Oh my gosh you're all so wonderful you really are. Who better than you to share your ideas about television and respond to my plea for some advice. Tom and I both enjoyed getting your feedback and more than a few comments made us really think. Some made me laugh like Georgia's that started "You really are rebelling against the 21st century aren't you" and Kate's comment that said better the telly than boys at this age - that put the thing into perspective a bit.
Ali pointed me towards BBC iplayer and before you could say 'shall we get a telly then' Amber had downloaded it, and the Channel Four one and was watching something she felt she couldn't live without. I know just how she's going to be when and if we get a television. The thing that's coming up for me is that without a TV we can live without most of the programmes. OK we miss the odd good thing but even that you can catch up on the internet these days. I fear what will happen with a telly in the house is this: someone will look through the listings and exclaim that there's a programme about Kate Moss or some cricketer for example. Let's watch it to see what he/she's like and so we watch it and then there's something else about the history of the pop song etc etc. We will, or rather the children will want to watch stuff that they can live without. How often will I say NO you don't need to watch that?
Then on the other hand I don't want the children to feel weird amongst their friends and cousins and I do want them to have a shared cultural experience so I guess the jury is still out. Half of me doesn't want to have the TV and the other half thinks we ought to get one and restrict viewing. I suspect the latter is what we will do in the end. Meanwhile I'm going to buy us some more time while Amber catches up with iplayer.
Thanks again for sharing your thoughts and opinions with me I really appreciate it.
PS Hoping to have some news later today or in the morning. Damn, I've built this blooming thing up so much I hope you won't be disappointed.