For me this sums-up the argument excellently. However bad a TV program there will always be some who enjoy it and watch the sequel (just look at Emerdale Farm !). What it is all about is given the budgets and time slot of these programs (both Stargazing Live and Wonders ...) could they have been better. And this is where the problems and conflicts come. Despite what some might think the BBC's aims are, in practice they seek to entertain and attract viewing numbers. I like to think that as a public service they include motives like to educate, inform and motivate people but in practice it comes down to viewer numbers.Cliff wrote:Dear Kevin
I'm pleased your dormant interest in astronomy was triggered by the recent TV stargazing series. Being a strong critic of that series myself I cann't help wondering how many more people would have felt drawn to doing stronomy if the series had been better - but perhaps not many more in reality.
So from the BBC perspective the series were successful (despite the internal arguments that Cox has sparked-off in some areas). However, in terms of informing, motivating and sparking interest I think they could have been a lot lot better. Spend that much money on the time slots available and all your local astronomy shops should be sold out of everything and clamouring for supplier deliveries.
(and for sensitive souls, the Emerdale Farm comment is a "quip")