The Star Late Edition

No longer curious about Curiosity channel


I WAS cautiously optimistic when DStv launched its Curiosity channel (185) a while back but my expectatio­ns faded rapidly under a barrage of substandar­d offerings, many of which earned the official John Gardener Frown of Disapprova­l.

Which was a pity, following hard on the heels of some pretty decent channels which were arbitraril­y cancelled for no apparent reason.

The other day, however, I discovered a new series, Behind the Artist, in which each episode comprises a dramatisat­ion of a particular artist’s life. The first episode I watched was about Vincent van Gogh and it was excellent.

About five minutes before the end, however, there was an ad break and I waited anxiously for the final segment to show and bring the matter to an unhappy conclusion.

The final segment never appeared. Instead we were carried forward straight into the next show, about women in history.

Van Gogh cut off his ear, and perhaps some suitably senior executive at DStv should give serious considerat­ion to following suit.


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