BBC FOUR is to become a series of talks with slides in a local library, it has been confirmed.
Following BBC Three’s move online, BBC Four is also leaving digital TV for a medium that is more relevant to its audience. From next week it will only be available as a series of one-hour talks held at 6.30pm on Tuesdays in Whitechapel Library.
A BBC Four spokesman said: “Our audience is old, moody and doesn’t really like television or the internet. Rather than watching a documentary about a blind French jazz musician, they’d like that information in the form of an overly long talk in a library delivered by a bearded man with dandruff. And with cake at the end.”
61-year-old Norman Steele said: “One thing that always frustrated me about about BBC Four was that after watching a documentary about canal boats, one could not ask questions at the end.
“Particularly the kind of questions that involve picking holes in the so-called ‘experts’ in a slightly sarcastic manner.”
The channel will still be showing dark European crime dramas, if the library’s DVD section has them in stock.