It’s a Bargain

There is a tv show on here every single day, during the daytime, called Bargain Hunt. It has been running since March 2000, though five episodes every week are repeats, so only two new per week.

The idea is simple: two teams of two plus an antiques expert are given £300 and one hour to buy three items at an antiques shop or fayre. These are later sold at auction, together with a fourth buy from the expert with whatever money is left over. The object is to make a profit, which the teams can keep. The team that makes the biggest profit is the winner.

There are other programmes on similar lines.

I have some incredibly deep thoughts about this show:

ESC II

The main event of Saturday evening was the Eurovision Song Contest, a two hour ‘live’ show replacing the normal epic.

That it had been put together in just a few weeks, after nearly a year of preparation for something very different was impressive. The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) has huge resources available, but even so.

I saw the UK/BBC version introduced by Graham Norton. I know it was on in other countries.

The main part consisted of the 41 songs. Each had a short introduction, a video clip of the tune and a few words from the performers.

In with it all were some favourites, Johnny Logan and Mans Zelmerlöw made an appearance, previous winner Netta was funny and nice and then sang a song that was a bit calmer than her winning song:

ESC I

Yesterday was the ESC, the Eurovision Song Contest. Except, of course, it wasn’t. Virus hits again.

Normally there are two semi-finals of 2 hours each during the week and a final of 3 to 4 hours on the Saturday, not including all the rehearsals, press shows etc. That’s an awful lot of live television to an awful lot of people in so many countries.

Suddenly, after a year’s preparation, it wasn’t going to happen. No visit to Rotterdam, no UK coming last, nothing.