Now we all know
the old saying don't we...that's it, "If you don't see the Green Link......then
scratch your head in utter dismay"
To what am I
referring I hear you ask? Well it's the continuing saga of ' Series Links ' of
We all know how
the game's played by now don't we. "Oh great " you cry as you select another
programme into your planner.
has now been fully installed into your everyday viewing pleasure, reassured
that not only will that reminder be displayed on your screen, or that your
favourite programme will be recorded, but also by pressing that little green
button when prompted, your everyday troubles will now take a well earned
We're all well
aware of the importance of the Series Link, and lets face it, when that
welcoming little icon rears its head, we're comforted slightly with the
knowledge that Sky's "Never Miss A Thing" statement 'could' come true.
emphasise ' could ' simply because we're all too aware, that failure to
occasionally keeping an eye on your favourite programmes, could mean missing
your programmes because Links have been known to mysteriously vanish.
know it the wife's given your food to the dog and you find yourself having lots
of making up to do, simply because GMTV with cuddly old Eamon has failed to
link and record the following day. Now Eamon's vanishing links cannot be blamed
entirely on him of course, but more of that later.
It would be easy
to criticise the whole Series Link set up, and considering these are
occasionally broken, and therefore programmes are missed, the handing over of
an extra £10 per month makes the failings seem even harder to swallow.
However it cannot go unnoticed that more and more programmes are being linked
these days. We all have are own favourites, and more often than not a good half
of these are linked.
It is this part
of the equation that I would like to concentrate on. Have you ever said to
yourself, " Why isn't that linked, I know it's on next week " It is this exact
thought that I would like to bring to your attention.
I have taken a
week from the Sky EPG, and starting from 18:00hrs on Sunday 29th June, I have
set out to find, and detail all those programmes that were not linked. Again I
have concentrated my time on the first six channels of the EPG and I have
covered a 24hr period. Next to each programme that was not linked, I have
undertaken to inform you whether or not I think there should have been a link.
If there should then I have explained when the next showing was
broadcast.....whether or not it was the next day, week or fortnight. Again look
out for the %'s as I have tried to give you a comparison between each channels
current % of links compared to what they could of been had the broadcaster used
the function to its full potential.
completion of this article, Five which had never used Series Links before, and
who were heavily criticised in my last article, have now seen the light and
have introduced Series Links. And for you lucky folks, I have cancelled the
BBQ, and done a complete analysis of Five for your considered
You will find
each channels Missing Series Link article published on a daily basis, starting
today with BBC1. Follow us throughout the week, as we expose the winners and
losers in the great Series Link - missing in action special