to enjoy this July.

Poldark makes a welcome return

We left the last series in heartbreak following the tragic death of Elizabeth Warleggan. As we go back into 1800s, life for her grieving husband George will never be the same again. As for the swashbuckling Ross Poldark, we are sure there will be more sword fighting, punch ups and heroic deeds.

Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure

Thinking of travelling to a faraway destination?  Be inspired by Dame Judi’s adventure in Borneo. Join her on a journey of discovery as she gets to grips with a host of local wildlife from wrestling crocodiles and inquisitive orangutans to some of the deadliest snakes on the planet. And have your tissues at the ready as she watches three sun bears being released back into the wild after being rescued.

Inside the Ritz Hotel

What could be more iconic than tea at the Ritz? This fly-on-the-wall documentary series lifts the lid on the life of luxury its high-class clients get to enjoy. It’s already been dubbed the ‘real life Downton Abbey’ as the series will introduce some of the hotel’s most colourful characters who work tirelessly in the underbelly of the London landmark to keep this five-star establishment running like a well-oiled machine

Expedition with Steve Backshall

Steve is set to inspire us with more tales of his travels. An insight to those high adrenalin moments, might bring out your inner desire to try something new and exciting. In his new series, Steve travels to far flung places and hidden corners of the globe to uncover centuries old secrets. In this series, he’s teamed up with a group of experts including divers, kayakers and mountaineers to show us things we never thought possible.

Dark Money

This dark, four-part drama shows what happens when an ordinary family from London gets dragged into a sleazy Hollywood sex scandal. Starring Jill Halfpenny and Babou Ceesay, the drama unfolds for the Mensah family whose lives are turned upside down when the youngest son is abused by a member of the movie elite while working in the States. The family accept a payoff to keep the sex abuse secret but soon discover that the damage runs deeper than they feared and the price of taking the money may be too high.

There is so much choice when it comes to TV shows this summer. Which one are you most excited about? Tweet us at @at800tv. However, don’t let TV interference spoil your viewing. If you notice new TV interference, there’s a small chance it may be due to 4G signals. We’re here to help – contact us on 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).

 
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                    [post_content] => The summer has got off to a bit of a shaky start. With above normal temperatures at Easter and just below average temperatures for May, here’s hoping the summer months deliver us lots of blue skies and sunshine.

Too sunny?

When we’re blessed with clear skies and soaring temperatures the high air 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.

The TV broadcasters can’t prevent it, and adjusting your aerial will make no difference. Reception will only improve when the weather changes.

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.

If you’ve noticed new interference to your Freeview – there’s a small chance it may be due to 4G mobile signals, rather than the weather.  We're here to help – 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).
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                    [post_content] => We love a bit of TV. Whether it’s trying to work out ‘who dunnit?’ before the end of the series, spotting who really has the most talent, guessing which stunning cake will be the best or simply getting involved with the latest soap story line. On Sunday 12 May, the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) played tribute and recognition to the very best in television at their annual Television Awards. Whether we agree or disagree, here are some of the category winners.

Killing Eve

Take one psychopathic, talented assassin and one smart but bored MI15 security office and pit them against each other and you get an explosive, compelling game of cat and mouse. It’s no surprise Killing Eve was awarded the prize for Best Drama Series. We’re on the edge of seats waiting for season two to start.

EastEnders

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I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!

Aired live from an Australian jungle camp, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! took the award for Reality and Constructed Factual. This celebrity-filled, survival reality television game show, makes us squirm and laugh in equal measures.

Britain’s Got Talent

Britain’s Got Talent, a showcase for undiscovered singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and more, was the winner for the Best Entertainment programme. With contestants that can make us laugh or move us to tears, in our view, this British staple is a worthy winner.

Don’t let TV interference spoil your viewing. If you notice new TV interference, there’s a small chance it may be due to 4G signals. We’re here to help – contact us on 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).
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So how did the tradition of decorating a tree indoors start? Way before trees were bought indoors and decorated, trees outdoors were adorned with strips of coloured cloth each winter. It was believed when trees lost their leaves, the spirits living in the trees disappeared and, without tree spirits, it was thought the leaves would not grow again. So, the trees were decorated to encourage the spirits to return in spring.

The tradition of decorating evergreens inside at Christmas started around the beginning of the 1600s and in 1800, George III’s German-born wife, Charlotte, introduced a Christmas tree at a party she gave for children. The custom of decorated trees remained very much within the royal family until Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert. By 1841, the custom had become more widespread but only by the wealthier middle-class families. It wasn’t until the mid-1920s that Christmas trees starting appearing in more homes.

Although we now see decorated Christmas trees in stores from mid-November, traditionally Christmas trees were not put up and decorated until Christmas Eve or on the first day of Christmas -23 December. It’s considered back luck to have your Christmas tree up after Twelfth Night so most of them get taken down on 5 or 6 January.

If you’re planning to put up decorations this weekend, it may not be the singing reindeer that are causing new TV interference - there’s a small chance it may be due to 4G signals. We’re here to help – contact us on 0808 13 13 800 (free from UK landlines and mobiles).
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