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The history of Halloween

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New Freeview TV shows to watch this summer

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A spectacular summer of sport

Sporting events. They can get your heart racing. Turn your hands clammy. Have you perched on the edge of your seat. […]

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                    [post_content] => If ‘I’m a celebrity… get me out of here’ has inspired you to seek out some winter sunshine or made you want to simply get away from it all, there are a couple of travel channels on Freeview that might inspire you.

TravelXP offers a peek at famous World Heritage sites and shares tales of courageous kingdoms from each. ‘Off the Grid’ allows you to discover places off the beaten track and unexplored cultures around the world and ‘Kissed by the sea’ travels to exotic locations to learn about the customs and traditions along with local cuisines and culture.

For further inspiration, the Travel Channel includes programmes that transport viewers around the globe, from luxury getaways and culinary quests to backpacking adventures and epic journeys.

If you’re planning your great escape and you notice new interference to 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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                    [post_content] => Halloween or Hallowe’en is celebrated across the world on 31 October and the celebrations we have today can be traced back more than 2,000 years.

Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain - a festival which marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark cold winter, symbolising the boundary between the world of the living and the world of the dead.

The Celts believed that on the night of 31 October, ghosts of their dead would revisit the mortal world and large bonfires were lit in each village to ward off any evil spirits.

The Romans, who conquered much of the Celtic tribal lands in 43AD, embraced many of the Celtic festivals into their own celebrations. After the Romans moved out of Britain in the early 5th century, a new set of conquerors began to move in. In the decades that followed, Christian teaching and faith arrived. Among the many Christian Festivals introduced was ‘All Hallows’ Day’, also known as ‘All Saints Day’; a day to remember those who had died for their beliefs.

Originally celebrated on 13 May, sometime in the 8th century the date of the All Hallows’ feast was moved to 1 November. The night or evening of Samhain became known as All-hallows-even then Hallow Eve, still later Hallowe’en and then Halloween.

Throughout Britain, Halloween has traditionally been celebrated by children’s games such as bobbing for apples, telling ghost stories, trick or treat and pumpkin carving, the latter featuring faces which are usually lit inside with a candle and were intended to ward off any evil spirits.

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

 
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                    [post_content] => For the duration of the at800 programme we’ve aimed to let viewers know in advance when masts near their homes may disrupt TV received through an aerial. We have done this by sending postcards to addresses that we predict could be at risk of interference.

 

One of the challenges with this approach is that many masts can be delayed in activating and actually come on a long time later, and our postcard with contact information may have been forgotten or recycled. In addition, some recipients can think existing reception problems are related to mobile signals, when no nearby mast has been switched on.

 

Alongside this approach we have also been reminding people that they may contact us for support if further masts have switched on that could increase chances of interference at their address. This reminder communication - after interference could have occurred - has been more effective in weeding out cases of genuine issues with TV reception related to 4G.

 

Our experience is that people pay more attention to communication if they are already experiencing issues with their reception and contact us for help.

 

Therefore, starting from 1 October 2018, we will only communicate with homes after masts have activated. So, from that date, if you receive a new at800 postcard and have noticed new TV interference there is a better chance it could be due to 4G interference caused by a new mast activation in your area.

 

Receiving a card will now also mean that, depending on your mobile operator, 4G coverage in your area has improved.

 

Our focus is always on delivering excellent customer service and providing the best support for viewers. Please contact us on 0808 13 13 800 if you have noticed new Freeview interference to see how we may help.
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                    [post_content] => Strictly is back! Waltzing onto our screens over 14 years ago the show has been a hit with the public ever since.

To celebrate its return, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite Strictly moments. So, put your best foot forward and quickstep your way to the sofa…


John Sergeant’s interesting take on the paso doble

Strictly has seen its fair share of celebrities take to the dancefloor when many would’ve preferred they didn’t. John Sergeant was one of those contestants. John’s interpretation of the paso doble saw him marching across the floor, dragging partner Kristina Rihanoff behind him - an image that many will not forget in a hurry.

Russell Grant being fired out of a cannon

We thought things couldn’t get any crazier on the dancefloor, until we saw astrologer, Russell Grant being fired out of a cannon to S Club 7’s song Reach. Judge Bruno Tonioli gave the couple a 7 for “the sheer insanity of it all”.

