So in the ten days I was away the whole BBC fake programmes row blew up - providing plenty of ammunition for BBC-bashers and plenty of hand wringing internally. Not much more to say about it but of the many things I read here are some I agreed with:
I enjoyed the first episode of Studio 60 on The Sunset Strip - even though all my american friends tells me it goes off. In particular, the opening tribute to Peter Finch in Network with the producers on air rant against lobotomised TV. And when it was over I switched to the programme guide to find something else to watch: "Darts Players Wives", "Pissed and Pregnant", "Old and Queer". So I took Studio 60's advice, and switched off.
(Btw this doesn't mean there isn't a lot of great TV around - there just wasn't at that moment...)