Channel changer in hand, I like to ‘flick’ before heading to bed.
Usually I navigate all the channels both up and back down again before deciding there’s nothing worth watching and retiring as planned.
Occasionally I’ll unearth a gem – or at least some intriguing telly – and usually on one of the more obscure stations, such as Dave and Yesterday, which now proliferate in Freeview.
One such occasion was Tuesday night when I stumbled upon ‘Secrets of the Shoplifter’ on Channel 4.
What drew me in was the early assertion that a third of us admit to shoplifting at one time or another.
Really? Well I certainly fall into the other two thirds. Even if the notion did take me, I certainly wouldn’t have the nerve for it.
I remember as a primary school youngster being given five packs of football stickers instead of the four I’d paid for. Anxious to complete my collection I opened the extra pack – and was immediately consumed by guilt.
I could hardly sleep that night for the fear that I was about to be arrested and returned to the shop the next day to own up and pay up.
No, I’m never going to be a master criminal.