General questions about the nature, problems and impact of television.

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How are viewing figures gathered?

Many TV sites give the viewing figures for a particular episode or series. With more modern digital TVs I can accept that these values could be gathered from the television itself but I find this ...
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Evolution/existence of television police proceduals in non-English speaking countries?

I'm interested in the evolution and/or existence of the police procedural genre on television. Wikipedia outlines the time-line and summarizes representative shows through history for a few ...
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Television crossover episodes between networks?

It can be somewhat common among spinoff series or when cross promotion is desired, for characters from one series to appear in episodes of another series. This has most recently been seen in some of ...
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What is the most repeated programme on British telly?

Asked in The Guardian's Notes & Queries: I notice Channel 4 is again screening the Christmassy Ted episode of Father Ted. Which episode of a TV series (as opposed to one-offs such as The ...
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What was the first animal in television commercial? [closed]

What commercial was first aired showing the use of animals? What was this animal and when was the commercial aired?
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Is there a name for the inter-mercials specific to TV networks

I'm not sure what you could call it. Nearly every channel has promotional adverts, to let you know who provides what you're watching. That's not quite what I'm thinking of. The best example I ever ...
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What happens if you call 0118 999 881 999 119 7253?

An old IT Crowd episode included a parody of the new directory inquiries services. ...
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How are fake reality shows not false advertising? And if they are, why do they get away with it?

Wikipedia defines Reality Television as: "Reality television is a genre of television programming that documents unscripted situations and actual occurrences, and often features a previously ...
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History of the music video?

Obviously in the United States, the music video was spectacularly thrust into prominence in the early 1980's (1981 IIRC) with the inaugural episode of Music Television (Now MTV), which originally ...