Since the invention of television at the start of the last century, the amount of time we spend watching the box has grown and grown. The average UK viewer now watches more than three and a half hours a day, so of course it has a massive impact on our lives. TV is how many of us learn about the world, what we talk about, discuss on social media, laugh at, cry at, it’s how we keep children distracted, how we learn to cook, how we relax. Which is why it’s important to choose what you watch carefully, especially when you’re spending over a decade of your life in front of the TV screen.
Do I need a TV licence?
You’ll need a TV licence if you want to watch or record programmes on a device (TV, computer, tablet etc.) as they’re broadcast, or if you want to watch or download BBC programmes on iPlayer. A TV licence covers all devices in one property, and costs £147. You don’t need one to watch videos, DVDs, online catch-up services (apart from the BBC), or online video clips (YouTube etc.). You could be fined £1000 if you’re caught watching without a valid TV licence.
Watching TV is one of the best ways to learn about the language and culture of the UK. You get exposure to a wide range of different regional accents, it’s not just the Queen’s English anymore. An insight into the British way of life. You’ll understand the random references people make when they talk to you. I probably use quotes from my favourite TV programmes in conversation at least a few times every day.
Television, don’t go to my head
“Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.” T.S. Eliot
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” Groucho Marx
“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.” John Lennon
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