I don’t know about you, but even when I really love a TV programme, there are always some things that the characters do that really annoy me! Here’s a selection of things which really get on my nerves…
Speak loudly in the next room/through the door and think no one can hear
When the conversation takes a certain turn and a character says, “Can I see you alone in the kitchen for a moment?”, and once in there the characters start shouting about a private issue as though the door is soundproof. Or, the doorbell rings and the characters inside shout something rude or private about the arriving person as though no one has ever heard through a front door before. AAARGH!
Hold tea or coffee like it’s water
I always zero in on mugs in TV programmes… most of the time I can tell that they’re empty and that the sips that the character takes are fake. But, more annoying than that, is when mugs of tea and coffee are passed around and characters grab them as though they’re just water and not boiling liquid. You would scald yourself by doing that!
Put their heads out of a door like they psychically know the character they wanted to speak to is passing
For example, in an office setting, a character opens the door to their office and shouts a name, and that person is conveniently passing…. there is just NO way they would know that person was there without the power of a third eye. Come ON!
Not make full plans
This scenario usually happens over the phone…
“Shall we go for dinner?”
“Yes, Wednesday night?”
“See you then.”
Hold on, what about the location? The time? Transport? Then the next scene is them in a restaurant and it’s sooo frustrating.
Never seek help for their mental health
Some characters have very tumultuous lives… their mother is murdered in front of them, then their husband cheats on them with their sister, then they’re kidnapped on their way home from work, that type of thing. We might see them cry or scream, but what we should really see is them receiving counselling. This is the most dangerous of my examples because it might lead to viewers thinking that it isn’t normal to seek medical help after experiencing trauma, which it completely is and should be encouraged.
Do you share my feelings on these or have some of your own annoying things to share?