Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Press a little button

This will only mean something to those of us who watch British TV.  In the UK, to receive TV and radio signals you require an annually renewable TV licence, a peculiar system used in Britain to fund the non-commercialised BBC.  Not having a licence is an offence and you can be fined if found to be using a TV without one.    Recently there has been a campaign to persuade people to renew over the Internet and it has the most annoying earworm as a jingle which goes through all the reasons people press buttons on various gadgets in modern life. 
Generally speaking this brain washing by the BBC has partially achieved the desired effect on me because whenever this jingle come on I press a little button as quickly as I can, the MUTE button on the remote, but it has prompted me to adapt the jingle to this parody.

You press a little button to save your sanity,
You press a little button on the T V,
You press a little button to change the channel
Then you watch ITV


  1. Ha ha! I know what you mean. I used to be a staunch supporter of the BBC and felt my licence fee was worth every penny to stave off the adverts and lowest-common-denominator programmes of the other channels.

    But I am increasingly switching over to other stations and starting to hate most of what Auntie is offering these days. Even Holby's not worth it since Robert Powell went back to the theatre.

  2. So that's why I don't have a TV! X

  3. My major beef about button-pushing is all the buttons one has to push on the phone just trying to get a 'live' person on the line. Not only is it a button pushing grief, but it also pushes my blood pressure sky-high!

    I am very glad we don't have to have a licence for our TVs - one less hassle in life!

  4. Elizabeth, very sensible, unfortunately TV is a bit of an addiction in our house. PS liked the Circus, brilliant stuff.
    Kaybee have a look at my recent comment on M-AJ's post on customer service.
    In a way you are lucky not to have licencing laws in Canada, but the BBC service in general is quite good because you can watch an hour long TV programme with no commercial breaks.

  5. Yes, Elizabeth - thanks for posting The Butterfly Circus - I loved it; so very moving and inspiring.

  6. Glad you enjoyed it. Sorry I was a bit down - I think that virus is stil having a good old go at me. xx

  7. Just goes to show you. There was a time when you needed a TV licence in Australia but that didn't last long. It was a long time ago. Was impossible to police and it died a natural death. Thank goodness.