Hey faitaccompli, I do ENJOY my TV, and the DCs enjoy what they watch too. I'm just saying they don't attach much importance to it. DS tends to regard it as a source of information rather than entertainment (but he is an unusual fellow who even has to be persuaded when we go to the cinema
). DD likes dramas. They both watch QI (recorded!)
I grew up in a tiny village myself. I was allowed a couple of programmes after school. There was far less to choose from back in those distant days of course.
I was generally off in the forest (which was just behind the back garden) rampaging at all times of the day or night. Now I realise I must have worried my Mum by not always being found in my bed, but thought nothing of it at the time
When Mum went out, I went too. Fencing, country dancing, theatre, sitting with a book at the back of unfathomable village meetings.
I don't feel strongly about TV one way or the other, but did not think it a good idea to encourage it as a major occupier of time at the expense of other possibilities.
My weekend lie-ins are facilitated by the DCs ability to get their own breakfast and play quietly. If they are on the computer they turn the sound off ( and stick to the 40 minutes each rule)
I am shocked by some of the things my year 4 and 5 class stay up for. One of them fell asleep in Maths on Thursday because her parents have "film night" on Wednesday and she feels obliged to stay up til 10.30 pm for this family thing.