Perhaps I'm weird, but I really like French telly.
I know exactly what to expect and I'm rarely disappointed.
Plus I'm not difficult or proud, and that probably helps.
I'll watch just about anything and everything as I switch on the box, turn off the brain and relax (brandishing the remote of course).
"Secret Story" (proof I'm not proud), "L'amour est dans le pré" (ditto), "Joséphine, ange gardien" (or cultured), "Envoyé spéciale" ("Hey, something decent," I hear you shout), "La Matinale" or "Le Petit journal" on Canal+ (don't have a subscription so I can only watch programmes that aren't encrypted), "C dans l'air" on France 5 (Yves Calvi just has to be about the best political journalist this country has to offer), US imports, and so on and so forth.
Yves Calvi (screenshot from "C dans l'air") In a recent poll, French politicians named him as the country's best political journalist
Eclectic viewing, often not just bordering but completely and overwhelmingly slap bang in the middle of the inane
But there's one show I just don't "get" and this is going to shock many probably: "Danse avec les stars".
It's about to begin its second season on TF1. I didn't watch the first and whenever I talk to relatives and friends back home (or rather when they talk to me about the original "Strictly Come Dancing" - yawn) or those visiting from the States where the equivalent "Dancing with the stars" is apparently just as huge, they're aghast at my disinterest.
While they go into raptures about how exciting, challenging, fascinating or whatever it is, I quite honestly just don't get what all the fuss is about.
Am I missing something? Is there a gap in my less-than-dubious TV-viewing habits that needs to be filled? I don't think so. I've more than made clear my tastes are - er - "absurd".
The problem is I cannot shake off the image of "Come Dancing" in my dim and distant youth and that had as much sparkle and interest (to a then-teenager) as the proverbial paint drying.
So what (French) TV programmes do others not "get"? A show that leaves you cold and has you wondering whether you might just be from another planet because everyone else seems to "rave" about it?
And what shows (if any) do you really like on the box?