You know, sometimes I just cannot believe what the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service [RÚV] gets away with serving up for our television viewing pleasure. Nine times out of ten it will be absolute crap. If there’s a film on RÚV, particularly on Friday or Saturday nights, it’s pretty much guaranteed that it will be a B-movie. And for this we’re required – required – to pay ISK 3,000 [USD 34 / EUR 23] a month in broadcast licence fees.*
Let’s see what they’re presenting us with this evening. After news and Kastljós [current affairs programme] the schedule is as follows:
20.00 EVERWOOD. Soap-ish yarn about a doctor in Everwood, Colorado. Starring Treat Williams.
20.45 HEILABROT A swedish programme about various aspects of human thinking and behavior.
21.15 ÖLDIN Á RÖNGUNNI A programme about geniuses, pioneers and outstanding persons in Denmark in the 19th century, as well as art, love and adversity during times of change in the country. *YAWN*
22.00 NEWS AT TEN.
22.25 VINCENT II No further details given.
23.35 STUTTMYNDADAGAR 2007 The winning films from the Reykjavík short film festival 2007 will be shown and their directors introduced. [From 2007. Meanwhile the 2008 festival has just ended. Need I say more.]
00.25 KASTLJÓS current affairs programme. Rerun from earlier in the evening.
00.45 END OF PROGRAMMING. Dude. By this time everyone has expired from boredom anyway.
RAIN RAIN RAIN
Today we haz it. It came down in buckets about an hour ago but seems to have slowed a bit now. The wind has slowed considerably too, meaning that the weather is really excellent, because whenever there is no wind the weather in Iceland is superb. So put that in yer pipe and smoke it. Currently 8°C [46F – yikes!] with sunrise at 6:34 am and sunset at 8:13 pm.
* To be fair, that also covers radio stations, at least one of which is very good.