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Sky Arts

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by SXH, Sep 8, 2020.

  1. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    As of the 17th of this month, Sky Arts will be available on Freeview.

    The programming looks a bit Pop oriented, but there does seem to be the odd programme on photography - isn't that the channel they have the annual Master of Photography programme on?
     
  2. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Yes they do. Also portrait and landscape artist of the year contests which I enjoy.
     
  3. dangie

    dangie Senior Knobhead

    Master of Photography was quite good for the first couple of series when they used Leica cameras.
    Last series they switched to Canon and the quality obviously slumped dramatically.... :)
     
  4. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    Did sponsorship have anything to do with the change of equipment? I have no reason to suggest that it did. I haven't even seen the program. I am just asking the question out of curiosity.
     
  5. dangie

    dangie Senior Knobhead

    I would imagine that was how it worked.
     
  6. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    On its first Freeview night, I watched (mainly out of nothing better to do) Celebrity Portrait Artist of the Year.

    Good grief, there was some rubbish in that programme!
     
  7. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Not sure I have seen the celebrity one.
     
  8. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    I learnt years ago that celebrity anything is likely to be rubbish. Very occasionally I hear that one of these 'entertainments' is worth watching. In such cases I might watch them on Freeview catchup.
    I don't use any Paid view facility except that provided by my TV licence fee. I paid for over 50 years for that and when it was my turn to get it for free I got it for 6 months.
     
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  9. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    A good example of why I would never pay for tv over and above BBC. Tales of the Unexpected I can do without along with the other dated rubbish. Masters of Photography is however being shown at 7pm Tues 22nd September.
     
  10. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Hmmm, according to the EPG on my TV, they are showing episode 1 of series 1. Do they normally show old ones before a new series or are they repeating an old one because of Corvid/lockdown/etc preventing doing a series this year?
     
  11. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    I gave Sky Arts a try a few days ago when "Madame Butterfly" was showing, and with Pappano as conductor. It would have been OK on the radio, but to me, the minimalist sets had gone way too far, and I turned it off. (In fact I did try again, but I thought the sets were still over- stylised minimalist.)
     
  12. swanseadave

    swanseadave Well-Known Member

    There`s always been some good stuff on Sky Arts,got it with Virgin.
     
  13. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Did you watch it? I must admit I was very disappointed by it.

    The general presentation/camerawork was definitely a bit too reality game show for me.
    I didn't see how a lot of the work produced fit the brief they were given.
    And Simon Frederick, one of the judges, said something along the lines of "They produced pictures for us, not for themselves". Um, I thought that was the point of giving them a brief in the first place?

    OK, it was an old one, first series, so I assume it got better later on, but overall, not impressed.

    But maybe that's just me...
     
  14. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    They got rid of the annoying woman later on but the camera work and lack of real insight into the photographic process remained. I still watch it but through gritted teeth a lot of the time.
     
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  15. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    I'm watching Sky Arts on photography, with Bruce Gilden as its mentor, and Berlin as the arena. Bruce Gilden comes across as an opinionated bully, and Berlin, as shown, is a dump. So very different to how my neighbour found it. Yuk!
     
  16. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    Watching it too. Yes he does come across as a bully.
     
  17. Mark101

    Mark101 Well-Known Member

    Rankin's 2020 at 9 pm.... staying tuned.
     
  18. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Glad it wasn't just my impression.

    Now let's see if the Rankin programme is any more watchable.
     
  19. DaveM399

    DaveM399 Well-Known Member

    Rankin is on now.
     
  20. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    I enjoyed Rankin, much more civilised than the over egged Berlin slot.

    I do hope the standard improves. I wasn't impressed with the Madame Butterfly two weeks ago (minimalist staging, I thought), so that makes a hit rate for me of 1 in 3. And that's a bit low.
     

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