One of the great things about blogging is talking honestly about the times when being a parent to young children is a struggle. Because, as we all know, there are days when it just seems like more work than you could ever realistically handle.
Those days when we’re stuck in the house, chasing after little ones with scarcely a moment to sit down and relax can be tough. So, thank god for British daytime TV because when it comes to light-hearted entertainment, we do it like no nation on earth.
Taking an hour out of your day to sink into the sofa with a cup of tea and a naff – but fun – TV programme is all the tonic most parents need to get back on their feet and regain a little sanity after a frantic day. But what are the daytime TV classics which have given us strength over the years? Join us as we run down some of our favourites:
Deal or No Deal
A true classic of the daytime TV genre, Deal or No Deal ran for over 3000 episodes – each rich with drama, laughter and no shortage of heart-stopping moments.
Each day, all of the twenty-two contestants would be given a box with a random sum in it up to £250,000. Then, one of those contestants would be chosen to come up to the hot seat and select boxes to open, negotiating with the ‘Banker’ every few boxes. They could either take his offer, which could be higher or lower than the value in their box or push through to the end and take home whatever the value of their box was.
Ending after 11 glorious years, Deal or No Deal lives on in many forms, including an online iGaming variant, the Deal or No Deal Game. There are slight variations, but this version provides the opportunity to win a large sum of real money as the show did.
Countdown Kids TV can leave you feeling pretty slow, so thank the heavens for Countdown. It was the very first programme to be aired on Channel 4 in November 1982 and it’s been in our life ever since.
Making the longest words out of nine random letters is always a fun challenge, and alongside the numbers round where you must reach a given numerical total with six given numbers, it proves for a vital head scratcher between bouts of Dora the Explorer and In the Night Garden.
Escape to the Country
Although most of us don’t quite have the finances to make our own escape to a palatial abode in the splendour of the British countryside, that’s no reason to stop us enjoying a little Escape to the Country in our downtime.
Each episode follows the story of wealthy city types looking to make a go of life in the countryside. It’s a whistle-stop tour of gorgeous country homes and often features some glorious fretting over just how luxurious a couple want to go.
It’s a daytime TV classic – now, who’s going to lend us the money for our own countryside escape?
What’s your favourite daytime TV show? Let us know in the comments below!