Weirdest channel I’ve come across yet

Lorne GreeneIf you have Sky, you’ll probably have done this yourself. You’ll flick through the EPG looking for something to watch and none of the main channels will be showing anything. So slowly you start scaling your way up the EPG to channels that have roughly seven viewers each and are dedicated to useful things like dog-bonnet crocheting.

I came across the most bizarre one the other night. The Bonanza channel. Yes, an entire channel dedicated to that lovely Western starring Lorne Greene. It’s something you can do I guess: the series started in 1959 and finished in 1973, so that’s 14 years of episodes that you can show. I shudder to think of the DVD box set possibilities.

But seriously. How many people want to watch nothing but Bonanza? And if they did, would they not worry about missing episodes when they have to do things like go to work, eat and sleep? I wonder how long it would take for the channel to get back to an episode you’d missed. Or do they just show the same series repeatedly for a month or two then work their way onto the next series?

Ah the crazy world of the Bonanza Channel….


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.