It's a Sunday night in August. Hardly the most auspicious time of year for television programming. Still, that also makes it a reasonable moment to see how Channel 4 is faring in its mission to meet its public service remit.
Tonight, on the supposedly up-market and less-idiotic-than-most channel, you be reassured that British TV is still "the best in the world" by watching:
- 19:00 Make Me a Christian: Would a return to a more 'Christian' way of life halt this country's moral decline? Reverend George Hargreaves would like to find out.
- 20:00 Wife Swap: Working parents Suzanne and Paul Newman swap lives with Wioletta and Tony Butler.
- 21:00 Big Brother: All the highlights from the Big Brother House.
- 22:00 The Perfect Vagina: In an age where boob jobs and botox are commonplace it would seem that women have found a new part of the body to worry about... their vaginas.
A reminder of that public service purpose...
which was most recently defined in the 2003 Communications Act. This states that "the public service remit for Channel 4 is the provision of a broad range of high quality and diverse programming which, in particular: