If you're at home all day, as I am, it's easy to get sucked into the black hole of daytime telly. Most of it is dire, but you do stumble across surprise gems. KNTV Philosophy is a schools programme shown on Channel Four - I imagine it's aimed at GCSE students, but it's perfect for anyone who needs a basic introduction to the best-known philosophers. And it's a hoot.
"KNTV is presented by virtual hosts Kierky and Nietzsche, two teenage science-obsessed rock thrash musicians from the fictitious communist country of Slabovia. They have built a TV studio in an abandoned secret government research facility, and from here they broadcast their own pirate show of science trivia to the world."
Each episode they examine the life and work of a famous philosopher, demonstrating their theories via clips from the Slabovian version of You've Been Framed. The best bit is when K and N perform the song they have written to help you remember the facts. Take a look at these videos for their songs about Plato, Adam Smith, Marx, Einstein and Freud, and check out the Slabovia TV channel on YouTube ("Watch. Enjoy. Or Be Punished!").
I can't get enough, so I've gone the whole hog and changed nationality. I am now a full citizen of The People's Republic of Slabovia. In the presence of the mighty Slabovian emblem – The Sickle and Pickle – I have sworn allegiance to General Schmerdiakov and adopted a new name - Ellena Fyodorova - and an intense fascination with the potato.