Let me start by saying that I am a fan. Have been for years, and watch every episode thanks to Sky+ series link.
However, something is really starting to get on my nerves. In fact, I say “starting”. It has been for a while but it is only since I started blogging that I can say it out loud.
It isn’t the fact that nobody ever brushes their teeth. I expect that it is a bit too boring for a storyline despite the fact I think it should be seen regularly in every episode. Why don’t you show children brushing their teeth before bed?
Anyway, I digress.
No, what is really getting on my nerves is this “fall into bed, or the sofa” after the first eyelash flutter nonsense.
Twice over this Easter weekend we have seen couples go from first kiss to buttoning up their clothes after doing the do before the next ad break even starts.
Tommy and Tina have been dancing around for months and finally kissed outside the flat. Finally. Hoorah we think. Tommy opens the door and it then cuts to them on a sofa clearly naked under a blanket. What happened to dinner? To talking? To going on a date?
Monday night we saw Carl and Sunita going from talk of a gambling addiction to a snog, to getting dressed after doing the do.
Now I am not saying that I want to see what happens in between the kiss and the sofa wake up. God forbid. I am generally eating my tea when it is on. But what I do want to see is “some good old fashioned courting”. Some romance.
These are not isolated events, Frank and Sally, Peter and Carla et al have all done pretty much the same thing. And as you go out before the watershed, a long time before the watershed, it is not unreasonable that children are seeing this. Thinking that this is acceptable. That this is what happens.
It isn’t what happens. Well actually it is, it is why Britain has the highest teenage birth rate in Europe. Because we have a generation of kids thinking it is fine to kiss on a doorstep and then wake up naked.
What about contraception for Tommy and Tina?
Or Sunita and Carl?
Did Carl pack up his worldly goods into a carrier bag and then stop off at Dev’s to buy condoms before going round to Sunita’s to talk about his gambling addiction? No. He didn’t.
I am not suggesting that you become like Moonlighting where we spent four years and 66 episodes wondering if Maddie and David would ever get it together. No.
It would be nice, however, if we saw at least an ad break between the first snog and the trousers going back on. Please.