The last thing one wants to do with elderly, much loved relatives is to start a “debate” over the TV remote controls and settings etc. It’s bad enough as it is, with all the choice, recording settings etc.
But I couldn’t help noticing that my parents (who are both mercifully very well sighted) had “audio description” set up on their telly. I ventured to point this out. Firstly, it took what seemed like an age to explain what “audio description” is.
After this long explanation, my mother exclaimed:
Oh, you mean that nice man who comes on and explains everything to us!
Yes. That’s right. You’re sitting watching and he says things like:
James is now standing at the kitchen bench and chopping mushrooms.
I decided that taking things a further step and suggesting that they turn off “audio description” was probably a move too far.
A friendly fifteen year-old quietly did the deed when no one was looking…. I suspect my parents will miss the nice man who comes on and explains everything though…..