Re: caffeine addict-
> ...recently moved back to the UK...
Try US TV. The ad "brakes" where long enough I forgot what I tried to watch.
And then they had that channel that ran on donations only (npr? 13?, I forgot), I stuck to that (only) after I noticed it. No idea how it is now, that was about 1998.
Here is another thing that makes my blood boil: Ads for own program shown creeping up from bottom of screen in "slow" scenes. Here in GrumpenLand. I really want to gently stroke whoever is responsible for that, with a chainsaw.