Bruno Tonioli falling off his chair

The judge is not one to hold back when giving his feedback, telling Ann Widdecombe, “you were like a lame canary, just flapping around the floor”. He often provides contestants with examples to go along with his commentary and each series he creates a moment to remember, making him consistently one of our favourite judges. One of his most memorable moments was when he laughed so hard at fellow judge Len Goodman that he actually fell off his chair.

McFly taking to the floor as Harry Judd wins One of the happiest Strictly scenes came when Harry Judd was announced as the winner of Series 9 in 2011. His bandmates took over the dancefloor to celebrate his win, only to be told by host Bruce Forsyth to “get away” as they were shooed off the stage. You can catch the new series of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One. The first episode airs on Saturday 8 September. Should Freeview interference, caused by 4G signals in your area prevent you from tuning into Strictly, or any of your favourite shows, please contact us on 0808 13 13 800. [post_title] => Strictly returns! 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Suits Paramount Network, 9pm, starts 10 July Suits is an exciting American legal drama. You may know it as the show that stars Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. If you’ve never seen it, now is the perfect time to get started. It follows the story of hotshot lawyer, Harvey Specter, who takes a gamble by hiring Mike Ross, a college drop-out with no law degree. The newly launched Paramount Network will be broadcasting the seventh series this July. It’s the first time this season will be shown on Freeview. Grimm 5USA, 10pm, starts 9 July Love police dramas? Love fantasy television? Well, now the two are combined in Grimm. The story is based around Nick Burkhardt, a Portland homicide detective who discovers he is a descendant from a line of guardians known as Grimms and in possession of supernatural powers. Watch him fight the bad guys in ways human cops could only imagine. The Grill Dads Food Network, 8pm, starts 21 July We are well and truly in barbecue season right now, so why not get in on the TV grill action? Mark Anderson and Ryan Fey are best friends who take their love of all things grilled and fried on the road. Neither of them have formal culinary experience, meaning the show is all about down to earth, family-friendly cooking. Naturally, this foodie show will be shown on the Food Network. Hollywood Homicide Really, 10pm, Tuesdays throughout July It might be sunny outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t entertain a bit of darkness. Hollywood Homicide explores the crime and real-life drama behind a series of celebrity homicides. Each episode reveals key information clues about the murder and delivers dramatic re-creations that show us what happened. Catch the series on Really, Freeview’s leading lifestyle TV channel. Viewers are spoilt for choice when it comes to TV shows this summer. Which one are you most excited about? Tweet us at @at800tv. 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So start doing your warm-up stretches. There’s going to be a lot to watch over the next few weeks. Here’s our list of summer sporting spectacles.   World Cup 2018 14 June-15 July Every four years, the best footballing nations come together to battle it out for the coveted trophy, the FIFA World Cup. This year’s tournament is no different, with many of the world’s top footballers set to make magic in Moscow. The final takes place on Sunday 15th July at 4pm. Be sure to clear your diaries. Catch it live on BBC and ITV.   Wimbledon 2 July-15 July It wouldn’t be summer without Wimbledon, when the British public go tennis mad for exactly two weeks. This year sees Roger Federer and Garbiñe Muguruza back defending their titles, while new French Open champions Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep are out for continued victory. Who will go home with the prize? Watch the tournament on BBC to find out.   Tour de France 7 July-29 July For many cycling fans, the Tour de France – or La Grande Boucle – is the only event that matters. Flat roads, cobbled streets and dramatic mountains will form the backdrop as cyclists test their bike handling skills, strength and endurance. This year’s Tour will total 3,351 kilometres and see riders working their way clockwise around France, starting off at Noirmoutier-en-l’île and finishing in Paris. See all the action on ITV.   Formula 1 British Grand Prix 5 July-8 July The Formula 1 racing event returns to the legendary Silverstone circuit this July for a weekend of engine-revving – blink-and-you’ll-miss-it fun. At the time of writing, Lewis Hamilton remains in the top five in F1 driver standings. Will the Briton move higher up the ranks with the support from a home crowd? Find out on Channel 4. The main race is scheduled for 1pm on the 8th of July.   Viewers are spoiled for choice when it comes to sporting events this summer. Which one will get your blood racing? Tweet us at @at800tv. If you notice new Freeview interference that might be caused by 4G signals in your area, contact us on 0808 13 13 800. 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