I have to say this right at the off. I really don’t watch much tv. I never have. Even when I was younger, the only thing I really watched on a regular basis was the football. I don’t know, I just found it more rewarding to be listening to music, writing, playing sport. Whatever. I just found many more ways to keep myself occupied than watching tv. I am still like that if I’m honest. I don’t watch a huge amount of tele. I’d much rather be writing, playing the piano, listening to music or reading. I’m no slave to tv and I really despise the shite that they put on these days like X Factor, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Big Brother to name but a few.
However, in the last 4 or 5 years I have become absolutely addicted to boxsets. It started with the first series of 24 when I was still living in Dundee. Me and the wife got a shot of the boxset and spent hours on end lying on my bed watching episodes. It became an addiction. No doubt about it. Not having to wait a week to see what happened next was the best thing in the world. You would finish one episode and start another without hesitation. It became a ritual in many ways. Sundays were set aside to do nothing apart from recover from hangovers and just chill with series 1 of 24! However, though this was the taster, my real obsession with box sets didn’t begin until Pamela bought me series 1 of the Soprano’s on dvd one Christmas. That was me finished. My life of never watching tv shows was officially over. I may have been way behind, but I was about to make up for it all big time. 6 series came and went in no time at all. And my obsession got worse. The Shield was next. Then the Wire. Then Band of Brothers. Then Madmen. Prison Break. You name it, I’ve watched it now and obsessively. I became addicted. I watch episode after episode and let hour after hour of my life just drift away. But you know what? I love it. I really do. The Shield, The Wire and Sopranos inparticular are some of the best television shows ever created. Most people will know the latter 2 shows best, but the Shield would probably go down as my favourite. Not that there really needs to be favourites when it comes to these shows. I just love the whole idea of lying on my couch and watching one of them for hours on end. One of the first nights Roddy was home after being born, I was up with him at 2am until 6am. He slept in my arms. I started rewatching series 1 of the Sopranos. It was without doubt my favourite 4 hours of 2o09. Me, my newly born son and Tony Soprano. Not much can beat that now can it?