Do all of these dramas require a never-ending assail on the characters of golden character? It seems to be a descent into Soap Opera territory.
I would go so far as to say that it's mindless pap with costumes, personally.
Do your friends have something against ITV, perchance?
You wouldn't have the TV Times in the house but you had the Daily Express?
I'm still trying to get my head round that.
My guestparents always called it "Southern", and the friends in Scotland "Grampian", only such.
Well, it's hugely popular here so I guess you'll just have to chalk it up to the unsophisticated tastes of the colonials.