I have fond memories of Bank Holidays from when I was growing-up. In these memories, we are usually sat around on the sofa, with a cup of tea, watching an Indiana Jones or Star Wars film on the telly. I’m sure it wasn’t quite like that every time (the fact it is always sunny in my memory tells me there is an element of surrealism to my past visions) but we definitely used to spent the afternoon or evening enjoying a special Bank Holiday TV schedule.
Over the last few years, I have noticed Bank Holiday TV become more and more like ‘normal’ days. After spending the day doing D.I.Y. or on a day trip, the population of England flop on the sofa and chuck on the telly to enjoy a bit of quiet time. In doing so today, what did I discover? The One Show – normal Monday 7pm telly. Then, when looking at the schedule further, there was nothing different to it at all. It could have been any old Monday.
When did that happen? In my humble opinion, Bank Holidays are quite sacred. They are a free day off! We should treat the day as such and do things different to the norm. We should use the time to watch old epic films and ‘specials’ of our favourite TV sitcoms. I know more and more people have to work on Bank Hols now. But, let them enjoy a bit of the day by putting something special on the box in the evening! If we’re not careful, we’ll soon start glossing over Christmas. Sad times.