Monday, 2 September 2013

7 most loved programmes on T.V.

I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words 1st-7th September 2013.


I do not watch the programmes on television anymore as my interest has ceased in Ekta Kapoor's serials or the news channels seems more of war reporting sites.

But in my childhood days when the multi-channel satellites had not yet made in-roads , we were content with black and white Doordarshan. The content on DD was highly censored and their attitude was 'take it or leave it' and we were not spoilt for choice but literally had no choice. But in spite of these shortcomings , there were very good programmes on B/W television.


"What's the good word?" with Sabira Merchant was aired at 10.30 in the night and I would make all efforts not to miss this programme. It consisted of two teams of 2 members each. One team had a specific word or a personality in mind and the other team would ask questions in rapid fire round and the 2nd team would answer in yes or no.

Team 1 : male???
Team 2 : yes.

Team 1 : dead???
Team 2 : No

Team 1 : Actor???
Team 2 : No

Team 1 : Singer???
Team 2 : yes

Team 1 : Indian ???
Team 2 : yes

...........and this would go on till the correct personality was guessed. and we viewers would try to guess. Sabira Merchant would be the programme hostess and I loved her charismatic smile.



Who could not be enchanted with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. We loved the couple and Lucy's antics.


This programme was about a departmental store and its stupid, entertaining, funny,witty sales-team. 



We as children very much identified with this programme as the protagonists were children. The two black boys are adopted by a white family and the scenes and sequences were hilarious to watch.



'Gold Rush ' and 'The Kid' were my favourites, Does anybody need any introduction to this tramp who loved to flirt with beautiful ladies but was a riot of laughter and fun wherever he went?  But Sir Charles Chaplin's life was a great tragedy, who entertained the world with his comedy with a smile on his lips and a sorrow in his heart. Hats off to this great entertainer.



The adorable but different as chalk and cheese duo, a thin and a fat one together complimented the number 10. I loved the Laurel and Hardy series which made me laugh.



Hum Log , the Hindi serial , kick-started the long running marathon serials with lovable and down-to-earth, grey characters. And many girls had fallen head-over-heels in love with  the character 'Nanhe'. This serial appealed to every age and could be watched with the whole family as a unit.

These programmes which were a part of my growing days and helped me evolve as a better person and were instrumental in making television programmes watchable. Readers, do you remember any one of the above programmes that I have mentioned? What are your pet programmes?

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